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PwC conference coming to Vancouver

April 21, 2016 - The recent global CEO survey by PwC found that the forest, paper, and packaging industry is starting to stabilize but there are still concerns about economic instability and dwindling resources. To meet these challenges, CEO's are exploring innovations in technology to create products that are cost efficient, convenient and sustainable as well as new talent recruitment and retention strategies in order to solidify their competitive position in a constantly evolving market. 

Transformation Through Innovation is a very timely theme for the 29th Annual PwC Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Conference, taking place on May 4, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. The conference will focus on key findings from the 19th Annual PwC Global CEO Survey including global trends, market performance, the financial outlook for the industry, product innovation and strategies on how to leverage an evolving workforce.

Industry leaders will also be on hand to share their thoughts and discuss industry issues and trends. 

Speakers include:

•Michael Walton, global head of manufacturing industry, Google;
•Paul Quinn, analyst, RBC Capital Markets;
•Brendan Lowney, principal, Macroeconomics Forest Economic Advisors LLC;
•Ken Peacock, chief economist and vice-president at the Business Council of BC;
•Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy, Catalyst Paper Corporation;
•Jack Saddler, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry, UBC;
•Gurminder Minhas, MD managing director performance; BioFilaments Inc.;
•Dr. Alfred Lam, vice-president, Chrysalix;
•Jan Marston, vice-president, human resources and corporate, TimberWest Forest Corp.;
•Nigel Banks, senior vice-president, Corporate Services Norbord Inc.;
•Janelle Aaker, people potential director at lululemon athletica;
•Linda Ewing, director, packaging design, Cartamundi USA;
•Paul Leclair, vice-president and chief economist, Numera Analytics;
•Neal Haussel, sales and marketing director, Iggesund Paperboard;
•Joe Nemeth, president and CEO, Catalyst Paper;
•James Gorman, vice-president of corporate and government relations, West Fraser Timber Co Ltd.;
•Mike Harkies, executive vice-president, solid wood, Tolko Industries Ltd.; and
•Denis Fraser, president, Goodfellow Inc.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
British Columbia Ballroom

The full conference agenda and speaker line up is available at: www.pwc.com/ca/forestconf.

PwC's conference is part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2016, a five-day series of conferences focused on global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries. In addition to our conference, other confirmed events include International Pulp week (May 1-4) and the Annual Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference (May 5-6). 

For more information, visit www.forestproductssummit.com.

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April 21, 2016  By PwC Canada/CNW

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