The transformation of the Canadian forest sector and Swedish experiences

4 maj 2012

Seminar at KSLA May 28 in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy

Canada and Sweden are boreal developed countries, characterized by coniferous forests dominating the forest landscape and rural communities that are heavily dependent on forestry forest industry. The forest sectors are currently going through transformations driven by increased competition from producers in the southern hemisphere, declining markets for some traditional products, increased biomass competition and rapid high-tech developments to mention a few.

Differences between the two countries

However, there are also major differences between the two countries; in scales, ownership, tenure pattern, forest management concepts, silviculture systems, structure of industry, nature of investments and involvement of government and non-governmental organisations. Still, the forest sectors in both countries are and will go through intense transformations and these processes are involving different players in the two countries.

This seminar illustrates the transformation processes in Canada and Sweden through:

  • The Canadian transformation process through the Biopathways project
  • Investment needs to overcome the challenges of the sector
  • Steering mechanism for innovation and research in Sweden
  • Development of rural areas through the Swedish Forest Kingdom program
  • Stakeholders’ collaboration through the Boreal agreement
  • Different approaches to silviculture and outline existing collaborations
  • Outlook of the boreal forest sector with respect to transformations

The innovation and investment processes and the development within forestry

The aim of the seminar is to identify important issues to manage in the transformation processes in the forest sectors in Canada and Sweden. The morning session focuses on the overall trans­forma­tions and will also discuss the innovation and investment processes involved. The afternoon focuses on the development within forestry. The seminar is the result of several years of collaboration between the Canadian Embassy and the Secretariat for International Forestry Issues (SIFI) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA).

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Moderator Jan Fryk, Managing Director, The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden

08.30 Coffee and registration
09.00 Introduction to the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
Åke Barklund, General Secretary and Managing Director, KSLA
09.05 Welcome remarks
Kenneth Macartney, Canadian Ambassador to Sweden
09.15 Introduction: The development of the Canadian forest sector from east to west in a historical perspective, with focus on the last twenty years
Mario Gibeault, Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources & Wildlife representing the Canadian Forest Service
10.00 The Canadian forest sector’s transformation agenda and the integrated Biopathways results for both phase I and II
Catherine Cobden, Acting President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
10.30 The forest sector’s status and opportunities from the perspective of an investor and what it takes to do more (e.g. investment attraction; partnerships; governments)
Don Roberts, Vice Chairman and Managing Director CIBC Market Inc.
11.00 The Swedish research and innovation policy process within the forest sector
Kaj Rosén, Research Manager, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
11.15 The Swedish Forest Industry Federations view on research and innovation
Jan Lagerström, Director Wood Research Policy, Swedish Forest Industry Federation
11.30 Panel discussion I:
Catherine Cobden (FPAC), Don Roberts (CIBC Markets), Sten Nilsson (Member of KSLA), Lennart Rådström (Member of IVA and KSLA), Jonas Brändström (Chief Strategy Officer, Eco-Innovation, Vinnova)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Forest Kingdom Sweden
Eskil Erlandsson, Minister for Rural Affairs
13.30 Boreal agreement (background and the process)
Avrim Lazar, Former President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
14.00 The development of silvicultural systems in Canada
Suzanne W. Simard, Professor, Dept. of Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia
14.30 Coffee
14.50 WWF’s view on the development in Canadian and Swedish forestry
Håkan Wirtén, Secretary General, World Wide Fund for nature (WWF)
15.10 Swedish Industry’s view on the development in Canadian and Swedish forestry
Elisabet Salander Björklund, Managing Director, Bergvik Skog
15.30 Parallels between Canadian and Swedish silvicultural practices
Jonas Rönnberg, Assistant Dean, Forestry Faculty, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
15.50 Panel discussion II:
Avrim Lazar, Suzanne W. Simard, Elisabet Salander Björklund, Håkan Wirtén, Jonas Rönnberg
16.20 Closing Discussion and Outlook for the forest sector

Professor Sten Nilsson, Åke Barklund, General Secretary and Managing Director, KSLA, Hervé Deschenes, VP Business Development, FP Innovations, Dr. Fredrik Ingemarson, Programme Manager, The Secretariat for International Forestry Issues

17.00 Networking in the foyer

Please note that the conference is not broadcasted on the web!