Director, Canadian Forest Service, Canada
Graduating from the University of Ottawa’s Chemical Engineering program, Jean-François started his career in a variety of operational and managerial roles in Canadian pulp mills, including mill process optimization, bioenergy projects and environmental management systems.
He then moved to Environment Canada where he took leadership roles, on key issues at the National level, concerning water pollutants, environmental effects monitoring, air contaminants, toxic substances and climate change related regulatory aspects applicable to the Canadian forest products industry.
Joining Natural Resources’ Canadian Forest Service in 2009, Jean-François played an integral advisor role around policy initiatives, design and implementation of funding programs supporting the transformation of the forest sector and growth of the forest bioeconomy, such as the Pulp & Paper Green Transformation (PPGTP) and the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) programs.
Together, these programs provided more than $1.1B in strategic capital investments towards energy efficiency improvements, green energy production and the commercialization of innovative transformative technologies, such as advanced bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and next-generation building products across industrial forest products facilities helping further advance Canada’s bioeconomy.