Chairman, Technical Advisory Board
Pierre Lapointe is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations from 2008 to 2017. Under Pierre's direction, FPInnovations has become the cornerstone of innovation in the forest sector in Canada. FPInnovations' scientific research and innovations have helped support the forest industry in major projects, from the construction of the world's first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant (CelluForce, a joint venture company formed by FPInnovations and Domtar), in addition to the implementation of the world's first cellulose filament demonstration plant (with Kruger), and the creation of a K-lignin extraction plant, and a sugar and H-lignin extraction plan in Thunder Bay (with Resolute Forest Products).
Before joining FPInnovations, Pierre headed the Institut national de la recherche scientifique
(INRS) and managed the integration of the Institut Armand-Frappier (a biomedical research institute). This new organization made it possible to set up La Cité de la Biotech, employing 2500 people and representing investments of $1.5 G in seven years.
With his training as a geologist and geophysicist, Pierre began his career at Natural Resources Canada where he was a research scientist and manager within various research teams (Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) - NRCan, Minister’s Office Scientific Advisor). He was then appointed Director General of the Information and Services Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) where he created the Centre Géoscientifique de Québec (CGQ) within a unique partnership between a university institute (INRS) and a government agency (the GSC).
In 2014, the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (ADRIQ) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) paid tribute to him for his outstanding contribution to research and innovation in Quebec and in Canada. In 2015, as part of the annual event of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PPTAC), Pierre received the John S. Bates Gold Medal, one of PPTAC's most prestigious individual honours, awarded to a member of the Association to highlight his outstanding contribution to science and technology in the pulp and paper industry. In 2009, he was awarded the title of Officier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques by the President of France, for his contribution to the academic integration of France and Quebec. Then in 2017, he was elected international member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the oldest engineering academy in the world, and was also admitted to The Royal Canadian Geographic Society's College of Fellows for his commitment to his country.
As Chairman of the Board of NanoQuébec, Pierre Lapointe directed the merger of NanoQuébec and Consortium Innovation Polymères (CIP) into one single entity. The new organization, named PRIMA QUÉBEC – an advanced materials research and innovation hub – ensures that research projects and activities related to the advanced materials sector are carried out. He has also served as Chairman of PRIMA QUÉBEC's Board of Directors for the past five years. He is also Council member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).