Award recognizes Dr. Berry’s leadership in sustainable development and clean capitalism
Montreal, September 17, 2012 – CelluForce, the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC), also referred to as Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC), is proud to announce that its Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Richard Berry, has been selected as one of Canada’s Clean50 honourees. This award, now in its second year, recognizes the most outstanding leaders in sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
Dr. Berry was recognized in the category of Research & Development for his contribution to the development of NCC/CNC, a high-value nanomaterial that can improve the performance of existing products and enable the development of new ones. NCC/CNC can be economically extracted from wood fiber and improves the strength, durability and toughness of products. It can reduce damage caused by wear, abrasion and light, and has antioxidant properties. Abundant, natural, renewable, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, NCC/CNC is expected to become a major contributor to the green economy in numerous industrial sectors in the coming decades.
‘’It is an honour to receive this recognition for work that has been done by remarkable teams at FPInnovations, Domtar and now CelluForce,” said Dr. Berry. “Being selected by Canada’s Clean50 is a well-deserved honour for Dr. Berry, and we congratulate him on this achievement,” said Jean Moreau, CEO, CelluForce. “Dr. Berry’s initiatives over the past four years have helped to convince industrial and government stakeholders of the huge industrial potential of NCC/CNC, enabling Canada to bring NCC/CNC research from university and industry laboratories into an industrial and commercial reality. This has strengthened Québec and Canada’s position as world leaders in innovation in the forestry industry. We are honored to have Dr. Berry on our team.”
“These exceptional Clean50 honourees have not only succeeded in identifying opportunities for innovation and improvements, they have actually delivered them, in many instances giving their organizations strategic advantages over their competitors, while also delivering a net benefit for the planet,” said Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management Group, and Founder of Canada’s Clean50 Awards. “Add up the accomplishments of the Clean50—the individuals and organizations they represent—and you see a massive investment in a better way of doing business. All Canadians will reap the benefits.”
Over 500 nominations were received, and the results of the national search will be published in a special supplement by Corporate Knights.
Media are invited to attend the Clean50 Summit (day) or awards ceremony (evening) on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
About CelluForce Inc.
CelluForce Inc. is the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC), also referred to as Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC). The company is a joint venture of Domtar Corporation and FPInnovations. CelluForce manufactures NCC/CNC in the world’s first demonstration plant of its kind, located in Windsor, Québec, develops new applications for NCC/CNC, markets and sells it. The company currently has a workforce of 40 employees and its head office is in Montreal. www.celluforce.com
About Clean50 and Delta Management Group
Canada’s 2013 Clean50 recognizes individuals or small teams who have made the greatest impact on Canada’s long-term sustainability and have contributed to clean business in Canada. Honourees are selected by Delta Management Group and an external advisory team. Founded in 1992, Delta Management Group is a Toronto-based boutique search firm that connects Canada’s best corporate sustainability leaders, advocates, stewards and clean-tech professionals with leading organizations.
Delta Management Group / Clean50 Contact
Chief Talent Officer
416.925.2005 x 2300
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries. The 2012 TAPPI International Conference in Montreal presents Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, showcasing the newest research, applications, and commercial development issues.
What: From Innovations to Market: Our Business Model
Who: Jean Moreau, President and CEO, CelluForce
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5
What: Environmental Health and Safety Practices for Safe
Production of NanoCrystalline Cellulose
Who: René Goguen, Vice President Manufacturing, CelluForce
When: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5
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About CelluForce Inc.CelluForce Inc. is the world leader in the commercial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC). The company is a joint venture of Domtar Corporation and FPInnovations. CelluForce manufactures NCC in the world’s first demonstration plant of its kind, located in Windsor, Québec, develops new applications for NCC, markets and sells it. The company currently has a workforce of 30 employees and its head office is in Montreal. www.celluforce.com
Dr. Richard Berry honoured by award from the Society of Chemical Industry
Montreal, March 29, 2012 – CelluForce’s , Richard Berry PhD, a leader in the development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) is honoured today with the 2012 Doug Purvis Memorial award by the Society of Chemical Industry at the SCI Canada Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.
Dr. Berry is recognized for his contribution in the industrial development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose, a recyclable, non-toxic and renewable material extracted from trees. ‘’It is an honour to receive this recognition for work that has been done by remarkable teams at FPInnovations, Domtar and now CelluForce’’, says Dr. Berry.While at FP Innovations, he developed significant pulping technology in the elimination of dioxins, high-temperature peroxide bleaching, aldehyde-enhanced bleaching and more recently neutral bleaching.
Dr. Berry’s initiatives in the past four years helped to convince industrial and Government stakeholders of the huge industrial potential of NCC and have allowed Canada to take NCC research in university and industry laboratories to industrial and commercial reality. This has positioned Quebec and Canada as world leaders in the development of this new nanotechnology and emerging industry.
He now has moved to CelluForce – the joint venture of Domtar Inc and FPInnovations, where he is working to ensure the technical and business success of the demonstration plant which has a capacity of 1 tonne per day.
The Purvis Memorial Awards honors Canadians in academia or an industry, based on chemisty, who have significantly strengthened their sector or an institution that industry relies upon. The chemical industry embraces traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also industries such as coatings, crop protection, environmental services, food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic fibres and pulp and paper.
About Dr. Richard Berry
Leader of the nanotechnology initiative at FPInnovations since the very beginning, Dr. Berry has numerous scientific accomplishments and a long experience for overseeing the industrial application of his numerous inventions. He recently received the prestigious 2009 Nano-industry award from NanoQuébec for his contribution to the development of NanoCrystalline Cellulose. The initiatives Dr. Berry has spearheaded in recent years have allowed Canada to position itself as a world leader in the development of this new nanotechnology industry.
Dr. Berry has taught numerous courses for TAPPI, PAPTAC, and FP Innovations and chaired the 2000 International Pulp Bleaching Conference. He also holds thirteen patents and his work has been published in more than eighty articles and in two monographs. Dr. Berry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Geology from Keele University in Staffordshire, England in 1975. In 1980 he earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.