Forest Products Association of Canada

Blue Sky Award

As a part of a global initiative spearheaded by the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA), the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is launching a national competition targeting young researchers inviting them to develop and submit research project proposals that are exciting, innovative and environmentally leading.



The objective is to advance innovation in the forest sector by engaging young and talented students and researchers through initially a national competitive process followed by an international competition with ultimately three winners presenting to a global Round Table of CEOs, with the first award presented in May 2019 in Vancouver, BC. Each member organization of the ICFPA (of which there are 23 will be undertaking a national competition in the coming months to identify finalists that will go on to the global competition. Canada’s national competition is being led by FPAC and will identify 3 finalists, one of whom will go on to the finals.

The Canadian finalist will receive $1,500 cash and be entered into the ICFPA global competition. The global winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Vancouver, BC, to present at the ICFPA event in May 2019.


Young researchers/students under the age of 30 (at the time of deadline for submission) that are engaged in research and innovation projects that are relevant to sustainable forestry, forest products processing or related bio products in an academic, private/public research or company research organization.


“Forest-based products and services – How disruptive technologies are revolutionizing the future”.

  1. Future Generation Forestry
    • Forest tree breeding and biotechnology
    • Precision forestry
    • Forest measurement and inventory
  2. Innovation in the Forest-Based Industry
    • Analysis and properties of pulp and paper
    • Facilities, instrument and process control
    • Bioproducts and wood chemistry
    • Recycling, deinking and environment
    • Timber for construction
    • Material substitution for wood


Phase Activity Timing
Contest Open Contest open to applications November 2, 2019
Application Deadline Contest closes December 7, 2019
Application Review Review of applications December 19, 2019
Winner Announcement Confirm finalist; announce
national award winner
Announcement End of December


Applicants will be asked to submit a proposal relating to the competition theme: “Forest-based products and services – How disruptive technologies are revolutionizing the future”.

Applicants are invited to submit their application including the following information:

  • Short CV (maximum 1 page)
  • Statement of purpose of project, including:
    • 500 words; double spaced; font Calibri 12
    • Objectives
    • Description of project
    • Summary of methodology
    • Expected results and timeframe
    • Statement as to why this project is relevant to the forest industry
    • An explanation as to why this is innovative
    • How the project aligns with the selected theme
  • Additional requirements
    • Young adults, both researchers and students, must be under the age of 30
    • One letter of support


The following draft criteria are provided by way of guidance for proponents:

  • The level of demonstrated innovation in products, processes and analytics
  • Quality of the abstract (clarity, quality of objectives and results, organization and style)
  • Scale of potential impact across the industry
  • Probability of implementation



The International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA) is a worldwide network of forest and paper industry associations that promotes cooperation in areas of common interest to its members and serves as the industry’s advocate at the international level.

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.