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Posted: April 6, 2009
Thought leader George Weyerhaeuser to be keynoter at nanotechnology conference
(Nanowerk News) George Weyerhaeuser Jr., partner at Houghton Cascade, will make a
keynote presentation at the 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products
Industry, presented by TAPPI and Alberta Ingenuity, June 23-26, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The
theme of this year’s event is “Unlocking the Potential of Nano-Enabled Biomaterials.”
Weyerhaeuser will present “Technology in Forest Products – The Changing Global Context,” on
Friday, June 26. He will provide one of five keynote presentations at the conference. Weyerhaeuser will
address how ongoing global negotiations on climate and trade will influence future markets for forest
products. He will also address potential impacts on the prospects of nanotechnology innovation, and how
perceived risks of this new technology could color this dialog.
Before joining Houghton Cascade, Weyerhaeuser was a Senior Fellow at the World Business Council for
Sustainable Development (WBCSD). His work at WBCSD focused on intellectual property, technology
policy, energy and mobility.
Prior to his term at WBCSD, Weyerhaeuser was a member of the senior management team at
Weyerhaeuser Company. He was elected senior vice president, Technology, in 1998, and was responsible
for purchasing, transportation and research and development.
He joined Weyerhaeuser Company in 1978. He held various positions in pulp and paper manufacturing, wood products, research, and timberlands. He served as president and chief executive officer of
Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd. from 1993 to 1998. His great-great grandfather Frederick Weyerhaeuser was
one of the founders of Weyerhaeuser Company, which was incorporated in 1900.
Weyerhaeuser received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy/mathematics from Yale University in 1976, and
a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Weyerhaeuser has served as an Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education, as Chair of the Canada US
Fulbright Foundation, as the Chair of the Institute of Paper & Science Technology (IPST) and as the Chair at
Paprican. Weyerhaeuser currently serves as the Chair of Clearwater Investment Trust. He is also the chair
of the University of British Columbia Forestry Advisory Council and of the Executive Board of the Sloan
Center for Paper and Business Studies at Georgia Tech. He is a board member of the Museum of Glass
and of the Thea Foss Waterway Public Development Authority.
In addition to Mr. Weyerhaeuser’s presentation and a technical program including more than 40
presentations, conference attendees will tour Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)
on Tuesday, June 23. Located on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, this 20,000 m2 research
facility was founded in 2001. NINT is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution with researchers in physics,
chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Its objective is to discover design
rules for nanotechnology and develop platforms for building nanosystems and materials that are constructed
for specific applications. Attendees will hear brief presentations from NINT scientists and enjoy a reception
with light refreshments.
This internationally known event brings together leading researchers, industry experts, government
representatives and other stakeholders to share advances, perspectives and discuss new ideas and
breakthrough concepts on nanotechnology-based advances. More details are available at
Registration information is available through TAPPI’s Member Connection Center, 1-800-332-8686
(US), 1-800-446-9431 (Canada), +1-770-446-1400, [email protected]
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and
co-publisher of Paper360°. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities,
TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and
more cost-effective ways of doing business.