BC-based innovators: Pioneering sustainable solutions in forestry and beyond

With the increasing severity of climate change effects, organizations are persistently seeking fresh and innovative ways to reduce their carbon emissions and play a part in fostering a sustainable planet. Several BC-based organizations have become innovation pioneers in forestry.


FPInnovations is one of the world’s largest private, non-profit forest research institutions. Based in Vancouver, FPInnovations focuses on developing advanced technologies and sustainable practices for the forestry industry. They work on a range of products, from bio-based materials to advanced forest management techniques. Read more about FPInnovations: https://web.fpinnovations.ca/ 


Specializing in tree breeding and forest genetics, Arborgen Canada focuses on developing and providing improved tree seedlings for use in reforestation and afforestation projects. The organization works on the genetic improvement of trees to enhance traits such as growth rate, disease resistance, and adaptability to specific environmental conditions. This helps to create more resilient and productive forests. Learn more about Arborgen Canada: https://www.arborgen.com/


Mercer Mass Timber (formerly known as Structurlam) produces engineered wood products, particularly mass timber solutions. They are known for their expertise in designing, engineering, and manufacturing structural components made from wood, such as Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and Glue-Laminated Timber (Glulam) beams. Completed in 2022, oN5 in Vancouver, BC is the organization’s latest project which involved mass timber design-assist, mass timber material supply, and on-site mass timber install assist. Learn more about Mercer Mass Timber: https://mercermasstimber.com/


Arbios Biotech uses cutting-edge technology to convert wood residues and biomass into renewable biofuels that can be used for low-carbon transportation and sustainable biochemicals. Their technology specializes in the conversion of lignin, a natural polymer found in wood, into valuable bio-based products. Lignin is a complex organic compound that is a byproduct of various processes in the pulp and paper industry. Arbios Biotech’s new facility is currently under construction in Prince George on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, with expected operations to start in 2024! Learn more about Arbios Biotech: https://arbiosbiotech.com/