Forest products leaders to discuss new markets and explore opportunities for innovation and growth at PwC conference

VANCOUVER, May 3, 2012—Faced with an uncertain economy, new sources of competition and shifting customer demand, forest, paper and packaging CEOs are looking to innovation, new products, services and emerging markets to drive longer term growth. Industry leaders understand that significant changes to their strategy and business must be made to ensure success.

Over 450 CEOs, industry executives, customers, service providers, analysts and policy makers from around the world will gather at the 25th Annual PwC Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference in Vancouver, BC on May 10. They will share ideas on new markets and opportunities to drive innovation and growth in an uncertain economy.

The theme of this year’s conference is Delivering value, innovation and growth in a volatile world.

What: 25th Annual PwC Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

When: Thursday May 10, 2012

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia

Agenda and speakers:

8:00 a.m. Conference welcome

  • Bruce McIntyre, Canadian Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice, PwC, Vancouver, BC

8:10 a.m. Global geopolitical landscape

  • Willis Sparks, Analyst, Global Macro, Eurasia Group, New York, NY

9:00 a.m. Financial performance

  • Bill Hoffman, Managing Director, High Yield Research, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, New York, NY
  • Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

10:30 a.m. The future of paper and communications in a digital world

  • Kevin Bent, Executive Vice President, Western Canada, Postmedia, and President & Publisher, Pacific Newspaper Group, Vancouver, BC
  • John Cruickshank, Publisher, Toronto Star, Toronto, ON
  • Douglas Knight, President, St. Joseph Media, Toronto, ON

1:30 p.m. Market outlook

  • Hans Sohlström, Executive Vice President, UPM-Kymmene Corporation, Helsinki, Finland
  • Robert Flynn, Director, International Timber, RISI, Washington, DC
  • Don Roberts, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIBC World Markets Inc., Ottawa, ON
  • Adam Grant, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC

3:45 p.m. Executive perspectives

  • John Williams, President & CEO, Domtar Corporation, Montreal, QC
  • Ken Shields, Chairman & CEO, Conifex Timber Inc., Vancouver, BC
  • Richard Garneau, President & CEO, Resolute Forest Products, Montreal, QC

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Accredited media are invited to attend the full day conference, please pre-register. Contact Jim Nelson by Email, or +1 604 806 7047. Pre-registered media may pre-book 15 minute one on one interviews with PwC spokespeople.

Also of interest: PwC’s Conference is part of the week-long Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2012, a five day series of events and conferences focused on the global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries. Organizations participating in Summit 2012 are The Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC), International WOOD Markets Group, and PwC.

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