As a result of the foresight, imagination and initiative of a few technical people and executives in the Canadian pulp and paper industry in the early 20’s, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada was created 56 years ago to serve the industry. Its establishment recognised the fact that, even in those early days, the industry needed research and development, and that it would need to train scientists. Thus, right from the outset, PAPRICAN has had two broad missions:
1. To do research of importance to the industry:
2. To train scientists and technical personnel for the industry.
However, an appreciation of the nature of the Canadian pulp and paper industry is essential to an understanding of the development of PAPRICAN and of its programme.