Introducing FPLab

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 27th, 2013

FPInnovations, Canada’s forest research centre, has created a collaborative, online innovation platform called the FPIntell LAB. The goal of this site is to bring technology, creativity, and experience together to solve issues related to wood product innovation. We believe by working together, we can create a stronger value-added sector for the good of our country and our environment.

A variety of collaborative projects related to innovation in wood will be hosted on the LAB. These projects may range from design contests, to co-creation events, to customer-focused research. Creative individuals with a collaborative spirit and an interest in wood are invited to join in.

The projects are structured to be flexible. No matter your participation level, you are sure to learn something new, stretch your creativity, and make valuable connections. In addition, there are cash prizes of $5,000 for each challenge.

With two projects underway – you still have a chance to get involved (see story below).

If you are intrigued by the concept of collaborative innovation, but aren’t able to participate, sign up for the Lab Community to be notified of future projects. You will only receive an email when a new project is started.

Your involvement with this Lab Community will help shape this important tool for strengthening the value-added wood sector. The concepts generated by these challenges will spark further Research and Development and ultimately help to work toward a renewable built environment.

For more information and to register visit, or contact Barbara Bell at or 604 876 1169.

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