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Open Letter

A diversified economy, a transforming forest products

An Open Letter was developed over the last week by the 8 Scientific Directors of the 8 FIBRE research networks, an then has been issued to media across Québec and Canada.

The goal of the letter was to raise awareness of the FIBRE Conference, and at the same time, underline the importance of university-based research for the transforming forest sector.

More details here.

3rd FIBRE Conference, The Path Forward (May 10-13)

5th VCO Summer School, Big Data in Value Chain Optimization (May 14) 

It’s all happening again in May!  We are excited to invite you to the 2015 FIBRE Conference and the 2015 VCO Summer School. This year, both events happen starting Sunday 10 May through Thursday 14 May and you are invited to attend. 

The 2015 FIBRE Conference program and overview are now posted on the FIBRE website. VCO will have a strong presence this year. For more details, the program can be consulted here

The 5th edition of the VCO Summer School follows the successful previous versions. To share insights around Big Data in the forest sector, we are pleased to welcome two keynote speakers: Mr. Gert Anderson (The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden) and Mr. Robert Beauregard (Dean, Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique, Université Laval). The preliminary program can be found here.

More details here. For any further question, please contact

Release of VCO Webinars Winter 2015 Program

Winter 2015 - Webinar Program 

Click here to access.

You are cordially invited to attend the last VCO webinar which will be held on Wednesday April 29, from 1:30 to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)This presentation "Decision Support for Demand-Driven Annual Harvest Scheduling" will be given by Mrs. GĂ©raldine Gemieux, suppervised by Mr. Bernard Gendron, from UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al. 

This presentation highlights the results her VCO transfer project realized in collaboration with FPInnovations.

Looking forward to meet many of you there !

Call for Papers

J-FOR Journal Special Edition

Abstract deadline March 15th 2015, full paper deadline April 30th 2015 

J-FOR is the preeminent and flagship journal of PAPTAC, publishing peer-reviewed high-quality articles that address technological and scientific issues critical to the forest industry. This special edition of "Value Chain Optimization in the Forest Bioeconomy" seeks original, high quality research papers contributing to the emerging field of forest bioeconomy transformation and value chain optimization. To learn more information, please click here.


Call for Abstract

Abstract deadline March 1st 2015 - Notification April 1st 2015

SSAFR 2015 - 16th Symposium for Systems Analysis in Forest Resources

August 19-21, 2015, Uppsala, Sweden

The SSAFR symposia congregate researchers and practitioners in the area of Operations Research and Systems Analysis in Forest Resources. The symposia are held biannually since the 1980's and have until now taken place in the Americas; for the first time now in Europe.

Objectives and themes

You will fin the objectives by following this link. The following themes are identified for the conference (other may be organized on request, please get in touch with Scientific Committee chair)

  • Educational tools in OR/MS
  • Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methods
  • Fire and pest - modeling and control
  • Forest Decision Support Systems - construction and use
  • OR/MS techniques for forest planning
  • Forest operations
  • Planning and control systems for the forest-based supply chains
  • The forest-based sector – modeling
  • The forest-based sector – challenges and policies

Please submit you Abstract contribution online.

Contact and questions

Click here to find more information.

Releasing of the VCO Edition - Fall 2014

We are pleased to announce the releasing of VCO Fall 2014 Newsletter  Edition edited by Baburam Rijal, Ph.D. student at UniversitĂ© Laval.

Please click here to access this issue as well as the full list of available issues.

Save the dates for the 3rd FIBRE Conference 

May 10-13, 2015 - École Polytechnique

The 3rd FIBRE Conference will be held May 10 – 13, 2015 at École Polytechnique, in Montreal, Canada.

Preliminary Program

  • "Path Forward"
  • Plenaries
  • Commercialization platform
  • Otto Maass Poster Session showcasing innovative ideas

To access information, please click here.

For registration information visit after January 15, 2015.



Call for papers - Forest-products supply chain

2015 IFAC Symposium on Information Control in Manufacturing (INCOM 2015)

Session chairs: André Thomas - Lorraine University, Jonathan Gaudreault - Laval University, Jean-Paul Bourrières - Bordeaux University & Hind Bril - Lorraine University

Authors are invited to submit original contributions on decision support and optimization relating to this field of application. Here a illustrative issues or topics:

  • Production planning
  • Simulation
  • Optimisation
  • Supply and distribution models
  • Centralized and distributed approaches for material flow control

Please submit your invited contribution online by following the link "Submit a contribution to INCOM 2015".

Submit as Special Session Paper using the code: j9fpf

Click here to find more information.

Releasing of the VCO 4th Edition - Special Summer School 2014

We are pleased to announce the releasing of VCO Newsletter 4th Edition edited by Baburam Rijal, Ph.D. student at Université Laval.

Please click here to access this issue as well as the full list of available issues.

Publication Announcement

We are pleased to announce the new publication entitled â€śOptimisation” (french version only) by Nicolas Mansuy, VCO Associate Student (UniversitĂ© Laval et NRCAN), in the Magazine des OpĂ©rations Forestières.

To access this article, please click here.



Publication Announcement

We are pleased to announce the new publication entitled “Matching market signals to the Canadian wood products value chain” by Professor Chris Gaston (UBC and FPInnovations), in UBC BranchLines Vol 25.2.

To access this article, please click here


2nd FIBRE Conference - May 12 to 15 2014, UBC
Content now available

The 2nd Conférence FIBRE has been held from May 12 to 15 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. The VCO network has been well represented this year again with about twenty collaborators on site (researchers, members of management committees and partners).

To access the final program, the PDF version of scientific posters presented by the VCO network and abstracts of all posters presented at the conference, please click here.

VCO Summer School 2014

The 4th VCO Summer School has been held from June 11 to 13, at Dalhousie University, in Halifax under the theme "Defining a Service Offer in Value Chain Optimization". This year, we welcomed three keynote speakers, a scientific poster competition has been held, a real-case study has been presented and a one-day field-trip.

For more information or accessing the final program, you can visit the VCO Summer School 2014 webpage. Please note that the page will be update soon.

Presentation and report of the last VCO Workshop held during "Forest Sector Modeling Conference 2013" now available!

The program, the presentation (PDF format) and the report of VCO Workshop "Linking International Forest Value Chain Modeling Efforts" hold during "Forest Sector Modeling Conference 2013" on October 17, 2013, Rica Victoria Hotel, Lillehammer, Norway are now available !

> Program and presentation
> Report

Call for International or Interuniversity Internship
(Grant Program)

The VCO Network is relying on the valuable contributions of a national research community of more than 34 principal investigators and 40 Master’s/PhD students & Postdoctoral fellows (PDF) from 15 Canadian universities. Through the funding of VCO student/PDF internships, this grant program aims to foster research collaboration with researchers abroad or VCO researchers located in another Canadian university.

For a complete description and application form, click here.

Call for Associate Students (Grant Program)

The VCO Network aims to be inclusive with the whole research community in the field of VCO applied to forest bioeconomy networks. A Grant Program for Associate Students is now open for submissions. This grant aims to support students not funded by the VCO Network to take part in the VCO Network’s activities, mainly the Summer School, workshops and FIBRE activities.

For a complete description and application form, see the Call for Associate Students.

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