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In the meantime, meet the 2023 speakers from Mars, Dow Inc., Suzano America, Canopy Planet, Mohawk, Paradigm, Bim Bam Boo, Ingredion, Michelman, Ahlstrom, American Forest & Paper Association, ProCon, UMV Coating Systems AB, Trinseo LLC, and more.
Steve Ottone is the holder of a BS and MS in Wood Science from the Pennsylvania State University. His career started in the paper industry with work for Container Corporation of America, St. Regis Paper, and Champion International. He then moved to the supplier side, working in latex supply to the paper industry for Reichhold, Inc., Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex, and Mallard Creek Polymers. Latest, he worked with Omya, Inc., a supplier of specialty coatings and rheology modifiers for a broad range of applications. His area of emphasis is polymer and rheology modifier solutions to barrier coatings needs.
David is the holder of a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Hague, Netherlands, and has worked over two decades in the pulp & paper industry. Prior to Mantech Enterprises Inc., David was an application engineer, project manager and sales manager with ABB’s automation division servicing pulp & paper and oil & gas customers. Drawing from his extensive firsthand experience with occupational health and safety guidelines in these sectors, David is a passionate advocate for the widespread adoption of automated tail threading systems. This technology not only streamlines operations but also significantly enhances operator safety by minimizing the direct interaction between operators and the paper machine.
Passionate about sustainability and the impact of packaging on the global network, Kelly Helein champions change as a Board Member for the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation, Smithers Pira Sustainability in Packaging (EU/US) and Specialty Papers (EU/US), and development committee for the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI. Kelly returned to her hometown of Appleton, WI in the capacity of Vice President, Business Development for ProCon’s new Vireo Coatings division. ProCon is the largest independent paper converter in the US, with multiple locations throughout the nation. Vireo brings to market a plastic free barrier coating technology to meeting consumer packaging sustainability initiatives.
Graduate of Syracuse-ESF Paper Science, 39+ years in the paper industry. Experience includes Paper Manufacturing, Coating R&D, Coater Startup Consulting, Product Launch and Management, Business Development for both Paper Manufacturers and Suppliers to the Industry. The last 20 years have been focused on Packaging with a focus on sustainability.
My name is Dustin Burton, and I am a Technical Specialist for Trinseo LLC. I focus on synthetic binders in paper coatings, specifically their performance in rheological properties, printing, wet and dry strength, adhesion and gluability, and barrier performance. My day-to-day consists of designing quality and research programs, coating substrates, testing coated substrates, testing formulas and raw materials, data gathering and analysis, and data reporting. I have been in this industry for 17 years, starting as a college co-op in 2006. I have also spent a number of those years at Trinseo’s Pilot Coating facility focusing on formulation expertise, scale-up of both equipment and research formulations, and dry-end applications.
Dr. Ying is an Associate Research Scientist from Dow Chemical’s Business Research & Development organization. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Peking University. Then he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, developing a new type of dynamic covalent chemistry named ‘hindered urea bond’ for smart materials design. With Dow, he developed expertise in polyolefin dispersion (POD) derived coating materials for various sustainable industrial solutions in paper packaging, metal beverage/food packaging, lamination adhesive, etc. He has authored 18 peer-reviewed publications and 6 patents in his career.
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Neva leads Canopy’s Next Generation Solutions Campaign and for 19 years has worked with major publishers and brands such as Stella McCartney and Sprint and Telus to develop visionary procurement policies for forest conservation and Next Generation Solutions scale up.
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I have an honours degree in Fine Arts and Arts Administration. I have been with Canopy since 2002, first working with the Canadian magazine industry to help the major publishers develop leading procurement policies and use Ancient Forest Friendly paper. I now lead our Second Harvest Campaign growing markets for paper made with straw residues and also work with the North American print sector. Over the years I have authored articles in trade journals, been a judge for eco-awards, been one of the reviewers of the Kimberly Clark LCA on alternatives fibers, designed the Ecopaper database and The Paper Steps and I sit on the steering committee of the Environmental Paper Network.
Daniel has worked within the paper & board industry sector for 25 years and has had positions within Engineering, Sales, and Management. He started his career in Valmet Karlstad in Sweden and joined UMV Coating Systems in 2008. Daniel’s current position is Commercial Director and he is a former CEO and Sales Director of the company.
Daniel has been deeply involved in the strategic decisions to develop technology for better coverage of the fibers and focus on barrier applications which has positioned UMV Coating systems in the center of this field. The work Daniel has made, leading customer projects from idea to implementation on the world market, has given him a profound understanding and knowledge about production units and coating concepts needed to produce optimal barrier products based on surface treatment of paper‐and board.
Don Ventresca is a Senior Application Development Specialist for Trinseo LLC, specializing in synthetic binders for paperboard coatings. In this role, Don has led or assisted in the development of new binders and works with paper and paperboard producers to optimize or improve their coating formulations. He has worked for the past 23 years in the Binders Technical Service and Development group and is currently part of the Binder Technical Sales organization. Previous to this current role, he worked in research and manufacturing roles in various plastics and elastomers businesses, for a total of 39 years of experience. He is a certified 6Sigma Black Belt and a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Canada). In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, hiking and camping.
Brad Hartong supports Application Development at Primient.
Brad’s career spans 19 years across both the chemical and paper industries. Much of his work has been focused on barrier chemistries development as well as paper coatings.
Brad eared a Paper Science and Engineering, BS degree from Miami University in Ohio as well as completed advanced degrees (Masters and PhD) in the same field from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.
Irenée Philippe has 42 years of technology, business development and leadership experience in the pulp and paper industry covering a range of business areas including capital equipment, specialty papers and specialty chemicals. In January, Irenée joined Kemira's new Growth Accelerator Unit as Business Creation Manager with emphasis on biomaterials and barrier technologies for paper and board. His career began in R&D roles with The Black-Clawson Company and Hammermill Paper. This was followed by a series of marketing, business development and leadership roles in specialty chemicals and specialty papermaking with Betz PaperChem, Allied Colloids, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, BASF, Appvion Encapsys Division, Axchem and Ahlstrom-Munksjö. Irenée earned a BS degree in Paper Science and Engineering from Miami University.
Leading a talented team of engineers in executing innovation strategies, reinforcing operational excellence, and penetrating value-added markets. R&D expertise in EVOH, PVOH and biopolymer specialty plastics and coating technologies, combined with a modern executive mindset and business acumen.
Marion, working as head of R&D, is shareholder in Gruppo X di X Gruppo srl, a company generating patents on innovations in the packaging and mainly paper sector, developing them and licensing patents, know how and technology. She is co-author of the base patents of Gruppo X’s developments and has been working since 1990 in the field of process and material innovation. Gruppo X’s patents have been licensed in Japan, Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico
Marion holds degrees in architecture from Germany and Italy