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FROM THE EDITORS
        They’re back (lawyers, that is)
        GRAEME RODDEN is Executive Editor, Pulp & Paper International (PPI)




        I recently attended the annual meeting of the Pulp and                                                                          An era is over
        Paper technical association of canada (PaPtac). Many people
        still refer to this meeting as cPPa (the former canadian Pulp and        Back to Montreal, the plenary session featured former canadian
        Paper association). at one time in this industry, Montreal was the       cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew, who had some interesting
        place to be in January. the meeting and exhibition (eXFOr) used          insight into the current economic morass. He is now an inter-
        to attract more than 15,000 people when it moved to the newly-           national executive advisor with deloitte & touche and he spoke
        built Palais des congrès in the mid-1980s.                               about a new north american/global business model.
              Unfortunately, market conditions in north america being                 Speaking from a canadian perspective, Pettigrew touched on
        what they were (and are) over the few past years led to a severe         canadian’s inferiority complex vis-à-vis their southern neighbors.
        decline in attendance. the association took the tough decision to        “It makes us say that when the US catches cold, canada catches
        return to a hotel venue (where the meeting used to be) in 2009.          pneumonia.”
        Perhaps the association should have made this decision four or                However, the reality is different. “In this crisis and in the past
        five years ago. However, hindsight is 20:20 and PaPtac must find         six or seven recessions since World War 2, every recession has
        a way to move ahead and remain relevant to its members. In light         been longer and deeper in the US than in canada. therefore, it
        of the downward spiral of the economy in 2008, the decision to           when the US catches pneumonia, we catch a cold and (canadian)
        downsize the meeting was a wise one. Imagine being stuck in with         decision makers need to be aware of this.”
        a convention center bill.                                                     He said that canada will do well in a new era, adding that,
              PaPtac still has work ahead of itself to rebuild this event. Its   “the thatcher-reagan era has collapsed and been discredited.
        american counterpart, taPPI, also faced hard times with its shows        the 30-year era of economists leading the world with a neo-con-
        but seems to have found itself again with Papercon. Maybe the            servative approach is over.”
        canadians can do the same.                                      
				
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Description: The author recently attended the annual meeting of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. The meeting and exhibition used to attract more than 15,000 people when it moved to the newly-built Palais des Congres in the mid-1980s. The plenary session featured former Canadian cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew, who had some interesting insight into the current economic morass. He said that one of the ways back from this economic morass will be to allow China into the world financial bodies. He noted that it was ridiculous to keep countries like China out while some lightweights were still part of the inner circle.
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