The organization was founded in 1915 as the Technical Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association. On September 30, 1998 it was incorporated under the name of Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) as an independent not-for-profit association. It now has close to 3000 men and women as its members. Most are employed in paper mills, in private or publicly supported research organisations, in universities, government departments, consulting firms, and in companies which supply the industry. Membership is also open to students and librarians, and persons who have retired from careers in the industry. Approximately 80% of these members are located in Canada; the remainder is found in many other pulp and paper producing countries.

PAPTAC is dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.

PAPTAC carries out its mission by providing forums in which members may identify present and future technical issues of importance to the industry. These matters are dealt with through the Association’s technical communities, conferences, courses, webinars, technical publications and, as appropriate, in collaboration with other organisations.


  • To provide means for the interchange of knowledge and expertise among its members;
  • To improve the skill levels and effectiveness of present and future employees through training and education;
  • To provide technical and practical information on pulp and paper manufacture and use;
  • To further the application of the sciences in the pulp and paper industry;
  • To assist in the solution of problems confronting the industry;
  • To encourage and assist innovation;
  • To promote the efficient stewardship of natural resources.

Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC)
740 Notre-Dame St. W., suite 1070
Montreal (Quebec) H3C 3X6

Telephone: (514) 392-0265