Photo Don Mutton

Anna Tora and JeffMartin, fromSweden, withGeorge Tombler (standing) at a recent

reunion of people who worked at “The Research” in Hawkesbury.

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Similar reunions were held in 2001 and

Submitted by Don Mutton

2006, ten and 15 years after the laboratories


were shut down. The organizing committee

for the reunion of 2011, consisting of Ron

Saturday, May 9, 89 former employees

Dines, Peter Hodgson, Bill Kitchen, Mac

of CIP Research and their guests gathered

McIntyre, Don Mutton and Pauline Parent,

at the Hawkesbury Golf Club for a buffet

attempted to contact as many former

dinner to mark the 20 th

anniversary of the

employees as possible. With the passage of

closing of the laboratories.


The research department was started in

away. Many could not be reached because

1923 by the Riordan Company, two years

we have lost touch and others, because of

before it was taken over by Canadian


International paper Co. A separate research

unable to attend. A number of messages of

subsidiary of CIP was established in 1948

greetings, reminiscences and expressions of

under the name “Industrial Cellulose


Research Limited.” ICR changed names



Atkins, 93, who worked at ICR from 1955 to

Cellulose Research, CIP Research, and

1982. A long-time resident of L’Orignal, he

Canadian Pacific Forest Products Research



the farthest were Jeff Martin, and his wife,

Until the late 1950s, when it reached its

from Sweden, and Madhu Godsay, from

maximum staff of 250, ICR gained a

Texas. Quite a few came from the

worldwide reputation for research on the


production of dissolving pulp and its use in


Friday, July 1, 2011 At the Confederation Park (Schedule of activities to follow) For information: 613 632-0106, ext. 2255 L et’s celebrate D ay ! Canada

C élébrons C anada

! La fête du

making cellophane, rayon textile fibre and

number who still reside in the Hawkesbury



plastics. In the field of dissolving pulp, it


served as the technical centre for the entire

memorabilia illustrated the work and play

International Paper organization. After the

of the research personnel from the 1930s

establishment of a corporate research centre

until 1991. Aside from a couple of short

Le vendredi 1er juillet 2011 Au Parc de la Confédération (Horaire des activités à suivre) Pour information: 613 632-0106, poste 2255

by IP at Sterling Forest, New York in 1968,

speeches, most of the time was spent

the role of ICR changed, and the extensive

renewing old friendships, chatting with

laboratories and pilot plants provided

former colleagues, and celebrating the

support to CIP in the fields of newsprint,

unique spirit of “The Research.”

bleached kraft market pulp and packaging.


Particularly during the period of rapid

“last hurrah,” mainly because of the


advancing years of the players. However,

scientists and engineers came from all over

those present enjoyed the evening so much

the world to work in Hawkesbury. “The

that many urged the organizers to plan

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Research” also provided interesting jobs as

another reunion, possibly in 2016 to mark

the25 th



reunion? Stay tuned.

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