Keynote Speaker

November 7 - 9, 2017 | Innovations in Bioproducts & Bioeconomy

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Keynote Presentation

Tuesday, November 7, 2017    •    1:30pm - 3:00pm  
Hilton Norfolk The Main


Mark F. DeAndrea

Vice President and Business Unit Leader, BioMaterials



"Transformation of pulp and paper and the opportunity called Biomaterials"


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Mark DeAndrea joined Domtar in January of 2016 and is a member of the Pulp and Paper Leadership Team.

Mr. DeAndrea has management oversight and responsibility for Domtar’s newly created BioMaterials Business Unit, which includes five platforms; lignin, extractives, cellulosic sugars, advanced fibers, and thermochemical fuels.  Mr. DeAndrea is also a Board Member for Celluforce, the world leader in the commercial production of Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNC).  Celluforce is a joint venture between Schlumberger, Fibria, FPInnovations, and Domtar.

Mark has over 25 years of international management experience.  His background includes strategy, finance, strategic capital, commercialization, mergers and acquisitions, and operations for a variety of companies and industries including industrial bio-refining, biomaterials, and technology.

Prior to joining Domtar, Mr. DeAndrea was a partner at PrairieGold (or “PG”), a private equity firm focused on early-stage investing and commercialization strategy for companies in renewable energy, healthcare, and bio-refining technologies.  Prior to PG, Mark was Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for POET LLC., one of the world’s largest ethanol producers.  Mark was the architect (and Board Member) of the POET-DSM cellulosic ethanol joint venture and led the $250 MM financing and commercialization strategy.  Prior to POET, Mr. DeAndrea held senior leadership positions with several private equity firms and investment banks such as RBC Capital (Managing Director and Head of US Technology), PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities (Global Head of Technology Investment Banking), and Columbia Capital (Vice President M&A and Private Placements).

Mr. DeAndrea is based in Fort Mill South Carolina.  He has a wife and two teenage children and lives in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina.



About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products.  Domtar Pulp and Paper has 4 business units; Pulp, Paper, Specialty Paper, and BioMaterials.  With approximately 9,850 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on everyday. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.3 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit