TAPPI Awards 2020’s Highest Honors – Virtual ceremony but true achievements

Each year, TAPPI recognizes scientific achievement, outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and service to the industries and communities it serves. These awards do more than honor the achievements of those receiving them—they highlight the qualities shared by TAPPI members.

The awards, initially planned for presentation at PaperCon 2020, which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were instead presented on Tuesday evening, June 23, at TAPPI’s first-ever virtual ceremony.

These awards represent TAPPI’s highest-level honors. Winners included:

Young Professionals of the Year

TAPPI’s Young Professional (YP) of the Year is an annual award that identifies aspiring young leaders in the global forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and associated industries. Eligible nominees are age 35 or younger with less than 10 years of industry experience. The award recognizes Young Professionals who have made significant contributions to the forest products industries in the following areas: Leadership, Community Service, and Problem-Solving Contributions to Scientific or Engineering Projects.

The 2020 YP winners included:

  • Peyton Clifton, Mechanical Project Engineer, Domtar
  • John DeJarnette, Senior Researcher, WestRock Corporation
  • John Edwards, Operations Superintendent, Domtar
  • Natasha Melton, Senior Researcher, WestRock Corporation
  • Nika Wanserski, Shift Supervisor, Neenah, Inc.


TAPPI Journal Names Best Paper

Each year, the TAPPI Journal (TJ) Editorial Board honors the best of TJ content by nominating and voting for the Best Research Paper, which is ultimately selected based on the scientific merit, innovation, creativity, and clarity of the nominated papers.

This year’s winning topic is related to the recovery cycle, and the paper title and authors, all from the University of Toronto, are: “The Solubility of Calcium Carbonate in Green Liquor Handling Systems,”— Alisha Giglio, Vladimiros G. Papangelakis, and Honghi Tran.

For many 2021 TAPPI Awards, nominations are open until August 1. Several include generous honorariums funded by private donation. Learn more about the awards and nomination process.