THANK YOU to our event partners, collaborators, speakers and attendees who participated in the workshop series!

Event Details

Thunder Bay Sault Ste. Marie Kenora
January 24, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 23, 2017
9:00am to 4:30pm 9:00am to 4:30pm 9:00am to 4:30pm
Lakehead University Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front Seven Generations Education Institute
Avila Centre: AC 127 (Avila Cafeteria) LaFleur Room Manidoo Baawaatig: Library Room

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Event Scope

The Biomass North Development Centre in partnership with the University of Guelph led a series of workshops focused on building effective and cost-feasible value chains for biofuel and bioproduct development in northern communities. With an emphasis on remote and rural communities and supply chains, the purpose was to discuss the current opportunities, challenges and regional benefits to biomass-based energy solutions.

This workshop series was supported by BioFuelNet, and was organized in partnership by the Biomass North Development Centre and University of Guelph, in collaboration with RediCan BioFuels and REMASCO.



Bioeconomy 101
Dawn Lambe, Biomass North Development Centre

Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy - It’s Time for Action!
Francis Gallo, Biomass North Development Centre

Northeast Superior Region
David Flood, Wahkohtowin Development GP Corporation

Canada’s BioFuelNet and the Low Cost Sustainable Feedstock Task Force
J. Kevin Vessey, Saint Mary’s University

Biomass Feedstock: The Pan-Canadian Research
Muhammad Waseem Ashiq, University of Guelph

Long-Term Biomass Yield Potentials of Five Energy Crops Grown in Southern Ontario
Naresh Thevathasan, University of Guelph

Purpose Grown Bioenergy Feedstocks for Canada
Raju Soolanayakanahally, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Biofuel, Greenhouses, Electricity & Community Development
Jim Gallant, REMASCO

Towards Healthier Communities
Concord Blue Reformer - System Overview (click to download graphic)
Michael Appleby, RediCan BioFuels
Michael Rich, RediCan BioFuels

Heating with Wood – The Clean and Efficient Way
Vince Rutter, Biothermic

Viessmann – Climate of Innovation
Andreas Wintzer, Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc.

How to Access Available Crown Forest Resources in Ontario
Mike Davis, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Christopher Clowater, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Programs
Lucy Kwiaton, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Karen Speers, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Andrea Lundy, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Finland's Approach to Biomass, It's Successes and Overcoming Obstacles
Matti Virkkunen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Contact us for more information on the Building Biomass Value Chains workshop series.

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