Bioheat Opportunities for Remote and Rural Communities Workshop

Delivered on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, this workshop focused on biomass heating for rural and remote communities. Thank you to our event speakers and participants for making this event such a success!

Event Details

April 19th 2016
8:30am to 4:45pm
Valhalla Inn, Scandia Room
Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Event Scope

The Bioheat Opportunities for Remote and Rural Communities Workshop will bring expertise, tools, and lessons-learned in bioheat project development, and give participants the connections and support they need to make informed decisions and develop their own projects. A mix of expert speakers, workshop exercises, and panels will provide a full scope of possibilities and insights regarding heating with solid biofuels.

As many Canadian provinces and other countries have realized some time ago, there are strong economic, environmental and social opportunities tied to bioenergy development. This is especially true for remote and rural communities looking for ways to reduce their energy costs by using regional and dependable forms of renewable heat.

This workshop will provide participants with meaningful information to allow for enhanced decision making regarding bioheat, with an emphasis on:

  • Community energy planning with bioheat
  • Technology applications and fuel types
  • Legislations and regulations for heating with biofuels in Ontario
  • Lessons learned from past and current biofuel heating installations

Speakers &

View the Speaker Bios to learn more about this workshop's expert speakers.

Keynote Address: The Wawa Energy Plan Experience
Emily Cormier
Energy Project Manager - Economic Development Corporation of Wawa

Bioheat 101: Background, Context and Value Proposition
Francis Gallo
Project Director - Biomass North Development Centre

Community Energy Planning - Background & Workshop Exercise

Community Energy Planning in Remote and Rural Communities
Sarah Marchionda
Manager of Research & Strategic Initiatives - QUEST

Workshop Exercise: Community Energy Planning Mapping Exercise + workshop map
Brent Gilmour
Executive Director - QUEST

Lessons Learned Panel - Community Energy Planning and Bioheat Applications

Lessons Learned in Planning Community Energy Systems
Sandra Yee
Mechanical and Project Engineer - FVB Energy Inc.

Lessons Learned from Wahgoshig First Nation
Mylon Ollila
Energy Resources Manager - Wahgoshig First Nation

District vs. Decentralized Bioheat: Case Study of Bella Coola, BC
Jamie Stephen
Founder and Managing Director - TorchLight Bioresources

Lessons Learned from Sachigo Lake First Nation
Steven Tait
Lands and Resources - Sachigo Lake First Nation

Understanding Community Scale Bioheat Panel - Supply Chains, Technologies and Initiatives

Biomass Supply Chains and Logistics
Dominik Roser
Manager for Forest Biomass and Wildfire Operations - FPInnovations

Community Heating Options with Biomass
Brian Kurikka
Principal Consultant - Cloud River Resources

Regulatory Overview for Small Wood Fired Combustors (<3MW)
Steven Law
Renewable Energy Engineer - Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

2016 Forestry Expo

Congratulations to the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund for successfully hosting their 2016 Forestry Expo from April 20-21st in Thunder Bay. This year’s event included over 50 exhibitors and was packed with a variety of expert speakers. For details visit the 2016 Forestry Expo website.

Please contact Francis Gallo at with any questions or inquiries.

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