THANK YOU to the event sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees who made the 2015 Forestry Automation Expo a great success!

The Biomass North Development Centre hosted the first-ever 2015 Forestry Automation Expo to showcase the latest developments in automation, equipment, technologies, training and safety; all key components of a successful strategy for developing tomorrow’s workforce. The Expo was supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

2015 Forestry Automation Expo

Event Details

Event Report

Click here to view the final Event Report for a summary and highlights from the 2015 Forestry Automation Expo.


As Ontario’s forestry workforce ages and retires, the sector faces a looming labour shortage. Employers and entrepreneurs, service and equipment providers, and forestry professionals need innovative strategies to meet the expected shortfall in skilled labour. The emerging workforce of tomorrow needs to understand how innovation and automation will improve their productivity and transform how “forestry is done”.

The 2015 Forestry Automation Expo brought harvesters, sustainable forest licensees, equipment providers, forestry partners and professionals, and entrepreneurs to the one day event. More than just a traditional tradeshow, equipment vendors and service providers delivered ongoing breakout and information sessions throughout the day.


Building Capacity in Ontario’s Forest & Wood Manufacturing Industries
Ian Manson, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

First Resource Management Group: Freedom to Innovate
Allan Foley, First Resource Management Group Inc.

Overview of the Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy
Francis Gallo, Biomass North Development Centre

UAV's in Forest Fire Management
Hugh Liu, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

Digital Manufacturing in the Resource Industry
Evan Butler-Jones, ICAMP - Canadore College

Carmix Units and Benefits to the Forest Industry
Mike Larocque, Carmix Canada Limited

NADF Programs, Services and Upcoming Events
Denise Hardy, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

CIF: The Voice of Forest Practitioners
Svetlana Zeran, Canadian Institute of Forestry


Exhibitors & Sponsors



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