The BIC in partnership with the Union of Ontario Indians, and with feedback from numerous northern Ontario organizations, developed a Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.
From January to March 2015, The BIC organized and delivered a series of six community consultation sessions to educate and gain feedback on the proposed Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.
The BIC arranged for and brought a delegation of 25 Finnish and Swedish biomass/bioenergy experts on a visit and study tour of Northern Ontario communities to meet with economic developers, businesses and First Nations. Stops included Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Marathon, Red Rock and Thunder Bay.
As a pre-conference event to the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre's Energy Opportunities Conference, the BIC hosted a Professional Development Session titled “The 123’s of Crops, Waste and Trees.” The content was based on the BIC’s education curriculum. Eligible participants were able to use this course towards Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
As part of Bioeconomy Week in Thunder Bay, the BIC delivered a Professional Development Session (Biomass to Bioenergy) using the BIC’s education curriculum. Eligible participants were able to use this course towards Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
As part of Bioeconomy Week in Thunder Bay, the BIC hosted a community seminar titled "Waking the Sleeping Giant: Developments and Opportunities in Northern Ontario’s Bioeconomy".
The BIC and Union of Ontario Indians sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.
The BIC delivered the "Connecting Communities – Building Futures II: Fuels, ChEMS and Composites" community seminar, hosted in Kapuskasing. The two-day event consisted of guest speaker presentations (day 1) and an interactive design charrette exercise (day 2).
The BIC is a head of delegation for Naturallia 2013 in Sault Ste. Marie. The BIC also led a panel presentation and Q&A at Naturallia 2013 on "Smart Energy: Opportunities for Smart Energy Solutions in Northern Ontario".
The BIC receives a grant from the NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for the Support for Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Initiatives program. This grant allowed the BIC to perform consulting services for northern Ontario SME's exploring entrance or expansion into the bioeconomy.
The BIC was involved in the planning stage of the Ontario Long Term Energy Plan, where the BIC presented its recommendations for renewable heat using biomass.
The Biomass Innovation Centre receives a grant from NOHFC and FedNor to develop a Roadmap for Biomass Industry Development in the Blue Sky Region of Ontario. The report identified promising regional development opportunities in the bioeconomy.
The BIC delivered the "Connecting Communities – Building Futures" community seminar, hosted in North Bay. The seminar consisted of presentations from 13 experts in community heat and energy with biomass, and a tradeshow with bioenergy vendors.
The BIC was a partner in a Sector Improvement Strategy developed in collaboration with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and RDÉE Ontario. The purpose was to identify barriers and constraints to energy project development in northern Ontario, particularly bioenergy development.
The BIC receives a grant from the NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for the Support for Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Initiatives program. This funding allowed 5 SMEs to receive consulting and research services (delivered by the Biomass Innovation Centre) that will help position them for expansion and/or realignment in northern Ontario’s bioeconomy.
The BIC, in partnership with RDÉE Ontario, led a ten-day Bioenergy Mission to Europe, which joined with the Canadian Bioenergy Association’s mission in Sweden. Participants attended World Bioenergy 2012 in Jönköping, Sweden, and visited additional renewable energy sites in Denmark and Germany. The purpose of the trip was to help accelerate projects in northern Ontario.
The BIC organized a second Harnessing Biomass conference, "Support for Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Initiatives". The two-day conference included five technical sessions and an afternoon field tour. The varied technical program attracted over 100 individuals to the event
The BIC received an Education Grant from the Community Energy Partnerships Program (administered by former Ontario Power Authority). The Blue Sky Renewable Energy Initiative was intended to engage interested municipal leaders, community stakeholders and residents from four communities within the Blue Sky Region of Northern Ontario.
The BIC received a grant from the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) to organize a seminar and produce communication materials to support northern Ontario communities and Canadian SMEs.
The BIC was part of an exchange partnership between Nipissing University and Canadian and European Union institutions. The EUCan BioPower Project aimed to enhance the relationship between Canada and the European Union institutions through collaboration in the field of renewable bioenergy.
The BIC received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation: “Future Fund Grant – Building Skills for the Green Economy.” The purpose of the grant was to establish biomass as one of the new clean technologies in the province, and to support the economic growth of northern Ontario by developing workforce skills and knowledge in a range of jobs and professions.
The BIC organized a high profile conference that brought over 60 speakers and 450 participants to explore "Harnessing Biomass: from the forest to the marketplace".