The Biomass North sector association is a strong network of community, industry and academic experts within Canada's bioeconomy.
Participation from this network is essential to the development of Canada's bioeconomy, and we consider each of our members as an integral part of our virtual team. Our core team is dedicated to representing our members’ voice in the growth and development of a sustainable bioeconomy in Canada.
Dawn Lambe - Executive Director
Leveraging an executive background in technology design, project management and her previous role as Manager of the Biomass Innovation Centre, Dawn is focused on strengthening community resiliency through sustainable bio-economic development and community energy projects. As Executive Director at Biomass North Development Centre, with the mandate to grow a robust bioeconomy in Canada, she has led the integration of biomass/biofuel curriculum into engineering technology programs in Ontario colleges, delivered community energy seminars throughout northern Ontario, and partnered with Confederation College to support First Nations partners in their off-grid projects. Dawn is leading Biomass North’s latest project: implementing the Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy, in partnership with the Union of Ontario Indians. This strategy focuses on regional economic development through sustainable bioenergy solutions, biocomposite and biochemical innovation, and the development of demonstrations projects across northern Ontario.
Francis Gallo - Project Director
As Project Director with Biomass North, Francis manages the planning, co-ordination, delivery and communication of projects and initiatives with a focus on developing Canada’s bioeconomy. Francis works in collaboration with communities, academia, and the private sector to increase awareness, perform market and technical research, organize events and trade missions, broker relationships and, overall, contribute to community or business strategic objectives. Prior to his involvement with Biomass North and the former Biomass Innovation Centre, Francis has a background in smart energy and implementing community renewable energy strategies, as well as working in the water resources sector towards source water protection planning and water quality monitoring. Francis is professionally driven by enhancing economic development opportunities while balancing environmental sustainability, and as a northern-Ontarian is motivated by his ambition to create viable employment opportunities for those, like himself, who aspire to work and live in northern communities.