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Biomass North Forum 2017

 

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#LSN_Econ   Biomass North Development Centre’s 2nd annual

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 26, 2017  (LSN)  Biomass North Development Centre’s 2nd annual Forum will explore challenges facing Canada’s forest bioeconomy and highlight opportunities to meet those challenges. Will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, October 11 - 12, 2017 

Canada’s bioeconomy finds itself in challenging times in 2017.

From trade uncertainty over softwood lumber and pellet off-take agreements, to rapidly changing policy frameworks across Canada, to the growing leadership role of indigenous communities in the bioeconomy - project leaders often feel like they are aiming at a constantly moving target.

Those same leaders also know that with change and challenge come innovation and opportunity.

The Biomass North Forum 2017 will bring together bioeconomy leaders from multiple sectors, jurisdictions, and disciplines to share their insights into the challenges AND opportunities that are ripe for harvesting. Participants will hear from leading voices in the sector on key issues, network with potential partners and customers, and build the collaborations vital to the success of their projects. A trade show and exhibition will demonstrate new technologies and services in support of the bioeconomy, and our 2nd Awards Dinner will celebrate the successes of key projects and initiatives in the sector. Join us for this high impact conference!

In addition to seminar sessions and panel discussions, #BNDC2017 will include workshop exercises, an Awards Dinner, a trade exhibition, and tours. This 2-day event will be held at the Best Western Plus Nor-Wester Hotel & Conference Centre in beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario, home to the worlds largest Finnish-speaking population outside of Scandinavia.

Minister Kai Mykkänen was appointed Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in June 2016. He is a Member of Parliament since 2015. Minister Mykkänen is known for his expertise on energy, Russia, and economics. He was the first chairman of the Parliament’s informal and interpartisan working group called "the energy renovation group", which brings together parliamentarians, academics and entrepreneurs to define and lead a new narrative on energy politics.

Team Finland, a group of 30+ business delegates from the cleantech, biomass, and innovation sectors, will be available for B2B sessions. Key team members will also present on best practices, innovative technology, and current research from the Finnish bioeconomy.