A National Forest Innovation Summit is taking place in Kenora, Ont., on July 8-9. The event will bring together provincial and territorial forest ministers, industry leaders, academic and research institutions and Aboriginal community leaders to “support the transformation of the forest sector while creating and protecting jobs.” It is hosted by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor).
Participants will engage in plenary sessions and roundtable discussions focused on the challenges and opportunities related to the ongoing transformation of the forest sector. Minister Rickford will deliver keynote remarks on July 9.
The Summit will conclude with an interactive fair that will showcase cutting-edge forest products, featuring live demonstrations of new technologies.
Following the Summit, Minister Rickford will travel to Thunder Bay for the annual Canadian Council of Forest Ministers meeting on July 10. The meeting will provide a forum for discussion of key forest sector topics including innovation, environmental reputation and Aboriginal participation in the forest industry.
“By helping Canadian companies to lead the world in developing and commercializing new high-value products and technologies, we are supporting jobs and opportunities for Canadians,” said Minister Rickford. “I look forward to welcoming key partners from across Canada to Kenora so that together we can chart a course for the next phase of economic growth in Canada's forest industry."