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OFIA’s 78th annual meeting: innovation, outreach and embracing the bioeconomy

While Ontario’s forest industry has fared well through the pandemic, underlying issues need to be addressed in order to create a sustained economic recovery. Speakers at OFIA’s annual conference touched upon a few of those challenges. Here are some of the key takeaways.

Teaming up: Quebec entrepreneurs work together to seize opportunities

Stéphane Roux, Sébastien Dufour and Frédéric Bonneau, co-owners of Groupe Val, have found opportunities by teaming up with other forestry entreprenuers. They work with seven forestry teams and two subsidiaries. CFI shares an inside look at their operations.

Feds invest nearly $1.5M in construction of two mass timber schools in BC

The schools are part of a Vancouver School Board pilot project for future mass timber schools. Using mass timber will help the buildings have a greater resistance against earthquakes.
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Player Design

PDI drying systems

The PDI kiln heating system utilizes PDI’s proprietary waste wood burner and air-to-air heat exchangers to provide ash-free heat for up to two kilns at a time. PDI’s economical waste wood burner is capable providing a steady, stable source of heat while burning a variety of waste fuels with varying moisture content. A heat exchanger allows the combustion heat to be transferred to the inside of the kiln without exposing the final product to any ash or disrupting the airflow balance inside the kiln. PDI’s kiln heating system includes its own control system and supports full integration with kiln controls. » Find out more...
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WIF wrap up

The courage to change: Women in Forestry Virtual Summit calls for culture shift

On Mar. 9, the inaugural Women in Forestry Summit drew hundreds of people together online to hear industry thought leaders discuss gender equity in the forest products sector. » Here are some key takeaways...
Maximizing potential

Maximizing potential: industry veteran leads the charge to upgrade Ontario mill

Despite having “retired” in 2005, Frank Dottori has continued pursuing opportunities in the industry, most recently as the CEO of White River Forest Products (WRFP) and WRC Timber. Since taking over, Dottori has been leading the charge to upgrade the WRFP mill. » Learn more...
COFI 2021

Government & Industry Leaders to Speak at the COFI 2021 Virtual Convention

We’re excited to confirm these government and industry leaders as speakers and moderators at the COFI 2021 Virtual Convention:
Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Ray Ferris, President and CEO, West Fraser
Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canfor Corporation
Jeff Zweig, President and CEO, Mosaic Forest Management
Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

See the preliminary convention program here.

CMHC: Canadian housing starts down in February

“The national trend in housing starts declined in February, but remained elevated,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist. “Single-detached SAAR starts declined in February following strong growth in January, particularly in Montreal.” » Read more...

Autolog introduces R-TRAC rotation tracking system

This new sensor takes live degree measurements while the log is rotating. R-TRAC is a fully autonomous system that is independent of the log optimizer geometric model. » Read more...

Lil’wat Nation, Village of Pemberton to form new community forest

The two communities will manage the Speĺkúmtn Community Forest, which will have an allowable annual cut of 11,000 cubic metres. » Read more...