A high-level meeting of industry, government and research organizations has led to a declaration of intent to continue commercialization of new products and technologies in the forest sector.
Participants in the National Forest Innovation Summit affirmed the ongoing need for industry transformation and built consensus on next steps to increase jobs and growth in the forestry sector.
The event held in Kenora, Ont., on July 8-9, was hosted by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. The attendee list includes ministers or deputy ministers from the relevant ministries in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Executives from Kruger, Weyerhaeuser, Canfor, Domtar, Resolute and J.D. Irving were also among the 68 participants.
“The National Forest Innovation Summit has provided an important forum for key partners to find new ways to support the industry’s ongoing transformation,” said Minister Rickford. “We must continue to work collaboratively with all levels of government, industry and research organizations to increase the competitiveness of Canada’s forest sector for the benefit of the families and communities that rely on a strong, stable forest industry.”