(Thunder Bay - January 19, 2005) Forestry professionals, students, and members of the public will be coming together to discuss current issues in forestry at the 37th Annual Forestry Symposium at Lakehead University on Saturday, January 22, 2005.
This year, the theme of the Symposium is "Moving Forward: Enhancing Canada's Wood Supply and Utilization."
"The issue of wood supply and utilization has been at the forefront of concern within Ontario's forestry sector," says Karen Jackson, Chair of the Symposium Committee. "The purpose of this symposium is to gain insight into how Ontario's wood supply and wood utilization can be improved. One of our goals for the symposium is to find ways to address these issues."
Each year, the students in the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment organize a symposium dealing with relevant issues in forestry. This one-day symposium is free to the public and takes place in ATAC, Room 1003.
The schedule is as follows:
9 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:10 a.m. Mr. Patrick Corbett, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Forest Industry Liaison Officer - Forest Industry Unit, " Ontario Provincial Wood Supply Strategy/Implementation Plan and significance to Northwestern Ontario"
9:40 a.m. Ms. Maureen Kershaw, Consulting Ecologist and Ontario Forestry Futures Trust Representative
10:10 a.m. Round Table Discussion Period 10:35 a.m. Break 10:50 a.m. Feedback Period
11:15 a.m. Mr. Al Stinson, Forestry Research Partnership Specialist, Southern Science and Information Section, "Augmenting Wood Supply Through Applied Research and Development"
11:45 a.m. Round Table Discussion Period 12 p.m. Feedback Period 12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Faye Johnson, Woodlands Manager, Grant Forest Products Inc., "Ontario's Wood Supply and Utilization: Using our forests more wisely"
2 p.m. Round Table Discussion Period 2:15 p.m. Feedback Period 2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Dr. Mathew Leitch, Professor in Wood Technology, Lakehead University Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, "Wood Quality and Value-adding in NW Ontario"
3:15 p.m. Round Table Discussion Period 3:30 p.m. Feedback Period
3:45 p.m. Dr. John Naysmith, Chair, Ontario Forestry Futures Trust, Summarizing the Days Events
4 p.m. Closing Remarks
The symposium takes place on Saturday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in ATAC, Room 1003.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. To set up interviews with the event chairs or the speakers, please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 or 472-9113.
Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113.