THUNDER BAY – The Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Forestry Expo was off to a full day of activity on Wednesday. The trade show and career fair is open to the public free of charge. There were students from St. Patrick’s High School and youth from the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre attending.
There are booths from a wide variety of companies and organizations. Yes Employment is on hand to offer a path forward to job seekers.
The Forestry Expo is the first of its kind being held in Thunder Bay in the past decade. NADF Executive Director Brian Davey explains that the impetus for the expo came about as the NADF noticed a jump in the loan requests coming in from forestry companies.
There has been a steady rebound in the forest sector. Some of that has come in a shift toward biomass as a fuel for heating. There are also new technology opportunities being demonstrated at the show.
April T from Impact Promotions Tries Her Hand at the Wheel of the Mining Truck
Stephanie from Lakehead University Tries out the Caterpillar Simulator
Lakehead University and Confederation College are also on hand showing off some of the new innovations coming forward in forestry. Today a talk on biomass by students was presented to outline the use of biomass as a source for heating the college.
Lakehead University also has their new drones on site, which can be used to survey lands for trees, or wildlife.
The NADF Forestry Expo continues at the Valhalla Inn on Thursday, from 10AM to 5PM.
Visit www.nadfevents.org for more information.