Event highlights innovations, work opportunities in forestry

The Chronicle-Journal/Sandi Krasowski

Sumac Geomatics inventory technicians Jackie Pierce, left, and Kristin Gravel display an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) used to provide high-resolution imagery for surveying, mapping, inventory and land development. The pair were on hand Wednesday during the Forestry Expo at the Valhalla Inn.

Event highlights innovations, work opportunities in forestry


If you think it’s impossible to graciously operate an industrial excavator inside the pristine Valhalla Inn Ballroom, think again.

Mark Stewart, with Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, sat perched on a miniature excavator used as a training device, while demonstrating the ease of moving wood chip piles from side to side. Stewart’s company was one of 55 exhibitors in the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund’s Forestry Expo at the Valhalla Inn Wednesday.

The event continues today with exhibitors from across Canada showcasing their innovations, products, programs, and services with interactive displays and demonstrations.

Event co-ordinator Denise Hardy says the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund partnered with Confederation College, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development Commission, Resolute Forest Products and many independent forestry consultants for the event.

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