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Every three years the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat brings together members of Model Forests (and their respective regional secretariats) from around the world in one location. The IMFN Global Forum, as this gathering is called, is primarily a business meeting in which Model Forests share knowledge, review their accomplishments, problem solve and create strategic plans for the years ahead. 

Scott Davis from the EOMF will be joining Leanne Elliott and Brian Barkley from the CMFN as well as a contingent of other Canadian representative at this year’s gathering in Burgos, Spain from March 24th to March 26th. Scott Davis and Elizabeth Holmes from the EOMF were selected to showcase their Certification and Ecological Goods and Services projects during the much anticipated poster session.

The Global Forum is open to Model Forest members only as it is primarily a business meeting of the IMFN. However, most Model Forest members attending the Global Forum will also participate in the International Symposium offering an excellent opportunity for Symposium participants to network with people directly involved in Model Forests around the world.  For details visit: IMFN Global Forum 2011

Next up in the Wood Innovations Seminar Series: Products, Processes & Possiblities is the Lean Manufacturing workshop designed for participants to learn and discuss essential principles that have been specifically tailored for wood products manufacturers and suppliers. 

Topics will include:

• Why lean manufacturing and other process improvement tools are important to stay competitive in today’s market
• Principles that can assist you in maximizing the utilization of your most important resource, your staff
• Tools used to achieve enhanced productivity, improved quality and increased profits
• Simulation exercise to show how simple tools can be used to improve processes

The Lean Principles plus simulation seminar will be held in two locations:

Peterborough on Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Ottawa on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

For more information on this and the other seminars, and to register, please visit our new webpage at: seminars.eomf.on.ca

The Eastern Ontario Model Forest has entered into a new and exciting partnership with FPInnovations-Wood Products Division aimed at nurturing the sustainability and growth of the Eastern Ontario wood products industry through technical guidance and education.  As part of this project, we will be co-hosting a Wood Innovations Seminar Series: Products, Processes & Possiblities featuring three distinct topics in six different locations including:  All About Bioenergy, Lean Manufacturing, and Marketing & Sales for Value-Added Wood.  

First up is the Bioenergy seminar on February 15th in Bancroft, and again on February 16th in Pembroke.  For this seminar FPInnovations is bringing seven presenters to talk about the potential of Eastern Ontario to support bioenergy initiatives. Topics to include:  

• Resource availability discussion
• Resource types, availability, processing, transport
• Process types and products
• Pellets and Beyond: Case Studies on community heating & power and small scale bio-based electrical power generation 

For more informationon these seminars and on the project itself, and to register, please visit our new webpage at: seminars.eomf.on.ca

The Ontario East Wood Centre has just rejuvenated its website thanks to funding from one of its principle partners, the Township of Edwardsburg Cardinal.  Featured on the new site is an RSS newsfeed that will keep subscribers in the loop on news as it happens!    Please visit www.woodcentre.ca for all the latest on this innovative project.

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