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Date: October 24, 2016

Biomass North AGM and Forum

biomassnorth_forumBiomass North AGM and Forum

When: October 24 – 26, 2016
Where: Clarion Resort Pinewood Park – North Bay, Ontario
Register: Click here to register

Growing the Bioeconomy – Combatting Climate Change is this year’s theme for the first Biomass North AGM and Forum. The event is focused on moving the Canadian Bioeconomy further along the value chain through knowledge sharing, technology demonstrations, workshops on policy gaps and skills development, and building strategic partnerships between industry, communities, and academia. This 3-day event will be held at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park in beautiful North Bay, Ontario.

This year’s dynamic Forum will include the following event streams:
Climate Action Forum: is focused on showcasing how biomass will play an integral role in decarbonizing Canada’s economy. This event will cover a diverse scope of topics – from value chains to energy to innovation – while expert speakers will demonstrate how biomass can combat climate change.  Visit our website to see our speakers.

Gala Awards Dinner: will allow the best and most innovative sector leaders to be recognized for the excellent work they do.  A Call for Nominations is currently open to nominate Canadian bioeconomy leaders in ten distinct awards categories.  Award sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Building a Regional Bioeconomy Seminar: is focused on bioeconomy development at the community scale, involving regional collaborations among municipal, First Nations, industry and government proponents throughout the value chain.  Visit our website to see our speakers.

Research Symposium: this year’s theme is the “Triple Bottom Line”, where the scope of presentations will focus on environmental, economic and social benefits/opportunities within the broader emerging bioeconomy. A Call for Abstracts is currently open for the Research Symposium.

Trade Show: a small trade show will run concurrent to the Forum’s events. Targeted sectors include forest harvesting or processing, bioenergy or bioproduct developers, equipment manufacturing or sales, supply chain or support services, government and more. The Trade Show will include indoor and outdoor exhibitions.  See our rates and reserve your booth today as space is limited.

Bioeconomy Job Fair: organized in partnership with The Labour Market Group and Yes Employment Services, the Bioeconomy Job Fair is open to full-time and part-time job seekers looking to enter the workforce. Targeted sectors include forest harvesting & processing, bioenergy & bioproduct developers, equipment manufacturing & sales, supply chain & support services, and various other positions with connection to the broader bioeconomy.  Employers – looking to hire?  Reserve your booth.

Policy and Regulatory Workshop: is targeted primarily to Ontario government proponents involved in governing Ontario’s biomass development at the policy or regulatory level. With the support of expert participants, the aim is to share best practices from other jurisdictions, and discuss current policy/regulatory gaps in Ontario’s biomass value chain. This invite-only workshop will be linked to the implementation of our Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.

Skills and Training Workshop: is targeted specifically to Ontario proponents involved in developing or supporting programs, curriculum, or training materials to produce the next cohort of skilled workers in Ontario’s forest bioeconomy.  This invite-only workshop will be linked to the implementation of our Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for organizations looking to highlight your products or services to the Forum’s regional, national and international attendees.

Purchase your tickets today! Participate in the complete Forum or purchase single-day passes, Gala Awards Dinner tickets, or a combination of these options.

Should you have any questions, please contact Francis Gallo at .


Date: October 27, 2016 7:00 pm

North Bay Battalion Regular Season

It’s Game Night – for tickets and more information, please visit:

Date: November 2, 2016 1:00 pm

Support and Resources for Dying at Home

Join Near North Palliative Care network  on Wednesday November 2, 2016.

Many community resources and support structures are available to one dying at home. Learn and take advantage of these services.

For more information:,

Date: November 6, 2016 2:00 pm

North Bay Battalion Regular Season

It’s Game Day – for tickets or more information, please go to:

The Dionne Quints Museum

What’s Happening

The Museum is now closed.

Unfortunately, with the move of the Chamber office, the Museum is no longer open to the public.  A committee is well underway to determine the best location and/or future for the museum and artifacts.  A decision should be made in the new year 2016.  If you require further information contact the Chamber at 705-472-8480 or toll free at 1-888-249-8998.

Images from the Dionne Quints Museum Collection are used with the expressed permission of Annette and Cecile Dionne. Not for unauthorized reproduction or use.

About the Museum

The Dionne Quintuplets Story

The Quints attracted 3 million visitors to North Bay and area during the peak of the depression. A whole new Quint industry sprang up and provided employment for thousands. The Quints helped millions of people feel happy during the depression and forget the hunger and unemployment for a moment.

Over eighty years ago, the world was amazed by the birth of the Dionne Quintuplets on May 28, 1934, in nearby Corbeil. This amazement quickly turned to love for the five identical tiny girls, born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. The Quint’s combined weight at birth was only 13lbs. 6ozs. and they had to be kept in incubators for the first month of their lives. Their lungs were so small that diluted doses of rum were required daily to help the Quints breathe properly. It was a one in 57 million chance of giving birth to identical quintuplets and even less chance of them surviving, but the Dionne Quints did.

The Museum

The Dionne Quints Museum is a not for profit institution, that was operated by the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce for almost 30 year, with the co-operation of Annette and Cecile Dionne. Housed in the original Dionne homestead, the museum contained many artifacts from the Quints’ early days and their growing years.


In 1985, the City of North Bay, with the support of the Dionne Patron Foundation, purchased the original Dionne Farm House. The building and contents were moved into North Bay, and the Chamber of Commerce was contracted to oversee the operation of the Dionne Quints Museum. Since opening in 1986, the Museum has worked to preserve this important part of history with co-operation from the Dionne sisters, Annette and Cecile.

This is all done without the benefit of government support.

One of the largest responsibilities the Museum faces is the care and preservation of the artifacts entrusted to our care.

Thank you to all Museum Members who have supported us in the past!





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