Industry Insider Newsletter
October 2019

New Voice of Collaboration on Forestry Scene
The Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative (AFRC) aims to enhance forest research and professional development in the Atlantic region, while also reaching out to the public to improve understanding of forestry related science and multi sourced knowledge including indigenous knowledge.
Now completing its second year of operation, the AFRC is a not-for-profit, science-based, consensus-driven organization with members from the academic, Indigenous, government, industry, small business and conservationist communities. It’s based at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. 
AFRC goals include a more collaborative forestry community that works together
to improve forest management for the benefit of all. It’s also a scholarly, non-advocacy source of independent forest science and information. AFRC operations receive funding from a non-profit foundation or other neutral source.
“To succeed we need research that creates new knowledge, an informed public that values our forests and the forestry community, and a community of forestry professionals who are highly competent, informed and effective.” says Van Lantz, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at UNB and chair of the AFRC advisory board.
The Collaborative is overseen by Executive Director Kevin Percy, and is supported by a science writer and public engagement specialist. The AFRC publishes a variety of articles on its website ranging from detailed research to readable updates on forest issues.
This months Wood Matters Blog
"Silent Partner in Conservation Announcement"

Click here  to access October's blog

  New Research Center Focuses on Automation and Robotics
A new research center that focuses on robotics and animation has started operating as part of the CCNB-INNOV network. Located at the Bathurst campus of CCNB, the center is part of the nation-wide Tech-Access Canada (TAC) network.

The lack of qualified labor in New Brunswick will escalate in the following years. Robotics and automation might help counter the shortage by providing solutions to the manufacturing sector.

The CCNB-INNOV center at Bathurst campus is led by Dr. Sylvain Poirier and overseen by a multi sector advisory committee. The center is supported through a multi-year $2 million funding agreement with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Although the center services multi sectors, for forest product manufacturing this strategic initiative can facilitate and speed up the access and integration of existing and new technology in New Brunswick wood product manufacturing.

It is early days but the center will be finalizing an industry engagement strategy in order to communicate the centers value proposition to manufacturers. FNB will keep readers posted.

Voters have spoken - What's in store for NB forest sector?
Election 2019 is finally over after two months of campaigning we heard a lot of promises from all parties. But the voters have spoken and here is Forest NB’s wrap up of what promises the minority liberal government have made in their official platform that might impact our sector:

  • Commitment to 25% terrestrial conservation by 2025, stretch goal of 30% by 2030; funded through Nature Legacy Fund ($1.35B) and Canada Nature Fund ($500M); these are not new but the targets are over and above 17% required under the Pathway to Target One goal of 17% conserved areas.
  • $5 billion Clean Power Fund; funded by the Canada Infrastructure Bank it is intended to support green energy generation; possible consequences for biomass and co-generation projects.

  • Introduce permanent changes to EI to give workers in seasonal industries more support between jobs; makes reference to a pilot project still underway.
  • $10,000 per apprentice over four years to encourage job offerings for apprentices to complete their designations.
  • Career Insurance Benefit which would kick in after EI benefits run out for workers displaced when a business closes.
  • $3 billion to plant 2 million trees, create 3500 planting jobs annually, mitigate emerging insect infestations and reforestation of areas effected by climate change induced events like major wildfires.