#OFIA81 2024  Annual Convention

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Please join us for a great evening of food, drinks, socializing, and to celebrate the next inductees to OFIA's Forest Sector Hall of Fame.

6:00-9:00pm | Austin Gallery, One King West Hotel

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

We welcome you to sign in at our registration desk as you enter the Grand Banking Hall.
We welcome Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief, Melvin Hardy, to provide the Land Acknowledgement and OFIA's President and CEO, Ian Dunn to kick-off the day's program.

Grand Banking Hall, One King West
Honourable Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry,  Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Andrew Dowie. More special guests to be confirmed.
Address by His Excellency, Jari Vilén, Finnish Ambassador to Canada.
Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 96,000 REALTORS®.
Bank of Canada's Konrad Zmitrowicz, Senior Policy Advisor in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department (CEA), will provide a monetary policy report.
Russ Taylor is a global forest industry consultant and analyst. He travels 100,000 miles per year and will provide insights into what is happening in the global wood products industry and trade.
Dexterra Community Initiatives (DCI)'s Executive Director, Sarah Ambroziak, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Indigenous Relations Coordinator and Senior Advisor on Indigenous Relations, Catherine Langille and Paul Robitaille.
OFIA's 81st Annual Convention Formal Luncheon.

12:00 - 1:45pm | Grand Banking Hall
Indigenous forest biomass projects panel with Nikki Manitowabi of Wikwemikong and Jordan Hatton of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA), moderated by Jason Linkewich, President of Linksedge Ltd.
FPInnovations' Senior Researcher of Transportation and Infrastructure, Adime Bonsi, discussing the rise of automation and digital transformation in today's forest operations.
The Honourable Raymond Chrétien is a seasoned diplomat and former Ambassador of Canada to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico, and the Congo. Today, he is a partner and strategic advisor at Fasken.
Closing remarks from OFIA's Ian Dunn.
5:00-7:00pm | Grand Banking Hall, One King West Hotel