#OFIA81 2024  Annual Convention
                 Tentative Program

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 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 and Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. More special guests to be confirmed.
Address by His Excellency, Jari Vilen, Finnish Ambassador to Canada.
10:00-10:15am
Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 96,000 REALTORS®.
The Bank of Canada will provide a Monetary Policy Report.
Mr. 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.
Outland Youth Employment Centre (OYEP)'s National Program Manager, Mark Kmill, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Indigenous Relations Coordinator, Catherine Langille.
OFIA's 81st Annual Convention Formal Luncheon.

12:00 - 1:45pm | Grand Banking Hall
Indigenous forest biomass energy projects panel with Wikwemikong and Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA), moderated by Jason Linkewich, President of Linksedge Ltd.
Algorex's President and CEO, Francis Charette, discussing the rise of automation and digital transformation in today's forest operations.
3:15-3:30pm
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
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