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Wednesday, June 5
11:30am – 7pm

DaVinci Centre
340 Waterloo St South

Delegate Registrations: 
– Members $65
– Non-Members $80
– Part-Day (after 1:00pm): $25

Evening Reception: (Please Pay Cash at the Door)
– Members $5
– Non-Members $15

Exhibitor Registrations: 
– Members $375
– Non-Members $470

This afternoon event will engage delegates from resource, energy and service sectors to connect your business with the right people. 

Our agenda offers information-dense sessions with representatives from industry leaders interspersed with breaks for networking and exploring trade show exhibits.  Explore the opportunities presented by one-on-one procurement meetings, panel discussions and presentations as well as the trade expo.  This event is carefully curated to ensure you’ll gain insight into the specific needs and criteria of large procurers and be able to better anticipate future market opportunities in the region.

Exhibitor registration is now open for this event.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.   For more information or to explore sponsoring this event, contact Lesley Edwards, Events Manager, at lesley@ or (807) 624-2621.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this event:

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* current as of May 23, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Keynote sponsor:

Dr. Zhirun Yuan, Senior Manager, Industry Technology Integration – FPInnovations

Dr. Zhirun Yuan has been working with FPInnovations since 1997 after obtaining his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is also an adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of New Brunswick.

Zhirun has more than 33 year professional experience in pulp and paper industry and forest-based biorefinery and bioproducts, mainly on process/product development, technology transfer and scale up, project management, and business development. His expertise includes sustainable biorefinery and bioproducts, mechanical pulping processes, fiber and pulp characterization and utilization, research management etc. He has published > 70 peer-reviewed papers and is the co-author of 7 patents including the lead author for the TMP-Bio patents. Currently he is leading the $23M TMP-Bio project aiming at building a 100t/y pilot plant in Thunder Bay and finding value-added applications for sugar and lignin streams from the wood-based TMP-Bio process.

Meet the Panelists:  Energy Infrastructure Session

Jennifer Tidmarsh, President, Transmission – Canada NextEra Energy Transmission

Jennifer Tidmarsh is the President, Transmission – Canada for NextEra Energy Transmission. Jennifer also works as the Project Director of NextBridge Infrastructure – a partnership between affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure. NextBridge was established to participate in the Ontario transmission market and has been chosen by the Ontario Energy Board to develop the East West Tie transmission project in Northern Ontario.

Before joining NextEra, Jennifer was the Director of First Nations and Métis Relations at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) – now the Independent Electricity System Operator. She was responsible for facilitating and integrating all aspects of Aboriginal involvement into the work of the organization. Prior to that position, Jennifer was the Senior Advisor to the CEO and has also been involved designing and managing the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund and the Community Energy Partnerships Program for the OPA.

She has also worked in the industrial/commercial sector promoting energy efficient and environmentally sustainable programs. Her work has included a short appointment in Bangladesh working for the Canadian International Development Agency.

Daryl Skworchinski, CAO and Director of Economic Development – Township of Marathon

Daryl Skworchinski holds the dual roles of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Director of Economic Development for the Town of Marathon. As CAO, he directs and leads the overall operation of the Municipality including Administration, Emergency Services, Finance, Parks & Recreation, Works & Operations, and Special Projects. He also has the responsibility of advising Town Council on making the Town’s financial and administrative departments more effective and efficient.   

In 2019, Daryl was appointed Director of Economic Development, working with Council and his strategic teams to create and execute ambitious operational and economic development plans over the next several years. Daryl previously held the Economic Development Officer role for almost eight years.  

Over the past decade, Daryl has led many successful economic initiatives in mining, forestry, construction, SME business development and workforce strategy.  Today, Daryl’s work is heavily focused on the North Shore LNG Project; a collaborative initiative of five North Shore communities to bring Liquefied Natural Gas to regional residents and business. This is a first of-its-kind project for Ontario and one that has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to the North.   

Meet the Panelists:  Mining Session

Panel sponsor:

Wayne Scott, Vice President Human Resources, Aboriginal Affairs & Environment – North American Palladium

Wayne Scott is a senior mining leader with more than 30 years of experience in human resources who has held several executive positions in both the public and private sectors. Wayne joined North American Palladium early in 2014 to oversee Human Resources, Environment, Health, Safety, and Aboriginal Affairs. Three years later, he was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources, Aboriginal Affairs & Environment. Prior to joining the Company, Wayne spent 15 years in the international base metals mining sector. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Labour Relations and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has completed the Executive Leadership Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, among other professional diploma programs. Wayne is a member of the Canadian Human Resources Professionals Association of Canada.

Robyn Gaebel, Environmental Superintendent – Treasury Metals Inc.

Robyn Gaebel has more than a decade in the mining industry working in both Canada and Australia. Ms Gaebel specializes in environmental engineering with special interest in tailings and waste management. She has been working with Treasury Metals on the Goliath Gold Project for approximately a year and a half, helping with regulatory approvals, engineering and baseline studies.

Ms. Gaebel will be providing a presentation on the plans that Treasury Metals has for the development of the Goliath Gold Project and an update on the progress of the project.

Moderator – City of Thunder Bay Procurement Processes Roundtable

Dan Munshaw, Manager, Supply Management, City of Thunder Bay

Moderator – Manufacturing & Supply Roundtable

Roundtable sponsor:

David Sword, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

CAPP representative David Sword will moderate a roundtable discussion on how the local economy could be impacted by Bill C-69. 

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