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Forestry Start-up Days to focus on opportunities in the forest industry

The Navigate Centre’s new makerspace is asking innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to gather for a two-day event that will examine challenges and opportunities in the forest industry.

Forestry Start-up Days, June 20-22, Arts and Science atrium, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, will provide opportunities for participants to interact with industry experts and work on a start-up idea with a team.

“The pitches will revolve around challenges and opportunities in the forest industry in western Newfoundland, presented by an opening panel of industry experts,” said Maria Kilfoil, makerspace manager. “Participants will also learn the Lean Business Model, and will be able to use an array of design and fabrication tools to create physical prototypes.”

The industry experts’ panel will be presented by Darren Pelley, VP and general manager of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.; Bill Dawson, executive director of the new Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Industry Association; Kate Edwards, acting science director of the Atlantic Forestry Centre and adjunct professor at Grenfell; and Eric Young, director, Forest Engineering & Industry Services, provincial department Natural Resources.

The event is free, and includes a pizza and networking session, breakfasts and a lunch. The full agenda and registration link are available at For more information, contact  

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