Ensyn Steam Plume

Ensyn steam plume

This is an image of the Ensyn steam plume contrasted by the darkened sky.

The plume is just that - steam.  A clean by-product of Ensyn's transformation of sawdust to pyrolysis oil (liquid wood) that is being shipped by tanker transport to New Hampshire and Ohio to fuel central steam heating plants at hospital clusters.  A great utilization of manufacturing residues from our region's sawmills - all from third party certified, sustainably managed forests in and around Algonquin Park.

BDC Breakfast Invitation: The 4th industrial revolution - September 27, 2017

The 4th industrial revolution is here.

Are Canadian entrepreneurs ready?

Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way manufacturers are operating and doing business. It's already happening in Europe and the U.S, with remarkable results. But what's happening here in Canada? And how can small and mid-sized manufacturers take the plunge?

Join Pierre Cléroux, Research and Chief Economist at BDC, as he presents the results of a fascinating study about how digital technologies are transforming the manufacturing landscape.

Discover how Canadian manufacturers are seeing dramatic improvements in productivity, growth, customer satisfaction and product quality thanks to digital technologies. You'll also learn how entrepreneurs can introduce them into their own manufacturing business and why it pays to invest in this area. Even if you are not a manufacturer, see how this change impacts your business and what you can do to help your business transform to this new reality.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Hear the latest perspective on the 4th industrial revolution and the impact on your business over breakfast.

Whitewater Brewing Company
78 Pembroke St. Cobden, ON K0J 1K0

Space is limited. Reserve your seat before Tuesday, September 12, 2017


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Career Concepts Seminars - Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 Schedule


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Since 2008 we have been delivering, creating and customizing continuous professional development solutions for organizations and individuals across Canada.


September 12 2017 Newmarket, Ont.
September 13 2017 Hamilton, Ont.
September 14 2017 London, Ont.
September 15 2017 Mississauga, Ont.

"Microsoft Excel is a powerful and versatile tool, when you know how to use its many features. Whether you are new to working with Excel or already a master user, you will save hours of frustration, time and you will sharpen your skills in just a few keystrokes by attending this unique easy to follow workshop.

Career Concepts' Excel Basics and Beyond Workshop teaches you how to use charts, graphs, fonts, borders, shading, formulas and functions just to name a few. You will design functional worksheets, professional looking spreadsheets and navigate workbooks like a pro with easy to remember and implement tips and techniques. Skip the manuals and endless hours in a classroom, join others as you learn (in just one day) how to be confident, quick and efficient with Excel."


September 18 2017 Barrie, Ont.
September 19 2017 Newmarket, Ont.
September 20 2017 Hamilton, Ont.
September 21 2017 Kitchener, Ont.
September 22 2017 Mississauga, Ont.

"We experience a lot of demands in the organizations we work for and the community’s we live in. Today’s world is built to go faster and change is inevitable. Managing stress is a critical skill set that you must master if you want to thrive in the future. With the right level of stress you will increase your productivity and operate at peak performance.

Career Concepts' Stress Management workshop explores the many aspects of stress management including time management, people skills, mentality, assertiveness and more. This workshop has been built to expose you to different areas of stress and the many methods available to manage your emotional well being."

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Highlights from August 2017

In this issue

SFI Leads Three Habitat for Humanity Builds

Working with Habitat For Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) SFI helped organize three builds across the area this month to support families in need of affordable housing. The builds, part of SFI's Indigenous Housing Program sponsorship, each had a different theme:  a "Women in Wood" Build Day, an Indigenous Build Day and a Youth Build Day. Since 2008, the SFI community has donated countless volunteer hours and certified products to numerous Habitat for Humanity builds across Canada and the U.S.


Maine SFI Implementation Committee Makes Wishes Come True

This summer, the Maine SFI Implementation Committee teamed up with Make-A-Wish Maine to help some local children. Make-A-Wish Maine is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with serious, life-threatening conditions. Four-year-old Derek Wilson, who was diagnosed with leukemia almost three years ago, wished for a Ninja Turtle-themed playground. Kyan MacDonald, thirteen, requested his own tiny house. Kyan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is now in remission. The Maine SFI Implementation Committee donated the labor and materials for both projects.  


New SFI Board Members Come Together to Enhance Community, Brand Owner and Youth Engagement

SFI welcomed two new officers and one new member to its Board of Directors: Mark Rodgers, President and CEO for Habitat for Humanity Canada, as Board Chair; Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President of Time, Inc., as Vice Chair; and Laura Downey, Executive Director, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Education Operating Committee Co-Chair, as a new member in the social chamber. These new members will play a key role as SFI continues to enhance the sustainability of well-managed forests and the communities that depend on them across the U.S. and Canada.     


Structurlam Is First Canadian Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacturer to Earn SFI Chain-Of-Custody Certification

Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. Structurlam has manufactured CLT for six years and supplied the product to over 350 projects in North America. Structurlam will be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems.


Making the Grade in Sustainable Forestry

A&A Trading Ltd. (A&A), a family-owned, SFI certified forestry company with operations on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, is working with local hikers to change the way people think about the forest industry.
A&A has installed informational signs along hiking trails that explain the connection between sustainable forest management and recreation, reforestation strategies, the economic benefits of forest management, and the wildlife tree retention patches that are reserved for wildlife and biodiversity values. Read more about this project on TreeHugger.


...and more!


Click here to read the SFI newsletter for August 2017.

Administrative Assistants Conference

Ottawa: October 19-20, 2017
Day One - October 19: $499.00
Day Two - October 20: $499.00
Full Conference - October 19-20, 2017: $799.00
(plus applicable taxes)

Call today: 1-866-471-8555

Click here for more information.

Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting on Bill 148

The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 20 about Bill 148 and how the changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws will impact your business.

The meeting is free to attend for Chamber members or $15 for non-chamber members.

Click here for more information, including how to register.

Artistes de la Rivière

Portage du Fort, Quebec

Special Event Weekend Aug 4 and 5

Studios open on Nancy lane, featuring new guest artists.

CWL lunch on the lawn beside St James church 11am until 2pm.

Historical tour of the village. Meet 11am at Ladyhead monument at the dock. Saturday only.

View the event poster.

Visit the Artistes de la Rivière website.

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce June 2017 Newsletter

Click here to view the June 2017 issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter with schedule and event information.

This month includes highlights from the Annual Community Awards, contact information for Accessibility information as well as many community events to celebrate Canada 150.

Grow Your Wood Business - Renfrew Business Luncheon - June 23, 2017

To succeed in today's challenging environment, businesses need to evolve, adapt, anything less implies you are moving backward. Sawtech Log Expo - Renfrew Business Luncheon addresses Growing Your Wood Business & has put together 4 great speakers that will provide insight on how your business can succeed in this challenging environment.

This is a 2 1/2 hour session Lunch and Event Expo Pass is included in the $20.00 fee. You will need to reserve your seat before June 22nd 12:00 pm. This event will take place at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre.

4 Great Speakers will be speaking at the Sawtech Log Expo. 

  • Faye Johnson RFP Director MNRF:  Faye's talk and presentation will focus on;  Softwood Lumber, Provincial Tenure Modernization Initiative, Forests as part of the solution for climate change. At the conclusion will be a Q&A 
  • Mike Baker Executive Director Bluewater Wood Alliance: Modeled after Clusterland Upper Austria, BWA is Canada's unique wood industry cluster.  Mike will speak to the benefits his group has received when like businesses within a certain geographic region  gather to form a united group.
  • Dick DeStephano a founding patron of Sudbury Area Mining Suppliers Services Association, started 2002. He is a Member of the Premier’s Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of Rogers Broadcasting Inc. Cable 4 OMNI 1 & OMNI 2. Dick will speak to how SAMSSA evolved and the impact that the cluster has had on primary mills. 
  • Rory Dredhart  CEO of ClearSky Software  Rory will introduce McKinnsey customer's journey and discuss key moments of the cycle and how technology is being integrated to achieve 50-70% profit improvements.  

Lunch is included and tickets need to be ordered in advance.  $20.00 includes event pass call Rory 705-264-2251 or go online

MidSummer HerbFest at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens, White Lake - July 30, 2017

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The 'Annual Midsummer HerbFest' is being presented on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 9am - 5pm rain or shine at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in beautiful White Lake, Ontario.

'HerbFest' is our 22nd annual celebration of growing and using herbs to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Activities will go from 9am - 5pm

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Our goal is to generate enthusiasm for the roles that herbs play in our lives. The venue will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, craft, food vendors and children's activities. Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens is a historic museum nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the shores of scenic White Lake.

This event is being presented by the Ottawa Valley Herb Association in partnership with the Township of McNab/Braeside.

Parking is being arranged with a free shuttle that will be available from a secondary parking lot.

Updated information will be available at:

MidSummer HerbFest Website

Midsummer Herbfest Facebook Page

Youtube video at:

"It Takes a Forest" Pancake Breakfast - June 24th, 2017

Did you know it takes a forest to make sweet, Ontario maple syrup for your pancakes? Forests Ontario is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 24th in support of our tree planting and education programs at the Saw Tech Log Expo!

For $5 per person you get a stack of pancakes, local maple syrup, butter, coffee and orange juice. The breakfast will take place from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre.

For more information, and to RSVP visit:

Bring your family and share with your friends - we hope to see you there!

Ottawa Valley Economic Development Summit - June 21st, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 ~ 9am - 3pm
Eagle’s Nest at Eganville Arena
178 Jane Street, Eganville, ON K0J 1T0

Keynote speakers are Adjunct Associate Professor and TED Speaker, Larry Smith, and Erik Lockhart, Associate Director of the Queen's Executive Decision Centre.

The EcDev Summit promises to be a great day with plenty of networking opportunities with educational and entertaining presenters. The event will also provide a chance to bend the ear of local, provincial and federal politicians and key players who will be in attendance.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here: .

McDougall Mill Museum Annual General Meeting - June 15th, 2017

McDougall Mill Museum Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 15th 2017 at the museum

7pm (Doors open at 6pm to browse,)

Guest speaker: Terry Currie, local author and historian
The Irish and Scottish Settlers of our Area

Terry will be available for questions and book signings following the meeting

Visit the Museum's website at for more information!

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce May 2017 Newsletter

Click here to view the May 2017 issue of the Chamber of Commerce newsletter with schedule and event information.

Annual Community Awards, Thursday June 1, 2017
The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce annually host the Community Awards to recognize businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding customer services, community involvement and other notable achievements. One of the most prominent events of Renfrew and Area communities, the Community Awards attracts a large audience of business leaders and leading members of our society. This years celebration will be held on Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre. Tickets are now available for $20.00 per ticket at the Rocky Mountain House, myFM, Renfrew Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Centre, and the Renfrew Chamber of Commerce.

Register for Mid-Rise Workshops in Oakville and Vaughan hosted by Wood Works

Mid-rise wood construction in Ontario is taking off as developers, owners, project teams and municipalities begin to realize the significant cost, environmental, and construction benefits mid-rise wood buildings provide. The market potential in Ontario for this building type is significant. These two 1-day workshops presented by Ontario Wood WORKS! will focus on technical details of wood-frame mid-rise buildings. The delegate registration fee is $250 + taxes/fees and includes lunch.

Click here for the workshop agenda.

Click here to register for OAKVILLE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Glenn Abbey Golf Club, Canadian Open Room, Oakville, ON

Click here to register for VAUGHAN
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Universal Event Space, Vaugahn, ON