Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

May 21, 2010 13:00 ET

CanNor Supports the Development of Bio-Energy in the North

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) - The Government of Yukon will host a Bio-Energy conference to raise awareness of new green energy sources thanks to an investment by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency today announced CanNor will invest $82,000 in the Northern Bio-Energy Conference. The conference is being hosted by the Government of Yukon, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, and the Forest Management branch. The Conference will take place at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on May 26-27, 2010. 

This two-day conference, which is expected to attract 150 participants, will educate Northern residents and organizations on the subject of bio-energy.

"There is increased interest in North America to research and assess potential opportunities for replacing fossil fuels. We are proud to support economic diversification while protecting the North's unique ecosystem; both are of paramount importance to Northern Canada," said Minister Strahl, who is also the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"Bio-energy is an emerging sector in the North," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "Conferences like these are important to raise awareness which will aide in the development of a strong northern bio-energy industry in the future."

"In addition to reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, the use of local renewable bio-energy in Yukon will contribute to economic development and employment opportunities throughout the territory," said the Honourable Patrick Rouble, Government of Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources.

The investment for this project was made possible through the Innovation and Knowledge Fund, delivered through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in the three territories. 

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor, which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities across the North, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.

BACKGROUNDER 

SUPPORT FOR BIO-ENERGY

The Government of Yukon's Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Forest Management branch will receive $82,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency toward organizing and hosting the Northern Bio-Energy Conference which will take place at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on May 26-27, 2010. 

This two-day conference is expected to attract 150 participants from industry, First Nations, education, NGO and the civil service. Participants will gain a good understanding of bio-energy and bio-economy through presentations from industry experts. 

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness and inform stakeholders on the steps the territorial governments are taking to support the development of a bio-energy sector.

The conference is expected to cost $132,000. In addition to CanNor's contribution, it is being funded through contributions from other governments and revenues from registration fees. 

CanNor Programs

The investment for this project was made possible through the Innovation and Knowledge Fund, delivered through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in the three territories. 

SINED is part of a suite of economic development programs administered by CanNor which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Bonnie Venton Ross
    Communications Advisor
    867-667-3849