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Partnership to sow seeds of forestry research, commercialization

Four-way agreement signed by Sault’s educational, research institutes
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Algoma University, Sault College, Ontario Forest Research Institute, and Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre signed a memorandum of understanding for forest science research and education on May 2, 2019. (Supplied photo)

A new partnership agreement in Sault Ste. Marie is opening up more opportunities for forest science research, education, and commercial development in Canada.

On May 2, Algoma University announced it had signed a four-way memorandum of understanding involving the university, Sault College, and the city’s two forestry research institutes: Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre and the Ontario Forest Research Institute.

The aim of the five-year agreement is to “increase opportunities for all organizations to share expertise and resources in research, innovation and education initiatives,” according to a news release.

“Our goal is to encourage economic growth within the forest sector so that we can create and protect jobs for the communities that depend on them,” said Dan Puddister, manager of forest research and monitoring at the Ontario Forest Research Institute, in the release.

“By working together towards a common vision, we leverage the ability to grow and strengthen our communities.”

The partnership will create more opportunities for the schools and the research institutes than what those organizations could achieve separately, the release said.

The parties will share more intellectual and technical resources, including faculty and staff expertise, sophisticated research infrastructure and equipment, and research sites.

More details about the MOU are available here.