Incorporation of Algonquin Traditional Ecological Values into Sustainable Forest Management for Ecosystem Service Benefits

Throughout Canada, modern forestry practices have introduced rapid changes in Aboriginal livelihoods and natural ecosystems. This proposal is an effort to conserve and promote Algonquin traditional ecological values (TEV) within modern forest management practices with the objective of initiating new ‘social contracts’ and economies in co-existence. The research takes place in the context of recent sustainable forest development and climate change legislation in the Province of Quebec.

Enzymatic hydrolysis of wheat straw derived xylo-oligomers stream into monomeric sugars Phase II

The proposed research project is around conducting feasibility studies on the purification and conditioning of industrial hemicellulosic C5 sugars from a number of potentially commercial wheat straw liquor fractions. The research will propose experiments where data for the ultimate evaluation of enzymatic hydrolysis vs. a selected comparative list of acid hydrolysis can be included. The purpose is in acquiring a detailed analysis of the potential monomeric sugars.

Ulkatcho integrated resource utilization and business planning

The Ulkatcho First Nation is being empowered by the provincial government to take more control over its socio and economic affairs. One critical parts of the transitioning is for the Ulkatcho First Nation to manage their forest resources and operate forest related, manufacturing and energy businesses. The Yun Ka Whu’ten Development LP will be an active participant in their economic future, particularly in the area of forest land management, energy planning, community development and the manufacturing of wood and non-wood products.

Assessing Economic, Policy, and Institutional Barriers to Successful Forest Restoration in the Interior Douglas-fir Zone

This research project will explore what barriers -- economics, policy, or otherwise -- exist to restoring unhealthy Douglas-fir forests in central British Columbia. These forests have reached a state where it is currently not feasible for timber companies to make any profit from harvesting timber in those stands, which only serves to worsen the problem. In order to find a solution, not only do the barriers need to be identified, but also the risks of both action and non-action.

Capacity Building for Competitiveness in Aboriginal forestry Year Two

This project recognizes the significant business challenges First Nations forestry enterprises face which have the effect of limiting the benefits to First Nations from forests (Wellstead and Stedman 2010). There is limited awareness of the conditions that affect the success and failure of Aboriginal enterprises in the forest sector (Trosper et al 2008).

Exploring the potential synergistic cooperation between cellulase enzymes and lignin biocatalysts screened from a proprietary environmental DNA platform for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass

MetaMixis, Inc., is a Canadain company undertaking a global effort dedicated to decreasing our reliance on petrochemicals by transitioning to engineered microbial processes or biocatalysts for the production of sustainable products. In the past few years MetaMixis has successfully developed a functional screen to recover metagenomic scaffolds sourced from various proprietary bacterial communities.

Exploring the potential synergistic cooperation between cellulase enzymes and lignin biocatalysts screened from a proprietary environmental DNA platform for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass

MetaMixis, Inc., is a Canadain company undertaking a global effort dedicated to decreasing our reliance on petrochemicals by transitioning to engineered microbial processes or biocatalysts for the production of sustainable products. In the past few years MetaMixis has successfully developed a functional screen to recover metagenomic scaffolds sourced from various proprietary bacterial communities.

Upgrading Cellulose Filaments for Incorporation into Value-added Products

Cellulose filaments (CFs) are recently-developed materials derived from wood pulp, consisting of very long, thin cellulosic strands. These filaments can be incorporated into a number of high-value non-traditional products, such as thermoset and thermoplastic composites, and can be used as rheology modifiers in fluids such as paints and various industrial fluids. However, the ‘raw’ filaments require upgrading before they can be used for these non-traditional applications.

Process flow improvement at a Parallam mill using simulation modeling

In this project, the intern will study the production process at a Parallam mill in Vancouver working closely with its Production Manager. The objective of this work is to develop simulation models to evaluate potential alternatives in order to improve the process efficiency of the final stage of operations at the mill. The final stage is called the remanufacturing department. This stage is the bottleneck of the system and limits the mill’s productivity. It is operational 4.5 days a week and the intention is to be able to have it operational 24/7.

High performance engineered biocomposites for automotive sector

The proposed project seeks to develop biocomposite technology and products for the auto manufacturing industries. Five graduate students under the supervision of Dr.Mohini Sain, will work on manufacturing processes, mechanical characterization, composite rheology and development of molds for various types of bio-composites which have direct application in auto-industries and can act as substitute for fossil fuel based composites. The two partner organizations will be the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP), Faculty of Forestry, Univ.

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