Our Expertise

The FPInnovations network of industrial advisors, scientists, economists and technologists, has expertise throughout the entire forestry value chain from resource development, resource extraction and manufacturing, right on through to product branding and market development. Historically we have worked with Indigenous communities in the following areas:


Harvesting and Transportation

  • Lumber production
  • Drying
  • Engineered wood products and panels

Secondary manufacturing

  • Value added specialty products
  • Custom mill work
  • Furniture and kitchen cabinets

Manufacturing Processes

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Design Integration
  • Quality Assurance
  • Processing Solutions
  • Stick Frame, Log & Timber Frame Construction


  • Community heating

Non Timber Forest Products

CNC Indigenous art opportunities

Market / Business Development

What we can Provide

We provide customized products and services that meet the unique needs of each Indigenous community. The following services are an example of what can be provided and do not represent the full extent of what FPInnovations can offer. Contact the program lead in your area if you have any questions regarding the scope of what can be done through this program.

On-site Information Sessions

Building Wealth with Wood information sessions are presented in an Indigenous context that respects social, economic and cultural values and realities. The primary goal of these sessions is to communicate the potential opportunities that exist within the industry. This session also outlines the Indigenous Forest Support Program, helps to establish relationships and provides the framework for FPInnovations to provide services to the Indigenous communities.

Market Intelligence and Product Knowledge

Gathering market intelligence and product knowledge is critical as communities look to develop forestry and manufacturing based business. It is important to understand the gaps for products and services in localized areas. With this knowledge, we can identify opportunities that are right for the community and align well with traditional values and the available expertise.

Feasibility Studies

Studies can identify the issues that will impact the ability of Indigenous communities to establish and maintain viable forest product businesses. These studies can include, but are not limited to, an analysis of current and potential markets, evaluation of capital and operational costs, evaluation of the fibre supply, a review of alternatives, impacts to local employment, etc. These studies can provide guidance to communities as they look to make an informed investment decision.

Technical Assessments

Technical assessments of new technologies provide relevant and timely information to community leaders so they can make informed decisions before adopting new technologies (e.g. Investing in a bio-energy facility) or making capital investments (e.g. manufacturing facility). These assessments include recommendations that a community can use on its journey towards continuous improvement.

Operational Evaluations

On-site evaluations of the business structure, harvest planning activities and timber harvesting practices for community-based logging operations can identify capacity gaps and inefficient processes. The realizations and recommendations from these evaluations have immediate positive impacts. They contribute to more efficient machine interactions, increased productivity, increased utilization, compliance with environmental legislation and operating ground rules and the ability to generate increased wealth and prosperity for the community.

Technical Advisory Service

FPInnovations experts provide technical assistance to forest harvesting operations, operators of wood products manufacturing facilities, as well as to log, timber frame and conventional building construction businesses to improve processes and maximize profits.

Product and Standards Development Support

FPInnovations can provide technical expertise for the development of new wood products, building codes, industry standards and thermal performance guidelines for the construction of log, timber frame and conventional buildings.

Technical Literature and Bulletins

FPInnovations can produce technical literature and bulletins for Indigenous communities that enhance the technological development of the Indigenous forestry value-added chain.

Best Management Practices

FPInnovations develops and disseminates best management practices relating to forest product (timber and non-timber) harvesting, transportation, small-scale wood products manufacturing, and various phases of log, timber frame and conventional building construction.

Communities that are interested in accessing the Aboriginal Forestry Support program should contact us