Northwestern Ontario is poised to play a pivotal role in the emerging biomass economy according to Dawn Lambe the executive director of Biomass North Development. Biomass North Forum, a two-day conference in Thunder Bay, started Wednesday with a large delegation from Finland taking part. “In the north, our forestry industry has been in transformation. It has been a period of incredible confusion, rebirth and regrowth,” Lambe told The Chronicle-Journal. “The north, I think, is in a unique position to define what’s going to happen with their forest in the future,” she said. Small municipalities and First Nations communities are driving the new bio-economy by taking jurisdiction over forest resources and allocating biomass forest byproducts to their own interests, said Lambe.