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About FIND Biomass

Our Company

First Indigenous Biomass Future Inc., doing business as FIND Biomass, is majority Indigenous owned and operated. Its principals are Melissa Minks, Albert Klyne, and Richard Seto who collectively have 60 years of experience in wood fiber processing and environmental remediation industries.

 

FIND Biomass has developed a facility for the propagation of hybrid poplar trees for the use of afforestation plantations. The plantations will supply biomass feedstock for power generation and advanced green technologies while contributing to Canada’s carbon sequestration plan. They grow to sufficient maturity that they can be harvested within 3-5 years and will sequester up to 10 times the amount of carbon as a native forest.  

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FIND Biomass is majority indigenous owned and operated. Its principals are Melissa Minks, Albert Klyne, and Richard Seto who collectively have 60 years of experience in wood fiber processing and environmental remediation.  Melissa is a Swan River Band member, Business Administration graduate, and entrepreneur. Albert is Metis, a local Kinuso resident, entrepreneur, and an expert in waste, recycling, and alternative energy. Richard is a native Albertan with oil service, mining exploration, recycling and acquisition background.


FIND Biomass is focusing on High Yield Afforestation plantation projects using cloned aspen and hybrid popular. These trees were bred by CWFC specifically to produce feedstock for energy conversion and to maximize carbon sequestration. They grow to sufficient maturity that they can be harvested within 3-5 years and will sequester up to 10 times the amount of carbon as a native forest.   

Indigenous Owned
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The market for fast growing trees is substantial. Increasingly, biomass fiber is being used for power generation, heat for greenhouses, biochar, and biofuels. Until the trees can be harvested, a revenue from the carbon offset market is achievable. Additionally, to meet immediate biomass needs, FIND has developed a network of landowners and other suppliers in Alberta. 

Another aspect of FIND Biomass’ mission is to provide employment and skills training to indigenous individuals and communities. During harvesting and planting over the past 2 years, FIND Biomass has employed an Indigenous workforce of over 20 members from Swan River, Paul Band, Metis Nation, Enoch, Alexis, and the Blood Tribe. When fully operational, the Company expects to have upwards of a hundred employees, full time and seasonal. FIND envisions partnering with Indigenous communities across Canada and establishing plantation operations and sustainable biomass projects.  


FIND Biomass will ultimately operate both the propagation facility and multiple plantations. Currently the Company has a propagation facility of 60,000 first year stool beds located on a 60-acre parcel adjacent the Swan River First Nation, northof the village of Kinuso. The land is owned by a Swan River Nation band member. Each year, these stool beds will produce inventory cuttings for planting in afforestation projects. To initiate their first year High Yield Afforestation plantations, FIND Biomass will be planting 150,000 trees in 2021 and has a goal of completing 40,000 hectares of afforestation projects over the next 10 years.  

Growing trees and futures, Giving back 
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FIND Biomass has a goal of giving back to Indigenous Woman. Within First Nation communities the Indigenous Women sacrifice so much for their children and grandchildren, so they have the necessities to go to school, to pay for the children’s sports, to organize traditional teachings, ceremonies, and feasts to ensure the traditions are not forgotten. FIND will support Indigenous Women Initiatives to help ensure future generations do not lose their culture and to help build strong futures.  

Markets and Technologies 
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Development of Markets and Support for Technologies 

FIND continually searches out opportunities that promote the best practices in Environmental Stewardship. All levels of Government, First Nations, and Businesses need to work in the same direction to ensure that policies and protocols are effective for all stakeholders. FIND will continue to promote its mission for an outcome that is fully beneficial to all stakeholders.   

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