The Boreal Research Institute is a 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility located in Peace River, 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. It is staffed by a team of research scientists and technicians with professional designations in forestry, biology and agrology.
The Institute’s facility includes two laboratories, office space for 15 people, an outdoor growing space and a three-bay greenhouse that features computer-controlled humidity, temperature and lighting. The facility was funded by NAIT, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, with industry funding from Shell Canada and Penn West Petroleum.
The Boreal Research Institute is a leader in applied research relating to forest and peatland reclamation and is an essential partner for applied science, innovation and enterprise development in Alberta’s boreal forest region. With joint funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada and many industry partners, the Institute has established two Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges to advance research in boreal reclamation, reforestation and peatland restoration.