Four acres of industry will be on display this weekend.
Starting today, CN Centre is home to the indoor-outdoor extravaganza that revs the heaviest engines in our local economy. The Canada North Resources Expo only comes every two years and it is only on for two days, though, so the rush is on.
The forest industry is naturally the focus of the event (it began as the Forest Expo back at its genesis), but mining, agriculture, construction, transportation, energy, safety, environmental protection and more will all get some of the limelight, plus all the crossover points.
Tools - large and small - will be one of the visual draws, but the expo is also about problem-solving for people involved in industry, upgrading your company with the best in capital investments, and getting close to the cutting edge of goods and services linked to the work we do on the local landscape.
It is also about human resources.
"At the show, you'll find exhibitors who are looking to grow their ranks and hire new employees," said a statement from the expo organization. "Companies on the hunt for new talent will have signage at their booth to indicate they are recruiting. If you are thinking about a new career, come with your resume and meet prospective employers."
It is a feast for the eyes and ears. All over the premises will be Tonka toys all grown up, live demonstrations, and chances to touch everything from sawmills to big rigs. It pushes brain buttons for men and women, girls and boys.
Because of the family-friendly nature of the event, Saturday is officially Family Day at the event. Anyone with a regular admission ticket or complimentary pass can also bring the entire rest of their immediate family for free as long as you contribute a donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The Canada North Resources Expo runs today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket price is $10.