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Mission: Stimuler et faciliter la collaboration régionale pour assurer le développement économique durable de l'Acadie des terres et forêts.

The Acadia of Lands and Forests’ International Snowmobilers’ Festival will be back and will now include Quebec trails (Témiscouata sector). On January 20-22, 2017, snowmobile enthusiasts will be able to explore more than 930 miles (1,500 km) of trails in a snowmobilers’ paradise located across New Brunswick, Québec and Maine. Participants will have the opportunity to snowmobile in two countries, two provinces and one American state during the same weekend.

More than just a snowmobile ride, this festival provides an enjoyable experience and a warm welcome – as the region and its local population are known for. People of Acadia of Lands and Forests are certainly welcoming and know how to have a good time. “We are lucky to live in a region with first class lodging and accommodations connected to our snowmobile trails. The festival is an opportunity to showcase our infrastructures and enjoy them all at the same time.” says Lise Ouellette, Chair of the Core Leadership Team.

Festival Registration and Planned Activities
Approximately thirty venues across Acadia of Lands and Forests will offer special incentives to the festival participants. Each stop at one of these strategic spots will allow snowmobilers to accumulate chances to win various prizes (cash prizes and goods) worth more than CAN$10,000. Other activities will also be organized, including a casino night, a brunch as well as an exhibition and a testing session of antique snowmobiles.

Registration is mandatory to access all Acadia of Lands and Forests’ trails. Visit for more details. Registration cost is CAN$39.99 per person and includes access to every activity.

Presented by the Core Leadership Team of the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, this festival is organized in collaboration with the region’s snowmobile federations and clubs, and tourist development organizations, with the financial support of the Government of New Brunswick, the Regional County Municipality of Témiscouata, and the Maine Office of Tourism.

For more information about the festival or to register, visit or call us at (506) 736-9976.

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Manufacturing businesses from Acadia of the Lands and Forests want to strengthen their links in order to increase regional procurement and its economic benefits. The Core Leadership Team will lead a meeting between fifteen or so large businesses (prime manufacturers) and approximately 75 goods and services suppliers and subcontractors to be held at the end of November.

Acadia of the Lands and Forests has an important manufacturing industry. There are close to 300 manufacturing businesses in a 100 km (62 miles) radius, which represents approximately 10,000 jobs. The region has everything to gain from creating links between businesses.

A Project in Two Phases
Before holding this networking event, the specific needs of large businesses were identified. These initial contacts with the prime manufacturers demonstrated that there is substantial business development potential for Acadia of the Lands and Forests’ smaller businesses.

During this event, carefully planned meetings will be held in a “speed-dating”-like style. Particular attention will be paid to linking SMEs’ expertise to specific procurement needs expressed by prime manufacturers. These targeted and planned pairings will allow each participant to have meaningful business meetings and to use these precious minutes efficiently.

Alongside the planned business meetings, two lectures will be presented to the participants and a networking happy hour will conclude the day.

If you are a potential supplier established within Acadia of the Lands and Forests, you can express your interest in participating in this event by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, depending on your area, contact Opportunities New Brunswick, Témiscouata SADC or Northern Maine Development Commission.

The Acadia of the Lands and Forests region is comprised of Northwestern New Brunswick, Quebec’s Témiscouata and the northern part of Maine’s Aroostook County. This region has numerous winter tourist attractions with great economic potential, including outstanding snowmobile trails of over 1 500 km of incomparable quality.

The Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests (CLT) proposes, in collaboration with key stakeholders, to organize an International Snowmobile Festival Without Border in Acadia of the Lands and Forests from January 20 to 22nd 2017. Three days of snowmobiling in the finest trails of New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. (The project details are available in the attached concept paper).

The CLT wishes to hire a consultant or an experienced agency in event planning that can provide a "turnkey" service. The successful consultant or organization retained must be fully bilingual (French and English) and able to travel throughout the Acadian of the Lands and Forests region.

The purpose of this tender is to select the provider that offers the best service to the CLT. The CLT encourages candidates to submit their best offer and propose any alternative approach as well as its advantages and disadvantages for the CLT. A regional selection committee will be formed to select the best offer.

This RFP shall in no case be considered as a contract or as a form of commitment. This RFP does not require the CLT to award a contract not to indemnify the candidates for the costs generated by the preparation of proposal. The CLT reserves the right to accept an offer in whole or in part or to reject all proposals submitted.

To ensure that the organization of the International Snowmobile Festival meets the expectations of the CLT and its partners, it is essential to have an event organizer who can provide a "turnkey" service, from planning the festival to its final evaluation.

Under the guidance of the organizing committee of the festival, the mandate is:

  • Develop a work plan;
  • Ensure coordination of the organizing committee (planning and convening meetings and internal communications);
  • Develop and implement a sponsorship and partnership program;
  • Develop the Festival program in conjunction with the Organizing Committee;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of the communication / marketing plan with the consultant in communication / marketing;
  • Follow the budget allocated for the organization of the festival;
  • Promote the festival in other events;
  • Take care of logistics in connection with the activities before, during and after the event, for example:
    • Obtain necessary permits;
    • Ensure safety in partnership with snowmobile clubs;
    • Rent the necessary equipment where appropriate;
    • Determine staffing requirements (volunteers);
    • Identify and assign tasks for volunteers during the event;
  • Develop an event evaluation plan and implement it;
  • Write a final report;
  • All other tasks necessary to the success of the festival.

The total budget for consultant fees retained to perform this mandate is $ 15,000 CAD (including HST).

The mandate will begin in early October 2016 until the end of February 2017.

To apply, you must send your service proposal before 4:00 PM, Monday September 26th, 2016 by email to the Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For questions about this offer, contact Caroline at 506-737-9602. Your proposal should include: The approach and proposed work plan, a detailed budget and a list of mandates completed in connection with the proposed mandate.


An exhibition catalogue with roots in Acadia of the lands and the forest


Did you know that preparing the exhibition catalogue for the Témiscouata Museum’s permanent exhibition, “Enracinés”, was the fruit of a collaboration between the museum, the Témiscouata Historical and Archaeological Society, the Colline Art Gallery and the Madawaska Historical Society in Edmundston? The publication was released in July 2015 following the exhibition and the inauguration of the museum’s new premises during festivities for the Congrès mondial acadien 2014.

The 76-page illustrated catalogue is part of the Revue de la Société historique du Madawaska’s publication series and is in two parts. One focuses on the Témiscouata Museum’s exhibition and looks at forests from economic, social and cultural angles. The history of the people of the forest is told through the voices of those who have lived it. The other part focuses on an exhibition of four contemporary artists presented at the Madawaska Historical Museum. Joël Boudreau, Luc A. Charrette, Gabrielle Gendron and Réjean Toussaint were all invited to create an artwork that illustrated their relation with the land.

It is together that we succeed here!

Regional festivities for National Acadian Day were held in Edmundston from August 13th to 15th. Participants from the three sectors of the region participated in the festivities with pride and enthusiasm.

Various activities were held over a period of three days. Participants enjoyed themselves while exploring and discovering the talents of artists and craftsmen from the three sectors of Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

Despite bad weather, the festivities ended with a bright sunshine, Acadian colors – setting a new crowd for the participation in the traditional “Tintamarre”.

"Promoting cross-border exchanges is part of the mandate of the Core Leadership Team. These regional celebrations are therefore another opportunity to strengthen our economic and community ties”, says Lise Ouellette, chairwoman of the Core Leadership Team.

Partner in this event, the Core Leadership Team, wishes to thank and congratulate the City of Edmundston for all the work accomplished in organizing this year’s August 15th celebrations.

See you in Madawaska, Maine, in 2017
During the official ceremonies after the “Tintamarre”, Ms. Ouellette announced that following a call for proposals, the Town of Madawaska, Maine, was chosen to host the 2017 regional festivities.

Mr. Vincent Frallicciardi, counselor for the Town of Madawaska, invited all residents of Acadia of the Lands and Forests to come celebrate in 2017. The regional festivities will be held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Acadian Festival. Another reason to celebrate!

Toute la programmation pour les grandes fêtes régionales de l'Acadie à Edmundston du 13 au 15 août 2016.

All the schedule for the Acadian festivities in Edmundston from August 13th to 15th, 2016.


An Acadia of the Lands and Forests Pale Ale : A beer Without Borders 


August 1st, the Edmundston microbrewery, Les Brasseurs du Petit Sault, made a special batch of a pale ale on tap available for a limited time. Its particuliarity? It‘s entirely made from Acadia of the Lands and Forests products!

The malt comes from MaltBroue of Temiscouata and the hops come from Aroostook Hops in Maine.

It was such a success that It sold out in a week. Is it going to be back next year? Let's hope so.

It is together that we succeed here!

Monday, 11 July 2016 11:21

Enhancement of Underutilized Farmland


Enhancement of Underutilized Farmland

Producer members of the Coopérative forestière du Nord-Ouest (CoFNO), located in Clair, wanted to use agricultural land to their full potential. They’ve decided to grow honeyberries, a small fruit which looks like blueberry because of its color, tastes delicious and could be transformed into several by-products.

The main purpose is to transform the honeyberry in a local factory facility. With a cooperative business model, where the owners are producers, workers and investors who share benefits and create economic activity.

In 2013, 1,000 plants were planted in the Clair region of New Brunswick. Thanks to the opportunity created by the CoFNO that brought producers together, it is 80,000 plants (100 acres) that are now growing, not only in New Brunswick but also in northern Maine and the Témiscouata, all three sectors of Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

It is expected that in 7 years, 240,000 kilos will be processed annually into juice, syrup, alcoholic liquor or simply dried.

It is together that we succeed here!

La population, résidente de l’Acadie des terres et forêts, est invitée à découvrir ou redécouvrir sa région en participant à un concours. Trois forfaits mettant en valeur un attrait de chacun des secteurs de l’Acadie des terres et forêts sont offerts.

Les forfaits pour deux personnes, comprenant une nuitée, un petit-déjeuner et un repas du soir, permettront à trois gagnants de goûter à l’hospitalité et à la gastronomie de la région.

Les gagnants auront l’opportunité de découvrir l’un des trois secteurs de l’Acadie des terres et forêts en séjournant soit à l’auberge du Chemin Faisant à Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, à l’auberge les Jardins Inn d’Edmundston ou à l’auberge Inn of Acadia à Madawaska, tous trois membres du réseau Acadie Gourmet


Le tourisme, la mise en valeur du milieu de vie et le renforcement des échanges transfrontaliers font partie des mandats de l’Équipe des Chefs de file. Par ce concours, l’organisation souhaite encourager la population à garder les liens créés avec ses voisins et à favoriser l’idée de découvrir ce que l’Acadie des terres et forêts a à offrir.

Pour participer, vous devez vous inscrire en ligne d’ici le 14 août via la page Facebook Réussir Ici / Succeed here ou sur Les gagnants seront annoncés lors des festivités du 15 août.

Friday, 10 June 2016 16:36

Student Job Posting

The Core Leadership Team leader is looking for a dynamic student to contribute to the implementation of its economic development mandate by providing support to the organizing committee of the August 15, 2016 celebrations in Edmundston.


  • Professionalism, leadership, autonomy and polyvalent
  • Adaptability
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to work in team
  • Ability to communicate in French and English, both oral and written
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office, web applications, social media)

Hiring criterion:

  • Must be Canadian resident or citizen
  • Aged between 15 and 30 years old
  • Full-time student this year and enrolled for full-time studies in September 2016 (International students are not eligible.)
  • Have a valid passport to travel to the US
  • Have a valid drivers’ license

Schedule: 35 hours/week from June 27 to August 19, 2016

Salary: +/- $ 15/ hour (based on experience and training)

Workplace: Downtown Edmundston

To apply: Send your cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information: Lori-Ann Cyr 737-9600 ext. 1 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About: The Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests is a think tank and action group on economic regional issues in the region. It stimulates and facilitates regional collaboration by mobilizing stakeholders to leverage the strengths of the entire region and face common challenges. It implements a strategic plan that focuses on priorities for action and measurable concrete results in order to ensure the economic development of the region. For more information, visit our Website:

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