Inaugural ‘Canadian BioDesign Conference’ set for this Wednesday

Event being hosted by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and Lambton College

There’s no question that the commercialization of new bio-based products and technology is on the upswing and with that growth, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is hosting an inaugural event this week that it hopes will be hosted across Canada in the future.

The Canadian BioDesign Conference—Building a Vibrant Bioeconomy—takes place on Wednesday at the Lambton College Event Centre.

Representatives from industry, research and association stakeholders will gather to discuss ways Canada’s bioeconomy can accelerate, including through leveraging growing international and domestic market pull for supply chains.

The end result, experts say, will be a successful transition to a sustainable low-carbon society.

The strategy for this event includes mobilizing multiple industry partners, attracting international partners and investors, and building on regional strengths while creating jobs and sustaining a strong innovation culture.

The ticketed event ($50 a person) begins at 9 a.m. and includes a panel on how to build strong hybrid chemistry value chains.

Sandy Marshall, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, is facilitating the panel, with representatives from the NaturALL Alliance, Ford Motor Co. and Comet Biorefining involved.

Meaghan Seagrave, executive director of BioNB, will be facilitating a session on BioDesign Initiative, with participants to include:

—Murray McLaughlin, advisor, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
—Andrew Casey, chief executive officer, BIOTECanada
—Mahima Sharma, manager for Environment and Regulatory Affairs, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC); and
—Jean-Pierre Martel, vice president, Strategic Partnerships, FP Innovations

A company spotlight session will include “two-minute” presentations by:

—TransAlta
—Bond Consulting
—Paton Engineers and Constructors
—LEHDER Environmental
—CMS Inc.
—BioTalent Canada
—VIP Rail Inc. and
—Advisian – a division of Worley Parsons

The afternoon sessions will include a tour of Lambton College’s Centre of Excellence in Energy and Bioindustrial Technologies followed by a shared clients panel facilitated by Steve Reaume, coordinator of the Lambton College Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre.

Companies will discuss how they have worked with BIC’s COMM SCI program, Lambton College and the Western Sarnia Lambton Research Park to commercialize and successfully develop their projects along the value chain.

An afternoon session on “Building a Vibrant Bioeconomy” will be facilitated by Erika Van Neste, Bioeconomy Policy, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and include several participants including:

—John Wilkinson, sr. vice president, Greenfield Global;
—Rob Tripp, chief executive officer, Benefuel; and
—Susan Wood-Bohm, president and CEO, Wood-Bohm and Associates

Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, executive dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Lambton College, will close out the conference.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, organizers are holding a one-day consultation to be held at the Holiday Inn, Point Edward.

This FREE event will discuss the launch of the consultations of the AAFC-CAAP project to develop a national Bioeconomy strategy which will leverage industry, research and association stakeholders from the whole of the agri-business value chain to first develop a framework and then work with adjacent resource sectors to build a comprehensive national strategy.

This strategy will align with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada (launched September 2017) and will leverage the foundational work already completed with the agricultural sector including the recently released CAPI report on Optimizing Growth in the Canadian Agri-Food Sector, the Barton report as well as AAFC Roundtable’s – Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable (IBPVRT) reports.

The activities laid out in the project will help to address challenges identified in previous reports by building on gaps related to industrial agriculture as well as the opportunity to align with our growing international and domestic value chain market pull to accelerate Canada’s transition to a sustainable low-carbon society.

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