6th Annual Bioindustrial Meeting: November 22-25, 2015

Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change

November 22-25, 2015, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


On behalf of David Bressler, Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network, and Steve Price, CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, we are pleased to invite you to to attend the 2015 BCN – AI Bio Conference, Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change. The event will be held on November 22-25, 2015, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Canada.

This year’s conference promises to be an engaging event that brings academia, industry, government, municipalities, and policy makers together. Participants will be presented with a unique networking opportunity to develop ideas, businesses and relationships that are critical for success in today’s bioindustry. In the coming months, we will work hard to bring you programming relating to feedstocks, biomass conversion technologies, synthetic biology, green chemistry, advanced materials, and other facets of the bioindustry.

Plenary Program

Master of Ceremonies
Jay Ingram, Correspondent for Discovery Channel Canada

Welcome Address
Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister, Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta

Opening Keynote
Andreea Strachinescu, Unit Head, New Energy Technologies, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission

Plenary Session #1 – Creating Industry Partnerships
Jay Ingram (Moderator), Correspondent for Discovery Channel Canada
Jim Grey, CEO, IGPC Ethanol Inc.
Ron Reis, Senior VP – Pulp, Millar Western Forest Industries Inc.
Mario Pennisi, CEO, Life Sciences Queensland
Trevor Carlson, Director – Sustainability, Federated Co-operated Ltd.
Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels

Plenary Session #2 – How Do GHG Policies Affect the Bioeconomy?
Andrew Leach (Moderator), Associate Professor, University of Alberta; Chair, Climate Change Advisory Panel at Government of Alberta
Warren Mabee, Canada Research Chair, Renewable Energy Development and Implementation; Director, Queen’s Institute for Energy & Environmental Policy
Matthew Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
Paul Clark, Board Member, The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation
Tim Haig, CEO, Forge Hydrocarbons; Founder, BIOX

Plenary Session #3 – International Market Place for Bio-Based Products

Jack Saddler (Moderator), Professor, University of British Columbia
Andreas Hornung, Director, institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT
James Lee, Director – Commercialization, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada; Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Investment Fund
Regina Lago, International Affairs Officer, Embrapa Food Technology, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Keynote Luncheon

His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton

Feature Keynotes

-Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta
-David Hancock, Former Premier of Alberta and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education

For the latest programming and a list of confirmed speakers, click on the “Detailed Agenda” link below.

Detailed Agenda

Breakout Sessions

Student Competition – Lightning Rounds

Eligibility: You must be a graduate or co-op student working towards a degree or diploma at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Format: Each student will be given 5 minutes to present their research and ideas in an oral presentation.

Suggested topics: Same as breakout sessions (see above).

Judging Criteria: Presenters will be graded on a number of criteria, including research topic, organization, delivery, and overall impact.

Cash prizes: 1st place – $300; 2nd and 3rd place runners-up – $100 each.

To take part in this competition, students must submit an abstract (300 words or less) to bcn@ualberta.ca with the subject title “2015 BCN – AI Bio Conference: Student Competition” no later than October 10, 2015. Depending on the number of abstracts submitted, we may not be able to accommodate everyone; however, a minimum of 15 spots are guaranteed.

*NEW* – BioAlberta’s 16th Annual AGM & Awards Gala

Time: November 24, 2015, 4:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Location: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 – 100 Street NW, Edmonton


Suggested Accommodations

10065 – 100 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 1-866-540-4468
Web: www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton


10135 – 100 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 1-888-627-8530
Web: www.thewestinedmonton.com


10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 1-800-661-8801
Web: online booking link
When booking by phone, please book under AI-Bio/BCN Conference

Organizing Committee

Partners and Sponsors

For questions about programming, accommodation or logistics please contact:

Lauren Mercier: lgmercie@ualberta.ca or 780-492-5685

For questions about registration, communication, advertisement or sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Victor Cheng: vcheng@ualberta.ca or 780-492-1760