BIO has announced plenary and breakout session programs that will feature executives, industry experts and academics from Canada-based organizations, companies, and universities during BIO’s 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held July 19-22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.
The Success Stories Plenary will host a panel of industry leaders to discuss the steps taken to gain commercial success in their sector of the biobased economy. Vincent Chornet, Cofounder, President & CEO, Enerkem and Robert Graham, CEO & Chairman, Ensyn will share their stories on how through industrial biotech their Canadian-based companies have contributed to the growth of the world’s bioeconomy.
“The Canadian government and provincial government agencies are supporting the development of a biobased economy in Canada. Canada’s industrial biotechnology companies are commercializing solutions to address existing and emerging global issues such as the need for renewable energy, climate change, and the reliance on petroleum-based products. And Canada has a vast resource of biomass feedstocks from timber to wheat straw and more,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “We look forward to bringing BIO’s World Congress back to Montreal, where Canadian and American industrial biotechnology companies have formed strong partnerships over the years.”
This year’s breakout sessions will include panelists representing several Canadian Universities including the Queensland University of Technology, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and the University of Guelph. Attendees can also expect representatives from such Canadian organizations as ViciBio Pty Ltd., Life Sciences Queensland Ltd, and the National Research Council Canada.
BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) is a national network that is paving a sustainable path toward the commercialization of advanced biofuels. BFN is one of the Canadian sponsors for the 2015 BIO World Congress. BioFuelNet Canada brings together academic researchers, industry professionals and government representatives in order to harness the opportunities and address the barriers to sustainable biofuels production.
“It is with great excitement that we will be hosting our Advanced Biofuels Symposium(ABS) in Montreal on July 22-24th 2015, right after the World Bio Congress on Industrial Biotechnology,” says Dr. Donald L. Smith, President and CEO of BioFuelNet Canada. “We’re proud to be linked to the World Bio Congress, especially at this pivotal time, where there is a growing shift to biobased fuels and materials. Both conferences complement one another given their focus on the bioeconomy, and will help drive the development of biobased industries in Canada and around the world.”
BIOTECanada is another Canada-based sponsor for this year’s conference. BIOTECanada the national industry association with nearly 250 members located
nationwide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors.
“Canada’s economic and geographic diversity, universities and strong scientific research capacity has led to the emergence of a number of vibrant biotech clusters in every region of the country. Leveraging local strengths, these clusters are supporting the growth of a vast array of companies that are leading the development of biotech innovations to help meet the social imperative of addressing the global challenges resulting from a growing population as well as an already changed and continually changing environment.,” commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada. “From the development of new sustainable fuels to the creation of new technologies, Canada’s biotech sector is a global leader in helping to re-engineer economies and transform how we live our lives.”
The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) comprises three professional societies representing Chemistry (CSC), Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and Chemical Technology (CSCT) in Canada. It is dedicated to advancing chemical science and engineering via two annual conferences, publishing ‘ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News’ as well as ‘The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering’.
“For over a decade, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) has strongly supported Canada’s growing bio industry and BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology,” stated CIC executive director Roland Andersson. “This Montreal meeting will once again help connect Canadian scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and policy makers with global leaders; and in turn will help drive economic progress while addressing issues such as climate change.”
Our final Canadian-based sponsor, The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.
“Canada has abundant and sustainable forest resources to support a wide variety of industrial biotechnology applications. The World Congress is an excellent venue for bringing the different sectors together to explore the opportunities,” says Paul Lansbergen, the Vice-President of Regulations and Partnerships at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).