Join us in Prince George, British Columbia for the 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition.
Over the three days of the conference, held at the centre of one of the largest biomass fibre baskets in the world,
there will be many opportunities to learn more about the industry in British Columbia as well as the latest global trends
in fibre supply, sustainability, products, technology, policies and other drivers of the future bioeconomy.

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The conference runs through 3 days from 15 - 17 June, 2016.
Day 1
15 Jun 2016
Day 2
16 Jun 2016
Day 3
17 Jun 2016
Day 4
06 Jun 2018

7th International Bioenergy Conference Opening Reception

Shuttle service between The Coast Inn of the North and UNBC available.

Conference Official Welcome

  • Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall
  • Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dominic Frederick
  • NCLGA President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg
  • Conference Co-Chairs Greg Stewart and Michael Weedon.

Opening Keynote Address

John Martin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Executive Panel

A delegate favourite, the Executive Panel will see industry association executives engage in a wide-ranging and frank discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors in North America.
  • Gordon Murray, Executive Director – Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Michael Weedon, Executive Director – BC Bioenergy Network
  • Carrie Annand, Vice-President External Affairs – Biomass Power Association
  • Doug Hooper – Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group / Advanced Biofuels Canada
  • Moderator – Jamie Stephen, TorchLight BioResources on behalf of Alberta Innovates–Bio Solutions

An Industry in Transition: Global Overview

Leading thinkers and business executives will provide a “big picture” view of shifts and trends in biomass markets across North America and into European and Asian markets.
  • Warren Mabee - Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy
  • William Strauss, President – FutureMetrics
  • Don Roberts, CEO – Nawitka Capital Advisors
  • Moderator – Sandy Ferguson, Vice-President Corporate Development, Conifex

Keynote Address – Afternoon

Jeff Rubin:
  • Former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets
  • Author of The Carbon Bubble and The End of Growth
  • Bioenergy’s Contribution to the War on Climate Change

    In the wake of the Paris Accord, expert panelists will discuss the role biomass can play in supporting the new federal and provincial aspirations for a low-carbon future.
    • Michael Rensing - Ministry of Energy and Mines, Renewable Energy Development Branch
    • Susan Wood-Bohm – Alberta Innovates Biosolutions
    • Derek Nighbor - CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
    • Moderator – Bill Adams, Senior Director Sustainability, Customer Service and Innovation, Canfor Pulp

    Fibre Availability and Access: Challenges and Opportunities

    A “Forest Fibre Working Group” has been meeting for two years now to find a way through to a future that makes full and efficient use of available fibre in British Columbia, and balances the needs of all stakeholders. Tall order? Three members of the working group will be here to talk about the effort.
    • Doug Routledge, Vice-President – Council of Forest Industries
    • Rob McCurdy, CEO – Pinnacle
    • Dave Peterson, Assistant Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
    • Moderator – Dominik Roser, Research Leader, FPInnovations

    Pellets: Shifting Fibre Baskets, Shifting Markets

    Around the pellet world in 75 minutes. Industry experts and analysts will convene to discuss some of the key issues facing the pellet industry globally and domestically.
    • Fiona Matthews, Research Manager – Hawkins Wright – “Global Pellet Market Update”
    • John Arsenault – Director, Quebec Wood Export Bureau
    • Scott Bax, Senior Vice-President – Pinnacle Renewable Energy – “Considerations in Using Harvest Residuals as Pellet Feedstock”

    Keynote Address – Morning

    • Jim Lane – Editor and Publisher, The Digest

    Finance and Investment to Commercial Scale in the Biomass Sector

    One of the biggest challenges in any industry is making the leap from demonstration to commercial scale. This session will bring together panelists who have the scars and successes to show for long histories developing bioproducts facilities to commercial scale.
    • John May – Stern Brothers – “Financing Biochemical and Bioproducts Plants at Commercial Scale”
    • Jeff Passmore – Principal, Passmore Group – “So You Want To Build a Plant: Steps to Biorefinery Commercialization”
    • John Williams, Senior Partner - S'Investec LLC

    Local Project Deployment Success Stories

    One of the fundamental uses for biomass is as a community energy solution, providing energy and economic security and an alternative to expensive and carbon intensive fossil fuel energy systems. Hear from three parts of the continent that have successfully implemented small-scale energy systems, and how they can work in your communities.
    • Adam Sherman, Manager – Vermont Biomass Energy Resource Centre
    • Kyrke Gaudreau – Sustainability Manager, University of Northern BC
    • David Dubois – Chief of Engineering and Technical Outreach Specialist, Community Energy Association
    • Moderator – Rob van Adrichem, Director External Relations, City of Prince George

    Evolution of Next Generation Bioproducts

    More and more companies are making breakthroughs in utilization across the biomass feedstock chain. Hear three stories of success in moving the needle on the next generation of bioproducts.
    • Martin Pudlas, Vice President, Operations - Canfor Pulp
    • Jeffrey Jacobs, President & CEO - Ensyn Corporation
    • Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director - Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    • Moderator – Elissa Meiklem, Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC-IRAP

    Innovation of Technology in the Woody Biomass Sector

    The future is now. Technological breakthroughs are allowing more and more creative solutions to emerge, allowing companies to consider even greater opportunities for fuel switching using woody biomass. These industry pioneers will bring the latest information on what’s happening now, and what’s just around the corner.
    • Michael Lakeman – Regional Director, Biofuel Strategy, Boeing
    • Sam Weaver – President, Proton Power
    • Jerry Ericsson – Co-Founder, Diacarbon
    • Thomas Hobby – CEO, Highbury Energy Inc.
    • Moderator – Michael Weedon, Executive Director BC Bioenergy Network

    Industry Tour

    Prince George Walking Tour – Join us for a tour of the Downtown District Energy System.

    WPAC Wood Pellet Safety Workshop

    Join government and private sector experts discussing wood pellet safety from all angles.