The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition is the nation’s largest conference devoted to the new bioeconomy. Formerly the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition, it has evolved to cover the complete range of woody biomass-derived bioproducts and the entire value chain from energy to fuels to bio-based chemicals.
Since the first conference in 2004, the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition has developed a reputation for being one of Canada’s leading conferences on the topic, providing a venue for community leaders, industry members, and policy makers from across Canada and around the world.
What is the bioeconomy?
The bioeconomy involves the sustainable production and use of materials, energy, fuels, chemicals and industrial and consumer products from renewable resources instead of fossil fuels. B.C. communities are already at the forefront of the bioeconomy given their local expertise related to forest management and manufacturing capacity for advanced wood building products and bioenergy.
More than 21 million metric tonnes of raw biomass was transformed into bioproducts in Canada in 2017 alone. Of that total, 60% came from forestry. Total revenues in 2017 surpassed $4 billion. Worldwide, the market for bioproducts is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030.
About the conference
The conference host region, North-Central British Columbia, has a long history as a leader in developing the first generation of the industrial bioeconomy in Canada, including the country’s largest pulp and paper cogeneration sector, the first and largest wood pellet-producing industry, and multiple district energy systems, which have virtually eliminated greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings they heat. With projects such as the groundbreaking Canfor-Licella biofuels project, the industry is now moving quickly toward new technologies and new innovations in wood-based products that are fuelling the new bioeconomy.
This year’s conference is all about building a sustainable future… together. We invite business, community and First Nations leaders, elected officials and academics, and anyone interested in the contribution of renewables to the future circular economy to join us in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada June 23 – 24, 2021.
Conference topics for 2021 include:
New this year, we will be offering half-day workshops embedded in the conference program with a focus on energy, fuels, bio-based materials and community bioeconomy. Also included in the program are industry tours to regional facilities demonstrating the circular bioeconomy in action, and a full-day pre-conference Wood Products Safety Workshop.
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