The final program is set for the 6th International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition, being held in Prince George, B.C., from June 11-13.
Among the speakers taking part in the conference are B.C.'s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, who will kick off the conference with a welcome to participants in the International Partnerships Forum and business-to-business meetings on June 11, and Shirley Bond, B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, who will provide the closing keynote presentation.
“In my 25 years in the industry, I have met and worked with a number of the industry speakers we have attending this year, and this is one of the strongest programs we have put together in the 10-year history of the conference," said John Swaan, conference co-chair.
The global bioenergy industry is well-represented, with speakers from the U.S., Sweden, the U.K., New Zealand, as well as B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories, including:
- Dr. William Strauss, winner of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award in 2012;
- Bruce Duguid of the UK Green Investment Bank;
- Gordon Murray, of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada;
- Ken Shields, CEO of Conifex and Chairman of the Canadian Bioenergy Association;
- Brent Boyko, with Ontario Power Generation;
- Josh Lieberman, head of the American Biogas Council;
The conference features almost 60 exhibitors, more than 300 delegates and 43 speakers. The event provides opportunities for bioenergy experts, existing businesses and new entrants to come together to examine pathways to bio-prosperity. It connects bioenergy and bioproducts producers with fibre owners, suppliers and purchasers, as well as key players in the utility, transportation and logistics sectors.