Mark your calendars: Vancouver to welcome global forestry innovators in June
May 31, 2023 By P&PC Staff
The Forest Innovation and Bioeconomy Conference (FIBC) is set to take place in Vancouver from June 19-21, 2023. British Columbia’s growing green economy will be front and centre at the global conference showcasing the innovation and new ideas emerging from the forest sector, says the province in a press statement.
In partnership with the University of British Columbia, Foresight Canada and FPInnovations, the province will host keynote speakers from international and B.C. organizations on topics such as sustainability, Indigenous leadership and future opportunities in the forest bioeconomy.
Davis Chiu, industry co-chair at BC Pulp and Paper BioProducts Alliance, said, “FIBC will be an exciting opportunity to connect and collaborate amongst rightsholders, think tanks, industry clusters, governments, entrepreneurs, students and industry as a whole. Events such as FIBC help to generate new low-carbon business opportunities for British Columbians and secure the future for a resilient B.C. forest products sector.”
The forest bioeconomy is part of B.C.’s forestry sector and is estimated to create approximately 17,000 new direct and indirect jobs by 2030. B.C.’s bioeconomy uses wood such as bark and branches to make new, innovative products such as textiles, wood-based graphite for electric cars, alternatives to plastic packaging and much more.
“Our forests provide so much to people, and we have an opportunity to continue to diversify manufacturing beyond traditional products in response to the expanding forest bioeconomy sector,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests. “Building on the sector’s success we can become leaders in the shift to a cleaner economy, tackling global challenges and creating family-supporting jobs for the present and future.”
By 2030, the global market for forest bioproducts is estimated to reach $670 billion. Provincial support is putting B.C.’s forestry sector front and centre in the growing green economy, helping B.C. companies become leaders in manufacturing high-value forest products, says the province in its statement. By diversifying the forest sector and creating forestry jobs, B.C.’s forests can continue to support families for generations.
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