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Multi-industry group to explore Canadian potential for bio-based products


December 11, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A group of Canadian industry association is joining forces in a new bio-economy network (BEN) to explore ways to take advantage of the significant emerging potential in the global marketplace for bio-based products.

A group of Canadian industry association is joining forces in a new bio-economy network (BEN) to explore ways to take advantage of the significant emerging potential in the global marketplace for bio-based products.

The announcement was made at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit. BEN represents about 800 members companies in sectors such as auto parts, biotech, chemical, agriculture and forest products. So far nine industry associations have joined.

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“Canada has an abundance of renewable resources that can feed a wide range of bio-products,” says Catherine Cobden, the executive vice-president of the Forest Products Association of Canada and the chair of BEN. “Developing our bio-potential will help unleash our national resources potential to spur future economic growth and job creation in Canada.”

The new organization is calling on government to work with our industry to take advantage of these promising opportunities. The suggested areas for government-industry collaboration include the investment climate, the regulatory environment, innovation, and market diversification.

“Some of key trading partners have already developed comprehensive bio-economy strategies and Canada must not be left behind,” says Scott Thurlow, the president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.  “We would like to position Canada as a bio-investment destination and to take advantage of the staggering promise of the bio-economy.”

The members of BEN are:

Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada /Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

BIOTECanada

Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio)

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

CropLife Canada

Forest Products Association of Canada

FPInnovations


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