Canadian Bioeconomy Conference announces top-flight speakers

Environment minister Heyman to headline Canada’s largest bioeconomy event
Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition
February 07, 2018
By Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition
The event provides opportunities for industry experts, existing businesses and new entrants to come together to examine pathways to sustainable economic growth through full utilization of wood-based biomass.
The event provides opportunities for industry experts, existing businesses and new entrants to come together to examine pathways to sustainable economic growth through full utilization of wood-based biomass.
Feb. 7, 2018 - An all-star line-up of thought-leaders and insiders from the bioeconomy in North America and Europe will be on hand June 6-8 as industry professionals, elected officials, First Nations and corporate leaders meet in Prince George, B.C., for the largest conference of its kind in Canada.

George Heyman, B.C.’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, will provide a keynote address at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition, outlining the B.C. NDP government’s climate commitment and the opportunities he sees in the new bioeconomy.

“The B.C. government is seeking new and innovative ways to build a sustainable economy while at the same time developing a comprehensive climate change strategy,” said Sandy Ferguson, Conference Chair and Vice-President of Corporate Development for Conifex Timber. “Biomass is a key feedstock for renewable energy, fuels and chemicals. So it’s an opportune time to have Minister Heyman bring his vision for the role of value-added biomass in the growing clean economy.”

In addition to Heyman, a number of industry leaders and elected officials will take the stage at Bioeconomy 2018:

• Perry Toms – CEO, Steeper Energy (Denmark/Canada)
• Benedict McAleenan – Head, Biomass UK (United Kingdom)
• Joel Stone – President, Convergince Advisers (USA)
• Seth Walker – Senior Bioenergy Economist, FutureMetrics (USA)
• Anna Tenje – Mayor, Vaxjo, Sweden (Sweden)
• Donny Van Somer – Chief, Kwadacha First Nation (Canada)
• Lyn Hall – Mayor, Prince George, B.C. (Canada)
• Mike Morris – MLA, Prince George-Mackenzie (Canada)
• Gordon Murray – Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (Canada)
• Derek Nighbor – CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (Canada)
• And more to come.

“The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will build on the success of its predecessor, the International Bioenergy Conference,” said Ferguson. “We’ll continue to bring expertise from around the globe to share knowledge and best practices with Canadian industry members, and to demonstrate Prince George’s and Northern B.C.’s leadership role in the Canadian bioeconomy.”

The event provides opportunities for industry experts, existing businesses and new entrants to come together to examine pathways to sustainable economic growth through full utilization of wood-based biomass. It connects bioenergy and bioproducts producers with fibre owners, suppliers and purchasers, as well as key players in the utility, transportation and logistics sectors.

The event focuses discussion on real-world solutions to operational issues. The program will include assessments of available resource and product streams, exploration of policy and sustainability issues, examination of the outlook for markets and investments, and discussions about leading-edge concepts and current applications in the bioeconomy sector regionally, nationally and globally.

The 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will take place in Prince George June 6-8, 2018. Register at www.bioeconomyconference.com.

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