Helping to Commercialize
Sustainable Technology and Processes

BIC International Conference March 26-28, 2012
Assessing Risks to Commercialization of Biochemicals and Bioproducts

The international conference of the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre in Sarnia-Lambton will focus on Bringing Bioproducts to Market - Overcoming Risks to Commercialization. The conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn in Sarnia (Point Edward) on March 26-28, allows participants to share their experiences and ideas with industry, government and institutional experts from around the globe.

“This is a also a unique opportunity for international visitors to get a first-hand look at Canada’s emerging hybrid chemistry cluster right here in Sarnia-Lambton and share up-to-date information about best practices in the bio-economy,” said Murray McLaughlin, president and CEO of the SCA and executive director of the BIC. The SCA is supported by the BIC, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research with funding from the Government of Canada. SCA is a strong supporter of this conference and many of our investment companies will be present.

Canada is one of the few countries in the world that can support a large-scale bio-economy due to its abundant and sustainable biomass resources. Existing and emerging companies are aggressively developing early stage technologies that have the potential to successfully move forward to the commercialization stage.

Sessions 1-4 will be held on March 27, followed on March 28 by the 5th session, conference wrap-up and tour of the BIC and Sarnia-Lambton’s hybrid chemistry cluster. One of the keynote speakers is Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC.

  • Dave SmardenSession 1: Business Development Acumen/Market Entry and Development, chaired by Dave Smardon, President and CEO of BioEnterprise;
  • Niel RossSession 2: Improving Access to Technical Expertise, chaired by Neil Ross, CEO of Ross Scinergy;
  • Murray McLaughlinSession 3: Financing/Availability of Incentives, chaired by Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director, BIC and CEO/President of SCA;
  • Don McCabeSession 4: Challenges of Feedstock Supply and Logistics, chaired by Don McCabe, Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture;
  • John KellySession 5: Regulatory Approvals/Bureaucratic Challenges, chaired by John Kelly, Vice President of Erie Innovation & Commercialization.

In addition to the session chairs, scheduled speakers at the conference include: Nicolas Bertrand, Project Manager, Consortium for Research and Innovations in Industrial Bioprocesses (CRIBIQ): BioAmber; David Bressler, Biorefining Conversions Network, University of Alberta; Lynn Buchanan, Vice President, Industry Relations for Biotech Canada; Glyn Chancey, Executive Director, Red Tape Commission; Jim Grey, Chair, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Board; Sam Kanes, Principal, Fossil to Fuel Bio Advisors; John van Leeuwen, Chairman and CEO of  EcoSynthetix Inc., John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.; Brenda McIntyre, Senior Policy Advisor, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Gord Surgeoner, President, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies. Stay tuned as we finalize the program in January.

To register for the conference or obtain up to date information on the agenda, speakers, accommodations and sponsorship opportunities visit the BIC International Conference page. To register directly click here: registration form.

For further information, contact Mary Prendiville, Manager of Business Development at (519) 383 8303 ext. 238 or mprendiville@researchpark.ca.


Bioindustrial Innovation CentreBioindustrial Innovation Centre
located in Sarnia, Ontario
Bioindustrial Innovation CentreBioindustrial Innovation Centre
located in Sarnia, Ontario

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Located the University of Western Ontario Research Park’s Sarnia-Lambton Campus, the BIC focuses on helping Canada become a globally recognized leader in taking sustainable feedstock, such as agricultural and forestry by-products and wastes, and turning these renewable resources into energy and value-added chemicals for use in applications ranging from construction to automotive parts. BIC is funded through a combination of revenues and investments from the private sector and government, including $15 million from the Government of Canada's Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program.

Envirofresh

Located the University of Western Ontario Research Park's Sarnia-Lambton Campus, the BIC focuses on helping Canada become a globally recognized leader in taking sustainable feedstock, such as agricultural and forestry by-products and wastes, and turning these renewable resources into energy and value-added chemicals for use in applications ranging from construction to automotive parts.

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