Bioeconomy Week in Thunder Bay
September 8-12, 2014

THANK YOU to all of the organizers, partners, speakers, participants, sponsors and hosts who made Bioeconomy Week in Thunder Bay such a tremendous success! This year's Bioeconomy Week was Canada’s first ever week-long event intended for organizations and individuals involved in Canada’s bioeconomy - and it will certainly not be the last!

In conjunction with Bioeconomy Week, the Biomass Innovation Centre delivered a community seminar on the topic of developments in northern Ontario's bioeconomy, as well as a training session focused on biomass to bioenergy.

Additional events throughout the week included the CanBio Annual Conference and AGM, industry tours, CanBio awards dinner, several work groups, and the official opening of the OPG BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College.

Couldn't make it to Bioeconomy Week? Here you will find resources, presentations and photos from the week's events.

Schedule of Events




Community Seminar - Biomass Innovation Centre

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Developments and Opportunities in Northern Ontario’s Bioeconomy

To kick-off Bioeconomy Week, the Biomass Innovation Centre (BIC) hosted a community seminar with a focus on current and upcoming developments in northern Ontario’s bioeconomy. This half-day session was aimed to increase one’s knowledge of current biomass-related projects, upcoming initiatives, policies and barriers within northern Ontario’s bioeconomy, while presenting opportunities for regional stakeholders and community involvement.

AGENDA: Click here to view the agenda from our community seminar.

EVENT PHOTOS: Click here to view our photos from the event.

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS:

What’s Happening Up North? An Overview of Northern Ontario Biomass Projects
Francis Gallo, Biomass Innovation Centre

Waking-Up Northern Ontario’s Bioeconomy
David Repath, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Community Sustainability Initiative
David Mackett, Whitesand First Nation

Breaking Down the Barriers to Ontario’s Bioeconomy
Dawn Lambe, Biomass Innovation Centre

Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy
Walter Manitowabi, Union of Ontario Indians

Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre
Brian Kurikka, Confederation College Centre

For more information on this community seminar or other BIC events, contact Francis Gallo at francisg@nipissingu.ca


Training Session - Biomass Innovation Centre

Biomass to Bioenergy

In conjunction with Bioeconomy Week, the Biomass Innovation Centre also delivered a short course titled “Biomass to Bioenergy”. The course was designed for practicing (and soon to be) engineers and engineering technologists, as well as professionals, managers and economic developers to build the background needed for the development and use of biomass materials, composites, fuels, and energy in Ontario.

The course is worth 6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for submission to one’s respective professional association or company, and a certificate is provided upon completion. The BIC recommends that individuals confirm with their respective organizations to determine if PDHs can be awarded.

AGENDA: Click here to view the agenda from our training session.

EVENT PHOTOS: Click here to view our photos from the session.

COURSE MODULES:
• Biomass Basics and Sustainability
• Sources of Biomass
• The Biomass Value Chain
• Biomass Conversion Technologies
• Biofuels
• Bioenergy Systems

For more information on this training session, or for inquiries on the BIC's education curriculum, contact Jeff Borisko at jeffbo@nipissingu.ca


CanBio Conference and Awards Dinner

The theme for this year's CanBio Annual Conference was Global Markets, Local Opportunities. Over 40 speakers presented on their respective organizations and projects, including a mix of individuals representing government, private sector, First Nations, academia, industry associations, economic development, and more.

Wednesday evening in Thunder Bay was the CanBio Awards Dinner. The Biomass Innovation Centre was extremely honored to receive an award for our Achievement as an Outstanding Bioeconomy Builder. We would like to congratulate each award winner and their teams for the work being pursued towards enhancing Canada's bioeconomy!

EVENT PHOTOS: Click here to view our photos from the CanBio Annual Conference.

Visit CanBio for highlights from their Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, including speaker presentations, photos and more.


OPG BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre - Official Opening

Confederation College officially opened the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC) on September 8 as part of Bioeconomy Week. Partners, supporters and community members were on hand for the opening and had the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Centre.

EVENT PHOTOS: Click here to view our photos from the OPG-BLRC official opening.

MEDIA RELEASE: Click here to view Confederation College's media release for the opening of their OPG-BLRC.

 

Quick Links

Schedule of Events
BIC Community Seminar
BIC Training Session
CanBio Conference and Awards Dinner
OPG-BLRC Official Opening
Photos


Visit CanBio for highlights from their Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, including speaker presentations, photos and more.