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Day 1 - Nov 14, 2016


17:30   Welcome Cocktails

Day 2 - Nov 15, 2016


07:45 Breakfast - Deluxe Continental – Host: BIOFUELNET Canada


08:30 Welcome remarks: Jeff Passmore, Scaling Up Conference Chair; CEO, Passmore Group Inc.


08:40 Opening Keynote Session: Setting the Stage – Ideas and Experience


  • Session Chair: Dave Watters, CEO Global Advantage, former ADM Economic Development, Finance Canada

  • Paul Halucha, Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

  • Pierre-Alain Schieb, Former Head, OECD Futures Project (1994-2013), President, Backcasting SAS, Consultant to OECD

  • Rina Singh, Managing Director, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Washington, DC

  • Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen Corporation


09:50 Delivering Canada’s Low Carbon Bio-based Economy: Are we serious, and who’s in charge?


  • Session Chair: Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in Chief, Policy Options - Institute for Research on Public Policy

  • "The Real Story on Biofuel GHG Emissions"- Don O’Connor, President (S&T)2 Consultants Inc.

  • Peter Middleton, President, EARTH Development Fund 

  • Sandy Ferguson, Vice President, Corporate Development, Conifex Timber Inc.

  • Pembina Institute – Speaker TBC


11:00 Refreshment Break – Host: Conifex Timber Inc.


11:25 Canada's Biomass: Is it there, and how do we get it?


  • Session Chair: Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press

  • Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

  • “Feed the people, feed the soil, feed the bioeconomy” - Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

  • “An Introduction to Alberta’s Bio-Resource Information Management System” - Jordan Hayes, Resource Analyst, Energy & Environment Group, Silvacom Ltd.


12:15 Lunch with Keynote Address


13:30 Financing Realities: From Pilot to First-of-Kind Commercial


  • Session Chair: Gene Lang,

  • A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

  • Robert F. Walsh, President, Industrial Products Division, Intrexon Corporation, San Francisco; Former Genera Manager Supply, Europe, Royal Dutch Shell

  • Ziyad Rahme, Vice President Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

  • Josko Bobanovic, Green Seed Fund Partner, Sofinnova, Paris


14:30 Tax / Spend / Regulate / Procure: What role for Government?


  • Session Chair: André Plourde, Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

  • Glenn Mason, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

  • Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association

  • Helen Ryan, Director General, Energy & Transportation, Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • Monte Solberg, Federal Cabinet Minister (retired), and former Member of Parliament, Medicine Hat, Alberta


15:45 Refreshment break – Host: Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions


16:15 Canada in a Competitive World Market


  • Session Chair: Pat Guidera, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

  • Global Affairs Canada, Speaker TBD

  • Darren Williams, Managing Director, Eco2, Wales, UK

  • “The Bio-Circular economy: Here’s how America is making it happen” Chris Hessler, Managing Partner, AJW Inc., Washington DC

  • “Competitive advantage through collaboration” - John Marrone, Executive Director BioFuelNet Canada


17:15 Sustainable Innovation in Action


  • Session Chair: Michelle Marrone, Business Development Manager North America, BETA Renewables

  • Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy; Author, Aboriginal Power

  • Will van den Tweel, PhD, Venture Manager, Canola/Rapeseed Protein, DSM Innovation Center

  • Vincent Chornet, President and CEO, Enerkem

  • Freya Burton, Chief Sustainability Officer, LanzaTech


18:15 Adjourn - Hospitality Suite – Host: Passmore Group Inc.


19:15 Dinner at your leisure – Byward Market Restaurants


Day 3 - Nov 16, 2016


08:15 Breakfast - Deluxe Continental – Co-Hosts: Niva Inc. DocuCentre; TDV Solutions


08:45 Welcome Back: Jeff Passmore, Scaling Up Conference Chair; CEO, Passmore Group Inc.

08:50 Morning Keynote Address: Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands


09:15 Bioeconomy Abroad – What’s the story in Europe, the US and India?



10:30 Refreshment break – Host: AJW Inc.


10:55 Delivering Low Carbon Solutions: How do Bioeconomy projects cross the valley?


  • Session Chair: Robert Graham, Chair, Ensyn Corporation

  • “Scaling-up:  The 4% Dilemma and How to Improve the Odds” - Gerald Kutney, Ph.D., Managing Director, Sixth Element Sustainable Management; former Executive, Bioenergy/Bioproducts Tembec

  • “From Research to Commercial – Vaulting the Valley of Death” - Adam Whalley, Business Development Manager, Zeton

  • “De-risking the Supply Chain” - Jordan Solomon, President/Managing Director, ECOSTRAT Consulting Group Inc.


12:10 Keynote Closing Remarks: “Mapping out the Bio-Innovation Highway” - Dave Watters, CEO Global Advantage, former ADM Economic Development, Finance Canada


12:30 Closing remarks / Adjourn