Canada’s growing biobased economy to be showcased at the 2015 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal

Brent Erickson: “We look forward to bringing BIO’s World Congress back to Montreal, where Canadian and American industrial biotechnology companies have formed strong partnerships over the years.”

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced plenary and breakout session programs that will feature executives, industry experts and academics from Canada-based organizations, companies, and universities during BIO’s 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.  The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held July 19-22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. 

“The Canadian government and provincial government agencies are supporting the development of a biobased economy in Canada. Canada’s industrial biotechnology companies are commercializing solutions to address existing and emerging global issues such as the need for renewable energy, climate change, and the reliance on petroleum-based products. And Canada has a vast resource of biomass feedstocks from timber to wheat straw and more,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “We look forward to bringing BIO’s World Congress back to Montreal, where Canadian and American industrial biotechnology companies have formed strong partnerships over the years.”

“Canada’s economic and geographic diversity, universities and strong scientific research capacity has led to the emergence of a number of vibrant biotech clusters in every region of the country.  Leveraging local strengths, these clusters are supporting the growth of a vast array of companies that are leading the development of biotech innovations to help meet the social imperative of addressing the global challenges resulting from a growing population as well as an already changed and continually changing environment.,” commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada. “From the development of new sustainable fuels to the creation of new technologies, Canada’s biotech sector is a global leader in helping to re-engineer economies and transform how we live our lives.”

“It is with great excitement that we will be hosting our Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS) in Montreal on July 22-24th 2015, right after the World Bio Congress on Industrial Biotechnology,” says Dr. Donald L. Smith, President and CEO of BioFuelNet Canada. “We’re proud to be linked to the World Bio Congress, especially at this pivotal time, where there is a growing shift to biobased fuels and materials. Both conferences complement one another given their focus on the bioeconomy, and will help drive the development of biobased industries in Canada and around the world.”

“For over a decade, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) has strongly supported Canada’s growing bio industry and BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology,” stated CIC executive director Roland Andersson. “This Montreal meeting will once again help connect Canadian scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and policy makers with global leaders; and in turn will help drive economic progress while addressing issues such as climate change.”

“Canada has abundant and sustainable forest resources to support a wide variety of industrial biotechnology applications.  The World Congress is an excellent venue for bringing the different sectors together to explore the opportunities,” says Paul Lansbergen, the Vice-President of Regulations and Partnerships at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).

The Success Stories  Plenary will host a panel of industry leaders to discuss the steps taken to gain commercial success in their sector of the biobased economy. Vincent Chornet, Cofounder, President & CEO, Enerkem and Robert Graham, CEO & Chairman, Ensyn will share their stories on how through industrial biotech their Canadian-based companies have contributed to the growth of the world’s bioeconomy.

This year’s breakout sessions will include panelists representing several Canadian Universities including the Queensland University of Technology, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and the University of Guelph. Attendees can also expect representatives from such Canadian organizations as ViciBio Pty Ltd., Life Sciences Queensland Ltd, and the National Research Council Canada.

All programs at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

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About BioFuelNet Canada

BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) is a national network that is paving a sustainable path toward the commercialization of advanced biofuels. BFN brings together academic researchers, industry professionals and government representatives in order to harness the opportunities and address the barriers to sustainable biofuels production.  BFN’s multidisciplinary group is providing an essential hub for the development of a thriving biofuels industry in Canada.

About Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $58-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2% of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in hundreds of communities and providing 235,000 direct jobs across the country.

About BIOTECanada

BIOTECanada is the national industry association with nearly 250 members located nationwide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors. In addition to providing significant health benefits for Canadians, the biotechnology industry has quickly become an essential part of the transformation of many traditional cornerstones of the Canadian economy including manufacturing, automotive, energy, aerospace and forestry industries.

About The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) comprises three professional societies representing Chemistry (CSC), Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and Chemical Technology (CSCT) in Canada. It is dedicated to advancing chemical science and engineering via two annual conferences, publishing ‘ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News’ as well as ‘The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering’.

About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.



Caitlin G. Kennedy
Phone: 202.312.9288


Biotechnology Industry Organization, press release, 2015-04-17.


BioFuelNet Canada (BFN)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Life Sciences Queensland Ltd
National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Guelph
University of Ottawa
University of Quebec
World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology


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