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Refining Technology for Biomass Conversion: Conventional Products through Unconventional Approaches

BCN2nd Annual Strategic Retreat
November 7 - 9, 2010

“Refining Technology for Biomass Conversion: Conventional Products through Unconventional Approaches”

The Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) is holding their Second Annual Strategic Retreat November 7-9, 2010 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Based out of the University of Alberta, the BCN aims to advance the bioindus-trial sector in Alberta by strategically aligning research activities in the area of biorefining conversions to accelerate technology development and implementation, facilitating collaborative partnerships between all levels of academia, industry, and government providing an innovative space to develop concepts with easy access to a large pool of ex-pertise and resources. We aim to bridge an indentified gap in the innovation chain between feedstock supply and product distribution.

The intent of the Lake Louise retreat is to build on the momentum of last year‟s retreat (held in Jasper, AB) while introducing the refined vision of the BCN:

 

Supporting Alberta’s research community, industry, and other partners for the development of advanced technologies to convert biomass into “drop-in” chemicals and fuels compatible with both traditional and emerging industries.

It is also an opportunity to showcase the status of current BCN research projects and will provide a forum for partnering and information exchange. Furthermore, we are assembling industry panels to engage in discussions focused on strategies and approaches to forming highly effective and successful research initiatives between academia, tradi-tional industries and newer bio-industrial sector companies. In order to create a strong and unified bioeconomy, the traditional sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, and forestry, must engage in open dialogue with one another and begin to coordinate efforts.

This retreat is one of the only events in Alberta that brings together academics, government officials, funding agen-cies, and industry representatives from each of the traditional sectors to discuss the status, challenges, and opportuni-ties in Alberta‟s bio-industrial sector. The Honourable Doug Horner, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Edu-cation and Technology, will be in attendance to provide the welcome address. Confirmed speakers include Tim Haig (President and CEO, BIOX), Charles Wyman (Chairman Leadership Team and Scientific Advisory Board, Co-Founder, Mascoma), Stephen Sulz (Director of Production, ALPAC), Rob Broin (CEO, Otoka), Bob Winship (Business Development Manager, Weyerhaueser), Paul Clark (President & Chief Visioneer, VisionGain Consult-ing), Stewart Campbell (SJC Investments), and Gary Smith (Technical Director, Alberta Newsprint).

For more information or to register please visit the BCN website at www.bcn.ualberta.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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