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Bio Pathways Network

BIO-PATHWAYS

There is a global bio-market opportunity of $200 billion and a bio-chemical market potential of $62 billion

Bio Pathways Network


Welcome to the Bio-Pathways Network. The Network is aimed at exploring new business ventures that will help exploit the economic opportunities of the emerging bio-age. It is a resource to build business-to-business relationships among companies interested in investing in new green innovations such as bio-energy, bio-chemicals, and bio-materials. Participants will come from such sectors as the chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, auto, aerospace, and plastics industries as well as other technology providers that can collaborate with the forest products industry on extracting new bio-products from trees.

Below is a collection of resources intended to enable new business ventures and opportunities. Included are links to upcoming meetings, records of previous meetings, relevant links, and additional resources of interest.

Active Government Funding Opportunities

NRCan ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative’s objective is to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy more cleanly and efficiently. The program will help in the search for long-term solutions to reducing and eliminating air pollutants from energy production and use.

More Information:

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/current-funding-programs/eii/4985

Application Deadline: 23:59 EDT, September 27, 2011

Documents & Resources

BPN Summary - Toronto February 25, 2014

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Toronto on February 25, 2014

BPN Summary – February 25, 2014 (PDF, 26 MB)

BPN Summary – Vancouver November 7th, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Vancouver on November 7th, 2013

Download:

BPN_Summary-Vancouver-Nov7_2013 (PDF, 10.6 MB)

Preliminary Fall/Winter Schedule of the Biopathways Partnership Network meetings

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer – it has certainly been great in Ontario.  Sorry for those out west.

I am writing to give you a head’s up on our meeting planning for the Fall/Winter.  I know some of you have been wondering when the next meeting will be.
Here is our proposed schedule (subject to change):

Advances in Biorefining of Woody Biomass, Vancouver, BC in October (perhaps on the 9th – a day before the BIO Pacific Rim Summit)

This meeting will explore biorefining opportunities using wood fibre.  Topics could include different platforms and configurations of biorefining, a perspective on applicable markets, and more.

Hybrid petro-bio chemical value chains, Calgary, AB, in November.

We will have further discussions with potential partners to flesh this out.  The focus would be on intermediate products for use by the chemical refiners in Alberta and other downstream customers.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic opportunities, Montreal, QC on February 5, 2013

This meeting would focus on opportunities to use bio-based inputs in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In terms of timing, this is during the pulp and paper sector’s PaperWeek Conference.

Construction Value Pathways, Toronto, ON (date to be determined – likely April or May, 2013)

The purpose of this meeting would be to reach out to potential partners to discuss the outcomes of FPAC’s current exploration of new emerging wood-based building products and systems.  We expect to release the results of our work early in the new year.

Stay tuned for more information!

Feel free to respond with any comments and ideas on the meetings.  As well, we would welcome any assistance in organizing the content of these meetings – we want to provide maximum value to you.

Investment and Partnership Opportunities in a Transforming Canadian Forest Products Industry

In 2010, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) led a landmark study called Bio-Pathways that looked at the economic, environmental and social potential of extracting more value from every tree harvested.  This study concluded that traditional lumber and pulp and paper mills could indeed add on the production of high value bio-energy, bio-chemicals and bio-materials, and it identified a potential global market of $200 billion for these products by 2015.

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Toronto May 14-15 Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chai

PDF: Anncouncement1_BPN_Toronto_May14-15_2012 – Mar 22

Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Toronto, May 14-15, 2012 Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

An Invitation from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

 Advances in technology are creating opportunities to advance the competitiveness and sustainability of automotive and green chemical supply chains using forest-derived products such as renewable chemicals, advanced materials and energy.

 The 18 major Canadian forest companies in FPAC are implementing world-leading, sustainable forest management practices in more than 76 million hectares of forest across Canada. FPAC companies worked with 9 leading environmental organizations to develop the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement which creates a competitive advantage for products derived from Canada’s forests. This Agreement, along with well-established forest supply chains and processing technologies, provides a platform for development of new business ventures based on secure supply of sustainable raw materials. 

 Forest companies in FPAC are actively looking for partnerships with companies in other sectors to create and capture new value in sustainably produced energy, chemicals and advanced materials. The Biopathways Partnership Network was formed to build relationships and new business ventures with companies having the technology and ability to capture market share with competitive and verifiably sustainable products.

 Ontario is transforming its forest sector through collaborations with partners such as FPAC, the establishment of the Centre for Research for Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE), the recent Wood Supply Competitiveness Process, and review of the tenure system.  The emerging bioeconomy is helping to drive this transformation by bringing new innovation and creativity to a sector looking for additional business opportunities.

You are invited to meet forest companies and other potential collaborators, listen to a number of well-positioned companies already active in this space, discuss opportunities and help capitalize on the sustainable advantage that the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement offers.  We have set up a day of networking and discussion with four panels addressing topics of research, biochemicals, auto supply chains, and innovation. 

We have an excellent slate of speakers, panelists and moderators, including:

David O’Toole, Deputy Minister, OMNR

Sandy Marshall, President and Managing Director, Lanxess Canada

Andreas Zynga, President, NineSigma Group
Come join us for a very interesting and lively discussion.   For registration and more information, visit:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/2746227039

We have established a room block at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9 with a rate of $189.00.  To make a reservation, call 1-800-325-3535 and quote  Forest Products Association of Canada to receive the special group rate.  Cancellations bust be received 72 hours prior to arrival.  The room block expires on Monday April 16, 2012.  After that date, reservations are made on an as-available basis. 

 AGENDA: 

Event: Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Location: Toronto, Ontario at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge St. 35th Floor, Toronto, OntarioDate: May 14-15, 2012

May 14           18:30 – 21:00  Networking reception at the Sheraton Center, 123 Queen St. West

 

May 15           WORKSHOP PROGRAM (Ontario Investment and Trade Center)

 08:00 – 08:30  Continental breakfast and informal networking

 08:30 – 09:00 Introductions and welcoming remarks

  • David O’Toole (Deputy Minister, MNR)
  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)

 09:00 – 10:00  Panel 1 – RESEARCH

Lessons learned promoting and managing research

            that links sectors and disciplines

  • Lorne Morrow (CRIBE)
  • Murray McLaughlin (Sustainable Chemistry Alliance)
  • Ron Crotogino (ArboraNano)

________________________________________________________________________

10:00 – 10:30  Refreshments and networking break

 10:30 11:45     Panel 2 – BIOCHEMICALS

Opportunities from new technology and challenges

such as price competition from natural gas

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Resolute Forest Products)
  • Alexander Marshall (Lanxess Canada)
  • David Milroy (Vertichem)

________________________________________________________________________

11:45 – 13:00  Lunch and informal networking

 13:00  14:15    Panel 3 – AUTO SUPPLY CHAINS

Issues faced by auto companies and suppliers and

implications for forest company partnering

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Major Automotive Manufacturer)
  • William Harney (Magna International)
  • Geoff Clarke (GreenCore)

 ________________________________________________________________________

14:15 – 14:45  Refreshments and networking break

 14:45  16:15    Panel 4 – INNOVATION

How to increase the productivity and competitiveness of

the innovation system linking forest and auto suppliers

  • Craig Crawford (BioAuto Council)
  • Andreas Zynga (NineSigma)
  • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Rory Gilsenan (Natural Resources Canada)
  • George Cadete (Economic Development and Innovation)

 16:15 – 16:30  Wrap up and next steps

  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)
  • Indrajit Majumdar (MNR)

 16:30               Close of workshop

 

Meeting Minutes: Biopathways Network meeting Montreal Jan 30-31

I am pleased to circulate this note indicating that the meeting summary and presentations from our recent Biopathways Partnership Network meeting in Montreal on January 31, 2012 is now posted on the Network website at http://www.fpac.ca/bio-pathways-partnership/resources/.  I invite you to visit the website to review the meeting summary.  To all those that attended – Thank you for your participation!

Our next meeting is in Toronto on May 14-15 (reception in the evening of the 14th, full day meeting on the 15th).  The theme is auto supply chains and green chemistry.  Stay tuned for more details!

BPN Jan 31 – Meeting Summary

Seminar Summary: Forest-based BioRefinery Future Markets October 21, 2011, Vancouver, BC

The Seminar was jointly hosted by FPAC’s Biopathways Partnership Network and the BioEnergy and BioProducts Sector of LifeSciences British Columbia. The objective was to:Provide a venue for participants to learn more about forest-based bioproducts while networking with government officials, forestry companies and research leaders

Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, and Bob Ingratta, LifeSciences BC, co-chaired the Seminar. Don Enns, President, LifeSciences BC, welcomed everyone to the Seminar and made some introductory remarks.

The following presentations were made (corresponding slide decks can be found in the Appendix in the attached PDF file):

1. John Yap, MLA, and Chair, BC Bio-Economy Legislative Committee
Mr. Yap recounted the work of the Committee to date and highlighted some input from stakeholders. He also reiterated the importance of the forest industry to the provincial economy – in the past and into the future. The Committee plans to submit its Final Report before the end of the legislative session (in November).

2. Dr. Christian Belanger, Director Advanced Materials, National Research Council
Dr. Belanger presented the new Industrial Biomaterials Flagship Program. The new program is still going through final approvals but the thrust is for the NRC to be more market oriented. The objective is to bring products to market within 3-5 years. There are three program thrusts: Biofibres and bioresins; advanced composites manufacturing; materials and systems performance evaluation.

3. Dr. Murray McLaughlin, CEO, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Dr. McLaughlin presented his perspectives on bioproduct market opportunities. He suggested it takes bold approaches and learning faster than the competition. He also that ‘hybrid chemistry’ could be a start of a phased approach towards true ‘bio-chemistry’.

BPN Meeting Summary_Vancouver_Oct21_2011

Invitation to participate in CanBio’s Dragon’s Den in Toronto, Oct 13

The Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) is holding its AGM conference in Toronto on October 12-13.  As part of the conference program, they are holding a Dragon’s Den session on October 12th, followed by ‘Investor/Project’ B2B meetings.  There are 10 slots and 7 have been filled thus far. Here is an excerpt from their conference announcement:

After four successful financing partnership missions to Asia and Europe, CanBio is holding its first ever Bioenergy Dragon's Den which offers project developers the opportunity to showcase their project, in 10 minute presentations, for Canadian and International investors/lenders, and for the finance community to learn about exciting investment opportunities in bioenergy. To register as an investor/lender, please click here. If you would like to present your project, contact Noam Sugarman at 705-472-2280 or admin@canbio.ca.

For more information on the conference see http://www.canbio.ca/canbio_events.php.

SDTC Announces Call for Statement of Interest Applications for Clean Technology Funding

SDTC Announces Call for Statement of Interest Applications for Clean Technology Funding

Ottawa, Ontario, August 31, 2011 – If you have an innovative clean technology, we want to hear from you. That is the message Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) sent out today as it announced its 20th round of funding, which will be open until October 19, 2011.

Read the rest of this entry »

Next-Generation Renewable Fuels to Play Crucial Role in Canada’s Transition to a Bio-Based Economy:

Ottawa, August 24, 2011 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is  issuing its Annual Call for Applications under the NextGen Biofuels Fund™, which was created by the Government of Canada to support the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels and co-products.

Read the rest of this entry »
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Industry News

Preliminary Fall/Winter Schedule of the Biopathways Partnership Network meetings

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer – it has certainly been great in Ontario.  Sorry for those out west.

I am writing to give you a head’s up on our meeting planning for the Fall/Winter.  I know some of you have been wondering when the next meeting will be.
Here is our proposed schedule (subject to change):

Advances in Biorefining of Woody Biomass, Vancouver, BC in October (perhaps on the 9th – a day before the BIO Pacific Rim Summit)

This meeting will explore biorefining opportunities using wood fibre.  Topics could include different platforms and configurations of biorefining, a perspective on applicable markets, and more.

Hybrid petro-bio chemical value chains, Calgary, AB, in November.

We will have further discussions with potential partners to flesh this out.  The focus would be on intermediate products for use by the chemical refiners in Alberta and other downstream customers.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic opportunities, Montreal, QC on February 5, 2013

This meeting would focus on opportunities to use bio-based inputs in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In terms of timing, this is during the pulp and paper sector’s PaperWeek Conference.

Construction Value Pathways, Toronto, ON (date to be determined – likely April or May, 2013)

The purpose of this meeting would be to reach out to potential partners to discuss the outcomes of FPAC’s current exploration of new emerging wood-based building products and systems.  We expect to release the results of our work early in the new year.

Stay tuned for more information!

Feel free to respond with any comments and ideas on the meetings.  As well, we would welcome any assistance in organizing the content of these meetings – we want to provide maximum value to you.

Toronto May 14-15 Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chai

PDF: Anncouncement1_BPN_Toronto_May14-15_2012 – Mar 22

Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Toronto, May 14-15, 2012 Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

An Invitation from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

 Advances in technology are creating opportunities to advance the competitiveness and sustainability of automotive and green chemical supply chains using forest-derived products such as renewable chemicals, advanced materials and energy.

 The 18 major Canadian forest companies in FPAC are implementing world-leading, sustainable forest management practices in more than 76 million hectares of forest across Canada. FPAC companies worked with 9 leading environmental organizations to develop the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement which creates a competitive advantage for products derived from Canada’s forests. This Agreement, along with well-established forest supply chains and processing technologies, provides a platform for development of new business ventures based on secure supply of sustainable raw materials. 

 Forest companies in FPAC are actively looking for partnerships with companies in other sectors to create and capture new value in sustainably produced energy, chemicals and advanced materials. The Biopathways Partnership Network was formed to build relationships and new business ventures with companies having the technology and ability to capture market share with competitive and verifiably sustainable products.

 Ontario is transforming its forest sector through collaborations with partners such as FPAC, the establishment of the Centre for Research for Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE), the recent Wood Supply Competitiveness Process, and review of the tenure system.  The emerging bioeconomy is helping to drive this transformation by bringing new innovation and creativity to a sector looking for additional business opportunities.

You are invited to meet forest companies and other potential collaborators, listen to a number of well-positioned companies already active in this space, discuss opportunities and help capitalize on the sustainable advantage that the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement offers.  We have set up a day of networking and discussion with four panels addressing topics of research, biochemicals, auto supply chains, and innovation. 

We have an excellent slate of speakers, panelists and moderators, including:

David O’Toole, Deputy Minister, OMNR

Sandy Marshall, President and Managing Director, Lanxess Canada

Andreas Zynga, President, NineSigma Group
Come join us for a very interesting and lively discussion.   For registration and more information, visit:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/2746227039

We have established a room block at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9 with a rate of $189.00.  To make a reservation, call 1-800-325-3535 and quote  Forest Products Association of Canada to receive the special group rate.  Cancellations bust be received 72 hours prior to arrival.  The room block expires on Monday April 16, 2012.  After that date, reservations are made on an as-available basis. 

 AGENDA: 

Event: Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Location: Toronto, Ontario at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge St. 35th Floor, Toronto, OntarioDate: May 14-15, 2012

May 14           18:30 – 21:00  Networking reception at the Sheraton Center, 123 Queen St. West

 

May 15           WORKSHOP PROGRAM (Ontario Investment and Trade Center)

 08:00 – 08:30  Continental breakfast and informal networking

 08:30 – 09:00 Introductions and welcoming remarks

  • David O’Toole (Deputy Minister, MNR)
  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)

 09:00 – 10:00  Panel 1 – RESEARCH

Lessons learned promoting and managing research

            that links sectors and disciplines

  • Lorne Morrow (CRIBE)
  • Murray McLaughlin (Sustainable Chemistry Alliance)
  • Ron Crotogino (ArboraNano)

________________________________________________________________________

10:00 – 10:30  Refreshments and networking break

 10:30 11:45     Panel 2 – BIOCHEMICALS

Opportunities from new technology and challenges

such as price competition from natural gas

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Resolute Forest Products)
  • Alexander Marshall (Lanxess Canada)
  • David Milroy (Vertichem)

________________________________________________________________________

11:45 – 13:00  Lunch and informal networking

 13:00  14:15    Panel 3 – AUTO SUPPLY CHAINS

Issues faced by auto companies and suppliers and

implications for forest company partnering

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Major Automotive Manufacturer)
  • William Harney (Magna International)
  • Geoff Clarke (GreenCore)

 ________________________________________________________________________

14:15 – 14:45  Refreshments and networking break

 14:45  16:15    Panel 4 – INNOVATION

How to increase the productivity and competitiveness of

the innovation system linking forest and auto suppliers

  • Craig Crawford (BioAuto Council)
  • Andreas Zynga (NineSigma)
  • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Rory Gilsenan (Natural Resources Canada)
  • George Cadete (Economic Development and Innovation)

 16:15 – 16:30  Wrap up and next steps

  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)
  • Indrajit Majumdar (MNR)

 16:30               Close of workshop

 

Meeting Minutes: Biopathways Network meeting Montreal Jan 30-31

I am pleased to circulate this note indicating that the meeting summary and presentations from our recent Biopathways Partnership Network meeting in Montreal on January 31, 2012 is now posted on the Network website at http://www.fpac.ca/bio-pathways-partnership/resources/.  I invite you to visit the website to review the meeting summary.  To all those that attended – Thank you for your participation!

Our next meeting is in Toronto on May 14-15 (reception in the evening of the 14th, full day meeting on the 15th).  The theme is auto supply chains and green chemistry.  Stay tuned for more details!

BPN Jan 31 – Meeting Summary

Seminar Summary: Forest-based BioRefinery Future Markets October 21, 2011, Vancouver, BC

The Seminar was jointly hosted by FPAC’s Biopathways Partnership Network and the BioEnergy and BioProducts Sector of LifeSciences British Columbia. The objective was to:Provide a venue for participants to learn more about forest-based bioproducts while networking with government officials, forestry companies and research leaders

Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, and Bob Ingratta, LifeSciences BC, co-chaired the Seminar. Don Enns, President, LifeSciences BC, welcomed everyone to the Seminar and made some introductory remarks.

The following presentations were made (corresponding slide decks can be found in the Appendix in the attached PDF file):

1. John Yap, MLA, and Chair, BC Bio-Economy Legislative Committee
Mr. Yap recounted the work of the Committee to date and highlighted some input from stakeholders. He also reiterated the importance of the forest industry to the provincial economy – in the past and into the future. The Committee plans to submit its Final Report before the end of the legislative session (in November).

2. Dr. Christian Belanger, Director Advanced Materials, National Research Council
Dr. Belanger presented the new Industrial Biomaterials Flagship Program. The new program is still going through final approvals but the thrust is for the NRC to be more market oriented. The objective is to bring products to market within 3-5 years. There are three program thrusts: Biofibres and bioresins; advanced composites manufacturing; materials and systems performance evaluation.

3. Dr. Murray McLaughlin, CEO, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Dr. McLaughlin presented his perspectives on bioproduct market opportunities. He suggested it takes bold approaches and learning faster than the competition. He also that ‘hybrid chemistry’ could be a start of a phased approach towards true ‘bio-chemistry’.

BPN Meeting Summary_Vancouver_Oct21_2011

SDTC Announces Call for Statement of Interest Applications for Clean Technology Funding

SDTC Announces Call for Statement of Interest Applications for Clean Technology Funding

Ottawa, Ontario, August 31, 2011 – If you have an innovative clean technology, we want to hear from you. That is the message Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) sent out today as it announced its 20th round of funding, which will be open until October 19, 2011.

Read the rest of this entry »

Next-Generation Renewable Fuels to Play Crucial Role in Canada’s Transition to a Bio-Based Economy:

Ottawa, August 24, 2011 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is  issuing its Annual Call for Applications under the NextGen Biofuels Fund™, which was created by the Government of Canada to support the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels and co-products.

Read the rest of this entry »

Links

Meeting Minutes: Biopathways Network meeting Montreal Jan 30-31

I am pleased to circulate this note indicating that the meeting summary and presentations from our recent Biopathways Partnership Network meeting in Montreal on January 31, 2012 is now posted on the Network website at http://www.fpac.ca/bio-pathways-partnership/resources/.  I invite you to visit the website to review the meeting summary.  To all those that attended – Thank you for your participation!

Our next meeting is in Toronto on May 14-15 (reception in the evening of the 14th, full day meeting on the 15th).  The theme is auto supply chains and green chemistry.  Stay tuned for more details!

BPN Jan 31 – Meeting Summary

NRCan ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative’s objective is to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy more cleanly and efficiently. The program will help in the search for long-term solutions to reducing and eliminating air pollutants from energy production and use.

More Information:

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/current-funding-programs/eii/4985

Application Deadline: 23:59 EDT, September 27, 2011

Information and Links for Federal Funding Programs

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

The objective of the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program is to support Canada’s forest sector in becoming more economically competitive, and environmentally sustainable, through targeted investments in innovative technologies. Investments in Forest Industry Transformation will provide $100 million over four years for projects that implement new technologies leading to non-traditional high-value forest products and renewable energies.

http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/investments-forest-industry-transformation/home

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Network Meetings

BPN Summary - Toronto February 25, 2014

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Toronto on February 25, 2014

BPN Summary – February 25, 2014 (PDF, 26 MB)

BPN Summary – Vancouver November 7th, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Vancouver on November 7th, 2013

Download:

BPN_Summary-Vancouver-Nov7_2013 (PDF, 10.6 MB)

BPN Summary - Montreal June 19th, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Montreal on June 19th, 2013

Download:

BPN_Summary-Montreal-June_19th_2013 (PDF, 18.2 MB)

BPN Summary-Montreal, February 5, 2013

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Montreal on February 5, 2013

Download:

BPN_Summary-Montreal-February_5_2013 (PDF, 18.8 MB)

BPN Summary-Vancouver, October 9, 2012

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Vancouver on October 9, 2012

Download:

BPN_Summary-Vancouver-October_9_2012 (PDF, 20.7 MB)

Preliminary Fall/Winter Schedule of the Biopathways Partnership Network meetings

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer – it has certainly been great in Ontario.  Sorry for those out west.

I am writing to give you a head’s up on our meeting planning for the Fall/Winter.  I know some of you have been wondering when the next meeting will be.
Here is our proposed schedule (subject to change):

Advances in Biorefining of Woody Biomass, Vancouver, BC in October (perhaps on the 9th – a day before the BIO Pacific Rim Summit)

This meeting will explore biorefining opportunities using wood fibre.  Topics could include different platforms and configurations of biorefining, a perspective on applicable markets, and more.

Hybrid petro-bio chemical value chains, Calgary, AB, in November.

We will have further discussions with potential partners to flesh this out.  The focus would be on intermediate products for use by the chemical refiners in Alberta and other downstream customers.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic opportunities, Montreal, QC on February 5, 2013

This meeting would focus on opportunities to use bio-based inputs in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  In terms of timing, this is during the pulp and paper sector’s PaperWeek Conference.

Construction Value Pathways, Toronto, ON (date to be determined – likely April or May, 2013)

The purpose of this meeting would be to reach out to potential partners to discuss the outcomes of FPAC’s current exploration of new emerging wood-based building products and systems.  We expect to release the results of our work early in the new year.

Stay tuned for more information!

Feel free to respond with any comments and ideas on the meetings.  As well, we would welcome any assistance in organizing the content of these meetings – we want to provide maximum value to you.

BPN Summary - Toronto, May 15, 2012

Summary of the BPN meeting held in Toronto on May 15, 2012.

Download:

BPN_Summary_Toronto_May15_2012 (PDF, 24.4 MB)

Toronto May 14-15 Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chai

PDF: Anncouncement1_BPN_Toronto_May14-15_2012 – Mar 22

Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Toronto, May 14-15, 2012 Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

An Invitation from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

 Advances in technology are creating opportunities to advance the competitiveness and sustainability of automotive and green chemical supply chains using forest-derived products such as renewable chemicals, advanced materials and energy.

 The 18 major Canadian forest companies in FPAC are implementing world-leading, sustainable forest management practices in more than 76 million hectares of forest across Canada. FPAC companies worked with 9 leading environmental organizations to develop the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement which creates a competitive advantage for products derived from Canada’s forests. This Agreement, along with well-established forest supply chains and processing technologies, provides a platform for development of new business ventures based on secure supply of sustainable raw materials. 

 Forest companies in FPAC are actively looking for partnerships with companies in other sectors to create and capture new value in sustainably produced energy, chemicals and advanced materials. The Biopathways Partnership Network was formed to build relationships and new business ventures with companies having the technology and ability to capture market share with competitive and verifiably sustainable products.

 Ontario is transforming its forest sector through collaborations with partners such as FPAC, the establishment of the Centre for Research for Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE), the recent Wood Supply Competitiveness Process, and review of the tenure system.  The emerging bioeconomy is helping to drive this transformation by bringing new innovation and creativity to a sector looking for additional business opportunities.

You are invited to meet forest companies and other potential collaborators, listen to a number of well-positioned companies already active in this space, discuss opportunities and help capitalize on the sustainable advantage that the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement offers.  We have set up a day of networking and discussion with four panels addressing topics of research, biochemicals, auto supply chains, and innovation. 

We have an excellent slate of speakers, panelists and moderators, including:

David O’Toole, Deputy Minister, OMNR

Sandy Marshall, President and Managing Director, Lanxess Canada

Andreas Zynga, President, NineSigma Group
Come join us for a very interesting and lively discussion.   For registration and more information, visit:  http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/2746227039

We have established a room block at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9 with a rate of $189.00.  To make a reservation, call 1-800-325-3535 and quote  Forest Products Association of Canada to receive the special group rate.  Cancellations bust be received 72 hours prior to arrival.  The room block expires on Monday April 16, 2012.  After that date, reservations are made on an as-available basis. 

 AGENDA: 

Event: Building on Ontario’s Strengths: Linking the Forest Industry with Auto Supply Chains and Green Chemistry

Location: Toronto, Ontario at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge St. 35th Floor, Toronto, OntarioDate: May 14-15, 2012

May 14           18:30 – 21:00  Networking reception at the Sheraton Center, 123 Queen St. West

 

May 15           WORKSHOP PROGRAM (Ontario Investment and Trade Center)

 08:00 – 08:30  Continental breakfast and informal networking

 08:30 – 09:00 Introductions and welcoming remarks

  • David O’Toole (Deputy Minister, MNR)
  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)

 09:00 – 10:00  Panel 1 – RESEARCH

Lessons learned promoting and managing research

            that links sectors and disciplines

  • Lorne Morrow (CRIBE)
  • Murray McLaughlin (Sustainable Chemistry Alliance)
  • Ron Crotogino (ArboraNano)

________________________________________________________________________

10:00 – 10:30  Refreshments and networking break

 10:30 11:45     Panel 2 – BIOCHEMICALS

Opportunities from new technology and challenges

such as price competition from natural gas

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Resolute Forest Products)
  • Alexander Marshall (Lanxess Canada)
  • David Milroy (Vertichem)

________________________________________________________________________

11:45 – 13:00  Lunch and informal networking

 13:00  14:15    Panel 3 – AUTO SUPPLY CHAINS

Issues faced by auto companies and suppliers and

implications for forest company partnering

  • Speaker to be confirmed (Major Automotive Manufacturer)
  • William Harney (Magna International)
  • Geoff Clarke (GreenCore)

 ________________________________________________________________________

14:15 – 14:45  Refreshments and networking break

 14:45  16:15    Panel 4 – INNOVATION

How to increase the productivity and competitiveness of

the innovation system linking forest and auto suppliers

  • Craig Crawford (BioAuto Council)
  • Andreas Zynga (NineSigma)
  • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Rory Gilsenan (Natural Resources Canada)
  • George Cadete (Economic Development and Innovation)

 16:15 – 16:30  Wrap up and next steps

  • Paul Lansbergen (FPAC)
  • Indrajit Majumdar (MNR)

 16:30               Close of workshop

 

Meeting Minutes: Biopathways Network meeting Montreal Jan 30-31

I am pleased to circulate this note indicating that the meeting summary and presentations from our recent Biopathways Partnership Network meeting in Montreal on January 31, 2012 is now posted on the Network website at http://www.fpac.ca/bio-pathways-partnership/resources/.  I invite you to visit the website to review the meeting summary.  To all those that attended – Thank you for your participation!

Our next meeting is in Toronto on May 14-15 (reception in the evening of the 14th, full day meeting on the 15th).  The theme is auto supply chains and green chemistry.  Stay tuned for more details!

BPN Jan 31 – Meeting Summary

Seminar Summary: Forest-based BioRefinery Future Markets October 21, 2011, Vancouver, BC

The Seminar was jointly hosted by FPAC’s Biopathways Partnership Network and the BioEnergy and BioProducts Sector of LifeSciences British Columbia. The objective was to:Provide a venue for participants to learn more about forest-based bioproducts while networking with government officials, forestry companies and research leaders

Paul Lansbergen, FPAC, and Bob Ingratta, LifeSciences BC, co-chaired the Seminar. Don Enns, President, LifeSciences BC, welcomed everyone to the Seminar and made some introductory remarks.

The following presentations were made (corresponding slide decks can be found in the Appendix in the attached PDF file):

1. John Yap, MLA, and Chair, BC Bio-Economy Legislative Committee
Mr. Yap recounted the work of the Committee to date and highlighted some input from stakeholders. He also reiterated the importance of the forest industry to the provincial economy – in the past and into the future. The Committee plans to submit its Final Report before the end of the legislative session (in November).

2. Dr. Christian Belanger, Director Advanced Materials, National Research Council
Dr. Belanger presented the new Industrial Biomaterials Flagship Program. The new program is still going through final approvals but the thrust is for the NRC to be more market oriented. The objective is to bring products to market within 3-5 years. There are three program thrusts: Biofibres and bioresins; advanced composites manufacturing; materials and systems performance evaluation.

3. Dr. Murray McLaughlin, CEO, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Dr. McLaughlin presented his perspectives on bioproduct market opportunities. He suggested it takes bold approaches and learning faster than the competition. He also that ‘hybrid chemistry’ could be a start of a phased approach towards true ‘bio-chemistry’.

BPN Meeting Summary_Vancouver_Oct21_2011
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