May 18, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit is taking place on June 6 in Prince George, B.C., as part of this year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Prince George Civic Centre.
May 15, 2018 - WPAC participated on a wood pellet trade mission to Italy from Feb.19–23. This mission was organized by Ralph Spaans, secondary wood product specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; Patrizia Giuliotti, trade commissioner for the Embassy of Canada to Italy; and myself. There were 16 participants including representatives of wood pellet producers from B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia; Ontario First Nations; banking and finance; and certification/inspection companies.
May 9, 2018 - The annual European Pellet Conference (EPC) took place in Wels, Austria from February 27 to March 1, 2018. Scott Bax of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, John Arsenault, WPAC’s Director of Market Access and Promotion, and I participated. The EPC is one of the largest annual global wood pellet events with about 560 participants. The event focusses mainly on the commercial and residential applications for wood pellets. Speakers and participants come from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
May 4, 2018 - Biothermic has announced the addition of a second bulk wood pellet delivery truck to its fleet. Garaged at the Thunder Bay office, this brand new international truck is equipped with a self contained silo, blower and on-board weighing system designed and built by Tropper of Austria.
April 30, 2018 - All aboard! Registration is now open for the annual WPAC AGM & Conference! Get the most up-to-date information on wood pellet certifications at this year's event, Sept. 17–19, in Vancouver, B.C.
April 24, 2018 - Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced on Thursday that it has entered into a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Ube Industries Ltd., a diversified Japanese conglomerate with annual revenues of approximately US$6 billion.
May 10, 2018 - Canada’s heavy industries are notorious for being the biggest emitters of carbon in Canada. With a price of carbon being tagged onto emissions, these heavy industries are finding ways to reduce emissions. Despite the government narrative about fossil fuel use reduction, there is no perfect substitute to fossil fuel for heavy industries like steel, cement, mining and insulation manufacturing.
May 1, 2018 - Irving Pulp and Paper and Irving Tissue of Saint John, N.B., says it will undergo a $40-million investment. Eighty-four New Brunswick companies will be working on the modernization, accounting for $29 million of the investment.
April 27, 2018 - Ingredient technology and manufacturing company Comet has developed a technology that converts farmers’ agricultural residues into high-quality, sustainable ingredients.
April 23, 2018 - As part of the drive to increase the circular economy global resource management company, Veolia is launching an online trading platform that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. Designed to save users time and money, BioTrading will provide businesses the opportunity to better leverage the 100 million tonnes of raw materials and biofuels we produce every year.
March 29, 2018 - Did you know it is possible to grow trees to maturity in 15 years in Quebec? This impressive feat was achieved by Domtar with the hybrid poplar production program it launched in 1997 to increase its wood supply. A seven-fold increase in the wood yield of the natural forest has meant the paper giant is now able to add to its conservation efforts while maintaining its wood supply.
March 5, 2018 - Nova Scotia's Department of Natural Resources and Port Hawkesbury Paper are responding to allegations from a local harvester and former sawmill owner that the paper company harvested old growth to supply a local biomass power plant.
May 18, 2018 - Two University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement on campus May 4.
May 15, 2018 - BioAmber announced May 4 it filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and that its two Canadian subsidiaries, BioAmber Sarnia Inc. and BioAmber Canada Inc., filed a Notice of Intention (NOI) to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), with a view to strengthening the company's financial health and solidifying its long-term business prospects.
May 11, 2018 - Toronto-based CO2 GRO Inc. has announced progress to having its patented CO2 Foliar Spray technology approved for use by Canadian Licensed Producer (LP) cannabis companies. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency StR Decision was that GROW's dissolved CO2 foliar spray water on cannabis in greenhouses and/or outdoors does not meet the definition of a pesticide as per Section 2 of the Pest Control Products Act.
May 7, 2018 - The Ontario government is committing $8 million in funding for Comet Biorefining's commercial-scale bio-based ingredient refinery in Sarnia, Ont.
April 20, 2018 - Napanee, Ont.-based FireRein Inc. and Ethonus, Inc. have signed a license agreement to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of Eco-Gel within the United States military, paramilitary, national security and commercial aerospace sectors.
May 14, 2018 - Air Products has completed the acquisition of the coal gasification technology licensing business from Shell Global Solutions International B.V., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and formed a strategic alliance with Shell for residue gasification technology to refinery complexes. The acquisition, announced May 7, includes Shell’s associated patent portfolios for solids (coal and biomass) gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification. Financial terms are not being disclosed for the agreement, initially announced in January.
May 8, 2018 - The Pasadena Fire Department, a California city northeast of Los Angeles, has switched much of its fleet of apparatus from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The department currently operates one truck, four engines and four Rescue Ambulances on renewable diesel and plans to transition all remaining apparatus to renewable diesel by 2019.
May 4, 2018 - On May 2 an Air Canada Airbus A320-200 aircraft flew from Edmonton to San Francisco with biofuel, the company announced. The flight was scheduled for the trade mission delegation led by the Alberta government, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton-area businesses to California.
April 27, 2018 - Valmet and Fortum are developing a technology to produce advanced, high-value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids. The technology is seen as one of the most competitive and efficient ways of producing advanced lignocellulosic biofuels to meet European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
April 24, 2018 - KnipBio, Inc. and ICM, Inc. announced on Tuesday that the companies have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) and strategic collaboration to create a commercial-scale fermentation process for KnipBio’s premium single cell protein (SCP) aquafeed, KnipBio Meal (KBM).
April 20, 2018 - Air Canada says it will save 160 tonnes of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport.
May 18, 2018 - Cargotec has signed an agreement with JCE Invest AB to establish a joint venture, Bruks Siwertell Group, specialised in dry bulk handling. The new joint venture will own Siwertell AB (previously part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec) and BRUKS Holding AB (previously part of JCE Group). Both companies are world-leading suppliers of bulk materials handling solutions. Cargotec will own 48 per cent of the shares in Bruks Siwertell Group, and JCE Invest AB will own the rest, 52 per cent. The ownerships are included to venturers' consolidated financial statements in accordance with the applicable regulation. The transaction has been signed and closed on 9 May 2018.
May 17, 2018 - Bandit Industries Inc. and Germany-based ARJES GmbH are partnering to bring ARJES’ line of slow-speed shredders and crushers to Bandit customers worldwide. 
May 16, 2018 - Canadian Biomass rounds up the latest in conveyor technology for biomass producers in 2018.
May 15, 2018 - Guests at the 2018 Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo had the first-ever look at CBI’s newest horizontal grinder: the Magnum Force 6800CT. CBI premiered the 6800CT with the TSC 80T Tracked Conveyor this weekend at the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo in Vermont. CBI equipment was paired with Terex Ecotec's TWH 226 Material Handler, showing the complementary value of both Terex Corporation brands in a single operation.
May 7, 2018 - A pioneer in atomized mist technology for dust suppression, BossTek has announced an industry-leading upgrade to the company’s product warranty. Having previously set the industry standard with three-year/3,000-hour coverage, the company has increased the term to a five-year or 5,000-hour replacement warranty on the direct drive fan motor of its entire product lineup.
April 23, 2018 - Celebrating 50 years of innovation and education in the fast paced and every changing recycling industry, Ecohog are heading to Las Vegas for the Waste Expo 50th Year Anniversary.
April 30, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit is taking place on June 6 in Prince George, B.C., as part of this year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Prince George Civic Centre.
April 27, 2018 - Process safety focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes, such as fires, explosions, and exposure to hazardous substances, through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers and, sometimes, the public. 
April 16, 2018 - Yes, the early bird does get the worm – or in this case, the brown note, the hundy, the cash, the $100 in savings on the full conference registration price!
March 22, 2018 - The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition is excited to announce the addition of a pre-conference workshop on community energy to the program.
March 8, 2018 - Atlantic BIOCON has opened registration for its May 23-24 event in Fredericton that explores Atlantic Canada's cutting edge biorefining technologies and the latest developments in the region and abroad in bioenergy, biofuels, and biorefining in aquaculture, agriculture, marine and forestry.
Feb. 21, 2018 - The preliminary program is confirmed for the 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition taking place June 6-8 in Prince George, B.C.

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