Canadian Biomass Magazine

BIC hosts Italian delegates for bio-products tour in Ontario

July 24, 2018
By Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

July 24, 2018 - Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is putting Sarnia, Ont., on the map for the innovative development of clean, green and sustainable technologies. As a key organization, BIC is viewed as a partnership opportunity to work with others in the area of converting renewable raw materials into value-added bio-based products while fostering the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster development.

Last week, eight Italian delegates visited Sarnia-Lambton from July 18 – 20, which included representatives from small businesses, academia, industry and International Trade Canada.

The three-day mission included visits to ICFAR (Ilderton, Ont.), the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, Lambton College, meetings with Sarnia’s Mayor Mike Bradley and BIC’s investment companies such as Renix Inc., Comet, Origin Materials, and Woodland Biofuels. The group also toured Parkland Farms and Sarnia’s traditional petroleum refineries.

“This is an excellent opportunity to reach other to potential partners for BIC in building the global bioeconomy,” says Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of BIC.

BIC currently has signed MOU’s with Biobased Delta in the Netherlands; VITO in Belgium and Life Sciences Queensland, Australia. All partners are focused on building strong clusters in their region and country, but with the knowledge that creating a stronger relationship between organizations and countries is a key ingredient to building the bio economy at home and internationally.


“The mission this week has been great to see where the synergies can create connectivity,” says Murray McLaughlin, Advisor of BIC. “Doing this is very valuable to BIC, it not only establishes a relationship with others from across the world but could lead to potential collaboration. At the end of July, we also have a delegation from Scotland visiting Sarnia.”

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