International Bioenergy Conference set for next June
June 11, 2013, Prince George, BC - The largest wood-based bioenergy conference in Canada begins its 10th year in operation with the announcement of the dates for the 2014 conference.
June 11, 2013 By Scott Jamieson
The 6th biennial International Bioenergy Conference will take place at the Prince George Civic Centre from June 11-13, 2014.
“As an organization that strives to take a leadership role in establishing a world class bioenergy industry in British Columbia, we recognized this conference as central to the discussion about the future of the industry,” said Michael Weedon, BCBN Executive Director and Co-Chair of the conference. “We are excited to welcome the world to Prince George for these critical discussions, located as it is in the centre of the largest woody biomass fibre basket in North America.”
With the theme, “Pathways to Bio-Prosperity,” the event is getting a refresh for its 10th anniversary. A revamped format means a larger and more diverse trade show. All meals and networking events will take place on the trade show floor, putting exhibitors at the centre of the action from morning until night.
Conference organizers are also working on expanded industry tour offerings that, along with the successful business-to-business meetings, are designed to offer visiting delegates additional opportunities to establish new contacts, develop relationships and pursue commercial opportunities.
“Over the past 10 years, this conference has brought over 1,500 industry-leading delegates and exhibitors from over 20 countries to the Central Interior of British Columbia,” said Don Zurowski, Chair of the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition Society, which runs the conference.
“Our delegates represent a cross-section of the bioenergy industry locally, regionally and globally, with senior and executive level representatives from biomass producers and owners, manufacturers and suppliers, the financial services industry, academic institutions and researchers, and key staff and elected representatives from local, provincial and federal levels of government.”
Since 2004, when 120 delegates and a dozen exhibitors assembled at the first conference, it has grown to over 400 delegates and 58 exhibitors in 2012.
Along the way, founding sponsors such as the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Canfor Pulp and the University of Northern BC have been joined by over 30 others. Additional sponsors already signed on for 2014 include Sinclair Group Forest Products, Pacific Bioenergy, Canadian Biomass Magazine and the Coast Inn of the North.
Cam McAlpine, Event Manager
About the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition
The International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition is Canada’s largest and longest-running conference devoted to the global wood-based bioenergy sector.
The event provides opportunities for bioenergy experts, existing businesses and new entrants to come together to examine pathways to bio-prosperity. It connects bioenergy and bioproducts producers with fibre owners, suppliers and purchasers, as well as key players in the utility, transportation and logistics sectors.
Technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers and investors will be on hand to provide real-world solutions to operational issues. Local government leaders, provincial policy makers and research specialists round out a top-flight list of delegates representing decision-makers from across the industry.
The conference program will feature an international list of speakers presenting their expertise on a range of topics from the global to the local. Conference presenters will assess available resource and product streams, explore policy and sustainability issues, examine the outlook for markets and investments, and discuss leading-edge concepts and current applications in the bioenergy sector globally.
Delegates to the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition will network with:
- Existing and future bioenergy and bioproducts producers
- Fibre owners, suppliers and purchasers
- Technology service providers
- Specialized sector media
- Equipment manufacturers
- Forestry and wood processing industry managers and executives
- Utility managers and executives
- Transportation and logistics experts
- International investors, suppliers and manufacturers
- Provincial policy makers
- Local government and First Nations leaders
- District energy implementers
- Economic development, finance and lending professionals
- Scientists, academics and researchers
- Forestry and bioenergy consultants
- And more…
About the International Partnerships Forum and B2B Meetings
The International Partnerships Forum and Business-to-Business meetings offer companies the opportunity to profile their business through a dedicated channel to a pre-qualified audience, establish new contacts and develop relationships internationally, pursue commercial opportunities in a semi-private business-focused setting, and share information and insights about leading-edge technologies, research and development and business opportunities.
By bringing together some of the world’s leading bioenergy companies and organizations in an intensive, relationship-focused business environment for one day, participants will have the chance to get more done, more efficiently, and for less cost.
As media partner again for the 2014 event, look to Canadian Biomass for regular updates on the agenda, tours and sponsors at www.canadianbiomassmagazine.ca, our weekly enews, and on Twitter @CanadianBiomass.
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