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Program announced for International Bioenergy 2014

chris_turner-145x190March 1, 2014, Prince George, BC - The largest wood-based bioenergy conference in Canada is pleased to announce the preliminary program for its the 6th biennial International Bioenergy Conference to take place in Prince George, British Columbia from June 11-13, 2014.


March 1, 2014
By Scott Jamieson

Leading off the conference is keynote presenter, Chris Turner. Turner is the author of a number of books and a sought after speaker on sustainable energy. He’s sure to inspire with his revolutionary but optimistic thoughts on what it will take to shift society’s thinking about renewable sources of energy such as biomass, and how we can survive and thrive in the sustainable economy.

Luncheon keynote speaker Jeffrey Simpson is an award-winning author and national newspaper columnist. As a leading thinker and analyst on politics, policy and economics, Jeffrey brings an insider’s look at the key policy drivers that will be required to bring Canada’s renewable energy sector to the forefront of sustainability.

Also featured are well-known industry insiders such as Bill Strauss, the winner of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award in 2012, Seth Walker of RISI, who will provide a view of the industry from 30,000 feet, while Joseph Seymour from the U.S.-based Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Deborah Elson of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association,  and Gordon Murray of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada will join moderator Scott Jamieson of Canadian Biomass magazine on a state-of-the-industry panel to start the event.

Additional featured speakers include:

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  • Ken Shields – Chairman of the Board, Canadian Bioenergy Association
  • Matt Bovelander – Senior Consultant Bio Solutions, Indufor Asia Pacific
  • Seth Walker – Associate Bioenergy Economist, RISI
  • Paul Lansbergen – Vice-President, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Steve Price – Executive Director, Bio-Solutions, Alberta Innovates
  • Brent Boyko – Director, Biomass Business Development, Ontario Power Generation

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.

For information on either attending or exhibiting (space over 50 per cent sold out), contact Cam McAlpine, Event Manager, 250-961-6611, cam@bioenergyconference.org.
 

About the International Bioenergy Conference

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
  • 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.

Find more information on the event website.


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