Canadian Biomass Magazine

Scaling Up Bio conference back by popular demand in Ottawa

September 26, 2017
By Maria Church

Sept. 26, 2017 - The Canadian conference dedicated to advancing bio-based projects beyond pilot and demonstration plants is once again taking place in Ottawa this November.

NRCan Canadian Forest Services ADM Glenn Mason discusses the role of biomass in Canada’s renewable power generation at Scaling Up 2016.

Scaling Up 2017 happens Nov. 27-29 and boasts an impressive line up of speakers both international and domestic to discuss commercialization challenges from raising capital and financing to site selection.

Conference organizer Jeff Passmore says after a successful conference last year there was demand to hold the event again. “The biggest challenge for bio-companies once they have pilot plants and demonstration plants is how they move to commercial scale so the product is something we can buy at Canadian Tire,” he says.

Chris Hessler, managing partner with AJW Inc., attended Scaling Up 2016 and said the conference offered real value. “No dreamers or self-promoters here. Instead, Scaling Up brought together veteran players and battle-scared executives to compare notes on the real challenges of technology scale-up and how to overcome them.”

The format of the conference this year will allow for more audience-speaker discussion and interaction, Passmore says.


There will also be a bigger focus on international players, with speakers from The World Bank, International Energy Agency, Bio-based Public-Private Partnership in Brussels, and Netherlands Green Deal Platform Sustainable Biofuels, to name a few.

With the current Canadian administration in its second year, Passmore says the government is in “implementation mode”, so the conference will reflect a greater emphasis on raising capital and securing financing. Notable speakers include the Export Development Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as many company CEOs, and bioeconomy industry associations.

Register before Oct. 28 to get the early-bird rate. Learn more at: 

Read Canadian Biomass‘ coverage from last year’s event here: 

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