Gtm Program

Growing Sustainable Bioeconomies – Making it Happen will focus on the development of existing as well as
new and emerging biofuels, biomaterials and biochemicals markets, building capacity, and fostering the
collaborations and partnerships that will help move the agenda forward.
T H E G O A L
Bioeconomies offer significant potential for agricultural producers and manufacturers alike. However, in order
to develop long-term and sustainable biofuels, biomaterials and biochemicals markets, we need to better
understand supply chain challenges and opportunities, and most important, determine how best to realize this
potential.
What manufacturers want from producers, the technologies required, new research and innovation, policy
drivers, and finance and investment. These topics and more will be explored at Growing Sustainable
Bioeconomies – Making it Happen.

 

W H O S H O U L D A T T E N D
This conference will appeal to a diverse audience, including:
 producers of biofuels and bioproducts
 manufacturers of biomaterials and biochemicals
 providers of new technologies in the biofuels and bioproducts fields
 retailers of ag-sourced green products
 bioeconomy researchers with innovative solutions
 rural economic development professionals
 policy experts dealing with all aspects of the bioeconomy
. . . and all other stakeholders interested in developing sustainable bioeconomies. This conference is for the
game changers – and those who wish to learn from their experiences, successes and plans going forward.

Monday, March 3
rd, 2014
8:30am –
10:00am
Opening Plenary
From Here to There – Setting a Course for the Bioeconomy
Chair: John McMullen, Conference Chair
1. W. Scott Thurlow, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels: The Anchor
Tenant of the Growing Bio-Economy
2. Sean McKay, Executive Director, Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc., Filling the Gaps to
Cultivate a Sustainable Bioproducts Industry in Canada
3. Jens Bo Holm-Nielson, Head, Esbjerg Energy Section, and Head, Center for Bioenergy and Green
Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, Bioenergy in Europe: Reaching EU Targets of Renewable
Energy 2020 and Actions Required
10:00am –
10:30am Refreshments – Exhibition Opens
10:30am –
12:00 pm
Panel 1A – Biofuels Market Opportunities
Chair: W. Scott Thurlow, President, Canadian
Renewable Fuels Association
1. Paul Cheliak, Director, Market Development,
Canadian Gas Association, An RNG Roadmap for
Canada – Moving Towards Implementation
2. Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Biogas
Association, Canadian Biogas Study: Energy
Potential and Opportunity Assessment
3. Paul Grenier, Executive Director, Ontario
Biodiesel Association, Vice Mayor, City of
Welland, A Viable Supply of Biodiesel for Ontario
Panel 1B – Bioproducts Market Opportunities
(biomaterials, biocomposites, biochemicals, bioplastics and
more)
Chair: Peter Frise, CEO, Auto21
1. Will Harney, Executive Director, Research and
Development, Magna Interiors and Exteriors
Corp., Bio-based Materials in the Automotive
Parts Sector
2. Catherine Tredway, Presid