BIO’s 10th Annual World Congress Showcases Strength of Industrial Biotech in Canada

&ldquo;We could not be more excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BIO&rsquo;s World Congress to highlight the growth of the industry, particularly in Canada,&rdquo; said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO&rsquo;s Industrial &amp; Environmental Section.&nbsp;</p>

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature industry leaders, government officials, university researchers and venture capitalists to facilitate networking and business partnerships this June 16-19 in Montréal, Canada. Online registration for the conference at the Palais des congrès de Montréal is now open.   

“We could not be more excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BIO’s World Congress to highlight the growth of the industry, particularly in Canada,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “In Canada, industry, government and universities have joined forces to create a thriving and sustainable biobased economy creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, making greener products and cleaner processes.”
“We are pleased to join BIO as a Co-Organizer of their 10th Annual World Congress,” said Élaine Zakaïb, Associate Minister for the Industrial Policy and to the Québec Economic Development Bank. “Our Ministry believes the industrial biotech industry is important to Québec’s future economic prosperity and energy security and seeks to help businesses succeed in this emerging industry.”
BIO’s World Congress will host numerous breakout and plenary sessions with companies representing Canada including:
Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology
Monday, June 17, 12 - 2:15 PM, Sponsored by BioAmber
Moderator: James C. Greenwood, President and CEO, BIO
Andrew Casey, President and CEO, BIOTECanada
Joanna DuPont, Director of Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
Dato Dr. Nazlee Kamal, Chief Executive Officer, BiotechCorp
Elizabeth Farina, Chief Executive Officer, UNICA (invited)
Feeding Next Generation Biorefineries in 2013
Monday, June 17, 4:30 – 6 PM
Moderator: Trevor Theissen, President, BioAg, Novozymes
Mark Bunger, Research Director, Lux Research, Inc.
Paulo Carollo, Executive Vice President, Chemtex International Inc.
David Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer, Forest Products Association of Canada
Mike Jostrum, Plum Creek Timber Company 
Anna Rath, NexSteppe
Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom
Wednesday, June 19, 12 – 2:15 PM
Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest
Dr. Robert Graham, Chief Executive Officer, EnSyn Corporation 
Steve Hartig, General Manager, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC
Peter S. Williams, Chief Executive Officer, INEOS Technologies & INEOS Bio
David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Bernardo Gradin, Chairman and CEO, Graal Bio
Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel and Environment, WestJet
Carlos Eduardo Cavacanti, Head of Biofuels Development, Brazilian Economic Development Bank 
Developing Biorefineries and the Bioproducts Sector – Roles for Government and for Industry
Monday, June 17, 8:30 – 10 AM 
Moderator: Andrea Johnston, Strategic Policy Branch Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Paulo Cesar De Campos, Coordenação de Sustentabilidade Petrobras Biocombustível
Conversion of Woody Materials to Fuels and Chemicals
Monday, June 17, 8:30 – 10 AM
Adrian Zhang, Concordia University
Hung Lee, University of Guelph
Emma Masters, University of Toronto
Value Chain Partnerships to Accelerate Commercialization of Biobased Materials
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30 am-10 am
Moderator: Babette Pettersen, BioAmber
Dann Winn, Inolex
Karsten Job, Lanxess
Laurence Dufrancatel, Faurecia
Carmen Rodriguez, Arkema Inc
The First Generation of Biorefineries in Canada
Tuesday, June 18, 2:30 – 4 PM
Moderator: Scott Thurlow, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
Malcolm West, Greenfield Ethanol
Jim Grey, IGPC Ethanol Inc
Scott Lewis, Biox Corporation
Al Rickard, Rothsay
Carbon Capture and Biological Conversion: The Case for Co-Location
Tuesday, June 18, 2:30pm-4 pm
Moderator: Simon Gaboury, Rio Tinto Alcan
Martin Voergh, St-Mary's Cement Group
Nathalie Dubois-Calero, Alga-Labs
Renewable Feedstock Crops – Can they Provide an Economic Alternative to Petroleum?
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Moderator: Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences 
Hamdy Kahlil, Woodbridge Foam
Craig Crawford, Ontario BioAuto Council
Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization - Part 2
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am-12 pm
Vincent Chornet, Enerkem
Bill Brady, Mascoma
Stuart Thomas, DuPont
Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montréal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please visit for additional information, or email It’s the world’s largest industrial biotechnology conference for business leaders, investors, academics and policymakers in biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients and biomass.
Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.