The World’s Leading Academic & Industry Experts to Speak at IFBC & ISLM 2019 in Thunder Bay

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THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University’s Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) announced today that the world’s most influential academic and industry experts will speak at the upcoming 2nd International Forest Biorefining Conference (IFBC) and 4th International Symposium on Lignocellulosic Materials (ISLM).
The joint Conference & Symposium, which will be held June 9th-12th, 2019 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, is hosting global delegates to discuss and collaborate on the most innovative and game-changing bio-economy opportunities.
Among the growing list of plenary and keynote speakers are leaders of global forestry companies, CEOs of R&D organizations, government policymakers and distinguished researchers from across the globe.
The theme for the joint Conference & Symposium is “A Future Bio-economy –Cross Sector Progress & Innovation.” It communicates the important global role of the bio-economy across diverse sectors such as forestry, energy, industrial manufacturing, agriculture, health and medicine.
New to the event for 2019 is a full day dedicated to Value Chain Development Opportunities, presented by CRIBE – Centre for Research & Innovation in the Bio-economy. This industry-oriented program will focus on the business of biorefining, the products and markets it can inspire, and value chain development opportunities.
Among others, the line-up of highly experienced keynote and plenary speakers includes:
• Stephane Renou, President & CEO, FPInnovations
• Sandy Marshall, CEO, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
• David Nanang, Director General, Natural Resources Canada
• Matti Heikkilä, CTO, Metgen
• Juan Carlos Villar, Principal Investigator, INIA-Forest Research
• Ludo Diels, Research Leader, University of Antwerp and VITO
• Heather Pikor, VP Corporate Affairs, Iogen
• Theo van de Ven, Professor, McGill University
“”It’s very exciting that this global dialogue will be taking place in
Thunder Bay”,” says Dr. Lew Christopher, Conference Chair and Director of Lakehead’’s BRI.
“We are thrilled that so many influential leaders from the global
bio-economy industry have committed to speak at this year’s international joint event. Their experience and leadership will allow for critical and insightful discussions and provide a unique opportunity for global academic, industry and government leaders to meet together and discuss the future role of the bio-economy.”
The conference will address innovative and challenging aspects of the
growing Bio-economy in key areas that include Biomass, Biorefining,
Biofuels, and Bioproducts.
For the conference schedule and registration information visit:, or call Tara Curtis at 807-343-8863.
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