Date

October 16-18, 2018

Location

Valhalla Inn - Thunder Bay, Ontario

Speakers

Over 50 Expert Speakers

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#BNDC2018

About #BNDC2018

The 3rd annual Biomass North Forum is taking place from October 16-18, 2018 on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  With this year’s theme of Mapping Canada’s Bioeconomy: Drivers, Roadblocks and Bridges, #BNDC2018 will serve as a cross-country checkup to showcase how government, industry, academia and communities throughout the country are navigating towards a sustainable bioeconomy future.  Join us in discovering how growth in the sector will help Canada transition to a low-carbon economy, and why a competitive national bioeconomy is critical to the success of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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Program & Schedule
Sponsor & Exhibitor Package
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About #BNDC2017

Program & Schedule

Bioeconomy Workshops

October 16th will consist of concurrent half-day workshops, each intended to interactively discuss relevant bioeconomy themes and stakeholder opportunities.

Separate registration is required. Stay tuned for details on workshop themes and partners/facilitators.

Bioeconomy Tours

Seeing is believing!  Join us in visiting nearby facilities that are using regional biomass feedstocks to produce energy and other bioproducts.

Separate registration is required. Details Coming Soon.

Opening Reception

Welcome to #BNDC2018! Attend our opening networking reception and kickoff the Forum in style!

#BNDC2018 Opening Remarks

To set the stage for #BNDC2018, here we will have opening remarks from Biomass North and our gracious local hosts, as well as recognize we are in Treaty territory.

Keynote Address

To be announced.

Fireside Chat: Government Leadership in the Bioeconomy

Hear from leaders within the Federal and Provincial government on how their respective agencies show effective leadership to spur the growth of the Canadian bioeconomy. From policy directives to program development to funding support, this fireside chat will serve as a cross-country checkup on Canada's current and upcoming government initiatives.

Biopower in Commercial and Industrial Applications

Using biomass to generate electricity has the potential for baseload power production, behind-the-meter applications, GHG emission reductions, and supports the growth of regional biomass supply chain. Learn about the opportunities, challenges, and successes with biopower production in Canada.

Biofuels and Deep Fuel Switching

When looking at the national (and global) energy supply as a pie, biofuels are increasingly becoming be a part of the pie mix. With applications in transportation fuels, drop-in fuels, bio-based oils, and many others, learn about the status of today's most relevant biofuel options and where they stand in terms of current uptake, technical and economic feasibility, and market predictions.

Biomass and Carbon Pricing

Pricing carbon pollution and redistributing revenues is a central component to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, but consensus on the topic is not widely accepted or even fully understood. This panel is for educating on how biomass applications can reinforce the core policy objectives of reducing GHG emissions while promoting low-carbon innovation, and to dispel the rhetoric commonly associated with carbon pricing.

Bioheat Solutions for Communities

Bioheat applications are long-proven and effective towards substituting fossil fuel use, reducing heating costs, building supply chains, and in many cases are ideally suited for communities throughout Canada (particularly in remote and rural areas). Learn from the experts on  current bioheat initiatives, feasible technologies, and insights on opportunities to grow the bioheat sector.

Applications in the Built Environment

Green building practices makes a lot of sense! Learn about the many ways communities, businesses and industry are designing the sustainable built environments of tomorrow by using renewable biomass resources in building materials and for energy generation.

Biomass and Carbon Sequestration

Sequestering carbon is an important step towards climate change mitigation. Attend this panel to learn about the role of forestry, agroforestry, biomass, and other applications which will help us achieve theoretical as well as achievable sequestration targets.

3rd Annual Awards Gala

As part of Biomass North Forum 2018, our 3rd annual Awards Gala takes place the evening of October 17th at the Valhalla Inn and Suites in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here we will recognize and congratulate leaders in Canada’s bioeconomy for their hard-earned achievements in the field.

This year there are 8 awards to be distributed under the following Award Categories:
  • Community Leadership in the Bioeconomy
  • Indigenous Leadership in the Bioeconomy
  • Government Leadership in the Bioeconomy
  • Industry Leadership in the Bioeconomy
  • Champion in the Bioeconomy
  • International Leadership in the Bioeconomy
  • Research and Innovation in the Bioeconomy
  • Innovative Project in the Bioeconomy

Download our nomination package to nominate a bioeconomy champion deserving of recognition (deadline: September 14th).

Click here to register!

Trade Show and Exhibition

Our trade show and exhibition will run all day (8:30am - 4:30pm) on October 17 and 18th. Visit our indoor and outdoor exhibits to learn about who's doing what in the bioeconomy.

This year's trade show and exhibition will be open to the public (no cost to attend). 

Interested in exhibiting at #BNDC2018? Click here to download our Exhibitor Package.

B2B Meetings

Looking for a place to meet with your future partners and associates?  We have arranged for semi-private spaces at the Valhalla to hold your B2B meetings and begin to build productive business relationships.  Closer to and prior to the event, registered participants will be provided with back-end support to facilitate and pre-arrange for company meetings.   In the meantime, don't hesitate to send us your B2B "wish list"!

#BNDC2018 Opening Remarks

To recap the previous day's activities and kickoff the final day of #BNDC2018.

Keynote Address

To be announced.

Special Announcement

Stay tuned for a special announcement from the Biomass North team!

Fireside Chat: Looking to 2030

What will the Canadian and global bioeconomy look like in 2030? How will the research, partnerships and investments of today impact the realities of tomorrow?  Learn about how Canadian innovation is supporting transformation in our products and applications to ensure that Canada will benefit from the transition to a low-carbon bioeconomy.

#BNDC2018 Closing Ceremony

A final recap of #BNDC2018 and closing remarks.

Best Practices in Collaboration

Collaboration among sectors, expertise and, most importantly, cultures, offers incredible opportunities for insight and sustainable development. It can also be complicated. Learn about how organizations and individuals are practicing meaningful collaboration to co-create biomass solutions.

Moving From Knowledge to Action

Turning an idea from concept to on-the-ground application can be a long and sometimes difficult process, especially when working with diverse stakeholders to reach a common solution, or when bridging the "valley of death" to move a technology or product to market. Expert speakers will help us understand best practices (and past failures) through sharing their experiences in “moving from knowledge to action” as it applies to biomass-related initiatives.

Accelerating Cleantech and Innovation

Canada has an abundant supply of sustainable biomass feedstocks which are capable of producing the energy, chemicals and value-added products of tomorrow. Hear from leaders who are working to accelerating biomass cleantech applications and innovation opportunities.

Food Security and Sustainability

Despite Canada’s relative wealth and resources, food insecurity and sustainability are major problems in regions throughout the country, often resulting in expensive food imports with reduced overall quality.  Learn about the role of biomass applications in enhancing food security and sustainability within Canada, particularly in remote and rural regions.

SES Biotechnology and Allied Sciences Symposium (SESBASS)

We are pleased to partner with Lakehead University on their inaugural SES Biotechnology and Allied Sciences Symposium (SESBASS), to be held October 17-19, 2018. The theme for this years symposium is Technologies for a Changing World.

On October 18th, SESBASS will join forces with #BNDC2018 to lead two research-focused breakout sessions at the Forum.  Topical sessions will include:
  • Biorefining & Renewable Energy
  • Waste Treatment
  • New Technologies for Food Security

Stay tuned for details, and find out more about SESBASS.  

Trade Show and Exhibition

Our trade show and exhibition will run all day (8:30am - 4:30pm) on October 17 and 18th. Visit our indoor and outdoor exhibits to learn about who's doing what in the bioeconomy.

This year's trade show and exhibition will be open to the public (no cost to attend). 

Interested in exhibiting at #BNDC2018? Click here to download our Exhibitor Package.

B2B Meetings

Looking for a place to meet with your future partners and associates?  We have arranged for semi-private spaces at the Valhalla to hold your B2B meetings and begin to build productive business relationships.  Closer to and prior to the event, registered participants will be provided with back-end support to facilitate and pre-arrange for company meetings.   In the meantime, don't hesitate to send us your B2B "wish list"!

Forum Sponsors

Become a #BNDC2018 sponsor and establish your leadership in the sector!
Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Become a sponsor

Forum Speakers

Call for Speakers is NOW OPEN!  Find out how YOU can contribute to #BNDC2018.

Become a Speaker

Forum Exhibitors

Exhibit at #BNDC2018 to showcase your products or services, and meet your market!
Learn more about our Exhibitor options and benefits.

Become an exhibitor

Registration & Tickets

Awards Gala Only

3rd Annual Biomass North Awards Gala
October 17
6:00 – 10:00pm
Valhalla Inn

Bioeconomy Workshops

October 16
Morning & Afternoon Workshops
Details Coming Soon

Bioeconomy Tours

October 16
Afternoon Tours
Details Coming Soon

Separate registration is required for workshops and tours on October 16 as space will be limited.
Details coming soon.

Biomass North members are eligible for discounts on registration (Standard Members: 5%, Premium Members: 10%).
Contact us to access your discount code.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is #BNDC2018 taking place?
#BNDC2018 takes place from October 16-18 at the Valhalla Inn in beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario.  October 16 will consist of optional workshops and facility tours, as well as our Opening Ceremony in the evening.  October 17 conference activities include expert panels, breakout sessions, trade show, and B2B meetings; the evening of the 17th is our 3rd Annual Awards Gala.  October 18 is a continuation of the expert panels, breakout sessions, trade show and networking opportunities, as well as academic contributions from Lakehead University's SESBASS event.

Where should I stay when visiting Thunder Bay?
If travelling the most convenient place to stay is the Valhalla Inn, as all conference activities will take place here (and tours will begin here).  Other hotels within 10-minutes walking distance include the Best Western Thunder Bay Crossroads, Comfort Inn, Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre, and Hampton Inn & Suites Thunder Bay.

Is there a discounted hotel rate for #BNDC2018 participants?
A room block will be held at the Valhalla Inn for #BNDC2018 participants until September 21, 2018 ($129 + HST for Deluxe Twin Queen or Deluxe King). Please reference Biomass North Forum (booking number 181016BIOM) when booking your accommodations.
How can I register?
You can register online through Eventbrite.  Please contact us If you are unable to register online or if you require assistance.

As a Biomass North member am I eligible for a registration discount?
Absolutely!  Standard members are eligible for a 5% discount, and Premium members a 10% discount on registration. Contact us to access your member discount code or find out more about our membership.

What meal functions are included in the registration fee?
A Full Event Pass includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments on October 17 and 18, as well as refreshments during the Opening Reception on October 16.  A Full Event Pass OR Awards Gala ticket includes dinner and refreshments the evening of October 17.

I only want to attend one day or session of the conference.  Is that possible?
The Awards Gala can be attended independently (still requires registration) and the trade show will be open to the public (no cost).  Otherwise, you must purchase a Full Event Pass to gain access to #BNDC2018.

Can I pay for registration after the event?
No, registration must be paid for prior to the event.

Panels and Breakout Sessions

Where are the conference activities taking place?
All activities are taking place at the Valhalla Inn, while tour shuttles will leave from and return to the Valhalla.  Please refer to the Program and Schedule for each session’s location/meeting room within the Valhalla.

Workshops and Tours

Are workshops and/or tours included in the conference registration?
Workshops and tours are NOT automatically included with your #BNDC2018 registration and will require separate registration to participate (space will be limited for each workshop and tour).
Can I still register for a workshop and/or tour if I am not a conference attendee?
Priority admission to workshops and tours will be granted to #BNDC2018 participants, but if space becomes available we will open this to non-attendees.

Awards Gala

How can I make a nomination for the Awards Gala?
Easy!  Refer to our official Nomination Package for all details on our 3rd annual Awards Gala.  Nominations will be accepted until September 14, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

Trade Show

Will the trade show and exhibition be open to the public?
Absolutely!  While ticket purchasers will have full access the Forum, non-attendees can still visit the trade show and exhibition on October 17th and 18th at no cost (although we REALLY hope you stay for the full event!).

Become a Speaker

How can I become a speaker?
Please refer to our Call for Speakers to share your expertise at #BNDC2018.

B2B and Networking 

Will there be space to have private meetings at #BNDC2018?
Yes!  Participants will have access to pre-arranged semi-private meeting spaces at the Valhalla for you to connect with your current or future partners.
Will there be support from Biomass North in arranging B2B meetings?
Closer to and prior to the event, registered participants will be provided with back-end support to facilitate and pre-arrange for company meetings.  This, of course, is in addition to the ample networking opportunities which will occur at #BNDC2018!
Can I advertise in the conference program?
Absolutely!  This year we are offering advertising space in the conference program to any interested organization (ie. not limited to sponsors, exhibitors or participants).  Please contact us for rates.
How can my organization become a #BNDC2018 sponsor?
Please refer to our Sponsor and Exhibitor Package for full details/benefits and contact us for rates.
How can my organization become a #BNDC2018 exhibitor?
Please refer to our Sponsor and Exhibitor Package for full details/benefits and contact us with any questions. Space for exhibitors will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis, as booths will be limited.
What are my options with exhibitor spaces?
This year we are offering indoor and outdoor exhibiting opportunities for your organization.
  • Standard Booths - 8' x 6' space in Ballroom 3
  • Premium Booths – 10' x 10' space in Ballroom 3 or Ballroom Foyer
  • Outdoor Exhibits – space outdoors for equipment or demonstrations
 
Are there bundling options available if I want to sponsor and exhibit?
Of course!  Please contact us to inquire on our bundling options.
How do I get to Thunder Bay?
Regular scheduled flights to YQT Thunder Bay Airport include the following airlines:
If travelling by road, click here for directions to the Valhalla Inn.

Are there shuttles available from the airport to the Valhalla Inn?
The Valhalla Inn provides its guests with complimentary airport shuttles to/from the airport. Please contact the Valhalla to arrange for a shuttle.

Where can I park, and is there a fee?
Parking is available on site at the Valhalla Inn.  There is no fee to park.

I am not staying at the conference hotel – will there be shuttles going to the Valhalla for the conference?
There will not be pre-arranged shuttles going to the Valhalla from other hotels or locations.  Please make your travel arrangements accordingly
How can I volunteer at #BNDC2018, and what types of positions will be available?
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer at #BNDC2018.  We will be posting a call for AV Technicians, Registration Clerks and Security.
I am a vegetarian.  Who do I contact?
Please contact us if you are a vegetarian or if you have urgent dietary restrictions.  We also request this information with your ticket registration.
Is the Valhalla accessible for people with limited mobility?
The Valhalla Inn has a ramp at the front entrance, elevators, as well as accessible guest rooms available at request.  All conference rooms are wheelchair accessible EXCEPT for our semi-private B2B Meeting Space; if you have limited mobility and would like use of this function, we will coordinate alternative B2B meeting locations for you.
My question is not listed here. Who do I contact?
Please contact us at bndc2018@biomassnorth.org with any additional questions.

Location & Accommodations

Valhalla Inn

1 Valhalla Inn Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 6J1
Canada

Telephone: (807) 577-1121
Toll Free: 1-800-964-1121

reservations@valhallainn.com

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A room block will be held at the Valhalla for #BNDC2018 participants until September 21, 2018 ($129+HST for Deluxe Twin Queen or Deluxe King).
Please reference Biomass North Forum (booking number 181016BIOM) when booking your accommodations.

Contact Us

For all inquiries and questions regarding Biomass North Forum 2018 please contact us by:

 

Email:

bndc2018@biomassnorth.org

Phone:

Francis Gallo, Project Director
(705)206-7687

Mailing Address:

Biomass North Development Centre
176 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 3
North Bay, Ontario P1A 2A8
Canada