Canada’s largest and longest-running conference on the bioeconomy will be postponed for one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 9-11, 2020 in Prince George, the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will now be held June 22-24, 2021 at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.
The society that presents the conference has been actively monitoring COVID-19 developments and orders while remaining both optimistic and realistic about the potential impacts on this year’s conference.
“The health and wellbeing of our speakers, delegates, exhibitors, partners, staff and volunteers is our number one priority,” said Rob van Adrichem, conference board chair. “Therefore, as the Covid-19 situation is still rapidly evolving, we have taken the proactive decision to postpone the conference.
“The coming months will be challenging for us all. We want to ensure our attendees are able to focus all of their efforts on their own health and wellbeing and that of their families, as well as the wellbeing of their businesses and organizations.”
Despite the postponement, the organizers of the conference want to ensure people stay connected and keep learning about new developments and opportunities in the bioeconomy by providing a free virtual learning opportunity in place of this year’s conference, to be held this June. More information to come.
The “bioeconomy” represents the development and use of renewable, natural resources for energy and materials rather than fossil fuels. Originally focused on bioenergy, the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition has evolved to cover a full range of bioproducts that are derived from forests.