June 10 was to have been the start of the ninth Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition in Prince George. While the ongoing pandemic has forced postponement of the conference until June 2021, conference organizers are presenting their first webinar later this month to keep the bioeconomy front-and-centre and foster dialogue between governments, industry, and communities.
The bioeconomy describes a transition away from fossil fuels for materials, energy, and chemicals. The forest is at the centre of this transition, delivering sustainable products, chemicals, and energy that can also store carbon and reduce waste. The bioeconomy already employs about two million people in hundreds of Canadian communities, making it ideally positioned to lead the restart for British Columbia and Canada.
“Back and Better with the Bioeconomy” is the title of the webinar that will be held on June 25, featuring the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Canada Research Chair Warren Mabee, Mercer International Vice-President Brian Merwin, and BC Chief Forester Diane Nicholls. More information about the webinar, along with a link to register, is available at www.bioeconomyconference.com/webinars.
The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in Canada. It was first held in 2004 with a focus on bioenergy but expanded its focus in recent years to explore the full range of bioproducts derived from the forest and woody biomass.