Tuesday, October 15, 2013

5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.Event Registration and Opening Reception
Keynote speaker - Bob McDonald, CBC Quirks and Quarks

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

7:30a.m. - 8:00a.m.Registration
7:30a.m. - 8:30a.m.Breakfast
8:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Plenary Session 1: 

Partner Locally, Succeed Internationally.
Learn how key strategic local partnerships helped a small company succeed globally, from R&D to market.

Learn how Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. worked in the laboratory for 14 years perfecting their formula to make Tree-Free paper from wheat straw waste, worked as collaborative research partners with AITF and criss crossed the globe to do R&D trials at bench, demonstration, Pilot and eventually full commercialization. Hear how and why Unisource Canada, the nations largest distributor of paper, teamed up with Prairie to mentor the project from concept to the shelves of Staples Nationwide. Learn what lies ahead for the PrairiePulp & Paper company and how they plan to construct the worlds first 100% Tree-Free, Chlorine-Free, off the grid eco mill on the Canadian prairies in Manitoba. 

Jeff Golfman, Prairie Pulp and Paper
Wade Chute, AITF
Andrew Gustyn, Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

10:00a.m. - 10:25a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Plenary Session 2:

It’s a small world after all. Why you need to look outside your region. 

When it comes to creating the perfect partnership, borders don’t matter. Hear this group’s perspective on ways international collaborations enforce technology development for when solutions do not exist locally. 

Dr. Davy Duriatti, Depestele Group

Dr. Moussa Gomina, Crismat Laboratory

11:45p.m. - 12:15p.m.Lunch
12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m.Lunch Session:
Show me the money! Learn what investors are looking for.

Ready to sell your big bold ideas to the hungry investor? During this session, you'll learn how to pitch and partner with investors to expand your current operations and establish greater credibility in the marketplace.

Mark Carlson, AVAC Ltd.
Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Bioindustrial Innovation Centre
Murray McCaig, MaRS Discovery District

1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.Business Partnering SessionTour- Alternative Village Sign in
3:30p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Exhibit Hall and Refreshments

Be a part of the innovative and interactive commercial exhibits. Meet with likeminded businesspeople from the bioproducts sector - Industry suppliers, supporters and experts all at your fingertips.
6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 17, 2013

7:30a.m. - 8:30a.m.Breakfast
8:30a.m. - 9:30a.m.Plenary Session 3:

Go Green and Prosper.
Meeting the challenges of commercial scale-up

Want to learn how to take your product from modest prototype to a massive production line? Take a cue from these two companies who paired up and scaled up their unique bio-product to succeed in large-scale commercial manufacturing. 

Dr. Ron Crotogino, ArboraNano
Greg Maloney, Celluforce

9:30a.m. - 10:20a.m.Plenary Session 4:

Playing in the Big Leagues. How to partner with multinational businesses. 

Does your business have what it takes to reach the next level? Find out how a small business managed to nab a partnership with a multinational organization, and how these businesses are working together in mutually beneficial collaboration. 

Dr. Chad Ulven, NDSU/c2renew corp.

Dr. Jeff Cernohous, Interfacial Solutions

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Breakout Session 1
Hit the ground running. Overcoming the hurdles of technology development.

Many research centres and working groups are focused on generating creative solutions for efficiencies in product development for industry. This session will examine their rationale and how they are providing an essential resource for companies on their way towards commercialization.

Dr. Darren Fast, University of Manitoba Technology Transfer Office

Dan Lussier, Composites Research Network, UBC

Breakout Session 2
Dream it & Conceive it. Bringing people together to turn vision into reality.  

Bringing the right people together can turn vision into reality. In this session, be inspired by how a group of Manitobans have come together to reach their goal of using 50% renewable energy by 2030. Leaders from Biomass Economy Network (BEN) will provide their insights on how they plan to move their dream to reality.

11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.Breakout Session 3
Grow your own tractor. Finding success with unconventional ideas.

Four companies used their unique expertise to follow an unprecedented business venture, resulting in a new wave of agricultural machinery. They will discuss how collaborations between unconventional partnerships earned them one-of-a-kind selling features and added value to their brands.

Dr. Simon Potter, Composites Innovation Centre

Paul Manaigre, Versatile

Chad Brick, Eastside Group of Companies

Breakout Session 4

When Two Worlds Collide – How the public and private sectors work together.

Ever consider joining forces with the government to grow your business? Learn how public and private sector collaborations deal with project management, handle IP and amp up production to distribute at a larger scale.

Ruth DeSantis, ABDC

Lori Jo Graham, ABDC

Dr. Johanne Denault, NRC

Gerard Scheubel, Texel

12:05p.m. - 1:00p.m.Lunch and Departing Remarks

Note: This is a draft program and contents may change without notice

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