Past Events

Building upon
the Past

The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition began in 2004 as the International Bioenergy Conference. It was held at the University of Northern British Columbia in conjunction with the Forest Expo in Prince George. Conferences had been held every second-year since, except for 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Board to move the delivery of programming online. Two webinars were held in 2020 instead of an in-person conference.


The June in-person conference was replaced by two webinars. See below for information about each webinar and links to the recordings on YouTube.

WEBINAR: Building Sustainable Communities with the Bioeconomy – November 25, 2020

This webinar explored the development of the bioeconomy from the perspective of communities.

Introductory Remarks
CBEC Chair, Rob van Adrichem

Welcome Message
Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Prince George and the Bioeconomy
A video about one community and its relationship to the bioeconomy.

PANEL 1 – Seizing Opportunities and Leading the Way

Learn about the role that communities across Canada and around the globe are playing in the bioeconomy of today, and the opportunities that exist to play an even greater role in the bioeconomy of tomorrow. Through development of community-based bioenergy systems and biomass supply chains, communities can become energy self-sufficient, stimulate the local economy, reduce their carbon footprint, and build the capacity required to enhance resilience and adapt to changes that are sometimes beyond their control.

  • Dominik Roeser – Professor, UBC Forestry
  • Sebnem Madrali – Research Engineer, CanMet Energy – Natural Resources Canada
  • Jamie Stephen – Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources
  • Moderator – Jean Blair, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Renewable Energy Development and Implementation Lab at Queen’s University

PANEL 2 – Real Successes from Real Communities

The diverse examples of community-based projects outlined by the panelists will demonstrate what’s achievable for indigenous communities, local governments, forest companies, and other public sector organizations when they collaborate and work to realize the community benefits of the bioeconomy.

  • Chris Kalesnikoff – Chief Operating Officer, Kalesnikoff Lumber Company
  • Gord Chipman – Forest Manager, Alkali Resource Management
  • Trevor Fourmeaux – Director of Plant Services, Interior Health
  • Moderator – David Dubois, Fink Machine Inc.

WEBINAR: Back and Better with the Bioeconomy – June 25, 2020

This webinar explored how the transition away from fossil fuels for materials, energy, and chemicals provides a great opportunity for British Columbia and Canada given the maturity of the forest products sector and our expertise in forest sustainability.

Opening remarks: Doug Donaldson – BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development

Warren Mabee – Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, Queen’s University

Brian Merwin – Vice-President Corporate Development, Mercer International

Diane Nicholls – BC Chief Forester

Moderator – Sandy Ferguson, SF Consulting Inc. and Member of the Board – Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition


After seven iterations of the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition, 2018 marked the first Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition. The name change represented the conference’s focus on a greater range of products associated with the forest biomass value chain. The 2018 conference also marked the presentation of two pre-conference sessions: the Community Energy Workshop and the Wood Products Safety Summit.

2004 – 2016

Some photos from previous conferences.