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Shifting the Canadian Biofuels Sector into High Gear

Movers and shakers in the biofuels space put their heads together in Ottawa at the Advanced Biofuels Symposium

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/23/14 -- For Canada to become a world leader in the biofuels industry, we need to convert our impressive R&D achievements into a robust infrastructure and trade. To catalyze this process, BioFuelNet - a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence devoted to supporting the growth of Canada's biofuels industry - has organized one of the most important green energy events in the network's history: The Advanced Biofuels Symposium 2014, taking place in Ottawa from May 27 to May 29.

With several partners on board, including the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Air Canada, McGill University, Enerkem and FPInnovations, BioFuelNet has created a high-energy, outside-the-box program to help shift the Canadian biofuels sector into high gear.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, known for her unflinching criticism of green-negative policies, will deliver the opening keynote address. The A-list of speakers will also include alt-energy researchers, heads of industry, and government decision makers, who will address such issues as sustainability, commercialization and policy development in the Canadian biofuels sector. Later that evening, the Symposium Dinner Gala, hosted by Air Canada at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, will set the scene for a more informal exchange of research and business ideas.

Complementing the symposium's bird's-eye-view presentations, a series of interactive, discussion-based sessions will give participants ample opportunities to network, share ideas, and form alliances. Those looking for business opportunities may find special appeal in the session on entrepreneurism in the biofuels economy. Biofuel start-ups may find their "next big idea" waiting for them at the session on feedstock and conversion technologies or the one on biojet fuel strategies. In short, the program has something for everyone.

On the closing day of the event, award-winning film director (Best Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2008) and energy visionary Josh Tickell will share his thought-provoking ideas - from the green megatrends shaping our planet to the link between emerging technologies and wealth creation - in a final keynote address.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

You won't want to miss this event if you are:


--  A renewable energy corporation
--  An independent manufacturer or producer of renewable energy
--  A renewable energy architect or engineer
--  A stakeholder in municipal infrastructure
--  A federal or provincial government department concerned with renewable
    energy
--  An energy consulting agency or independent consultant
--  A research or educational institution with activities in renewable
    energy
--  A member of the national, regional or local press

WHAT? Advanced Biofuels Symposium 2014

WHEN? 27 - 29 May 2014

WHERE? Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

NEED MORE INFORMATION? See the complete symposium program, list of speakers and web page

Recommended sessions for press:

May 28th, 2014


--  8:30-9:00 am: Keynote speaker: Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader, Member
    of Parliament and Officer of the Order of Canada
--  9:00-10:00 am: Sustainable biofuels: the roles of academia, industry and
    government

May 29th, 2014


--  8:30 am-10:00 am: Keynote speaker 1: Professor Martin Tangney, Director
    of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University and
    Founder and CSO of Celtic Renewables Ltd; Keynote speaker 2: Josh
    Tickell, Film Director and Energy Pioneer

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