Greg Hay
Executive Director
PAPTAC
Following the growing success of its 2nd edition in February 2017, the highly anticipated BIOFOR International Conference returns to Montreal in 2018 under the theme: Forest Products: Part of a New Bioeconomy.

The Forest Products industry landscape is changing, and raising the level of knowledge of this transformation is an important component of this collective assessment.

Join key players of academia, research institutes, forest products manufacturers, the financial sector, chemical sectors and government representatives, as BIOFOR provides an incomparable opportunity for the forest products sector and allied stakeholder industries to connect on all aspects of the rapidly emerging forest bioeconomy, across North America and worldwide.

We look forward to welcoming you to Montreal in February 2018 for the next chapter of BIOFOR International.

  
Held in conjunction with PaperWeek, it is the sole conference in Canada that focuses on most important issues in the forest products sector. The BIOFOR conference is dedicated to the advancements of the global forest bioeconomy.
BIOFOR will focus on 3 main areas:
MARKET development / RESEARCH advancements & innovation / and TRANSFORMATION engineering.
In order to facilitate synergies between the forest and bioceconomy sectors, the two events will take place under the same roof, Feb. 5-8 2018 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. One single access to go from one conference to the other – a unique format that will help boost networking for participants, and lead to new potential partnerships.

Within the MARKET DEVELOPMENT segment, targeted presentations and panels will set the table for a comprehensive overview of the current market potential and deployment of the forest bioeconomy. Noteworthy private and public international companies will provide pertinent examples of their current projects and initiatives underway. Furthermore, government representatives and policy organizations will describe the accessible funding to support innovation networks and clusters, and depict the tangible impacts for the industry and its stakeholders.

Under RESEARCH ADVANCEMENT & INNOVATION, participants will have in-depth updates through technical presentations by Universities, Engineering & Research organizations and industry. Pilot and demonstration projects will corroborate the level of research advancements and the latest innovations. The audience will have the opportunity to learn from these experiences and exchange with speakers and peers.

The TRANSFORMATION ENGINEERING segment will focus on the new transformation engineering programs and actual discoveries. Speakers will describe the possibilities for biorefinery start-ups within the context of creating economic growth in Canada’s forest communities and elsewhere in the world. Biomaterials will be part of this area and will cover steps to use existing pulp mills as a launchpad for bioeconomy development for the forest sector. Successful stories will demonstrate pathways from the traditional process to a new vibrant future full of possibilities.

Come to BIOFOR and expect to meet key players from public and private research organizations, academia, the financial sector, chemical sectors, forest products manufacturers, governments’ entities and much more all under the same roof!
MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Within the MARKET DEVELOPMENT segment, targeted presentations and panels will set the table for a comprehensive overview of the current market potential and deployment of the forest bioeconomy. Noteworthy private and public international companies will provide pertinent examples of their current projects and initiatives underway. Furthermore, government representatives and policy organizations will describe the accessible funding to support innovation networks and clusters, and depict the tangible impacts for the industry and its stakeholders.
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RESEARCH ADVANCEMENT & INNOVATION
Under RESEARCH ADVANCEMENT & INNOVATION, participants will have in-depth updates through technical presentations by Universities, Engineering & Research organizations and industry. Pilot and demonstration projects will corroborate the level of research advancements and the latest innovations. The audience will have the opportunity to learn from these experiences and exchange with speakers and peers.
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TRANSFORMATION ENGINEERING
The TRANSFORMATION ENGINEERING segment will focus on the new transformation engineering programs and actual discoveries. Speakers will describe the possibilities for biorefinery start-ups within the context of creating economic growth in Canada’s forest communities and elsewhere in the world. Biomaterials will be part of this area and will cover steps to use existing pulp mills as a launchpad for bioeconomy development for the forest sector. Successful stories will demonstrate pathways from the traditional process to a new vibrant future full of possibilities.
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