BIONATION is a national dialogue platform designed to showcase the value and opportunity the biotechnology ecosystem in Canada offers. Having grown from an originally planned in person event, BIONATION is now a series of virtual web- based events exploring key themes of talent, investment and next-generation technologies.
As a nation of not only forestry & agriculture but of innovation and talent, Canada’s nascent bioeconomy is positioned to be a major economic driver in Canada. In Honourable Chrystia Freeland’s first speech as finance minister, she asserted that the restart and rebuild of Canada’s economy must be green. With the ambitious goals of ISED’s economic strategy table reports, Canada’s strengths can be translated into success and prosperity with firm commitment from industry, government, and society. How do we move forward with the ‘new economy’ through the lens of traditional sectors looking to modernize, abate emissions, and capitalize on new technology?
The expertise of the panelists will explore how innovative biobased technologies are bringing solutions to the forefront of the Canadian and global economy. The discussion will explore the skill sets and business environments needed for these technologies to truly drive the economic benefits for Canada. What technological solutions are being brought forward that will help Canada on its quest to sustainable economic growth? What vision can we bring forward for the not-so-distant future that has a clear role for all?
Dr. Bettina Hamelin - President & CEO, Ontario Genomics
Dr. Stuart Smyth - Agri-Food Innovation and Sustainability Enhancement Chair, University of Saskatchewan
Brian Brazeau - President, Novozymes North America; VP of Bioenergy, Novozymes
Bruce Anderson -Chairman, Abacus Data