KINGSTON, ON – The Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network (ELORIN) is proud to be hosting the Biofibres International Symposium on 15-16 August 2007 at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.
ELORIN, in partnership with Natural Capital Resources Inc., the Ontario Hemp Alliance, SOBIN (Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network), and Stonehedge BioResources Ltd., will be assembling the value chain – from farms to factories – to explore the ever-expanding opportunities, applications, and needs in the biofibres industry. The event is being sponsored by 14 organizations, including Gold Sponsors Performance Plants Inc. (Kingston, ON) and BioEnterprise Corporation (Guelph, ON).
The annual Eastern Ontario event, which dates back to 2003, has been broadened in 2007 as an international symposium of experts in biofibres research, industry, and agriculture. Speakers from across North America and Europe will be brought to Kingston to share their expertise on subjects ranging from designer feedstocks, primary processing, and grain optimization, to hemp as a solution to global challenges in nutrition, energy, and infrastructure. Among the distinguished international speakers are Mike Duckett (Hemcore, England), Bernard Rice (Teagasc, Ireland), Laure Geiger (Institut Technique du Chanvre, France), and Zuzana Finta (Rudolf Fleischmann Research Institute, Hungary).
As a segment of the conference, a series of tours will be provided, including: a guided visit to hemp plots in the Belleville region; an industrial tour of Performance Plants Inc., an elite plant biotechnology company headquartered in Kingston; and a hands-on introduction to Loyalist College’s world-class CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction Facility.
In addition, ELORIN will be announcing the winner of this year’s Grant Award for Innovation in Agriculture. This annual tradition was established by ELORIN in 2006 in recognition of the outstanding contribution of two innovative Eastern Ontario farmers, Grant Moorcroft and Dale Grant, in discovering innovative ways to keep farming healthy and profitable, seeking out new opportunities and developing niche markets for hemp.
This symposium marks a significant advancement for members of the biofibres industry in Eastern Ontario, placing the region on the world stage for innovation, and showcasing local expertise in plant breeding (John Baker, Stonehedge BioResources Ltd.), biomasonry (Colin MacDougall, Queen’s University), and biotechnology (David Dennis, Performance Plants Inc.).
Over 100 people will be attending the Symposium from across Canada, the United States, Europe, and South America.