In 2017, Lakehead University's Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) hosted the first ever International Forest Biorefining Conference (IFBC). The conference welcomed approximately 150 delegates from around the world to share the latest advances in Forest Biorefining. It was attended by academics, industry leaders, local and federal government officials who share the common goal of building Forest Biorefinery as one of the main drivers for the emerging Low-Carbon Bioresource Economy.
The conference successfully created interdisciplinary, research, industry and cross-sector alliances that continue to be essential in accelerating innovation and R&D in Forest Biorefining. In addition to networking and exhibiting opportunities, participants were provided with a tour of biomass operations in the area.
Returning once again in 2019, IFBC will partner with ISLM to provide an international platform to update and critically review recent progress in all aspects of lignocellulosic research and innovation that can help advance the development of the growing Bioeconomy and bring it closer to maturation. The two events will be run concurrently and will include joint sessions on topics related to the five conference themes:
1) Biomass; 2) Biorefining; 3) Biofuels; 4) Bioproducts; and, 5) Bioeconomy.
IFBC & ISLM 2019 will stimulate fruitful discussions, exchange of knowledge, and networking that will help to accelerate research, development and commercialization of bioprocessing technologies.
Who We Are
The Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) at Lakehead University is the only academic institution of its kind that mobilizes the expertise, experience, and passion of an enthusiastic and multidisciplinary research team to the benefit of the Canadian forest industry.
As an institute, we work together to explore a wide range of topics and expand our Biorefining knowledge locally, nationally, and globally and to transfer our new technologies to the growing Canadian bioindustry. By taking advantage of all aspects of Biorefining, BRI creates novel research and development opportunities, new technology models and jobs, and value-added products from renewable resources that ultimately lead to reduced dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This is a challenge but an opportunity for us too to help transition our global society to a bio-based economy.
Dr. Lew P. Christopher, Director
Biorefining Research Institute
1294 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 (807) 343-8844