BIC's initial goal from the outset has been to position the Sarnia-Lambton region as a world-scale Hybrid Chemistry Cluster.
The first step was to establish a premier accelerator facility (Bowman Centre) at the Sarnia-Lambton Campus of the Western University Research Park. This formed the nucleus of what would become a benchmark for future development of bioindustrial clusters across Ontario and Canada.
The Accelerator today houses the pilot and demonstration-scale operations of three highly innovative companies – Woodland Biofuels, GreenCore Composites and KmX Corporation. BioAmber, Suncor Ethanol and other green and sustainable businesses are also staking their future in Sarnia as part of the Hybrid Chemistry Cluster.
Today visitors are coming from around the world to learn how and why Sarnia is succeeding in integrating green and sustainable chemistry with its traditional petroleum industries, as well as to explore partnership opportunities.
Scaling Up Bio
Delivering Canada's low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation
November 14 – 16, 2016, Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Canada
Is Canada going to be part of the bioeconomy, or just a bystander eventually importing all the technology? Attend "Scaling Up" to find out more. Top-notch speakers, including 20 private companies, the OECD, ADMs from NRCan and ISED, and the European Commission. See the full Program at www.scalingupconference.ca
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Announces Equity Raise and Corn Stover Field Trial Demonstration
October 25, 2016 - Sarnia, Ontario
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative (CSPC) has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply corn stover and wheat straw to a planned dextrose facility previously announced by Comet Biorefining (Comet) to be located in Sarnia, Ontario. As part of the supply chain, CSPC members will own an equity stake in the facility, which will need 75,000 tonnes of biomass based on 55,000 acres. As part of the equity campaign, CSPC will coordinate field demonstrations of stover aggregation and will hold outreach ‘town hall’ meetings for prospective members.
Vive Crop Protection Closes Financing to Support Corporate Growth
October 11, 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Vive Crop Protection has announced the closing of growth financing to support 2017 commercial expansion. The financing was led by Radar Capital, a Toronto-based private equity firm, with participation by existing investors, including Dicot Holdings, Middleland Capital, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, and Ontario Capital Growth Corporation.
Comet Biorefining Partners with Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative
Comet Biorefining CEO Andrew Richard says partnership with the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative supports his company's decision to commission a commercial-scale dextrose sugar plant in Sarnia in 2018.
Research Park Receives International Outstanding Research Park Award
September 30, 2016 - Sarnia, Ontario
Western Research Parks, including the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, has been awarded the Outstanding Research Park Award by the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) at the organization's annual conference in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Belgian Phd candidate Anouk Mertens recently visited Ontario.
Learning from each other:
Belgian PhD Candidate Visits Ontario to Learn About Bioindustrial Innovation Canada’s Corn Stover Projects
Aug-Sept 2016 - Sarnia, Ontario
In August and September, Anouk Mertens, a Belgian PhD candidate associated with the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, visited Ontario for a period of 4 weeks. In her PhD research, Anouk looked at the opportunities and challenges of establishing a corn stover value chain in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. Doing this research, she observed that the development of a corn stover value chain in her region is currently on hold due to the typical chicken-and-egg problem: farmers and custom harvesters are not willing to make investments as long as there is no guaranteed off-take agreements while the industry is not interested as long as there is no guaranteed supply of corn stover. As corn stover supply chain is currently being developed in Southwestern Ontario with the goal of producing purified cellulosic sugars, Anouk wanted to find out if she could learn from the steps undertaken in this region in order to overcome the current deadlock situation in Flanders.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) Continues to Expand Management Team
Sept 28, 2016 - Sarnia, Ontario
Sarnia-Lambton is well positioned to become a North American leader in bio-industrial manufacturing, and is an emerging bio-hybrid chemicals cluster. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has played a key role in attracting anchor companies to the region, which will form fundamental components in the cluster’s value chain. Securing the location of these anchor companies in Sarnia is expected to attract significant follow-on investment to the region.
German Business Delegation Visits London and Sarnia-Lambton To Discuss German-Canadian Partnership Opportunities
Sept 26-27, 2016
SARNIA, ON – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is among key organizations viewed as partnership opportunities for a German-Canadian delegation visiting Sarnia-Lambton and the London regions Sept. 26-27. The 55 delegates include representatives from business, agriculture, industry and government in Germany and Canada.
View the Results of
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada's (BIC) 2nd annual
BioProducts Cluster Workshop
Held March 30-31, 2016 in Mississauga, Ontario.
Cellulosic Biorefining - From the Farm to the Customer
In September 2014, BIC was awarded funding by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to lead the nationally focused BioProducts AgSci Cluster focused on commercially viable clean technology based research and development in agriculture based bioproducts, bioproducts supply chains and supporting systems, processes and sustainable practices.
The first annual event attracted a wide range of industry, institutional and government representatives. Attendees learned about the vision and objectives of the AgSci Cluster and its positive contribution to the bioeconomy.