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Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Workshop

Growing a Successful Canadian Bioeconomy

We thank all those who attended our first HQP Workshop in Montreal! We look forward to seeing you all again at our next workshop. Check out the photos here!

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2013, 8:30 am – 3:45 pm.


Macdonald Campus of McGill University
21111 Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, H9X 3V9

Registration Closed

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for graduate students in all faculties related to BioFuelNet’s research themes, such as chemical engineering, agriculture, plant sciences, environmental sciences and ecology.

Workshop Description

Biofuel production in Canada has been increasing steadily in the last decade. A large number of highly trained professionals capable of working across disciplines will be required to support the development of the emerging biofuels and bioproducts sectors. Producing the next generation of technicians, skilled workers, researchers, entrepreneurs and managers is essential to the success of the emerging bioeconomy.

BioFuelNet Canada, in collaboration with McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, offers a customized workshop for training professionals in the bioeconomy. The workshop explores critical issues in the emerging bioeconomy with emphasis on sustainability concerns, policy aspects, forestry and agricultural challenges, and contributions from research and academia.

Workshop objectives

  • Expose participants to skillsets necessary to excel in commercially-oriented, networked research environments.
  • Create opportunities to attract and retain highly skilled employees in academic, industrial or government aspects of the Canadian bio-economy.
  • Inform participants of the future needs of the bioeconomy in order to produce a well-qualified workforce.
  • Stimulate exchanges across disciplines and sectors, particularly into and between academia, industry and policy/regulatory bodies.

Certificate of Participation

Upon successful completion of the workshop, a Certificate of Participation will be presented to each participant.

Travel and Meals

A shuttle service will take participants from downtown Montreal to McGill’s Macdonald Campus and back. A stop on the return trip will also be made at Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lunch will be at Tadja Hall Faculty Club (Macdonald Campus), on the shores of Lac St-Louis, weather permitting.

Workshop Agenda

7:15 am                                Bus picks up guests at Holiday Inn in downtown Montreal

7:45 am                                Arrival at Macdonald Campus

8:00 am – 8:30 am            Continental breakfast at Macdonald Campus

8:30 am – 9:30 am            Professor Art J. Ragauskas, Georgia Institute of Technology

Introduction to Pyrolysis, a promising method of biofuel production

9:30 am – 10:30 am         Terry McIntyre, Government Liaison Officer, BioFuelNet Canada

The Importance of Coherent and Integrated Science Based Evidence to Support Public Policy for Biofuels Commercialization

10:30 am – 11:30 am       Mark Stumborg, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agricultural Biomass: Issues and Availability

11:30 am – 12:00 am       Additional discussion and group photo outside

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Lunch at Tadja Hall Faculty Club (Macdonald Campus)

1:30 – 2:30 pm                    Professor Emily Heaton, Iowa State University

  Integrated food and fuel production – how to manage a second-generation crop portfolio

2:30 – 3:30 pm                   Douglas Singbeil, FPInnovations

Tailoring the process to the feedstock: the economics of biofuels and biochemicals from wood

3:45 pm                                  Bus brings participants to Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport and then continues back to Holiday Inn Midtown in downtown Montreal (2 stops)