10:00 – 12:00

BIOFOR Opening Session

Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, NRCan
  • 10:00 Welcome address – Dr. Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair
  • 10:15 Address by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources –  Paul Lefebvre
  • 10:35 Address by Minister of Forests,  Wildlife and Parks – Government of Quebec, L’Honorable Pierre Dufour – Ministre des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs – Gouvernement du Québec
  • 10:55 Keynote AddressFrom Biomass to Performance-Advantaged Polymers: Routes to Lignin Valorization, Thomas H. Epps, University of Delaware

11:30 – 12:00

Tradeshow Opening

12:00 – 13:30

Biorefinery & Bioeconomy - Open Discussion

Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, NRCan & Olumoye Ajao, NRCan-CanmetENERGY

Connect with Key participants in the  Field of Biorefinery and Bioeconomy

Goals – The BIOFOR organizing committee brings together experts from industry and research community to discuss the opportunities for strengthening the global innovation ecosystem of the forest bioeconomy.

Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
Eric Ashby, VP Manufacturing, Domtar Inc.

13:30 – 15:00


“Canada’s Forestry Industry – Impacts of COVID-19 and Recovery Strategies”

Kevin Anderson, VP Pulp Operations, Canfor Pulp
Véronique Proulx,
CEO/PDG, Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec (MEQ) and
Senior VP – Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CEM)

14:30 – 16:35

Research Advancement & Innovation - Technical Session

Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, NRCan
  • 14:30  “Lignin-Based Polyurethane Adhesive“, Mojan Nejad, Michigan State University
  • 14:55Analysis on VOC and Odor Released from Lignin and its Thermoplastic Blends”, Hongbo Li, NRCan
  • 15:20 “Cellulose Nanofibrils/Emulsion Composite Aerogel with Enhanced Thermal Insulating Performance”, Feng Jiang, UBC
  • 15:45 “Early-stage Cost Analysis of Biorefinery Strategies Using Large Block Analysis – a case study”, Emanuelle Trottier, Polytechnique Montréal
  • 16:10 “Economic Viability of Fast Pyrolysis Processes Considering Value from n with Pyrolysis Oil”, Geetanjali Yadav, Polytechnique Montréal

16:00 – 17:30

Networking and Tradeshow

* Please note all schedule is set on Eastern Time
** PaperWeek program will run in parallel with the Technical Sessions