10:00 – 11:30

BIOFOR - Opening Plenary Session

Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, NRCan
  • 10:00 Welcome address – Dr. Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair
  • 10:30 Address by Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks – L’honorable Pierre Dufour, Ministre des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
  • 11:00 Keynote Address – Bio-based Materials Science & Engineering, 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

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 – 14:00


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

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

14:00 – 15:30

Research Advancement & Innovation - Technical Session

Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, NRCan
  • 14:00  “Lignin-Based Polyurethane Adhesive“, Mojan Nejad, Michigan State University
  • 14:25 “Analysis on VOC and Odor Released from Lignin and its Thermoplastic Blends”, Hongbo Li, NRCan
  • 14:50 “Cellulose Nanofibrils/Emulsion Composite Aerogel with Enhanced Thermal Insulating Performance”, Feng Jiang, UBC
  • 15:15 “Energy Management and Greenhouse (GHG) Emissions in the Forest Products Industries”, D. Lancaster, IBM
  • 15:40 “A Near-zero Waste Multi-product Biorefinery System for Valorizing Barks:  Techno-economic Assessment”, Olumoye Ajao, NRCan-CanmetENERGY

15:30 – 17:00

Networking and Tradeshow

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