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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Impact Innovation 2013

AI Bio's annual public outreach speaker session  

Come to our complimentary 2013 Impact Innovation session in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  Be entertained and informed about the science and innovation we're doing. Join other guests: staff from the four Alberta Innovates corporations, grad students, research performers, private industry, producer organizations, industry associations, funding agencies, government departments, and other stakeholders to:

* Learn more about Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
* Make connections with others in Alberta's research and innovation system.
* Meet our speakers and hear their stories.
* Enjoy the refreshments.

Edmonton Session:

9 to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Zeidler Hall at the Citadel Theatre
9828 101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5J 3C6
(780) 425-1820

* View location of the Citadel Theatre (Show Map)
* Pay parking is available near Citadel Theatre 
* Closest LRT stop is Churchill Station   

Program (read story summary and view photos)

8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.     STAN BLADE - Welcome Remarks (video)
                      Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
9:05 a.m.     JAY INGRAM - M.C. (video)
                      Well-known TV host, Daily Planet, Discovery Channel

9:10 a.m.     ART FROEHLICH - Beyond Alberta's borders (video)
                      Chair, Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

9:25 a.m.     CATHERINE FIELD - Oil, Diet and Cancer  (Presentation:  powerpoint  video)
                      Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, 
                      Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

9:40 a.m.     TIM MCALLISTER - Food Safety: The Risk is Never Zero (Presentation:  powerpoint  video)
                      Research Scientist, Sustainable Production Systems, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
9:55 a.m.     DAN FARR - How Do We Price Ecosystem Services? (Presentation: powerpoint  video)
                      Director, Application Centre, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
10:10 a.m.   Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.   STEFANIE CZUB - BSE-Do We Still Care? (Presentation: powerpoint  video)
                      Research Manager and Pathologist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
10:45 a.m.   JACK SADDLER - Hydrocarbons (Oil) to Carbohydrates (Biomass) (Presentation: powerpoint  video)
                      Professor, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy and Former Dean,
                      Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
11:00 a.m.   Panel Q&A
11:30 a.m.   Reception
  1:00 p.m.   Conclusion



Stan Blade
Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions


Dr. Stan Blade previously served as Executive Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (in the Government of Alberta's former Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology) and as the Deputy Director General (Research) for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. His expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in initiatives and reviews conducted by the European Union, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Harvard Business School and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.   He has published more than 80 research articles, ten book chapters and more than 140 conference abstracts, and has edited four books. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Dr. Blade currently serves as an appointed Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation.




Stefanie Czub
Research Manager and Pathologist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

BSE - Do We Still Care?

Stefanie Czub is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a specialty in neuropathology and prion diseases. She earned her degrees from the Veterinary School of the Free University in Berlin, Germany with a research focus on viral infections of the central nervous system. Dr. Czub completed her postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Health at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Montana, USA. Currently, Dr. Czub heads the prion, pathology, virology and wildlife disease units at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency lab in Lethbridge, which has Canadian National Reference Laboratory status and World Organization for Animal Health Reference Laboratory status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Prior to this, Dr. Czub was a senior research scientist at the Pathology Institute of the Julius-Maximilians University in Wuerzburg, Germany and was most recently at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Czub is a member of the TSE Expert Advisory Group, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and adjunct professor in the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary.



Dan Farr
Director, Application Centre, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

How Do We Price Ecosystem Services?

Dan Farr is passionate about environmental monitoring and biodiversity. During his 20 plus years as a biologist, computer modeller, and project manager, the common thread has been credible knowledge that is well communicated. Dan weaves this thread into environmental management systems by collaborating with like-minded people in academia, industry, and government. Born and raised in Manitoba, Dan has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. He spent several years with Canada's Model Forest Program in the Alberta foothills. He has been self-employed in the Edmonton area since Y2K. Among the many hats Dan has worn, his current role as Director of the Application Centre at the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute is by far the most rewarding. He supports the ABMI by initiating collaborative projects to demonstrate the value of environmental monitoring. Current projects include climate change adaptation, the assessment of ecosystem services, and the challenges of monitoring rare species of plants and animals. His colleagues at ABMI are drawn by its vision of a credible, unbiased, and relevant monitoring system, making it a terrific place to work.



Catherine Field
Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Oil, Diet and Cancer.

Dr. Catherine Field is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. She holds an adjunct position in the Department of Medicine and is a registered Dietitian. Her research program centers on the effect of nutrition on the immune system and the role of nutrients in the treatment of cancer. Current research studies include identifying the importance of feeding specific plants derived omega-3 fatty acids to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment of breast cancer.



Art Froehlich 
Chair, Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions     

Beyond Alberta's border.    

Mr. Froehlich is currently a partner and strategic advisor in AdFarm, one of North America's largest agriculture and food marketing and communications companies. He is also still active in his farming operations in Saskatchewan. Over the last 30 years, he has held senior executive positions with Hoechst Canada Inc., Alberta Pool and Westcan Malting. He continues to work with Canadian food and agricultural companies to develop international markets for their products. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of AVAC, and the Science Alberta Foundation. He sits on many corporate boards, including: ATB Financial, Prince Rupert Grain, and Canterra Seeds. In 2005, he was awarded the Distinguished Agrologist Award by the Institute of Agrologists, and the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal by the Province of Alberta.  


Jay Ingram
Well-known TV host of Discovery Channel's, Daily Planet show 

Jay Ingram has worked in almost every mass medium. He helped design and launch "Daily Planet," the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, which he hosted for 16 years. He also hosted CBC's "Quirks and Quarks" for 12 years and two CBC radio documentary series as well as freelancer for CBC's "Morningside". He was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years. He wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years, and currently writes a column for Canadian Wildlife. He is now involved in producing TV stories for Discovery Channel, writing and giving talks (some with a rock band) and has new specials in development for Science Channel. Jay also currently serves as Program Chair for the Banff Centre Science Communications Program. He has written twelve books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science. He has received five honorary degrees including one from the University of Alberta and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Alberta.




Tim McAllister
Research Scientist, Sustainable Production Systems, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Food Safety: The Risk is Never Zero. 

Dr. Tim McAllister is a principal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and is located at the Research Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. His research focuses on microbiology, nutrition and beef production and on food and environmental safety issues related to livestock production, including prion inactivation within the environment, antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in feedlots, and strategies for mitigation of Escherichia coli O157:H7. Furthermor,e Dr. McAllister's research examines a number of complex interactions among rumen microorganisms, grain kernel structure, and the method of grain processing in understanding the rate and extent of ruminal digestion of cereal starch. He also has extensive research experience in GHG emissions within animals from manure and the impact of manure handling procedures, such as composting, on emissions.



Jack Saddler
Professor, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy and former Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Hydrocarbons (Oils) to Carbohydrates (Biomass).

Dr. Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and also former Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. His commitment to advancing the development and application of innovative biorefining technology for production of biofuels and chemicals from biomass feedstocks has positioned him as an international leader of scientists, advisor to governments, and facilitator to industry. He has been involved, for more than 30 years, in various national and international organizations that have advanced the global understanding of how woody biomass can be converted to useful fuels and chemicals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada's highest recognition for scientists. He serves on a number of review panels/boards including the International Energy Agency, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the U.S. Department of Energy.




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Marie Cusack, Communications Director
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Phone: 780-638-4060
Email: marie.cusack[at]





Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2016