Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio)
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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Impact Innovation 2015

AI Bio's annual public outreach speaker session  

Additional guests are welcome.

Come to our Impact Innovation 2015 speaker session in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. It is free and open to the public. Be entertained and informed about the science and innovation we're supporting. Each year we welcome staff from the four Alberta Innovates corporations, grad students, researchers, private industry, producer organizations, industry associations, funding agencies, government departments and other stakeholders. Join other guests 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.

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

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

Registration is closed.  

Twitter hashtag is #ImpactInnovation2015

Program (see video, story summary and photos of whole program)

 8:30 a.m.       

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 9:00 a.m.  

Coffee, juice, muffins in Shoctor Lobby

 

 

 

Program starts in Zeidler Hall

 9:00 a.m.

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 9:05 a.m.

Welcome Remarks (see video)
MR. STEVE PRICE
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

 9:05 a.m.

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 9:10 a.m.

Emcee's Remarks
MR. JAY INGRAM 
Writer / Broadcaster                                   

 9:10 a.m.

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 9:15 a.m.


Chair's Remarks (see video)
MR. ART FROEHLICH
Board Chair
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

 9:15 a.m.

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 9:30 a.m. 

"Plants for Hydrocarbon Remediation" (see video, PowerPoint)
DR. BARBARA ZEEB 
Canada Research Chair - Biotechnologies & Environment
Royal Military College of Canada

 9:30 a.m.

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 9:45 a.m.

"Cash for Wetlands?" (see video, Powerpoint)
DR. SHARI CLARE
Adjunct Professor, Department of Resource Economics and
Environmental Sociology
University of Alberta 

 9:45 a.m. 
                

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10:00 a.m.

"The Future of Forest Fires" (see video)
DR. MIKE FLANNIGAN
Professor, Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
 

10:00 a.m.

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10:10 a.m.

Audience Q&A with speakers (see video)

10:10 a.m.

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10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break in Shoctor Lobby
 

 

 

 

Program resumes in Zeidler Hall

10:30 a.m.

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10:45 a.m.

"Cellulose Nanocrystals" (see video, PowerPoint)
DR. BEHZAD (BENJI) AHVAZI
Program Lead, Forestry, Biomass Processing & Conversion -
BioResources
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures

10:45 a.m.

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11:00 a.m.

"Hello E.coli, Are You There?" (see video, PowerPoint)
DR. LYNN MCMULLEN
Professor, Food Microbiology
University of Alberta

11:00 a.m.

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11:15 a.m.

"Prions, Zebrafish and Alzheimer's" (see video, PowerPoint)
DR. TED ALLISON
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta

11:15 a.m.

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11:30 a.m.

Audience Q&A with speakers (see video)

11:30 a.m.

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  1:00 p.m.

Reception in Shoctor Lobby

1:00 p.m.

 

 

Conclusion

     

 

 Speakers (in program order): 

StevePrice MR. STEVE PRICE
Interim CEO, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

WELCOME REMARKS

BIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Price is the interim chief executive officer of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. He is also the executive director of AI Bio's Bioindustrial Innovation business line. He looks for opportunities to enhance the economy of Alberta through the agriculture and forestry sectors. In this position, he often offers assistance to entrepreneurs and researchers. Steve is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He commenced his career in Saskatchewan with the Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Branch. He held numerous positions with the Saskatchewan government, including manager of forestry inventory and manager of silviculture. In 1983, Steve joined Forestry Canada as senior development officer at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton. He became program director of regional development in 1989. He also served as the director of operations for the Canadian Forest Service in Ottawa before returning to Edmonton, where his responsibilities included management of forestry research, climate change, fire systems, applied silviculture, social science and landscape management research units. During this time he also managed operational programs, including the Model Forest Program and the First Nations Forestry Program in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Steve also has managed international projects in southern Africa and southeast Asia. His extensive experience has made him a valued member of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions executive team.

JayIngram MR. JAY INGRAM
Writer / Broadcaster 

EMCEE                   
 
BIOGRAPHY:
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. He wrote a weekly science column in the Toronto Star for 12 years, and currently writes a column for Canadian Wildlife. Jay also currently serves as program chair for the Banff Centre Science Communications Program. He has written 13 books, and has received numerous accolades and awards for his work, including five honourary degrees one of which was from the University of Alberta. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.

ArtFroehlich MR. ART FROEHLICH
Board Chair, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

CHAIR'S REMARKS

BIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Froehlich is currently the board chair of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and is also the president of Agriview. He was formerly a partner of AdFarm and remains a strategic adviser. AdFarm is one of North America's largest agriculture and food marketing and communications companies. He is 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 the past chair of the board of directors of AVAC and the Science Alberta Foundation. He sits on many corporate boards, including: Prince Rupert Grain, FB Sciences, Ag West Bio, POS BioSciences and Olds College. 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. In 2014, he was awarded an honourary degree of applied science by Olds College. Mr. Froehlich supports a number of philanthropic initiatives in Peru, Ghana and South Africa.

BarbZeeb DR. BARBARA ZEEB
Canada Research Chair - Biotechnologies & Environment, Royal Military College of Canada

PRESENTATION:
Plants for Hydrocarbon Remediation

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Barbara Zeeb received her PhD from Queen's University, Canada in 1994. Since 1999, she has been involved in phytotechnological studies to remediate contaminated sites in collaboration with government agencies and contaminated site owners. In January 2004 (and 2009) Dr. Zeeb was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Biotechnologies and the Environment at the Royal Military College in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Zeeb is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology and cross-appointed to the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. On two occasions she has participated in teaching mini-courses on phytoremediation to researchers and land owners in Eastern Europe.  

ShariClare DR. SHARI CLARE
Adjunct Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta 

PRESENTATION:
Cash for Wetlands?

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Clare is an adjunct professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include water policy, design standards for constructing and restoring wetlands, systematic conservation planning, and the use of market-based instruments to improve environmental policy outcomes. In addition to her academic experience, Shari works as an environmental consultant in Alberta. This work gives her considerable insight into how environmental regulation and policy influence the decisions of both the regulators and the regulated, and how these decisions impact environmental management and wetland conservation on the ground. 

MikeFlannigan DR. MIKE FLANNIGAN
Professor, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
The Future of Forest Fires

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. Mike is currently the director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, a three-way partnership with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, the Canadian Forest Service - Northern Forestry Centre, and the University of Alberta. He received his B.Sc. (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his M.Sc. (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions, including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, landscape fire modelling and interactions between vegetation, fire and weather. 

BehzadAhvazi

DR. BEHZAD (BENJI) AHVAZI
Program Lead, Forestry, Biomass Processing & Conversion - BioResources
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures

PRESENTATION:
Cellulose Nanocrystals

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Ahvazi completed his bachelor of science in the honours program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,  and graduated with distinction at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. He completed his PhD in 1998 at the McGill Pulp and Paper Research Centre in the area of macromolecules with solid background in lignocellulosic, organic wood chemistry as well as pulping and paper technology. After completing his post-doctoral fellowship, he joint FPInnovations formally known as PAPRICAN as a research scientist (R&D), focusing on a number of confidential chemical pulping and bleaching projects. In 2006, he worked at Tembec as a senior research scientist and as a leader in alcohol and lignin (R&D). In April 2009, he held a position as a research officer in both the National Bioproducts (NBP1 & NBP2) and Industrial Biomaterials Flagship programs with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). During his tenure, he had directed and carried out innovative R&D activities on extraction, modification, and characterization of biomass, as well as polymer synthesis and formulation for industrial applications. Currently, he is working at Alberta Innovates - Tech Futures as the program lead for biomass processing and conversion in the Bio Resources division of the Food and Fibre sector. 

LynnMcMullen DR. LYNN MCMULLEN
Professor, Food Microbiology, University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
Hello E.coli, Are You There?

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. McMullen is a professor of food microbiology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Her research for the past 20+ years has focused on the microbiological safety and quality of meat products, particularly with respect to controlling the growth of bacteria on meat. Her research focuses on antimicrobial peptides as biopreservatives and the application of interventions to reduce populations of pathogens on meat. She has provided her expertise and understanding of meat systems to a team led by Dr. Linda Pilarski to help develop a rapid detection methodology for enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli on meat. As co-founder and scientific officer of CanBiocin, Inc., a biotechnology research company, she has experience in commercializing technologies to improve food safety. She is the scientific lead of the Meat Safety and Processing Research Unit, a Level 2 biocontainment meat-processing research facility where research on foodborne pathogens can be done under conditions similar to that found in industry. Dr. McMullen has received numerous awards for her teaching in food safety. She was nominated as one of 10 "teachers of the year" in her faculty four out of the past five years. She was the recipient of the 2002 Growing Alberta Leadership in Food Safety Award and co-recipient of the 2009 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation award for Innovation in Agricultural Science. 

 TedAllison

DR. TED ALLISON
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
Prions, Zebrafish and Alzheimer's

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Ted Allison is a neuroscientist with keen interest in neurodegeneration and neural regeneration. He was recruited from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2008 with support from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions/Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) in Partnership with PrioNet Canada. He currently is an associate professor of biological sciences in the Centre for Prions & Protein Folding Diseases at the University of Alberta. Dr. Allison's research is enabled by the inaugural Young Investigator Award co-funded by APRI and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories. Dr. Allison is introducing the zebrafish, a potent emerging animal model, as a paradigm to understand the genetics and physiology of proteins that go awry in prion and Alzheimer disease.


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Contact

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

 


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