Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio)
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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Impact Innovation 2016

AI Bio's annual public speaker session  

Additional guests are welcome.

Come to Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' Impact Innovation 2016 annual public speaker session in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. 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 Alberta Innovates, government, researchers, private industry, producer and processor organizations, industry associations, funding agencies and others. Get ideas for new science or partnership projects, make connections with others in Alberta's research and innovation system, and meet our speakers and AI Bio staff.

We are also streaming this event live!

At 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, click here to watch the live webcast. 

 If you have technical difficulties, send an email.

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Shoctor Theatre 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.   

Register at http://impactinnovation2016.eventbrite.ca 

Twitter hashtag is #ImpactInnovation2016

Program

 8:30 a.m.       

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 9:00 a.m.  

Coffee, juice, muffins in Shoctor Lobby

 

 

 

Program starts in Shoctor Theatre

 9:00 a.m.

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 9:05 a.m.

Welcome Remarks 
Mr. Steve Price 
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

 9:05 a.m.

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 9:10 a.m.

Alberta Innovates Remarks
Dr. Pamela Valentine
Transition Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates

 9:10 a.m.

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 9:15 a.m.

Emcee's Remarks
Mr. Jay Ingram
Writer / Broadcaster                                   

 9:15 a.m.

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 9:30 a.m. 

"Alberta’s Forests and Water: Examining Pressures from Source to Tap"
Dr. Uldis Silins
Professor, Renewable Resources
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

 9:30 a.m.

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 9:45 a.m.

“Plant breeding: improving people’s lives for 12,000 years”
Dr. Flavio Capettini
Head of Research, Barley Breeder
Field Crop Development Centre
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

 9:45 a.m.                  

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10:00 a.m.

"Beta-Glucan: Gold from Canadian Barley"
Dr. Thava Vasanthan
Professor, Grain Processing Science and Technology
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta 

10:00 a.m.

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10:10 a.m.

Audience Q&A with Speakers

10:10 a.m.

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10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break in Shoctor Lobby                                                                                           

 

 

 

Program resumes in Shoctor Theatre

10:30 a.m.

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10:45 a.m.

"Following the Path of the Labyrinth: from Canola Oil to Enlightened Products"
Dr. Jonathan Curtis
Professor, Lipid Chemistry Group
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta  

10:45 a.m.

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11:00 a.m.


“Creating Advanced Materials”
Dr. Cagri Ayranci
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Engineering
University of Alberta

11:00 a.m.

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11:15 a.m.

"Prion Proteins: Masking Dr. Jekyll to Avoid Mr. Hyde"
Dr. Sabine Gilch
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair in Prion Disease Research
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary 

11:15 a.m.

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11:30 a.m.

Audience Q&A with Speakers

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 
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Welcome Remarks

BIOGRAPHY:

Mr. Price is the 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.

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Dr. Pamela Valentine
Transition Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates Remarks

BIOGRAPHY:

In April, 2016, Dr. Valentine was appointed by the Government of Alberta as Transition CEO of the new Alberta Innovates organization. Her role is to lead the consolidation of four organizations and 700 staff into one research and innovation entity for the province, including creation of a new wholly owned subsidiary for specialized applied research services.

In addition to the Transition CEO role, Pamela is Chief Executive Officer (Interim) for Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS), a position she has held since March 2015. She was recruited to AIHS in 2007 and held successively senior positions before taking the organization's helm.

Before joining AIHS, Pamela was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and a member of the Epilepsy and Brain Circuits Program at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Her research focused on neural plasticity. Pamela received many awards and scholarships while she attained her Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Psychology, all from the University of Calgary.

Pamela is on the board of international, national and provincial not-for-profit health and health research focused organizations including the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance, National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Funding Organizations (NAPHRO), National Committee for Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR), Institute of Health Economics, and Wellspring Edmonton.

 

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.

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Dr. Uldis Silins
Professor, Renewable Resources
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
"Alberta’s Forests and Water: Examining Pressures from Source to Tap"

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Uldis Silins is a professor of forest hydrology at the University of Alberta where his research over the past two decades has focused on forest condition and disturbance by wildfire, Mountain Pine Beetle, and the forestry sector on water resources.

He leads the Southern Rockies Watershed Project in southwestern Alberta where he and a large group of water scientists from across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. have been studying the impacts of land disturbance on broad range of headwaters, and downstream water resources values.

The work of this international team was recently recognized with 2 major provincial and federal water awards: The Alberta Emerald Foundation challenge award in water, and The Canada Council of the Federation Excellence in Water Stewardship award.

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Dr. Flavio Capettini
Head of Research, Barley Breeder
Field Crop Development Centre
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

PRESENTATION:
“Plant breeding: improving people’s lives for 12,000 years”

BIOGRAPHY:

Flavio leads the research team at the Field Crop Development Centre at Lacombe, while also helping expand the program’s barley genetic base with the pre-breeding program. The FCDC is a 42-year old research center, part of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.  FCDC has one of the largest cereal breeding programs in the Americas. 

Flavio has dedicated his entire career to developing superior barley cultivars for all commercial uses and a wide range of environments. His endeavor started 27 years ago as Head of the Malting Barley program at INIA Uruguay, following later with his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. His international career continued right after completing his doctorate by leading the ICARDA/CIMMYT Latin America Barley Breeding program in Mexico, and the ICARDA Global Barley Enhancement Program in Syria. While collaborating with colleagues worldwide, Flavio has promoted barley with the release of a wide portfolio of superior cultivars in several countries. He is now applying his knowledge and experience to create new barley varietal options for the barley industry in Canada.
 

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Dr. Thava Vasanthan
Professor of Grain Processing Science and Technology
Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
"Beta-Glucan: Gold from Canadian Barley"

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Vasanthan is a professor of Grain Processing Science and Technology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the value-added processing of cereal and pulse grains with an emphasis on the fractionation, characterization and utilization of grain carbohydrates such as starch and beta-glucan.

Studies have included extraction and characterization of cereal and pulse starches; starch digestibility profiling; formulation strategies for low glycemic foods; and evaluation of technical and economic feasibility of new grain processing technologies. Dr. Vasanthan has been a consultant to grain and food processing industries and assisted them in chemical analysis, product development, by-product utilization and preparation of industrial research grant applications.

To date, he has authored/co-authored more than 100 refereed scientific publications including five patents and delivered more than 85 conference presentations. He has been the lead founder of two University of Alberta spinoff companies, Cevena Bioproducts Inc in 2002 and GrainFrac Inc in 2014. He was a co-recipient of the prestigious Alberta Science and Technology (ASTec) Award for “Innovation in Agricultural Science” in 2005, as well as the Alberta Food for Health – “Premiers Award” in 2010. He received the "Teacher of the Year" award in his faculty four times in the past five years. 

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Dr. Jonathan Curtis
Professor, Lipid Chemistry Group
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta  

PRESENTATION:
"Following the Path of the Labyrinth: from Canola Oil to Enlightened Products"

BIOGRAPHY:

Professor Jonathan Curtis has been a faculty member of the University of Alberta in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences since 2007. There, he directs the Lipid Chemistry Group in applied research focused on developing materials and chemicals from renewable lipid resources and establishing novel techniques for the analysis of lipids. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, Dr Curtis worked in Nova Scotia for Ocean Nutrition Canada (now part of DSM) and at the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences.

Dr Curtis received a BSc degree in chemistry from the University of Southampton in the UK, an MSc from University of Guelph, Canada and his PhD from Swansea University, Wales UK. He is author or co-author on more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters and 9 patent applications.

 

 CagriAryanci-image Dr. Cagri Ayranci
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
“Creating Advanced Materials”

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Ayranci obtained his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Ottawa, and his Ph.D. degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Alberta on analytical and experimental investigation of 2-dimensionally braided composite materials.

Following a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC, Dr. Ayranci joined the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor on January 2012.  He is the director of the Multifunctional Fibrous Composites Laboratory at U of A and Co-Coordinator of the Alberta node for Composite Research Network, and he is also in the Board of Directors of Canadian Association for Composite Structures and Materials.

His research expertise is divided into three main areas: (1) additive manufacturing and modeling of shape memory polymers and their composites, (2) manufacturing and analytical modeling of 2- and 3-dimensional braided composite materials, and (3) formation and characterization of composite nano-fibers using electrospinning technique.

 SabineGilch-image Dr. Sabine Gilch
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair in Prion Disease Research
Department of Ecosystem and Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary

PRESENTATION: 
"Prion Proteins: Masking Dr. Jekyll to Avoid Mr. Hyde"

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Sabine Gilch is an assistant professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Prion Diseases at the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. After finishing her PhD in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, she pursued postdoctoral studies at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Wyoming, USA and was recruited to the University of Calgary in 2013.

She uses cultured neurons and mouse models infected with prions to test new compounds that can be useful for the treatment of both prion diseases and Alzheimer’s disease. This research is supported by funds from the Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) a Young Investigator award co-funded by APRI and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwestern Territories.



 


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Contact

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

 


Last updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2016