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

Biological Solutions Forum logo Oct 2013 

Biological Solutions Forum "Meeting Our GHG Goals"
October 9-10, 2013  
Calgary Telus Convention Centre 

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Hosted by the Biological GHG Management Program, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions in collaboration with the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.

Agriculture and forestry offer one of the largest opportunities to reduce net GHG emissions in Alberta. To realize our GHG goals requires appropriate actions, informed policy, strategic investments and new partnerships.

International leaders gathered in October to identify strategies, influence sound policy and investment decisions and champion the implementation of biological GHG initiatives.


7:00 - 9:00 pm(outside TELUS 104, north building)





7:00 am - 5:00 pm Outside TELUS 104



7:30 - 8:30 am TELUS 104/105/106


Buffet Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am TELUS 104/105/106


Plenary: Setting the Stage: Opportunities and Challenges of Biological GHG Management

Stan Blade, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Kirk Andries, Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation

David Layzell, University of Calgary, Biological solutions to climate change: An energy systems perspective 
Nicole Spears
, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Update on Alberta's climate change policy approach  

Eric Newell, CCEMC Funding Announcement


10:00 - 10:30 am


Networking Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent sessions on the State of the Science

Theme 1: Managing Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions
(TELUS 104)

John Basarab, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Residual feed intake (RFI): An indirect approach for reducing GHG emissions  

Patrick Hettiaratchi, University of Calgary, Novel engineering applications of methanotrophy to control low volume methane emissions  

Carlos Monreal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Intelligent NanoFertilizers  


Theme 2: Ecosystem Level Carbon Management
(TELUS 105)

Ed Bork, University of Alberta, Are knowledge gaps limiting the management of range and pasture ecosystems for environmental goods and services such as carbon storage?  

Dave Howerter, Ducks Unlimited, Wetland Carbon Values: Developing spatially explicit tools to guide land-use decisions  

Maria Strack, University of Calgary, Peatland greenhouse gas exchange on boreal managed land  


Theme 3: Reducing Our Carbon Intensity
(TELUS 106)

David Bressler, University of Alberta, The development of carbon-friendly renewable chemicals and materials for tomorrow's bioeconomy  

Tat Smith, University of Toronto, Challenges and Opportunities for Mobilizing Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains  

Jamie Stephen, Queen's Institute for Energy &
Environmental Policy, Opportunities for biomass use in existing infrastructure: Co-firing and beyond  

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Buffet Lunch


1:30 - 2:30 pm

Concurrent sessions on Derisking Verification


Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba, Nitrification inhibitors and enhanced efficiency fertilizers: applying the brakes to N2O emissions from soil  

Len Kryzanowski, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Nitrogen fertilizer management to mitigate N20 emissions in Alberta  

Alison Sunstrum, GrowSafe, Feed Efficiency, GHG, farm profitability, animal health and welfare-You can't manage what you can't measure  


Bob Morton, Silvacom &
Mike Kennedy
, Green Analytics, Building a public good: Alberta's bio-resource information management system  


Amit Kumar, University of Alberta, Development of modeling framework for assessment of GHG mitigation options in the agricultural and forestry sectors  



2:30 - 3:00 pm

Networking Break


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Concurrent sessions on the Barriers to Implementation


Dan Heaney, Random Cross, and Bruce Ringrose, ClimateCheck, Farming 4R Future - GHG reductions a challenge or market access opportunity  




Milo Mihajlovich, Incremental Forest Technologies Ltd., Managing Alberta's forests for carbon-linking international climate change policy and forest management thinking  

Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta, Fire, carbon and climate change in the boreal forest of Alberta  


Garth Boyd, The Prasino Group, BEAST Bioenergy Environmental Asset Strategies and Tactics: Managing the Complexities   

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Concurrent sessions on the Social and Financial Implications


Karen Haugen-Kozyra, The Prasino Group, Can Offset Markets Stimulate Biological GHG reductions at Scale?  


Gary Bull, University of British Columbia, Alberta's forest industry: Meeting GHG and economic goals  

Peg Strankman, Barbwire Consulting, Addressing Wicked Problems  


Christine Schuh, Consulting Corporation, Climate change regulations: Balancing consistency and accuracy  

5:00 - 6:30 pm
TELUS 108/109


Student Poster Session and Forum Reception

6:30 - 8:30 pm KENSINGTON, the Marriott Downtown Hotel


Forum Dinner at the Marriott Downtown Hotel
Art Froehlich, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions - Introduction
Tre' Cates- Savory Institute, Boulder, Colorado, Title TBA



7:30 - 9:00 am
TELUS 104/105/106
TELUS 108/109


Buffet Breakfast; Student Poster Session Open

9:00 - 10:00 am
TELUS 104/105/106


Plenary A
Susan Wood-Bohm, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions 
Naming of poster competition winners
Stan Johnson, National Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy, Washington, DC.
Climate Change and Carbon Management: USA 
Hadi Dowlatabadi, University of British Columbia,  We won by making the right mistakes  


10:00 - 10:30 am

Networking Break


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary B
Susan Wood-Bohm, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions - Summary thoughts on meeting our goals  

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch


1:30 - 5:00 pm

Affiliated Workshops

Advancing nitrous oxide emission reductions
(TELUS 104)


Ecogenomics-understanding the role of soil microbes
(TELUS 105)


Nitrification stabilizers to manage soil emissions
(TELUS 106)


Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016