7:30am: Bus departs Holiday Inn and Suites, Nisku
Edmonton International Airport – they will discuss how they can partner with industry to build in that area.
Bio Processing Innovation Centre (BPIC) – The Bio Processing Innovation Centre (BPIC) , run by Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation, is a 10,000 ft2 pilot facility providing essential product development and scale-up support to the growing bioeconomy. BPIC offers a suite of facilities, equipment and expertise to help companies succeed. The assets are uniquely positioned between lab- and pilot-scale production, giving companies the ability to test and improve their proof-of-concept ideas and processes before committing to full production. BPIC works with Alberta researchers and companies to advance innovative ideas and processes that convert agriculture and forestry biomass into value-added products. These biomass inputs include oilseeds, cereal grains, specialty crops, botanicals, biomass secondary process streams. With a natural and non-prescription health products (NNHP) licence from Health Canada, the facility can also provide interim manufacturing services for cosmetic and personal care products and NNHPs. BPIC also has an industrial hemp licence that allows clients to develop hemp-based products.
Bio Industrial Facilities – InnoTech Alberta’s Bio-Industrial Services division focuses on industrial scale-up production, characterization, and processing of bio-materials/products. The tour of facilities in the Edmonton Research and Development Park will include fibre processing, engineered composite pilot production lines, and biomaterial and bioproduct extrusion. The visitors will be introduced to the panel laboratory with North America’s only automated R&D Oriented Strand Board line coupled with a 4x8-foot press and larger scale pulping pilot plants. The tour will also feature a presentation of a biosensor for plant disease detection and prediction that can be used for hemp diseases.
Natural Fibre Tech – NFT is the result of a strategic partnership with over 35 cumulative years of experience in research, product development, producer and customer relationships. We are a leading developer of local, sustainable bio-composites for a plethora of industries and consumer markets. Our history, background, and strategic partnerships make us well-suited to continue playing a leadership role in the ever-growing sustainable biocomposites market. On the tour we will display our suite of decorticator technologies including the latest, 3rd generation unit - The H3
Old Station Honey and Mead - tour and tasting focusing on innovative agriculture and sustainability
Return to Holiday Inn by 3pm
Boxed lunch provided