The Atlantic BIOCON Conference is a dynamic 2-day conference that sparks discussion and projects that transform our renewable natural resources into business opportunities. These opportunities are part of a vision for a sustainable future and circular economy where Canada's biomass is used to its full potential. Responsible resource management practices, new innovative technologies, and research and development in our traditional industries are essential elements of this vision. This is the biobased economy.
Biorefining is a means to a sustainable future where we transform our natural resources into high value products like energy, medicines, bioplastics, and biofuels. Our natural resources are a valuable asset that should be leveraged sustainably and responsibly, and used in ways that yield the most positive impact for our society.
Atlantic Canada is positioned to be a leader in innovations for the bioeconomy, with dozens of private and public research institutions and hundreds of companies already innovating in the biosciences. Our vast forests, affordable agriculture land, and diversified coastal zones make this region an ideal playground for piloting and scaling up globally disruptive biorefining technologies.
Atlantic BIOCON 2018 will showcase the best projects on-the-go from inside and outside the Atlantic Canada region. Delegates can take advantage of a multitude of networking opportunities. Explore the resources from the 2017 conference to get an idea of what to expect in 2018.
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Survey Information The CBN is conducting a national brownfield survey in honour of the 15th year anniversary of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy’s report on Canadian brownfields. Use your voice to tell them how Canada is doing! Please see canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca for more information or complete the survey at https://survey.ryerson.ca:443/s?s=6603
Survey Link: https://survey.ryerson.ca:443/s?s=6603 Survey Deadline: May 11, 2018 Who is CBN? CBN (the Canadian Brownfields Network) is a national organization, founded in 2004, whose members consist of stakeholders in brownfield redevelopment – governments, engineers, planners, developers and their advisors. As the only national organization focused solely on brownfields, CBN’s vision is that brownfield property reuse be the preferred solution by developers. To promote this, CBN looks to provide research, engagement, and clarity on issues related to brownfields. Both OPPI and CIP are among CBN’s original supporting organizations. Why is CBN doing this survey? In 2003, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) released its report on overcoming the hurdles to brownfield redevelopment. The report made a strong case for brownfield redevelopment and included 13 recommendations for actions that could be taken by governments at all levels to promote this. With the recent focus on climate change and the contribution brownfields can make by taking cars off the road through downtown intensification, CBN felt it was time to revisit the report’s recommendations. We want to see what progress has been made on the implementation of the NRTEE report’s recommendations, what challenges remain and what new issues have arisen. To do so, we have commissioned a survey, funded jointly with Mitacs and undertaken by Ryerson University, to explore the state of brownfields 15 years on. The survey results will be discussed at the CBN Conference, being held in Toronto June 13. We anticipate that the results of the discussion will set the agenda for CBN for the next few years.
Nordlys Environmental, LP is a large, global, Canadian-owned environmental remediation and construction company based in Nova Scotia. Founded in 2007, Nordlys is a joint venture, strategically created by partners J&T van Zutphen Construction, Inc. and ECC, to develop a strong powerhouse of capabilities and worldwide experience for our clients.
Combined, the two companies have executed more than $3 billion in environmental and construction projects worldwide, including remediation of the Sydney tar Ponds. Our strength and success stems from steady growth, financial stability, and a focus on safety, quality, and customer satisfaction. Our award-winning programs are recognized on both a national and local level for project performance, safety and quality achievements, local and small business utilization, and community outreach.
Founded in 1964, J&T van Zutphen Construction, Inc., primary owner of Nordlys, provides a wide range of marine, heavy and light industry, road, bridge, and sewer and water system construction services to their clients. Located in Mabou, Nova Scotia, the firm employs approximately 135 employees located in multiple offices throughout Canada.
Founded in 1985, minority-owner ECC is an employee-owned international environmental remediation and construction firm with more than 550 employees and 17 offices worldwide. ECC delivers environmental remediation, design-build, construction, and munitions response solutions to complex challenging facing their Government clients.
Sanexen’s mission is to assist companies and organizations dealing with contamination issues to determine and find the most cost-effective solutions that are best adapted to their needs.
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Needs Your Comments on the Impact Assessment Act
The Government of Canada has extended the deadline for public comments on two consultation papers developed to help inform the approach to drafting regulations attendant to the proposed new Impact Assessment Act. Comments on the proposed approaches can be provided to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on or before June 1, 2018. https://www.impactassessmentregulations.ca/
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