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Eighth meeting of the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable: Record of decision

September 7 to 8, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario

Key Decision Points
  • Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable (IBVCRT) industry members endorsed the priorities document titled Innovation in Agriculture: Canadian Industrial Bioproducts Industry, Priorities and Recommendations. Interested members can support the production of the document by contributing $500 by September 21, 2017. Furthermore, the industry members will work to disseminate the priorities document to the bioproducts industry at large and both provincial and federal governments.
  • The IBVCRT will work through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to ask Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) if the Roundtable can make a presentation on the priorities of the bioproducts sector to one or more of the Economic Strategy Tables (EST). The IBVCRT will prepare a product to be used during a potential presentation to the ESTs.
  • The Investment Ready Working Group (IRWG) will develop a proposal to carry out an investment readiness survey, including interviews and analysis of survey results of bioproduct companies. The IRWG will seek the resources needed to carry out this proposal.

A full listing of decisions may be found in Annex A.

Introduction

  • Co-chairs welcomed approximately 60 participants, including farmer and youth representatives.
  • The Government Co-Chair provided brief remarks on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
  • Action items from the November 2016 meeting were reviewed, noting the items which would be addressed throughout the current meeting.

All Chairs update

  • AAFC provided highlights from the April 2017 All Chairs meeting. There was an update on the industry-led Public Trust Steering Committee. It was noted that there is now a cross-table initiative on genetically modified labelling, in addition to environment and climate change. Discussions also focused on labour challenges facing the agriculture sector. AAFC will continue to work with the All Chairs VCRT on advancing cross-table issues.

Value Proposition Working Group

  • Industry members of the IBVCRT endorsed the priorities document titled Innovation in Agriculture: Canadian Industrial Bioproducts Industry, Priorities and Recommendations. Interested industry members were invited to financially support the production of the document. In addition, the industry members will work to disseminate the priorities document to the bioproducts industry at large.

Economic Strategy Tables

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada presented an overview of the Economic Strategy Tables, outlining the expected key outcomes. Long-term, sector-specific actions plan to meet ambitious economic growth targets for 2025 and beyond across six sectors.
  • The IBVCRT will work through AAFC to ask ISEDC if the Roundtable can make a presentation on the priorities of the bioproducts sector to one or more of the Economic Strategy Tables.

BioContent Canada Working Group

  • The BioContent Canada Working Group presented their vision, mission, operating framework, and self-funding structure for a national certification and labelling program. The working group will work to operationalize the BioContent Canada program and report back to the IBVCRT.

Biomass Quality and Supply Working Group

  • The Biomass Quality and Supply Working Group shared their report on biomass quality standards and a searchable database to record and link to existing standards information.
  • The IBVCRT supported the continuation of the Biomass Quality Network Canada and the National Supply Chain Network. In addition, the Composites Innovation Centre will provide information regarding the status of business developments in Canada and the business viability of the biofibre opportunity.

Investment Readiness Working Group

  • The Investment Readiness Working Group is drafting a questionnaire to survey Canadian organizations regarding their experiences with commercial investment. By fall 2017, the working group will prepare an inventory of Canadian (and selected international) organizations mandated to assist bioproducts companies in becoming investor-ready (incubators, accelerators, federal and provincial agencies) and update the existing database of Canadian Bioproducts Companies.
  • Farm Credit Canada (or its associate venture arm) will be asked to become a member of the Investment Readiness Working Group.
  • The working group will develop a proposal to carry out an investment readiness survey of bioproducts companies, company interviews, and analysis of survey results (work plan and budget). The working group will seek the resources needed to carry out this proposal.

Natural Products Canada

  • Natural Products Canada introduced its vision, scope, mission, operational pillars, and investment selection criteria.

Regulations Working Group

  • Review of the current status of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act review was provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Government of Canada’s response to the report is to be tabled in Parliament in October 2017.
  • Industry noted that harmonization with the requirements in the United States is important.

Pest Management Centre: Pesticide Risk Reduction and Minor Use Pesticide Programs

  • This presentation explained the process used by the Pest Management Centre to set priorities for minor use pesticides. Roundtable members were informed about data requirements as a model for regulatory collaboration.

National Voice Working Group

  • A discussion occurred about the direction of this working group and its progress to date. A callout for interested members to join the working group was made. It was agreed that the National Voice Working Group will report back at the next IBVCRT with a refined proposal for the creation of a national voice for the bioproducts sector outside the IBVCRT.

Clean Technology and Complimentary Dialogue Forums

  • AAFC and Natural Resources Canada presented a summary of the key Budget 2017 elements on Clean Technology and complementary dialogue forums. The presentation included an update on the activities of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Bioproducts Working Group and the Bioproducts Interdepartmental Working Group. AAFC will inform the IBVCRT of the avenues to provide input to the Strategic Innovation review that is currently under way.

Clean Technology Science Strategy

  • AAFC’s Science and Technology Branch provided details of this science strategy, outlining its framework. Examples of various initiatives and partnerships were provided that demonstrate Canada’s objective to lead in the field of clean technology were provided.
  • Industry expressed the desire to see the current draft of the sector strategy and provide input/feedback before it is finalized.

Bioproducts Research Cluster Application

  • The Industry Co-Chair provided a verbal update on the current AAFC research cluster, indicating that funding is based on a cost sharing basis. The next cluster application is being prepared with a call for proposals expected in fall 2017.

United States trade update

  • AAFC provided an update on the current North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Electronic Service Delivery Platform (ESDP)

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) presented an update on the ESDP. CFIA noted that it is in the early stages of rolling out a secure electronic platform to provide better access to agency services and to share information more effectively with stakeholders and partners. The new service started in January 2017 with additional services being available in fall 2017.

Closing remarks / adjourn

  • Next face-to-face Roundtable meeting will be held in spring 2018.
  • Refer to Annex A for action items generated; and Annex B for list of participants.

Annex A: Action items – IBVCRT (September 7 to 8, 2017)

Meeting/ Item # Description Responsibility Timeline
8-1a Industry members interested in supporting the production of the document titled Innovation in Agriculture: Canadian Industrial Bioproducts Industry, Priorities and Recommendations are to contribute $500 to this initiative. Industry September 29, 2017
8-1b Industry members will work to disseminate the priorities document to the bioproducts industry at large and both provincial and federal governments. Industry Fall 2017
8-2a The IBVCRT will work through AAFC to ask ISEDC if the Roundtable can make a presentation on the priorities of the bioproducts sector to one or more of the Economic Strategy Tables. AAFC Fall 2017
8-2b The IBVCRT will prepare a product to be used during a potential presentation to the ESTs. Industry Fall 2017
8-3 The BioContent Canada Working Group (BCCWG) will work to operationalize the BioContent Canada program and report back to the IBVCRT. BCCWG Spring 2018
8-4 Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) will provide information regarding the status of business developments in Canada and the business viability of the biofibre opportunity. CIC Fall 2017
8-5a The Terms of Reference for the Investment Ready Working Group (IRWG) will be shared with the IBVCRT membership immediately. AAFC Completed,
Sept 23, 2017
8-5b The IRWG will prepare an inventory of Canadian (and selected international) organizations mandated to assist bioproducts companies in becoming investor-ready (incubators, accelerators, federal and provincial agencies) and update the inventory of Canadian bioproducts companies. IRWG Fall 2017
8-6 Farm Credit Canada (or its associate venture arm) will be asked to become a member of the IRWG. AAFC Fall 2017
8-7 The IRWG will develop a proposal to carry out an investment readiness survey including interviews and analysis of survey results of bioproduct companies. The IRWG will seek the resources needed to carry out this proposal. IRWG Spring 2018
8-8 The National Voice Working Group will report back to the IBVCRT with a refined proposal for the creation of a national voice for the bioproducts sector. NVWG Spring 2018
8-9 AAFC will inform the IBVCRT of the avenues to provide input to the Strategic Innovation review that is currently under way. AAFC Fall 2017

Annex B: Participant List

Co-Chairs

  • Christiane Deslauriers - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
  • Murray McLaughlin – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

Industry Members

  • Mike Cey – AgWest Bio
  • Rory Francis – PEI BioAlliance
  • Pam Bailey – Young Farmer
  • Jennifer Green – Canadian Biogas Association
  • Paul Antoniadis – Solegear Bioplastics
  • Sean McKay – Composites Innovation Centre
  • Don McCabe– Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Tyler Whale – Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
  • Jim Grey – IGPC Ethanol (via phone)
  • Terry McIntyre – MEDAPAM (McGill)
  • Sam Kanes – BIC
  • Jeff Schmalz – Soy 20/20
  • Ian Affleck – CropLife Canada
  • Meaghan Seagrave – BioNB
  • Pete Desai – Mustard 21
  • Stu Porter – Renewable Industries Canada
  • Tracey Maconachie – Life Science Association of Manitoba
  • Ron Boch – BIOTECanada
  • Hamdy Khalil – Woodbridge Foams

Industry Observers

  • Drew Black– Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • Doug Knox – BioEnterprise
  • Patrick Girouard – Agronovita Inc.

Provincial Government Members

  • Lori-Jo Graham – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development [via phone]
  • Steve Price – Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
  • Sarah Elliott – Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Salah Zoghlami – Producteurs de grains du Québec [via phone]
  • Jeff Kraynyk – Manitoba Agriculture [via phone]
  • France Brunelle – Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec [via phone]
  • Colleen Colwell – British Columbia Agriculture and Land [via phone]

Federal Government Members

  • Sabrina Kim – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC)
  • Charlene Wheatley – Global Affairs Canada
  • Michael Barré – National Research Council (NRC)-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
  • Chanchoura Schmoll – Natural Resources Canada
  • Benoit Girard – AAFC

Guest/Speaker

  • Michael Silverman – ISEDC
  • Shelley King – Natural Products Canada
  • Bryan Stephens – Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Jeff Jennings – National Voice Working Group [via phone]
  • Doug Forsyth – AAFC (Day 2)
  • Marcos Alvarez – AAFC (Day 2)
  • Sarah George – CFIA [via phone]

Federal Support

  • Shane Campbell – AAFC
  • Jarett Goodwin – AAFC
  • Ron Gerold – AAFC
  • Erika Van Neste – AAFC
  • Steve Desroches – AAFC
  • Christine Moses – AAFC
  • Sandra Liston – AAFC

Federal Government Observers

  • Donald Fulton – Canadian General Standards Board, Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Robert Fraser – AAFC [via phone]
  • Jake Eelman – AAFC [via phone]
  • Khurshid Saharan – AAFC [via phone]
  • Janine Gyug – AAFC [via phone]
  • Pierre Cormier – AAFC [via phone]
  • Julia Gabrini – AAFC
  • Minh-Tan Tan Ton-That – NRC
  • Paul Neima – NRC
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