8th BioMarine International Business Convention
1-3 oct 2017, Rimouski Qc, Canada View Location

BioMarine / MyBlueCity Rimouski 2017 Program

Message from BioMarine 2017 Program Committee

Program overview


 

SUNDAY 1 October 2017

9:30 to 10:30 Biomarine International Clusters Association – General Assembly
Hotel Rimouski – Salle Mgr Langevin
12:30 to 14:00 BioMarine Official Lunch (invitation only)
Hotel Rimouski
14:00 to 16:00 Officials and Governements Meeting (invitation only)
Hotel Rimouski
14:00 to 17:00 Early Registrations
Lobby Hotel Rimouski
16:30 to 17:00 INAUGURATION MyBlueCity
Hotel Rimouski – Salle Congrès B
17:00 to 18h30 OPENING PLENARY – Open to Public and BioMarine delegates
Hotel Rimouski
HSH Prince Albert 2 of Monaco – Québec governement representatives – Video message from Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner
18:45 to 19:45 BioMarine Welcome Reception hosted by the City of Rimouski
Hotel Rimouski

 

 

MONDAY 2 October 2017

8:00 to 9:00 REGISTRATIONS
Lobby Hotel Rimouski
9:00 to 9:20 MORNING KICKOFF
Agora MyBlueCity
9:30 to 10:30

Can marine algae help to reduce the use of antibiotics in aquaculture and livestock?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OLMIX GROUP- Natural ingredients in the marine sector are seen as a viable alternative to antibiotics. The alginates and carrageenan found in algae are used as wetting agents and fillers in the cast. An explored avenue focuses on marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics. A recent study shows that a compound extracted from green algae could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and therefore reduce the use of antibiotics.

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: Interactive Workshop between experts and delegates
Moderator: Ragnhild Whitaker, Research Manager Marine Biotechnology, Nofima, Norway
Experts:Hervé Balusson, CEO Olmix, France – John Sweetman, International Project Manager Aquaculture, Alltech, Ireland
Debate with participating delegates

9:30 to 10:30

Pitching session #1

more information soon

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: For each session, 3 selected companies will pitch in front of investors and the audience. After a 10 minute presentation, our jury will provide feedback on the pitch.
Jury led by Francois Gilbert, President Anges Québec

10:30 to 11:00

Interview

Agora MyBlueCity
Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister for the Sea, Portugal

11:00 to 12:00

What 3rd generation biorefinery can bring to the blue bioeconomy?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CRIBIQ – Third-generation biorefineries have the advantage of utilizing surplus or waste biomass from agricultural and forestry operations, marine biomass including macroalgae, microalgae and aquaculture wastes, food processing wastes, biomass from human activities (such as mixed domestic wastes) and high-organic materials like animal and human excreta. Water inputs do not need to be of drinking-water quality because some biorefineries (e.g. microalga) may be able to capture and sequester pollutants and clean up the water used for the processes to achieve least ‘grey’ water and possibly drinkable water as outputs. The session will discuss the important developments associated with the bio-refinery industry, including the inevitable discussion about international product validation and regulatory aspects.

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: Interactive workshop between experts and delegates
Moderator: Guy Viel , CEO, CRBM, QC, Canada
Expert:Anis Ben Amor, Innovation & business adviser  CRIBIQ, QC, Canada – Expert 2: open
Debate with participating delegates

11:00 to 12:00

How to reduce the skills gap between university programs and industry needs?

The academic world often finds it difficult to adapt curricula to innovative and technological developments and the rising need for ICT skills. At the same time, companies today are looking for professionals who are not only able to apply technical knowledge and competences, but also capable of working in teams, communicating effectively, making decisions under pressure and adapting quickly to new environments and technologies. What kind of partnerships are required between industry, universities, and governance agencies to define the skills required in a specific sector and to design new curricula?

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type : Panel
Moderated by Laurenz-Frederik Pauli, Belgium
Panelists: Jean-Pierre Ouellet, Rector, University Quebec Rimouski, QC, Canada
Christophe MOCQUET, Co-director , MARRES Master UCA, France

12:00 to 13:30 Keynote Intro & Networking Lunch ( media tour on MyBlueCity)
13:30 to 14:00

Interview

Agora MyBlueCity
Jean d’Amour, Ministre délégué aux affaires maritimes, Québec, Canada

14:00 to 15:00

Explore Québec’s industry opportunities

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOVERNEMENT OF QUEBEC – You wish to explore business opportunities in Quebec? The government will answer your questions and debate with you in order to find the best way to start your next venture here in Quebec.

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: interactive workshop between experts and delegates
Moderator

14:00 to 15:00

Pitching sessions #2

more information soon

Agora MyBlueCity – Session type: For each session, 3 selected companies will pitch in front of investors and the audience. After a 10 minute presentation, our jury will provide feedback on the pitch.
Jury led by Francois Gilbert, President Anges Québec

15:00 to 15:30

Interview

Agora MyBlueCity

15:30 to 16:30

Developping solutions for ocean biodegradable plastic industry uses

Each year at least 8m tons of plastic end up in the ocean and it is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Now a new generation of plastic makers is working to tackle the global plastic waste crisis head on by developing home-compostable plastics. A major obstacle to the uptake of home-compostable plastics, however, is cost. The workshop aims at identifying the bottlenecks and potential important development starting with niches of cosmetic packaging and food packaging.

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: Interactive/ Problem Solving workshop
Moderator Pierre Erwes,BioMarine

15:30 to 16:30

How innovation is changing what you eat?

Whether it is made of micro algae, a living organism, or coming from byproducts, the oceans will bring a large variety of innovative foods and ingredients to our plate. Technological advances are having a real impact on our food and seafood industry. What trends and opportunities are emerging?

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator: Lyne Morissette,Journalist

16:30 to 17:30

Mobilizing investment for the blue economy

Fulfilling the potential of blue growth requires the upscaling of innovative practices to full commercial scale as well as growth to mature economic sectors. Achieving this requires knowledge and networks, but also requires financial impulses by investors. Attracting private national or international investors is therefore of paramount importance to implementation of new blue growth strategies. Public investments in research and start-ups are not sufficient in this new road to ensure a sustainable future. Striking a balance between the public ambitions and private investors needs is necessary to make this work. The framing of blue growth—its storyline with concepts, contexts, and issues—however still leans on a public rationale, drive, and support.
The main questions addressed in this session will try to understand how investors are an essential actor for realizing blue growth.
• What explains their investor behaviour?
• What are relevant risks and barriers to investment in blue growth?
• How to involve investors to secure financing for the development of the blue growth sectors?

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator: Martin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Soper, QC, Canada
Panelists:Bernhard Friess, Director for Maritime Policy and the Blue Economy, DG MARE, EU
Ryan Dermody, Investment Director, Investment Québec, QC, Canada

19:00 to 21:30 BioMarine Networking “Banquet de la mer”
Hotel Rimouski

TUESDAY 3 October 2017

8:30 to 9:00 REGISTRATIONS
Lobby Hotel Rimouski
9:00 to 9:20 MORNING KICKOFF
Agora MyBlueCity
9:30 to 10:30

Wasted potential of fish by products?

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOFIMA – The huge amounts of waste produced from fish and shellfish processing have potential for use in food production, animal feed or more. When the byproduct becomes the product, we enter the world of a brand new blue economy.

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: interactive workshop between experts and delegates
Moderator: Ragnhild Whitaker, Research Manager Marine Biotechnology, Nofima, Norway

9:30 to 10:30

Blue Innovation Contest

You have a sustainable innovative blue product or service? Pitch it to our audience and win your free pass for BioMarine and MyBlueCity 2018 in Portugal. To participate to the contest, you must be registered to Biomarine. Dead line for receiving application is Sept 1st.

Agora MyBlueCity
Animateur: Marc Lionel Gatto MLG events, France

10:30 to 11:00

Pitching winners ceremony

Agora MyBlueCity
with Anges Québec and BioMarine Organization

11:00 to 12:00

Marine cosmeceuticals: what are the trends and prospects?

The session will discuss the utilization of marine ingredients in the cosmetic market. We will also try to understand the new trends of “cosmeceuticals”. Is it only a temporary buzz or can we anticipate a real market opportunity? What are the facts and what will be the role of pharmaceuticals companies in this emerging sector? Is there a risk for existing cosmetic companies and ingredients providers? Are we facing a series or mergers if the market is developing?

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: interactive workshop between experts and delegates
Moderator: LiLja Kjalarsdottir, CSO Genis, Iceland
Experts: Arturo Alvarez-Bautista, Director Cosmetic unit, Buggy Power, Portugal
Arvid Lindberg, CEO Aqua Bio Technology, Norway
Maude Saint-Pierre, Présidente, DCP DermoScience, QC, Canada

11:00 to 12:00

Using maritime spatial planning to improve blue growth

In the next 20 years, our oceans could be very different. We might secure clean, safe, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans. Ecosystem-based, marine spatial planning of human activities will result in society gaining more benefits from the use of the marine environment than previously, while ensuring that its natural diversity is equally protected. What are the miles stones to achieve this important vision through maritime spatial planning?

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator: Noémie Giguère, Executive Director, Technopole Maritime du Québec, CanadaPanelists: Guillaume Saint Onge, Executive Director, Réseau Quebec Maritime, Canada
Angela Schultz-Zehden, Executive Director Submariner Network, Germany tbc

12:00 to 13:00 Networking Lunch
13:00 to 14:00

How to finance your blue project

From the idea to the financing, how long does it take? Are there any banks or investors ready to support blue growth? Which countries offer the most valuable support? How to access public funding? How to structure your capital? Is my Board the right one for the next step? The session will try to bring you the right answers.

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator: Anie Perrault, Executive Director, BioQuébec,Canada

13:00 to 14:00

Marine ingredients and novel food:what are the market constraints?

In partnership with INNOVACTIV & OCEANS NUTRASCIENCES
Substances derived from botanical extracts and substances of marine origin constitute the fastest growth among key groups of nutraceutical ingredients. This session will concentrate on the new trends and important regulatory issues. For instance, what are the bottlenecks that SMEs are facing when they wish to reach the market with a new natural ingredient?

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: interactive workshop
Moderator: Renée Michaud, Executive Director, INAF, Canada
Experts: Patrice Dionne, CEO InnoVactiv, Canada

14:00 to 14:30

Interview

Agora MyBlueCity

14:30 to 15:30

Are natural compounds a better alternative to synthetic compounds for the development of pharmaceuticals?

There has recently been a renewed interest in natural product research due to the failure of alternative drug discovery methods to deliver many lead compounds in key therapeutic areas such as immune-suppression, anti-infective, and metabolic diseases. Natural products research continues to explore a variety of lead structures, which may be used as templates for the development of new drugs by the pharmaceutical industry. There is no doubt that natural products have been, and will be, important sources of new pharmaceutical compounds. The session will discuss the potential of marine ingredients in this segment and explore how natural compounds could be an alternative to pure synthetic compounds.

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator:Rory Francis,Executive Director PEI BioAlliance, PEI, Canada
Experts: Rui Amandi de Sousa, President & CEO Stemmatters, Portugal
Stéphane Gagné, President and CEO, Ovensa, Canada- tbc

14:30 to 15:30

How can we ensure the sustainable development of Arctic marine resources?

Global interest in economic development of the Arctic has been growing rapidly. This has been driven by both supply and demand shifts for the resources and amenities produced in the Arctic. On the costs side, there is a perception that climate-change driven impacts in the Arctic will reduce ice cover (both sea-ice and land-fast ice) in the area and therefore also impact costs of doing business. Simultaneously, global demand for these unique marine arctic resources is increasing as both population and wealth increase.
There currently exists a narrow window for using our increased understanding of economic transitions to smooth the disruption and minimize the direct and indirect externalities of Arctic economic development. In this session, we will discuss some aspects of the challenges to development, along with examples of tools for managing them in inclusive and sustainable ways. What role can mesopelagic resources play in the development of the Arctic? What are the challenges the industry will face? How can we harmonize the best practices to avoid any future claims? What is the outcome for indigenous populations? How can we make sure they will be part of the social economic equation?

BioMarine Workshop
Session type: interactive workshop
Moderator: Kimberly Buffitt, Director of Programs, Coasters Association Inc, Canada

15:30 to 16:30

Future intersectorial synergies for blue growth

Considered as a productive force, intersectoral cooperation becomes a main source of blue innovation, further growing in importance; innovation processes are increasingly organized along “distributed knowledge bases” across our blue economic sectors. Knowledge isn’t located within one industrial sector any more, but is distributed along the respective value-chain and various sectors. The session will showcase this intersectoral cooperation through several examples from our biomarine industry.

Agora MyBlueCity
Session type: Panel
Moderator: Pierre Erwes, Chairman BioMarine
Vitor Vasconcelos, President of the Board, CIIMAR, Portugal
Becky Timmons, Director of Applications Research and Quality Assurance, Alltech, USA
Bente Torstensen, Director Aquaculture Division, Nofima, Norway

16:30 to 17:00 CLOSING CEREMONY and 2018 DRAW
Agora MyBlueCity
17:30 BUS SHUTTLE departs for delegates leaving on the 19:00 plane
21:00 BIOMARINE AFTERS

WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER 2017

Discovery day organized by our partners ( more information soon)