Members of the Ontario BioAuto Council
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) is a publicly funded board-governed corporation that works with partners to identify, coordinate and fund research projects designed to help solve industry challenges with solutions that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits. Through this investment in science and innovation, AI Bio aims to help create new technologies and products that will grow Alberta’s agriculture, forest, and food sectors. For more information visit www.albertainnovates.ca/bio
AUTO21 is Canada’s automotive research and development program. Partnering the public and private sectors in advanced automotive R&D, AUTO21 currently supports nearly 200 researchers and more than 400 student researchers (Highly Qualified People – HQP) at 46 Canadian universities. More than 120 partners contribute to AUTO21’s $11 million annual research budget. Since its inception 10 years ago, AUTO21 has helped pioneer funding for bio-based automotive research in Canada. Thanks to AUTO21 support, several patents and one spin-off company have resulted from this area of research.
BASF’s award-winning Acrodur® thermosetting acrylic copolymer helps customers protect the environment, reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their emissions, and provide cost-effective solutions to replace older technologies. The resin matrix is a unique acrylic polymer that is initially thermoplastic allowing for production of prepreg/semi-finished rollstock or blanks, and then cross-links at temperatures above 120°C to produce a very durable thermoset. The resin’s high wetout of natural fibers and ability to form chemical as well as mechanical bonds to the reinforcement allows for production of composites with very high fiber loadings – 70 percent in this application – yielding lightweight parts with high stiffness in thin walls. This high-performance, lightweight, cost-effective and green composite saves costs and significantly reduces VOC emissions, and its rapidly renewable natural fiber mat reduces the vehicle’s carbon footprint without sacrificing performance and stability.
Bayer Inc. - Bayer MaterialScience
BioAmber is a renewable chemistry company. We use agricultural crops and transform them into green chemicals that directly substitute petrochemicals (chemicals derived from fossil fuels). We are "renewable" because unlike finite fossil fuels, the agricultural feedstocks we use can be seasonally planted, grown and harvested. Long term, our goal is to use agricultral and forestry waste.
BIOTECanada is the national non-profit association dedicated to building the bio-economy in Canada. From cleaner energy to sustainable agriculture; from greener manufacturing to life-saving health therapies, Canadian biotech firms are discovering ways to revolutionize the economy and improve our lives, everyday.
In 2012, BIOTECanada is proud to celebrate 25 years as the national industry association representing all sectors of the industry from agriculture, health and industrial biotechnology. Membership, with more than 250 member companies, spans the biotechnology community including academics, research institutions, and related organizations. Together we are showcasing the inspirational industry leaders across Canada and internally who are providing solutions to the challenges of a collective population.
Carpenter Canada Co.
Converted Carbon Technologies Corp.
Dow Automotive Systems
DSM New Business Development BV
Enterprise Saskatchewan (ES) is the central economic development agency of the Government of Saskatchewan, with responsibility for developing and implementing Saskatchewan's long-term growth strategy. Based on stakeholder participation and collaborative decision-making, ES makes economic strategy recommendations for the province; establishes, monitors and reports on key indicators of economic growth; enhances regional economic development; encourages entrepreneurship; and co-ordinates business attraction and marketing efforts to promote Saskatchewan as the best place to live, work, operate a business and invest.
ES works with all ministries, Crown corporations and agencies, as well as with a diverse group of stakeholders including industry associations, chambers of commerce, individual businesses and other stakeholders with an economic interest.
ES works closely with its sister agency, Innovation Saskatchewan, in areas of common interest related to innovation and commercialization, strategic management of research spending and related infrastructure, technology transfer and productivity improvement.
Exova Canada Inc.
GreenCore Composites Inc.
Innventia is a world leader in R&D relating to pulp, paper, graphic media, packaging and biorefining. We generate, interpret and apply research results to create innovative products and processes. Our science-based way of working allows us, in cooperation with our customers, to enhance all or any of the stages in the innovation chain, from conception to final product, service or process. We call our approach ‘boosting business with science’.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. On the one hand, this means inventing new efficient processes and materials, especially products – barriers, carbon fibres, adhesives, biocomposites, etc – made from renewable raw materials, such as by-products from the forest industry and the agricultural industry. On the other, it means providing services aimed at improving the sustainability performance and reducing the environmental impact of our clients.
National Research Council Canada
Established in 1997, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) is a non-profit organization comprised of members from grower associations, universities, industry and governments.
Located in Guelph, Ontario, the organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food.
OAFT pro-actively supports the continued development and adoption of new agri-food technologies in a manner which will stimulate improvements in farm and food processing and industrial sustainability, profitability, and improve Ontario's strong position in the agri-food sector, both nationally and internationally.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. OCE works in communications and information technology advanced health, earth and environmental technologies, energy, and advanced materials and manufacturing. OCE is funded by the government of Ontario and is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) is Ontario’s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information, visit www.oneinnovation.ca.
OCE through its Centre of Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative business to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness (www.oce-ontario.org/ccr).
RheTech Inc. is a custom compunder headquartered in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. We offer a complete line of color concentrates, additives, engineered resins, and reinforced polyolefins. The polyolefin line is reinforced with traditional reinforcements (mineral, fiberglass, rubber) and natural reinforcements. RheTech operates four facilities in Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina.
In 2010 RheVision® was launched. RheVision® is polyolefin reinforced with reclaimed natural fibers. We currently have commercial products available that contain flax fiber, ground rice hulls and wood fiber. To further enhance the green nature of this product we offer variations of these products that contain post-consumer resin.
Segetis, a technology-enabled green chemistry company, produces versatile, cost-effective chemical building blocks which harness the power and reliability of renewable agricultural and forestry resources. Powered by its Javelin™ Technology, these proprietary materials are backed by a strong intellectual asset portfolio built on filed composition of matter patents and a management team that leverages over 150 years experience in new material and renewable technology commercialization. Segetis uses these biobased monomers to make chemicals and plastics that address multiple billion dollar markets, transforming the chemical industryby offering unique material properties, cost effective economics and a dramatically improved health and environmental footprint.
SPB Solutions Inc.
SWM Int'l is the world's largest purchaser and processor of linseed flax straw. We purchase and process 90,000 tons of flax straw annually from Manitoba, Saskatchewan & North Dakota from more than 900 farmers and 180,000 acres of flax.
It is our mission to make our FlaxStalk brand the undisputed leader of natural fiber solutions by providing engineered biomaterials to the biocomposite, bioproduct and bioenergy sectors helping foster the developing new bioeconomy.
We seek to grow & develop technology for processing flax and hemp fiber, along with shive and hurd into a new business that allows us to partner with customers to supply sustainable custom applications throughout North America and around the world.
ZeaChem Inc. has developed a cellulose-based biorefinery platform capable of producing advanced ethanol, fuels and chemicals. Our indirect approach leapfrogs the yield and carbon dioxide (CO2) problems associated with traditional and cellulosic based processes.
ZeaChem’s patented process offers the highest yield, at the lowest cost, with the lowest fossil carbon footprint of any known biorefining method. Incorporated in 2002, ZeaChem is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado and operates a research and development laboratory facility in Menlo Park, California.
ZeaChem's 250,000 gallon per year cellulosic biorefinery is currently under construction in Boardman, Oregon. The facility will come online in 2011.