December 2009 Season’s Greetings from SOBIN Inside this Edition: From the Staff and Board of the Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network we would like to take • RES Canada Provides this opportunity to wish everyone: Support to CARES • Successful R2R Biomass Event Held Nov. 24th A Safe and Happy Holiday and • Terra International and Envirofresh Produce Very Prosperous New Year Team up on Environmental Sustainability • ‘Green’ Car Part to Debut in 2010 • Entrepreneurial Development Course Being Offered • Upcoming Events • New Job Opportunity Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 2 Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. Supports Ridgetown Campus Green Energy Initiatives Sharing a joint interest in developing green energy in agriculture, Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES) is pleased to announce its commitment to the Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph. RES Canada is dedicated to supporting the local community in which its projects are located, and the CARES program specifically targets the integration of environmen- tally responsible renewable energy into agriculture in Ontario and across Canada. RES Canada is the promoter of the Talbot Windfarm project which will be located just south of Ridgetown. RES has made a commitment to provide financial support to CA- RES by contributing $175,000 to the Ridgetown program, with the possibility of additional contribu- tions in future years. This invest- ment will allow the University to carry out its mandate to explore and support several renewable en- ergy options, including wind, as they are ushered into rural On- tario. CARES and Ridgetown Campus support exploring the impacts and benefits of green energy in the rural sector, and look forward to a strong working relationship with the RES organization. The Ontario Green Energy Act supports the development of wind energy as a key component of its mandate. “We’re very encouraged that a po- tential local provider of wind technology approached our campus to support the CA- RES program. Technology partners are critical to the on-going development of CA- RES,” said Campus Director, Dr. Art Schaafsma. “This is a natural partnership, as RES will be located in our Ridgetown farm community, and the generous funding will enable the CARES program to enhance its activities.” “I am encouraged by the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus’ support and enthu- siasm for renewable energy in general, and its keen desire to make advancements in education, research and extension.” said RES vice-president Peter Clibbon. “We look forward to seeing the CARES program and Talbot Windfarm cooperating in the fu- ture.” Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 3 Research to Receptor 2009: Biomass for Energy Event Held On November 24, 2009 at the Ridgetown Campus if the University of Guelph - SOBIN hosted close to 60 participants at a Southwestern Ontario version of the RESEARCH TO RECEPTOR 2009 Forum—an elite gathering of researchers, academics and execu- tives who are involved in biomass and agriculture research and innovation in the region. The program included plenary sessions with key guest speakers and a thought-provoking panel discussion focused on the use of biomass for energy production. The event proved to be a great opportunity to network and interact with key leaders within this in- dustry and hear first hand about some of the important innovations and initiatives moving forward in this area. Copies of some the presentations from this event can be viewed by going to the ’Resources’ page of the SOBIN website: http://www.sobin.ca/links.php Dr. Jim Todd from OMAFRA explains the On- Dr. David Sparling from the Ivey School of tario Government’s Role in Developing the Bio- Business provides participants with an overview mass and Bioenergy Sectors and wrap-up to the event. Key Sponsors The Research to Receptor 2009 Forum was coordinated through the joint efforts of the Golden Horseshoe BioSciences Gold Sponsors Silver Sponsor Network, the Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network (ELORIN), the Southwest Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network (SOBIN), Guelph Partnership for Innovation and Erie Innovation and Commercialization. Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 4 Energy Inventory at Terra International for the Envirofresh Produce Greenhouse Phase 1 construction is underway of approximately 120 acres of greenhouse on the land adjacent to the Terra International (Canada) Inc. nitrogen products manufac- turing facility. The greenhouse will be operated by Envirofresh Produce Inc., and constructed in 5 phases over 5 years. The greenhouse will be dedicated to the pro- duction of bell peppers with a secondary focus on tomatoes and cucumbers. Terra is an environmentally conscious operation interested in developing ideas to minimize the environmental impact of the plant. With a successful tomato green- house at a Terra manufacturing facility in England, a similar project was identified to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing facility in Courtright. A heat inventory was conducted at Terra in June 2008 by The Research Park, Sarnia-Lambton Campus, to determine the amount of heat available from the plant that may be used by Envirofresh as thermal energy in their greenhouse operation. The use of energy from Terra will reduce the amount of energy purchased by the Contact: greenhouse, as well as reducing the amount of steam released by Terra. A carbon dioxide stream from Terra will provide atmosphere for the greenhouse. Dr. Katherine Albion The Research Park was involved in this project through the completion of an energy inventory of the Terra manufacturing plant, specifically of their ammonia production Commercialization facility. This work was conducted by Dr. Katherine Albion, Commercialization and and Research Research Engineer at The Research Park with the assistance of Mario Morales, a Engineer at The summer engineering co-op student from the Department of Mechanical and Materi- als Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. This inventory included time Bioindustrial spent on-site examining Terra drawings as well as working with Terra engineers and Innovation Centre, operators. The Research Park The innovative project and collaboration between Terra International and Envirofresh Produce al- lows both companies to be environmentally conscien- tious. The Terra – Envi- rofresh project will bene- fit Terra, Envirofresh and the environment by allow- ing industry and agricul- ture to work together to develop an environmentally sustainable project to re- duce the impact of indus- try on the environment. Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 5 ‘Green’ Car part to Debut in 2010 The world's first car to have interior parts made from wheat straw-reinforced plastic - created via technology that has roots at the University of Guelph - is set to roll off the assembly lines in the new year. The Ford Motor Company announced today that its 2010 Ford Flex will include stor- age bins made from this bio-based material. The wheat straw-reinforced plastic was created by Leonardo Simon, a University of Waterloo engineering professor, who is part of the Ontario BioCar Initiative. This multi-university project involves scien- tists at U of G and the universities of Toronto, Waterloo and Windsor. “It’s an amazing achievement,” said plant agriculture professor Larry Erickson, one of BioCar’s lead researchers. The BioCar Initiative, supported by the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excel- lence Program, was started in 2007. The universities agreed to combine their re- search strengths and efforts for four years in order to improve the development For More Information and delivery capacity of biomaterials for the automotive industry. visit: “We hoped that by the end of it all, we’d have at least one car part in Ontario that came from an agricultural source,” Erickson said. “But today’s announcement means www.bioproductsatguelph.ca/ that we’re already there, and we are only two years into the project, so we are way biocar/ ahead of schedule. We’re quite happy about that.” The wheat straw-reinforced plastic that will be used in the Ford Flex originated from an earlier Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs project in- volving Erickson and Simon. “That work set in motion the experiments we did that led to where we are today," he said. Erickson was also involved in the initial discussions with Ford. The automaker was looking for green tech- nology to use in its ve- hicles that was low- cost and readily avail- able around the world, Erickson said. “Plus wheat has positive as- sociations for people; when people think of it, they think of food: bread, pasta, the staff of life.” Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 6 Entrepreneurial Development Program Being Offered Delivered through the Thames Campus of St. Clair College in Chatham, Ontario in partnership with the Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network (SOBIN), this non-credit course is targeted at those who have an interest in cre- ating a new company to commercialize new products or innovations. This series of lectures assumes no prior knowledge of business and covers a diverse range of topics including finding financing, defining markets, hiring teams and protecting intellectual property. The Entrepreneurial Development Program is 20 hours in length and is offered through a series of five, weekly lectures. Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon from Friday, February 5, 2010 to Friday March 5, 2010 inclusive. The following is a general breakdown of the topics covered over the five week series. Business Planning and Business Governance • Developing an Effective Business Plan • Examples of Business Governance Structures • Managing your Business Plan Legal / Accounting • Basic legal aspects of establishing a business • Business Structures – Sole Proprietorship / Partnership / Incorporation • Contracts • Basic Accounting and Budgeting Principals • Intellectual Property Management Marketing Strategy • Product, Pricing, Placing (Distribution), Promotion, People • Identifying your Target Market Human Resources / Effective Leadership • Putting Together and Managing the Right Team Raising Capital • Overview of the Basics - The Dos and Don’ts of Attracting Investment • Industry Panel Discussion This series of seminars is being offered free of charge but you must call or email ahead to register and secure your spot as seating is limited. To reserve your seat please call or email Lezlie Graham at 519-354-9714 ext. 3245 or email@example.com Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 7 Upcoming Events Upcoming Sustainability Seminar Series Lambton College, Sarnia ON Jan. 28, 2010 Energrow - Feed, Fuel and Freedom Jasmin Hofer, CEO of Energrow Feb. 10, 2010 The House of Today - Net Zero David Lavender , B. Arch, OAA, LEED AP Feb. 25, 2010 Energy Conservation - The Low Hanging Fruit Katherine Walker, Director of Marketing & Tech., IMAP Paul Desrochers, Director of Operations, IMAP Apr. 8, 2010 Living Roofs Mathis Natvik, H.B. Sc., LEED AP All of these Seminars are free of cost and will be held at Lambton College Room N105 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30p.m. For further information and details please visit: http://www.bluewatersustainabilityinitiative.ca/Nav/index_html? TYPE=1&RECORDID=1 Conferences 4th Annual Growing the Margins 2010 London, ON March 8-12, 2010 www.gtmconference.ca 11th International Conference on Biocomposites: Transition to Green Materials Marriot Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel May 2-4, 2010 www.biocomposites-toronto.com/fees-reg.html Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery ‘10 Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 17-18, 2010 www.ocediscovery.com 7th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing Washington D.C., June 27 - 30, 2010 www.bio.org/worldcongress/ Bio-Innovator Dec. 2009 Page 8 New Job Opportunity Economic Development Coordinator Economic Development and Tourism Services Working under the direction of the Deputy Director, Community and Cultural Ser- vices, Economic Development and Tourism Services, this role will focus on es- tablishing Elgin County as a centre for agriculture, agri-business and alternative energy investment and innovation. This will include facilitating the development of opportunities in agriculture, bio-energy and the environment, while supporting collaborative activities to accelerate innovation and commercialization that will diversify the economy. Hours of Work: Full time – 35 Hours per week Qualifications: • Post-secondary degree or diploma in business, agricultural sciences or a re- lated course of study. • 3-5 years of progressive experience in an organization undertaking the facili- tation and development of initiatives within the agri-business industry and the Bio-economy. • Firm scientific and practical understanding of agriculture, agri-food, innova- tion, commercialization and the Bio-economy. • Background and experience in economic development practices, business development and marketing. Familiarity with economic development within the County of Elgin is preferred. • Demonstrated experience creating, building and working within a cooperative team environment involving many diverse internal and external stakeholders. To be considered, please submit your resume, including cover letter to the: Human Resources Coordinator 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1 Fax: (519) 633-7785 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.elgin-county.on.ca We are an equal opportunity Employer. Thanks to our FUNDING PARTNERS 120 Main Street East Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0 Phone: 519-674-1605 Fax: 519-674-1640 E-mail: email@example.com Ministry of Research & Innovation Check out our website www.sobin.ca WHO WE ARE The mission of SOBIN is to strengthen the economy of Southwestern Ontario by cultivating new bioproducts, fostering energy conservation and expanding alternative energy sources. We envision progressive companies leading the world in growing all facets of the bioproducts industry in Southwestern Ontario leading to a innovative regional economy.