Biomass Canada Cluster Webinar Series

“De-risking and commoditizing underutilized biomass resources:
Facilitating the evolving Canadian bioeconomy”

December 2020 – March 2021

With the growing global demand for low-carbon intensive bioenergy, biofuels and bio-products, access to a secure supply of affordable and sustainable biomass resources is the key to facilitate the evolving Canadian bioeconomy. Despite the abundance of biomass resources in Canada, they do not currently contribute to the production of biofuel and bioproducts in Canada and their use for bioenergy is very limited.


Led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network, the BioMass Canada Cluster aims to drive innovation and help improve technologies for producing, processing and distributing feedstocks from agricultural biomass, including waste material, which can then be used for production of low-carbon bioenergy and other bio-based products. The Cluster is comprised of 10 activities that seek to reduce production costs and increase yields for bioenergy, biofuels and other bio-based products by improving the production processes and technologies as well as increasing market opportunities for underutilized agricultural biomass resources by improving the supply chain practices. These activities are led by top researchers from Canadian universities in collaboration with specialized researchers from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and industrial partners.


As part of its knowledge translation commitment and due to COVID-19 restrictions to hold in-person seminars and conferences, the BioMass Canada Cluster in collaboration with Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at UBC are organizing a webinar series from December 2020 to March 2021. The principal investigators of each activity and their industrial partners will present the progress in their activities and the contribution of their research to the evolving Canadian bioeconomy.


The webinar series schedules, the list of speakers and presentations and the registration links are in the title of each event.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. All webinars are free of charge.

December 4, 2020, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 8)

Presentation #1: Role of the BioMass Canada Cluster in facilitating the evolving Canadian Bioeconomy. View presentation slides here: Slides
Presentation #2: Development of Biologicals as Low Input, Sustainable Production Inputs for Fuel and Residue/Food Production. View presentation slides here: Slides
Speaker: Dr. Donald Smith, McGill University
View recording here

December 17, 2020, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 4)

Presentation: Biochar production from Canadian lignocellulosic biomass and application for carbon sequestration, soil improvement and crop productivity. Slides
Speaker: Dr. Ajay K. Dalai, University of Saskatchewan
View recording here

January 7, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 2)

Presentation#1: Preprocessing and Pelleting of Agricultural Crop Residues, Some Examples
Speaker: Dr. Lope Tabil, University of Saskatchewan
Presentation#2: Techno-Economic Analysis of Oat Hull Torrefaction and Pelletizing Plant
Speaker: Mr. Esteban Valdez, University of Saskatchewan
Please register here:

January 21, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 9)

Presentation: Application of thermo-chemical and hydro-thermal pre-treatments in production of fuel pellets using agricultural wastes
Speaker: Dr. Ajay K. Dalai, University of Saskatchewan
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February 4, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 12)

Presentation#1: Development of ag-pellet supply chains in Canada for domestic and global heat and power markets
Speakers: Shahab Sokhansanj and Mahmood Ebadian, University of British Columbia
Presentation#2: Safe storage and handling of commercial biomass pellets
Speaker: Fahimeh YazdanPanah, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Please register here:

February 19, 2021, 13:00-14:00 EST (Activity 6)

Presentation: Purpose-Grown Biomass Crops: Efficient Production, Yield Modelling and Real-world Verification
Speakers: Dr. Kevin Vessey, St-Mary’s University; Yousef Papadopoulos, Kentville Research and Development Centre, AAFC
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March 4, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EST (Activity 3)

Presentation #1: Conversion of Greenhouse Waste and Agro-Forestry Residues into Bio-based Polyurethane (BPU) Foams as Hydroponic Growing Media for Greenhouse Germination and Planting
Speakers: Dr. Charles Xu, University of Western Ontario; Zechun Yuan, London Research and Development Centre, AAFC
Presentation #2: Development of Formaldehyde-free Bio-based Wood Adhesives from Agro-Forestry Residues
Speaker: Dr. Zhongshun Yuan, Western Maple Bio Resources Inc.
Please register here:

March 18, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EDT (Activity 7)

Presentation #1: Develop a low cost and high biomass production system for sorghum on marginal lands
Speaker: Lining Tian, London Research and Development Centre, AAFC
Presentation #2: Analysis of N-species in soil
Speaker: Julia Lu, Ryerson University
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March 30, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EDT (Activity 5)

Presentation: Transforming low value agri-food processing wastes to high value chemicals and materials
Speaker: Animesh Dutta, University of Guelph
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