A major Prince George event that sees industry meccas and international organizations gather together for three days in the summer has been pushed back one year.
The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition has officially been postponed to June 2021 from its original scheduling for June 9-11 this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the B.C. government’s order on gatherings of more than 50 people.
“The health and wellbeing of our speakers, delegates, exhibitors, partners, staff and volunteers is our number one priority,” said Conference Board Chair Rob van Adrichem in a release, adding the rapid situation of uncertainty during the outbreak also led to Wednesday’s (April 15) decision.
“The coming months will be challenging for us all. We want to ensure our attendees are able to focus all of their efforts on their own health and wellbeing and that of their families, as well as the wellbeing of their businesses and organizations.”
The biennial event’s organizing committee, however, is encouraging bioeconomy representatives to host free virtual sessions for members of the public to stay connected while in self-isolation.
It believes this could help those who are interested stay in the loop about new developments and opportunities in the industry.
Each year, the Prince George conference focuses on ‘the development and use of renewable, natural resources for energy and materials rather than fossil fuels,’ and has since expanded to include more bioproducts from forests.
Next year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will take place June 22-24, 2021 at the Prince George Civic Centre.
More information is available on the event's website.