Building Innovative Clusters
for Competitive Advantage:
Bioproducts and the Rural
Rural Development Conference, Collingwood
April 12th, 2006
• About myself The Bioproducts
• Bioproducts: Emerging Opportunities
in Rural Canada
• A cluster approach to building the
What is the Bioproducts
The Bioproducts Business Network is a
program of the Ottawa Life Sciences
Council, mandated with strengthening
and building the bioproducts and
environmental technology sectors in
It is fundamentally a group of
companies, organizations, institutions
and individuals working together to
identify new business linkages and
new uses for underutilized resources.
What are bioproducts?
Bioproducts is a catchall term for products manufactured using
energy, chemicals or processes derived from biological materials,
Biomass is any type of organic material that is available on a
renewable or recurring basis.
Primary sources of biomass include the forestry, agriculture and
aquaculture sectors, as well as commercial and municipal waste.
Ecoindustrial clusters: Networks of interrelated
companies that are concentrated geographically, with
strong buyersupplier linkages and shared institutions.
Biobased economy: an economy that relies on
renewable biological materials to supply energy,
chemicals, and other products.
“Waste”: It’s a bad word.
Primary drivers for the
Energy issues (cost and security)
Issues surrounding the disposal of municipal,
agricultural and industrial waste
The accelerating development of enabling technology
Pain points in the forestry and agriculture sectors
The promise of enhanced rural economic development
The desire to capitalize on Canada’s “green
The value proposition for
Many predict that the 21 st century will see Canada
move to a bioba