The COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently rampant in the world, is sparing few businesses. CelluForce, the world leader in the development and commercial production of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced new biomaterial produced from wood, has been impacted as well. However, the company has adapted to the crisis by developing a viable solution to the shortage of gelling agents used in the production of hand sanitizers and disinfectant products.

CelluForce is a Canadian based producer of CNC marketed under its CelluForce NCC® brand. Made of small nano-scale cellulose crystals derived from wood pulp, CelluForce NCC® is produced as powder or liquid suspension. CelluForce NCC® has unique properties that enable its use across a range of industrial sectors to improve product performance.

From the outset of the pandemic, Canada has experienced a shortage of gelling agents used to thicken hand sanitizers which makes them easy to apply. Upon becoming aware of the supply issue, CelluForce President and CEO, Sebastien Corbeil, wondered if it would be possible to extend the gelling properties of CNC used in oil and gas well applications to hand sanitizers.

The idea quickly developed within the CelluForce team and with the help of several local partners, the company was able to engage Canadian producers of hydroalcoholic gels to offer CelluForce NCC® as an alternative to the commonly used carbomer type gelling agent. With great customer uptake and interest, testing and development was completed at the CelluForce Technical Centre to tweak CelluForce NCC® properties for use in this application. Within 4 weeks, the team had come up with a new gel formulation containing Celluforce NCC®, the creation of a technical usage guide and the generation of the first commercial orders.

CelluForce also had to make quick changes in manufacturing and logistics at its production plant to increase production of a pre-dispersed liquid form of CNC to help customers integrate the product in their existing lines.

CelluForce NCC® is rapidly gaining traction as a gelling agent with many benefits. It is an innovative Canadian product, both natural and biodegradable unlike carbomers which are imported and derived from petroleum. Further, in addition to providing excellent gelling properties, CelluForce NCC® uses cellulose that is recognized as a skin protection agent.

Today, 5 Canadian companies have integrated Celluforce NCC® into their disinfectant gel, and CelluForce is working with a robust pipeline of more than 20 new customers to validate the use of Celluforce NCC® as a gelling agent in their applications. Sales are brisk and growing at tens of thousands of litres per week.

‘The crisis of the pandemic created a new opportunity for CelluForce that looks to have promise well into the future. Much of our business development has been focused outside of Canada, and we have been very pleased to work with Canadian partners. “I am very proud of the efforts of our team, suppliers, and customers to rapidly develop this application to aid in the battle against the corona virus”, said Sebastien Corbeil.

CelluForce operates the world’s largest CNC plant with an annual production capacity of 300 tonnes. Its internationally renowned shareholders are Domtar, FPInnovations, Schlumberger, Suzano and Investissement Québec.

Learn more about CelluForce


Opportunity to be recognized as an expert

Contribute your expertise to industry standards


Your participation will mean:

· Be entered in a draw for a $500 Visa gift card

· Having your expertise reflected in the standard

· Contributing to strengthening the bio-economy workforce

· Learn what skills other experts bring to the role

· Be recognized as a contributor in the final National Occupational Standard


If you have 3-5 years of experience in any of these roles you can participate:

· Bio-health Project Management Research & Development and Manufacturing

· Legal and Regulatory

· Bio-Health Research & Development

· Manufacturing in Bio-industrial, Agri-biotech, Bio-energy, Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOS)

· Quality Assurance/Quality Control

· Engineers in Manufacturing

· Clinical Trials

· Research & Development Agri-Biotech, Bio-Energy and Bio-Industrial

· C-Suite

· Marketing, Business Development, Sales and Communications

· Key support roles



Consultation overview

Each consultation will involve about 5 hours of your time to review.

1. The critical bio-economy roles

2. The occupational overview

3. Educational, training and credentialing requirements

4. Core industry, technical, regulatory, professional and work process competencies


If you are interested in participating in one of these consultation sessions please contact Adriana Saenz at

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.

NextFor launches an Expression of Interest for a $1M joint investment commercialization challenge around lignin.

Project Background

Throughout the Canadian forest sector, Lignin has traditionally been treated as low-quality, low-value side streams of product processing. However, lignin is an abundant raw material. When extracted and processed, lignin has a wide variety of uses and applications, including opportunities to displace traditional fossil- based chemicals and products. Lignin-derived products will play a crucial role in the Canadian bio-economy value chain.

Nextfor launched a series of High Performance Lignin Collaboration Forums to gather value chain feedback on the state of lignin product development in Canada and Ontario. Industry leaders worked together in these sessions to identify three opportunity maps for commercialization:

  • Polymers & Fine Chemicals
  • Resins & Adhesives
  • Thermoplastics & Composites

Project Goals and Outcomes

The purpose of this EOI is to launch a $1 million joint investment challenge (50% industry matching contribution required) to support a project which will establish or increase the commercial readiness of lignin-based platforms; and build robust consortiums through information sharing and collaboration.


For the purposes of this EOI, a consortium must be formed with one member which is an Ontario entity. More detail on consortium criteria and eligibility can be found in the supporting documentation.

For the complete Lignin Challenge Registration Package, interested parties must register for free to become a Nextfor member.

Launch Date – May 27, 2020
Deadline for Submissions – July 13, 2020
Deadline for Questions – June 24, 2020



CAPI IS HIRING. See notes below:


“We are excited to announce that we are hiring at CAPI. Our job posting for Manager, Communications // Gestionnaire, Communications is now live (attached is the job description in both English and French).


We have posted it on our CAPI Twitter account in both English et en français and it has been shared on LinkedIn. If you utilize either of these social media platforms please feel free to repost/retweet to your networks.


In our search for the best person for the job, we would be pleased if you could share the opportunity posting with your friends and networks.”


Don Buckingham

President and CEO | Président-directeur général

 Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) Institut canadien des politiques agroalimentaires (ICPA)

960 ave Carling Avenue | CEF immeuble/building 60 | Ottawa, ON  K1A 0C6

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Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) has joined with a broad group of clean energy and cleantech industries and non-profit leaders in climate and energy policy to call on the federal government to support secure jobs in a cleaner, innovative, and diverse economy. These clean energy sector leaders recently delivered a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau outlining three overarching recommendations that will help Canada emerge from the COVID crisis with a stronger, more resilient economy. The open letter and its signatories here.


On behalf of Natural Resources Canada CanmetENERGY,

Because of sudden COVID-19 events, many professionals and students are now required to work from home. We have received numerous requests for self-study material on the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software. The best place to start is our free eLearning channel on YouTube. The channel is set up for users to view videos top to bottom, left to right.

Here is the URL to the Channel

This channel has over 65 videos and cover all aspects of RETScreen Expert, including the benchmark, feasibility, performance and portfolio analysis modules. There are step-by-step videos for energy efficiency, clean power and cogeneration feasibility analysis. We have recently added new step-by-step videos for the performance analysis module, including measurement and verification (M&V). There is also a section dedicated to videos prepared in collaboration with our large global user community; these videos cover topics such as M&V, the healthcare sector, municipalities and user tips & tricks.

Our eLearning videos will not only help you develop skills in using RETScreen but also broaden and deepen your knowledge of energy management and clean energy. Access to the videos is completely free. All videos are available in French, and a selection of videos are available in Spanish & Chinese as well.

In these unprecedented times, RETScreen Customer Support remains fully available through LinkedIn or by e-mail.

RETScreen International

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Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada

Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

Canadian manufacturers or businesses can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies:

If you:

·    manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.

·    have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.

·    have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.




To build the right team, you need to know the skills required and where to find the key talent. Labour Market Research provides this critical information, just like biotech research data drives the industry’s innovation. BioTalent Canada is currently conducting this national Bio-economy Labour Market Information (LMI) study.

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The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. On completion of the survey, the names of the survey participants will be added to a draw to win a $2,000 Visa Card, courtesy of Ipsos Public Affairs.

Complete the survey now

For more information on this study please visit

Thank you in advance for completing this survey, and we thank you again if you have already participated.



Pour bâtir la bonne équipe, vous devez connaître les compétences dont vous avez besoin et les sources à consulter pour trouver des travailleurs qualifiés. Les études sur le marché du travail fournissent ces renseignements indispensables, tout comme les données issues de la recherche en biotechnologie alimentent l’innovation au sein de l’industrie. BioTalent Canada mène actuellement une étude nationale d’information sur le marché du travail de la bioéconomie.

Participez au sondage et courez la chance de gagner un prix
Il faut compter environ 20 minutes pour répondre au sondage. Lorsque vous y aurez répondu, votre nom sera ajouté au tirage d’une carte Visa de 2 000 $ offerte par la division des affaires publiques d’Ipsos.

Répondez au sondage dès aujourd’hui

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Merci en avance d’avoir complèter le sondage et merci encore d’y avoir participer. 

Canada has a vast wealth of natural resources, which contributes significantly to both national and regional economic well-being. Resource industries play a critical role in delivering jobs, growth, and prosperity for Canadians: in 2018, they, directly and indirectly, accounted for 17% of nominal GDP and around 1.7 million jobs. In addition, natural resources account for more than half of Canada’s merchandise exports and were valued at $264 billion[1]. However, these sectors are facing increasing pressure as a result of climate change and other threats such as the rapid increase in the world’s population impacting land use and natural habitat.

The natural resource and environment sectors have a history of using research to assess challenges and develop various solutions. Knowledge and innovation emerging from genomics[2] have the potential to help address the challenges in these sectors and thereby drive sustainability, growth, productivity, commercialization and global competitiveness. Previous investments from Genome Canada in these sectors have led to the development of genomic tools, resources and policies for biomonitoring and ecotoxicological risk assessment, bioremediation, and increased efficiency of hydrocarbon extraction. In addition, tools have been developed to increase forest sustainability for present and future climates and changing economic markets, e.g., tools to identify trees with the desired qualities for reforestation programs including identification of populations at higher risk from climate change, as well as tools to screen for invasive species.

Genome Canada, together with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is seeking proposals for large-scale research projects which focus on the application of genomics in Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors and address challenges and opportunities of importance to Canada. This funding opportunity builds on the complementary mandates of Genome Canada and NRCan and provides an opportunity to bring together and maximize the effectiveness of the research communities, infrastructure, and resources supported by both organizations. This funding opportunity makes it possible to collaboratively carry out joint projects with NRCan researchers, where Genome Canada funds will support the Genome Canada eligible researchers and NRCan funds will support the NRCan researchers.

Large-Scale Applied Research Projects require a team-based approach that is collaborative, integrative and applied. Researchers with different disciplinary expertise, using a variety of research strategies and methodologies, contribute to a broader understanding of the research problem to be addressed. Research questions should be informed by intended users of the research who can help identify opportunities, barriers and define knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.



Join the PICS team and apply by February 28th, 2020!

PICS has recently announced a new, multi-year research project focusing on wildfire and carbon, as described in the attached media release and also on the PICS Website. This is a significant new effort that will incorporate wildfire risk in the investigation and development of strategies to minimize the overall long term emissions from our forests. The project is being led by Dr. Werner Kurz, with co-investigators Dr. Lori Daniels at UBC, Dr. Paul Hessburg from the US Forest Service and Dr. Domink Roeser from UBC. This is a new direction for our forest carbon research which we think is of critical importance to the province.

As part of this new project, PICS has created a position for a “Researcher in Residence” who will work at PICS to coordinate some of the research and link findings with the user community. Applications for this position are now open.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to by February 28th, 2020. In your cover letter, please concisely describe your experience in science policy, and any expertise in wildfire and/or carbon modeling.