The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute


Regular Registration Rates Last Until January 20th, 2017

February 1st & 2nd, 2017    L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference

As our society shifts away from fossil fuel supported materials and industries, renewable alternatives in energy and materials will provide sustainable, responsible and cost effective options. While the forest has long been an important source of renewable materials and energy, innovating to meet and create new markets that benefit local communities is vital in the transition to a bioeconomy.

Why attend?

For information- To inform and educate yourself on the forest bioeconomy and it’s potential to expand existing and create new business opportunities.
For networking- To make connections among wood processing companies and manufacturing entrepreneurs in transportation, medical, composites, chemical and construction industries.
We expect strong engagement from the forest products industry, pulp and paper industry, furniture industry, government, chemical sector, financial sector, academia, construction sector, and local communities.   The conference will start the process of facilitating inter-business relationships that will help drive future projects in 3 key focus areas: 1. Wood Fiber Innovation   2. Mass timber buildings   3. Wood recycling


Dr. Trevor Stuthridge
Executive Vice President, FPInnovations

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. FPInnovations’ 525 person staff and R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. In addition, Trevor currently holds the following positions:
Board Member, Institute of Forest Biosciences
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia
Director, NSERC Strategic Research Network on Value Chain Optimization
Director, Innoventures Canada (I-CAN)
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto
Before arriving in Canada, Trevor was a senior research leader and executive manager of Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute ( specializing in research, science, and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials, and biomaterial sectors. He founded and managed Scion’s Sustainable Design group, a core provider of innovation in the areas of forest management, wood processing, pulp and paper and sustainability, and specializing in clean technologies, forest industry informatics, and value chain optimization.


Dr. Jim Bowyer
Director of Responsible Materials,
Dovetail Partners Inc.

Dr. Bowyer is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and an Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.
Bowyer has served as President of the Forest Products Society (1993-94) and of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (1987-88), Vice President of the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (1992-2003), Chairman of the Tropical Forest Foundation (2006-2008), and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Temperate Forest Foundation (1992-2010).
He was Head of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Wood & Paper Science from 1984 to 1994, and Founder and Director of the Forest Products Management Development Institute at the University of Minnesota from 1994-2003.
Jim’s new book – The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Observing ”… contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?”’



Upcoming MiFBI events:

January 31, 2017
  • Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conf - Ice Breaker/early arrivals
    Starts: 10:00 pm
    Ends: February 1, 2017 - 12:30 am

    Location: Eberhard Center GVSU (East Lobby)

February 1, 2017
  • Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conf - Registration
    Starts: 12:30 pm
    Ends: February 1, 2017 - 1:30 pm

    Location: Eberhard Center GVSU, East Lobby

February 2, 2017
  • Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conf - Breakout Sessions
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: February 2, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Location: Eberhard Center GVSU

February 20, 2017
  • MiFBI Board Meeting Today 3:30pm
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: February 20, 2017 - 11:59 pm

    Location: Board members can contact the Exec Director for details

March 20, 2017
  • MiFBI Board Meeting Today 3:30pm
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 20, 2017 - 11:59 pm

    Location: Board members can contact the Exec Director for details

April 17, 2017
  • MiFBI Board Meeting Today 3:30pm
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 17, 2017 - 11:59 pm

    Location: Board members can contact the Exec Director for details


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