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Champion Speaker Announced!

Dr. Murray McLaughlin is President of McLaughlin Consultants and an Advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and to Forest Products Innovation (FPI).
From 2010 to 2016 he was the Executive Director of BIC and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia, Ontario, with a focus on a Sustainable Bioeconomy. Also he managed a national Bioproducts cluster supported by AAFC. Dr. McLaughlin has held various positions in the private, government and non-profit sectors such as Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President of Ag-West Biotech Inc. He managed a Venture Capital Fund, Foragen had 15 years with ELANCO in R&D and marketing. His career has focused on bioindustrial , forestry and agricultural technologies including research, development and product management,marketing, commercialization, economic development and cluster building. He is a member of numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, including,  BioNB and BC Research Institute(BCRI). He co-chairs the Industrial Bioproducts
Value Chain Roundtable which is a partnership between Industry and AAFC for the bioeconomy. He is a graduate of NS Agricultural College (Dalhousie Univ.), McGill (BSc) and Cornell (MSC/PhD). He has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dalhousie University and received several awards ; LSO Community Service Award; the GoldLeaf award from BioteCanada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was recipient of the LSO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and recognized in the top 100 global leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy at Biofuels Digest Conference in 2016.