An official side event of the World Circular Economy Forum aimed at finding the next generation of circular bioeconomy solutions to real-world sustainability challenges.

Vancouver, CANADA – December 1, 2020 Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre announced today the full slate of activities for its groundbreaking Bioeconomy Reverse Pitch Challenge, an official World Circular Economy Forum Online side event happening December 3 & 4, 2020. 

Fueled by a projected C$240 billion bioeconomy opportunity in Canada by 2030, and sponsored by Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service (NRCan-CFS), the event is focused on providing opportunities and making connections for innovators with circular bioeconomy solutions across the automotive, construction and packaging value chains. 

Companies Seeking Sustainable BioProducts Solutions

The following companies are looking for bioproduct solutions and will present their pitches at the event:

  • Ford Motor Company Improving the sustainable content in automotive plastics
  • SuzanoExploring sustainable barrier coatings for flexible paper packaging
  • Lafarge Canada Seeking bio-based alternatives with cementitious properties

Investors Seeking Investment – Ready Companies with Bioeconomy Solutions

The event includes an Investors Panel with speakers from Pangaea Ventures, Fort Capital, Closed Loop Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank. Innovators with solutions and projects will hear first hand about tips for successful financing and making meaningful connections.

Innovation Partners Ready to Collaborate

Meet the Canadian circular bioeconomy ecosystem – universities, incubators, accelerators, and clusters  – dedicated to scaling up and commercializing solutions. 


Canada’s forest sector will be central to fighting climate change and reaching net zero by 2050 while creating good jobs for Canadians. Our investments will help harness the ingenuity of our forest industry and spur innovation.”

– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources

The Circular Bioeconomy is a rapidly growing market and problem-driven innovations will quicken the pace of commercialization and scale-up of solutions – doing so will ensure Canada is at the cutting edge of this new economy. We’re excited to not only raise the profile of the Canadian circular bioeconomy innovation ecosystem, but also to accelerate partnership and investment opportunities for researchers, SMEs and Industry through this event.

– Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight.

Find out More and Register 

  • The Reverse Pitch: Closing the Loop on Circular Bioeconomy Innovation 

Join us at this exciting live online event over two half-days in December where we turn the tables on industry, calling on corporate leaders to pitch their pressing bioeconomy needs to cleantech innovators who can offer solutions.  Register online here.

DATE: Dec 3,  2020, 9:00 – 11:30 AM PST
Dec 4,  2020, 9:00 – 10.30 AM PST

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About Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

Foresight is Western Canada’s Cleantech Innovation Centre. Foresight supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions.  We bring together industry, government, academia, and technologists to innovate and enable a responsible, more sustainable tomorrow. Find out more at and follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.

About Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy, improve the quality of life for all Canadians and conduct innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies.

The Canadian Forest Service is the national and international voice for Canada’s forest sector. We are part of Natural Resources Canada, a federal government department, and have an office in Ottawa and 6 research centres across the country. We collaborate closely with Canada’s provinces and territories to ensure our forests are sustainable and healthy for our country and the world to enjoy.

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