CPIA Plastics Innovation Forum - Bio-based Materials

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 - Tue, Feb 21, 2012






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CPIA proudly presents another ground-breaking PLASTICS INNOVATION FORUM on Tues. Feb. 21, 2012 where academia will showcase their work in bio-based materials.

Who Should Attend:

Leaders in innovation, research, manufacturing, sales, marketing and finance; who are interested in exploring NEW areas of product and business development.


To inspire innovation in the Canadian plastics industry, by facilitating effective communication of academic applied research to Canada's plastics industry, including the identification of the unmet needs and opportunities of the industry.


Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON  M9W 1J5 

t. 416.675.6100

What to Expect:

12:00 - 12:30 lunch

12:30 - 2:30 presentations

2:30 - 3:30 networking

The presentations will be fast paced and informative and you will have the opportunity to meet with the guest speakers following the sessions.

The forum will feature speakers from academia; those who possess insightful and thought provoking Applied and Developing Plastics Research activities applicable to the plastics industry sector. Since innovation affects organizations as a whole, the panel will also include experts on business innovation.


Cutting edge research is being done in Canadian universities on new ways to use sustainable materials in plastics – either as a part of a composite material or as a bio-based polymer.  CPIA’s Plastics Innovation Forum will feature presentations from researchers at the University of Toronto and University of Guelph as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Speakers will discuss:

    • Innovations in bio-based polymers (Polylactides-PLA, Polyhydroxyalkanoates-PHAs, Cellulose plastics, Soy protein plastics, Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles-DDGS plastics, lignin plastics, poly, their blends, composites and nanocomposites.
    • Research currently focused on the modification of polysaccharide by various fungi, synthesis and characterization of next generation bio-polyol and bio-foam from soy oil and isolation of cellulose nano-fibres from wheat straw.  

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    Click here to register.  For more information please contact Darlene Gray.


      1. Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and cross appointed in the department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Current research is primarily focused on novel biobased nanocomposite materials from agricultural and forestry resources for the sustainable bio-economy; and application of nanotechnology in materials uses. Research is also targeted at the development of bio-based and eco-friendly alternatives to the existing petroleum-based functional monomers, oligomers, polymers, fibers and other materials through the design and engineering of cellulosic natural fibers, bio-based polymers, blends, alloys, eco-friendly  bio-based composites and nanocomposites for various applications in building products, transportation, consumer goods, electronics and biomedicine.
      2. Professor who specializes in paper sizing, coating chemistry, recycling, wood composites and advanced biocomposite manufacturing at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry. Cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and is also an adjunct professor of the Chemical Engineering Departments of University of New Brunswick, University of Guelph, University of Waterloo and Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto.  Professor collaborates with American and European research institutes and universities.