The Bio-industrial Opportunities Section supports economic diversification through the development of Alberta’s bio-based resources and the circular bio-economy. The 3 focus areas include:

  • identifying new opportunities for agricultural/forestry processing and production of value-added products from waste streams and byproducts
  • maximizing value through fractionation of biomass to isolate high value ingredients
  • facilitating commercialization and market access through industry development and extension activities

Services and equipment

The section provides a range of business development and technical services, including access to equipment and expertise located at facilities such as the:

  • Bio-processing Innovation Centre
  • Vegreville Fibre Processing Pilot Plant

The state-of-the-art processing equipment includes:

  • wet and dry fractionation
  • fibre decortication
  • separation
  • polymer reaction
  • extrusion
  • pelleting
  • particle size and protein analyzers

There is a natural health product site licence and an industrial hemp licence in place. The Bio-processing Innovation Centre also has a clean room to manufacture natural health and cosmetic/personal care products.

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To connect with the Bio-industrial Opportunities Section:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-8118
Fax: 780-638-3586
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: biobranch@gov.ab.ca

To contact Ken Gossen, executive director:
Phone: 780-980-4860
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: ken.gossen@gov.ab.ca

To contact Hong Qi, director:
Phone: 780-644-8128
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: hong.qi@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Bio-industrial Opportunities Section
O.S. Longman Building
4th Floor, 6909 116 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 4P2