BPI Connect 2023

December 8, 2023, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm


Life Science Centre (LSC) - West Atrium at 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 (Click the link to find the exact location of the venue)


BPI Connect 2023 shines a spotlight on the latest scientific and technical advancements in sustainable bio-based materials developed by BPI researchers. We extend a warm invitation to all BPI-affiliated researchers, faculty, students, staff, and industry and government representatives to join us. This event serves as a platform for learning, networking, and celebrating our collective strides towards a more sustainable future.

Registration closes on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 5 pm. Secure your spot today to partake in the festivities with colleagues and friends. Enjoy a complimentary hot lunch and drinks, grab free gifts, and enter the prize draw for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect, share insights, and fortify our commitment to sustainability!


  • 10:30AM  Check-in; Showcase booths open; Coffee & pastries served
  • 11:00AM  Welcome 
  • 11:15AM  Keynote presentations
    • Daniel Shum, Chief Operating Officer, CTK Bio
    • Dr. Samantha Russell, Senior Research Scientist, Bioform Technologies
    • Dr. Hooman Rezaei, Manager of Innovation, Paper Excellence
  • 11:45AM  BPI young researchers' flash presentations
  • 12:15PM  Networking lunch; Showcase booths open
  • 13:15PM  Award ceremony & Closing

*The program is subject to change.


BPI-affiliated students and postdocs are all welcome to participate in the Showcase Competition. You'll have the opportunity to set up a demonstration table to present your research and deliver a 1-minute flash presentation on stage. You can participate as an individual or a team of no more than 3 persons. Click here to find more details about the competition. 

Competition Prizes

A panel of faculty and industry experts will evaluate and select the top three teams to receive cash prizes. Additionally, the People's Choice Award will be presented to the team who gets the most votes from the audience.

  • 1st place prize - $500 
  • 2nd place prize - $300
  • 3rd place prize - $200
  • People's choice award - $100
Prize Draw for Guests

Guests can participate in a stamp rally to win a prize. Those who visit 15+booths and collect stamps from the presenters can enter the prize draw to win a BPI travel mug, a premium holiday gift basket, or a $100 visa card. 


We suggest using one of the following parkades which are located within a 5 min walk. Their rates are $2 per 1/2 hour up to a daily max of $20. 

  • Health Science Parkade, 2250 Health Sciences Mall, V6T 1Z3
  • Thunderbird Parkade, 6085 Thunderbird Boulevard V6T 1Z3

For more details, view the university parkade and parking lot map.





Registration for BPI Connect 2023

Job Title
Do you want to participate in the Showcase demo for the competition?
(I won't present on stage for the competition)
Showcase application is now closed.
Are you participating as a team?
Team can have no more than 3 persons
Please write down the full names, emails, and titles of all the researchers participating as your team. They do not need to register separately.
Please provide a detailed description of all materials and hardware you intend to bring for display, ensuring that your items are suitable to fit on or around a 30"x48" table.
Please upload your research summary in a single PowerPoint slide.
Maximum 2 files.
64 MB limit.
Allowed types: pptx.
What is your entree choice for the networking lunch?
Would you like to volunteer to assist at the event?
Volunteers will receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card.
In which area would you like to volunteer?
Would you like to receive emails about BPI events and programs?

Please note that it may take up to 30 seconds from hitting the Submit button below to get a confirmation message and email.  Clicking on the button again during this time will create a duplicate registration.

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