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Trade Day 2019: Maine’s Future in the Global Bioeconomy

May 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - May 24, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

The bioeconomy uses renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as fish, forests, and micro-organisms – to produce energy, food, and value-added materials. The wide array of biobased products include edible water bottles made from seaweed, compostable plastic bags, and apparel made from milk, wood, or coffee grounds. Moving from a fossil fuel to a biobased economy can help to slow the negative impacts of climate change and create new economic activity in and around rural regions.

Finland, the most heavily forested country in the EU, is a leader in the global bioeconomy. Over the past 10 years, Finland has transformed their forest industry into a dynamic cluster of more than 50 pulp and paper mills with over 200 other production sites. Today, the country’s bioeconomy sector employs more than 300,000 people and produces (along with wood products and paper) advanced biofuels, biodegradable packaging, chemicals, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

How did Finland successfully re-engineer its struggling forest industry to emerge as a world leader in the bioeconomy?
What can we learn from the biomaterials revolution in the Nordic countries about producing innovative, value-added products from renewable biological resources?
Are you ready to re-imagine the future of your business?

We are delighted to welcome Jaana Husu-Kallio, Finland’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, who oversaw the transformation in Finland, as our Keynote Speaker.

Rich in natural resources, Maine is uniquely poised to capitalize on new and promising technologies. The FOR/Maine initiative recently released a plan to grow Maine’s forest products sector 40% by 2025 and position the state as a leader in emerging global forest product markets. With implications beyond forest products and marine resources, the diverse range of biobased chemicals, fuels, plastics, and textiles being produced offer new opportunities for collaboration and innovation across all industry sectors. Consumer demand and willingness to pay more for sustainable products is growing around the world.

How can your business be part of this exciting global paradigm shift? Join us at Trade Day 2019 as we explore the potential to re-invent Maine’s economy and position our businesses and research institutions as key partners in the global bioeconomy of the future.

Thursday, May 23

5:00 – 7:00
Opening Reception
Special performance by The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus


Friday, May 24

8:00 – 8:30
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:50
Opening Remarks
Wade Merritt, President, Maine International Trade Center, and State Director of International Trade
Welcome Address
Angus S. King, Jr., U.S. Senator from Maine (invited)

8:50 – 9:30
Keynote Presentation
Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

9:30 – 10:45
Panel Discussion
Moderator:  Charlotte Mace, Director, Office of Business Development, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Donna Cassese, Consultant Government Affairs, Sappi North America
Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, CEO, Nofima
Olavur Gregersen, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest
John Kettle, Director, Customer Solutions and International Relations, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Petri Sirvio, Global Director Incubation, Business Development, Stora Enso

11:00 – 12:00
Networking Session featuring Innovation Pavilion and New Product Showcase

New Product Showcase Finalists:
Dental Lace
Down East Innovation
Maine Standard Biofuels
Ocean’s Balance
Rapid Assault Tools
True North Beauty

12:00 – 2:30
Annual Awards Luncheon
Opening Address
Janet T. Mills, Governor, State of Maine

Exporter of the Year:  Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.
Foreign Direct Investor of the Year:  ND Paper/Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited
Innovator of the Year:  Luke’s Lobster Seafood Company
Service Provider of the Year:  Thornton Academy
President’s Awards:  Charlie Emmons, Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and Michael Stone, Stone & Associates
Future Global Leader Award:  Apryl King

Advance registration is closed.
Walk-in registration opens at 8:00 AM on Friday, May 24th.



May 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
May 24, 2019 @ 2:30 pm


Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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