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Atlantica Bioenergy Task Force hosts industry and government leaders
Date:11/25/2008

ST. ANDREWS, NB, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ - The Atlantica BioEnergy Task Force today completed a two-day Leadership Forum in St. Andrews, with political, business and education leaders from across Atlantic Canada and Maine, to explore future bio-related opportunities for the forestry sector.

"The global forest industry is rapidly changing and it is incumbent on all stakeholders to look for environmentally sustainable ways to best use our wood-based resources in the future," says Task Force Executive Director Thor Olesen. "The BioEnergy Task Force is committed to future sustainable development of our forest products and the role biotechnologies can play in that."

Participants in the Leaders Forum included, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Nova Scotia Environment Minister Mark Parent, Maine Governor John Baldacci and Vice-President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's New Brunswick office, Hermel Vienneau.

Each of the government partners contributed $200,000 toward the study.

"The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with key government and industry stakeholders, to make strategic investments that will capitalize on opportunities for economic growth," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). "ACOA's investment in the Atlantica BioEnergy Task Force will support the development of this collaborative study and discussion paper that will provide recommendations on how we can advance the forestry sector through the use of new, wood-based biotechnologies."

Premier Shawn Graham says the investment will help sustain and diversify New Brunswick's forest industry, maintaining it as a critical sector as the province moves toward its goal of self-sufficiency.

"As a region, we must be innovative and creative in promoting the use of renewable energy sources in our forest products business," Graham said. "We are encouraged about the possi
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