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[ Building Biotech-Creating Opportunities in the BC Bioeconomy ]


Building Biotech 2018 Thursday, Sept 27, 6:00pm Coast Coal Harbour Hotel View Event Details (


[ Genome BC Poster Competition 2018 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, May 24th, 2018 UBC's Pharmaceutical Sciences-Atrium Event details here ( )...


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, July 26th, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm, Steamworks Brewpub View Event Details (


[ Annual General Meeting 2017 ]


Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm, at BC Cancer Research Centre, Dorothy Lam Boardroom, 1st floor View Event Details (


[ SBN Soiree 2017 ]


Wednesday June 7th, 2017 6:00pm-9:00 pm, at TELUS World of Science View Event Details (


[ Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 ]


Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 Thursday, May 25th, 2017 8:30am-4:00 pm, at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Main Foyer, 2405 Wesbrook Mall View Event D..


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:30PM - 9:00PM Central City Brewpub (Central City Shopping Centre, 13450 102 Ave) View Event Details (


[ Career Connect - CDRD ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, March 7 2017 1:30PM - 5:00PM; 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver View Event Details (


[ Biotech Expo 2017 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center (6163 University Blvd) Event details here (


Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy

a part of National Biotechnology Week

September 20th 2010
Sutton Place Hotel

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Photography by Mahsa Ekhteraei Sanaei


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Time Program Speaker / Moderator
5:15 - 5:55 Member & Mentor Registration  
6:00 - 6:10 SBN Welcome & Speaker Introduction  
6:10 - 6:30 Keynote Address Dr. John MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Day4 Energy
6:30 - 7:00 Panel Discussion Moderated by Mr. Bob Ingratta, BioProducts & BioEnergy Sector Specialist, LifeSciences BC

Dr. John MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Day 4 Energy

Mr. Darcy Quinn, Manager, Marketing and Business Development, Nexterra Systems Corp.

Mr. Jack Grushcow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc.

Mr. Michael Weedon, Executive Director, BC Bioenergy Network
7:00 - 8:00 Dinner & Roundtable Mentorship  
8:00 - 9:30 Networking Reception  

Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy

The Student Biotechnology Network is proud to kick-off its 10th season with “Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy”.

Building Biotech is our annual kick-off event which serves to educate students by illuminating on an exciting area of the life sciences industry. This inspirational and interactive evening offers students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of biotechnology from experts on the topic at hand.  This year with Building Biotech:Powering the BioEconomy, we hope to create student awareness of BioProducts, BioEnergy and other clean technologies, encouraging and inspiring students to follow career paths within this growing sector.

What to Expect

  • An opportunity to learn more about the BioProducts and BioEnergy sectors within the Life Sciences Industry
  • A vibrant panel discussion where all attendees may ask questions to the panel
  • A chance to network with industry leaders
  • Roundtable Mentorship - a chance to be seated with and receive valuable advice from mentors in your area of interest 
  • A three course dinner included with your registration


Interested in mentoring at this event? Sign up to become a SBN Mentor today and help make all the difference in a student's career.

Speaker Biographies

Speaker biographies can be viewed here

How to get there

SBN highly encourages the use of transit to arrive at the Sutton Place Hotel.  The closest skytrain stations are Burrard St Station (Burrard & Dunsmuir) and City Centre Station (Granville & West Georgia).

Parking is available in the Sutton Place Hotel as well as in EasyPark Parking Lots throughout downtown


[ SBN would not be possible without its generous sponsors ]