DATE

DATE

October 14 to 20, 2018

TIME

TIME

Everyday from 8am - 5pm

LOCATION

LOCATION

Alberta, Canada

Meetings and presentations

Meetings and presentations

Organized visits

Organized visits

Soirées de présentation aux municipalités

Soirées de présentation aux municipalités

Canada International Hemp Fibre Processing Symposium

The 1st Canada International Hemp Fibre Processing Symposium held from October 14 to 20, 2018 brought together about 30 people. Its objective was to demonstrate the potential that northern Alberta has to offer for the hemp industry. 

The week was designed to demonstrate Canada’s leadership in hemp fibre processing and secondary manufacturing. Participants attended the Canadian hemp value chain, including on-farm production. The symposium’s vision is to create global recognition of Canadian hemp fibre as the preferred choice for commercial applications.

Participation

Some 21 people representing about ten national and international companies participated in the event: 6 international, 2 from Quebec, 2 from Manitoba and 11 from Alberta. These are the people present for the entire symposium and did not include people attending presentations, organized tours and presentation evenings to municipalities, governments and other organizations.

During the week, participants had the opportunity to visit the Vegreville shelling site, the Bio Composites Group plant in Drayton Valley, the Just Bio Fibre plant in Airdrie and a hemp field.

Capital fund managers representing more than $130 million are willing to invest in the hemp fibre value chain attended the symposium.

Among the benefits, it should be noted that positive analyses on the desirability of a symposium devoted to hemp fibre are still ongoing. Canada, recognized for its leadership in the development of hemp seed, is now on the map of hemp fibre leadership. Adaptavate, a UK company, will continue to make progress on the creation of a business in Alberta. Capital fund managers representing more than $130 million are willing to invest in the hemp fibre value chain attended the symposium. IsoFib, a Quebec-based manufacturer of hemp shellers and producer of sustainable building materials, is actively seeking distributors for their insulation products. The next step once this is done will be implemented. A hemp processing equipment manufacturer based in Belgium is looking for a distributor and installer of on-site processing machines and a local process automation supplier.