ABIC Foundation
The ABIC Foundation was established June 12th, 1998 to secure the continued success of the ABIC conference series. It is a not-for-profit corporation based in Canada.

The Foundation's goal is to ensure ongoing opportunities for continuous learning and networking within the agricultural biotechnology community through the ABIC Conferences.

ABIC Conference History
The ABIC Conference started in 1996 in Saskatchewan, Canada. The success of the ABIC '96 conference paved the way for the '98 conference, which welcomed 900 delegates from 31 countries. ABIC now is an annual meeting with current topics and increasing international interest.

The Components of ABIC 2007
We are pleased to announce that ABIC 2007 will have two components as part of the consolidated meeting:
  • A conference with a program extending over two and a half days with plenary and concurrent sessions
  • The AgBio Exhibition, where participants will have the opportunity to promote their businesses and products in a professionally presented and marketed exhibition display area.
Program Highlights

Download ABIC Program (.pdf - 3.5mb)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

9:00 am Golfers check in.
9:45 am Optional program:
Bus departs for the First Annual ABIC Golf Tournament - Tee off 11:00 am transportation included to Silvertip Golf Course.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm Exhibition
7:00 pm Western Welcome Reception

Monday, September 24, 2007

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibition
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Opening Plenary Session/Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
4:30 - 5:30pm First day reception/ Networking Break
Free evening optional programs:
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Shopping - List of shopping facilities near by
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Dine around - lists of restaurants nearby will be listed

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Opening Plenary Session/Concurrent Sessions
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibition
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
4:30 - 5:30pm Reception/ Networking Break
6:00 - 7:00 pm Optional program:
ABIC 2007 Calgary Formal Reception
7:00 - 10:00 pm Optional program:
ABIC 2007 Banquet Dinner

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

7:30 am - 11:30 am Registration
8:30 am - 11:30 am Exhibition
9:00 am - 11:30 am Opening Plenary Session/Concurrent Sessions
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch, closing ceremonies

Delegate Profile
The Conference is expected to attract a strong contingent from across Canada and from around the world. Our target audience is:

  • CEO's of biotechnology companies
  • Senior managers of biotechnology companies
  • Biotechnologists
  • Venture Capitalists
  • BioIndustry specialists
  • Molecular Biologists
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Microbiologists
  • Researchers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Patent Attorneys
  • Licensing professionals
  • Manufacturers
  • Media professionals
  • Legal and other service providers

Event information

ABIC 2007 "Harnessing Science for the Evolving Consumer: The fit of Agricultural Biotechnology"
The theme for ABIC 2007 will be Harnessing Science for the Evolving Consumer: The fit of Agricultural Biotechnology. Taking a global perspective, industry and scientific leaders along with visionaries will address Agricultural Biotechnology and its impact on world agriculture from production to consumption. This big picture of agriculture biotechnology, its global opportunities and its impact at both local and regional level, will be of great interest to decision makers and leaders in Governments, industry, academia and public.

Topics that will be discussed and debated will range from Agriculture Biotechnology developments and their contribution to human and animal health; bioproducts and bio-economy; environment; crop and animal improvements; consumer perceptions and acceptance to lessons learned since the launch of first products in mid 1990's.

Dates
Saturday, September 22 to Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

Venue
Calgary TELUS Conventional Centre
120 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2G 0P3
Phone: 403-261-8500
Toll Free: 1-800-822-2697
Download ABIC Program (.pdf - 3.5mb)

ABIC 2007 Steering Committee

Rick Smith
Co-Chair
SemBioSys

Art Froehlich
Co-Chair
Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (AARI)

Pete Desai
Program Chair
Desai & Desai Inc.

Darcy Fitzgerald
Finance Chair
Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund (ALIDF)

Freda Molenkamp
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD)

Ryan Radke
Bio Alberta

Matthew Machielse
Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD)

George Yeaman
Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF)

Anna Lavalle
AusBiotech Ltd.

Philip Schwab
BIOTECanada

Peter Welters
Phytowelt Green Technologies GmbH

Conference Coordinator

Iris Meck
c/o Iris Meck Communications Inc.
Suite 510, 5920 - 1A Street SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2H OG3
Email:
iris@irismeckcom.com
Phone: 403-686-8407
Cellular: 403-660-7020
Fax: 403-255-4592
IMCI.ca

Registration

The preferred method of registration is electronic.
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Delegate registration includes all coffee breaks, lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Welcome Reception on Sunday night, all plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the conference, entrance to the exhibit area throughout the conference, and the networking receptions on Monday and Tuesday at the end of the day.

Those who wish to attend the conference should complete either the online form or the registration form located at the end of the conference brochure and submit it to the Conference Coordinator. Each registrant must complete a separate form. For fax or mail registrations, a clean photocopy of the form will be accepted or additional forms can be obtained from the Conference Coordinator.

Payment of fees
Note: Registrations will not be processed or confirmed until the Conference Coordinator receives payment in full.

Payment within Canada
Payment may be made by personal cheque, company cheque or credit card: Master Card or VISA are the only two credit cards accepted at the conference. Please note all transactions by credit card will appear on your statement as payment to "Onware Registration Services". Cheques should be made payable to "ABIC 2007".

International Payment
Payments from outside of Canada must be made by credit card or bank cheque in Canadian dollars only. Your name and full address should be typed or printed clearly on the back of the cheque. You may not pay your fees by direct transfer.

Payment Confirmation
Your registration and payment will be acknowledged in writing with confirmation of your requirements according to your registration form. Your registration will not be processed or confirmed if payment does not accompany your form. You will not receive any further publications before the conference. Your letter of acknowledgement will include any further advice necessary prior to your arrival at the conference. At the conference you will receive the final program and list of delegates.

Cancellations and Refund policy
Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to the Conference Coordinator by fax or email. Only requests for cancellation made prior to July 25th, 2007 will be refunded less a $75.00 CDN administration service charge. Requests for cancellation made after July 25th, 2007, will not be refunded however delegate substitutions for registered delegate will be accepted. Regarding hotel accommodation cancellations, hotel policies apply. See individual hotel policies in the specific hotel website.

Entrance to the conference
Each delegate of the conference will receive a name badge. The badge will be your official pass and must be worn to obtain entry to all sessions and social functions.

Registration desk
The registration desk will be located in the conference level of the Telus Convention Centre on level 2 and will operate as follows:

Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday, September 24, 2007 - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 7:30 am - 5: 30 pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 7:30 am - 11:30 am

The Conference Coordinators will be on-site for all enquiries at other times.

Letters of invitation
On request, the organizing committee will send a letter of invitation to participate in the conference. Such an invitation is extended specifically to assist participants to obtain travel funds, or appropriate visas and does not imply any commitment on the part of the organizers to provide financial support. Please contact the Conference Coordinator in writing with your request. The letter will be forwarded to you with confirmation of your registration.

Insurance
Registration fees do not include insurance coverage of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through cancellation of the conference, loss of international domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies, through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services, strikes within Canada, failure to utilize tours or pre-booked arrangements due to airline delay, or any other reason, medical expenses including sickness and accident coverage, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Conference Coordinator cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
Use ABIC 2007 as a platform to promote your organization, products, and services to this international gathering of the leaders in the Agricultural Biotechnology industry. This visibility sponsorship and advertising packages are available to suit all budgets and provide maximum exposure both leading up to and during the conference.

For more information on taking advantage of this marketing opportunity please contact the Conference Coordinator or download a copy of the sponsorship program.
Sponsors/Links

AgBio Exhibition

A comprehensive trade show and exhibition will run concurrently with the conference. Exhibiting is a must for any company within the industry to increase awareness amongst the participants.

The Exhibition will showcase the latest development, products, and technology available. All refreshment breaks and the majority of social functions will be held in or near the Exhibition hall.

Companies interested in booking space are urged to visit the exhibitors section and register online immediately to ensure a prime booth position. To view the floor plan and list of confirmed exhibitors please refer to the exhibitors page.
Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors Page

Private touring and hospitality arrangements

Should you have any specialized group requirements for private touring, transportation or hospitality services other than those organized for the official program, please contact the
Conference Coordinator who would be pleased to assist with arrangements.
Contact Information

Private Functions

It is requested that you advise the Conference Coordinator of any private/corporate functions that might be planned outside of the official program. The Conference Coordinator would be pleased to assist with arrangements for any of these events.