Programme

Wealth from the Northern Bioeconomy – Joint Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Wellbeing

Wednesday 9 September – Arrival and Reception

15:00
Registration starts

19:00
Welcoming walk to the peak of Ukko Koli and Welcome drinks

Get-together dinner

Speakers:    

Pentti Hyttinen, Region Mayor, Regional Council of North Karelia
Petteri Taalas, Chairman of the Board, Koli Forum Association
Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chairman of the Board, Pöyry PLC, Finland

 Thursday 10 September– Working sessions

9:00
Opening session

Keynotes:

Janez Potočnik, Chairman of UNEP International Resource Panel, France
Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy, Finland
Bruce J. Oreck, the former United States Ambassador to Finland (2009-2015)

Coffee break

11:00
Session POLICY:  Common policy drivers – opportunities and challenges in the Northern regions

The content and meaning of bioeconomy is different in different parts of the world. The boreal region can become a unifying factor for the sustainable bioeconomy. Finland was one of the first countries to prepare a national bioeconomy strategy. How are the possibilities understood in other Northern countries and what kind of policy actions are taken to bring the bioeconomy forward?

Keynotes       

Patrick Dieckhoff, Director, Bioeconomy Council, Germany
Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation, Canada

Panel               

Patrick Dieckhoff, Director, Bioeconomy Council, Germany
Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation, Canada
Geir Oddsson, Senior Advisor, Nordic Council of Ministers, Iceland
Sixten Sunabacka, Strategic Director, Ministry of the Employment and Economy, Finland
Toshihiko Yamada, Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan

Chair                
Alan Young, Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group, Canada

12:30
Lunch

13:30
Session BUSINESS:  Competitive and favourable business environment – from ideas to breakthroughs

Appropriate climate and resource policies guide towards low carbon solutions, resource efficiency and the circular economy. The market is in constant change and products and energy based on renewable raw materials are becoming more competitive.   How will the business environment evolve towards higher value added bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources?

Keynote           

Barend Verachtert, Interim Executive Director, Bio-based Industries, Belgium

Panel  

Ilmo Aronen, Director of R&D, Raisio agro Ltd., Finland
Alistair Clark, Managing Director, EBRD, United Kingdom
Jorma Mikkonen, Director of Corporate Relations and Responsibility, Lassila & Tikanoja, Finland
Michael Obersteiner, IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), Austria
Barend Verachtert, Interim Executive Director, Bio-based Industries, Belgium

Chair                 

Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chairman of the Board, Pöyry PLC, Finland

Coffee break

15:30
Session SCIENCE:   Science, innovations and people – speeding up transition

Global transition always calls for cooperation between the industry and science, as well as broad-reaching changes in attitudes and policies. Turning knowledge, skills and inventions into successful innovations calls for inspirational marketing based on thorough understanding of the end user’s needs.  How could we use research, innovations and science to expedite the meeting of demand and supply. How will the bioeconomy evolve by 2030?

Keynotes         

James Clark, Professor, University of York, United Kingdom
Yonglong Lu, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Panel                

James Clark, Professor, University of York, United Kingdom
Jyrki Kangas, Professor, University of Eastern Finland
Yonglong Lu, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Mari Walls, President and CEO, Natural Resources Institute Finland

Chair                 

Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director, World Resources Forum, Switzerland

17:00
Out-door activities, Hotel Spa

19:00
Dinner

Speakers         

Xaver Edelmann, President, World Resources Forum, Switzerland
Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute of Sustainable Development, Canada                                                 

Friday 11 September – Workshops and the Koli Theses 2015

8:30
Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1 – Policy & International cooperation
Key note Jean-Francois Levasseur, Director, Natural Resources Canada
Moderator Sixten Sunabacka, Strategic Director, Ministry of the Employment and Economy, Finland

Workshop 2 – Business & Favourable environment
Keynote and moderator Petri Vasara, Global Practice Leader, Pöyry Management Consulting Ltd., Finland

Workshop 3 – Science & Innovation & People
Key note Lauri Hetemäki, Professor, Assistant Director, European Forest Institute, Finland
Moderator Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director, World Resources Forum, Switzerland

Coffee break and hotel check-out

12:00
Closing session – Workshop results and Thesis formulation
Petteri Taalas, Chairman of the Board, Koli Forum Association, Finland
Liisa Käär, Secretary General, Koli Forum Association, Finland

12:0 –  13.30
Farewell lunch

13:45
Buses leave Koli:

  1. Optional field trip to Fortum’s bio-oil plant in Joensuu – first of its kind in the world.  After the tour, the bus will take the participants directly to Joensuu airport.  Connection to the Helsinki flight departing at 17:40.
  2. Buses to Joensuu/Joensuu airport.
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