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Each year, Canada celebrates the innovation and creativity of Canadian life science researchers and entrepreneurs during National Biotechnology Week, a concept initiated by BIOTECanada with the collaboration of all the provinces in Canada. Events held during the week include lectures, workshops, education outreach, facility tours, advocacy and networking. Visit to learn about programs across the country. Ag-West Bio coordinates National Biotech Week events in Saskatchewan.

Biotech Week in Saskatchewan has been proclaimed by the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon and the City of Regina!

September 27 - 28
Family Activity - Create a Dinosaur
2:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Saskatchewan Science Centre
2903 Powerhouse Drive, Regina

Explore the world of dinosaurs by investigating the makeup of this organism, one cell at a time. Families will work together to create their own dinosaur by building upon unique genotypes and phenotypes. This activity is included with the general admission fee.

For more information, contact or at 1-800-667-6300

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September 29
#FoodMyths TweetChat

1:00 - 3:00 PM (CST)
Online Event

Are there antiboitics in my beef? How many pesticides are on my apples?
Join #FoodMyths follow: @agwestbio @food_centre

September 30
Women in Bioscience

4:00 - 6:00 PM (CST) 
Louis' Pub, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Are you considering a career in the biosciences? This casual networking event and panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities in bioscience and whether or not there are unique issues faced by women.

Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Peta Bonham-Smith, Vice Dean, Science, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan
Vanessa Pittet, Principal Scientist, Contango Strategies

This event is FREE, but registration is required - register early as space is limited:
Click here to register

Event Sponsors:
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
ABIC Foundation
Council for Biotechnology Information
Western Producer

September 30
Cafe Scientifique
7:30 pm
Winston's Pub, 243 21st St E, Saskatoon,
Nullius in Verba: The Importance of Skeptical Science and Skepticism in Science

Dr. Scott Napper will discuss The Importance of Skeptical Science and Skepticism in Science. Dr. Napper holds a joint position at the University of Saskatchewan as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry as well as Senior Scientist and Program Manager of Emerging Diseases at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Outside of the lab, Scott has a strong interest in Science Education and works actively with the Secondary Education System to help translate high level science and mentorship to undergraduate and high school students. 
This event is free with no registration required.


Event sponsors:
Prairie Plant Systems
Council for Biotechnology Information
Western Producer

September 30 & October 1
INN Funding Information Luncheons
- Regina & Saskatoon

Learn more about Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) funding.
These events are free, but space is limited so register early.

Tuesday, September 30
Innovation Place Boardroom
2 Research Drive
Regina, SK

Registration at 11:45 am
Presentations start at 12:00 noon
Click here to register 

Wednesday, October 1
Candle/Span Room
The Atrium at Innovation Place
101 Research Drive
Saskatoon, SK

Registration at 11:45 am
Presentations start at 12:00 noon
Click here to register

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October 1
Science Cafe - Biotechnologies
7:00 pm
Saskatchewan Science Centre
2903 Powerhouse Drive, Regina

Enjoy engaging dialogue and discussion from speakers in the field of biotechnology.

More information

Janice Tranberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Reno Pontarollo, President and CEO, Genome Prairie

Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
There is no charge for this event. No registration required.

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Event sponsors:
Council for Biotechnology Information
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Novozymes BioAg
Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership


September 29 - October 3
Canadian Light Source Tours
44 Innovation Boulevard, Saskatoon

The Canadian Light Source is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian industry and contributing to the quality of life of people around the world. Join us in celebrating National Biotech Week by taking a guided tour of the CLS!

Space is limited so reserve your tour now.
Contact Erika Bergen at or call 306-657-3644
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October 2
Amazing Biotech Race

10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Innovation Place, Saskatoon, SK
This fun event will help bioscience students from high schools, SIAST, the U of S to join forces and connect with industry, with some healthy competition.

Students searching for clues participate in quick lab "challenges" that earn them the next clue, while meeting people and becoming familiar with Saskatoon bioscience companies along the way. The event winds up with lunch and networking.

Contact Blaine Chartrand:

Event Sponsors:
Okanagan Specialty Fruits
Innovation Place

Participating companies:
Canadian Light Source Inc. | Contango Strategies Dow AgroSciences  |  EcoLibra Systems Inc.
Phenomenome Discoveries Inc.
POS Bio-Sciences  |  Quantum Genetix Canada Inc.
Saskatchewan Research Council
Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 2
Biotech & Beer

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Boffins Club, Innovation Place, Saskatoon, SK
Raise a toast to the science of biotechnology! The 5th Annual Biotech and Beer
at Boffins will gather educators, students, researchers, and business people from
our biotech community to discover the opportunities in our bioscience cluster. Join us for food, refreshments, networking and door prizes!

The Vaccine Industry Committee meetings will be held in Saskatoon this week.
Committee members will join us at Biotech & Beer!
Mayor Donald Atchison,
City of Saskatoon
Wilf Keller
, President & CEO, Ag-West Bio
Andrew Potter, Director, VIDO-InterVac
Terry Gunter, General Manager, Pfizer Vaccines Canada,
& Co-Chair, Vaccine Industry Committee

Music by Kaila Stark


Event Sponsors:
Innovation Place
Prairie Plant Systems
POS Bio-Sciences
Novozymes BioAg
Genome Prairie
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School
of Public Policy
Western Producer

Walking Dead Dance
A number of elementary schools in and around Saskatoon are participating in this new Biotech Week event. Walking Dead Dance is a fun way to learn about contagious diseases, and the role of biotechnology in the development of vaccines to keep us healthy!
Contact Christine Meachem at Ag in the Classroom for information.

Event Sponsors:




Phenomenome Discoveries
Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
Interested in sponsoring an event? Check out our sponsorship package here.
Saskatchewan's National Biotech Week Committee:
Jackie Robin, Allison Sigstad, Alissa Sorowski, Dean Villeneuve - Ag-West Bio
Maeghan Carstairs - Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Christine Meachem - Ag in the Classroom
Erika Bergen - Canadian Light Source
Daniel Ramage - Genome Prairie
Fred Amaya - Innovation Place
Marilyn Huber - POS Bio-Sciences
Julia Boughner & Issac Pratt - University of Saskatchewan

Lisa Jategaonkar - University of Saskatchewan
Julie Fisowich - Saskatchewan Science Centre

Blaine Chartrand - SIAST
Kelly Martin - SREDA
Ag-West Bio Inc.
101-111 Research Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 3R2
Tel: 306-668-2656

National Biotech Week is followed by ABIC 2014 in Saskatoon!
ABIC Public Forum
Sunday, October 5, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 pm
TCU Place

Fighting for food security through agricultural innovation...
Julie Borlaug
, Associate Director of External Relations for the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, will be hosting a public forum at ABIC 2014 on Sunday, October 5 in Saskatoon, titled "Continuing the Borlaug Legacy into the Next Century." Her talk will be free to attend and we encourage all to participate in this discussion.

For the full ABIC 2014 program, click here.

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Funding for Ag-West Bio is provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Growing Forward