Saskatoon, SK – Make root beer, watch a movie, or attend a science café to learn about biotechnology while sipping a locally-made craft beer. Global Biotech Week 2019 is all about fun and informative events.

“Biotechnology gives us life-saving medicines, earth-friendly products, and nutritious crops like canola and lentils that deliver billions of dollars to the Canadian economy every year. It benefits every aspect of our lives. Saskatchewan’s contributions are extensive and worth celebrating,” says Wilf Keller, Ag-West Bio president and CEO

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Cities of Regina and Saskatoon have proclaimed September 23 to 29 as Global Biotech Week. The bioscience community is celebrating with networking and public outreach activities. Ag-West Bio, Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association, coordinates events with the help of a local committee.

Keller adds that Saskatchewan has a culture of innovation that goes back decades, a topic he will explore in his talk at a luncheon on September 23rd that will feature Saskatchewan food ingredients.

Saskatoon events 

Sept. 23 – Taste of Innovation Luncheon with guest speaker Dr. Wilf Keller
Sept. 23 – Innovation Place company tours (Contango Strategies, Co.Labs and Nutrien)
Sept. 23/25/27 – Canadian Light Source special evening tours
Sept. 24 – Unbelievable! Science communication for a skeptical world: Lunch n' Learn with Michael Robin
Sept. 24 – Unearthing our history: linking soil & settlement: Café Scientifique with Dr. Melissa Arcand
Sept. 25 – CropLife Canada Confident Conversations workshop
Sept. 25 – Letting nature lead the way: restoring arctic and alpine ecosystems: Public lecture by Dr. Katherine Stewart
Sept. 25 – Good bugs: Using fermentation to make root beer at Nutrien Wonderhub
Sept. 26 – The Amazing Biotech Race
Sept. 26 – Trivia Night
Sept. 27 – Biotech & Beer networking event
Sept. 28 – 50th anniversary celebration for Saskatchewan Polytechnic's BioScience Technology Program

Regina events

Sept. 24 – Let's Talk GMOs: Science Café with Dr. Jon McPhetres
Sept. 24 – CropLife Canada Confident Conversations workshop
Sept. 24-29 – Biotech Tools: Saskatchewan Science Centre Makerspace Activity
Sept. 25 – Before the Plate film screening at Kramer IMAX theatre, Saskatchewan Science Centre

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For more information, contact:
Jackie Robin
Ag-West Bio
(306) 668-2656 


About Global Biotech Week:

Originating in Canada in 2003, Biotech Week is now recognized around the world as Global Biotech Week. Events scheduled throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada highlight the innovation and creativity of life science researchers. BIOTECanada spearheads Global Biotech Week in collaboration with partners from across Canada.

To learn more about Global Biotech Week around the world, visit


About Ag-West Bio:

Ag-West Bio is Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association. The company works as a catalyst for developing partnerships and industry growth in the bioeconomy through investments, aiding strategic alliances, and providing business planning support, regulatory advice and communications. Funding for Ag-West Bio is provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program, with support from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program. 

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