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Given the global situation around COVID-19 and actions being taken by the Canadian, Quebec and Ontario governments, the Canada SynBio Organizing Committee had to make the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming Canada SynBio 2020 conference, originally scheduled for June 3 in Montreal. We are currently working to find a new date and will share the details as soon as they are confirmed.

As Canada SynBio 2020 was part of a larger “SynBio Week” series of events, please see below for their status:

  • June 1-2: The Global BioFoundries Alliance (GBA) has cancelled their AGM.

  • June 4: SynBio 5.0 has been cancelled.

We appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. During these difficult times, the health and wellbeing of the attendees, speakers, staff and general public remains our top priority.

Full refund will be issued to those who registered.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  Jordan Thomson, Ontario Genomics, Associate VP, Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development at


On June 3, 2020, Ontario Genomics, Génome Québec and the Genome Canada Enterprise are hosting the third annual Canada Synbio Conference in Montreal. This is a national conference that focuses on emerging themes in engineering biology through a series of engaging presentations, dynamic workshops and interactive networking events.

New this year, the Canada Synbio Conference will be part of a Canadian Synbio Week, including the Global Biofoundries Alliance meeting (June 1 and 2) and SynBio 5.0 meeting (June 4 and 5) held at Concordia University. Register now for Canada Synbio and Synbio 5.0. Contact us if you are interested in attending the Global Boundaries Alliance meeting.

Join us in Montreal on June 3 for a day focused on accelerating the growth and success of Canada's engineering biology community. Hear from Canadian and international innovators on:

  • Sustainable fashion and materials

  • Engineering Biology and Space

  • Cellular Agriculture and Plant-Based Meat

  • DNA data storage

  • Next-generation cell therapies

  • And more!



Canada Synbio Conference, now in its third year, explores emerging themes in engineering biology through a series of engaging presentations, dynamic workshops and interactive networking events. See our full agenda for the day.



SVP, Corporate Development, Ginkgo Bioworks



CEO and Co-Founder, Twist Bioscience



Chief Innovation Officer, BlueRock



CSO and Co-Founder, LanzaTech


June 1 and 2 - Global Biofoundries Alliance (GBA) - The GBA includes over 20 non-commercial biofoundries from four continents that coordinate activities worldwide. This event aims to develop, promote, and support diverse types of non-commercial biofoundries to accelerate and enhance research in engineering/synthetic biology and enable the beneficial use of automation and new workflows and tools in engineering biology.

GBA2020 webpage

June 3 - Canada SynBio Conference - This event features cutting edge startups, companies and researchers from around the world sharing their work on engineering biology in human health, agriculture, and industrial biotech. The event attracts over 300 people annually, including researchers, policymakers, industry, entrepreneurs, students, funders, VCs and other investors from Canada and beyond.

Learn more about the 2018 and 2019 Canada SynBio conferences.

June 4-5 - SynBio 5.0 - This symposium aims to promote collaborations and the exchange of ideas between engineering biology research groups in Canada. This event provides a forum for trainees to develop their skills in the science and business of engineering biology through workshops, training and networking.

SynBio 5.0 Webpage

Download the Canada SynBio 2020 Sponsorship Package and if you have questions or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Jordan Thomson, Ontario Genomics, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Resource Development at or 416.673.6580

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