Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: October 21, 2020

We are excited to continue our Virtual Bioenergy Symposium into the fall semester – now in a monthly format! On October 21 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT, we are welcoming Perry Toms, CEO of Steeper Energy, to talk about ways to grow Alberta’s low-carbon energy future.

Register here.

For information on past sessions, visit our symposium archive page.



Perry Toms
Steeper Energy






“How to Grow Alberta’s Low-Carbon Energy Future”

Steeper Energy is an emerging commercial aspirant in the ultra-low carbon or renewable fuels market. Steeper’s proprietary technology, Hydrofaction®, cost-efficiently converts waste biomass into advanced biofuels without the need for pre-processing or drying. Hydrofaction® is a form of hydrothermal liquefaction (“HTL”) that utilizes supercritical water as the conversion reagent in the presence of low-cost catalysts. HTL is recognized by the US Department of Energy as being critical to the commercial success of biofuel production. Perry’s presentation will share the commercialization of Hydrofaction® in both forestry industry and wastewater industry, and his vision of how Steeper could contribute to circular economy beyond Alberta, Canada.

About Perry Toms:
Perry Toms co-founded Steeper Energy in January 2011 and is the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A graduate with honors of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, he has held various executive management positions related to corporate and business development within the conventional and renewable energy industries.

Perry has over 30 years of senior executive experience with such companies as Noranda Gas, Murphy Oil, TransAlta Corporation, Energy Developments, Novera Energy, Enmax, ABG Biodiesel, and Ignite Energy Resources.

His recent career has focused on corporate and business development services to the emerging renewable energy, fuels, and clean-tech sectors located in North America, Australasia, and Europe. This includes non-conventional technology project development and commercialization, including natural gas cogeneration, wind, biomass, gasification, biodiesel, hydrothermal upgrading, and carbon offset projects.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Link to Q&A (PDF format)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: September 16, 2020

We are looking forward to hearing from Chris Olson from Innovative Reduction Strategies Inc (IRSI) at our next session on September 16 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT. Read more about him and grab your ticket here!

For information on past sessions, visit our symposium archive page.



Chris Olson
Alternative Energy Technologist
Innovative Reduction Strategies Inc.






“Waste to Resource: IRSI and the All West Bioindustrial Park”

Chris will walk through the collaborative bioindustrial ecosystem that IRSI is a part of at the All West Bioindustrial Park in Edmonton and give a detailed overview of IRSI’s specific technologies and bioproducts.

Chris has worked for the past eight years in the waste management and alternative energy space. Chris is an Alternative Energy Technologist with a degree from the University of Calgary in Sociology. IRSI’s efforts to drive innovation in the handling of waste streams is aligned closely with Chris’ personal passion for improving the waste management and sustainable technology space. Chris has worked closely with private and public organizations to develop projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving waste management practices, development of leading edge renewable technologies, and he has continually worked to cultivate a well informed understanding of a variety of bio-products. Chris has experience raising both public and private capital and has worked with Alberta Innovates, the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Mitacs, NSERC, as well as a number of private companies and associations.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Link to additional info on All West Bioindustrial Park (PDF format)