Jinguang Hu – Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary

Dr. Jinguang Hu’s is an Assistant Professor in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary. His current research group is supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) Initiative. His research interest is utilizing biomass, photo/bio-catalysts, and cell factories to design and fabricate renewable and sustainable bioproducts and systems, via bioinspired routes, for Energy, Environmental, and Biomedical application. The group’s current research focuses on biomass photorefinery, sustainable H2, biofuels/chemicals, bioinspired materials, inorganic-biological hybrid systems, biomedical, bioprocess engineering, and so on. Prior to joining UCalgary, he worked at University of British Columbia BioProducts Institute and Aalto-VTT HYBER Center (Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials). He is a Research Fellow of GBIC and a recipient of S.C. Trindade Award. He is an active participant in the International Energy Agency (IEA), Bioenergy division. He is also associated with the China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy.


Doug Hooper – Director, Policy and Regulation, Advanced Biofuels Canada

Doug Hooper is the Director, Policy and Regulation, for Advanced Biofuels Canada. Since 2005, Doug has helped lead the development of Canada’s advanced biofuels sector. Doug has worked directly on all key federal/provincial energy and climate action policies in Canada, including renewable and low carbon fuel regulations, carbon pricing, and fiscal policies to build biofuel production capacity and expand clean fuel use.


Bridgette Duniece – Vice President, Operations and External Affairs, Permolex

With over 26 years of experience in all aspects of business and project management and 12 years of experience at Permolex, Ms. Duniece has excelled in all aspects of industrial and community safety, sales and environment programs with a customer based philosophy. Currently focused on working with the Provincial and Federal Governments, the Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group (ABPG), sitting on the Board of Directors of BioAlberta, the Biomass Quality Network Canada (BQNC) Biofuels Committee and working with other stakeholders, Ms. Duniece continues to focus on community relations, sector advocacy, the environment and market based commodity modeling.


Pascale Champagne – Professor & Undergraduate Chair, Civil & Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University

Pascale Champagne, PhD, PEng, DWRE, FEWRI, FASCE: Dr. Champagne is a Professor of Civil & Chemical Engineering, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Bioresource Engineering, and the Director of the Beaty Water Research Center (BWRC) at Queen’s University. Dr. Champagne is an internationally recognized leader in bioresource engineering, alternative water and waste management systems and environment sustainability. She has established a highly productive interdisciplinary research program with projects in the fields of environmental and chemical engineering, biology and green chemistry.