Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: October 20, 2021 (Bioenergy Day)

Join us for a special edition of our Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on October 20, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Ian Thomson from Advanced Biofuels Canada.

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Ian Thomson
Advanced Biofuels Canada






“Advanced Biofuels – Indispensable to a Net-Zero Future” is a project of Advanced Biofuels Canada which aims to expand Canadian’s literacy on transportation energy and climate policy and increase understanding of advanced biofuels’ contribution to our economy and Net Zero goals.

Ian Thomson is the President of Advanced Biofuels Canada. Since 2005, Ian has helped lead the development of Canada’s advanced biofuels sector. He 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. Ian heads up Advanced Biofuels Canada’s industry and member engagement, and broadly represents the sector’s interests with governments, clean fuels sectors, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

BC Bioenergy Sector Awards: October 20, 2021

2021 is the inaugural year of the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards, hosted by the BC Bioenergy Network on October 20, 2021 (National Bioenergy Day). These awards recognize leaders who have made meaningful contributions to advance bioenergy research, policy, innovation, or sector building in British Columbia.

Award Categories: 

  1. Researcher (Academia)
  2. Champion (Government/Non-Profit)
  3. Changemaker (Industry/Entrepreneur)

Award Criteria: 

  1. What was the nominee’s personal contribution?
  2. What was the impact on the bioenergy sector?


Deadline for nominations: September 15, 2021

Winners notified: September 30, 2021

Date of awards event: October 20, 2021 (online)


Are self-nominations accepted?

No, all nominees need to be nominated by a third party.

Is it possible to nominate someone in more than one category?

No, the questions are the same for each category so the category needs to be clearly defined.

How does judging work?

Judging will be based on the responses on the nomination form, but judges reserve the right to validate and quantify impact.

Is the awards event virtual or in-person?

The event will be held virtually via Zoom.

Why are winners notified so early?

Winner will be asked to give a short presentation so we have allotted them time to prepare.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Ashley Callister, BC Bioenergy Network,

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: September 15, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on September 15, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Meaghan Seagrave from BioNB and Rod Badcock from Nova Scotia Innovation Hub.

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Meaghan Seagrave
Executive Director, BioNB

Meaghan has over a decade of experience working with small and start-up technology enterprises across the country in a variety of roles. With a graduate degree in agricultural sciences and several certificates and diplomas in technical communications and management development, she is well equipped to act as intermediary in a challenging and technical sector like biotechnology.

Meaghan has a strong reputation in the business community and a communication style that has helped BioNB build trust and cooperation among key stakeholders. She is passionate about the opportunities biotechnology holds for transforming this region’s traditional sectors and supporting the province’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.





Rod Badcock
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Innovation Hub

Rod is passionate about the Bioeconomy. He spent the beginning of his career in operational roles with Alberta Pacific Forest Industries and Bowater Mersey Paper Company where he specialized in forest management.

In addition to an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Rod holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Rod is also an entrepreneur and has been involved in the launch of several firms including a consulting business that supports product and process innovation in the forest industry.



“Atlantic Canada’s Bioeconomy Ecosystem”

Atlantic Canada’s bioeconomy ecosystem has begun to take its rightful place in the growth of the region’s economy. Regionally significant given its traditional industries and diverse resource endowment, Atlantic Canada has seen an sharp increase in early stage investment in bio-based ventures, infrastructure build outs and inward investments related to bioeconomy opportunities.

BioNB and the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub have come together to shed light on the region’s ecosystem and what makes it unique in Canada and North America.


Link to presentation (via YouTube)



Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: August 18, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on August 18, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Jeff Passmore, CEO of Passmore Group and Chair of Scaling Up Bioeconomy Conference.

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Jeff Passmore
CEO, Passmore Group
Chair, Scaling Up Bioeconomy Conference






“The global industrial bioeconomy revolution: Will Canada get serious, or stand on the sidelines?”

Jeff Passmore has worked in the renewable energy, renewable chemicals, and industrial bio-economy sector for over 40 years, both as a consultant, and, for 12 years, as Executive Vice President of Iogen Corporation, an advanced biofuels production company. His expertise includes strategic investor relations, project capital attraction, site location assessment – including feedstock availability and cost, and corporate communications. He was a key player at the table in negotiated investments by Shell, Petro Canada, Goldman Sachs, and VW. He led a team of four professionals that succeeded in getting Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses (CRCE) embedded in federal budget 1996, and was instrumental in the creation of the NextGen Biofuels Fund at Sustainable Development Technology Canada in federal Budget 2007.

In 2010, he launched the Passmore Group Inc., a management consultancy focused on providing clients with the tools that lead to the more rapid commercialization of technologies in the bio-economy and cleantech sectors. He has raised non-dilutive subordinated debt for a number of offshore companies seeking to establish businesses in Canada.

In 2016 Passmore launched and now Chairs Canada’s annual Industrial Bioeconomy Business Conference “Scaling Up” focussing on the financing and commercialization challenges faced by biochemical, bioenergy, and advanced biofuels technology providers.

During his career Passmore has served on The CleanTech Advisory Board of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Canada’s National Advisory Board on Energy Science & Technology. He is the Past Chair of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Society of Canada, the Ottawa Chapter of the International Association for Energy Economics, the Past Vice-Chair of the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario, and past-President of the Rotary Club of Ottawa. He currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome.

Passmore is a frequent international public speaker, and his work has taken him on projects in Central and SE Asia, Kenya, the UK, throughout Europe, and across North America.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: July 21, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on July 21, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT with Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.

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Sandy Marshall
Executive Director
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada






“Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, creating jobs and economic value sustainably for Canada”

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia, Ontario.

BIC is focused on enabling Canada to become globally recognized leaders in sustainability by:

  • converting renewable resources, such as agricultural and forestry by-products and residues, into value-added bioenergy, biofuel, biochemical and biomaterials
  • efficiently using the world’s limited resources (eg. water, energy) through innovative technologies
  • recovering and reusing the world’s limited resources within the circular economy for use in a wide range of commercial applications along the chemistry value chain.​

BIC’s mission is to support highly innovative Canadian firms and large companies to develop and commercialize products and technologies that can transform Canada’s abundant renewable and sustainable resources.  BIC’s vision is creating jobs and economic value while driving towards a sustainable, low carbon circular economy through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased resource recovery and reuse.  Net-zero by 2050 is the goal which aligns with Canada’s commitments under the Paris Accord and Canada’s 2030 sustainability targets.

BIC’s strategic plan is built on three pillars:

  1. Attract and Develop Sustainable Companies
  2. Invest in Sustainable Innovation in Canada
  3. Lead Canada’s Transformation to a Net Zero and Sustainable Economy

The session will highlight BIC’s past successes but focus on how BIC can collaborate with its pan-Canadian partners to deliver on its strategic plan for the benefit of Canada.

About Sandy Marshall:

Sandy graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science Degree (MASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.   He started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Over his 30-year career in the chemical and polymers industry, he worked in research and process, product development and market development before moving into Operations and General Management.  Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada.

Sandy is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Biorefinery Research Institute (BRI) at Lakehead University, Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for an NSERC Industrial Research Chair at Western University, Member of the Aquatic and Crop Resource Development (ACRD) Advisory Board of National Research Council Canada and member of the Boards of BIOTECanada and Bluewater Power Corporation.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: June 16, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on June 16, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT with Gord Crawford, Vice President of Engineering at Expander Energy.

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Gord Crawford
Vice President of Engineering
Expander Energy




“Expander Low Carbon Intensity Fuel Program”

Gord Crawford, Vice President of Engineering at Expander Energy, will provide a brief overview of their Low Carbon Intensity (CI) Synthetic Fuel Program which will produce Net Zero Carbon Intensity fuels by 2024.

Expander Energy is a Calgary based technology development company which has developed a series of technologies which use natural gas, biomass and renewable electricity to produce Low CI Synthetic Diesel, Jet fuel and Hydrogen.

Recently, Expander Energy announced their plans to build a Biomass/Gas to Liquids plant (BGTL™) in Slave Lake, Alberta. This facility will be the first of its kind in North America and will enable Expander Energy to produce net zero-carbon fuels by 2024.

Gord Crawford has over 30 years of experience in business development, engineering and project management, working on some of the largest projects in the Canadian Energy Industry. Gord has extensive experience building and leading high-performance EPC teams and a strong background in renewable fuels, midstream and downstream production, including syngas generation, biomass gasification, sour gas and sweet gas processing and pipeline engineering. Mr. Crawford is well versed in the clean energy sector and will be overseeing the next phase of commercialization of Expander’s portfolio of patented renewable fuel technologies.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: May 19, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on May 19, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Raphael Bohlmann, VP of Marketing from Cielo Waste Solutions.

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Raphael Bohlmann
VP of Marketing
Cielo Waste Solutions




“Cielo: A solution to the 3.4 Billion tons of waste per year garbage crisis”

Cielo Waste Solutions is a green company in the ESG sector transforming garbage into highly sought-after renewable fuels to reduce carbon and greenhouse gases. Cielo does both in their proprietary patented process. The planet has a garbage crisis and garbage is the #1 producer of these harmful GHG’s. Cielo’s solution reduces garbage in an attempt to get to ZWTL (zero waste to landfill) while producing a renewable fuel for transportation diesel, marine fuel and aviation/jet fuel.

Raphael Bohlmann has 25+ years of corporate experience in marketing and management with building and developing teams within companies. Mr. Bohlmann, a critical thinker, has full comprehension of all marketing tools and initiatives including brand and strategy solutions.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: April 21, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on April 21, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Jordan Solomon, President and CEO of Ecostrat.

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Jordan Solomon
President and CEO






“The BDO Zone Initiative: Driving Bio-based Economic Development and Unlocking Project Finance in Alberta

The Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Initiative enables communities to powerfully leverage biomass assets to serve as anchors for clean energy economic development.

BDO Zones are force-multipliers for de-risking and attracting investment into new plants that produce sustainable aviation fuel and advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, biogas, and other biobased products.

BDO Zone risk ratings drive renewable energy investment and create clean energy jobs. They help stand up new biobased production plants that decrease GHGs in a meaningful way. They help secure our Canadian clean energy future.

This webinar will discuss the BDO Zone Initiative and the first BDO Designation of the City of Melville, Saskatchewan in January 2021.

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About Jordan Solomon:

Jordan R. Solomon has held the position of President and CEO of Ecostrat for over 20 years where he oversees the Biomass Advisory Group and the Biomass Supply Group. His responsibilities include new project origination, evaluation and commercialization, corporate strategy and team support. His areas of expertise include biomass supply chain risk-assessment and feedstock risk rating, project finance, feedstock origination, contracting, and risk mitigation.

As head of Ecostrat’s Advisory Group, Jordan led the development of the new Canadian and US Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) which was recently accredited by the SCC and the CSA as a National Standard of Canada. He has led M&A due diligence advisory teams focusing on feedstock supply and risk for JP Morgan, Shell, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Enviva, NREL, DTE Energy, CitiBank, Macquarie Bank, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Southern Company, Rentech, Noresco, EDF, Sweetwater, Solvay, McKinstry, LaFarge, PGE, Eastman, Johnson Control, and National Bank of Canada.

As head of Ecostrat’s Biomass Supply Group, Jordan has overseen development and operation of biomass supply chains for over 5,000,000 tons of biomass and organic feedstock over two decades for biogas, bioenergy, biofuel, and biochemical projects. He has negotiated, structured supply chains, financed and executed bulk shipments of biomass overseas to Europe and Asia.

He has previously served on the Board of First Asset Renewable Power FlowThrough Limited Partnership as a Director of First Asset Power Funds Inc. (I, II, III, IV) and on the Board of Directors of the public Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) Dundee Acquisition Ltd. (TSX: DAQ.UN). He currently sits on the Bioenergy Feedstock National User Facility Advisory Board (Idaho National Laboratory / US Department of Energy), on the Clean Fuel Steering Committee (CFSC) Solid Fuels Sub-Working Group to identify measures required to increase investment in the domestic production of clean fuels and for successful implementation of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard, and on the CSA Transition & Sustainable Finance Committee to create national investment standards to incentivize sustainability performance.

Jordan holds a B.A. Honors (Eng. Phil.) from University of Western and a Masters in Environmental Studies with a specialty in Corporate Environmental Strategy from York University.

Link to presentation (via YouTube)

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: March 17, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on March 17, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MDT featuring Sylvain Bertrand, CEO of Airex Energy.

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Sylvain Bertrand
Airex Energy






“Bringing innovation to market : Biomass torrefaction technology

Airex Energy is among the few leaders worldwide that has successfully developed and commissioned a biomass torrefaction plant with an annual capacity of 15,000 tons/year. The technology platform developed by Airex transforms sawmill by-products, forestland waste and agricultural residues into value-added carbonized products. The presentation will introduce the innovative cyclonic bed reactor at the heart of the torrefaction technology, as well as various products and applications. It will also uncover the strategy used by Airex to successfully raise seed capital in the clean tech industry. A brief overview of the projects currently being developed will also be presented.

About Sylvain Bertrand: 

Mr. Bertrand joined Airex Industries in 2011 to work on the development of the torrefaction technology. In 2014, Airex Energy was spined-off from its parent company to raise venture capital and scale-up the technology. Mr. Bertrand has been Chief Executive Officer of Airex Energy since inception.

Prior to joining Airex, he acted as chief advisor for AbitibiBowater’s development and energy strategy, where he was responsible for developing new biofuel initiatives. He also served as investment director at Multiple Capital and Innovatech du Grand Montréal, a venture-capital fund specialized in tech startups.

Mr Bertrand holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Polytechnique Montréal, a Master of Energy Engineering for Industrial Equipment acquired in Toulouse, France and an MBA from HEC Montréal.

Link to presentation (via Youtube)

Annual Policy Forum with BioAlberta: March 3-4

BioAlberta‘s Annual Policy Forum is bringing key stakeholders together to discuss how we can advance our life sciences sector.

This Policy Forum features industry and government speakers from across the health and life science ecosystem. See the full agenda lineup and reserve your spot by registering here.