SPARK 2019: October 28-30, 2019

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is hosting SPARK 2019: Carbon Positive at the Edmonton Convention Centre from October 28-30, 2019.

The Biomass Energy Network is excited to announce that our Scientific Director, Dr. David Bressler, will be moderating a breakout session on Tuesday, October 29 called Sustainability in Action: A Case Study in Collaboration. If you cannot attend in person, we will be webcasting the session live between 1:00-2:15pm MDT at the following link:

We will also be using the app to take questions from the audience. You can join the discussion by going to the Slido website or downloading the app, and entering #SPARK as the event code and selecting Salon 9/10 as the room. For detailed instructions to access, please check out this document.

This virtual conference is made possible by support from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and WestJet, in collaboration with the Biomass Conversion Division at the Mexican Petroleum Institute.


[YOU’RE INVITED] BEN Launch Event: May 23, 2019

Join us on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for the official launch of the Biomass Energy Network at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.

We will kick off with two expert panels followed by dinner and a social networking event in the evening. We look forward to bringing together many members of academia, government, and industry in the bioenergy community at this exciting event! Tickets available via Eventbrite.


Advanced Fuels and Biojet:

    Candice Paton – Executive Director, Clean Technology, Alberta Innovates (Moderator)

    Chris Tindal – Assistant Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

    Geoff Tauvette – Director, Fuel & Environment, Westjet

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

    Dave Meyer – Senior Business Development Manager, LanzaTech

System Enablers for the Emergence of Biomass Energy Pathways:

    John Brown – ADM, Alberta Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism (Moderator)

    Steve MacDonald – CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta

    Cécile Siewe – Director General, CanmetENERGY Devon

    Brett Purdy – Executive Director, CCITF Programs at Alberta Innovates

    Brian Ahearn – Vice President, Western Division, Canadian Fuels Association


12:30pm Registration

1:00-1:30pm Welcome

1:30-3:00pm Panel: Advanced Fuels and Biojet

3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30-5:00pm Panel: System Enablers for the Emergence of Biomass Energy Pathways

5:00-5:30pm Cocktails

5:30-7:00pm Dinner

7:00-9:00pm Social Networking Event


To get your tickets via Eventbrite, click here.

To book your hotel room at the Renaissance under our corporate rate, click here.

For information on the Route 747 bus service from Century Park to the airport, click here.

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