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



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Clean Fuel Standard: Fueling Conversation – February 17, 2021

Biomass Energy Network (BEN) and BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) have partnered to present another panel discussion titled – “Clean Fuel Standard: Fueling Conversation”.

The discussion will take place from 9:00am – 12:00pm PST / 10:00am – 1:00pm MST on Wednesday, February 17th.

The event will feature two panels. The first panel: ‘Enhancing the Policy Blueprint’, will apply a policy lens to the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) with the objective of enhancing stakeholder submissions to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) prior to the March 4th deadline. The discussion will incorporate diverse perspectives to inform smart policy development that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and mitigates climate change.

The second panel of the event: ‘Economic Stimulus and Investment from the CFS’, will provide an industry perspective on the CFS and similar programs, with an emphasis on how such policies will work to stimulate and impact investment in the industrial ecosystem, as well as their limitations and drawbacks

This event is a continuation of the previous Clean Fuel Standard panel discussion at the “Opportunities for Advanced Liquid Biofuels in Western Canada” event on November 25th, 2020. If you missed it, the event can be viewed here.

Register now and add this event to your calendar!

View the impact statement for the CFS draft regulations in the Canada Gazette.

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: January 20, 2021

Join us for our next Virtual Bioenergy Symposium on January 20, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm MST featuring David Lynch from Enerkem.

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David Lynch
General Manager, Research and Development






“Enerkem Carbon Recycling:  Beyond Biofuels

Enerkem is well established as a global leader and technology provider for the manufacturing of biofuels and renewable chemical products from non-recyclable waste and biomass.  The Enerkem technology is an innovative and sustainable solution for waste management, energy diversification, and the implementation of a circular economy.  The presentation will look at the application of the Enerkem technology for global biofuels production as well as use of the Enerkem technology platform that readily produces chemical intermediates to address changing market conditions.

About David Lynch: 

At Enerkem, Mr. Lynch manages pilot integration and testing that has provided data-driven support for Enerkem’s commercial process design.  Mr. Lynch orchestrated the bench scale development of Enerkem’s methanol-to-ethanol process and has established pilot and laboratory facilities in Edmonton, AB.

Mr. Lynch is an Energy Futures Lab Fellow building on more than 20 years of industry experience, where he advanced development and scale up of various new products and manufacturing processes.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fairfield University.

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Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: December 16, 2020

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Dr. Jorge Aburto
Project Leader and Head of Biomass Conversion Division
Mexican Petroleum Institute






“Bioenergy Initiatives of the Mexican Petroleum Institute”

The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP) is a national research institute on petroleum, gas and bioenergy. IMP also brings technical support to PEMEX, the national oil company, as well as other energy industries in Mexico and abroad. IMP is dedicated also to consulting to the Mexican Energy Secretariat’s (SENER), other governmental offices and private companies.

IMP has been working on different bioenergy initiatives that will be presented:

  • Production of green diesel and bio jet fuel through the HEFA process
  • Production of biobased chemicals for the transport of heavy and extra-heavy oil through pipeline
  • Techno-economic studies for the generation of thermal and electricity power to agroindustries.

About Dr. Jorge Aburto:

Dr. Jorge Aburto holds a B.Sc. in Food Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); the Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) and Ph.D. from National Polytechnique Institute of Toulouse (INPT), France; and was visiting Researcher in the AgroBiotechnology Institute (IFA-Tulln) from the Agricultural University of Vienna (BOKU), Austria.

Dr. Jorge Aburto is Researcher at the Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP) since 2000 and he is actually Project Leader and Head of Biomass Conversion Division and in charge of the Division of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Dr. Aburto’s main research areas are bio-based chemicals and materials for applications in the petroleum industry, biomass deconstruction and conversion, production of lignocellulosic ethanol, on-road and aviation fuels, enzyme kinetics and applications to the oil industry, petroleum biorefining, precipitation inhibitors of asphaltenes, and petroleum pipelining through O/W emulsions. He is Author of several international articles, book chapters, and patent applications and patents. He participated in the awarded biorefinery project by the 2016 silver prize PRODETES category recognized by Mexico´s Energy Secretariat (SENER), the World Bank and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Likewise, Dr. Aburto has graduated 32 Bachelor of Science, 3 Master of Science and 2 Doctorate students. Currently, Dr. Aburto is part of the Academic Technical Council of the Bioenergy Thematic Network sponsored by CONACyT, is technical leader in the IMP of the Mexican Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CEMIE BIO), clusters of biojet fuel and solid biofuels. He is currently a Level II National Researcher recognized by SNI-CONACyT. Dr. Aburto was designated Mission Innovation Champion of Mexico by the Mission Innovation Initiative in 2019 by his contribution and vision on Bioenergy development and deployment in Mexico.

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Alberta Innovates Two-Part Bioeconomy Webinar Series: November 26 and December 3

Join Alberta Innovates for their FREE two-part webinar in their INVENTURE$ Unbound Connect Series, focusing on the bioeconomy:

Nov. 26:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MT – Introduction to Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain Management

On Day 1, Nov. 26, they will introduce you to supply-chain basics and the Canadian Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) Standards, a critical tool for investment decisions.

  1. Biomass Supply Chain Basics, presented by Michael LeungConsultant to BioAlberta.
  2. Driving Bio-Based Investment in Alberta: Leveraging Canada’s New Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk with the BD Zone Initiative, presented by Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat

Dec. 3:  9 a.m. – 11 a.m. MT – Alberta Showcase

Alberta Innovates is pleased to present these two follow-up sessions on Day 2, Dec. 3:

Session 1 – Managing biomass supply, a first-hand experience:

  1. Under Construction: Building Alberta’s hemp feedstock supply chain from the ground up, presented by Aaron Barr Director, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and CEO of Canadian Rockies Hemp

Session 2 – Two innovative, made-in-Alberta digital tools that could be applied to developing and managing biomass supply chain:

  1. BRIMS – A geospatial information system (GIS) tool for regional feedstock resource mapping in Alberta, presented by Scott Wilson, Resource Analyst, Silvacom
  2. A Success Story: A digital platform’s critical role in  Canada’s Sustainable Beef Initiative, presented by Tom Ogaranko, Chief Innovation Officer, TrustBIX


Opportunities for Advanced Liquid Biofuels in Western Canada: November 25, 2020

Biomass Energy Network (BEN) and BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) have partnered to present a two-panel discussion on advanced liquid biofuels.

The event will take place from 9am to 11:30am PST/10am to 12:30pm MST on Wednesday, November 25th.

The Canadian government’s release of the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is anticipated to facilitate innovation and the development of new technologies and fuel streams to support compliance. The proposed regulations for liquid fuels in the CFS pose an opportunity for advanced liquid biofuels throughout the nation. Western Canada has abundant agricultural and forestry resources, along with industrial and technical expertise that could be leveraged to promote innovation in the liquid biofuels space. To address this opportunity, the event will feature two panels:

1) Clean Fuel Standard: An Opportunity to Grow the Bioeconomy

2) Breaking Down Feedstock Supply

The first panel will discuss how the CFS will require innovation to support compliance and change in markets. As overarching policy, the CFS will create a new environment that will demand new fuel types and lower carbon fuels. As Western Canada is abundant in biomass and technical capability, how do we seize this opportunity to grow the bioeconomy?

The second panel will discuss feedstock supply chains and their impact on the liquid fuels space in Western Canada. This panel will outline existing obstacles within feedstock supply chains and discuss promising and innovative solutions that could assist in addressing such obstacles.

Download the program here.

View the replay here.

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: November 18, 2020

Our next monthly symposium guest is Dr. Ataullah Khan Mohammed, Senior Research Scientist and Technical Lead within Bioindustrial Services at InnoTech Alberta. On November 18 from 12:00-1:00pm MST, he’ll be joining us to discuss innovative bio-product development opportunities at InnoTech Alberta.

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



Dr. Ataullah Khan Mohammed
Senior Research Scientist & Technical Lead
Bioindustrial Services
InnoTech Alberta






“Innovative Bio-Product Development Opportunities at InnoTech Alberta”

As one of Canada’s premier applied research organizations, InnoTech Alberta (a subsidiary of the Alberta Innovates family) has a long and established history associated with transforming the energy, agriculture, environment, forestry and manufacturing sectors of the province. The Bio-Industrial R&D (BIRD)  portfolio within the Bio-Industrial Services (BIS) Division at InnoTech offers a diverse range of scientific, engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and unique pilot facilities to support the development of innovative Biomass-based products in energy, gaseous/liquid/solid fuels, construction, forest products, engineered bio-composites, industrial fibres, agricultural -supplements, -inoculant carriers, -organic fertilizers, food/feed additives, flavoring agents and medicinal Cannabis space. In a nut shell, we cover the whole spectrum of terrestrial biomass and its residuals arising from forestry, agricultural, livestock and municipal solid waste operations and our expertise extends all the way from biomass production, characterization, pre-processing, conversion (fractionation), processing (transformation) into more usable high-value bio-products and their end use testing. The BEN talk will focus on showcasing our capabilities, past successes/impacts and future opportunities for prospective innovators and technology developers in the current era of bio-product revolutionization.

Dr. Mohammed is a Senior Researcher and Technical lead for Bio-Thermo Chemical Processing and Biomass Conversion Programs within Bio-Industrial R&D at InnoTech Alberta and also an Adjunct Professor in the Process Systems Engineering, University of Regina. He is also the sector lead for bioenergy initiative at the BQNC (Biomass Quality Network Canada) and a technical committee member on Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 238:Solid Biofuels. At InnoTech Alberta, his research is focused on biomass thermochemical & thermocatalytic conversion pathways to bioenergy, biofuel, bio-chemical or bio-materials. He is a recipient of 2012 Paragon Award for Innovation for the development of innovative catalysts for feed- and process- flexible hydrogen production. He has 3 patents, 1 book chapter, 2 reviews and 30 research articles to his credit. He also served as a Guest Editor for Special Issue on “Metal Oxides in Catalysis” in Molecular Catalysis Journal, Elsevier, 2018 Issue.

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