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BC Bioenergy Sector Awards

BC Bioenergy Sector Awards

2021 was the inaugural year of the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards, hosted by BC Bioenergy Network. These awards recognize leaders who have made meaningful contributions to advance bioenergy research, policy, innovation, or sector building in British Columbia. Nominations are now closed. The awards were presented on October 20th, 2021 (BC Bioenergy Day).

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural BC Bioenergy Sector Awards:

Researcher Award 2021 – Professor Jack Saddler, NSERC Industrial Senior Chair, Task Leader, IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Professor of Wood Science at UBC.
Changemaker Award 2021 – David Bennett, Director, Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels at FortisBC.
Champion Award 2021 – Michael Rensing, Director, Low Carbon Fuels Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
The Awards were presented for outstanding leadership and contribution to the bioenergy sector in British Columbia.

















Thank you to all stakeholders who submitted awards nominations. Our judging panel found it challenging to select only one recipient per category due to the high quality of nominees. If your nominee did not receive an award this year, we encourage you to nominate them again for the 2022 BC Bioenergy Sector Awards.

If you missed it, the recording can be viewed here.

More information about the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards: 

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: Now Closed

Date of online awards event: 10:00 am on October 20, 2021 (Bioenergy Day)


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 the impact.

Is the awards event virtual or in-person?

The event will be held virtually.

Why are winners notified so early?

The winner will be asked to give a short presentation at the online Bioenergy Day event so we have allotted them time to prepare.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Petra Srutkova, Business and Marketing Administrator, BC Bioenergy Network, petra.srutkova@bcbioenergy.ca