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BC Bioenergy Sector Awards

About the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards

2021 was the succesfull 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 & sector building, and innovation in British Columbia. Nominations are now open for the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards 2022! The awards will be presented on October 20th, 2022 (BC Bioenergy Day). Register for the ceremony Here.


Submit a Nomination Here

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 30th, 2022

Date of online awards ceremony: October 20th, 2022 (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.

When will be winners notified?

Winners will be notified in early October and asked to give a short presentation at the online awards ceremony.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

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


BC Bioenergy Sector Awards 2021

On the third Wednesday of October (October 20th, 2021), stakeholders across Canada and the US celebrated National Bioenergy Day. At this event, BCBN announced the winners of the Inaugural BC Bioenergy Sector Awards, which recognized bioenergy sector builders; persons whose leadership and contributions have been outstanding.

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural BC Bioenergy Sector Awards 2021:

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.

View the Event Recording Here 

In addition to hearing from the winners of the inaugural BC Bioenergy Sector awards, the online event featured comments from Special Guests including: Doug Hooper, Director, Policy and Regulations, at Advanced Biofuels Canada; David Schick, Vice President of Canadian Fuels Association, Western Division, and Don Roberts, Chair of the Board at Arbios Biotech; plus a surprise musical performance from Special Guest Pat Guidera, Director, Forest Technologies at Alberta Innovates Bio.