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West Coast Bioenergy Guild

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It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the West Coast Bioenergy Guild, hosted by BC Bioenergy Network.

BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) invites you to attend the June West Coast Bioenergy Guild with Special Guests: Dr. Mahmood Ebadian, BC SMART Research Lead and Dr. Mohsen Mandegari, BC SMART Program Lead. Our Special Guests will be presenting about Decarbonizing the Canadian Rail Sector; with a focus on bio-based diesel and the opportunities and challenges.


The Guild will take place from 11 AM to 12 PM PST on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.

About The Special Guests:
Dr. Mahmood Ebadian
BC SMART Research Lead
Mahmood is an industrial engineer with specialties in supply chain management and lean manufacturing. In the last 12 years, he has been providing consulting services to the biomass industry on the development and optimization of biomass supply chain systems in Canada, the US and South America for various types of feedstocks including wood pellet, forest and agricultural residues, dedicated biomass crops, vegetable oils and municipal solid waste. He is currently the research lead at BC SMART, an initiative that aims to facilitate the decarbonisation of the long-distance transport sector in BC. He is also leading “The Implementation Agendas: Compare-and-Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies” project for IEA Bioenergy Task 39, a groups of 16 countries collaborating to advance the commercialization of sustainable, lower-carbon intensive biofuels to decarbonize the transport sector. He is also working with two research groups at UBC on the logistics and supply chain of biomass, bioenergy and biofuels including “Forest Products Biotechnology and Bioenergy” & “Biomass and Bioenergy” Research Groups.
Dr. Mohsen Mandegari
BC SMART Program Lead
Mohsen has gained more than 15 years of experience in the both Energy and Bioenergy sectors. He achieved more than eight years of experience (2004-2012) in the oil-gas consulting companies, projects licensed by WorleyParsons, Axense and Haldor-Tapsoe as Process Engineer, Project Engineer and Engineering Manager. Then, he moved to the bioenergy and bioprocess engineering at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He led and contributed to 12 Cleantech projects (2014-2020) as a senior process development by conducting Techno-economic analyses (TEAs), Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Social impact of novel green technologies. Since 2020, Mohsen is the program lead of BC-SMART low carbon fuel consortium at the University of British Columbia (UBC) working on the low-carbon fuel solutions for the consortium members.
About the Presentation: “Decarbonizing the Canadian Rail Sector; with a focus on bio-based diesel and the opportunities and challenges”
Similar to other long-distance transport sectors (e.g., aviation, Marine, long-distance-trucking), the Canadian rail sector is actively pursuing ways to decarbonize its operations. Although good progress has been made in improved logistics/fuel efficiency (the Canadian rail-freight sector has reduced the intensity of its GHG emissions by over 40% since 1990), the GHG emissions and air pollution associated with ongoing diesel use is problematic. In the presentation, members of the BC SMART Secretariat will summarize their ongoing review of recent developments in the decarbonization of the rail sector with a focus on how bio/renewable diesel can be used as a readily deployable, low-carbon option, to reduce the GHG emissions of Canada’s railways.


About the West Coast Bioenergy Guild:

Objective: The objective is for attendees to share knowledge and develop relationships. This foundation will accelerate the sector.

Background: Established in 2009, the Guild is a monthly social gathering in the bioenergy/cleantech sector. A key opinion leader from the bioenergy/cleantech sector is invited to share their insights to enrich the community. Previous Special Guests include Jack Saddler (UBC-Forestry), Don Roberts (Nawitka Capital), Paul Austin (Fort Capital), and Ken Shields (Conifex Timber) to name a few.

Audience: The Guild is aimed at passionate people in the bioenergy/cleantech sector in BC. Students are welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to invite colleagues.

Format: Introductions start at 9:00am, followed by a presentation by the Special Guest for about 30 minutes. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and group discussion. The event finishes at 10:00am.

The event is aimed at creating a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere to share ideas, learn about new projects and expand networks. The West Coast Bioenergy Guild will meet monthly, and each event will feature a different Guest Speaker. We would love for those interested to join us at the Guild Event for some insights into the sustainable energy sector. For further information and updates, please request to join our Linkedin Group, or join the mailing list through our Website Sign Up Page.

Past Presentations: 

April 20th, 2022: Oshada Mendis, Deputy Director, Clean Fuels Portfolio, Natural Resources Canada

Presentation topic: “Bioenergy Development Opportunities in Canada and the IEA Roadmap ‘Net Zero Emissions by 2050’”

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November 23rd, 2021: Stefan Muller, President of Vyterra Renewables; and Senior Vice President, Project Engineering at Ensyn Corporation

Presentation Topic: “Accelerating Decarbonization”

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September 14th, 2021: Jennifer Littlejohns, Program Director, Advanced Clean Energy at National Research Council Canada

Presentation Topic: “Opportunities in Advanced Clean Energy from Negative Value Wastes in Canada”

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July 13th, 2021: Mark Kirby, President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

Presentation Topic: “The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector”

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May 11th, 2021: Dr. Brett McLeod, Pacific Regional Outreach Coordinator, Western Pacific Region, Scientific Research and Experimental Design (SR&ED) Division – Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Presentation Topic: “The SR&ED Tax Incentive Program”

Due to copyright restrictions, the presentation slides and recording are not available for distribution.


April 13th, 2021: David Bennett, Director, Renewable Gas and Low Carbon Fuels for FortisBC Energy Inc.

Presentation Topic: “FortisBC Renewable Gas Program Overview, Rethinking BC’s Energy Future”

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December 16th, 2020: Michael Wolinetz, Partner at Navius Research Inc. 

Presentation topic: Highlights from the Biofuels in Canada Project”

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November 4th, 2020: Chantale Despres, Director of Sustainability at Canadian National Railway

Presentation topic: “How Do We Decarbonize Long Distance Transport During/After COVID-19?”

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October 14th, 2020: Chris Vervaet, Executive Director at Canadian Oilseeds Processors’ Association

Presentation topic: “Canola as a Feedstock for Low Carbon Fuels”

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September 16th, 2020: Don O’Connor, Owner at S&T Squared Consultants Inc and Renewables & Environment Consultant

Presentation topic: “GHGenius Version 5.01”

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August 12th, 2020: Anna Ringsred, Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Low Carbon Fuels Branch

Presentation topic: “Introduction to the B.C. Low Carbon Fuel Standard”

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July 8th, 2020: Dr. Warren Mabee, Associate Dean and Director, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Presentation topic: “Circular Bioeconomies for a Greener Future”

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June 9th, 2020: Stéphane Renou, President and CEO at FPInnovations

Presentation topic: ” FPInnovations: Accelerating the Bioeconomy’s Growth as a Solution to Greenhouse Gases”

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May 13th, 2020: Ian Thomson, President at Advanced Biofuels Canada

Presentation topic: “Federal Clean Fuel Standard: Opportunities and Challenges for Non-fossil Clean Fuel Sectors”

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April 15th, 2020: David Dubois, Manager of Business Development at Fink Machine Inc.

Presentation Topic: “Bioenergy’s Role in Low Carbon Buildings of the Future”

Presentation Description: The presentation highlighted options to lower carbon heat in B.C. such as renewable gas, biomass fuels and other bioheat projects.

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March 11th, 2020: Anna Stukas – Vice President, Business Development at Carbon Engineering

Presentation Topic: “What does ‘Net Zero’ Really Mean?”

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February 5th, 2020: David Schick – Vice President, Western Division for the Canadian Fuels Association

Presentation Topic:  “Low Carbon Policies – Adapting the Transportation Fuel Infrastructure”

Presentation Description: The presentation described the role of Canadian climate policies, and outlined how adaptation of the existing energy infrastructure will be key in meeting consumer needs while avoiding unintended consequences.

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December 11th, 2019: Dr. Paul Stuart, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique-Montréal, and Principal at EnVertis Consulting

Presentation Topic: “The Changing Face of the Bioeconomy”

Presentation Description: The presentation described adapting industrial symbiosis for the bioeconomy, and related the bioeconomy to competitiveness, climate change, and the circular economy. The presentation also addressed value chain gaps to maximize the potential for long-term bioeconomy competitiveness,

View Powerpoint here.