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West Coast Bioenergy Guild

The West Coast Bioenergy Guild Makes it Fun and Easy to Learn More About Innovation in the Bioenergy Sector. Join us for a Great Webinar!

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

BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) has been following the recent developments regarding COVID-19.  As an organization that hosts events or participates in public meetings and other gatherings involving employees, contractors, and guests, BCBN is mindful of our responsibilities to not contribute to the potential spread of COVID-19.

As per the recommendations of the BC Government, BCBN will replace or reschedule all face-to-face meetings with tele/videoconference meetings. The September meeting for the West Coast Bioenergy Guild will take place by way of Zoom Webinar in the morning instead of in the evening. We invite all those interested to tune-in if their schedule permits.

We thank you for your understanding.

For October 2021, BCBN will be hosting an online ‘BC Bioenergy Day’ event instead of the West Coast Bioenergy Guild. Learn more about BC Bioenergy Day and the BC Bioenergy Sector Awards here. 

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: 

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”

View PowerPoint here.

Follow this link to watch the webinar.


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”

View PowerPoint here.

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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”

View PowerPoint here.

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

Presentation topic: Highlights from the Biofuels in Canada Project”.

View PowerPoint here.

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November 4th: 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: Chris Vervaet, Executive Director at Canadian Oilseeds Processors’ Association.

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

View PowerPoint here.


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

Presentation topic: “GHGenius Version 5.01”.

View PowerPoint here.


August 12th: 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”.

View PowerPoint here.


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”.

View PowerPoint here. 


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

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

View PowerPoint here.


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”.

View PowerPoint here.


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?”.

View PowerPoint here.


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.

View PowerPoint here.


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.