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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 Evening!


Location: Online

Upcoming Event: Tuesday June 9th, 2020

Timing: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Special Guest: Stéphane Renou, President and CEO at FPInnovations

Resister for the West Coast Bioenergy Guild Event Here


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 the novel coronavirus (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 May meeting for the West Coast Bioenergy Guild will take place by way of videoconference 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.

About the Special Guest: 

This Month’s Special Guest is Stéphane Renou, President and CEO at FPInnovations

Stéphane Renou is the President & Chief Executive Officer for FPInnovations, which specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. A native of Montréal, Stéphane Renou has a number of degrees from Université de Sherbrooke as well as Polytechnique Montréal where he went on to complete a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. In 2015, he earned an MBA (Innovation Management) from the University of Colorado.
In 2000, Stephane moved to the United States to join General Electric’s research centre, where he took on increasingly senior positions, heading a number of divisions at various locations in the United States as well as in Florence, Italy. Within his various responsibilities, he led teams in both the GE Aviation, and Oil & Gas divisions. Since joining FPInnovations, he has refocused the organisation’s priorities toward its fundamental mission in order to increase the forest industry’s competitivity and the creation of new markets in the bioeconomy. These varied experiences enabled him to acquire a vast background of R&D combined with commercial knowledge and a strong sense of entrepreneurship. He holds eight patents, in addition to having published numerous scientific articles.

More About the 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 1:00pm, 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 2:00pm.

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.

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Save the Date:

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020: Special Guest, Warren Mabee, Associate Dean and Director, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.
Please Register Here.