BC Bioenergy Network

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West Coast Bioenergy Guild

The West Coast Bioenergy Guild allows individuals with interest in the bioenergy sector to connect and share insights. BCBN hosts a monthly Guild Event at the Devil’s Elbow, where guests can network and enjoy presentations from relevant speakers within the bioenergy community.

If you are interested in joining the West Coast Bioenergy Guild, you can receive updates and additional information through the email list (sign up here) and the Guild LinkedIn page.

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: Drinks and dinner (optional) starts at 5:30pm. Introductions start at 7pm followed by a presentation by the Special Guest for 30 minutes (powerpoint optional) followed by questions and group discussion. The event finishes at 8pm but attendees are welcome to continue networking.



Location: Devil’s Elbow, 562 Beatty St, Vancouver (a very short walk from the Stadium / Chinatown skytrain station).






Upcoming Presentation: Our Special Guest for the Guild Event on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 is Dr. Paul Stewart, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Polytechniue University, Montreal.



Past Special Guests and Presentations: 

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 – Dr. Ian De La Roche, Former Founding President and CEO, FPInnovations, Adjunct Professor, Forest Resource Management, UBC

Presentation Topic: “Building the Bioeconomy”. This presentation clarified the distinction between the bioeconomy and circular economy, and discussed the the forest biorefinery platform, including takeaways from the oil refinery experience. The presentation also highlighted the role of wood products and construction in the bioeconomy,and  key trends and drivers for environmentally sustainable and affordable wood construction.


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 Alan Martin, Vice-President of Corporate Development at Clean Energy Consulting Inc.

Presentation Topic: “Clean Energy Consulting Inc.’s Bioenergy Projects: Past, Present and Future”. This presentation discussed the history of CEC’s past projects, current undertakings, and their upcoming ventures in the field of bioenergy. Presentation available here.



Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 – Brian Ahearn, Vice President at Canadian Fuels Association.

Presentation topic: “Cleaner Fuels from the Petroleum Sector”. This presentation outlined the quest of Canadian petroleum refiners to reduce the Greenhouse Gas emission profile of their fuel products, and provided an overview of the Clean Fuels Standard (CFS) regulatory design. The presentation also discussed the Clean Resources Innovation Network (CRIN), and Federal Government’s engagement to develop and commercialize clean technologies. Presentation available here.


Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 – Jeff Grant, Principal at Zen Clean Energy Solutions.

Presentation Topic: “The Future of Hydrogen in British Columbia”. This presentation highlighted Zen’s recently completed British Columbia Hydrogen Study, and outlined opportunities and recommendations to develop a vibrant and robust hydrogen economy in our province. Presentation available here.



Wednesday, July 17th 2019Faisal Mirza, Senior Project Manager, City of Vancouver, Solid Waste Strategic Services.

Presentation topic: “The City of Vancouver’s Construction and Demolition Recovery Strategy”. This presentation revealed how the City of Vancouver is dealing with Construction & Demolition Waste at the Vancouver Landfill, now, and into the future. Presentation available here.