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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!

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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 11:00 AM, 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 12 PM.

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 13th, 2022: Dr. Scott Renneckar, Professor and Program Director, University of British Columbia, Department of Wood Science.

Presentation topic: “Tomorrow’s Workforce for the Bioeconomy”

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July 14th, 2022: Jared Girman, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, West Coast Reduction Ltd.

Presentation topic: “West Coast Reduction and Bioenergy Feedstock Supply”

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June 14th, 2022: Dr. Mahmood Ebadian, Research Lead and Dr. Mohsen Mandegari, Program Lead, BC-SMART

Presentation topic: “Decarbonizing the Canadian Rail Sector; with a focus on bio-based diesel and the opportunities and challenges”

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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,

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