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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: Wednesday, April 15th 2020

Timing: 10:00am to 11:00am

Special Guest: David Dubois, Manager of Business Development at Fink Machine Inc.

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

Our Special Guest for the Online April 15th Guild is David Dubois, Manager of Business at Fink Machine Inc.

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 is practicing social distancing and will work remotely for at least two weeks. We will replace or reschedule all face-to-face meetings with tele/videoconference meetings. The April 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 David Dubois, Manager of Business Development at Fink Machine Inc.

David’s presentation is titled: “Bioenergy’s Role in Low Carbon Buildings of the Future”

David is the Manager of Business Development for Fink Machine Inc, Canada’s leading supplier of commercial biomass boilers. He has been in this position since 2017. He is a recognized leader in the biomass heating sector in Canada and has presented a variety of National and International conferences. David is a regular speaker, moderator and educator on a variety of bioenergy, renewable energy and community energy topics. He has spoken at a variety of national conferences including the International District Energy Association Conference. Canadian Bioenergy Conference as well as the International Bioenergy Conference, International Biomass Conference, and Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference and numerous regional events.

Previous to that he was the Chief of Engineering and Technical Outreach Specialist for the Community Energy Association where he worked from November 2015 to April 2017. During his time with CEA he worked with local governments educating and developing policy around building energy efficient buildings, energy and emission reductions as well as a variety of renewable energy projects. Before that he worked developing a biomass heating sector in British Columbia as the project coordinator for the Wood Waste to Rural Heat project (previously the Green Heat Initiative) of Community Futures East Kootenay. During this time David completed over two dozen feasibility and prefeasibility studies on potential biomass heating projects.

David has been the lead course designer developing a 2nd year bioenergy course for Lakeland College in Vermillion Alberta. He still teaches the course. In addition, he has edited a variety of biomass heating guides and advisory documents.

Prior to work in the biomass heating sector he worked in the commercial finance industry as an auditor evaluating credit risk and collateral condition for GE Commercial Distribution Finance. He also worked doing research designing biomass filtration devices for use in the agriculture, pulp and paper, and oil and gas sector. He attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton and received a degree in Chemical Engineering.

In his personal life he has been married to his wife Donna for fifteen years. They have three children Chris, Shea and Skylar. David was a Councillor for the Village of Cache Creek in 2014-18. He is also a trying thespian having performed in 4 productions with the Winding Rivers Arts Society.

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: Drinks and dinner start at 5:30pm. Introductions start at 7pm, 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 8pm, but attendees are welcome to continue networking.

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, May 13th, 2020:  Special Guest: Ian Thompson, President, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020: Special Guest: Stéphane Renou, President and Chief Executive Officer, FPInnovations *This Guild Event will be held at Betulla Burning in Prince George, B.C.*