Dr. Scott Stanners has worked for nearly a decade in bioenergy technology evaluation and investment and has grown a 4,000+ network in the bioenergy sector. Scott serves as Executive Director at BC Bioenergy Network, a not-for-profit funding agency that has invested over $20 million predominantly in first-of-its-kind bioenergy demonstrations in BC. Scott previously worked for a US-based technology marketing company and a Canadian engineering and management consulting company.
Scott is President of Pacific Energy Innovation Association; Managing Director of West Coast Bioenergy Guild; Board Member at Canada, Australia & New Zealand Business Association; and Advisor at Eagle Energy. Scott has contributed as a mentor in the BC Innovation Council New Ventures Competition and Connecting Environmental Professionals, and as an interviewer for the Doctor of Medicine Program at UBC. Scott was awarded a PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2008, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary in 2000.
Growing up on an orchard in the Okanagan, Ralohn cultivated a strong interest for sustainability and natural systems that sparked a seven-year career as an environmental professional in the energy industry. Throughout his experience at a consultancy firm, he built a proven track record of delivering small and large-scale projects on time and within budget for over 30 clients on 50+ projects. He completed a Master of Engineering Leadership in Green Bio-Products from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary. As Project Director, he will support and deliver on the advancement of renewable and bio-based products through collaboration with BC Bioenergy Network’s community of businesses and innovators.
In addition to his passion for the bioeconomy and sustainability, Ralohn is an avid biker, adventurer and volunteer for a variety of personal and professional interests.
Petra graduated from the Czech University of Life Sciences in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Rural Development in Tropics and Subtropics. Petra was employed by the Czech Development Agency as a grants administrator for projects in Czech Republic and partnering countries. Petra facilitated collaboration between the government, NGOs and the academic sector and supported projects that raised awareness about cooperation and capacity building. Petra’s work took her to Moldova and Zambia. As an adrenalin and safety enthusiast, Petra received instruction in “Survival training for journalist and humanitarian aid workers” organized by the Czech Armed Forces. Petra moved to Vancouver in 2019 and is enjoying Canadian nature and sports. She is passionate about travelling and animal rights. As Business and Marketing Administrator at BC Bioenergy Network, Petra manages marketing and communications, events, finances, reporting and administration.