Scaling Up 2019 Delivering a Bio-Circular Economy

July 11, 2019

By: The Working Forest Staff

Scaling Up 2019 will be held from November 4 to 6, 2019 in downtown Ottawa at the beautiful Chateau Laurier Hotel. More news to come including another superb lineup of speakers. Stay tuned and save the dates. 

Scaling Up 2019 is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be carbon neutral. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with delegate travel and event space will be offset by Walker Environmental Group retiring offsets registered on the CSA Clean Projects™ Registry.

Register for Scaling Up 2019  HERE.

Confirmed speakers for 2019 conference:

​​Shirley Speakman

Shirley is a Senior Partner with Cycle Capital, Canada’s most active cleantech venture capital fund. Based in Toronto, she sits on Cycle Capital’s portfolio companies across North America. These companies are in the plastics and polymer upcycling and transformation, IoT and energy storage and efficiency industries. Shirley was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16, and one of Canada’s Inspiring Fifty. She holds her ICD.d (University of Toronto), an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor’s of Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Senior Partner, Cycle Capital

Adam Whalley

Adam is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto, and an EMBA degree from the Ivey Business School.  Adam’s experience includes process consulting services in the pulp and paper industry to optimize wet end chemistry, P&ID development, detailed design, specification and selection of major equipment, instrumentation and hand valves for modular chemical plants involving a variety of processes including hydrometallurgy, terephthalic acid production, hydrocracking, propylene oxide production, and thermo-biological processes to produce ethanol, as well as the overall project management of those projects. Adam has published articles in CEP magazine about scale-specific design and fabrication, the ALTA conference proceedings addressing issues specific to lithium pilot plants, and articles analyzing process scale up. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at various conferences including AIChE, AIChE-PDS, TCBiomass, Scaling Up, and ALTA.

Director, Business Development, Zeton Inc.

Kyriakos Maniatis

In his role as Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, Kyriakos is responsible for technical issues related to biofuels and bioenergy and managed the DG ENER demonstration component on advanced biofuels in the 7th Framework Programme. He contributes regularly to the legislative actions of the European Commission, and to the European Technology Innovation Platform – Bioenergy of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan. He is responsible for drafting mandates for standardization work related to liquid and gaseous low carbon fuels and manages several research projects for standardization aspects. He is the low carbon fuels industry interlocutor for the European Commission, where he has undertaken several initiatives in close coordination with industry for the market deployment of advanced biofuels. Kyriakos also represents the EC in the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy TCP and served as the ExCo Chairman in 2002, 2005-2007. He regularly organizes events on these subjects including the International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6th ICLE), and the EU-India Conference on advanced biofuels. He is Co-Chair of the tcBiomass conference organized by the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago.

Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission

Chris Henderson

Chris is Canada’s pre-eminent Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities. where he advises how to effectively secure and leverage partnership positions in clean energy projects across Canada.  Chris also guides utilities, financial firms, corporations and governments on engaging and partnering with Aboriginal communities. His book, Aboriginal Power, was published in 2013. Chris is also Program Designer of the Indigenous Clean Energy 20/20 Catalysts Program, and Chair of the GLOBE Series of Conferences and Exhibitions. He is an honorary member of several Aboriginal communities. 

President, Lumos Energy; Author, Aboriginal Power

Kim Furlong

Kim became CEO of Canadian Venture Capital in 2019. A dynamic leader with strong political acumen, Kim offers a unique combination of government, corporate and trade association experience. As CEO she is the spokesperson for Canadian Private Capital and advocates for the best investment policy environment. From 2008 to early 2019, Kim oversaw external affairs for Amgen Canada as Director of Federal Affairs & Policy.

CEO, Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association

Iain Stewart

In 2016, Iain Stewart became the twelfth President of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Mr. Stewart’s most recent career highlights include his role as Associate Secretary at the Treasury Board Secretariat. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, he worked on national science and research policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Previously, Mr. Stewart supported industry and university research through funding programs at ISED and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and as Assistant Vice-President of Research at Dalhousie University. Mr. Stewart is a member of several federal Deputy Minister committees and the Canada Research Coordinating Committee.

President, National Research Council of Canada

Audrey Mascarenhas

Audrey has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian federal government clean technology strategy table. She was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services. She was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50.  Audrey co-chairs the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee, and Questor was recently recognized by the Cleantech Innovation Exchange (CIX) as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Cleantech Canadian Companies.  

President and CEO, Questor Technology Inc.

Perry Toms

Perry co-founded Steeper Energy in January 2011. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s School of Business, he has held various executive management positions related to corporate and business development within the conventional and renewable energy industries. He has over 25 years senior executive experience with such companies as Noranda Gas, Murphy Oil, TransAlta, Novera Energy, Enmax, ABG Biodiesel, and Ignite Energy Resources.

CEO, Steeper Energy

Marc LePage

Before assuming his current role in January 2016, Marc served as President and CEO of Génome Québec. He previously served as Special Advisor, Climate Change and Energy for the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., and as Consul General at the Canadian Consulate in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. In 2000, Marc was one of the founding pioneers of Genome Canada. Prior, he worked as Director of Business Development for the Medical Research Council, in charge of international partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry, venture capital and foundations.

President and CEO, Genome Canada

Catherine Abreu

With over 15 years’ experience campaigning on environmental issues, including seven years in the heart of the Canadian climate movement, Catherine is one of Canada’s foremost climate campaigners. As Executive Director of CAN-Rac, a coalition of 113 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast, she leads Canada’s primary network of organizations working on climate change and energy issues. For 30 years, CAN-Rac has been the only national organization with a mandate to promote the interests of the Canadian climate movement as a whole, rather than any one individual organization.

Executive Director, Climate Action Network – Réseau action climate (CAN-Rac) Canada

Dave Watters

David Watters worked for 30 years in the Canadian Public Service, including a dozen years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Industry Canada, Treasury Board Canada and Finance Canada. In 2002 he established the Global Advantage Consulting Group, a strategic management consulting firm that provides advice to corporate, association, academic and government clients, specializing in: analyzing and visually “mapping” complex public policy economic systems; creating collaborative business models for service delivery; aligning operational processes among networked organizations for enhanced decision-making; and designing growth strategies for organizations, particularly in the areas of research and technology development, innovation, commercialization, energy/climate change and trade.   

CEO Global Advantage, former ADM Economic Development, Finance Canada

Ziyad Rahme

Ziyad joined SDTC in 2016.  As Vice President, Investments, Ziyad ensures that the organization is sourcing and nurturing innovative clean technology companies that have the potential to deliver strong environmental and economic benefits to Canada.  He oversees the day-to-day operation of the SDTech Fund investment process, from intake through to assessment, selection and recommendation of investments to SDTC’s Project Review Committee and Board (approximately $90-100M/year of allocated investment).

Prior to joining SDTC, Ziyad spent 18 years at Iogen Corporation. As EVP Operations and Engineering, and General Manager of Iogen Energy, he successfully led the commercialization of Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol technology, and completed construction and start-up of a US$105M industrial-scale facility with its partner Raízen. Ziyad holds an M.B.A., an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.

Vice President Investments, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Sophie Dumoulin

Sophie joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2001.  In her current role as Director of Cleantech, she oversees a team of specialized Global Accounts Directors responsible for managing a portfolio of cleantech clients of all sizes as well as developing new opportunities and relationships in the sector. Prior to this role, Sophie was Director of EDC’s bonding program responsible for providing guarantees to Financial Institutions for Canadian exporters of all sizes, for the issuance of standby instruments. That program, with a total exposure of over CAD 10 billion, served clients in all sectors. Sophie also spent years in the credit insurance product group underwriting for a multitude of sectors. Sophie has a finance degree from the University of Sherbrooke and has been a CFA chartered holder since 2003.

Director, Cleantech, International Growth Capital, Export Development Canada

Sandy Ferguson

As VP Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Sandy’s responsibilities include leading corporate communications and stakeholder engagement, corporate branding and marketing, evaluating new bio-products opportunities, and other special projects.  In addition to its lumber and sawmill activities, Conifex operates a 36 MW biomass power plant which provides power to over 20,000 British Columbia homes.

VP Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Conifex Timber

Brentan Alexander

Brentan has been Chief Science Officer at New Energy Risk since 2012. As a serial entrepreneur, academic, and respected researcher, Brentan has developed deep expertise to rapidly perform detailed technical diligence on novel technologies. He is an expert in the fields of thermochemistry, electrochemistry, heat and mass transport, and thermodynamics, and has devoted his career to advancing the deployment of clean energy technologies. Prior to his current position, Brentan worked as an independent engineer for Veryst Engineering and Exponent. There, he tackled projects in failure root-cause analysis, manufacturing quality control, validation test design, engineering design review, and technology R&D for clients including Shell, Microsoft, BP, General Motors, and Columbia Sportswear. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Chief Science Officer, New Energy Risk

Tammy Klein

Tammy Klein, a lawyer, is a strategic adviser to global automotive and oil industry clients, as well as governments on global low carbon fuels and vehicle fuels issues and runs her own consultancy, Future Fuel Strategies. She has 25 years’ experience on global conventional fuels, biofuels and alternative fuels and vehicles policy and market issues.

President, Future Fuel Strategies

Wal van Lierop

Wal is an award-winning business leader and visionary in innovation, sustainability and cleantech, with unique industry insights gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, international consultant and university professor. Wal founded Chrysalix Venture Capital, one of the earliest and most recognised private equity firms focused on industrial innovation, where he has helped raise more than $250M and participated in more than $1B in venture capital funding. He has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups, assisting them in building breakthrough solutions for the new world economy while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies.

Executive Chairman & Founding Partner, Chrysalix Venture Capital

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is an Officer of the Order of Canada, lawyer, writer, activist, and leader of the Green Party of Canada. She was the first Green to be elected at either federal or provincial levels in Canada in 2011. There are now six elected Greens in BC, NB, and PEI.

Leader, Green Party of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands

Beth MacNeil

Beth has spent 25 years working in science-based economic and regulatory departments across the federal government. She began her career as a biologist working for Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. She has held positions of Director General, Policy, at both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In January 2018, Beth was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from STFX University, Nova Scotia, a Master degree in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Governance from the University of Ottawa.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Dr. Warren Mabee

Warren is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, with a specialty in bioenergy technology and policy.  On July 1, 2019, he will become the Executive Director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies. His research focuses on the intersection between energy issues and other aspects of environmental management. Dr. Mabee’s research is networked through the International Energy Agency to initiatives around the world.

Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University

Ed Merrow

Ed Merrow is a recognized expert on the development and commercialization of new process technologies and management of large complex projects. He is the Founder and CEO of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA), the global industry leader in quantitative analysis and benchmarking of project management systems. With degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton, Merrow began his career as Assistant Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, followed by 14 years as a research scientist at The Rand Corporation where he directed the Energy Research Program. His books include critically acclaimed Industrial Megaprojects (John Wiley 2011) and Leading Complex Projects (John Wiley 2018).  Ed’s current major research effort centers on a quantitative analysis of how contracting strategies and delivery systems shape project results. IPA evaluates project delivery systems for industrial companies in oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, minerals, and power and infrastructure. IPA also maintains a full-time staff of over 40 inter-disciplinary researchers studying how to better develop and execute capital projects.  

CEO, Independent Project Analysis Inc., Author, “Leading Complex Projects”

Jordan Solomon

Jordan has been President and CEO of Ecostrat for over 20 years where he oversees the Biomass Advisory Group and the Biomass Supply Group. He has overseen the supply of more than 5MM tons of biomass feedstock to projects around North America. As head of Ecostrat Advisory, Jordan has led supply chain de-risking teams for JP Morgan, Shell, Enviva, NREL, DTE Energy, Macquarie Bank, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Southern Company, Rentech, Noresco, EDF, Sweetwater, Solvay, McKinstry, LaFarge, PGE, Eastman, Coca-Cola, Johnson Controls, Siemens, and the Canadian government. He is presently the leading partner with US National Laboratory INL in a 5 year project to develop the new US National Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk for the US Department of Energy.

President and CEO, ECOSTRAT Inc.

Sandy Marshall

A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). Raised on a farm in Ontario, Canada, Sandy graduated from the University of Waterloo in Chemical Engineering. He began his career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. He worked in process and product development, and research and market development including time in Germany. In 2005 he became Site Manager for LANXESS ABS manufacturing facility in Cincinnati Ohio. He returned to Canada in 2008 to be President and Managing Director and was responsible for all aspects of LANXESS Canadian operations, providing leadership and overall direction leading the organization to the forefront of the Chemical and Rubber industries. He became Executive Director of BIC in 2016.

Chair, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Brian Foody

​Brian joined Iogen in 1982 and became the company’s CEO in 1986. He has been responsible for the formation and operation of the company’s strategic alliances and overseen Iogen’s technology development and positioning. Under his leadership, Iogen became a world leader in cellulosic ethanol and built a successful business manufacturing industrial enzymes. Brian holds Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all received in 1980.

President and CEO, Iogen Corporation

Chris Hessler

Christopher Hessler founded the government relations firm AJW and is recognized as one of the country’s foremost experts in environmental market mechanisms and renewable fuels policy. With three decades of experience, he specializes in leveraging public policy to help clean technologies enter and thriv.e in energy and environmental markets

Managing Partner, AJW Inc.

 

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