Murray McLaughlin is the Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and is also President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. He has a long history of involvement in Canadian agriculture and bioindustry and he has held various positions in private industry, government and non-profit sectors. His career has focused on agricultural science including research, development and product management and marketing. He is a member of numerous boards of directors and advisory committees, including Biotech Canada, BioAtlantech and Bioenterprise. In 2010, Dr. McLaughlin received awards from both BIOTECanada and The BioTechnology Initiative (now Life Sciences Ontario) in recognition of his leadership in the commercialization of biotechnologies and the growth of innovation-based companies.
After earning an engineering degree from the École des Hautes Études Industrielles, Jean-Luc Dubois entered the Volunteer Service in Saudi Arabia (in lieu of military service). He was responsible for the surface studies laboratory at the King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals Research Institute. He obtained his PhD from the French Institute of Petroleum (and Pierre and Marie Curie University) in 1991 for his work on Catalysts for Oxidative Coupling of Methane. After post-doctoral work at the National Chemical laboratory for industry (Tsukuba, Japan), he joined the Elf group (now TOTAL) in the refining division of the R&D Centre at Solaize (France), and spent 2 years in the laboratories of Japan Energy as part of a research exchange project on hydrodesulphurisation catalysts. He subsequently left refining to join the chemical division of the Elf Group – Elf Atochem – in 1997, where he successively worked at the Saint-Avold (Lorraine) and Pierre-Bénite (Rhône-Alpes) research centres, on selective oxidation (of propane, of propylene, of acrolein) and where he initiated several research projects.
Jean-Luc Dubois is a member of the Catalysis Division of the French and Japanese chemical societies. He has been a member of the CNRS National Committee. He is the author of more than 100 publications and patent applications.
Dr. Barbara Benson is an assistant professor in the Department of STEMs Transportation and Energy at South Louisiana Community College, where she is developing and implementing a new program in Alternative Energy and Chemical Process Technology. She is also adjunct faculty at University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette, Louisiana where she mentors graduate students in research on algae production processes. She is a recognized expert in the field of growth of algae and photo-bioreactor engineering design and modeling. Her research interests include environmental engineering for algae based bio-fuel production. She teaches various environmental science courses including Alternative Energy and mentors graduate students in research on bio-fuels. She acquired a Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University (2003). Her dissertation was on the optimization of the light dynamics in the hydraulically integrated serial turbidostat algal reactor (HISTAR). She has produced several refereed publications on her research pertaining to algal reactor design and bio-fuels from algae. She received the “Superior Paper of the Year” award 2008 for the international journal “Aquaculture Engineering” and she was awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award in 2007. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Louisiana Engineering Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and an honorary lifetime member of the National Algae Association.
Until the recent spin-off of BioAmber Inc. from Diversified Natural Products, Dr. Bernier was Vice President R&D working on the restructuring of DNP’s succinic acid division more particularly on the management of its IP portfolio and various scientific and business partnerships.
Prior to joining BioAmber and Diversified Natural Products, Dr. Bernier was Vice President Eastern Canada for Foragen Technology Management Inc., a venture capital fund created to help commercialize early-stage, advanced agricultural technologies from Canadian sources.
Before Foragen, he was the founding Executive Director of BioAtlantech, New-Brunswick’s lead agency for the development of the bio-industries and had been previously Vice President Life Sciences for Inno-centre, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to helping advanced technology entrepreneurs start up commercial ventures.
As an industrial microbiologist, Dr. Bernier has held various research and managerial positions within C-I-L, ICI Canada and Zeneca BioProducts, where he directly contributed to the discovery, development and launch of five biotechnology-related products and services. He is listed as an inventor of a dozen biotechnology related patents and has published extensively in the area of agricultural and forestry biotechnology.
Dr. Bernier has held various adjunct professorships and has been a guest lecturer at several Canadian universities. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Montreal. He was a recipient of an NSERC industrial post-doctoral fellowship conducted at FPInnnovations (formerly the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada or PAPRICAN) in collaboration with McGill University in Montreal. He is currently Chairman of the Board of CRIBIQ (QC), Vice President of BioAtlantech (NB) and a board member of Three Oaks Innovation Inc. (PEI).
Balázs Tolnai graduated from the University of Veszprém in Hungary. He received his M.Eng. in Chemical Engineer in 1997, his M.Sc. in Engineering and Management in 1998 and he earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences in 2000. He joined Kruger as a Process Engineer in 2000 and has had various positions at the company since. Presently he is General Manager Technology for the Industrial Products Division of Kruger. In his role he is responsible for the development of innovative new products and for the implementation of novel processes and technologies.
While supporting the Canadian Forest Sector Transformation Strategy that is aligned with FPAC’s Vision 2020, FPInnovations developed a world-first and patentable method for the production of Cellulose Filament (CF), a cellulosic biomaterial with unique strength characteristics.
In September 2013 FPInnovations and Kruger signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement and announced that they would jointly design and build the world’s first pre-commercial CF plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières plant in Québec, with a nominal capacity of 5T/d and also develop CF applications together. The three-year project, which represents investments of $43.1 million, is expected to open up new markets for Canadian pulp and paper manufacturers and could literally change the landscape of our forest industry.
The project was financially supported by the Canadian Government – NRCAN IFIT program, Gouvernement du Québec – Ministère des Ressources naturelles, Investissement Québec, Government of British Columbia, FPInnovations and Kruger. The plant was built on time and on budget and started to produce quality CF in June 2014.
CF is obtained by mechanically peeling the filaments from wood fibers through a gentle, chemical and enzyme free process that produces no effluents. The resulting filaments are extremely thin: about 500nm wide, but they can be as long as a millimeter since the length of the original fiber is largely preserved. Lightweight and flexible, cellulose filaments have a unique bonding capacity that makes them an exceptional eco-friendly reinforcement additive to many products in both traditional and non-traditional markets.
Robert Beauregard is Dean of Laval University’s Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics. His area of expertise is the analysis and modelling of complex systems. In the last few years he has been interested in the contribution of forest management and forest products to reducing climate change, and is involved in the United Nations Environment Program’s work on sustainable building within the context of climate change. He is also President of the BOIS Québec Coalition. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers. From 1995 to 1997 he was a researcher with the New Zealand Forest Research Institute, and was instrumental in the creation of FPInnovations’ Value Added Wood Products Department from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received the Forestry Engineer of the Year award for his contribution to Laval University’s Gene-H-Kruger Building, a green bioclimatic wood structure.
Chantal just recently joined Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), as its new President and CEO. EMC is the only Canadian association dedicated to the acceleration of electric transportation. She represents its member’s interest in policy development, technical matters, market evolution of EVs and all other modes of electrified transportation applicable to public transit, off road vehicles, taxis, etc…
EMC works with all stakeholders, federal and provincial governments, and the members of all categories – industries, energy providers, universities, fleets, municipalities, etc. –, holds the only national annual conference on EVs and communicates regularly the latest trends and innovations of the industry.
Before joining EMC, Chantal Guimont was director of strategic planning and led the team on transportation electrification at Hydro-Quebec for the last 5 years. She also was director for regulatory affairs and commercialization in transmission and energy efficiency. Chantal holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Montreal University.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree – Chemistry from the Concordia University, 1979, Frank is responsible for worldwide sales of lignosulfonates and sales of the following products in North America: specialty resins, polyurethane resins (PUR), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and intumescent fire resistant coatings. Frank initiated his career as a technical/sales representative at Borden Chemical (which became Hexion, then Momentive), based out of the Laval operations and the Columbus head office. As he enhanced his knowledge base regarding technical service and business for various resins and products sold into the Forest Product and Industrial markets, he assumed roles of increased responsibilities in sales, marketing and project management positions at Hexion and Tembec.
George Mallay has been in the economic development profession for over 27 years and has experience in nearly all aspects of economic development ( land and real estate development, economic strategy, international marketing, venture financing and entrepreneurship) working in a large urban center and smaller rural regions. He has served on a number of government and industry sectors boards.
He is currently General Manager of the Sarnia-Lambton- Economic Partnership. Sarnia and Lambton County is located in the Province of Ontario, Canada on Lake Huron three hours west of Toronto and one hour south of Detroit Michigan. As an energy and manufacturing complex, the area is historically anchored by refining and petrochemicals and is a major agricultural area that is diversifying into industrial bioproducts and sustainable energy.
George has been a champion for industrial diversification and sustainable development in Sarnia-Lambton. He led the initiative to establish a new Research and Development Park in Sarnia with the University of Western Ontario. He is past co-chair of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative. George serves on number of boards including; the Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Bluewater Technology Access Center and the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce. George holds degrees in economics-geography, urban planning and an MBA.
Dr. Roger Gaudreault has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (1986), a Masters Degree in Pulp and Paper from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1991) and a Ph.D. in molecular modelling from McGill University (2003). Dr. Gaudreault followed the PhD with a part-time Post Doctoral Fellowship jointly supervised by Professors David A. Weitz, at Harvard University, and Theo van de Ven, at McGill University, (2005 to 2009). His Research was on the kinetics of colloids aggregation. Affiliated member of the Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis (CGCC) since June 2011, Dr. Gaudreault became the first corporate representative to be associated with the CGCC which brings together 52 eminent professors and researchers from major universities in Quebec.
Dr. Gaudreault has close to 30 years of experience in the Pulp & Paper Industry, and he has given numerous talks on science and sustainable innovation to industrial conferences, university departments, Les Entretiens Jacques-Cartier, The Conference Board of Canada, and The Standing Senate Committee of Canada on Agriculture and Forestry.
This conference put into perspective three industrial collaborations between the large and small-medium (SME) enterprises enabling the development of a value chain based on green chemistry from forest biomass:
i) the start-up of an integrated biorefinery by Cascades for the production of a natural chemical in the context of a satellite plant;
ii) the construction of a pilot unit to develop and produce green biodiesel by Boralex/CelluFuel, from an innovative process, and;
iii) the development and commercialization of tannin-based corrosion inhibitors by TGWT, The Tannin Guys®, for the water treatment of steam and hot water boilers.
At different levels of maturity, these three cases contribute either already or soon will contribute to the bio-economy.