Innovation of Technology in the Woody Biomass Sector

17 Jun 2016
Prince George Civic Centre

Innovation of Technology in the Woody Biomass Sector

Innovation of Technology in the Woody Biomass Sector

Jerry Ericsson, Co-Founder – Diacarbon

Since 2009, Jerry Ericsson has led the technical development and all strategic initiatives of the Diacarbon group of companies; including project development and fundraising efforts to commercialize carbon neutral fuels from biomass, and biochar soil conditioners for agricultural applications. Under his leadership, Diacarbon has restarted a 50,000 tonne per year pellet plant, expanded its production capacity to 75,000 tonnes per year, and is building Canada’s largest torrefaction plant to produce biocoal for use by Lafarge Cement Canada. Diacarbon supplies white pellets to USA, South Korea and into Europe and plans to offer torrefied wood fuels into these markets in the near future.

Sam Weaver, Founder & President – Proton Power Inc.

Proton Power, Inc., a renewable energy company producing hydrogen on demand from cellulose for use as heat, power generation, or hydrogen production. He also co-founded and serves as Chairman for Cool Energy, Inc. and Vice-President of Sizzle, LLC. He began his career with United Aircraft at the Connecticut Advanced Nuclear Engineering Laboratory in Middletown, CT working on advanced nuclear fuels and then spent six years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory while completing his advanced degrees. For the last 40 years Sam has been a serial entrepreneur founding and running over a dozen companies primarily in the advanced materials and energy fields. The recent focus has been on renewable, green energy production in Proton Power, Inc. and Cool Energy, a solar thermal combined heat and power system. Sam has 10 patents, was made a Fellow of ASTM, received entrepreneurial awards from the governors of Missouri and Tennessee, awarded an honorary Professional Degree from UMR and inducted into the Academy for the UMR School of Mines.

Michael Lakeman, Regional Director, Biofuel Strategy – Boeing

With over a decade of business experience in the energy and clean technology sector, Michael has a proven track record of seeking out and fostering those technologies which can truly transform the future of humankind and our relationship with our planet. His success comes from being able to walk both sides of the line between technology and business. He consistently enables researchers and entrepreneurs to drive their innovations towards commercial implementation. In parallel, he identifies and vets the best technologies to satisfy enterprise-critical needs, delivering strong results from a corporate perspective.

Michael has a notable strategic network and maintains strong connections with a wide range of partners from his business successes across the globe, in varied cultural and commercial settings including North America, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania and Latin America.

Thomas Hobby, CEO – Highbury Energy Inc.

Thomas has worked for over 25 years in the forestry, agriculture and biomass energy sectors and has served in education, farm and forest management, commercial agricultural lending, natural resources academic research, start-ups and leading non-profits. Over the past 12 years, he has worked in various roles supporting forestry & agriculture related and bioenergy innovation, commercialization and development. He was a founding Board Member of the BC Bio-products Association in 2004, which was part of the genesis of the International Bioenergy Conferences held in Prince George. BCBA was funded from 2004-2008 and was instrumental in various biomass energy technology start-ups in British Columbia. Over his tenure within the biomass energy sector, Thomas has consulted for various First Nations, Forest Companies, and private biomass technology companies before taking the role in 2015 as CEO of Highbury Energy. Thomas has also been a frequent commentator with Canadian national and provincial media on a myriad of forestry topics including: wildfire hazard reduction, forest fuels management and bioenergy development.