Evolution of Next Generation Bioproducts

17 Jun 2016
Prince George Civic Centre

Evolution of Next Generation Bioproducts

Evolution of Next Generation Bioproducts

More and more companies are making breakthroughs in utilization across the biomass feedstock chain. Hear three stories of success in moving the needle on the next generation of bioproducts.

Martin Pudlas, Vice President, Operations – Canfor Pulp

Jeffrey Jacobs, President & CEO – Ensyn Corporation

Mr. Jacobs was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensyn Corporation in 2015 and subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Jacobs was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Envergent Technologies LLC, Ensyn’s joint venture with Honeywell UOP.

Previously, Jacobs was Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures. In this capacity he identified, sponsored and demonstrated emerging technologies and championed their integration into Chevron. Jacobs led strategic collaborations for developing advanced biofuels and acquiring primary carbon emission offset credits that enabled the enterprise to economically meet its compliance obligations. In this capacity Jacobs led the formation of Catchlight Energy LLC, Chevron’s joint venture with Weyerhaeuser launched in 2008 to develop advanced biofuels from forest-based biomass. Jacobs served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in 2013 in Sarnia, Ontario, with a focus on a Sustainable Bioeconomy. Also through BIC he manages the AgSci Cluster, a national Bioproducts cluster supported by AAFC. Dr. McLaughlin has held various positions in the private, government and non-profit sectors such as Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President of Ag-West Biotech Inc. He was the founder of the ABIC conferences which started in 1996. He managed a Venture Capital Fund, Foragen, for agriculture and also spent 15 years with ELANCO, division of Eli Lily in R and D and marketing. His career has focused on bioindustrial and agricultural technologies including research, development and product management and marketing and commercialization as well as economic development and cluster building. He has been and is a member of numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, including, BEN (BioEconomy Network); BioNB and FPInnovations. He co-chairs the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable which is a partnership between Industry and AAFC for the bioeconomy.