Bio Energy
May 20 & 21, 2015
Allstream Centre, Toronto, ON
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Day One - May 20, 2015



7:30 - 8:30


7:30 - 8:30

Networking Breakfast
Continental Selection

8:30 - 9:00

Opening Address - Day One

Peter Wilken 
Director, BioCube Corporation
Founder, Dolphin Brand Strategy Ltd.

Wilken, an ex-Adman and brand management specialist, brings the worlds of change management and distributed biodiesel processing smashing together. In presenting a case for biodiesel and the BioCube, he recounts anecdotes and exposes some of the obstacles and absurdities encountered in trying to do what seems to be the right thing.

9:00 - 9:30 


Fireside Chat: Corporate Strategic Partners

“Total and Amyris sit down together during our Fireside Chat session to provide a quick snapshot of how their business alliance evolved from early stage R&D to commercial scale. Learn what major Corporate Strategic companies look for when considering partnerships, and hear how these alliances can help emerging companies have a significant impact on the bioeconomy.”

Olivier Rolland
Amryis/Total Alliance Manager

Jim Iacoponi
VP, Renewable Fuels & Derivatives

9:30 - 10:00

Speaker Address

Dr. Terry McIntyre 
Government Affairs & Liaison Officer
BioFuelNet Canada

"Grand Challenges Facing the Canadian Government in their Transition Towards Enhanced Biobased Energy Development."

Dr. McIntyre examines the legacy of biofuels development in Canada since 2005 and introduces the new "grand challenges" facing government as the transition from biofuels to bioenergy development occurs and garners increasing momentum in Canada and around the world.

10:00 - 10:45

Networking Break & Exhibition Showcase

10:45 -11:45

Industry Panel Session: Biofuels

Advanced Biofuels: Scaling up the next generation

“It's no secret that the biofuels industry is a challenging landscape. Instead of listening to the myriad of challenges and obstacles littering the field, hear our panelists explain how they carved a path to success. Learn more about their unique stories, how they clawed their way out of the valley of death, and valuable lessons to help your company accelerate commercialization.”

Marie-Helene Labrie
Senior VP - Government Affairs & Communications

John Plaza
Founder & CEO
Imperium Renewables

Ziyad Rahme
Senior VP & GM
Iogen Corporation

Paolo Carollo
Beta Renewables

11:45 - 13:30

Keynote Lunch

12:15 - 12:30

Introduction by E3 Energy Partners

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Keynote Presentation:

Tom Rand, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Managing Partner, ARCTERN VENTURES
Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech Venture Group
Author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, and Waking the Frog

A hard-hitting talk tackling head-on the fundamental economic questions of our times: Can fossil fuels remain at the head of the energy table? If not, how do we keep our global industrial economy humming - is clean energy up to the job? What's the future role of the energy incumbents? Rand covers a broad sweep of related topics - economics, energy, technology, climate science and politics - to come up with an 'art of the possible'.

13:30 - 14:30

Company Showcase Presentations I

“Leaders from high growth potential emerging companies from across the North American bioeconomy present their business models and innovations in concise, short 10 minute format presentations."

Sylvain Bertrand, CEO, Airex Energy
Chad Joshi, CEO, Altranex Corporation
Kai Sorenson, Commercial Sales Manager, EPIC Aviation LLC
Peter Vinall, CEO, Sustane Technologies

14:30 - 15:00

Networking Break & Exhibition

15:00 - 16:00

Industry Panel Session: Biomass Conversion

Transforming the Forest Industry: The Future of Energy and Bioproducts

“Whether in the form of government programs or company visions and mandates, we are hearing more and more about the transformation of the forest industry. Listen as panelists map out the availability of forest resources in North America, how there may be additional sources of forest biomass going unused, and how your company can both increase biomass utilization AND maximize its value.”

Brent Boyko
Director, Biomass BD
Ontario Power Generation (CanBio)

Robert Cormier
Founder & CEO
R&B Cormier/Terrafact

Faye Johnson
Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources & Forestry

Dr. William Strauss
President & Founder
FutureMetrics LLC

16:00 - 18:00

Catered Networking Reception & Exhibition


Day Two - May 21, 2015



8:00 - 9:00

Networking Breakfast
Hot Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 9:30

Opening Address - Day Two

Jeff Passmore
Founder & CEO, Passmore Group Inc.

In 2010, Jeff launched the Passmore Group Inc., a management consultancy focused on providing clients with an understanding of the necessary policy, financing and communications tools to lead to the more rapid commercialization and deployment of technologies in the bio-economy and cleantech sectors including biomass to fuels and chemicals. Passmore shares his expertise on strategic investor relations, project capital attraction - including government non-dilutive subordinated loans and patient debt, site location assessment - including feedstock availability and price, and corporate communications.

9:30 - 10:30

Industry Panel Session: Access to Capital

 “Meet the faces of firms that can help finance the next big step towards a more sustainable future. Panelists explain the different types of available capital, and what you need to know before you approach them with the next big leap for the bioeconomy.”

Neil Cameron
Investment Director
Emerald Ventures

Philippe Bergeron
Senior Manager - Energy & Infrastructure
Banque Laurentienne

George Theodoroopoulos
Managing Director - Infrastructure
Fengate Capital Management

Priya Patil
Head of Global Diversified Industries
TSX & TSX Venture Exchange

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break & Exhibition

11:00 - 12:00

Company Showcase Presentations II

“Leaders from high growth potential emerging companies from across the North American bioeconomy present their business models and innovations in concise, short format presentations.”

Nicholas Ng, President, Methes Energies Canada Inc.
Garry Spence, CEO, EverGreen Energy
Dr. Duange Chung, CEO, Neemo Inc.
Christine Haas, CEO, Renix Inc.
Dio Nkurunziza, VP, Global Sustainable Initiative

12:00 - 13:30

Keynote Lunch

12:15 - 12:30

Introduction by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Keynote Presentation: 

Don G. Roberts 
President & CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd.
Adjunct Professor (Forestry Management), University of British Columbia
Former Vice Chair & Managing Director, CIBC World Markets

"Don has over 20 years of experience as a financial services executive, investment banker and equity professional. He is recognized as a global thought leader in both the Forest Industry and emerging Renewable Energy Sectors. In 2012, he was chosen by Corporate Knights Magazine as the individual in the Financial Services sector who contributed the most to sustainable development in Canada. In 2006, Mr. Roberts was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Brokerage Analysts in North America, and between 1997-2008 he was ranked seven times as the #1 Paper and Forest Products Analyst in Canada by institutional investors surveyed by Brendon Woods and/or Greenwich Associates." 

13:30 - 14:45

Industry Panel Session: Accelerating the Bioeconomy

“The past year has been marked by the realization of commercial scale biorefineries, but the path to success is not all smooth sailing. Hear from organizations who can help accelerate your company’s journey to commercialization, as well as some bioeconomy success stories.”

Fraser Gray
Business Development & Site Manager
David Harris Kolada
VP, Alliances & Market Development
Jonathan Martin
Program Leader - Bioenergy
Dr. Don Smith
Chair & CSO
BioFuelNet Canada
Katie Wallace
Manager - Research Partnerships

14:45 - 15:00

Closing Remarks


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