Bio Energy
May 20 & 21, 2015
Allstream Centre, Toronto, ON
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Tom Rand
Author, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit & Waking the Frog
Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
Ontario Clean Energy Task Force

Climate disruption presents the most complex and daunting global challenge of the 21st century. That which has primarily driven the economic gains of the last 200 years - cheap and plentiful fossil fuels - now comes at an increasingly unbearable cost. Yet global energy demand continues to grow, as do investments in carbon-intensive energy sources. We must reconcile the need to power our global economy, yet mitigate impending climate catastrophe. 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'. 

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is Managing Partner of the privately-backed $30 million ArcTern Ventures, a Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Tom's first book Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit was published in early 2010 and his second Waking the Frog (published by ECW Press) was on the Globe & Mail Top 10 Non-Fiction for more than 10 weeks. It is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto) and is an Action Canada Fellow. Learn more about Tom here.

Jeff Passmore
CEO & Founder
Passmore Group Inc.

Jeff Passmore has worked in the renewable energy and renewable chemicals sectors for more than 30 years, both as a consultant, and, for 12 years, as Executive Vice President of Iogen Corporation where he directed the firm’s new market development, project site selection screening, communications, and government liaison operations in Canada, the USA and Europe. Passmore’s expertise includes 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.

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 has served on the CleanTech Advisory Board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and on Canada’s National Advisory Board on Energy Science & Technology. He is the Past Chair of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Past Chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Past Chair of the Solar Energy Society of Canada, Past Vice-Chair of the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario, and Past President of the Ottawa Chapter of the International Association for Energy Economics.
Mr. Passmore is a frequent international public speaker ( , and his work has taken him on projects in Central and SE Asia, Kenya, throughout Europe including the European Commission, and across North America. Learn more about Jeff and Passmore Group Inc. here.

Peter Wilken
Co-Founder & Director
BioCube Corporation

Peter is an ex Adman turned Cleantech entrepreneur. After 25 years experience working on some of the world's most prestigious brands in Europe, Asia and North America, he’s spent the last six bringing the BioCube™ to market. The BioCube™ is an affordable, transportable biodiesel refinery developed by The BioCube Corporation. It produces high quality biodiesel from a wide variety of waste and renewable feedstock that can be used directly in any modern diesel engine. The BioCube is helping fuel energy independence for community and commercial enterprises in both developed and developing countries.

Before becoming embroiled in the Cleantech sector, he ran advertising agencies in Asia Pacific for three of the four big marketing communication groups; WPP, Publicis and Omnicom. He spent 11 years with Ogilvy in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila before moving to Leo Burnett to run their SE Asia operation. His last corporate role was as Head of BBDO Asia Pacific. Brands he’s worked with include: AIG, Coca-Cola, BMW, Disney, Fedex, IBM, Kodak, McDonalds, Nestle, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Shangri-La, SONY, Unilever and Visa International. Peter has led three different agencies to become the leading creative agency in their respective markets. In 2001 he was a co-winner of a coveted a Cannes Gold lion, the Oscars of the advertising world. He co-founded The Brand Company in 2002. The company grew into Hong Kong’s leading specialist Brand Management Consulting firm consulting to clients such as: AIG, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Lane Crawford, Maxim’s, Shangri-La Hotels, SmarTone-Vodafone and Sun Hung Kai Properties. The Brand Company was acquired by a London-based brand management consulting group in March 2006.

Peter relocated to Vancouver in August 2007. He has been closely involved with the development of The BioCube Corporation since its inception. His responsibilities include corporate strategy, brand stewardship, marketing and communications and business development. He’s a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he majored in Psychology, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising.  Peter is a global citizen having lived in Edinburgh, Southampton, Jackson Mississippi, Honiara in the Solomon Islands, London, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and now Vancouver. Work and play has taken him to over 50 countries across every continent. He is married to Regina and they have three sons; a telecoms manager, an actor and an aspiring NHL hockey player. His hobbies include most sports – he still plays geriatric football (soccer) – and following his beloved Southampton FC. Learn more about Peter and the BioCube here.

Don G. Roberts
President & CEO
Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd.

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.

In his role as chief executive officer of Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd. Don provides advice on strategic direction and raises capital for companies in the renewable energy, clean technology, and forest products industries. Prior to starting Nawitka in July 2013, Mr. Roberts was a vice-chair of wholesale banking and a managing director in investment banking with CIBC World Markets Inc. In this capacity, he founded and led CIBC’s cross-functional Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Team, whose mandate was to establish CIBC as the dominant investment and commercial bank serving Canada’s renewable energy and clean technology sector. The team achieved this goal in 2009. While at CIBC, Mr. Roberts also provided senior coverage for companies in the global forest products industry.  Don also has over 30 years of experience in the resource sector, including advising CEOs and Ministers, both in Canada and internationally, on financing and strategic growth in the resource sectors. Learn more about Don and Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd. here.

Terry McIntyre Ph.D.
Government Liaison & Quality Assurance Officer 
BioFuelNet Canada

In a career spanning over 40 years, he has held a number of positions within government, industry, academia, and NGOs that have focused on an improved understanding of the regulatory, scientific, technical, and environmental dimensions of applied biosciences for a variety of domestic, national, and international life science initiatives. During his tenure with Environment Canada he played an integral role in the development of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act- New Substances Notification Regulations, where he managed the scientific team responsible for the development of the risk assessment framework now currently deployed under CEPA NSD. Terry also managed Environment Canada’s Bioenergy and Environment Science and Technology (BEST ) program –which was designed to develop the environmental science base necessary to support the Canadian federal government transition towards accelerated biofuel production and use under the Renewable Fuels Strategy Framework initiative announced in 2006. Terry has also worked extensively on a number of international environmental technology outreach projects across North and South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, and Africa. He holds undergraduate degrees in economics (BA-University of Western Ontario), environmental science (B.E.Sc. University of Waterloo); a Master’s Degree in Resource Management (University of Guelph) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (University of Waterloo). He is also a Professional Agrologist and the author of seven book chapters and over 400 scientific and technical papers and presentations.

Forecasting the future potential of bioenergy and its attendant consequences under Canadian conditions is proving to be increasingly challenging because of a myriad of considerations. The plethora of available feedstocks, novelty, scale, and complexity of conversion processes; compatibility issues with existing petrochemical, transportation and energy "grid" infrastructures; cold climate conditions; new regulatory challenges; petroleum "parity issues", and challenges in optimizing across multiple political jurisdictions, policy and program elements, and economic / environmental considerations are just a few of the hurdles.

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. Making use of over 40 years of experience in leadership positions within federal government, industry, academia, and NGOs in domestic and international arenas, Dr. McInyre defines future research needs that are necessary to enable, inform, expedite and guide industry and government officials alike in the development of an orderly and sustainable bioenergy industry. Learn more about Terry and BioFuelNet Canada here.


Philippe Bergeron
Senior Manager Syndication, Energy, and Infrastructure
Banque Laurentienne

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Brent Boyko
Director of Biomass Business Development
Ontario Power Generation 

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Robert G. Cormier
Founder & President
R&B Cormier Inc., Terrafact

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Fraser Gray
Business Development & Site Manager

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Neil Cameron
Investment Director
Emerald Technology Ventures

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David Harris Kolada
VP Alliances & Market Development

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Faye Johnson
Director, Forest Tenure & Economics
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

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Marie-Hélène Labrie
Senior VP Government Affairs and Communications

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Jonathan Martin
Program Leader, Bioenergy
National Research Council  

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John Plaza
President, CEO & Founder
Imperium Renewables

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Ziyad Rahme
Senior VP & General Manager
Iogen Corporation

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Michele Rubino
Beta Renewables

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Dr. William Strauss
Founder & Director
FutureMetrics LLC

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George Theodoropoulos
Managing Director - Infrastructure
Fengate Capital Management

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