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Program 2020

From September 8 to October 27, Scaling Up will host a series of 8 one hour webinars each Tuesday at 11:00 eastern time.


The details of each webinar described below include Session Topic, Session Sponsors, and Session Chair and Panelists. Confirmed speakers feature industry, finance and environmental leaders in the international and Canadian cleantech and industrial bioeconomy space.


Registration is complimentary and now open. Please note you must register separately for each webinar you wish to attend. See below for full Webinar Program details, and mark your calendar for these dates:

  • Sept 8, 2020       11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

The Industrial Bioeconomy Revolution: Will Canada transform, or stand on the sidelines?


Session Sponsor:       BIODESIGN

Session Chair:       Jennifer O’Donnell, Executive Director, BioNB


Sandy Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Andrew Casey, President & CEO, BIOTECanada

Jean Hamel, VP, Industry and Partnerships, FPInnovations

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

  • Sept 15, 2020     11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

Enabling the Bio-Circular Economy through project finance and insurance

Session Sponsor:       Munich RE


Session Chair:       Derek Griffin, Risk Management, Munich RE     


Mark Riedy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 


Sue Yang, Vice President, Orion Energy Partners, New York 

Allison Larr, Vice President Public Finance Department, Citi

  • Sept 22, 2020     11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Will policy enable navigation to destination?


Session Co-Sponsors:            


CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) and Advanced Biofuels Canada


Session Chair:     Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI



Alex Menotti, US Federal Affairs Manager, NESTE

Fred Ghatala, Director, Carbon & Sustainability, Advanced Biofuels Canada

Brentan Alexander, Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Science Officer, New Energy Risk

  • Sept 29, 2020     11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar 

The role of the Industrial Bioeconomy in addressing Climate Change

Session Sponsor:       Iogen Corporation


Session Chair:            Mary Solecki, Partner, AJW



Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen Corporation PDF

Michelle Passero, Climate Change Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, California

Debbie Reed, Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

  • Oct 6, 2020          11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

Social & Environmental Justice: Relevant to the Bioeconomy, or Just Noise?

Session Sponsor:       AJW


Session Chair:            Chris Hessler, Managing Partner, AJW Inc.



Mohammed Memfis, Williams College, Massachusetts

Elin Bergman, Manager Corporate Partnerships, WWF Sweden

Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) 

  • Oct 13, 2020       11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

Bioeconomy Development Zones: Driving Bio-Based Investment in Canada

Session Sponsor:       ECOSTRAT Inc.


Session Chair:            Jordan Solomon, President and CEO, ECOSTRAT




Ralph Goodale, Special Advisor to the Government of Canada re Flight PS752; Veteran Member of Parliament and federal Cabinet Minister

Ron McCullough, City Manager, City of Melville, Saskatchewan 

Martin Pudlas, CEO, Red Leaf Pulp

John May, Managing Director, HamiltonClark

  • Oct 20, 2020       11:00 am - 12:00 eastern - 1h webinar

Net zero by 2050: What role for biofuels and other non-fossil fuels?


Session Sponsor:       Advanced Biofuels Canada


Session Chair:            Doug Hooper, Director, Policy and Regulation, Advanced Biofuels Canada



Brendan Jordan, VP Transportation and Fuels, Great Plains Institute


Tammy Klein, President, Future Fuel Strategies

Ian Thomson, President, Advanced Biofuels Canada

Tim Reiter, Principal Engineer, Haldor Topsoe Canada Limited

  • Oct 27, 2020       11:00 am – 12:30 eastern – 1.5 h webinar

Paris: Getting to a Green & Just Recovery

Session Host:             ECOSTRAT Inc.


Session Chair:            Jordan Solomon, President and CEO, ECOSTRAT



Dan Wicklum, President and CEO, The Transition Accelerator

Jim Philp, Industrial Biotechnology Policy Analyst, OECD

Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Saanich-Gulf Islands, Immediate Past Leader, Green Party of Canada

Neeraj Nandurdikar, Co-Author, “Leading Complex Projects,” Director, Energy Practice, Independent Project Analysis Inc.

David Golden, Immediate past Senior VP, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Eastman

Mark Gainsborough, Immediate past Executive Vice President, Shell New Energies


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