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Program 2023

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Monday, November 6, 2023 - Laurier Room

Quebec Suite, Chateau Laurier Hotel

Meet the Canadian Trade Commissioner in Spain

​Speakers​: Trade Commissioner Service in Spain

Embassy of Spain to Canada

Keynote lecture on the Bioeconomy and Sustainable Forest Management

  • 17:30   Scaling Up Welcome Reception -  Laurier Room
    Host: ECOSTRAT 

    The Gordon Webster Jazz Trio
    Sponsored by: Canadian Fuels Association

Tuesday, November 7, 2023- Adam Room

  • 07:30   Breakfast – The Chateau Continental
    Hosts: Iogen Corporation & Hydrogen Naturally

    The Gordon Webster Jazz Trio 
    Sponsored by: Canadian Fuels Association

  • 08:15   Welcome / Opening remarks: Jeff Passmore, 
    Founder, Scaling Up, CEO, Passmore Group Inc. -  
    Presentation [PDF]

  • 08:22   First Nation Scaling Up blessing
    Marcus Hardy, Chief, Red Rock Indian Band, Lake Helen Reserve

  • 08:25    Opening Morning Keynotes
    Session Chair: Charles Vincent
    Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Industry Sector, Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED)


  • 08:30    The future is zero: Scaling up a decarbonized world now
    Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, The Daily Digest
     - Presentation [PDF]

  • 08:45    The Bio-revolution is here. Is Canada doing enough to lead the charge?
    Bettina Hamelin, President & CEO, Ontario Genomics - Presentation [PDF]

  • 09:00   SAF supply: Delivering on market desire 
    Madison Carroll, Executive Director, Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accountability (CoSAFA)- Presentation [PDF]


  • 09:15    BECCS for Carbon Dioxide Removal: Canada’s Greatest Climate Opportunity
    Jamie Stephen, Managing Director TorchLight Bioresources - Presentation [PDF]


  • 09:30    Keynote Panel Discussion

  • 9:50     Refreshment Break
    Host:     Advanced Biofuels Canada

  • 10:20    Enabling communities to tap into the trillion dollar bioeconomy market: BDO Zone Ratings in North America and beyond Presentation [PDF]

    Jordan Solomon, CEO Ecostrat Inc. in conversation with Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Presentation [PDF]

  • 11:05    Munich RE’s insurance evolution & the considerable impact of the IRA
    Derek Griffin, Green Tech Solutions, Munich RE - Presentation [PDF]


  • 11:25   Sustainable Aviation Fuels; The international regulatory battles and what works best for Canada
    Session Chair: Fred GhatalaDirector Carbon and Sustainability, Advanced Biofuels Canada - Presentation [PDF]

Geoff Tauvette, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels - Presentation [PDF]

Pierre Ruel, Director Strategy and Policy, Boeing Canada - Presentation [PDF]

  • 12:00   Net zero changes everythingSession Chair: Anjana Meel, Managing Consultant, Commercial Sustainability Team, Guidehouse  in conversation with:  

    Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair Net Zero Advisory Body and CEO, The Transition Accelerator 

    Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen Corporation

  • 12:30     Lunch
    Hosts: EcoEngineers & Natural Products Canada

  • 13:15     Scaling Up annual award presentation - Jordan Solomon, CEO Ecostrat Inc.

  • 13:17    The fermentation challenge: Models that could work for Canada and abroad

    Welcome to Natural Products Canada (NPC): Shelley King, CEO, NPC

    Session Chair: Barbara Campbell, Regional Director Atlantic,, Natural Products Canada - Presentation [PDF]

    Vik Pandit, CEO and co-founder, Phycus Biotechnologies Inc.

    Hamid Noori, founder, and CEO, The Cultivated B 

    Scott Farrow, VP Innovation and Research Operations, Solar Biotech Canada

  • 14:00    First Nations bioeconomy pursuits: That’s quite the story!
    Session Chair: Kyla Morris
    seau, Climate Change Specialist & 20/20 Catalyst, Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation

    Marcus Hardy, Chief, Red Rock Indian Band

    David Mackett, Whitesand First Nation

    Jordan Hatton, Sand Point First Nation - Presentation [PDF]  Slideshow [PDF]


  • 14:40   Doing is More Fun than Talking

A conversation between Ian MacGregor, Executive Chair, Hydrogen Naturally (H2N) Presentation [PDF] & Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair Net Zero Advisory Body and CEO, The Transition Accelerator

  • 15:05     Refreshment Break
    Host: New Energy Risk

  • 15:30     Net Zero  & Non-ZEV Transport: Why, How, & Where’s Canada?
    Session Chair: Doug Hooper, Advanced Biofuels Canada - 
    Presentation [PDF]

    Tammy Klein, Founder and CEO, Transport Energy Strategies

    Michael Wolinetz, Partner/Senior Consultant, Navius Research

Bob Larocque, President & CEO, Canadian Fuels Association

  • 16:15    Scaling Up 2023 Feature Country - Spain
    Session Chair: Eugenia Pérez
    Forestry and bio-products Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Spain

    Marisa Hernández-Latorre, CEO, Ingelia - Presentation [PDF]

    Carmen Avilés Palacios, Associate Prof. Business Management, Forestry Engineering School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain - Presentation [PDF]

    Luis Alberto Otero, Head of Innovation, Foresa Technologies - Presentation [PDF]

  • 17:00    Project Finance
    Session Chair: Christopher Angelo, Structured and Corporate Finance, New Energy Risk

    Brett Jackson, President, Hydrogen Naturally (H2N)

    Duncan Ramage, Founder & CEO, Circle Bay Capital

  • 17:35    Public Affairs in Ottawa and Washington DC: Pushing your ‘ask’ across the finish line 
    Bliss Baker, Vice-Chair, Sussex Strategy Group & Devin McCarthy, Partner and Federal Practice Lead, Sussex Strategy Group with Chris Hessler, Founding Partner, AJW Inc.


  • 18:05   Hospitality Suite

    Scotch Tasting with Beer Chasers – Suite 258
    Hosts: AJW Inc. & Sussex Strategy Group

    Dinner at your leisure - Byward Market Restaurants
    Recommendation: L
    uxe Bistro, 47 York Street

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Adam Room

  • 07:30   Breakfast – The Chateau Continental 
    Ontario Genomics & CRIBE

    The Gordon Webster Jazz Trio 
    Sponsored by: Canadian Fuels Association


  • 08:15   Welcome Back:
                   Jeff Passmore               
                   Founder, Scaling Up               
                   CEO, Passmore Group Inc.

  • 08:20    Forest products for Advanced materials: Resins, adhesives, insulation, roofing, and beyond
    Session Chair: Chris Walton, CEO, Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE) - Presentation [PDF]

    Adeel Baig, Director Chemical Technology, Woodbridge Foam Corp.
    Maryam Arefmanesh, Senior Consultant North America Division, AFRY Management Consulting


  • 08:55    Cultivating Carbon: Adding Value to Canadian Forestry & Agriculture
    Chair: Bruce Dudley, Chief, Partnerships and New Initiatives, The Delphi Group

    Delivering on FPAC’s new carbon strategy
    Panelists: Mahima Sharma, Vice President – Innovation, Environment, and Climate Policy, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Increasing Canadian biomass value and preventing forest fires. The art of the possible, and practical learnings from Finland
Jaakko Autere, Counsellor of Trade and Commercial Affairs, Embassy of Finland to Canada


Scott Ross, Executive Director, Canadian Federation of Agriculture; Co-Chair, Agricultural Carbon Alliance

  • 09:25    Scaling Up: Success stories on the cusp 
    Session Chair: David R. Dodds, Dodds & Associates Presentation [PDF]

    Martin VroeghCEO, Hydrogenii Canada Inc.

    Collaboration and Know-how: Scaling Up Biobased Products and Bioprocesses 
    Jean-Philippe Jacques, Directeur général, Innofibre Presentation [PDF]

    Unlocking Nature to Reshape our World
    Markus Weissenberger, Chief Technology Officer, SixRing Inc. 
    Presentation [PDF]

  • 10:05   Enabling zero emissions technology through de-risking investment
    Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
     - Presentation [PDF]

    in conversation  with: Ziyad Rahme, Vice President Investments, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) & Tom McCaffery, Executive Director Policy and Engagement, Emissions Reduction Alberta


  • 10:30    The Scaling Up 2023 Feature Province – British Columbia
    Chair: Sandy Ferguson, Principal, SF Consulting 
    Presentation [PDF]

Linda Coady, CEO, British Columbia Council of Forest Industries Presentation [PDF]

Davis Chiu, Director of Innovation, Paper Excellence Canada Presentation [PDF]

Gustavo Oliveira, Director, Innovation, Bioeconomy and Indigenous Opportunities, Ministry of Forests, British Columbia -  Presentation [PDF]

  • 11:05     Refreshment Break
    Hosts: Walker 

  • 11:30    Bold Goals for U.S. Biomanufacturing - The White House, the IRA and the California LCFS: Will Canada be left behind?  

    Chris Hessler, Founding Partner, AJW Inc.
    Michael Rensing, past Program Leader, BC's Low Carbon Fuel Standard; President, MJ Rensing Consulting Inc. Courtesy of Renewable Industries Canada
    Chris and Michael will be interviewed by: Lisa Hanke, Director, Regulatory Engagement, EcoEngineers 

  • 12:00   What’s next in Canadian hemp for fibre: Replacing the nasties
    Lelia Lawson, Research & Development Specialist, Davey Textile Solutions Inc. 
    Presentation [PDF]

  • 12:15 Government of Canada and CSA Group - Bioeconomy status report
    Chair: Jeff Passmore, CEO Passmore Group


The role of sustainable agriculture in a thriving bioeconomy
Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Advancing contributions of the forest sector to the bioeconomy

Monique Frison, Director General, Trade, Economic and Industry Branch, Canadian Forest Service (CFS), Natural Resources Canada 

Unlocking the Canadian bioeconomy through the development of standards 

Lynn Barber, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) Presentation [PDF]

  • 12:45   Biocarbon applications supporting industrial greenhouse gas reduction in primary steelmaking: Achieving net-zero

Session Chair: Catherine Cobden, President & CEO Canadian Steel Producers Association  

Laura Devoni, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Algoma Steel Inc.

Graeme Scott, Programme Leader, Energy and CO2, ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D Lab

Katie Chan, Director Environmental Affairs, Stelco

  • 13:15   The Wrap:​ Unlocking the Scaling Up Bio opportunity: Aish Mann, graduate student, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver 

  • 13:25   Closing Remarks / Door Prizes / Adjourn Presentation [PDF]

    Jeff Passmore
    Founder, Scaling Up
    CEO, Passmore Group Inc.


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