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Program 2021

Scaling Up 2021 Platinum Sponsor – ECOSTRAT Inc. 

DAY 1    Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Delivering on Canada’s $200 billion industrial bioeconomy opportunity: The Who, the What, and the How

  • 10:55 Eastern Time

                    Welcome / Opening remarks:

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


  • 11:00 – 12:00 Eastern Time

               Opening Keynote Panel:  Host – Iogen Corporation

               Session Chair: Sandy Ferguson, Principal, SF Consulting

“Deep Shift – Catalyzing a High Impact Bio-Economy”
Chris Henderson
President Lumos Energy, Founding Executive Director Indigenous Clean Energy, Co-Founder Delphi Group, Board Chair Globe Series


“The post-petroleum energy system - a role for biomass?”

Ralph Torrie

Research Director, Corporate Knights; President, Torrie Smith Associates

The Net Zero Energy Transition, and the role for Biofuels”

Brian Foody, CEO Iogen Corporation

  • 12:00 - 12:30  Eastern Time

Special presentation - “The BDO Zone Initiative: Accelerating and de-risking bio-based investment and infrastructure development in rural communities”

Session Chair - Sarah Van Exan, Executive Director, GreenPAC


Keynote speaker: Jordan Solomon

President and CEO, ECOSTRAT Inc.

  • 14:00 - 14:45  Eastern Time

Industry Scale Up Case Studies:    Host - Steeper Energy  



Alex Gorodetsky, Director Business Development, Steeper Energy Canada Ltd.

Chad Joshi, CEO Advonex International Corporation

  • 15:00 – 15:45 Eastern Time

Canada and the United States Policy Perspectives:      Host – Cumberland Strategies

Session Chair: Bliss Baker, Chairman, Cumberland Strategies

Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard
Ian Thomson, President, Advanced Biofuels Canada


The U.S. ‘Whole of Government’ Climate Strategy
Chris Hessler, 
Managing Partner, AJW Inc.


  • 15:45 Eastern Time


Day 1 Summary & Adjournment


Day 2     Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Eastern Time

Finance Panel:  Host – New Energy Risk  



         Assembling the pieces for a Successful Project Finance


          Session Chair: Matt Lucas, Managing Director, New Energy Risk, California



Jim Pepper, Director of Engineering, Wood Renewable Energy and Power USA


Karim Ibrik, Vice President, Azimuth Capital Management


Duncan Ramage, Partner, Head of Private Equity, Forum Equity Partners

Jean-Philippe Nolet, Director, Global Head of Renewables and Sustainable Technologies, Structured & Project Finance Team, Export Development Canad

David Berliner, Head of Deal Structuring, Clean Energy, VanCity Community Investment Bank


  • 12:30 – 13:00 Eastern Time

  • Special Presentation - De-risking Technology, Feedstock & Offtake for successful Scale Up of Bio-based Projects

    Host: Forest Products Association of Canada   


Session Chair - Mahima Sharma, M.Eng., Director Environment, Innovation, and Mill Regulations, Forest Products Association of Canada


Keynote speaker:  Don Roberts, President & CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd.

  • 13:00 Eastern Time

Closing remarks:

          Jeff Passmore, Founder, Scaling Up

          CEO, Passmore Group Inc.


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