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Program 2023

Monday, November 6, 2023 - Drawing Room

Renaissance Room, 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 -  Drawing Room  

    The Gordon Webster Jazz Trio
    Sponsored by: Canadian Fuels Association

Tuesday, November 7, 2023- Adam Room

Madison Carroll, Executive Director 
Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accountability (CoSAFA)


  • 09:30    BECCS for Carbon Dioxide Removal: Canada’s Greatest Climate Opportunity

Jamie Stephen, Managing Director TorchLight Bioresources

  • 09:45    Keynote Panel Discussion

  • 10:05     Refreshment Break
    Host:     Advanced Biofuels Canada

  • 10:30     BDO Zone Success Stories: Signalling Regional Readiness for Bioeconomy Growth 
    Session Chair: Jordan Solomon, CEO Ecostrat Inc.

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


  • 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

Geoff Tauvette, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Pierre Ruel, Director Strategy and Policy, Boeing Canada

  • 12:00     Lunch
    Hosts: EcoEngineers, (co-host available)

  • 12:40     The fermentation challenge: Models that could work for Canada and abroad
    Session Chair: Sue Coueslan, VP Strategy and Partnerships, Natural Products Canada

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

  • 13:20    Net zero changes everything
    Session Chair: Anjana Meel, Managing Consultant, Commercial Sustainability Team, Guidehouse  

    Dan Wicklum, CEO, The Transition Accelerator

    Brain Foody, CEO, Iogen Corporation

  • 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


  • 14:40   Ian MacGregor, Executive Chair, Hydrogen Naturally

  • 15:00     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

    Tammy Klein, Founder and CEO, Transport Energy Strategies; Member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars

    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

    Carmen Avilés Palacios, Associate Prof. Business Management, Forestry Engineering School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain

    Luis Alberto Otero, Head of Innovation, Foresa Technologies 

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

  • 17:35    Political panel
    Conversation will be led by Bliss Baker, Vice-Chair, Sussex Strategy


  • 18:05   Hospitality Suite

    Scotch Tasting with Beer Chasers
    Hosts: AJW Inc. & Sussex Strategy 

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Adam Room

  • 07:30   Breakfast – The Chateau Continental 

    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

    Mike Irwin, Woodbridge Foam Corp.
    Maryam Arafmanash, AFRY


  • 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

    Martin VroeghCEO, Hydrogenii Canada Inc.

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

    Unlocking Nature to Reshape our World
    Markus Weissenberger, Chief Technology Officer, SixRing Inc.


  • 10:05    Bold Goals for U.S. Biomanufacturing: Will Canada be left behind?
    Chris Hessler, Managing Partner, AJW Inc.

    Chris will be interviewed by: Lisa HankeDirector, Regulatory Engagement, EcoEngineers 

  • 10:35    The Scaling Up 2023 Feature Province – British Columbia
    Chair: Sandy Ferguson, Principal, SF Consulting

Linda Coady, CEO, British Columbia Council of Forest Industries

Davis Chiu, Director of Innovation, Paper Excellence Canada

Gustavo Oliveira, Director, Innovation, Bioeconomy and Indigenous Opportunities, Ministry of Forests, British Columbia

  • 11:05     Refreshment Break
    Host: TBD

  • 11:30    Enabling zero emissions technology through de-risking investment
    A conversation between Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada & Ziyad Rahme, Vice President Investments, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) 

  • 11:55   What’s next in Canadian hemp for fibre: Replacing the nasties
    Lelia Lawson, Research & Development Specialist, Davey Textile Solutions Inc. 


  • 12:15 Government of Canada and CSA Group Bioeconomy status report: 

Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Unlocking the Canadian bioeconomy through the development of standards 

Lynn Barber, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group)

  • 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

  • 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

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


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