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Vincent Chornet

President and CEO, Enerkem

Mr. Chornet’s vision and leadership ushered Enerkem during the transition towards the commercialization of its proprietary technology. He raised C$435 million in various financings, and led the launch of Enerkem’s – and the world’s – first full-scale facility to turn non-recyclable municipal solid waste into transportation fuels and chemicals. Under his expert guidance, Enerkem has established itself as an entrepreneurial leader in the field of advanced biofuels and green chemicals and grown to more than 200 employees.

Heather Scoffield

Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press

Heather Scoffield is the Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press who has spent the better part of two decades immersed in the coverage of politics and policy on Parliament Hill. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in international relations from York University.ention...

Robert Hornung

President, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Robert Hornung has been President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) since August 2003. He represents the interests of CanWEA members who are Canada’s wind energy leaders – wind farm owners, operators, project developers, consultants, manufacturers and service providers; and organizations and individuals interested in supporting Canada’s wind energy industry. Robert is also a Board Member of the Global Wind Energy Council and was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2009. Prior to joining CanWEA, Robert worked on climate change issues with the Pembina Institute, Environment Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Friends of the Earth Canada.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Jordan Solomon

President and CEO, ECOSTRAT INC.

Jordan R. Solomon has held the position of President and CEO of Ecostrat for over 20 years where he oversees the biomass consulting group, the biomass commodity trading group, and the US-based log export business. His responsibilities include new project origination, evaluation and commercialization, corporate strategy and team support. His areas of expertise include project development, risk-assessment, bio-resource trading, contracting and financing, and risk mitigation for bio-feedstock supply and export.

As head of Ecostrat’s consulting group, Jordan directed development the Biomass Supply Network© the largest proprietary wood fiber supply database in North America. He has led bioenergy project consulting teams for JP Morgan, Shell, Enviva, NREL, DTE Energy, Macquarie Bank, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Southern Company, Rentech, Noresco, EDF, Sweetwater, Solvay, McKinstry, LaFarge, PGE, Eastman, Coca-Cola, Johnson Controls, Siemens, and the Canadian government. Ecostrat is one of the leading companies in use of advanced stochastic modelling and Monte Carlo simulation to understand and mitigate bioenergy feedstock risk.

He has previously served on the Board of First Asset Renewable Power FlowThrough Limited Partnership as a Director of First Asset Power Funds Inc. (I, II, III, IV). He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the public Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) Dundee Acquisition Ltd. (TSX: DAQ.UN) and on the Bioenergy Feedstock National User Facility Advisory Board (Idaho National Laboratory / US Department of Energy).

Jordan holds a B.A. Honors (Eng. Phil.) from University of Western and a Masters in Environmental Studies with a specialty in Corporate Environmental Strategy from York University.

Michelle Marrone

Business Development Manager North America, BETA Renewables

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Rina Singh

Director, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Washington, DC

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