BFN & Biotech Annecto Event Popup

Last night, BioFuelNet and Biotech Annecto delivered their first networking event together at Île Noire pub in Montreal. Île Noire is your typical cozy Montreal bar, laid out in a long, dark hallway, candlelit, with antelope antlers above our tables, a fake fireplace and hundreds bottles of scotch lining the walls.

Our section of the bar was filled to capacity. Participants ranged from 20-something students to seasoned researchers in their golden years, but also members of the biotech industry, business and government.

BioFuelNet event participants enjoying a drink at Île Noire pub

BioFuelNet event participants enjoying a drink at Île Noire pub

The bar

The bar

Don Smith knocks it out of the ballpark

BioFuelNet’s Scientific Director and McGill Professor, Dr. Donald Smith opened the night with a presentation on the Canadian energy landscape and how Canada is faring compared to the rest of the world in advanced biofuels matters, while also summarizing BioFuelNet’s activities.

Don is a great storyteller and has a great sense of humor. Not surprisingly, he drew a lot of laughs, was very engaging and made the biofuels world very relatable for our very diverse audience. It’s a joy to listen to him speak.

Dr. Don Smith of BioFuelNet

Dr. Don Smith of BioFuelNet

Jean Paris details making green chemicals and biofuels from wood waste

Dr. Jean Paris is the head of the Research Unit on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development of the Forest Biorefinery at Polytechnique Montréal. He gave a very detailed talk about the use of forestry waste to make useful biochemicals and new green cellulose-based products such as intelligent paper and nanocrystalline cellulose. I almost went straight home to build a green biorefinery!

Marie-Helene Labrie impresses with a summary of Enerkem’s accomplishments

Ms. Marie-Hélène Labrie is the Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications of Enerkem. She highlighted the work of Enerkem, a Montreal-based company that turns municipal solid waste into fuel. Enerkem is opening Canada’s first commercial-scale waste-to-fuel plant in Edmonton this fall, with two more on their way: one in Varennes, Quebec and another in Mississipi, USA, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Ms. Marie-Hélène Labrie of Enerkem

Ms. Marie-Hélène Labrie of Enerkem

We thank all those who joined us for the event, and Biotech Annecto for flawlessly organizing all the logistics. We hope to host more of these in future.

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