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We are proud to announce that our very own Dr. Donald Smith, Scientific Director of BioFuelNet and James McGill Professor at McGill University, has been granted Canada’s Clean50 award! The award honours 50 exceptional Canadian leaders from all sectors who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism.

Dr. Donald Smith

Dr. Donald Smith

Dr. Smith was selected from a pool of hundreds of experts by Delta Management Group, an executive search firm with the largest practice in green positions in Canada. Delta Management are the founders and stewards of the Clean50 awards, where the “best of the best” in Canada are honoured for leading change, championing innovation and driving sustainable solutions.

Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer of Delta Management summarizes Dr. Smith’s accomplishments:

 “For decades, Dr. Donald Smith has enabled the development of environmentally friendly inputs across the agriculture industry, in biofuels feedstock and food crops. His work has resulted in technologies now being applied to approximately 10 million hectares of farmland per year. The McGill University professor also created BioFuelNet, a network that brings together the advanced Canadian biofuels research community. He also led the laboratory that developed the microbial signal technologies, training over 60 graduate students, mostly at the PhD level, and publishing close to 300 papers.”

Dr. Smith will be at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto Island to attend the Clean50 Summit on September 26th, along with the 50 other award recipients. The Summit will bring these exceptional leaders together for the day to tackle common sustainability challenges and come up with solutions. This Summit will foster even more innovation, leadership and collaboration for sustainable growth in Canada!

On behalf of the BioFuelNet Team, Congratulations Dr. Smith!

More information on the Clean50 Awards can be found at

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