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The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and management of the Network and must act in accordance with BioFuelNet’s bylaws, Funding Agreement, Network Agreement and Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program Guide. It is responsible for the articulation (and/or safeguarding) of the organizational mission and defining the outputs and outcomes it seeks.

The Board is responsible for long-term planning and direction. It defines the organizational culture, values, operating principles, and parameters within which it expects the Scientific Director to manage BFN’s operations. The Board focuses on strategic leadership rather than administrative detail, and on important policy rather than operational matters.

The Directors reflect the interests and concerns of the various stakeholders involved in the Network. NCE requirements state there must be a minimum of 12 voting Directors, a majority of whom shall be from the private or industrial sector, and one third of whom shall be independent.

The Board is approved by BioFuelNet Network Members (the 25 universities).

Composition of the Board of Directors

Esteban Chornet – Chief Technology Officer, Enerkem

Goretty Dias – Assistant Professor, Waterloo University

Sara Esam – Program Administrator, NCE-RCE (non-voting)

Anne Drost – Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Chair of the Board)

Rose Goldstein – Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations, McGill University

David Harwood – Senior Research Manager, Du Pont/Pioneer

John Marrone – Executive Director, BioFuelNet Canada

Jean Roberge – Managing Director, Éthanol GreenField du Québec inc., President, Biogaz EG inc. and Vice-President and CEO, Vanerco

France Rochette  – New Business Development Manager, Dupont Canada

Diana Royce – President, Deerfield Group Inc.

Douglas Singbeil – Research Leaders, BioEnergy, FPInnovations

Donald L. Smith – Scientific Director and CEO, BioFuelNet Canada

Robert Zittrer – Partner, Richter