A.J. (Sandy) Marshall
Raised on a farm in Ontario Canada before graduating from the University of Waterloo in Chemical Engineering. Started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Worked in process and product development, research and market development. After Polysar was purchased by Bayer AG, took an assignment in Germany. Returned to Canada in 1995 and held management roles in various rubber businesses. LANXESS was spun off from Bayer in 2005 at which time, took the role of Site Manager for their ABS Manufacturing facility in Cincinnati Ohio. Returned to Canada in 2008 and has taken his current role. Is responsible for all aspects of Canadian operations, providing leadership and overall direction in stablishing policies, objectives and strategies to lead the Canadian and regional organization to the forefront of the Chemical and Rubber industries. Is a member of the Boards for Lambton College and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Sandy is married to Darlene and they have two sons, Nathan and Adam.
Austin Beggs graduated from the U of Saskatchewan in 1974 and immediately joined the university, first as Special Assistant to the President, then as the University Space Manager, part of the VP Academic’s staff, and later as part of Physical Plant. Recruited in 1980 by the Saskatchewan Economic Development Corporation he commenced operations of Innovation Place, the technology park adjacent to the U of S. He moved to British Columbia, and was employed by the Ministry of Environment in Victoria from 1982 to 1986. He returned to Saskatoon in 1986 to resume work with Innovation Place. He oversaw the expansion of Saskatchewan's technology park system into the City of Regina, serving as acting General Manager of the Regina Research Park, (now Innovation Place – Regina), from March 1999 to May 2000, and was key in the development of the Forest Centre in Prince Albert in 2005. A former President of the international Association of University Research Parks (AURP), and member of the Board of AURP Canada, Austin progressed through a variety of positions with Innovation Place, consulted broadly on the development and management of technology parks, and left in 2012 as VP Corporate Relations. He is currently VP Marketing, Commercial Services Division of North Prairie Developments, a private property developer in Saskatchewan.
Steve Bolt is recently retired from Dow Chemical after a 35 year career. At retirement he was Eastern Canada Operations Director, as well as the Global Supply Chain Director of Technology, Process & Systems. His career included technical and management roles in Plant Design, Startup and Operations, Environment Health and Safety, and Information and Work Process Technology. He is currently on the board of the Suustainable Chemistry Alliance, a competitive council for the Chemical Industry in Canada through which he is involved in leading the implementation of a strategy to integrate the traditional chemical industry with the evolving Bio based industry to drive long term sustainability. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Bio Industrial Innovation Centre and Bluewater Power Corporation He graduated from UWO Chemical Engineering in 1969, and has recently served on the UWO Dean's Advisory Council and has Chaired the Lambton College Board of Governors.
Paul Clark is currently President, VisionGain Consulting Inc, a company providing service in the fields of vision/strategy building, research & technology management, and advanced technical based facilitation. Paul is also a Senior Affiliate with Ian Murray & Company Ltd., Previously he was Vice-President, Research & Technology for NOVA Chemicals Corporation and President , NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Inc. and Global Operations Director Polyethylene R&D, Dow Chemical Co. He has had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry in both Canada and the U.S. His work involved extensive relationships with universities and government to create and manage collaborative research projects which have had significant commercial impact. His other affiliations include: Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions, Board of Directors, Climate Change & Emissions Management Corp., Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency, Fellow, The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), and Board of Directors, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA). Paul has received numerous awards including: NOVA Chemicals Distinguished Applause 1997 & 2003, CanPlast Leadership Award (CPIA), Society for Chemical Industry A.N.Purvis Award (SCI), Natural Science & Engineering Research Council Synergy Award (NSERC).
Jean Hamel, Vice President, Pulp, Paper and BioProducts at FPInnovations has more than 28 years of experience in R&D in the Forest Product Industry. As Vice President since 2009, Jean has been developing, with his team of 220 researchers and technologists, an important innovation and R&D program to develop new chemicals and biomaterials and their applications as well as supporting the operational excellence of the Forest Product Industry. Under his management, the NCC was transferred to a first joint venture in CelluForce and the first North American pilot plant to produce Kraft lignin was put in place in Thunder Bay.
Prior to his retirement from Scotia Capital in 2011, Mr. Kanes was recognized as a leading Canadian equity research analyst specializing in covering fertilizer, biofuel, chemical and energy infrastructure companies since 1987. Before Scotia Capital, Mr. Kanes gained a wide range of corporate financial experience with Northern Telecom, Gulf Canada and Petro-Canada. He has also worked as an independent energy consultant, primarily for Ultramar Canada. In November 2009, he hosted Scotia's First Annual Bio-Energy Day that included cellulosic ethanol and algae industry representatives. He spoke at three World Algae Conferences in 2009-10, the 2010 Canada-US Clean Energy Dialogue, the World Bioindustrial Congress, and the 2009 Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Annual. Mr. Kanes received his Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation in 2012, his CFA designation in 1993 and his CA designation in 1977. His professional affiliations include membership in the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, the CFA Institute, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the U.S. Society of Chemical Industry.
Gitta Kulczycki is Vice-President (Resources & Operations) at The University of Western Ontario. The varied portfolio under the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) includes Finance, Legal Services, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Physical Plant & Capital Planning Services, Housing & Ancillary Services, and Campus Community Police Services. Prior to joining Western, Kulczycki was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer with the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, and had been a senior administrator in the health care sector at several leading institutions across Canada as well as holding leadership roles in the private sector. She received her MBA Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa and has an HB Commerce degree Cum Laude in Accounting, Finance and Mathematics from Laurentian University. A Chartered Accountant, fluent in German, Kulczycki worked as the Corporate Controller for LSI Logic of Canada Inc., in Calgary, Alberta, and was a Manager of Financial Services and Taxation for Bell-Northern Research Ltd. in Ottawa, Ontario. She began her career as a Tax Specialist with Thorne Riddell (now KPMG).
George Mallay is currently General Manager of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP). Prior to this, he was with the City of Kanata for seven years and before that with the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation. He has been a champion for the development of sustainable development in Sarnia-Lambton. George holds degrees in economics-geography, urban planning and an MBA.
Don McCabe is a no-till corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Inwood, Ontario. Don is in his second year as President of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. He has studied doctorate-level soil genesis and classification at the University of Guelph in Ontario, after completing a chemistry degree at the University of Western Ontario. Don is also a vice-president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Don has been involved in carbon trading, renewable energy and bioproducts policy work at the domestic and international scale to ensure agriculture is recognized as a solution provider to society. Don believes farmers have to have appropriate policy linked with new business opportunities to operate farms into the future, while providing society with food, fuel, fiber, energy, and environmental goods and services such as improved water quality, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat.
As President of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Richard Paton leads one of the key national industrial associations in Canada. The CIAC (formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association) represents over 50 companies and Responsible Care® partners ranging from five to 5,000 employees that operate in the chemistry industry. CIAC member companies generate revenues of over $26 billion annually. Richard is engaged with members in a wide variety of industry coalitions and groups that promote sound policy to develop value added manufacturing in Canada and to ensure effective and workable policies in areas such as environment, climate change, health, transportation, tax, trade, energy, and regulation. He spent 23 years with the Government of Canada in a variety of departments including the Privy Council Office and Treasury Board. In his last 8 years with the federal government he was Assistant and Deputy Secretary of the Administrative Policy Branch at Treasury Board and Deputy Secretary of the Program Branch. Richard led the Treasury Board Secretariat in the two program reviews of 1995 and 1996 that resulted in a balanced federal budget and he also led a variety of management and policy reforms in regulatory policy, alternative service delivery, real property and information technology. Mr. Paton holds a master's degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, as well as a master's in public administration from Harvard University. He has taught management courses as a part-time professor for over 20 years at Carleton's School of Public Administration and Queen's University executive MBA program. He continues to teach his graduate course "The Politics of Management" at Carleton and develop cases and literature on management in government and non-profit associations.
Dr. Gord Surgeoner
Dedicated leader is perhaps the best way to describe Gord Surgeoner. During his 30-year career, he has worked tirelessly to promote initiatives and champion causes that he believes are important to the well-being of the agri-food industry. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1971 at the University of Guelph, Dr. Surgeoner went on to obtain a Master's degree in Economic Entomology in 1973, also from Guelph and a Ph.D. in Forest Entomology in 1976 from Michigan State University. Gord became an esteemed professor at the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and Plant Agriculture, where he remained on faculty until his retirement in 2004. Since his secondment from the University of Guelph in 1999, Gord has been the President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, a non-profit organization consisting of members from farm associations, universities, industry and governments. The organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food. In September, 2005 Dr. Surgeoner was invested with the Order of Ontario. This distinguished award recognizes Dr. Surgeoner's significant contribution to Ontario's agri-food sector. In addition, Gord has also received the 2011 Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award, the 2007 University of Guelph Alumnus of Honour Award, the 1989 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Association, the 1994 T.R. Hilliard Award for Notable Contribution to Agricultural Extension in the Province of Ontario, an endowed Chair of the University of Guelph bearing his name, the 2002 Award for Contribution to Advancing the Benefits of Biotech for Canadians, and is a recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Awards. Gord is a strong advocate for Canadian agriculture, the Canadian regulatory system and the opportunities Canada has in a global marketplace.
Dr. Bernard West
Bernard West holds a BSc and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester where he also taught for 6 years. In 2008 he was President and CEO of CANSOLV Technologies of Montreal, and was previously President and COO, Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited. Prior to that, he had 30 years of experience in the chemical industry with Rhone-Poulenc, Imperial Oil and Polymer Corporation. Bernard has also been very active in industry associations and industry-government bodies; member of the Board of the Canada's Chemical Producers Association (Chair 1995–1997), Chair of The Chemical Institute of Canada, Chair of the Society of Chemical Industry–Canadian Section, member of the Board of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (Washington, D.C.) Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technologies in the National Research Council of Canada (2006-2011). Co-Chair of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (2007-2013, Bernard is currently; Chair of the Board of Ontario BioAuto Council, Co-Chair of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network and Vice-Chair of the new BIC He is also a member of the boards of; Sulco Chemicals Limited, Life Sciences Ontario, the Committee on Chemical Industry of IUPAC and the Society of Chemical Industry Canada Section.
William White is the retired President of DuPont Canada. He held a variety of global business unit leadership roles in his 34 years with E.I. DuPont de Nemours (Wilmington Delaware), including Titanium Technologies, Chemical Solutions Enterprise and Safety Resources. Prior to his 2006 appointment as President of DuPont Canada, Mr. White worked across the corporation leading programs focused on growth through marketing and sales transformation, developing emerging markets, and step change business strategies. He is currently a partner in CBW Associates a Canadian business consulting firm. A graduate of Purdue University, he is a 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and chairs Purdue’s Mechanical Engineering advisory committee.
- Partner: CBW Associates
- Chair: Purdue's Mechanical advisory committee
- Director: MaRS