Speakers

Bob McDonald

Loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun, Bob McDonald is in high demand. A fixture in broadcasting for more than 30 years, he is currently the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, and a member of the Order of Canada.

In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, McDonald is a regular reporter for CBC TV’s The National. As a writer, he has authored three science books, and contributed to numerous science textbooks, magazines, and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail. His latest book is Measuring the Earth with a Stick.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science within Canada. He is a recipient of the “Michael Smith Award” from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council; the “Sir Sanford Fleming Medal” from the Royal Canadian Institute; and the “McNeil Medal” from The Royal Society of Canada. He also won a 2008 Gemini Award for “Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series.” He holds six honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.

Steve Kirby

Steve Kirby

Before arriving in Winnipeg from New York in 2003, jazz bassist Steve Kirby had established an enviable career performing, recording, and touring with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, James Carter, Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano, Lester Bowie, John Hicks, and many others.

 Now a fixture in Winnipeg's cultural scene, Kirby continues to perform, compose, and record; his newest CD, Stepchild (2012), features the incredible fire power of the U of M Jazz Faculty, AKA, The Northern Prairie Jazz Collective. In addition to his responsibilities as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba, Professor Kirby is also director of the U of M Summer Jazz Camp, artistic director of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances, and editor of dig! magazine, Winnipeg’s bi-monthly jazz publication, creator and director of Jazz on Wheels (a mobile, inner city jazz education performance program) and The Bridge

Kirby’s gifts as a performer, clinician, and speaker have inspired audiences in concert halls, clubs, inner city street festivals, community centres, high school gyms, and university classrooms around the North America and beyond. He shares not just his deep passion for jazz, but the tenets of tolerance, self-expression, and community building that are at its core.

Jeff Golfman

Jeff Golfman

Jeff is the founder and President of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc.

An eco-entrepreneur for the last 25 years, way before it was ever cool, Jeff is an Honours Graduate of the Ivey School of Business.

Jeff has had, and continues to have, many lives.

He’s created things. He was the founder of Winnipeg’s Blue Box curbside recycling program, 20 years ago, as well as Pulse Furniture, a custom furniture manufacturer that creates sweat shop free furniture in Canada, for clients all over North America.

He’s philanthropic. Jeff is the Founder and Volunteer President of Green Kids Inc., an environmental education touring theatre charity for Children which has inspired over 1 million students in 1,000 + schools since 1991. (www.greenkids.com).

He’s been an event organizer. Over the years Earthday, Donald Trump, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. David Suzuki have been featured.

He’s won awards: The Federal Business Development Bank’s Entrepreneur of the Year, The Sustainable Development Award of Excellence, Western Living’s Westexpressed, Silver Lining Award, and the 2012 Envirokidz Giving Back Award.

He practices what he preaches (although he would never preach, really). He has infectious, boundless energy derived from his low impact lifestyle, large world view, active days and dietary choices.

Wade Chute

Wade Chute

Wade Chute is a business advisor with the Business Intelligence and Commercialization Service Team at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF). Here he works closely with clients from many different sectors to identify, develop and evaluate various routes for commercializing new processes and technologies. 

Chute’s career spans 22 years, consistently focusing on the pulp and paper sector. His work includes four years as a process engineer at pulp mills, four years as a technical service representative for a pulp and paper machinery supplier, and 14 years as a pulp and paper research team leader. 

The native Albertan's involvement in his professional community includes: founder and inaugural chairman of the Nonwood Fibres Committee in the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC); and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Chute graduated from the UBC department of Chemical Engineering in 1991. His technical electives and undergraduate thesis focused on the field of pulp and paper. 

Andrew Gustyn

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Andrew Gustyn is the Director of Sustainability – North America for Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Prior to taking on the lead sustainability role at Unisource, Andrew has been in various sales and marketing management roles in the packaging, facility supplies and printing paper industries in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Andrew has served on both the steering teams for Partners in Project Green and Greening Greater Toronto. Andrew earned his BA in Economics and his MBA in International Business and Marketing from McGill University.

He now lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter. When he is not talking about issues relating to corporate sustainability he is likely to be found on his bike riding the roads and trails around Ottawa.

Dr. Moussa Gomina

Moussa Gomina

Moussa Gomina is the leader of the Structure and Thermomechanical Behavior of Materials group in the CRISMAT laboratory at Caen, affiliated to the French National Center for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S.).

He received his PhD in Solid Physics in 1981 and an accreditation to supervise PhD researchers in 1987. He has supervised 16 PhD students since 2001 and has 87 reviewed papers to his credit. His research topics include the development of clay-based ceramics and plant fiber-reinforced composites, development of superconductor and thermoelectric materials, reliability of structural composites for transportation. He is involved in numerous academic research programs with French and foreign laboratories, as well as in joint research projects with industry (construction, automotive, aviation). 

Dr. Davy Duriatti

Davy Duriatti

Dr. Davy Duriatti is the R&D engineer in the Depestele group, a French company that manages the entire textile chain from growing flax to producing finished fabrics. Depestele is Europe’s leading private flax producer, with some 8,000 ha in France’s Seine-Maritime, Eure and Calvados regions. The group fully develops the value chain of flax straw by processing it to obtain various products that include long and short fibres, shives and seeds.

Engineer in structural design and reliability from the French Institute in Advanced Mechanics, he further specialized with a PhD in composite materials and more particularly in the study of the long term behavior of glass reinforced composite structures.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in research collaboration between companies and academic laboratories as project manager at the “CNRT Matériaux”, a French organization composed of several academic laboratories working in close partnership with the industry.

Since 2009, he is working with the Depestele Group and manages several collaborative research programs, which aim at producing “engineering flax fibers” grown following a dedicated culture, and using them for the development and production of semi-finished products for the reinforcements of composite parts used in sectors such as automotive, sports and leisure, aeronautics and wind energy. 

Mark Carlson

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Mark Carlson is Vice President of Investment for AVAC, Ltd. a unique investment company with considerable experience addressing the three key challenges for successful early-stage investing: garnering investor interest, attracting strong senior management, and building critical mass of like businesses. 

AVAC invests directly in Alberta companies including agribusiness and technology.  AVAC also manages the Accelerate Fund I Limited Partnership, an Angel co-investment fund targeting innovative sector investments in ICT, clean/energy-tech and life sciences, including agri-tech.

Mark has conducted operational work and strategic planning for emerging technology companies over the past 15 years, with a special emphasis in venture capital investment, corporate finance and valuation. In all cases, investments were early stage extending through the software, life science, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Mark holds an MBA and possesses hands-on knowledge of irrigated crop and cow-calf production based on his southern Alberta farm up-bringing. 

Murray McCaig

Murray McCaig

Murray is the managing director at the MaRS Cleantech Fund, Canada’s leading early stage investor in clean technology sector.  Previous to this, Murray managed New York based private equity group, RSL Investments (owned by the Estee Lauder family), where he was responsible for leading a global business acquisition strategy in the water sector.  Murray has extensive international business development and licensing experience including his role with Upstream Systems, a world leader in mobile marketing solutions, where he built the global sales organization and led expansion into new regions in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.  As an entrepreneur, Murray founded and built two successful venture capital backed startups, an innovative in-building wireless provider, Spotnik Mobile, which he sold to TELUS (one of Canada’s major telecom operators) and EnviroTower, a well-known Cleantech company in the water treatment sector.  Murray raised over $25 million in early stage capital for these ventures.  Prior to this, Murray was a principal with the McKenna Group, a Silicon Valley-based management consulting group, where he developed and implemented growth strategies for large global technology companies and early stage ventures.  Murray holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a former Olympian who represented Canada at the 1992 Games.

Dr. Murray McLaughlin

Dr. Murray McLaughlin

Murray McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre and is also President and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.

He has a long history of involvement in Canadian agriculture and bioindustry and he has held various positions in private industry, government and non-profit sectors. His career has focused on agricultural science including research, development and product management and marketing. He is a member of numerous boards of directors and advisory committees, including Biotech Canada, BioAtlantech and Bioenterprise. In 2010, Dr. McLaughlin received awards from both BIOTECanada and The BioTechnology Initiative (now Life Sciences Ontario) in recognition of his leadership in the commercialization of biotechnologies and the growth of innovation-based companies.

Greg Maloney

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Greg's 30 years of business experience crosses several manufacturing industries and functional areas, including consumer durable goods, consumables, and industrial materials.

Seasoned in the corporate world, he is also an entrepreneur and has developed a material distribution and business development enterprise for the print and packaging industry.

Most recently, Greg teamed-up with CelluForce Inc., responsible for business development of Cellulose Nano-Crystals in a number of industrial sectors including energy, cement and concrete, films, packaging, paints and coatings.

Dr. Ron Crotogino

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Dr. Crotogino is the President & CEO of ArboraNano, and the Network Director of the Canadian Forest NanoProducts Network. ArboraNano was established in 2009 to generate new business opportunities for the Canadian economy using Canada's renewable forest resources to manufacture new value-added nanocellulose-enhance products.

Prior to joining ArboraNano, Ron had a long and distinguished career as a papermaking researcher and a research manager. He is a Member of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, and recipient of the 2010 John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal in recognition of his long-term scientific and technological contributions to the pulp and paper industry, and he is a Fellow of both the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dan Lussier

Dan Lussier

Dan received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Option) from the University of Manitoba is currently completing his PhD from the University of Oxford in the area of computer simulation of nanodroplet fluid mechanics using molecular dynamics methods.  Dan joined the team at the Composite Research Network (CRN) in August 2012 and has since been involved in the development of the CRN’s Manitoba based node located at the Composites Innovation Centre.  This has involved collaborative projects with Winnipeg based manufacturers such as Boeing-Winnipeg, EMTEQ, New Flyer Industries.

The Composite Research Network  is a collaborative industry-university organization based in Western Canada focused on closing the innovation gap and reducing product, and process, development risk in composite design and manufacturing.  The CRN is engaged in numerous projects ranging from fundamental research, applied research and development while also providing direct support to industrial partners.  In all cases the primary output of CRN projects is knowledge in practice documents, or KPDs.  Knowledge in practice documents bring together the fundamental science and industrial wisdom in composite manufacturing by capturing open, correct and usable knowledge. To facilitate the use of these documents by industry practitioners, the CRN has developed an online knowledge management framework for its membership, called the Knowledge in Practice Centre.


Dr. Darren Fast

Dr. Darren Fast

Darren joined the University of Manitoba Technology Transfer Office in October 2012.  Previously he was the Senior Intellectual Property Advisor at the Public Health Agency of Canada where he was responsible for ensuring intellectual property protection for new technologies as well as moving the technologies into the private sector. He is also the President of Solalta Advisors Ltd, where he provides market and business development services for early stage technologies. 

Prior to Solalta, Darren was Chief Technology Officer for the Western Life Sciences Venture Fund, where he was intimately involved in identifying and licensing technologies and creating companies for investment, and in helping lead portfolio company development and commercialization activities. Previously, Darren was Manager, Product Planning and Development at Viventia Biotech where he was responsible for the development of several human therapeutic antibody projects. Darren led the project teams that moved these products from research into clinical trials. Darren has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Jeff Cernohous

Dr. Jeff Cernohous

Dr. Jeffrey Cernohous is founder of Interfacial Solutions, a contract materials development company.  In his current role as Chairman and CTO, he is engaged in developing and commercializing new technologies and products relating to materials science. In 2006, Interfacial Solutions was named the St. Croix County Emerging Business of the Year.  In 2010, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) named Interfacial Solutions one of “Wisconsin Companies to Watch”.  The company was also named to the 2010 Inc 500, with a ranking of #304.

Throughout his career Dr. Cernohous has been an active scientific publisher.  He is a named co-author on more than 30 scientific publications and more than 80 US patents and patent applications. 

Dr. Chad Ulven

Dr. Chad Ulven

Dr. Ulven has been a faculty member in the ME Department at NDSU since August 2005. He has been involved in the research of polymer matrix composites (PMCs) for various commercial and defense applications for the past 13 years. He is currently the principal or co-principal investigator of 12 research projects related to composite material development totaling over $1.5 million. He has co-authored 43 journal articles, 11 U.S. Department of Defense technical reports, 4 book chapters, and over 75 conference papers related to PMCs. His most recent research interests include biobased PMCs, recycling of PMCs, advanced thermoplastic PMCs, and fire and impact damage in PMCs. 

In June 2011, Dr. Ulven co-founded c2renew corporation. c2renew provides a performance driven biocomposite material that offers price stability to a volatile plastics market and a greener alternative. c2renew is a material designer and custom compounder who utilizes proprietary biocomposite formulations to meet a wide range of engineering specifications. The biocomposite formulation methodology developed by Dr. Ulven and his research team was licensed from NDSU in March 2012. 


Sean McKay

Dr. Chad Ulven

Sean McKay has held the position of Executive Director of the Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc. since its inception in 2003.  This not for profit corporation supports and stimulates economic growth through innovative research, development and application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries.  He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing and implementing composite materials related technologies for over 34 years in the industry.  He has held positions of President - Base Composite Technologies Inc.; VP Engineering and Quality - Acetek Composites Inc. and Engineering Manager, Boeing Canada Technology, Winnipeg Division as well as performing management and engineering functions for other companies in Western Canada and the United Kingdom.  He has been involved in product design, materials selection, process development and implementation of production manufacturing systems for many applications including those in aerospace, ground transportation, bio-materials and civil infrastructure. Sean holds a B.Sc. Civil Engineering from the University of Salford, UK and is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba.

Dr. Simon Potter

Dr. Simon Potter

Dr. Simon Potter has a global reputation as an expert in the area of biomaterials design and processing.  He holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has held senior research positions at the University of British Columbia, FP Innovations and the CSIRO in Australia where he managed an $11 million research program in forest biomaterials.  Dr. Potter is currently Sector Manager for Product Innovation and Civil Infrastructure at the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg, Canada and an Adjunct Professor in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

 

Dr. Johanne Denault

Dr. Johanne Denault

Dr Johanne Denault has been working at the National Research Council Canada, Boucherville, Québec, since 1986.  She received her Ph.D. in chemistry, with specialization in polymer chemistry, from the University of Montreal.  Her research interest is to better understand the relationship between processing, microstructure and performance of synthetic and bio-based nanocomposites and thermoplastic composite materials with particular interest in the interfacial phenomenon for applications in various sectors like aerospace, automotive and construction.  Major contribution was done on the development and the processing of continuous and long fiber thermoplastic composites with respect to their mechanical and physical and microstructural properties. Since 2000, she’s working in the NRC research programs on bio-based polymers and bio-based composites; this includes mainly research activities on bio-based nanocomposites and natural fiber composites.  Recently, she set-up a multiclient industrial project entitled ‘’Thermoset Biocomposite Polyester’’ in order to transfer to the industry all of the basic knowledge and technologies needed to design and manufacture composite parts made of unsaturated polyester resin reinforced with cellulosic fibers.

Gerard Scheubel

Gerard Scheubel

After Chemistry and Chemical engineering Studies at the Institut de Chimie, Besançon, France, Gerard Scheubel specialized in paper technologies at Ecole Polytechnique in Grenoble, France. Always active in R&D, he has developed roofing membranes with nonwoven reinforcements, and after joining Texel in the mid 1980’s had developed various nonwoven fabrics (mats) for industrial applications. His current projects are related to thermoformed products for semi-structural applications and natural fibre based mats developed for their acoustic performances in vehicles.

Texel is active in several markets such as filtration, civil engineering, automotive and also industrial specialty products. The company relies on a strong product development team and small scale development lines for fast access to markets. 

Ruth DeSantis

Ruth DeSantis

Ruth DeSantis is a Business Development Officer with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and a Business Development Officer with the Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre. Ruth connects with institutions in Alberta and across Canada to develop the biomaterial network and leads educational events to enhance industry knowledge of biomaterial opportunities in Alberta. She also has experience developing ecosystem services policy for the Province of Alberta.  

Prior to working in Alberta, Ruth worked in the Arctic where she developed relationships to support collaborative research to investigate the impact of climate change. She completed a Master of Arts at the University of Guelph in Geography focused on climate change adaptation.

Lori-Jo Graham

Lori-Jo Graham

Lori-Jo Graham is Lead of the Biomaterial Program of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and the Client Manager for Alberta Biomaterial Development Centre (ABDC). She works with partners across the value chain to develop the biomaterial industry in Alberta. She is the lead collaborator with regional and international companies who are establishing or expanding biomaterial processing and manufacturing capacity in Alberta.

Lori-Jo holds a Masters of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary, specializing in regional economic development. She and her family maintain ranch lands in southern Alberta.  She has worked for the Government of Alberta for the past 15 years.

She member of a number of initiatives and organizations including:  the National Bioproducts Committee; Industrial Bioproducts Value Chains Committee; Southern Alberta Hemp Development Task Team; Alberta Chapter – Canada Green Building Council; and Economic Developers Alberta. She is an Advisor on a number of Master Degree and Capstone projects.

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