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Management and Governance
The Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network is one of four networks created in 2010 as a part of the NSERC Forest Sector R&D Initiative. The Scientific Director is Professor Cedric Briens, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Western University's Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), the host university of the Network.
Board of Directors
The NSERC Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network’s Board of Directors has representation from a broad range of stakeholders; drawing from the pulp and paper industry, biofuels, chemical enterprises, senior university administrators, government, Canada’s National Research Council, and representatives of the Networks researchers.
The Board provides oversight of all of the Network’s activities and is responsible for the management, direction and financial accountability of the Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network in conformance with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Councils’s Conflict of Interest Policy. The Board meets twice a year.
Dr. Janusz Lusztyk (Chair)
Retired from National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Janusz Lusztyk is an accomplished scientist and research manager. In 2012 he retired from National Research Council of Canada (NRC) where he worked for more than 30 years, most recently (2008-2012) as the Director General of the NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology (NRC-ICPET).
Dr. Lusztyk received his M.Sc. and PhD (with distinction) in Chemistry at Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska). He then spent two years in the U.K. as a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry Department at the University College London. He joined the NRC Division of Chemistry in 1982 as Research Associate in Dr. Keith Ingold's group and was appointed as NRC Research Officer in 1985.
During his 30-year career at NRC, Dr. Lusztyk has managed a variety of files. At the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences from 1990 until 1999, Dr. Lusztyk directed the Organic Reaction Dynamics Group and then the Chemical Biology Program. He was Director General of the NRC Institute for National Measurement Standards from 1999 to 2004 and Acting Director General of the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NRC-NINT) for 2003-2004. Since 2004 he has been Senior Advisor on Nanotechnology and subsequently Coordinator of NRC Nanotechnology Program (NRC-Nano). Concurrently, Dr. Lusztyk also served as Acting Director Research for the Institute for Marine Biosciences (2005-2006) and since September of 2006, as Director Research at NRC-NINT.
Dr. Lusztyk is an internationally recognized expert on chemistry and kinetics of organic reactive intermediates and time-resolved UV-Vis and IR spectroscopy. His most significant work supported the development of applications of free radical chemistry in organic synthesis. Dr. Lusztyk was elected as Chairman of the Gordon Conference on Free Radical Reactions (1997), and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1999). He was also elected and served as a member of the International Committee of Weights and Measures (2003-2005). Other distinctions include visiting professorships at the Australian National University (1990) and the University of Bordeaux (1995). Dr. Lusztyk has co-authored 115 publications in the open scientific literature.
Program Manager, FPInnovations
Tom Browneobtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, then completed a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, also at McGill University. His post-graduate studies focused on the deformation behaviour of paper sheets in a rolling nip.
In 1994 he joined FPInnovations, Paprican Division, working in the area of energy use in pulp and paper mills in general and mechanical pulping plants in particular. He was technical editor of monographs on energy and water use in pulp and paper mills. Recently he has led the development of a major new research network in the area of the forest biorefinery.
Dr. Browne has published articles in refereed journals on the topic of paper properties in calendering, mechanical pulping processes and energy use. He has participated in a number of industry committees, in particular serving as chairman of the Energy Committee of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. At Paprican he has been Program Manager, Mechanical Pulping since June 2001. In June 2004 he took on additional responsibility for the Sustainability and Forest Biorefinery portfolios.
Profile Address: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/tcbrowne
Chief, Resource Economics and Bioenergy, Canadian Forest Service
Rory Gilsenan is an Ottawa-based resource economist who has been with the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada since 2003, working primarily on bioenergy and climate change issues. His current work includes the development of a government decision-making framework for commercialising bioenergy technologies. He has been the federal government lead on the Bio-Pathways Project, a collaborative study spearheaded by the Forest Products Association of Canada to explore options for transforming the Canadian forest products industry. He leads a team of economists conducting applied policy and economic analyses on forest bioenergy and other industry issues. Previously, his work for the CFS was focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation issues for Canada's forest sector.
Prior to joining the Canadian Forest Service, Rory worked as an economist for a number of international clients in both the public and private sectors in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 1993, he moved from Canada to Washington, DC, to work at the World Bank as an economist in the West and Central Africa department of the Bank, providing analyses and advice on a range of subject matter, including structural adjustment lending, debt restructuring, trade issues, currency adjustments and price liberalization programs. Then in 1998, he shifted his focus to environmental assessment work, providing environmental project and policy advice on a range of infrastructure projects in the Middle East, specializing on issues related to the water sector.
Rory has a B.A. honours degree in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal and a M.Sc. in Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Cedric Briens
Lignoworks Scientific Director
Dr. Cedric Briens is Director, R&D, of the Institute for Chemical and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) http://www.icfar.ca, which he founded with Dr. Franco Berruti and other colleagues at Western University. He has over 25 years of experience in both academia and industry. His areas of expertise are fluidization and particulate operations, which he has applied, for example, to the development of new reactor technology for the conversion of biomass and heavy oils into valuable products.
Dr. Briens is the theme leader for the Thermochemical Processing Theme of Lignoworks and has also become Scientific Director as of January 15, 2013.
President, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Murray McLaughlin (B.Sc. McGill University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Cornell University) has been and continues to be active in Canadian agriculture and bioindustry. He was President and CEO of Foragen for 7 years, the only early seed stage venture fund focused on advanced agricultural technologies in Canada. He stepped down in July 2005 once the fund was fully invested.
Dr. McLaughlin has held various positions in private industry, government and non-profit sectors including Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, President of Ag-West Biotech Inc. where he helped build the Saskatoon cluster, and several assignments with ELANCO. He held the position of Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source (Synchrotron) in Saskatoon for the last three years. Dr. McLaughlin manages McLaughlin Consultants Inc., a firm focused on providing sound advice to agriculture, food and life sciences. He joined the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance as President and CEO on March 1st, 2009.
Dr. McLaughlin’s 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. He has been awarded the Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year award from the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association, the Alumni of the Year from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the National Merit Award from the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Dalhousie University/Nova Scotia Agriculture College, May, 2006.
Profile Address: http://www.suschemalliance.ca/about_us.html#MurrayMcLaughlin
CEO, Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE)
Lorne Morrow assumed the role of CEO of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy on December 1, 2009. He is accountable for all aspects of the corporation. Most recently, he was the Province of Ontario’s lead facilitator and negotiator for the transformation of single entity sustainable forest licenses to cooperative SFL's.
Lorne has a long and successful thirty-year career in the forest sector of northern Ontario as a Senior Resource Manager, Professional Forester and business leader. He held various positions as a senior manager with Domtar, the Buchanan Group and Norampac Inc., including chief forester, woodlands manager and finally resident manager of the integrated linerboard mill in Red Rock, Ontario.
Lorne holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters in Forestry from Lakehead University and is a Registered Professional Forester.
Profile Address: http://www.cribe.ca/staff
Chief Operating Officer, Lignol Innovations
Michael Rushton, is a chemical engineer and business executive with more than 30 years experience in the development and commercialization of technology. Mike started his career in the oil industry and has subsequently been involved in the development and supply of process technology to the pulp and paper, metal smelting and chemical process industries and in the alternative energy sector.
Mike has been Chief Operating Officer of Lignol Innovations Ltd of Burnaby, BC, Canada since May of 2006. Lignol is engaged in developing Biorefining Process Technology with the capability to produce cellulosic ethanol as a well as a range of unique highly pure forms of lignin and lignin derivatives; Mike heads up Lignol’s business development activities in this area. Prior to joining Lignol, Mike was President and Chief Executive Officer of Membrane Reactor Technologies, a company developing novel hydrogen generation and purification technology, and prior to this he spent 22 years in a variety of technical and management positions with Chemetics International, a Canadian company that commercialized chemical process technology in the Pulp and Paper, Metal Smelting and Chemical Industries.
Profile Address: http://www.lignol.ca/team.html
Dr. John C. Tao
Vice President, Open Innovation Weyerhaeuser Co.
Dr. Tao is currently responsible for crafting Weyerhaeuser’s bio-based products portfolio through Early Business /Venture Development, Licensing (in and out), Technology Partnering, Government Contracts, and Intellectual Asset Management. Dr. Tao and his organization also work across Weyerhaeuser’s business units to commercialize economically viable innovation. Within Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Tao is affiliated with bio-based products, forest-based feedstock development and supply, bio-based fuels and the economies associated with these technologies. Weyerhaeuser is an $8 billion integrated Forest Products Company.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Dr. Tao was the Corporate Director of Technology Partnerships for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a $10 billion company headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, He was responsible for worldwide external technology development, Intellectual Asset Management, government contracting and licensing/ technology transfer. His contributions in over 30 years included the venture that commercialized a new family of polymers, a JV that the company profited with over $200MM in invested capital and IP value extraction of over $100MM in tax credits.
Dr. Tao holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon. During his tenure with Air Products, Dr. Tao has been involved in engineering management, R&D management, commercial development, venture management, and planning and business development. Dr. Tao is a board member of the Industrial Research Institute and the Lehigh Valley Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, and is a Board member and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s IIP/SBIR, and the Advisory Board of the Chem. Eng Dept of Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society and of the Commercial Development and Marketing Association.
Previously, Dr. Tao served two terms as a board member of the Commercial Development Association, the Advisory Board of Yet2.com, and the Penn State Research Foundation. He was the chair of the External Technology Directors Network and the Science and Technology Policy Committee of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), chair of Chemical Industry Environmental Technology Projects (a LLC), and chair of the Management Committee of the Air Products/Imperial College Strategic Alliance, The Air Products Alliance with Georgia Tech and the Air Products/Penn State Research Alliance. Dr. Tao has also held the positions of voting representative and member of the Governing Board of the Council of Chemical Research, member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and he has served on the advisory council for the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tao has presented and published over 80 papers and holds 9 patents and one pending.