Julia Struyf, Marketing and Communications Manager with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, and Sandy Marshall, the agency's Executive Director, hold the Canadian Resource Champion award the Sarnia-based organization received from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
(Paul Morden/Sarnia Observer)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has a new trophy for its offices in Sarnia.
The federally-funded agency that helps emerging bio-chemistry companies get to market was named one of Canada’s Resource Champions by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The award program was created to recognize and highlight outstanding efforts of organizations helping support Canada’s resource industry.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has been involved in helping new bio-chemistry companies become established in southern Ontario, and in particular in the Sarnia area.
Sandy Marshall, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, said they were given the award during a meeting earlier this week with the Chamber.
“It’s good to be recognized for the work we’re doing in the renewable space,” Marshall said.
Results of that work include a commercial plant BioAmber built in Sarnia in recent years, as well as new plants planned by Comet Biorefining, and demonstration plants announced by Origin Materials, S2G BioChem and Advanced Chemical Technologies.
Shirley de Silva, president of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, said it nominated the organization for the award “because we really appreciated their focus on building a world class bioindustry in Canada.”
Those efforts build on Sarnia-Lambton strengths and have positioned it as “a world-scale bio-hybrid industry cluster,” she said.
That provides the community with new uses for its agricultural products, along with “high-quality sustainable jobs” and spinoff opportunities, de Silva said.
“There are so many champions working away in the background, and maybe we don’t hear about them enough,” she said.
“This is a really good way to bring them out of the shadows.”
She said the work being done by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and others “is paying off, and it feels very positive for Sarnia at this particular point in time.”
Marshall said the national, provincial and local Chambers have all been “strong supporters of the bio-economy.”
Marshall said he expects “more of the same” in 2018 following a strong year for the bio-economy in Sarnia-Lambton.
“There’s a lot of things that are percolating out there,” Marshall said.
“But, we have to keep the momentum going.”