On Wednesday January 29, 2020, Willowdale Ont., MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, Stan Cho, visited The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park along with Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey and delegates.
(from left: MPP- PA to Minister of Finance Stan Cho, Executive Director of Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, Katherine Albion, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey & Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, A.J. (Sandy) Marshall - in front of Woodland Biofuels facility)
Executive Director of The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, Katherine Albion, spoke on behalf of the research park which provides offices, technical laboratory and pilot plant space to industries with a focus on commercialization of new products and processes in the area of biotechnology.
Located at the research park is Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). Established in 2008, BIC is a not-for-profit business accelerator who focuses on critical strategic capital investment in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with compelling business plans where innovation in science and engineering can bring about major advances in sustainable chemistry.
A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director of BIC, presented to Ontario delegates on the continued support and success that BIC brings to SME’s in Southern Ontario, by accelerating the commercialization of clean technologies as well as establishing a new hybrid chemistry cluster in the Eastern County regions.
A tour was then provided to the group which included two of BIC’s investments, Origin Materials and Forward Water Technologies.
In 2017, BIC made an investment in California-based company Origin Materials, which lead to the development of their first commercial scale demo facility in 2018 at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.
(from left: President of Origin Materials Canada Research and Director of Open Innovation, Alex Ward, MPP- PA to Minister of Finance , Stan Cho, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey & Executive Director of BIC, A.J. (Sandy) Marshall)
Alex Ward, President of Origin Materials Canada Research and Director of Open Innovation, provided a tour of their facilities and oxidation plant to Ontario delegates. Origin Materials uses bio-materials, such as sawdust, as its feedstock and in 2017 formed an alliance with Danone and Nestle Waters to develop and launch a PET plastic bottle made from 100 per cent sustainable and renewable bio-based materials.