Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Welcomes Eugene Khamzin

SARNIA, ONTARIO - Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit business accelerator that provides critical strategic investment, advice, and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. In 2015, BIC established the Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) initiative, which acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation. With a recent contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), BIC has developed the Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN). OBIN will continue to support the growth of the Hybrid Chemistry Cluster in Sarnia- Lambton and to enable the launch of a new Sustainable Chemistry Cluster in the Eastern Ontario St. Lawrence Corridor region centred around Brockville and Maitland. BIC is also working to support the development of a second Sustainable Chemistry Cluster in the Niagara Ontario region. To support cluster development in the Niagara region, BIC welcomes Eugene Khamzin as a Junior Project Engineer-In-Training. Eugene holds a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He has worked within the bioenergy department at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa with a focus on testing, calibrating, and optimizing an in-situ fast-pyrolysis vapour upgrading unit. In addition, Eugene was employed during the construction of the Tweed Inc. beverage manufacturing plant, where he gained experience with project management and commissioning while gaining complementary industry knowledge of the food and beverage sector. Eugene will focus on supporting BIC’s COMM SCI project with CHAR Technologies. CHAR Technologies is a cleantech development and services company, specializing in high temperature pyrolysis, converting woody materials and organic waste into renewable gases and biochar. Eugene will primarily assist CHAR to setup its demonstration plant in Thorold, ON. He will also work to identify and evaluate additional COMM SCI projects with early-stage companies and conduct due diligence on potential COMM SCI investments within the Niagara Ontario region.

For more information please contact: A.J. (Sandy) Marshall Executive Director Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Email: [email protected] Tel: 1.519.402.3441 Or Eugene Khamzin Junior Project Engineer-In-Training Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Email: [email protected] Tel: 1.613.639.2846

About Bioindustrial Innovation Canada:

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit business accelerator that provides critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. In 2015, BIC established the Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) initiative, which acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation.

With support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), BIC has developed the Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN). OBIN is committed to the growth of the Hybrid Chemistry Cluster in Sarnia-Lambton and to enabling the launch of a new Sustainable Chemistry Cluster in the Eastern Ontario St. Lawrence Corridor region centred around Brockville and Maitland.

BIC further focuses on critical strategic capital investment in SME’s with compelling business plans where innovation in science and engineering can bring about major advances in sustainable chemistry. Sustainable chemistry is playing an important role in the development of solutions to the impacts of climate change, peak oil, energy security, the need for safe water and the use of scarce natural resources. The increasing global demand for green and safer products offers the opportunity to create thousands of new jobs for Canadians. BIC’s proven approach for clean, green and sustainable chemistry-based companies offers an ideal platform for the investment necessary to advance hybrid chemistry value chains, providing not only regional economic development and job benefits, but access to global markets.