NEWS RELEASE 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 to launch a new Sustainable Chemistry Cluster in the Eastern Ontario St. Lawrence Corridor region centred around Brockville and Maitland.
BIC welcomes Keith Simmons as a Junior Project Engineer-in-Training.
Keith holds a B.Eng. in chemical engineering and a M.Eng. in chemical and biochemical engineering, specializing in reaction and process systems, from Western University. During his studies he completed a co-op position giving him industrial experience including software programming, quality assurance and product tracking. Keith also has experience in the automotive industry as a manufacturing engineer for a local weatherstripping company.
“Residing in Sarnia-Lambton my whole life, I understand the importance that Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) brings to Sarnia-Lambton by being a recognized leader in the development of sustainable chemistry clusters across Canada,” says Keith. “I am excited to begin my engineering career with BIC and look forward to applying my academic background and industrial experience to support new projects.”
Sandy Marshall, BIC Executive Director is very pleased to have Keith join the BIC team.
“We are excited to have Keith join BIC,” stated Sandy. “BIC under COMM SCI, is bringing technical capability, advice and services to GreenMantra Technologies in Brantford as they continue to expand their production capacity and increase operational efficiency. Keith is an important part of supporting these project engineering activities.”
For more information please contact: Julia Struyf Marketing and Communications Manager Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Email: [email protected] Tel: 1.226.778.0020 ext. 249
About Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)
Creating jobs and economic value sustainably for Canada is the vision driven by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC).
BIC is a not-for-profit business accelerator for sustainable chemistry, who has created a successful foundation to support two emerging hybrid chemistry clusters.
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 launch 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.