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[ Building Biotech-Creating Opportunities in the BC Bioeconomy ]


Building Biotech 2018 Thursday, Sept 27, 6:00pm Coast Coal Harbour Hotel View Event Details (


[ Genome BC Poster Competition 2018 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, May 24th, 2018 UBC's Pharmaceutical Sciences-Atrium Event details here ( )...


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, July 26th, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm, Steamworks Brewpub View Event Details (


[ Annual General Meeting 2017 ]


Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm, at BC Cancer Research Centre, Dorothy Lam Boardroom, 1st floor View Event Details (


[ SBN Soiree 2017 ]


Wednesday June 7th, 2017 6:00pm-9:00 pm, at TELUS World of Science View Event Details (


[ Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 ]


Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 Thursday, May 25th, 2017 8:30am-4:00 pm, at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Main Foyer, 2405 Wesbrook Mall View Event D..


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:30PM - 9:00PM Central City Brewpub (Central City Shopping Centre, 13450 102 Ave) View Event Details (


[ Career Connect - CDRD ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, March 7 2017 1:30PM - 5:00PM; 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver View Event Details (


[ Biotech Expo 2017 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center (6163 University Blvd) Event details here (


Mr. Bob Ingratta
BioProducts & BioEnergy Sector Specialist
LifeSciences BC

As BioEnergy and BioProducts Sector Specialist, Bob Ingratta has organized and led the development of the sector within LifeSciences BC since joining in 2008 and he is the primary liaison person with members and stakeholders. He advocates policy discussions related to the development of the sector and enables networking and partnerships, promotion, and project support to help create a vibrant and sustainable BioEnergy and BioProducts sector in British Columbia. Prior to joining LifeSciences BC, Bob has led numerous strategic policy initiatives with industry associations such as BioteCanada and CropLife Canada resulting in a re-focus in direction of the Agriculture & Nutrition Advisory Board and enhanced intellectual property protection policy. Bringing over 20 years experience in Ottawa, he was formerly Vice-President of Regulatory & International Affairs for Monsanto Canada where he led strategies for government policy and regulatory frameworks in biotechnology, biofuels, agriculture and food plus international negotiations with world areas such as China, Japan and Europe to support international trade for customers. He began his career in Calgary and held increasing responsibilities in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Toronto with Monsanto while developing diverse expertise in sales; research; marketing; government and regulatory affairs; industry associations; international trade policy; and people leadership. In the late 90’s, he had supported Searle Pharmaceutical regulatory drug approval for Celebrex and Health Canada’s policy development for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. He also negotiated with Eastern Africa governments to sign a biotechnology agreement with Kenya and develop environmental plans for Lake Victoria.

As an entrepreneur, Mr. Ingratta is President of Fast-Trak Strategies; Managing Partner in DreamCatcher Yacht Charters and community development through the False Creek Yacht Club. Mr. Ingratta holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from University of Guelph and has guest lectured on biotechnology and innovation at the Universities of Ottawa and Guelph. He is Chair of the Board of BioTalent Canada and Past-Chair of BioteCanada Agriculture and Nutrition Advisory Board. He has received BioteCanada’s President’s Award and CropLife Canada Chairman’s award for industry leadership.

Dr. John MacDonald
Chairman & CEO
Day4 Energy Inc.

Dr. MacDonald has had a distinguished career in the technology community in Canada. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc., a solar energy company of which he is a co-founder. Day4 Energy is dedicated to exploiting a new photovoltaic technology targeted at making solar energy generation cost competitive with fossil fuel. He was also a co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Canada's principal space company, serving as President and CEO for 13 years and Chairman for a subsequent 16 years until his retirement from the company in 1998. Dr. MacDonald was a faculty member in engineering at UBC and MIT for a total of 12 years prior to the founding of MacDonald Dettwiler.
He has served on the Boards of numerous technology companies and continues to do so. He has been an advisor to Canadian, US and other governments internationally on science, technology, trade policy and industrial policy, currently serving on the Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS) Task 8 (Very large scale Photovoltaic Power Systems) of the International Energy Agency in Paris. He served as one of three Canadian members of the APEC Business Advisory Council from 1998 to 2003 and was the Canadian member of the APEC Eminent Persons Group from 1993 to 1995. Additional highlights from the past include serving as a member of the Science Council of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the British Columbia Premier's Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology and the Science Council of British Columbia. He was also a member of the Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (Automotive and Aerospace Sector) during the Free Trade negotiations with the U.S. He led the industrial team that successfully stimulated the formation of the Canadian Space Agency in 1989. He has also served on a number of advisory committees and boards of the U.S. government in he field of Earth observation from space.

Dr. MacDonald's technical interests lie in the areas of photovoltaic energy systems, advanced digital systems engineering, remote sensing and information processing. He led the design team for the first LANDSAT ground processing system produced by MacDonald Dettwiler and was involved in the early development of synthetic aperture radar processing at that company. In later years, Dr. MacDonald's technical activities concentrated in the areas of information extraction from advanced sensor systems and the use of integrated data sets as a means of increasing our ability to extract useful information from spaceborne Earth observation data as well as the conceptualization of RADARSAT – 2. At the present time, his technical activity is concentrated on the development of cost-competitive solar power systems and the characteristics of renewable energy dominated grids.

Dr. MacDonald has been awarded eight Honorary Degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999 he was named one of “50 most influential British Columbia business leaders of the 20th Century" and “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1995. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (I.E.E.E.), a Founding Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. He was awarded the I.E.E.E. Centennial Medal in 1984 and the Gold Medal of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society in 1989. In 2000 he was awarded The John H. Chapman Excellence Award of the Canadian Space Agency, the Agency's highest award. In 2006 he was inducted as a Laureate of the British Columbia Business Hall of Fame and received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009 he was inducted into the Canadian Manufacturers Hall of Fame. In February 2010 he was named as the next Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia.

Dr. MacDonald earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1964, a Masters of Science from MIT in 1961 and a B.A.Sc. with honours from the University of British Columbia in 1959, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia

Mr. Darcy Quinn
Manager, Marketing & Business Development
Nexterra Systems Corp

Darcy Quinn is Manager of Marketing and Business Development at Nexterra Systems Corp. a leading developer and manufacturer of biomass gasification systems. He is responsible for marketing activities including market development, product marketing and lead generation. Prior to joining Nexterra in 2006, Darcy spent 3 years as consultant to the transportation industry promoting energy efficiency and renewable fuels in commercial fleets. Darcy has a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria.

Mr. Jack Grushcow
President and Chief Executive Officer
Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc

Jack Grushcow is a founder, President and CEO of Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc. The mission of Linnaeus is to create value-added, renewable, biodegradable industrial oils in temperate climate oil seed crops. These new oils represent alternatives to current petrochemicals and reduce the refining expense and pollution that often accompanies them. In the future Linnaeus expects to engineer completely novel oils which will form the basis of the next century’s exciting new materials, including specialty plastics, nylons, lubricants and non-polluting fuels.
A direct benefit of this technology will be significant value creation for farmers, offering increased revenue potential. The introduction of new value-added crops to Canadian farmers should provide significantly higher returns per acre and provide the growers with an alternative crop in times of over capacity in other traditional crops.

In 2008 Linnaeus applied to the Agriculture Canada - Agricultural Bio-products Initiative Program (ABIP). The company formed the Industrial Oil Seed Network (IOSN), a group of mostly Canadian researchers from diverse fields focused on developing oil seeds as substitutes for petroleum in a variety of applications. Over 90 networks applied for ABIP funding. However, only 9 were selected. The IOSN was selected and was awarded $3 million to support IOSN Network activities. The network includes expertise in molecular biology, agronomy, Tribology, GHG policy and biorefining. This award represents a significant peer review endorsement of the Linnaeus program.

Jack Grushcow was the founder and CEO of Consumers Software Inc., one of Canada’s largest software companies. He went from one man start-up to world leader in the development and marketing of Electronic Mail software. Consumers Software Inc. had sales in excess of $20 million and delivered a 30% pretax profit while maintaining an annual R&D budget in excess of $3 million. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1991, in what was then the largest transaction of its kind. The technology developed by Consumers Software provides the underpinnings of the Microsoft Mail family of products including MS Outlook.

Jack Grushcow served on the Science Council of British Columbia from 1991-1993. He was selected as one of British Columbia’s top business people under the age of 40 by B.C. Business Magazine and has been awarded Canada’s top export development award. He has authored three books on the subject of applying computer systems to business applications with Prentice-Hall and two books in the area of analyzing commodity futures with John Wiley & Sons.

Mr. Michael Weedon
Executive Director
BC Bioenergy Network

Michael Weedon is the Executive Director of the recently established not for profit BC Bioenergy Network. In this role, he is responsible for implementing strategies to develop a world class bioenergy industry in BC, by investing in high potential companies and projects and creating effective collaborations between industry, government, and academia.
He has spent several years working in the environmental industries and alternative energy sectors where he provides business consulting, restructuring and corporate governance advice. He is also the founder of a small environmental products and consultancy company dedicated to the advancement of environmentally responsible technologies.

He brings to this emerging sector, over 25 years of senior finance and general management experience with large corporations in the manufacturing, natural resource, and service sectors. These include Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of the B.F. Goodrich Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Epton Industries, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sherritt and the Executive Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Loewen Group.

He received a BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He has served and currently serves on the boards of a number of community organizations and public and private companies

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