A.J. (Sandy) Marshall


Executive Director, 
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

A.J. (Sandy) Marshall is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), President and CEO of Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, Member of the Board of Governors at Lambton College, Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Biorefinery Research Institute at Lakehead University, and is also a member of the Boards of BIOTECanada and Soy20/20. Sandy has been recognized as a leader committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability in Canada.

Sandy was raised on a farm near Blyth Ontario before graduating with Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science Degree (MASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.   He started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Over his 30 year career in the chemical and polymers industry, he worked in research and process, product development, and market development before moving into Operations and General Management.  Sandy had two international assignments, one in Germany and a second in Cincinnati, USA.  Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director, responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada.

Adrian Banica


Entrepreneur

Adrian Banica is a serial entrepreneur who founded a number of successful technology ventures in the last 20 years, and has significant expertise in instrumentation commercialization, particularly in the oil and gas vertical. Mr. Banica has helped secure over $25 million in financing for his ventures and led two of them from inception to exit. This has given him considerable experience in high-tech product development and commercialization, leading technology company startups, technology venture financing (including IPO’s), brand development and revenue growth in Canada, U.S. and internationally. Currently he is managing two new technology companies and is advising numerous others.

Apoorv Sinha, B.Sc.


CEO, 
Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT)

Apoorv Sinha is the founder and CEO of a Carbon Capture & Utilization technology start-up, Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), that is commercializing a process to convert CO2 emissions into performance-enhancing fillers for concrete, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and batteries. CUT is a semi-finalist in the Carbon X-Prize, was an ERA Grand Challenge Semi-finalist, and has received support from various provincial and federal entities in Canada.

Apoorv is also the Research Manager for zEroCor Technologies, a Calgary-based oilfield service and technology development firm. As Research Manager, Apoorv manages over 15 active projects for zEroCor Technologies in collaboration with over 10 Universities. He is a member of the Energy Futures Lab, a 2016 Leading Change delegate, a Clean50 Emerging Leader 2016, and serves on the ACTia (Alberta Cleantech Industrial Alliance) Board of Directors.

Apoorv has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical engineering (2010). In 2010, Apoorv co-founded TOHL, a humanitarian logistics start-up with headquarters in Atlanta, that has conducted water infrastructure projects in Chile, Kenya, and is expanding operations in Nigeria. TOHL has been featured on BBC, Forbes Magazine, Calgary Herald, and on Daily Plant on Discovery Channel.

Bruce Edgelow, ICD.D


Industry Specialist,
ATB Financial

Bruce Edgelow has over 44 years of banking experience with a focus on lending to the oil and gas industry. After having spent 31 years with Royal Bank of Canada, Bruce joined ATB in July 2003 and took on the responsibility to help build ATB Financial’s Energy business and capabilities. His team consisted of industry specialists in all aspects of the energy industry, including: drilling and service, pipelines, utilities, midstream, exploration and production and alternative energy.

In early 2015 he headed up their Turnaround Assistance Group, providing leadership to ATB’s sales teams whose clients were experiencing financial difficulties through the downturn. He retired from the organization March 31, 2017.

Bruce has attained the ICD.D designation. He is a very active participant in community and church activities. He loves his role as a Calgary City team member with LeaderImpact. He serves as a Director for Calgary Health Trust and Chair of Peter Lougheed Centre Development Council. He recently took on the Board Chair role for Aspen Family and Community Network; and he also serves as a Fellow in the Energy Future Lab.

Cameron Carlyle, MSc, PhD, POSTDOC


Assistant Professor,
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta

Cameron Carlyle is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. He completed an MSc at the University of Akron, a PhD in ecology at the University of British Columbia, and a postdoc at the University of Alberta. Cameron’s research focuses on ecosystem goods and services in rangelands. In particular, he studies the effects of agricultural land-use and cattle grazing on carbon storage and sequestration, forage production and biodiversity. The aim of this research is to support grassland conservation, increase sustainable beef production and improve our understanding of the ecological processes in these systems. Cameron also does research on native bees, ants, invasive plants and agroforestry. He teaches courses on rangeland conservation and plant ecophysiology. In his spare time, Cam can be found at home with his wife and son, in his garage tinkering at woodworking, or running in Edmonton’s river valley.