President, Entomo FarmsJarrod Goldin and his brothers founded Entomo Farms to provide a nutritious alternative protein with a lower carbon and water footprint than traditional meat sources. They’ve grown the company into North America’s largest farm raising crickets and mealworms for human consumption, supplying cricket ingredients to over 50 food companies worldwide, educating consumers and converting thousands into “geoentomarians” who include insects in their diet, while gaining acceptance for a new category of sustainable food. Compared to consumption of the same amount of beef, each pound of insect powder results in 67% lower carbon footprint and 92% lower water consumption. Even cricket waste isn’t waste – but becomes highly effective organic fertilizer!
General Manager, Oil Sands Strategic Technology, Suncor EnergyIt may seem paradoxical for a sustainability award to recognize improved performance by an oil company. But that position ignores two things: first, Canada is and will remain dependent upon oil for a variety of purposes for years to come: Oil will be extracted, shipped and consumed; and second, how that happens is critical to our overall environmental performance not only for Canada but for the world. Which is why Gary’s work is critical. He is helping oil companies in general, and Suncor in particular, innovate their innovation process – aiming to extract oil from Alberta’s oil sands in a less harmful fashion, and remediate existing environmental contamination more rapidly and effectively. Through his and his team’s efforts, they have developed a new way to handle past and future tailings in a significantly shorter time frame, that results in a lake capable of supporting a freshwater ecosystem. And Suncor is pioneering testing of new technologies for extraction that dramatically reduce water and energy use, which in turn reduces the environmental impacts of every barrel produced and consumed. The work he’s doing will help advance Canada’s innovation pipeline with the aim to see transformational change in the energy sector. And that matters.
Dr. Jamal Chaouki, Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal
Jocelyn Doucet, CEO, Pyrowave
Dr. Jean-Philippe Laviolette, Engineering Manager, Pyrowave
The Pyrowave Team: Jocelyn Doucet, Dr. Jean-Philippe Laviolette, Dr. Jamal Chaouki
The promising future of plastics in the 1950s, has been overtaken by the many detrimental environmental aspects: Over a billion tons of waste plastics have been discarded since 1950, and sales of new plastics exceed a trillion dollars worldwide each year - most being derived from fossil fuels. Plastics have infiltrated the food chain and are now estimated to exceed the mass of fish in the oceans. Net, we have enough plastic! Jocelyn led the Pyrowave team to develop the first commercial technology of its sort: a high power microwave depolymerization reactor producing the highest yields and best energy performance ever seen in the industry, enabling a high percentage of discarded plastics to be repurposed as brand new plastic. With version 3 of the machine now in operation, Pyrowave is now selling the world’s first recycled monomer to the largest companies in the world: The first time that a commercial technology can depolymerize plastics after their use and return it back into virgin product. To state the obvious… this is huge!