Adam Auer
Scott Beckett
Rob Cumming
Jamie Davis
François Dumont
Geoffrey Leslie
Warren Mabee
Darko Matovic
Bob Oliver
Andrew Pollard
Steven Price
George Scott
Linghong Zhang
Adam Auer
Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Cement Association of Canada
Adam's Contribution to the Project

Adam Auer is the Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder relations at the Cement Association of Canada (CAC). Adam's responsibilities include developing relationships with governments, industry, environmental and other civil society groups to identify opportunities to work together towards sustainable solutions. He joined the CAC from Environment Canada where he managed a variety of programs, including the Corporate Environmental Innovation (CEI) initiative - a multi-stakeholder program to promote the business and financial case for corporate environmental leadership. Adam holds a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a Masters' of Environmental Studies from York University.

Scott Beckett
Process Manager Lafarge Canada
Scott's Contribution to the Project

Scott Beckett has over 22 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering.  After 14 years in the pulp & paper industry, Scott joined Lafarge in 2006 and is the Process Manager.  In his spare time Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids at their new Lakehouse located on Lake Ontario 10km from the Bath plant.  Scott has an MBA from Queen's University and is Lafarges' primary process contact for the Low Carbon Fuels project.

Rob Cumming
Environment and Public Affairs Manager Lafarge Canada
Rob's Contribution to the Project

Rob Cumming is currently the Environment and Public Affairs Manager for the Ontario Cement Division facilities of Lafarge. He has been with Lafarge for eight years and has over 25 years of industrial experience in environmental management, public outreach and regulatory affairs. Prior to coming to Lafarge he was a plant manager in an environmental services company based in Sarnia, Ontario.

He has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus in environmental engineering and issues in the combustion of non traditional fuels and has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario for 21 years.

For the past 6 years he has led Lafarge's local efforts to find renewable, biomass based fuels for its Bath Cement plant, including work with Queen's University in a Life Cycle Assessment project and with multiple partners in a biomass fuel demonstration programme.  This work has led to a multi-partner sustainable Low Carbon Fuels project (see

Jamie Davis
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Mechanical Engineering Queen’s University
Jamie's Contribution to the Project

Born in Montreal and raised in Ottawa; combustion has been an interest of Mr. Davis’ since he was a teenager due to rebuilding snowmobile and lawnmower engines. Some of his hobbies include fishing, programming, waterskiing and sports.  He is self-taught in the programming/scripting languages PHP and JavaScript and now administrates a website which has been developed using these languages.  Mr. Davis has played multiple sports throughout his life, the main two being hockey and rugby.  He started playing hockey at the age of three, played competitively for multiple years and continues to play hockey today.  Sports have allowed him to enjoy athletics throughout his life and he now frequents the gym on a regular basis.

Mr. Davis took a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in mechanical engineering at Queen’s University from 2008-2012 and  is now working on his Masters of Applied Science (MASc) in mechanical engineering with a collaborative Masters of Applied Sustainability (MAS) at Queen’s University while being supervised by Dr. Andrew Pollard.

His research is based around Lafarge’s plan to implement low-carbon fuels as a co-fired fuel alongside their existing petroleum based fuels.  He will be analyzing the existing emissions testing methodologies used at the plant, as well as the policy & emissions implications of using low-carbon fuels. To further increase his understanding of the task at hand, he has taken the course Environmental Policy which explored ecosystem management, energy development, water quality & trade, and regulation of air pollutants.  He is also currently taking the course Air Quality Management which explores areas relevant to his research such as gas stream and stack sampling, filtration methods, Nitrogen Oxides, cyclone separators and electrostatic precipitators.

The results of his research will lead to a greater understanding of the emissions and policy impacts of using low-carbon fuels.

François Dumont
Production Engineer and Product Manager Lafarge Canada
François' Contribution to the Project

Graduated as automation engineer from École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, in 2010, he has now been working in the cement industry for 3 years.  Francois has worked in different positions at the Lafarge St-Constant plant, Québec, from alternative fuel supervisor to electrical and system supervisor. He accepted a transfer to the Lafarge Bath plant as a production engineer and project manager for the low carbon fuel project. His experience from the St-Constant plant in the use of low carbon fuels will be put to good use as the Bath plant explores the use of low carbon fuels and commissions the demonstration pilot plant. Francois went through the commissioning of the construction and demolition fuel project, at the St. Constant plant, as the electrical supervisor.

Geoffrey Leslie
Tutor, Research Assistant and Master’s Degree candidate Queen's University
Geoffrey's Contribution to the Project

Geoffrey Leslie is a tutor, research assistant and master’s degree candidate at Queen’s University. He is studying the spontaneous combustion and dust explosion hazards of low carbon fuels. In 2011, he presented work at the Ontario Centers for Excellence’s annual Discovery conference. He has worked on many sustainability projects, notably modelling the power consumption of electric vehicles for PowerStream. He was awarded a B. Ap. Sci. with honours, and graduated from the Engineering Physics (Mechanical Option) program at Queen’s University.

Born and raised in downtown Toronto, he nonetheless spent many weekends working on his parent’s hobby farm near Peterborough, Ontario, and was involved with Scout’s Canada for much of his youth. Camping, hiking and regularly visiting rural Ontario stimulated his interest in the environment, and Geoffrey is passionate about protecting it. During his undergraduate career, he worked with the Sierra Youth Coalition and the Living Energy Lab. His academic success and love of learning encouraged further studies, and he began work under Dr. Andrew Pollard and Dr. Darko Matovic, eager to study green fuels.

As an undergraduate, Geoffrey studied math, physics and fluid mechanics. Since graduation, he has focused on thermodynamics, combustion, chemical kinetics and heat transfer. He’s been described as direct and strong willed. When he’s not in the lab or at his desk, he likes his tutoring business and to teach martial arts.

Warren Mabee
Assistant Professor Queen's University
Warren's Contribution to the Project

Dr. Warren Mabee (Ph.D. 2001, Toronto) holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation.  He is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, with a joint appointment in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Geography.  His international research programme focuses on the interface between policy and technology in the area of renewable energy and fuels, addressing issues that bridge the gap between researchers and decision-makers.  His past work experiences include stints at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Dr. Mabee is currently Associate Task Leader (Policy) for the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy Task 39 and Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.  

Darko Matovic
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Queen's University
Darko's Contribution to the Project

Dr. Darko Matovic is professor at Queen's University since 1993, at the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. After more than 20 years of research in the fossil fuel combustion he moved to renewable energy resources, especially biomass. His research is currently focused on multiple uses and sourcing of biomass as the starting material in sustainable energy production (as combustible gas), as a carbon sink (via biochar or other methods of carbon immobilization) and as a soil additive (where it plays numerous, still relatively little understood roles in mechanical, chemical and biological soil processes). In his biochar work he looks at the link between biochar production conditions and the end properties in the applications in agricultural soils, soil remediation and in handling the effluents. He is also seeking new biochar sources and reviews biochar availability at sustainable levels. As the member  of the Canadian Biochar Initiative Steering Committee and a board member of the Ontario Biochar Initiative, he is working towards better recognition and support for biochar industry and research, as a viable climate change mitigation strategy at several levels. He is also working locally towards biomass based energy economy, using agricultural leftovers and energy crops grown on marginal land. As an engineering activist he is working towards incorporating social justice and appropriate development into engineering teaching and practice. He is also part of the Cement 2020 initiative, actively participating in various aspects of low carbon initiatives at Lafarge Cement plant at Bath, Ontario.

Bob Oliver
Chief Executive Officer Pollution Probe, Toronto
Bob's Contribution to the Project

Bob Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer at Pollution Probe in Toronto.

Trained in Mechanical Engineering, Bob has an impressive record of experience in managing industrial projects and developing strategies for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

He is best known for his work on vehicle fuel efficiency standards in Canada and the potential for alternative fuels and transportation infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. A recent example is Pollution Probe’s 2011 workshop on low-carbon fuel standards, designed to assist the Government of British Columbia in determining its next steps in this complex policy area.

Bob is also passionate about the need to enhance Energy Literacy, and he spearheaded Pollution Probe’s development of the seminal Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, which the Canadian Council of Chief Executives describes as “one of the first attempts to give Canadians a comprehensive picture of Canada’s energy system, its many inter-related parts and the impact of individual energy choices.” Based on the findings and recommendations of Pollution Probe’s cross-Canada consultation on energy literacy, Bob and his team are currently developing a major initiative to operationalize the improvement of energy literacy in Canada.

Andrew Pollard
Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Queen's University
Andrew's Contribution to the Project

Andrew Pollard is a Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and a Queen’s Research Chair in Fluid Dynamics and Multi-scale Phenomena. He received his education in Canada (Waterloo) and England (Imperial College, University of London) and subsequently has held visiting academic positions in Germany, France and New Zealand. He has consulted widely for industry in both Canada and abroad. He serves on the editorial boards of academic journals and scientific advisory committees of several international symposia, as well as a member of various international and national government, university and scientific review panels, councils, committees and fora. During his 30-year academic career, he has published or edited over 200 articles and books. He has successfully supervised 50 graduate and post-doctoral students. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, professional engineer and a member of various academic and professional societies, including Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Andrew was a founding member and inaugural President of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada, a founding member and Director of the Centre for Advanced Gas Combustion Technology; the project leader for the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory, which is a multi-university consortium in Eastern Ontario that now supports the research of over 300 computational scientists, engineers, social scientists and medical researchers; a founding member, Chair of the Board of Directors and also President of a national organisation, Association, which promoted and supported national sharing of distributed high performance computing facilities, personnel and applications. He is the inaugural Director of the Queen’s M.Sc. Specialisation in Computational Science and Engineering. He is also the inaugural Director of the Sustainable Bio-economy Centre at Queen’s. This multi-disciplined Centre focus is on all aspects of the bio-economy for the Great Lakes regions. His activity within the scope of Bio-economy is in biomass densification, gasification, community outreach and feedstock-to-product linkages.

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Steven Price
Senior Director of Conservation and Practice WWF-Canada
Steven's Contribution to the Project

Steven Price is WWF-Canada’s Senior Director of Conservation Science and Practice, leading an expert team on environment and sustainability.  He holds degrees in zoology and botany from the University of Toronto.  In 31 years with WWF, he has led formation of sustainablility partnerships with industry that set new and higher standards for environmental performance.  Recently, he also established the Conservation Science and Practice team at WWF-Canada, focussing on adaptation and resilience-building in the face of climate change, ecosystem services valuation, and cumulative impacts.

Steven helped establish the Forest Stewardship Council, whose FSC label now appears on wood and paper products sourced from well-managed forests, which cover 45 million hectares and 40% of Canada’s commercially-managed forests.  He also helped secure Canada’s largest food retailer, Loblaw, to its globally-leading commitment to sustainable seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).  He also leads a partnership with Lafarge North America on wildlife conservation, biofuels and other issues related to the company’s environmental footprint.

Previously with WWF, Steven worked in Latin America (Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and elsewhere) and prior to that, on endangered species and threatened habitats in Canada.  He has served on Canada’s national endangered species committee (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) and, as a volunteer, chairs the board of directors for Scientists in Schools, a non-profit organization which offers hands-on science activities for school classes.  He also serves on the management board for the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution, and is teaching conservation biology to 4th-year students at the University of Toronto this year.

Steven lives in Toronto, Canada, enjoying cottage life and canoeing on weekends, as well as birding and other natural history adventures, whenever possible.  In the summer of 2011, he completed a 42-day, 1500-km canoe trip through boreal and Arctic wilderness from Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories to the mouth of the Thelon River on Hudson Bay.  At other times, he prefers to sit facing the window during meetings and workshops, in case a rare falcon dashes by!

George Scott
President, CEO, and Founder Scott Environmental Group Limited
George's Contribution to the Project

George Scott is a lifelong resident of Kingston and a graduate of Queen’s University. Mr. Scott is the President, CEO, and Founder of Scott Environmental Group limited (SEG), an ISO 14001 registered corporation specializing in the development and deployment of leading edge environmental waste processing technologies.
Under the leadership of Mr. Scott, SEG has designed and built four (4) large scale fully operational waste processing facilities and employs over 120 people from the Kingston area. SEG facilities are the first of their kind in south eastern Ontario, each utilizing both commercially available waste processing technologies and proprietary technologies. This innovative approach has lead SEG to be recognized as the most respected leader in sustainable waste solutions in our region.
Mr. Scott has been featured in many magazines and white papers and has been hailed by his peers as “an entrepreneur by every definition” and is the youngest standing inductee into the Greater Kingston Businessmen’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Scott is very active as a community volunteer sitting on a number of not-for-profit boards lending his unique leadership style to many worthwhile social and cultural initiatives. He has a particular interest in pursuing the concept of sustainable communities as it relates to the emerging field of bioenergy and biofuels. He has developed a sound understanding of the biological process of both aerobic composting and anaerobic digestion including the use of both industrial organics and source separated organics as viable feedstock. He has traveled the world exploring and assessing a number of other emerging process technologies including gasification, direct combustion, pyrolysis, and plasma arc conversion and has actively participated in numerous conferences and symposiums across North America.
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Linghong Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Queen's University
Linghong's Contribution to the Project

Linghong Zhang is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Warren Mabee in the Department of Geography, Queen’s University. She is currently working on the Lafarge Low Carbon Fuel Project, investigating on the life cycle assessment of the utilization of low carbon fuels in cement kilns, and is responsible for coordinating Queen’s research team with group meetings and progress report writing. Before joining Dr. Mabee’s research group in January 2012, Linghong completed her Ph.D. (2011) at the Department of Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering), Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and M.Sc. (2007) in Environmental Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She also holds a B.Sc. degree (2005) in Environmental Science (Environmental Chemistry) from Southwest China Normal University in Chongqing, China. Linghong has research experience in the fields of life cycle assessment, biofuel (e.g., biocrude and hydrogen-rich synthesis gas) production via hydrothermal conversion, heterogeneous catalyst investigation and characterization, sludge management, and cement-based stabilization/solidification for the treatment of heavy metal wastes. Linghong has published 12 papers in journals and conferences as the first author, including eight peer-reviewed journal articles. She has also been served as a reviewer for several referred journals such as Bioresource Technology, Applied Energy, Chemical Engineering Journal, Fuel, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, etc.

Lafarge Eastern Canada's Contribution to the Project
Queen's University's Contribution to the Project

Queen’s researchers are providing new insights into global climate change, human interactions, urbanization, and industrial activity, and Queen’s is emerging as a national leader in connecting this research to policy-making, provincially and nationally.

The Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston is reviewing and validating the Cement 2020 project results.

Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy is also contributing to the Cement 2020 research project. The mission of the institute is to generate pragmatic advice on energy and environmental policy relevant to governments, industry and the public.

The institute serves as a crossroads for researchers, policy-makers and industry leaders exploring energy and environmental issues.

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Royal Military College's Contribution to the Project

RMC offers a wide variety of programmes in Arts, Science, and Engineering, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offered both on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies.

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Hyndman's Contribution to the Project

Hyndman & Associates Inc.'s goal is to support businesses, organizations, and communities transition into a more sustainable future. Recognizing the benefits of renewable energy, countries around the world are introducing policies to encourage their development. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s report, Renewables 2005 - Global Status Report, Over 100 countries now have some type of renewable energy promotion policy or policy targets, with developing countries accounting for nearly half of this number. With emphasis on agricultural crops, project management, logistics and consulting Hyndman & Associates Inc. can help you participate in the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

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Natural Resources Canada CanmetENERGY's Contribution to the Project

Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, we are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies.

CanmetENERGY supports Natural Resources Canada's priorities to promote the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians.

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World Wildlife Foundation's Contribution to the Project

World Wildlife Fund International, is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations. In Canada, WWF-Canada is working with businesses to assist in new research, promising technologies, and best practices to help businesses significantly reduce their environmental footprint.

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SVI's Contribution to the Project

SVI is committed to supporting the expansion of clean technologies and the Canadian and global marketplace. They have a diversified approach to sustainability. When you engage SVI, you have a partner whose expertise and advice will help bring you into alignment with market needs, investors’ requirements, and successful business models.

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Asia Pacific Partnership's Contribution to the Project

The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is an innovative new effort to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies.

The Partners have come together voluntarily to advance clean development and climate objectives, recognizing that development and poverty eradication are urgent and overriding goals internationally.  By building on the foundation of existing bilateral and multilateral initiatives, the Partners will enhance cooperation to meet both our increased energy needs and associated challenges, including those related to air pollution, energy security, and greenhouse gas intensities, in accordance with national circumstances.  The Partners recognize that national efforts will also be important in meeting the Partnership’s shared vision.

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