Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has launched the creation of the $27 Million Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) through a $12 Million non-repayable contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) Investing in Regional Diversification (IRD) initiative, a $3 Million grant from the Province of Ontario and a minimum $12 Million in matching contributions from BIC and their partners. Based within Canada’s first Hybrid Chemistry Cluster in Sarnia, Ontario, at the doorsteps of Ontario’s chemistry, energy and agriculture heartland, COMM SCI will be the Ontario anchor and hub for the commercialization and collaboration of new clean technologies and technology companies in sustainable chemistry based and bio-based innovation.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, made the announcement at The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Sarnia, Ontario. He stated, “The most innovative solutions often happen when people from different fields collaborate. That’s how the Sarnia-Lambton region will come up with solutions that create a healthy environment, as well as a healthy economy – one that has a promising future in clean and energy efficient technologies that improve the quality of life of all Canadians.”
To achieve the desired goals, BIC has begun to introduce new employees at their home office at The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Executive Director, Sandy Marshall, introduced new employee, Julia Struyf, to BIC on July 25, 2016 as the new Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
Born and raised on a cash crop farm outside of Sarnia Ontario, Julia’s goal was to seek a career in marketing and communications, while hoping one day to be involved in the agriculture and renewable energy industry. Julia has a diploma in Journalism Broadcast from Conestoga College in Kitchener Ontario, and is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Arts Honours Communication Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Her hard work and perseverance has paid off as Julia brings a strong marketing and communication skillset with an optimistic outlook to BIC.
Julia quoted, “I am very honoured. Not only to become a part of the brilliant BIC team, but what the future holds for us and how I can apply my strategic marketing and communication skills to make BIC an even more recognizable organization not only in the area, but globally. I hope to be there every step of the way as BIC continues to grow and become a recognized leader in building the future through bioeconomy.”
With that focus in mind, the BIC board of directors’ recently reviewed BIC’s strategic plan. The Board strongly believes in its vision of “Creating jobs and economic value for Canada.” BIC accomplishes this by providing critical strategic investments, advice, and services to business developers of clean, green, and sustainable technologies. Our expertise in commercialization builds a stronger Canada.