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March 6, 2017,

  1. Canadian biofuels innovation leader Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen, wins Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy.
  2. Ensyn #26, Enerkem #13 and Bioamber #6 in 50 Hottest Companies in the Bioeconomy.
  3. Securities class-action lawsuit filed against Rentech.
  4. Overview of Quebec-based Agrisoma.
  5. Diacarbon looking to restart operations by Cole Wagner.
  6. Update on Licella hydrothermal project with Canfor by Elaine Macdonald-Meisner.
  7. Comet Biorefining raises equity.
  8. Proposed Ontario biochar facility being challenged by local residents by Angelica Ingram.
  9. Canadian researchers report on biochar production technology.
  10. Winners of carbon-use challenge in Alberta.


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Sixth Element Sustainable Management is a “boutique” consulting firm specializing in concept planning, start-ups, and early-stage companies that do not have the senior management depth or experience. We provide C-level services for inventorsentrepreneurs, investors, and public sector agencies, which are directly provided by the Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management, Gerald Kutney.  Sixth Element Sustainable Management maintains a comprehensive global database of over 1,000 biomass pyrolysis-type ventures. The Pyrolysis Venture Database is important for investors and entrepreneurs alike.  The information is a valuable resource for vetting the investment choices and assessing the competitive position of pyrolysis ventures.

Dr. Kutney, Ph.D. in chemistry, has participated in all aspects of innovation and technology commercialization in the forest products industry, with two decades of executive experience with global corporations and entrepreneurial enterprises.  Besides business mentoring and executive coaching, services include strategic leadership, contract negotiations, pro forma design and appraisal, techno-commercial evaluations, feasibility studies, technology and venture vetting and audits.

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