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May 22, 2017,

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Pioneers.That’s the word Rob Costanzo, the manager of engineering operations at the City of Surrey, uses to describe those behind the city’s new organic biofuel facility, which is to start processing organic waste this summer, turning it into renewable natural gas... by Kathleen Renne.

Hamilton, Ont.-based BIOX is working to complete upgrades to its Sombra, Ont., biodiesel facility this year and looking to transition from an expansion focus to operating its assets and strengthening its balance sheet, the company CEO said in its second quarter report… by Maria Church.

Researchers at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are teaming up to develop sustainable clean-tech solutions that will provide potable water and clean food globally, in areas challenged by climate change and fast-growing populations.... by Simon Fraser University

When the Tolko Industries mill in Merritt shut down in December, Mike Heron took a long look at the community which had just lost more than 200 jobs and saw an opportunity.  “It happened when I came here around Christmastime. I had a chance to learn about the Tolko unfortunately having to close it’s doors, at the time leaving a significant gap for a community the size of Merritt,” said Heron, who is the president of IES Energy Inc… by Cole Wagner.

The city of Yellowknife issued a tender this week for what would be the biggest pellet heating system in the Northwest Territories. It’s calling for businesses to bid on a system that would heat a cluster of five city buildings — the Multiplex, Fieldhouse, firehall, city maintenance garage and a city warehouse… by Richard Gleeson.

BioAmber reported an unsurprisingly lackluster sales figure and a Q1 loss of $10.5M compared to a loss of $8.1M for Q1 2016 – unsurprising given the delays at major customer PTT. We covered the fortunatelys and unfortunatelys of this intriguing storyline here. But even better, EVP Mike Hartmann gave this illuminating overview of the technology, markets and prospects on Planet BioAmber, in these slides below… by Jim Lane and Mike Hartmann.