A.J. (Sandy) Marshall

Executive Director, 
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

A.J. (Sandy) Marshall is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), President and CEO of Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, Member of the Board of Governors at Lambton College, Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Biorefinery Research Institute at Lakehead University, and is also a member of the Boards of BIOTECanada and Soy20/20. Sandy has been recognized as a leader committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability in Canada.

Sandy was raised on a farm near Blyth Ontario before graduating with Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science Degree (MASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.   He started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Over his 30 year career in the chemical and polymers industry, he worked in research and process, product development, and market development before moving into Operations and General Management.  Sandy had two international assignments, one in Germany and a second in Cincinnati, USA.  Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director, responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada.

Adrian Banica


Adrian Banica is a serial entrepreneur who founded a number of successful technology ventures in the last 20 years, and has significant expertise in instrumentation commercialization, particularly in the oil and gas vertical. Mr. Banica has helped secure over $25 million in financing for his ventures and led two of them from inception to exit. This has given him considerable experience in high-tech product development and commercialization, leading technology company startups, technology venture financing (including IPO’s), brand development and revenue growth in Canada, U.S. and internationally. Currently he is managing two new technology companies and is advising numerous others.

Alison Sunstrum


GrowSafe Systems Ltd.

GrowSafe’s intelligent measurement, monitoring and machine learning platform acquires data non-invasively from individual animals and their environment. GrowSafe’s big data platform improves efficiency and farm profitability, reduces the environmental impact of livestock production and provides novel insight into animal health and well-being. 

A passionate advocate for advancing women in STEM and Agriculture, Alison holds patents for innovative technology and has presented widely on the Internet of Things, precision livestock farming and developing early stage technology ventures. Alongside Founder Camiel Huisma she leads a talented team of engineers, computer and animal scientists that have received International recognition for innovation.


Apoorv Sinha, B.Sc.

Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT)

Apoorv Sinha is the founder and CEO of a Carbon Capture & Utilization technology start-up, Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), that is commercializing a process to convert CO2 emissions into performance-enhancing fillers for concrete, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and batteries. CUT is a semi-finalist in the Carbon X-Prize, was an ERA Grand Challenge Semi-finalist, and has received support from various provincial and federal entities in Canada.

Apoorv is also the Research Manager for zEroCor Technologies, a Calgary-based oilfield service and technology development firm. As Research Manager, Apoorv manages over 15 active projects for zEroCor Technologies in collaboration with over 10 Universities. He is a member of the Energy Futures Lab, a 2016 Leading Change delegate, a Clean50 Emerging Leader 2016, and serves on the ACTia (Alberta Cleantech Industrial Alliance) Board of Directors.

Apoorv has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical engineering (2010). In 2010, Apoorv co-founded TOHL, a humanitarian logistics start-up with headquarters in Atlanta, that has conducted water infrastructure projects in Chile, Kenya, and is expanding operations in Nigeria. TOHL has been featured on BBC, Forbes Magazine, Calgary Herald, and on Daily Plant on Discovery Channel.

Bernhard Seifried, Ph.D

Bernhard Seifried WebSenior Research Scientist,

Ceapro Inc. 

Dr. Bernard Seifried is a Senior Research Scientist at Ceapro Inc. Originally from Austria Dr. Seifried moved to Alberta in 2005, obtained his PhD in 2010 and has been working with Ceapro Inc. since then on the scale-up and development of a novel drying process for water soluble biopolymers called PGX Technology. This platform technology that can be applied for generating high-value nanoscale structured materials from biopolymers for applications ranging from food, nutraceuticals, drug delivery, wound healing, pharma to technical applications such as aerogels and supercapacitors or selective absorbents. Dr. Seifried won numerous awards during his PhD work as well as the Alberta Innovates –Industry Associate r&D Award before starting his work with Ceapro. In 2014, Dr. Seifried received the Award for Scientific Achievement and Innovation from BioAlberta.