Dave Collyer, B.Sc. , M.B.A.

President and CEO,
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Dave Collyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering specializing in Petroleum Engineering (1977) and a Masters of Business Administration (1978), both from the University of Alberta. Dave is an experienced strategic and operational leader in the Canadian energy sector, with a strong focus on integration of technical, economic and public policy considerations in business decision-making.

He currently provides consulting services to the Canadian energy sector and serves on a number of not-for-profit and corporate boards.

Mr. Collyer was President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) from September 2008 until December 2014. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading CAPP’s activities in education, communication and engagement, and policy / regulatory advocacy.

Prior to joining CAPP, Dave was President and Country Chair for Shell in Canada. During his thirty-year career with Shell, Mr. Collyer held a broad range of technical, business, marketing, and senior leadership roles. He also participated in a two-year Executive Exchange assignment with the federal government in Ottawa (1989 to 1991) as Director, Supply Branch at the National Energy Board.

David Bressler, Ph.D,

Full Professor,
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Dr. David Bressler is a Full Professor appointed within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences where he studies the conversion of biomass to valuable materials and chemicals. Dr. Bressler earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Biotechnology from the University of Alberta.

His general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal, and biological systems for the conversion of biomass into higher value materials, chemicals, and value-added commodities. The program is very applied and is resourced through numerous partnerships with leading enzyme companies as well as agricultural, chemical and forestry industries. He is the holder of several patents and patent applications in the areas of renewable biofuels and in the production of renewable biomaterials.

Dr. Bressler is also the inventor and technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a novel thermochemical lipid-to-hydrocarbon based technology company, with internationally awarded patents, that has commenced building commercial facilities in Sombra Ontario with expected completion fall 2018.

He is named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017, being named one of the top 50 people in clean tech in Canada. He is the 2012 recipient of BioAlberta’s Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award, which recognizes an individual for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application. He is also the recipient of the 2011 ASTech – Dow Agriscience Innovation in Agricultural Science. His areas of expertise are Biomaterials, Fermentation, Pyrolysis, Biotechnology, Biorefining, Biofuels, and Platform Chemicals.

David Layzell, Ph.D

University of Calgary

David Layzell is a Professor at the University of Calgary and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative. In CESAR, he studies the energy systems of Canada and models the costs, benefits and tradeoffs of technologies and policies driving energy systems transformation. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research and training institute at the University of Calgary.

Before arriving in Calgary, Dr. Layzell was a professor at Queen’s University (Kingston) and the Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s, he founded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc. and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’ (FRSC) for his research contributions.


David Lynch

David Lynch webGeneral Manager, Research and Development


David Lynch is the General Manager, Research and Development at Enerkem. Mr. Lynch manages pilot integration and testing that has provided data-driven support for Enerkem’s commercial process design.  Mr. Lynch orchestrated the bench scale development of Enerkem’s methanol-to-ethanol process and has established pilot and laboratory facilities in Edmonton, AB looking at Next Generation technologies. He has built on more than 20 years of industry experience, where he advanced development and scale up of various new products and manufacturing processes.  Mr. Lynch holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fairfield University.

Dawn Fenton, M., B.

Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs,
Volvo Group North America

Dawn Fenton serves as the Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. She has been in this position since 2011 and has responsibility for coordinating Volvo Group’s North American sustainability and CSR activities. Prior to joining the Volvo Group, Dawn spent 6 years as the Director of Policy at the Diesel Technology Forum, where she led the organization’s policy outreach and educational efforts.  She also spent 5 years working in the Washington, DC office of Asea Brown Boveri. Dawn has worked in the government relations field for over 20 years across a range of energy, environment, sustainability, foreign policy and trade-related issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  She received her master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.