Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

President and Director,
Oberon Fuels

Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurial, technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President and Director of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner, alternative to diesel. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the strategic partnering efforts and customer development with OEMs, feedstock suppliers, and trucking companies. Additionally, she oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel including US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard compliance and ASTM specification development.

Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (University of Massachusetts). Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications. Dr. Boudreaux is the Chair of the International DME Association and Chair of the ASTM International DME Taskforce.


Remi Schmaltz

Decisive Farming

Remi Schmaltz has a love of agriculture, technology, and sales and marketing.  When it comes to knowing the agriculture industry and its history, he has a proven track record of success.  In 2006, Remi and his brother took over the family Ag-retail (DynAgra), and started incubating the next technologies and launched Decisive Farming in 2011.  Then in 2012 they sold the family business (DynAgra) to a fortune 500 company, CHS Inc.

Robert Niven, M.Sc., B.Sc,

Founder and CEO,
CarbonCure Technologies

Robert Niven is a cleantech entrepreneur inspired to find profitable and sustainable solutions for the cement and concrete sectors. He is part of the global race to develop affordable and scalable carbon utilization technologies. As Founder and CEO of cleantech developer, CarbonCure Technologies, Robert has earned a reputation of uncovering innovative ways to raise profits, lower greenhouse gases and improve the material performance of concrete. His passion for developing solutions that combine sustainability and innovation has led to the development of the CarbonCure technology. CarbonCure’s technology is currently operational in more than 50 concrete plants across North America, including several of the world’s largest vertically-integrated cement and concrete companies. CarbonCure is one of 23 semi-finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, and was recognized in 2016 and 2017 as one of the world's top 100 cleantech companies by The Cleantech Group.

Robert has also been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award and Canada's 2017 Top 40 Under 40. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. In his spare time, Robert is an avid outdoors enthusiast and devotes his time to nature conservation and environmental community events.

Susan Wood-Bohm, Ph.D

President and CEO,
Wood-Bohm and Associates

Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm is a strategic thinker and accomplished communicator, with a track record of effecting positive change by skilfully navigating complex environments, fostering trust and credibility and building effective collaborations with diverse stakeholders. As the current President and CEO of Wood-Bohm and Associates, Susan works with innovators and corporate leaders to address the needs of the emerging low-carbon economy by sustainable use of agricultural and forest feedstocks across Canada. Susan was Executive Director of the Biological GHG Management Program, which was funded by Emissions Reduction Alberta and hosted by Alberta Innovates from 2011-2017, to reduce emissions through the application of innovations in the biological sector.

Thomas Homer Dixon, B.A., Ph. D.

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Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon is the best-selling author of The Ingenuity Gap. He currently holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. He is a leading expert on the intricate links between society, technology and nature. When he was a young man, Homer-Dixon worked in Alberta’s oilpatch. He has long advocated the view that Alberta could be a world leader in adoption of innovative technologies.