Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, BIOX was incorporated in September 2000.
In April 2001, BIOX completed construction of a 1 million litre per annum pilot plant in Oakville, Ontario. The purpose of this plant was to conclusively demonstrate the BIOX Process’ ability to efficiently and economically convert a wide variety of feedstocks into biodiesel. This test facility proved that the BIOX Process is able to achieve complete conversion of both the free fatty acid molecule as well as the triglyceride molecule into methyl esters achieving yields of 1:1 without any pre-treatment.
In April 2007, BIOX completed construction and commissioning of its’ first commercial-scale biodiesel production facility in Hamilton, Ontario. This 67 million litre annual nameplate capacity plant is one of the largest continuous flow biodiesel production facilities in the world.
Using this proven production technology and modular plant design, BIOX intends to build, own and operate biodiesel plants in attractive markets taking into account such factors as legislation or policies promoting the use of biodiesel, existing petroleum storage and distribution infrastructure, and the availability of feedstock.
Kevin P. Golding: Mr. Golding is currently President of KPLG Advisory Services Inc., a company that provides practical advice on business operating, strategic opportunities and executive development to a small client base in the Agri-Food sector. Mr. Golding was formerly a senior executive with Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and was most recently President of Rothsay, a rendering and biofuels company, and Maple Leaf Agri Farms, an integrated hog production company. Mr. Golding retired from Maple Leaf Foods Inc. at the end of 2013. Mr. Golding is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Comm, 1980). He was formerly Chairman of the National Renderers Association and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph, where he is Chair of the Governance Committee.
T. Robert Beamish: Mr. Beamish is a Director of the Woodbridge Group, a private Canadian company with 60 locations in 20 countries, involved with urethane chemistry and the manufacture of, primarily, auto parts. Prior to founding Woodbridge Group in 1978, Mr. Beamish was President of Monsanto Canada and founded Woodbridge based on the purchase of a Monsanto plant. Mr. Beamish has an engineering degree from Queen’s University and, among other business interests, is actively involved in the W.B. Family Foundation, a foundation established to assist Canadian organizations in the areas of health and sciences, social services, education, arts and culture and nature and habitat conservation.
William Lambert: Mr. Lambert retired as a partner of Birch Hill Equity Partners on December 31, 2009 and is currently a corporate director. In his role at Birch Hill Equity Partners, Mr. Lambert provided advice and counsel on an ongoing basis with respect to sourcing, monitoring, creating value in and exiting investments. From 1989 to 2005, Mr. Lambert worked in a similar capacity with TD Capital Group Ltd. Prior to joining TD Capital Group Ltd, Mr. Lambert practiced as a consultant and plant engineer in the steel industry for 10 years with Ferrco Engineering Company and North Star Steel Company. Mr. Lambert received an MBA from York University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stanley Spavold: Since 2002, Mr. Spavold has been Executive Vice President of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated (“CFFI”), a diversified holding company with major holdings in the seafood, telecommunications and biotechnology industries and with over $2.7 billion of assets under management. Working alongside the President, Mr. Spavold provides a broad financial management and oversight role to CFFI. Mr. Spavold joined CFFI after 15 years with McCain Foods Limited where he held various senior financial leadership roles. Mr. Spavold is currently a director of Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated (TSX: CLR) and is Chairman of its finance committee and a member of its corporate governance and audit committees. Mr. Spavold graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1981 and received his CA designation in 1983. In 2011, Mr. Spavold received the FCA honorary designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. Mr. Spavold is active in a number of not-for-profit organizations in his community, having served as a Governor of Dalhousie University, Chairman of The Cobequid Hospital Foundation and Governor of the Tax Foundation of Canada.
Edwin Nordholm: Mr. Nordholm is a business lawyer with extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions transactions and corporate restructuring. As a former partner in Torys LLP, a prominent Toronto-based law firm, Mr. Nordholm advised a variety of clients with respect to public and private financings, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, auction transactions, going-private and related party transactions, debt acquisitions, bridge lending transactions and other merchant banking transactions. Mr. Nordholm is currently the President of Liberty Street Capital Corp., a privately-held merchant bank. Previously, Mr. Nordholm served as Senior Vice President of the Tricap Restructuring Fund, an investment fund managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (NYSE:BAM & TSX:BAM-A) that focuses on investments in companies requiring financial and/or operational restructuring. As well, Mr. Nordholm serves as President of Black Tusk Advisors Inc., a business consulting firm, and was counsel to Davis LLP from September 2010 to May 2012. As such, Mr. Nordholm has both executive and advisory experience working with businesses in transition, rationalizing costs and developing creative solutions to financially challenging situations. Mr. Nordholm has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies and is based in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Nordholm holds an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto.
BIOX Executive Officers
Alan Rickard, Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Rickard joined the BIOX team as CEO in November 2015 bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the agrifood and agriculture commodity industry. Previous to his appointment with BIOX, he held an commercial leadership role with a large publicly traded ingredients company which included managing a commercial scale biodiesel facility. Highly involved in the renewables sector, he has held executive roles in a number of industry associations working to increase the profile of the biodiesel market. Mr. Rickard has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph.
Scott Lewis, Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations & Growth: Mr. Lewis has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, having been involved in the startup of several businesses in Canada, the United States and Europe prior to joining BIOX in 2002. Since then Scott has been an integral part of building out the Company’s business model, responsible for all feedstock procurement and commercial sales as well as government relations. Today, his primary responsibilities include the development of our corporate strategy, procurement of all raw feedstocks and sales of all finished products as well the development of strategic, commercial relationships with third parties. He has been BIOX’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association since 2011, currently in the position of Vice-Chair, and sits on the Renewable Volume Obligation Committee of the National Biodiesel Board.
Nakyun G. Paik, Vice President, Operations: Mr. Paik joined BIOX in October 2002 with 15 years of experience gained in various levels of management in engineering and project management. Prior to joining BIOX, Mr. Paik held the position of project manager at IBM Canada from August 2000 to October 2002 in the area of software development applications. From September 1987 to May 2000, Mr. Paik served with the Canadian Forces as both a combat and construction engineer. Mr. Paik is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto.