Vincent Chornet has been the guiding force behind Enerkem’s development since the company’s inception. He raised C$435 million in various financings, and led the launch of Enerkem’s – and the world’s – first full-scale facility to turn non-recyclable municipal solid waste into transportation fuels and chemicals. This advanced biorefinery, which is in Edmonton, Canada, recently became the very first ISCC-certified* plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol and it will expand its product offering with ethanol next year. It is setting a new standard in smart waste management and local production of clean fuels and renewable chemicals for communities around the world.
Mr. Chornet’s vision and leadership ushered Enerkem during the transition towards the commercialization of its proprietary technology. Under his expert guidance, Enerkem has established itself as an entrepreneurial leader in the field of advanced biofuels and green chemicals and grown to more than 200 employees. The company is now leveraging its extensive intellectual property estate acquired through years of unprecedented high technology development to implement more biorefineries around the world.
Prior to heading Enerkem, Mr. Chornet was strongly involved in the development and funding of industrial projects and start-up companies in the energy and specialty chemicals sectors, including Bioxalis Medica, Fractal Systems, and Kemestrie. He also worked at the Laurentian Bank of Canada.
Mr. Chornet is a Director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council in the United States, and was a member of the Cleantech Advisory Board to the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry from 2012 to 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in finance, from HEC Montréal (Québec).
* ISCC: International Sustainability & Carbon Certification