MONTREAL, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkemweb.wpengine.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, announced today that Carl Rush, Senior Vice President of Organic Growth for Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM), joined its board of directors.
"We are glad to have Mr. Rush join our board of directors", said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "Carl is a seasoned executive who brings extensive experience and knowledge of the waste management industry."
Mr. Rush joined Waste Management in 2001. As Senior Vice President of Organic Growth, he is responsible for finding growth opportunities that are synergistic with the company's objective of maximizing value from waste, including converting them into biofuels, renewable chemicals and energy. Enerkem has established a strategic relationship with Waste Management since the company's initial investment in Enerkem in 2010.
"As a strategic investor in Enerkem, we are seeking opportunities to leverage Enerkem's technology in our business," said Mr. Rush. "It is exciting to have an opportunity to support Enerkem as a Board member."
Carl Rush replaces Tim Cesarek as Waste Management's representative on Enerkem's board of directors.
Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the growing demand for renewable energy sources and chemicals, while reducing landfill volumes and greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a commercial demonstration facility in Québec, has its first waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and is developing several similar facilities in the U.S. and Canada that will convert municipal solid waste into biofuels and chemicals. www.enerkemweb.wpengine.com