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Enerkem announces expansion of executive team

Enerkem executive team strengthened by the appointment of commercial lawyer Jocelyn Auger as Vice President and General Counsel MONTREAL, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc., a leading advanced biofuels and green chemicals technology company, announced today the expansion of its executive management team with the appointment of Mr. Jocelyn Auger as Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Auger brings to Enerkem more than a decade of commercial and legal experience acquired within both law firms and corporations. Prior to joining Enerkem, Mr. Auger was a partner at one of Canada's fastest-growing independent law firms, BCF LLP, where he also served as the co-chair of the Business & Technology Practice Group and was responsible for the firm's information technology operations. In his years as a legal practitioner, Mr. Auger gained considerable experience in the execution and management of activities related to intellectual property licensing, the establishment of joint ventures, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. "I am pleased to welcome Jocelyn Auger to Enerkem. His deep knowledge of commercial transactions and trained insight into legal affairs will make valuable contributions to our growing company," said Vincent Chornet, Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "By joining our team of seasoned managers, Mr. Auger will contribute to our success in charting a path forward in this growing market for advanced biofuels and green chemicals." Enerkem addresses some of today's main economic and environmental challenges by producing advanced biofuels and green chemicals locally from waste and residues. The company helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while contributing to a greener economy. Further, producing fuels locally rather than depending on foreign oil increases energy independence and saves on imports. Mr. Auger holds degrees from the Université de Sherbrooke and the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels. He is also a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Licensing Executive Society (LES). About Enerkem ------------- Enerkem (www.enerkemweb.wpengine.com) is a leader in the development and production of advanced biofuels and green chemicals. The company is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, and has engineering offices in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Enerkem's gasification, sequential gas conditioning and catalysis technology converts sorted municipal solid waste, as well as forest and agricultural residues into second generation transportation fuels and green chemicals. The company has a pilot plant in operation since 2003 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Its first commercial-scale ethanol plant based in Westbury, Quebec, is entering start-up phase and the company will soon begin the construction of a third plant in Edmonton, Alberta, that will transform sorted household waste into ethanol for cars, buses and trucks. Enerkem is a private company financed by leading US venture capital firms Rho Ventures and Braemar Energy Ventures, the Canadian investment fund BDR Capital and the Company's management. << /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/ >>