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Enerkem expands its board of directors

MONTREALNov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc. (, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, announced today that Anton de Vries has joined its board of directors. Mr. de Vries is a seasoned fuels and chemicals executive with more than three decades of international experience.

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"We are proud to welcome Anton de Vries whose global perspective and experience is a strong addition to our board of directors", said Vincent Chornet, President and CEO of Enerkem. "His expertise will be an invaluable asset as we explore new geographical markets."

Based in the Netherlands, Mr. de Vries spent over 18 years at Royal Dutch Shell.  He worked 11 years with LyondellBasell, the world's third-largest independent chemicals producer, in roles such as President, Basell Polyolefins Europe, and Senior Vice President, Olefins and Polyolefins, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

"Enerkem enjoys a unique leading position in the biofuels and chemicals markets", declared Anton de Vries. "I am eager to work with the team as Enerkem is fast approaching full-scale commercialization and intends to expand internationally in the future."

Mr. de Vries' appointment to Enerkem's board of directors is effective today.

About Enerkem

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 Montreal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a commercial demonstration facility in Quebec, 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.

Marie-Hélène Labrie
Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications
Enerkem Inc.
+1 514 875-0284, x. 231

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