Vincent Chornet has been the guiding force behind Enerkem’s stellar evolution since the company’s inception in 2000. He raised over C$750 million in various financings, and spearheaded the development of a game-changing carbon recycling technology that led to the launch of Enerkem’s – and the world’s – first full-scale commercial facility of its kind in Edmonton, AB, Canada, which converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into renewable, clean transportation fuels and chemicals. This advanced biorefinery facility has also received certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), and is the first ever EPA*-approved municipal solid waste-to-cellulosic ethanol production plant.
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. Today, the company is setting a new standard in smart waste management and local production of clean fuels and renewable chemicals by 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).
* EPA: United States Environmental Protection Agency