Recognition of Pyrowave’s Innovation

Smart Prosperity Institute

Smart Prosperity Institute

BASF ACIC Competition – Innovation Series

BASF ACIC Competition – Innovation Series

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Award

Member of: World Alliance for efficient solutions

Member of: World Alliance for efficient solutions

Nominated in the Global Cleantech 50 Ones to Watch List

Nominated in the Global Cleantech 50 Ones to Watch List

2018 Innovation Grand Award of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

2018 Innovation Grand Award of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

Ranked 1st at the International Industrial Chemistry Competition.

Ranked 1st at the International Industrial Chemistry Competition.

Nominated in the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch List

Nominated in the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch List

Top 20 Most Innovative Company, by the Canadian Innovation Exchange

Top 20 Most Innovative Company, by the Canadian Innovation Exchange

A Dynamic Team!

Discover Pyrowave’s Team.

Jocelyn Doucet, P. Eng., Ph. D.

Jocelyn Doucet, P. Eng., Ph. D.

Co-founder, chief executive officer
Jocelyn Doucet, P. Eng., Ph. D.

Jocelyn Doucet, P. Eng., Ph. D.

Co-founder, chief executive officer

Jocelyn Doucet is a chemical engineer and an entrepreneur dedicated to the development and marketing of innovations in connection with the transition in the use of our non renewable resources to a circular economy business model. With a team of professionals under his leadership, he developed a patented technology—the Catalytic Microwave Depolymerization—for the local processing of mixed plastics, including polystyrene, into a raw material identical to the original feedstock, to be reused by the chemical industry in new plastics manufacturing. This innovation has an undisputable positive environmental impact, as it helps recycle materials found in soils and oceans.

Mr. Doucet holds a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal, where he has been an adjunct professor since 2011. As part of his education, he started a first company specializing in the scale up of chemical processes and developed several innovations now released on global markets. He then focussed on resource efficiency and led a team responsible for the development of a technology using microwaves to break down molecules into their original components. In 2014, this idea led to the creation of Pyrowave, a company which developed the most advanced high power microwave technology platform worldwide and is now at the forefront of the new revolution intended to increase resource efficiency. Pyrowave works in tandem with the largest stakeholders in the global polymer industry, including Total, INEOS Styrolution and America Styrenics, and is currently at the marketing stage in North America and Europe.

Jean-Philippe Laviolette, P. Eng., Ph.D.

Jean-Philippe Laviolette, P. Eng., Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Innovation
Jean-Philippe Laviolette, P. Eng., Ph.D.

Jean-Philippe Laviolette, P. Eng., Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Innovation

As Vice-President, Innovation, Jean-Philippe Laviolette oversees the development and implementation of Pyrowave technologies. He has many years of experience in the management of state-of-the-art engineering and R & D projects.

Mr. Laviolette holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal. As part of his graduate studies, he worked in tandem with renowned institutions such as MIT and NASA. Subsequently, he worked for reputable companies such as Dupont and Rolls-Royce. As a researcher at Polytechnique Montréal, he has led several projects for international companies such as Total, Hutchinson and ReCommunity.

In 2012, he joined Jocelyn Doucet to work on resource efficiency and to develop a technology using microwaves to break down molecules into their original components. The idea led to the formation of Pyrowave in 2014, a company that has developed the most advanced high-power microwave technology platform worldwide, today at the forefront of a new revolution designed to increase resource efficiency.

Virginie Bussières, MBA

Virginie Bussières, MBA

Vice-Presidente, Communications, Marketing and Government Relations
Virginie Bussières, MBA

Virginie Bussières, MBA

Vice-Presidente, Communications, Marketing and Government Relations

Mrs. Bussières is Vice-Presidente, Communications, Marketing and Government Relations at Pyrowave. She has many years of experience in strategic counsel and management in communications and public affairs functions, including in the environmental and manufacturing areas. For the last years, she has led innovative recycling and packaging projects, while engaging local and international partners, thus contributing to the development of a circular economy. Mrs. Bussières holds a BA in Communications and in Political Science, as well as an MBA.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Bussières has gained an in-depth understanding of political, legal and business issues. Her expertise in the development of communications strategies, in government relations as well as in corporate social responsibility, combined with her ability to engage teams and create strong partnerships, contributes to the marketing of Pyrowave’s innovative plastic recycling technology on the local and international markets.

Mrs. Bussières teaches public relations at Université de Montréal and serves on various committees.

Jonathan Bouffard, P. Eng, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bouffard, P. Eng, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Products Development
Jonathan Bouffard, P. Eng, Ph.D.

Jonathan Bouffard, P. Eng, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Products Development
Jonathan is responsible for the engineering and preparation of the new Pyrowave technology platforms. He has accumulated 15 years of experience in the fine chemicals industry and the remediation of industrial waste and rejects for their recovery into high-value products. He has held various technical and management positions, including Head of Research and Development. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to lead various projects for the development of innovative equipment in the pharmaceutical, food and mining industries.

Jonathan is an engineer with a doctorate in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Sophie Morin, CPA, CMA

Sophie Morin, CPA, CMA

Vice-President, Finance
Sophie Morin, CPA, CMA

Sophie Morin, CPA, CMA

Vice-President, Finance

Mrs. Morin cumulates over 25 years’ experience in finance in the large manufacturing industry. S vice-President, Finance, she in charge of all operations involving optimisation of operations, accounting and controls. She also handles account payables and various financial activities to support the growth of Pyrowave.

Mrs. Morin’s career started as Finance Controller at Nabisco and Kraft. She became Head of Financial Control department at the Montreal’s Casino before being appointed Director of Finance and Administration at Farinart. She has a rigorous, transparent and methodical approach to operations and finance and she was selected to build all aspects of controls and reporting required by the various partners.

Mrs. Morin holds a Bachelor in administration from HEC Montreal and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She is a registered Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Michel Iliesco, MBA

Michel Iliesco, MBA

Vice-President, Business Development and Marketing
Michel Iliesco, MBA

Michel Iliesco, MBA

Vice-President, Business Development and Marketing

Michel specializes in marketing management and business development, with over 20 years of experience as an innovative and multitask manager in industry national and international sectors of primary importance such as food packaging, specialty inks and nutraceuticals. He also has ten years of experience in sales of durable goods and direct sale to consumers.

Michel is also actively involved in several pilot projects, relating to plastics recovery and recycling in Canada and the U.S., mainly on polystyrene (PS) and serves on a ministerial consultative committee on plastics for the Canadian Government.

Michel graduated from the Université de Montréal in Marketing and International Business. He also has an MBA from HEC.

Richard Renaud

Richard Renaud

Director, Pilot plant
Richard Renaud

Richard Renaud

Director, Pilot plant
Richard Renaud is the Director of Pyrowave’s pilot plant. A holder of a B.A. in Industrial Chemistry, he has worked in the pharmaceutical business, in operation management. Richard is mandated to structure the pilot plant’s activities and operations, to implement Lean-based business processes and to establish ISO certifications and standards.

He also makes sure the R&D activities comply with safety standards and procedures, in accordance with the strictest quality standards.

Ebrahim Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Ebrahim Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Technical Supervisor
Ebrahim Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Ebrahim Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Technical Supervisor
Mr. Ebrahim Alizadeh has several years of experience in feasibility studies of chemical and petrochemical plants. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal, where he has characterized complex granular behaviour. In 2013, he joined process development team in Orbite Technologies, where a new technology was developed to produce various types of high purity alumina with applications in lithium ion batteries separators. His main role was leading the development of pyrometallurgical process, but he also participated in engineering, construction and start-up of the plant. As a technical supervisor at Pyrowave, Mr. Alizadeh coordinates the implementation of the specifications for the Gen 4 reactor system and manage the development of the specifications and certifications required for commercial systems.
Amir Enferadi Kerenkan, Eng., Ph. D.

Amir Enferadi Kerenkan, Eng., Ph. D.

R&D Specialist
Amir Enferadi Kerenkan, Eng., Ph. D.

Amir Enferadi Kerenkan, Eng., Ph. D.

R&D Specialist
Amir Enferadi Kerenkan is a member of Pyrowave Research and Development team acting as an R&D Specialist. He is a cross-disciplinary research scientist, holding a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Laval University (2018), where he was working mainly on development of a sustainable process for converting vegetable oils into high-value intermediate polymeric materials. Succinctly, Amir is a nanomaterials and sustainable chemistry specialist with several years of experience in fostering green chemistry processes, nanomaterials synthesis, and characterization and analytical techniques. After his PhD graduation, Amir joint Department of Chemistry at McGill University, as a Postdoctoral Fellow, working on development of cellulosic materials and their applications in water treatment industry. Then and just before joining Pyrowave, he was a Research Scientist at Grafoid Inc., where he was directing a small, cross-functional technical team with the tasks ranged from laboratory work, data interpretation and analysis, QA and product validation tests, project management, to operating/maintaining/troubleshooting analytical equipment.
Karine Léger

Karine Léger

Analytical Chemist
Karine Léger

Karine Léger

Analytical Chemist
As an Analytical Chemist for Pyrowave, Karine completed a B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Sherbrooke and a technical degree in Analytical Chemistry at the College of Valleyfield. As part of her education, she was able to complete internships in several business areas, including the food processing, metal production and environmental industries. Before joining Pyrowave, Karine contributed to the development of animal health products to be later commercialized. Subsequently, she implemented a quality management system for a new plant, which helped her better understand customers and consumers’ requirements in connection with new products.

El Hadji Mbacké Sène, CEP

El Hadji Mbacké Sène, CEP

Chemical process Specialist
El Hadji Mbacké Sène, CEP

El Hadji Mbacké Sène, CEP

Chemical process Specialist
A Polytechnique Montréal Chemical Engineering graduate, Mbacké is now a Candidate for the Engineering Profession (CEP). During his education years and as part of hands-on experiences, he has developed a keen interest for chemical processes, and more specifically process upscale and production upgrades. He is proficient in problem resolution, production process definition, and chemical process design and implementation.

He is now a Chemical Process Specialist within the Production Team.
Sam-David Awoussi, Jr. Eng.

Sam-David Awoussi, Jr. Eng.

Chemical process Specialist
Sam-David Awoussi, Jr. Eng.

Sam-David Awoussi, Jr. Eng.

Chemical process Specialist
Sam David Awoussi, currently a junior engineer, holds a Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s degree (2017) from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. During his academic journey, he was able to acquire knowledge in chemical processes, more specifically in connection with dimensioning and implementation. The industrial process optimization in order to improve the process productivity and sustainability is at the juncture between his academic and business journeys. He currently acts as a chemical process specialist within the production team.
Marc-Antoine Charron, CEP

Marc-Antoine Charron, CEP

Chemical process Specialist
Marc-Antoine Charron, CEP

Marc-Antoine Charron, CEP

Chemical process Specialist

Marc-Antoine Charron holds a Chemical Engineering Bachelor's degree from Polytechnique Montréal. As part of his academic curriculum, he completed a R&D internship placement with Pyrowave in 2019, in addition to a separate final education project in partnership with Pyrowave. His desire to get involved in an innovative project while expanding the boundaries of engineering led him to join the Pyrowave team when he completed his education.

Now a Candidate for the Engineer Profession (CEP), he has held the position of Chemical Process Specialist at the pilot plant since May 2020. During his academic and professional journey, Mr. Charron managed to develop strong problem solving skills in the chemical industry. Today, he is mainly interested in the commissioning, operational optimization and preventive maintenance aspects of chemical processes.
Jean-Frédéric Pépin

Jean-Frédéric Pépin

Electromecanics
Jean-Frédéric Pépin

Jean-Frédéric Pépin

Electromecanics
Jean-Frédéric Pépin has a DVS in Electromechanics of Automated Systems) and a DVS in Electricity. Over the last few years, he has developed his knowledge in problem solving, electricity, pneumatics and hydraulics in various fields such as expanded polystyrene, wood veneer and concrete pumping. Throughout these many years, he has also acquired interpersonal and customer service skills.
Joško Bobanović

Joško Bobanović

Sofinnova Partners representative
Joško Bobanović

Joško Bobanović

Sofinnova Partners representative

Joško Bobanović joined Sofinnova Partners in 2010 as Partner dedicated to activities in industrial biotech. He focuses on early stage deals in Europe and North America with applications in chemicals, agriculture, food, feed and synthetic biology. Joško sits on the boards of Metgen, Synthace, Cellucomp, Comet Bio, DNA Script and Biosyntia. Prior to joining Sofinnova he spent eight years in venture capital with iNovia Capital in Montreal, Canada. Prior to his venture capital career he created an internet startup and a software company. After completing his PhD studies Joško developed real-time ocean forecasting systems still used at Environment Canada for coastal ocean management. Joško holds a BSc. in physics from University of Zagreb, a PhD in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University and an MBA in finance and marketing from McGill University.

Johanne Sevigny

Johanne Sevigny

Ecofuel representative observer
Johanne Sevigny

Johanne Sevigny

Ecofuel representative observer

Johanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and an MBA from the HEC Montréal. Johanne is Managing partner of the Ecofuel Fund and Vice President, Startups of the Ecofuel Accelerator. She boasts 15 years of experience in VC, financing and management of a cleantech startup and 10 years of operational experience in engineering totaling 25 years of various business experiences.

Before joining Ecofuel in 2016, Johanne was a senior director at BDC. She also worked at Negotium, a technology solutions provider, as the head of finance and M&A. Johanne was a portfolio manager at Entrepia Capital, Innovatech Montreal and Multiple Capital founded in 2005 to manage the portfolio of Innovatech Montreal, an early stage venture capital fund based in Montreal, later sold to Coller Capital in a secondary transaction. Johanne sat on the board of several technology-based companies. Her experience also includes serving as the president of the Board of a fast growing RFID gaming start-up for two years. Earlier in her career, she held project management positions for ten years at SNC Lavalin and Dessau-Soprin.

Jean Michel Gires

Jean Michel Gires

independent director
Jean Michel Gires

Jean Michel Gires

independent director

Originally engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Ecole des Mines de Paris, Mr. Gires cumulates more than 35 years of experience in the area of energy and oil production. Mr. Gires retired as President and CEO of Total E&P Canada in 2012, where he played a key role in developing Total’s production assets in Canada while being very active in promoting sustainable practices in operation, production and exploration. He led the formation of Total Energy Ventures, one of the world’s leading Corporate Venture Capital groups focused on the energy industry. He also worked as Executive VP of sustainable development and Environment for the Total Group.

Guy Marleau

Guy Marleau

independent director
Guy Marleau

Guy Marleau

independent director

Mr. Guy Marleau is a chemical engineer from Sherbrooke University (1974) with MBA degree from Ottawa University (1983). Mr. Marleau has a long active career in the operation, scale-up and M&A in the field of industrial technologies. He started as plant engineer in 1975 at Schenley Distillers and then became plant manager in 1980 at Hand Chemical Industries. He then moved to Lallemand in 1983 as manager of the Montreal plant at the time it was the only plant of the Company. During his presence, Lallemand went from a single plant operation in 1983 with 70 employees to a multinational operation present in more than 75 countries and operating more than 40 plants, and having more than 4000 employees located on all continents. He also led the only green-field project of fermentation plant in Memphis, Tenessee. He also participated in setting various joint ventures with other technology players in the field. He is now still active as strategic advisor and member of the board of directors of Lallemand, as well as sitting on the board of Macco Organiques Inc, a producer of salts, food and health markets, a subsidiary of Lallemand.

Mr. Marleau has a long experience in setting innovative business models in technology companies which have set Lallemand as world leading company in the manufacturing of yeasts and bacteria for the baking, distilling, brewing, wine making, fuel ethanol, human nutrition, animal nutrition, pharmaceutical and plant care industrial markets. He has strong connection with operation, innovation and engineering and deep experience in scaling-up businesses.

Martin Lussier

Martin Lussier

independant director
Martin Lussier

Martin Lussier

independant director

Martin Lussier has a strong knowledge in the field of manufacturing, especially for mass production. He has also acquired a strong knowledge of the North American automotive industry. He is now focusing on environmental technologies.

Martin Lussier is a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master of Business Administration from Sherbrooke University.

Mr. Lussier started his career as a consultant in engineering. He mainly worked at designing and implementing historian and data analysis system for manufacturing plants. After a few years, he joined his father to work at Plombco, a company that manufactures wheel balancing weight for the automotive industry. Over the years, he occupied various positions within the company, namely Directeor of Technical Services, Director of OEM sales, Vice President Business Development, Vice President Marketing and finally President. After 18 years at Plombco, he decided to sell the company in February 2017 and he is now an investor, mainly in the field of environmental technologies.

Accelerator Partners

Member of the Responsible Care program of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Member of the Responsible Care program of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a foundation created by the Government of Canada to support Canadian companies with potential to become world leaders in the clean technology business. Pyrowave is proud to benefit from the financial support of SDTC.

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

EDC is the export credit agency that contributes to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. Pyrowave is proud to be able to access EDC’s financial support.

Ontario Centre for Excellence (OCE)

Ontario Centre for Excellence (OCE)

A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. Pyrowave received financial support from OCE.

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) provides critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. In 2016, BIC established the Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) program with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and additional support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. COMM SCI acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation. COMM SCI has two components, investments and projects. One of these projects is Pyrowave.

MaRS

MaRS

MaRS brings together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof. Founded by civic leaders, its mission is equal parts public and private — an entrepreneurial venture designed to bridge the gap between what people need and what governments can provide.

RIC

RIC

RIC Centre provides services to technology startups of all shapes and sizes. Whether you just have an idea or have millions in revenue, we will tailor a custom strategy to fast track your business to market.

World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions is a non-governmental organization promoting green energy and sustainable technologies. The Swiss-based Alliance is on a quest to find the 1000 best solutions worldwide and Pyrowave is currently going through their approval process.

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