About Pyrowave

Pyrowave is a pioneer in the electrification of chemical processes based on low carbon footprint microwaves. Pyrowave is also a leader in the plastic’s circular economy and chemical recycling to regenerate post-consumer and post-industrial plastics into new plastics, reclaiming these resources’ full value. Its patented high-powered microwave catalytic depolymerization technology platform is the most advanced in the world and is now at the forefront of the next generation of plastics. By restoring plastics to their molecular state identical to virgin materials, Pyrowave technology enables infinite recycling of plastics and provides a circular economy solution to meet the global plastics recycling challenge.

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Pyrowave’s DNA

Our process converts materials with little market demand into high-value-added products on the global market and compatible with standard virgin products used by the petrochemical industry. The generated products prevent the extraction of petroleum materials, therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per ton of processed plastics. Pyrowave manufactures equipment and sells licences for its technology.

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Recognized expertise

Pyrowave among the 12 winners of the 2021 BNEF Pioneers

Pyrowave among the 12 winners of the 2021 BNEF Pioneers

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Pyrowave among Novae's 20 impactful innovations of 2020

Pyrowave among Novae's 20 impactful innovations of 2020

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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and Pyrowave winners of Ecotech Québec's Eurêka! award

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and Pyrowave winners of Ecotech Québec's Eurêka! award

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 of Pyrowave technologies and its innovation center. 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-President, Communications, Marketing and Government Relations
Virginie Bussières, MBA

Virginie Bussières, MBA

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

Jonathan Bouffard, P. Eng, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Products

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.

Josko Bobanovic Josko Bobanovic Sofinnova Partners representative
Josko Bobanovic

Josko Bobanovic

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.

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 independent director
Martin Lussier

Martin Lussier

independent 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.

Nancy Simoneau Nancy Simoneau independent director
Nancy Simoneau

Nancy Simoneau

independent director

Nancy Simoneau, visionary, is at the head of Group Simoneau, a manufacturing company of industrial, institutional and commercial boilers. In 2001, she becomes owner of her dad’s organization as well as Thermodesign, an engineering firm that develops a patented and innovative technology of boilers. In 2013, the group acquired a large team called Servitech Énergie making it possible for all the interventions required during a boiler’s lifetime and solidifies the unique service of mobile boiler rentals. In 2016, Simoneau further acquired Sterling Combustion Canada and in 2017 opened a service and sales center in the Midwest of USA. In 2018, Tremcour was added to the group, which is a company that offers professional service inspections, preventive and predictive, using camera technology. Group Simoneau is one of the principal boiler designer and manufacturers in Canada, exporting its innovative products in more than 15 countries.

Through her implication and passion, Nancy Simoneau was recognized with a silver medal at the provincial contest « Business Transfer Awards » for the success of the transfer of the organization. She was president of Table d'Action en Entrepreneuriat de la Montérégie from 2011 to 2018. Nancy received the award for Woman Entrepreneur, Large Company in 2016 from the Network of Women in Business of Quebec. She sits on several board of directors. Namely, since December 2017, she is member of the network of Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ in Montreal. She is also an entrepreneur‐teacher at the Entrepreneurship school in Beauce, Quebec. Since May 2020, Nancy is Co‐Champion of the YPO program at the London Business School for the past 3 years and has a mission to redefine this program so that it is more oriented towards entrepreneurs.

Pierre Paffenhoff Pierre Paffenhoff Fond de solidarité FTQ representative observer
Pierre Paffenhoff

Pierre Paffenhoff

Fond de solidarité FTQ representative observer

Mr. Pierre Paffenhoff holds the position of Investment Manager, Strategic Capital, Energy and Environment at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

From 2014 to 2019, Pierre Paffenhoff worked at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, where he served technology scout and responsible investing roles.

During his career, he honed his skills in identifying new investment opportunities and project analysis opportunities. His expertise in the creation and development of several technology firms will be a precious asset to sustain Pyrowave’s growth!