Giving nature a second life is Darling Ingredients’ second nature. With their roots dating back to the late 19th century, they have evolved from a small rendering company into the world’s leading innovative developer and producer of sustainable organic ingredients for a growing population. Darling Ingredients’ unique broad product and service portfolio is active all over the world, customized for high end markets and local needs. They serve society by maximizing nature’s value, so that people stay healthy, homes stay warm, children stay happy, dogs and trucks keep running, and farmers can flourish. Not just today, but as an ongoing philosophy. It’s the story they strive to live everyday.
Neste creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. They help transport and cities, as well as customers in the aviation, polymers and chemicals sectors, to make their business more sustainable. Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the polymers and chemicals industries. They aim to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. Neste is committed to supporting their customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030.
IGPC Ethanol Inc. is a division of Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative Inc., established in 2002 by a group of Ontarian agribusiness individuals. IGPC Ethanol has become a leader in Southwestern Ontario’s business community by creating environmentally sustainable economic growth. The company supports local Ontario farmers and promotes a clean environment through sustainable renewable fuel production. The company contributes significantly to the Canadian renewable fuels industry and Ontario’s agricultural sector, by offering a distribution solution for local farmers’ corn crops while producing high protein feed supplement for their livestock.
BIOX Corp. is a Canadian-based renewable fuels company, with a growing network of production facilities and distribution infrastructures in Canada and US. The company focuses on biodiesel, a clean and high-performing alternative to petroleum diesel, with a mission to provide cleaner and greener fuels to a massively growing transportation sector across the globe, emphasizing in Canada and US. In 2018, the company joined forces with World Energy and AltAir Fuels to become one of North America’s largest networks of producers, suppliers, distributors and exporters of biodiesel and its renewable co-products.
Canadian-based Greenfield Global is a leading producer, supplier and exporter of ethanol, specialty alcohols, and bio-based products such as raw materials, specialty chemicals and additives vital to businesses in over 50 countries. In Canada and US, the company owns and operates an integrated network of 4 ethanol distilleries, 3 specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and 3 next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers. Greenfield’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is evidenced in its continued investments in improving efficiencies to lower carbon footprint.
Doug received an MBA from Laurier University. He is a Derivative Market Specialist (DMS) certified by the Canadian Securities Institute and holds the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) accreditation from the Global Risk Management Institute.
In Doug’s role, which encompasses markets and strategy, he helps Greenfield navigate volatility in the risk environment. Doug is also responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management using an ISO 31000 framework.
This includes alignment of the business model with stakeholder objectives and company-wide reporting. Prior to Greenfield, Doug held a senior role managing commodity risk for George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw organizations.
Seasoned communications expert and public affairs professional, with two decades of leadership experience in public policy, community outreach, advocacy, media relations, and corporate communications. Senior and executive roles in government and crown corporations, industry associations, and the private sector.
Shelby Neal serves as Vice President for Renewables and Energy Policy at Darling Ingredients, Inc. where he manages government affairs efforts on behalf of the company’s renewable fuels businesses. Before joining Darling, Shelby served as the Director of State Governmental Affairs at the National Biodiesel Board and a policy advisory for three members of the U.S. Congress and a state governor.
Shelby’s expertise in public policy includes renewable fuels, agriculture, economic development, and environmental issues. He has served on advisory committees and expert working groups for the California Air Resources Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Midwest Governors Association, and members of the U.S. Congress. Shelby currently serves as vice chair of the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance and is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Accomplished entrepreneur and executive with expertise covers a wide range of disciplines, including commercial operations, government relations, strategic relationships with suppliers, customers and joint venture partners, financing and development of corporate strategies, new business development, marketing, sales and operations, gathered from his vast experiences in a variety of industries.
Mr. Kevin W. Norton, Chief Executive Officer – Chief Operating Officer, IGPC Ethanol Inc. Prior to joining IGPC Ethanol Inc. in 2015 as the Director of Operations, Mr. Norton’s previous experience includes co-founding BIOX Corporation in 2000 and serving as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Engineering from 2000 to 2011 and as Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to 2015.
He has more than 25 years of senior-level experience in business management of both publicly traded and privately held corporations, project management and engineering services. Prior to BIOX, he held several senior level positions with primary responsibility for the evaluation and development of new technologies, systems and services and the optimization of existing production lines.
His previous positions have included Manager of Environmental Products Division, Connor Pacific and Maritime Environmental Protection Project Manager/Engineer and Marine Systems Engineering Officer for the Department of National Defence. He served as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) for thirteen years. Mr. Norton received his degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Neste is the world’s leader producer of renewable diesel. Dayne, as the Head of North American Public Affairs, ensures Neste’s role in and provides thought leadership in policy discussions that shape the goals and directions of energy and sustainability initiatives. Dayne serves as the Chairman of the Government Affairs committee for the Advanced Biofuels Association in Washington, DC and on the Executive Board of Renewable Industries Canada.
Prior to joining Neste, Dayne spent several years in private law practice in Texas and as a professional musician in London, and New York.