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Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Canadian Biogas Industry Awards

The recipients of the 2021 Canadian Biogas Industry Awards were announced on April 29, 2021 during the April Value of Biogas Virtual Conference. The selected winners demonstrate leadership in the sector and the Canadian Biogas Association is pleased to recognize their positive contributions to biogas in Canada.

Biogas Champion – Brian Van Opstal

Screencapture of BVO, Tej and JennBrian Van Opstal, Peel Region’s Manager of Infrastructure Development for Waste Management, has championed organics recycling and anaerobic digestion on Canada for decades. Brian helped to successfully construct the first large scale AD facility processing food waste in a large urban area (Toronto) in Canada and worked tirelessly to ensure that this first facility was a showcase and educational piece, including working with regulators, stakeholders and the public to demonstrate the importance of waste diversion and the overall positive impact of deriving energy and nutrients from materials that were once considered waste. Brian continually analyzed the performance of the facility and disseminated the results in trade publications, including a two-part article in Biocycle magazine in 2006 that is still widely referenced, and conferences. Brian led efforts to expand the Dufferin AD plant and build a second even larger AD facility at the Disco Road Waste Management Facility. In 2014, Brian went to the Region of Peel to lead efforts to construct yet another, even larger AD facility in a large urban center. He is further working with the Region to further mixed waste processing, which would involve harnessing additional nutrients and energy from mixed waste that may not be captured by source-separated organics collection – this would be a next-generation technology.

Project of the Year – StormFisher Environmental

The StormFisher Environmental team photoStormFisher Environmental facility, arial photoStormFisher’s mission is to help mitigate climate change and create a safe, and clean planet for people around the world through decarbonization strategies and solutions. They do this by converting food waste, water and energy into renewable natural gas that can be used to power businesses, manufacturing plants, schools and other organizations. StormFisher’s London facility is one of the largest facilities in North America processing over 120,000 tons of organics from restaurants, grocery stores, municipalities and other organizations including Enbridge, Maple Leaf Foods, Bartels International, OCI, Labatt and Waste Management. “The entire StormFisher team is extremely proud to receive this award. The addition of our renewable natural gas production system is one of the first to produce renewable natural gas from food waste to help solve both the food waste and carbon emission challenges,” says Brandon Moffatt, Co-Founder and Vice President of Development.

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