Advisory Board Member
Education: B.Sc., Biology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1979. DVM University of Guelph, Ontario, 1979
Professional Affiliation: College of Veterinarians of Ontario
Sue graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario. She owned a veterinary hospital in Beaverton, Ontario, where she spent fifteen years building a successful practice. Sue is a licensed veterinarian and still maintains ties with the profession. Since 1990, Sue has been working primarily in the renewable energy field developing technology to convert organic material into high value chemicals and fuels.
Since 1995 Sue was involved in the process development and patenting of several industrial and renewable waste disposal technologies. During development of the various process technologies, Sue developed skills in the patenting process, including interaction with legal counsel and patent examiners. The technologies included the conversion of rubber tires into chemicals (BTX), using a technology-first atmospheric plasma gas conversion, and a novel liquid catalyst. A bench model was built in New Liskeard, Ontario, followed by a pilot in Vaughan, Ontario. The on-line gas chromatography sample analysis provided data for the process patent.
Sue then was involved in the research for the process design and patenting of the synthesis of acetic acid, formaldehyde and vinyl acetate monomer from synthesis gas produced from renewable sources. This was followed by research and market analysis for the process design and patenting of the synthesis of ethanol from synthesis gas from renewable sources. The pilot for this process was constructed in Sarnia, Ontario in 2010, which is operational and successfully demonstrating the process.
In 2008 Sue was involved in the research for the process design and patenting of the conversion of synthesis gas from organic sources into gasoline range hydrocarbons. Work on the process has since generated a new application, patent-pending, to include recycled carbon dioxide as a yield enhancement. Most recently, Sue’s research and data compilation has provided the platform for the patenting, now pending, of a process to reform carbon dioxide with methane and the conversion of the synthesis gas into fuels.
Sue’s experience with various government agencies have included the successful achievement of Scientific Research and Experimental Development credits (1991 – 2011) and successful funding applications. Sue also has experience in corporate governance and a variety of tasks related to small business management. She is also the author of one published novel.