20200318 CANCELLED: Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC)

20200318 CANCELLED: Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC)

SPE Young Professionals Luncheon
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Young Professionals Luncheon:
Bitumen Beyond Combustion

Date:  Wednesday, March 18th , 2020
Location: The Bow Building, Mountain View Room   Level 54 - 500 Centre St SE, Calgary
Time: 11:45 a.m.(Registration), 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. (Luncheon)
Speakers: Paolo Bomben and Dr. Axel Meisen
Cost:  $10 Early Bird Tickets (Ends Feb. 29), $15 Regular Priced Tickets

Registration closes March 16th. *Limited amount of tickets will be available at the door for $20*


The Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC) concept, pioneered by Alberta Innovates over the past four years, aims at a fundamental diversification of the oil sands industry by developing non-combustion products from bitumen, their production technologies and uses. These products would complement traditional energy products, such as gasoline, diesel, and other fuels.

To date, four major BBC product categories have been identified: carbon fibres and combination products; asphalt binders; vanadium for large-scale storage of electricity in flow cells; novel polymers. This presentation will share the BBC concept and explore the technical and business cases for the four major BBC product categories.

Speaker Bio:

Paolo Bomben
Paolo Bomben is a Senior Manager of Clean Technology Development at Alberta Innovates. In this role he is the co-lead of the Bitumen Beyond Combustion portfolio as well as the lead for the Natural Gas Value Add portfolio. Before joining Alberta Innovates, Paolo spent two years in sustainability consulting at The Delphi Group and prior to that he was a Research Scientist at Click Materials where he focused on developing catalysts to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water. Paolo has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Windsor, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Axel Meisen
Axel Meisen works with boards and senior management of private- and public-sector organizations on the development and implementation of long-term strategies that anticipate emerging opportunities and needs in Canada and abroad. A current major project is the BBC (Bitumen Beyond Combustion) project in which he serves as Senior Advisor to Alberta Innovates. The project focuses on non-combustion products that can be derived from oilsands. Other current work involves chairing the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Research, Innovation and Technology Advisory Council (Edmonton) and advising the Universidad de Piura (Peru) on the development of strategic initiatives.
Axel held the inaugural Chair in Foresight at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (2008 to 2012), prior to which he was president of Memorial University of Newfoundland (1999 to 2007) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (2010 to 2014), and Dean of Applied Science (1985 to 1997) and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of British Columbia (1969 to 1999). A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (and its past president), the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Axel is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia and Alberta and holds the title of European Engineer (EurIng). He is a Professor Emeritus of The University of British Columbia. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the University of Waterloo and Universidad de Piura. He received the Order of Canada in 2008.
Axel holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College London (B.Sc.), California Institute of Technology (M.Sc.) and McGill University (Ph.D.)

Special thanks to the Ovintiv Corporation for sponsoring the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals technical events

March 18, 2020
From 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
The Bow Mountain View Room