Juergen Puetter, Chairman and CEO
Juergen has a distinguished career of converting innovative concepts into successful businesses.
In 1977 he started Bionaire (indoor environmental control products www.bionaire.com) and took the company public in 1984 on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges. He served as President until 1992, when he moved to the West Coast to start Hydroxyl Systems (water and waste water treatment www.hydroxyl.com), which he ran as President until 2003. He was responsible for much of the innovation pioneered and developed at both companies.
In 2003 he founded Aeolis Wind Power (wind energy developer www.aeoliswind.com), which he continues to run as President. Aeolis developed the first commercial wind farm in BC (102 MW) and continues to develop several large-scale projects, some in partnership with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and Boralex Inc.
In 2008 Juergen founded Blue Fuel Energy (www.bluefuelenergy.com) to produce low-carbon and renewable liquid fuels. Blue Fuel is currently developing a large-scale refinery near Chetwynd, BC that will produce 2.5 mill/l day of low-carbon-intensity gasoline for the North American market. The feedstocks are natural gas and renewable electricity. He serves as CEO.
In 2012 Juergen founded Canadian Methanol Corporation ( www.canadianmethanol.com) to take advantage of Canada’s abundant natural gas and renewable energy resources, as well as BC’s strategic location as a supplier of methanol to Far East customers. Canadian Methanol is slated to develop a 5000t/day methanol plant following construction of the Blue Fuel Energy gasoline refinery. Juergen serves as President.
In 2008 the Government of Canada appointed Juergen Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, SDTC ( www.sdtc.ca) a position he held until his five-year term expired in 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors. SDTC is a foundation created by the Government of Canada to support development of innovative technological solutions for issues such as climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil.
In 2010 Juergen was appointed by the Premier of BC to serve on the Muskaw –Kechika advisory board as a Director (www.muskwa-kechika.com), a position he continues to hold.
Michael Macdonald, President
Michael brings 30 years of experience in the methanol (and related) industry from his career at Methanex and its predecessor companies (1983–2013), the last ten of which he was on the Company’s Executive Team.
Most recently, Michael was Senior Vice President, Global Operations, where he was responsible for: (1) all manufacturing activities globally, including eight operating methanol plants and approximately 800 people, operating costs of ~ $1 billion annually including the cost of natural gas feedstock, and more than $50 million annual sustaining capital; and (2) major capital projects worth over $1 billion at the time he left Methanex.
Prior to that, Michael was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, where he conceived of and led Methanex’s $1 billion project in Egypt from inception to successful operation. The Egypt project was a five-party joint venture, a lump-sum turn-key EPC contract, green-fields and project-financed, and also included the establishment of the operating organization.
From 1993–2003, Michael’s non-executive roles/experience at Methanex included: Strategy; Investor Relations; Market Development; International Trade; Project Financing; Project Development & Execution; Joint Ventures; Chemical Plant Operations Management; Technology; and Engineering.
Michael’s first role as a graduate engineer was the Synfuel plant in Taranaki, New Zealand. That plant was very similar to the facility being developed by Blue Fuel Energy in Chetwynd.
Michael is a chemical engineer by training (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and has undertaken a number of business and leadership training programs (including Mobil Oil, Centre for Creative Leadership, Wharton and Insead). He has undertaken assignments in NZ, Australia, the United States (3 times) and Canada, as well as significant further international experience in Egypt, Trinidad and Chile.
Michael is currently a Director of South Louisiana Methanol LP, and his prior Board experience includes Methanex’s international JV’s in Trinidad (with BP) and Egypt, the non-profit Ballet BC in Vancouver, Canada, and in 2013 he attained the IDC.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael holds both Canadian and New Zealand citizenship, is married with three children, and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Ron Britton, Chief Technology Officer
Ron is an internationally seasoned executive with a strong technology background who, over the last 30 years, has lived and worked in a variety of countries. He has served as Senior Vice President of Emerging Energy Applications at Methanex (the world’s leading methanol producer, marketer, and distributer), where he was responsible for global implementation of the company’s growth strategy based on the development of new synthesis gas technology. He has also been President and CEO of Fuel Cells Canada, a not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to accelerate the development and commercialization of the Canadian fuel cell industry on behalf of its members.
Dr. Bill de Waal, Consultant
Bill has spent two-thirds of his career in the chemical industry and the rest in the environmental equipment business. He started in R&D before moving into business management. He has worked at both start-ups and in multinationals, such as Bayer, where he was director of the corporation’s EPDM business. In recent years his main activity has been exploring innovative water treatment technologies for Trojan Technologies, expanding their business by 35% by introducing new technologies into their portfolio.
Alan Bryce, Director of Communications
Alan has over 20 years of experience in the communications field, as a web content writer, copywriter, scriptwriter, and speechwriter for a broad range of major corporations in Japan, and as director of the communications firm, SAI, the English-language voice of Honda Motor.
Sydney Widmer, Executive Assistant
Sydney, the newest member of the Blue Fuel team, joins us from Calgary, Alberta. Starting her corporate shareholder services career in 2008, she has assisted corporate clients ranging in size from private entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-million dollar TSX listed companies. In addition to acting as the first point of contact for Blue Fuel on the phone and in person, she is now working closely with the executive team at Blue Fuel. Sydney’s primary focus relates to corporate administration, investor relations, and employee equity plans.