_Competitive Green Technologies as the name suggests, is a corporation whose only reason for being is to commercialize competitive green technologies that lower the carbon footprint ---- taking big steps to leave a small footprint.
Mike Tiessen envisioned a local bio-economy that would use locally grown dedicated crops to make bio-plastics and scale this to a commercially viable level. Together with Dean Tiessen, his cousin ([pic below) he facilitated the creation of Competitive Green Technologies' manufacturing plant in Leamington, ON. Mike is President of Competitive Green Technologies. Sustainable supply chain of the all-important Ag biomass in the form it is needed for compounding is a key area of focus in bioplastics - Mike brings that expertise to bear on the success of Competitive Green Technologies.
Dean Tiessen is a visionary. A successful miscanthus and greenhouse vegetables grower, he started New Energy Farms a few years ago with a strong management team with a view to creating a 'local for local' bio-economy overseas and in Canada by finding ways of reducing the plantation cost of plant propagated crops through his unique innovation of CEEDS technology (artificial seeds), improving yields per acre. He also encourages the use of dedicated non-food bio-fuel crops in innovative applications in bio-plastics. Hence his interest in the technologies of Competitive Green Technologies in realizing his vision. We are deeply grieved to report that we lost Dean in a tragedy in Brazil. His spirit continues to inspire us in our path forward.
Atul Bali is a passionate believer in a sustainable bio-economy and a consultant to Competitive Green Technologies in its formative years. Atul has market access with leading molders, end-users, mass merchandisers and OEMs in USA, Canada, Germany and India and uses his industrial bio-technology skills in promoting the interests of Competitive Green Technologies. Since the beginning of 2014, Atul, as Chief Executive Officer, has helped steer its growth, working closely with Mike Tiessen.
Dr Gord Surgeoner, President, Ontario Agri Food Technologies, Guelph, ON, is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and is well-known for his tremendous love for Agriculture and in particular to create a sustainable bio-economy in Ontario. Gord's vision is to create value at farm-gate through the innovative use of Agricultural co-product streams and purpose-grown crops in bio-materials. Gord's drive, passion and guidance are key in the growth of Competitive Green Technologies as a pioneer in North America in bio-plastics.
Dr Blair Feltmate, Chair of the Canadian Climate Change Adaption Council, Intact Chair at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo, and an Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental Engineering, Univ of Waterloo, joined the Advisory Board of Competitive Green Technologies in the spring of 2013. His multinational experience and serving on the Board of several large for-profit enterprises and Not-for-Profit NGOs is of great value in providing guidance to Competitive Greene Technologies.