MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, today announced that it is partnering with the Université de Sherbrooke to create a leadership and skills development program designed to train Enerkem's employees and develop its future leaders.
"At the heart of this leadership program, which we developed with the Université de Sherbrooke, are Enerkem's deeply-rooted core values: excellence and innovation", said Philippe Burton, Vice President, Human Resources. "Our employees are our best ambassadors. We created the Enerkem Academy to offer them a comprehensive professional development program where we consolidate our entire training, knowledge sharing and succession development component, as well as this leadership program."
Tomorrow, Enerkem Academy's inaugural cohort will participate in the first of a series of eight seminars, to be offered alternatively at the University's two campuses in Sherbrooke and Longueuil.
The leadership training program was developed with the Centre universitaire de formation continue of the Université de Sherbrooke (CUFC). The mandate of this continuing education centre is to give companies access to all of the University's expertise. CUFC is recognized for its expertise in the development of customized training and works with teams of specialists in content and pedagogical approaches.
"This training solution, adapted to Enerkem's business reality, is the result of a close collaboration with the company's managers", explained Isabel Dunnigan, Director of Development of the CUFC. "We are enthusiastic to work with this leader of Québec's green economy, which was founded in Sherbrooke and with whom we have a privileged relationship."
Over the years, Enerkem and the Université de Sherbrooke have developed close ties, which are being reaffirmed today. Esteban Chornet, Enerkem's Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, is also a Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering and taught at the Université de Sherbrooke from 1970 to 2007.
Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the growing demand for renewable energy sources and chemicals, while reducing landfill volumes and greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a demonstration facility in Québec, has its first waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and is developing similar facilities in the U.S. and Canada that will convert municipal solid waste into biofuels and chemicals. www.enerkem.com
SOURCE: ENERKEM INC.
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