Commercial development of biomass to biojet

Jack Saddler, Professor, University of British Columbia


John (Jack) Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy (originally an NSERC Industry Chair) and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received many other awards such as the 2016 Linneborn award from the European Bioenergy Organization, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”, the British Columbia Life Sciences Leadership award and the Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s (CRFA’s) Green Fuels Industry Award, presented to an individual for outstanding dedication to the advancement of renewable fuels in Canada.

His work is highly cited (H-index of 80, 22766 citations), he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, several books, holds several patents and is a regular reviewer/advisor for agencies such as the US Dept. of Energy, USDA, NSERC, World Bank, etc.

He has aided organizations such as Vinnova in Sweden with their Vinnvaxt “cluster” program and is on the advisory board of the Finnish Luke Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB) for the Boreal Green Bioeconomy ( He has trained/supervised more than 99 graduate students/Post Docs and Research Associates, many of whom are currently employed in senior positions in industry, government and academia.

He currently leads a research group of about 20 Research Associates, Post Docs and graduate students.

Outside of the research setting, Professor Saddler has advised policy-makers at the highest levels provincially, nationally and internationally. Nationally, his influence extends to such bodies as the Science Directorate of the Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Council of Forests Ministers, and the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment. Internationally, he has contributed significantly to the work of agencies such as VTT, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the US DoE, USDA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris.

He has acted as the Co-Task Leader of the Liquid Biofuels network of IEA Bioenergy. He was recently on sabbatical at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he was based in the Renewable Energy Division.

He is a member of the Markus Wallenberg Prize selection committee, the forest sectors Nobel Prize.

About the speech:

The route to making drop-in biofuels and their potential in sectors such as aviation (i.e. biojet fuels).