• "...the bulk of new biofuel production needs to come from advanced biofuels (algae, cellulosic)."

    The International Energy Association
    April 2011
  • "The Saudi assistant petroleum minister had expressed concern that Saudis could be "greened out" of the U.S. fuel market by biofuels like ethanol."

    James Smith
    U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 2010.
  • "...this legislation would also ensure progress made to commercialize advanced ethanol technologies utilizing new feedstocks... is accelerated."

    The American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association
    May 2011
  • "...what would happen to US gasoline prices if ethanol production came to an immediate halt. Under a very wide range of parameters, the estimated gasoline price increase would be of historic proportions, ranging from 41% to 92%."

    Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Iowa State University
    April 2011
  • "Another substitute for oil that holds tremendous promise is renewable biofuels...made from things like switchgrass, wood chips, and biomass."

    President Obama
    March 2011
  • "I'm a big supporter of biofuels. But one of the things that's become clear is, is that we need to accelerate our basic research in ethanol and other biofuels that are made from things like woodchips..."

    President Obama
    July 2011

Board of Directors & Observers

Woodland Biofuels Inc. has been successful in attracting a strong Board of Directors with extensive experience in business and corporate governance.

N. Gary Van Nest, Chairman

In addition to his role at Woodland, Mr. Van Nest is President of Sinalta Investments Ltd., an investment and management consulting company. Gary has over 40 years of extensive experience in the brokerage, merchant banking, and investment management businesses. He was formerly President of Wisener & Partners (now Merrill Lynch, Canada), President of Triarch Corporation, Chairman of Elliot & Page Limited, President & CEO of Canadian Venture Capital Corporation; Pathfinder Financial Corporation; Landmark Global Financial Corporation. Mr. Van Nest continues to serve as Director of several public companies.

Thomas I. Allen QC, Director

Mr. Allen is counsel to Norton Rose Fulbright, specializing in corporate securities and arbitration. Tom is considered to be one of Canada's top corporate governance experts. He was formerly Chairman of Westwind Capital Corporation, past Chairman of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada; past Chairman of the Corporate Finance Committee of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA); a former public director of the IDA for many years; former Vice Chairman of Gordon Capital Partners and a past Director of Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Allen is also a director of many public companies.

Dr. Tom Rand, Director


Dr. Tom Rand is Managing Partner of the MaRS Cleantech Fund, one of Canada's most respected investors in the cleantech space and now a significant investor in Woodland.  Tom is also a member of Ontario's Clean Energy Task Force and the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit:  10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World.  Tom started his career as an entrepreneur when he founded Voice Courier Inc. in 1991 to service the emerging Interactive Voice Response market.  Tom led VCi's expansion to over 100 employees in three countries.

David Hennigar, Director

Mr. Hennigar is Chairman of Assisted Living Concepts Inc. (NYSE), Highliner Foods Inc. (TSE), Markland Resource Developments Inc. and Annapolis Group Inc. He is also a Director of Scotia Investments Limited, Keltic Petrochemicals Inc. and Crombie REIT, among others. Previously, David was involved in numerous corporate acquisitions, takeovers and mergers including: acquisition of Fraser Companies by Noranda, Halifax Shipyards by RSV, CN Marine and Hall Shipping and Refinancing of National Sea Products, reverse takeover of Crown Life Insurance by Extendicare Inc., Systems Dimensions by Coastal Enterprises and sale to Datacrown Inc. He founded Acadian Securities Inc. in 1995 and is its Chairman.

David LeGresley, Director

Mr. LeGresley is a former executive of National Bank Financial and spent 12 years with that company, most recently serving as Vice Chairman from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that assignment, he was National Bank Financial's Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking (1999 to 2006); Managing Director and Head of Vancouver Investment Banking (1998-1999); and Managing Director, Investment Banking (1996 to 1998). During his years at National Bank Financial, he integrated the corporate finance operations of First Marathon Securities with those of Levesque Beaubien Securities. David's other career experiences include positions at Salomon Brothers Canada from 1990 to 1996 and CIBC Wood Gundy from 1986 to 1990. David currently services as a Director of Equitable Group Inc., Pembina Pipeline Corporation and NB Split Corp., all of which are TSX-listed companies, and he is currently on the advisory committee for CANFAR (the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research). David received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1981 and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1996. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Greg A. Nuttall, Director

Prior to assuming his position as President and CEO at Woodland, Greg was a General Partner of Rubicon Investment Group, a merchant bank focused on accelerating the growth of the companies it acquires and invests in. Prior to co-founding Rubicon in early 2001, Greg was Co-Founder and CEO of Cultural Research, a leading change management research and consulting firm focused on helping large and mid-sized organizations in Canada and the United States. Previously, Greg was a securities/mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Most recently, he practiced at Clifford Chance, the world's largest law firm, where he guided clients such as Goldman Sachs from his London, England base. Prior to this he practiced at Torys, a leading corporate law firm with practices in Toronto and New York. Greg has also been a successful technology investor as a partner of New Economy Capital. Greg earned his Master of International Laws degree at Cambridge University in England and is a Pegasus Scholar.


Andrew Heintzman, Board Observer

Andrew Heintzman is President and co-founder of Investeco Capital. Andrew was the Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and is currently a member of Ontario's Clean Energy Task Force.  In addition, he is on the board of directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity. He is also an advisor to the Masters of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Andrew is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of: Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything

Phil Reddon, Board Observer

Managing Partner, Covington Capital, Phil brings with him close to 20 years of investment experience and has been with Covington since 2002.  As Managing Partner, Phil’s responsibilities include setting the corporate strategic and growth objectives for Covington Capital, overseeing the operations of Covington Capital as well as its Investment and Operations teams. Phil takes an active role in a number of Covington’s portfolio investments; assessing new opportunities and offering strategic insight toward meeting the businesses growth objectives. Phil currently sits on the Board or functions as an observer on the Board of several portfolio companies.  Prior to joining Covington, Phil spent six years at Bank of Montreal Capital Corporation as Managing Director for a $400 million private equity group. Phil was head of the Technology Investment team, and sat on the investment committee, which was involved in the investment and approval process for over 60 companies. 

Brian Mixer, Board Observer

Managing Partner, Middleland Capital, Brian Mixer is an early stage technology investor focused on the food, agriculture and alternative energy sectors.  Middleland Capital is a private investment firm focused on global early-stage technology opportunities. Leveraging a unique breadth of geographic and industry experience, the firm seeks long-term partnerships with exceptional management teams to commercialize innovative technologies, accelerate growth and build long-term value around the world.  Prior to Middleland, Brian worked in finance in NYC and held senior positions in multiple US political campaigns.  Brian holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.