Mike Rushton graduated as a chemical engineer from the University of Exeter, England in the mid 70’s and became involved in the development and commercialization of process technology. He moved to Canada in 1978, where he has lived ever since, working in a variety of process industries – oil refining, pulp and paper, chemicals, metal smelting and alternative energy, moving from technical roles to commercial and executive positions. In 2006, Mike joined Lignol Innovations, a company developing biorefinery processes and lignin applications. In early 2015, Fibria Celulose, a Brazilian company and global leader in sustainable forestry and eucalyptus pulp production, acquired the assets of Lignol and established Fibria Innovations in Burnaby, BC, with the primary function of supporting Fibria’s strategy for diversification into the bio-economy. Mike is responsible for the operation of this company which is engaged in R&D and commercialization of renewable bio-products and bio-materials such as lignin and its derivatives. In January 2019, Fibria merged with another Brazilian company, Suzano Papel e Celulose forming one of the world’s leading forest products companies called Suzano SA.