THE PRAIRIE CLEAN ENERGY STORY
Prairie Clean Energy was born in 2020 out of the pursuit for an environmentally sustainable solution to agricultural waste. After years of seeing acres of flax straw being burned near his home in rural Saskatchewan, founder Trevor Thomas knew he had discovered a solution to the global biomass shortage – one that also provided farmers with an economical and environmentally-conscious way to use flax waste.
After researching the potential of flax straw as a fuel source, Trevor established Prairie Clean Energy to bridge the gap between flax farmers and those seeking clean, reliable biomass fuel. Since then, Prairie Clean Energy has grown into a fully realized biomass business, with three biomass fuel product lines (wood, flax straw, and ag residue), and has built partnerships with farmers and organizations across Canada and the world to deliver high-quality biomass fuel to customers across the world.
At PCE we invest in our communities and power the world as the global leader in providing sustainable and clean prairie-based biomass fuel.
PCE wants to see Canada’s Prairies Sustainably Power the Future. We believe that through our work we can help our home province, and Western Canada, position itself as a global clean energy leader.
PCE is working to Create and Lead the Biomass Industry on the Canadian Prairies. As a first-mover in this marketplace, we are creating a whole new market. We can and will lead the industry.
Saskatchewan: A global leader in agriculture and forestry production
Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s three prairie provinces, bordered by Alberta to the west and Manitoba to the east. Known as the “breadbasket of Canada,” the province is characterized by its thriving agricultural industry in the south and its boreal forest in the north. We are larger than France with a population about half that of Paris.
We have ready access to two national rail lines, a transcontinental highway, and a network of other major highways. Canada is a stable, democratic country with reliable and fair regulations.
Abundant BIOMASS SOURCES
Wood pellets. Flax straw pellets. Ag pellets. Saskatchewan produces more than 40% of Canada’s total agricultural output. You can see crops like flax, barley, canola, canary seed, hemp, wheat and many more growing in its vast fields. Saskatchewan producers account for almost a third of all global flax production. Flax straw is 100% renewable and the flax pellets are made from flax straw that has no other purpose.
Our team is the only flax buyer in Saskatchewan registered with SaskFlax, the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, and we have good working relationships with farmers across the province. This allows us to provide clients with reliable delivery schedules.
MBA, PMP, President & CEO
Founder & Chief Relationship Officer
CPA, CMA, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Brita Lind is responsible for PCE’s branding, marketing, strategy, and communications. A graduate of Harvard University, Brita brings more than 20 years of marcom experience having worked on such brands as Farm Credit Canada, Bose Corporation, SaskTel, and more.
Ph.D., Chief Product and Supply Chain Development Officer
Mahmood is a supply chain management and lean manufacturing expert. He advises PCE in several areas, including feedstock supply and logistics. Mahmood has been providing consulting services to the biomass and bioenergy industry in North and South America for over 12 years.
Michael possesses 30 years of
accomplished global executive
level experience having engaged in projects in 30 plus countries. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Aurora Borealis family of companies.
Over the past 45 years, Ron has spent 10 years in private sector (banking industry and self employment) and over 35 years in public service, primarily in senior leadership positions with local governments across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Tom helps Prairie Clean Energy build meaningful business relationships, operational excellence, and profitable partnerships by leveraging his 39 years of experience in the forest industry. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and is a Registered Professional Forester.
Senior Advisor of Transportation & Logistics
Hank has worked for SWM International for over 30 years, managing the Canadian operations for the past 10. He is a flax straw operation expert and advises PCE in the areas of supply chains, manufacturing, and shipping.
Senior Advisor of Transportation
Craig has over 40 years experience in transportation. He spent 23 years with Canadian Pacific Railway, served as Vice President for three business units with the Yanke Group of Companies, and established Transport Services & Logistics in 2012.
Senior Advisor of Transportation & Logistics
Bryan has several decades of experience in supply chain networks, provincial and federal implications of ports and intermodal facilities on the Canadian prairies and beyond, including through serving on Asia Pacific Gateway initiatives. Focus: enhance and improve supply chain processes and bottom-line results.