Dr. Jack Saddler is Professor in Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, former Dean, Faculty of Forestry, and NSERC Industrial Senior Chair. His research specializes on turning forest residues into liquid fuels and chemicals, in what is called the biorefining concept. He expects that new technologies will allow many chemicals and fuels that are currently products of oil refining to be produced more sustainably and, more economically, from biomass sources such as forestry residues or forestry energy crops such as fast rotation poplar. Dr. Saddler has taken on the role of Task Leader for the IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy Task 39 in order to facilitate international communication and promote research on the policy and technology issues related to the commercialization of liquid biofuels.
Dr. Saddler has been involved, for more than 30 years, in various national and international organizations that have advanced the global understanding of how woody biomass can be converted to useful fuels and chemicals. He won the Linneborn Prize in 2016 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass.