Areas of Expertise

  • Energy strategy
  • Bioproduct economics
  • Bioenergy technologies
  • Cellulosic biofuels
  • Project planning


  • Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources Inc.

Past Projects

  • Investment Adviser to Emissions Reduction Alberta
  • Low Carbon Biofuel Pathways to 2030
  • Biojet Fuel Feedstocks and Production in Canada
  • Renewable Natural Gas (Biomethane) Regulations
  • Biomass Use in Canada's Oil Sands
  • Labrador Bioenergy Opportunity Assessment
  • Due Diligence on Biomass CHP and Wood Pellet Plant Development
  • Canadian Bioheat Database
  • Small-Scale Biomass CHP Technology Commercialization in Canada
  • Roadmap for Biomass Industry Development in the Blue Sky Region of Ontario
  • Biomass Materials Switching for Meaningful Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Alberta
  • Brunei Darussalam Alternative Energy Study (Bioenergy)
  • Assessing the Technical and Economic Prospects of Bioethylene
  • Exploring the Potential for Biomass Power in Ontario
  • Biomass Pellets from Oil Palm Residues
  • Feasibility Studies on Biomass CHP Facilities Ranging from 300 kWe to 40 MWe
  • Canadian Bioenergy Dialogue
  • Canadian Biodiesel Initiative
  • Canadian Pyrolysis Initiative

Selected Publications

  • Stephen JD, Mabee WE, Saddler JN. 2014. The ability of cellulosic ethanol to compete for feedstock and investment with other forest bioenergy options. Industrial Biotechnology 10: 115-125.
  • Stephen JD, Mabee WE, Saddler JN. 2013. Lignocellulosic ethanol production from woody biomass: The impact of facility siting on competitiveness. Energy Policy 59: 329-340.
  • Stephen JD, Mabee WE, Saddler JN. 2012. Will second-generation ethanol be able to compete with first-generation ethanol? Opportunities for cost reduction. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining 6: 159-176.
  • Stephen JD, Mabee WE, Saddler JN. 2010. Biomass logistics as a determinant of second-generation biofuel facility scale, location, and technology selection. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining 4: 503-518.
  • Stephen JD, Sokhansanj S, Bi X, Sowlati T, Kloeck T, Townley-Smith L, Stumborg M. 2010. The impact of agricultural residue yield range on the delivered cost to a biorefinery in the Peace River region of Alberta, Canada. Biosystems Engineering 105: 298-305.
  • Layzell DB, Stephen JD. 2006. Linking biomass energy to biosphere greenhouse gas management. Climate Change and Managed Ecosystems, Ed. Bhatti JS, Lal R, Apps MJ, Price MA. Taylor & Francis: New York.


  • PhD, Bioenergy and Biofuel Technoeconomics (Forestry), University of British Columbia (2013)
  • MSc, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia (2008)
  • BSc (Honours), Life Science, Queen's University (2003)

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