IMC BioProducts & Agriculture Team


  • John Cotton

John has over twenty-eight years of experience in the field of international relations. He previously led the International Relations Division as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations. He was responsible for relations with foreign governments, advocacy and reputation management. John has extensive management and leadership experience with both the provincial and federal governments. His international experience included the management of the ten Alberta international offices across the globe and the effective trade promotion to key markets in Asia such as China, Korea and Japan. He has also held various executive director and director roles within Alberta Economic Development and Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development.

  • Duncan Dow

Duncan has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of corporate sustainable development and regulatory and stakeholder relations.  He has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in business and project development in the resource and environmental sectors, including forest products, energy (independent power), and primary metals (aluminum).  Duncan has advised private and public sector clients, including the B.C. Ministry of Forests, regarding biomass-energy projects and related land use and environmental issues.  He has experience with forest management operations and major projects with critical economic ties to First Nations and other ENGO stakeholders. He was an advisor for Iisaak Forest Resources, a Weyerhauser/First Nations joint venture developing a sustainable forest management strategy for Clayoquot Sound.


  • John C. Keng

John has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He served in both the Federal and Alberta governments in the areas of land resource, sustainable agricultural systems and agro-environment. Dr. Keng brings unique expertise in government-industry relations, international business development and cross cultural negotiations.

  • Grant McNeil

Grant has over 25 years of corporate finance and project development experience. In the project development area he focuses on feasibility analysis, financial modeling, project financings, project management and commercial negotiations. He held senior management positions at ScotiaBank and worked for Bank of America, Bank of Montreal and PWC.


  • Ian Murray

Ian has worked extensively for clients in the pulp and paper and solid wood industry, providing both project assessment and due diligence support as well as active “hands on” management services. These management services have included coordinating new projects as well as restructuring existing operations. As well, primarily in support of public sector clients, Ian has been deeply involved in numerous project assessments and market plans for the bio-products industry.


  • Lloyd Quantz

Lloyd has decades of management consulting experience focused on CEO issues in agriculture, forestry, technology innovation, manufacturing and the rural economy. He has particular expertise in business improvement, including strategic improvement and restructuring as well as supporting systematic business development. He was previously the founder and President of AgriTrends Research Inc., which provided business and organizational development services in the public and private sector. Prior to that, he was hired as GM for a major agribusiness public company to operate agriculture, ranching and real estate assets, including restructuring and turning the division to profitability within two years while reducing overhead and expanding revenues. Additionally, he has Chaired several public hearings related to agribusiness, rural development and municipal development initiatives. He has served as the President of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and Chairman of the Olds College Foundation. Lloyd has a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. 


  • Wouter Raemdonck

Wouter holds his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium, he completed the Senior Management Program at the Harvard Business School and his participation in the oil and gas industry has included roles in the NPRA, NCIA and OSLI. His expertise spans from project development and implementation, to HR management, general management, operations, and business development. Wouter’s leadership and implementation skills are best illustrated by the speedy recovery of the Port Arthur refinery after Hurricane Rita. 

  • Joe Richichi

Joe has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, transportation and logistics, and business management. His transportation and logistics experience includes considerable leading edge experience with re-load and storage facilities, and marine transport via barge and large ocean-going vessels.  He worked for 20 of those years in the pulp and paper industry with the Celgar Pulp Company, Avenor Inc. and St. Mary’s Paper, where he innovated, designed, restructured, and negotiated transportation and distribution programs that led to substantial margin improvements. Joe is a business graduate of Selkirk College, and a CGA with numerous transportation and management certificates from institutions such as McGill and York University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Rolf Wenzel

Rolf has over 24 years of experience in business development and technology transfer, co-founding, developing and selling start-up companies. His career has spanned the industries of geotechnical services, high tech manufacturing, natural gas related processing, logistics software, industrial gas manufacturing and distribution. He has co-authored over 15 bioindustry related studies including feedstock, technology, market, competitiveness and economic feasibility assessments covering bio-energy, bio based chemicals, biomaterials and biofuels.