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  • Assess a New Crop for Bio-refining Feedstock Potential

    Objective:

    Assess the value of triticale (a wheat and rye hybrid) as a biorefinery feedstock, while outlining potential steps to facilitate a growing bio-industrial sector.

    Approach:

    IMC streamlined and directed key research programs, while engaging agricultural producers. Work was conducted to develop detailed bio-fibre, bio-fuel and bio-chemical technical and economic viability assessments and commercialization pathways as well as completion of four studies to pinpoint key competitiveness, output and marketing issues.

    Results:

    The strengths and weaknesses of triticale were better understood by producers and public sector decision-makers.

  • Power Project at Pulp Mill

    Objective:

    Take advantage of under-utilized power assets to export power.

    Approach:

    Utilize subject-matter exports to scope out the opportunity from a technical, commercial and regulatory perspective. Provide both assessment and project execution services.

    Results:

    Secured approval to export through a distribution line, total up front costs(capex and consulting fees) less than $300,000. Over several years aggregate net earnings of approximately $10 million.

  • Hydrogen Pipeline Build

    Objective:

    Plan and implement a regulatory permitting program along with a stakeholder and Indigenous consultation program in support of a new hydrogen pipeline, including supportive government and regulatory affairs.

    Approach:

    IMC worked with the client, legal counsel, environmental consultants and a communications firm in an integrated manner to ensure the timely approval of the project. This included a formal Indigenous consultation program, and regulatory troubleshooting regarding federal permitting issues as the pipeline went under a major river.

    Results:

    The stakeholders were supportive and the approvals were secured in a timely manner.

  • Bankrupt Paper Facility

    Objective:

    Restructure the company and bring it successfully out of bankruptcy.

    Approach:

    Acted as Vice-President responsible for finance, commercial and regulatory functions. New financing was secured for large capex program, new agreements negotiated (power, steam,major chemical, transportation), permitting approvals secured and a new fibre supply agreement negotiated. Overall costs reduced by over $20 million per year.

    Results:

    Costs reduced by over $20 million annually, the company had many years of profitability.

  • Oil Sands Company Policy Threat

    Objective:

    Stop a proposed policy related to the development of natural gas that existed above bitumen resources (“gas over bitumen”) which would have required bitumen producers to pay large amounts to natural gas producers.

    Approach:

    Aggregated impacted bitumen rights holders, and developed and implemented an advocacy program that was fully integrated with the technical and regulatory work underway.

    Results:

    The bitumen was protected, and no payment was required to be made from bitumen producers to natural gas producers.

  • Private Equity Firm—LNG Assessment

    Objective:

    Conduct a thorough risk assessment of various LNG projects, including financial, commercial, regulatory, stakeholder, Indigenous and policy risks.

    Approach:

    Combined desk research with proactive due diligence and team member insights.

    Results:

    Produced a series of detailed reports, including a ranking of various projects.

  • Alberta’s Bitumen Royalty—In-Kind (BRIK) Program

    Objective:

    Support the execution of a newly approved government policy to receive bitumen royalty barrels in kind.

    Approach:

    A comprehensive risk assessment and due diligence process was employed. This related to market dynamics, available infrastructure, diluent and pipeline capacity and key regulatory and policy gaps. Recommendations were then made related to market structure, required infrastructure and policy and regulatory requirements.

    Results:

    The government executed its program will full knowledge of all risk factors and necessary steps to be taken from a commercial, policy and regulatory perspective.

  • Indigenous Community

    Objective:

    Help a northern First Nation maximize benefits and minimize impacts from resource development and government projects occurring in their traditional territory.

    Approach:

    Applied for and received contributions from territorial and federal governments to fully fund our work. Negotiated with mining companies, federal and territorial governments to establish and implement impact benefit agreements. Provided commercial advice regarding the formation and operation of new Joint Venture companies. Coordinated the First Nation’s participation in regulatory processes.

    Results:

    Several million dollars in cash benefits, several million dollars of infrastructure funding, and significant employment and contracting benefits received by the First Nation.

  • Assess a New Crop for Bio-refining Feedstock Potential

    Objective:

    Assess the value of triticale (a wheat and rye hybrid) as a biorefinery feedstock, while outlining potential steps to facilitate a growing bio-industrial sector.

    Approach:

    IMC streamlined and directed key research programs, while engaging agricultural producers. Work was conducted to develop detailed bio-fibre, bio-fuel and bio-chemical technical and economic viability assessments and commercialization pathways as well as completion of four studies to pinpoint key competitiveness, output and marketing issues.

    Results:

    The strengths and weaknesses of triticale were better understood by producers and public sector decision-makers.

  • Power Project at Pulp Mill

    Objective:

    Take advantage of under-utilized power assets to export power.

    Approach:

    Utilize subject-matter exports to scope out the opportunity from a technical, commercial and regulatory perspective. Provide both assessment and project execution services.

    Results:

    Secured approval to export through a distribution line, total up front costs(capex and consulting fees) less than $300,000. Over several years aggregate net earnings of approximately $10 million.

  • Hydrogen Pipeline Build

    Objective:

    Plan and implement a regulatory permitting program along with a stakeholder and Indigenous consultation program in support of a new hydrogen pipeline, including supportive government and regulatory affairs.

    Approach:

    IMC worked with the client, legal counsel, environmental consultants and a communications firm in an integrated manner to ensure the timely approval of the project. This included a formal Indigenous consultation program, and regulatory troubleshooting regarding federal permitting issues as the pipeline went under a major river.

    Results:

    The stakeholders were supportive and the approvals were secured in a timely manner.

  • Bankrupt Paper Facility

    Objective:

    Restructure the company and bring it successfully out of bankruptcy.

    Approach:

    Acted as Vice-President responsible for finance, commercial and regulatory functions. New financing was secured for large capex program, new agreements negotiated (power, steam,major chemical, transportation), permitting approvals secured and a new fibre supply agreement negotiated. Overall costs reduced by over $20 million per year.

    Results:

    Costs reduced by over $20 million annually, the company had many years of profitability.

  • Oil Sands Company Policy Threat

    Objective:

    Stop a proposed policy related to the development of natural gas that existed above bitumen resources (“gas over bitumen”) which would have required bitumen producers to pay large amounts to natural gas producers.

    Approach:

    Aggregated impacted bitumen rights holders, and developed and implemented an advocacy program that was fully integrated with the technical and regulatory work underway.

    Results:

    The bitumen was protected, and no payment was required to be made from bitumen producers to natural gas producers.

  • Private Equity Firm—LNG Assessment

    Objective:

    Conduct a thorough risk assessment of various LNG projects, including financial, commercial, regulatory, stakeholder, Indigenous and policy risks.

    Approach:

    Combined desk research with proactive due diligence and team member insights.

    Results:

    Produced a series of detailed reports, including a ranking of various projects.

  • Alberta’s Bitumen Royalty—In-Kind (BRIK) Program

    Objective:

    Support the execution of a newly approved government policy to receive bitumen royalty barrels in kind.

    Approach:

    A comprehensive risk assessment and due diligence process was employed. This related to market dynamics, available infrastructure, diluent and pipeline capacity and key regulatory and policy gaps. Recommendations were then made related to market structure, required infrastructure and policy and regulatory requirements.

    Results:

    The government executed its program will full knowledge of all risk factors and necessary steps to be taken from a commercial, policy and regulatory perspective.

  • Indigenous Community

    Objective:

    Help a northern First Nation maximize benefits and minimize impacts from resource development and government projects occurring in their traditional territory.

    Approach:

    Applied for and received contributions from territorial and federal governments to fully fund our work. Negotiated with mining companies, federal and territorial governments to establish and implement impact benefit agreements. Provided commercial advice regarding the formation and operation of new Joint Venture companies. Coordinated the First Nation’s participation in regulatory processes.

    Results:

    Several million dollars in cash benefits, several million dollars of infrastructure funding, and significant employment and contracting benefits received by the First Nation.

     
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