Company Bios

Kenneth Field, LL.B.Ken Field headshot

Chairman & Founder

Ken graduated as a lawyer and has over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience in Canada and the US. After being elected as the youngest Director of United Trust at age 27, he went on to become President and CEO of Bramalea Ltd. during its remarkable growth phase in the 1970s and 1980s.

He founded Commercial Alcohols (later renamed GreenField Ethanol and subsequently GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.) in 1989 and under his leadership, the company has grown to become the largest manufacturer and distributor of fuel ethanol, industrial alcohol and alcohol-related products in Canada.

In 2002, Ernst and Young honoured Ken with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Canada. He was named one of the Financial Post’s “Hot 20” in their 2007 Climate Change Power List. In 2013, on behalf of Greenfield, Ken was pleased to accept the Private Business Growth Award, a national Award, granted by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP. Ken has been a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives since 2003.

Howard Field

President & CEO

Howard is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years of experience including start-up, growth-stage, corporate strategy & development, fundraising (angel, strategic, VC, IPO), contract negotiations, partnerships, corporate finance, product development, branding, and team-building. He has an established track record of leadership success and entrepreneurial achievement.  

Prior to joining Greenfield in 2014, Howard lived in Silicon Valley for 16 years. There, he co-founded and lead technology companies including photo merchandise e-commerce companies Picaboo and Picaboo Yearbooks, and, which went public on NASDAQ in 1999 and subsequently merged with Internet Pictures Corporation or “iPIX” in 2000.  

Howard is a charter member of The C100 (fostering Canadian entrepreneurship), a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators, a member of the Business Council of Canada, and an Ivey School of Business QuantumShift Fellow. He graduated magna cum laude from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. 

Malcolm West, B. Comm (Hons), Chartered AccountantMalcolm West headshot

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Malcolm has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior financial executive. His background includes ten years in public accounting practice with a predecessor firm of KPMG, and four years at a Canadian real estate development company, where he served as Vice President and Treasurer.

Malcolm joined the Greenfield team in 1991, and since that time has led all financing initiatives associated with Greenfield’s major capital expansions. Malcolm is responsible for all aspects of corporate finance including banking, treasury, investor relations and risk management. As well, he is responsible for all financial aspects of project development including structuring of long-term contracts and supporting new project development.

Malcolm has played an integral role in the design and structuring of government policy and support programs for ethanol in Canada over the past 20 years. He is Past Chair of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and serves on the CRFA Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Financial Executives Institute.

Douglas DiasDoug Dias headshot

Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Risk Officer

Doug has overseen the risk management function since joining Greenfield in 2008. Prior to that he held a senior role managing commodity risk for George Weston Ltd./Loblaw Companies Ltd. He is also accountable for Greenfield’s management information systems.

Doug holds his MBA from Laurier University and the Derivative Market Specialist from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Marty S. Cormier, P.Eng., B.Sc. Chemical EngineeringMarty Cormier headshot

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing

Marty has over 25 years of experience in large scale manufacturing operations with emphasis in operations management and engineering. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in all aspects of manufacturing with increasing levels of responsibility.

Marty joined Greenfield in 2000 as a Production Manager and progressed to his current role of Vice President Manufacturing which he has held since 2008. He is currently responsible for all aspects of manufacturing operations in the bulk and packaging facilities.

Under his leadership, the manufacturing facilities have experienced significant growth while improving efficiencies. This has been accomplished by focusing on leadership development and implementing a strong culture of employee engagement and continuous improvement. Marty is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and routinely interacts with regulators to help establish industry standards.

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson headshot

Senior Vice President, Sustainability

John oversees the integration of sustainability into the company’s strategic direction, expansion, and operations. He ensures that Greenfield’s agenda is strategically aligned with government policy within Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions. John is also responsible for supporting the company’s advanced biofuel and renewable energy commercialization efforts by proactively fostering relationships with academia, NGO’s and technology collaborators.

He has served on Greenfield’s Board of Directors since 2014 and is an Advisory Board member of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. Of note, prior to joining Greenfield, John was elected as a Member of the Ontario Legislature from 2003 – 2011 and served as Minister of Research & Innovation, Minister of Revenue and Minister of the Environment. As a key member of Cabinet, he was instrumental in ushering in a wave of Ontario clean tech policies & programs.

Barry S. Wortzman, Q.C., LL.B.Barry Wortzman headshot

Vice President, Business Development

Barry has over 40 years of experience in litigation. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1969 and joined Shibley Righton LLP where he continues to be a partner. On his call, he was awarded the Law Society Second Prize and the Lawyers Club Second Prize. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1983.

In 2006 he was seconded by Shibleys to Greenfield for a special engagement, splitting his time between the Company and his law firm. He has since become a full-time employee of the Company devoting most of his time to head office management responsibility for a variety of matters including the development of ‘Gen 2’ technologies.

David Salt, M.A. Sc., P.Eng.David Salt headshot

Vice President, Corporate Engineering

David has more than 30 years of engineering experience, primarily in a management capacity. Since 1999, he has been the owner and president of a project management consulting firm that has provided project scope development, engineering resource allocation, project budget control and career development services to a range of clients including Greenfield, Bartek Ingredients, Hanson Brick Ltd., BPB Canada Inc./CertainTeed Gypsum and Wheelabrator Ltd. Prior to that, David was co-owner and operations manager of a full-service engineering consulting firm for 13 years.

David joined Greenfield in 2008 to lead the Greenfield Engineering and Technology Group. He is responsible for overseeing the integration of emerging technologies into the company’s production facilities and the development of commercially viable production methods for cellulosic ethanol. David is a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Jeff Stone, CPA, CA, M.B.A.Jeff Stone headshot

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Jeff has his Chartered Professional Accountants designation and an MBA from York University. He has over 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting and has worked in the healthcare, distribution, and telecommunications industries prior to joining Greenfield in 2007.

Jeff is responsible for all accounting and administrative functions including external reporting, management reporting, budgeting, cash management, internal controls, insurance, and income and commodity taxes.

Jeff is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Financial Executives International.

Gary McInerney, B.Sc. AgrGary McInerney headshot

Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Gary has over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing for alcohol and its co-products. He joined Greenfield in 1989 as Vice President and General Manager. His position has evolved over the years to include production, purchasing, corn risk management and five years as President of Pharmco-AAPER. Gary currently oversees fuel, industrial and beverage alcohol sales as well as marketing distillers’ grains and carbon dioxide – both valuable co-products of ethanol production. He is also responsible for leading the development of Greenfield’s international marketing strategy.

Andrea KentAndrea Kent headshot

Vice President, Government & Public Relations

Andrea promotes Greenfield’s mission and strategic goals through public policy, community outreach, advocacy, media relations, and communications. She is also the company’s lead spokesperson. Prior to joining Greenfield Global, Andrea served as the President of Renewable Industries Canada (formerly the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association), the country’s premiere biofuel trade association. She was a highly regarded advocate for increased production and use of renewable fuels in Canada and served as a leader on regulatory and legislative issues for the industry. Before her work with RICanada, Andrea served in senior communications roles for various Ministers on Parliament Hill, as well as in federal departments and Crown corporations.

Ken RobertshawKen Robertshaw headshot

Vice President, Grain Origination

Ken has more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry where he has served in many roles ranging from grain procurement to logistics and merchandising as well as managing grain assets. A long-time resident of Southwestern Ontario, Ken is responsible for the structuring and the success of Greenfield’s ever-evolving corn procurement program. Ken studied Horticulture at the University of Guelph; he sat on the board of a major Grain company in Quebec for 16 years as well as sitting on the board of Directors for OABA and held the position of Vice President prior to his departure.

David Meadows, B.A. (Hons.), J.D., ICD.DDavid Meadows headshot

Vice President, Human Resources

David has more than 30 years of experience in Human Resources and has worked in the mining, real estate, and healthcare fields prior to joining Greenfield. He has also worked in Investor Relations and led a Division with profit/loss accountability. Since 2002, he has managed the human challenges of Greenfield’s growth. David is a Board member of a private company and a guest lecturer in his field.

Jean-Francois (“JF”) HucJF Huc headshot

Vice President, Innovation & Business Development

JF will be responsible for commercializing Greenfield’s advanced biofuel and renewable energy technologies, as well as forming partnerships with technology providers that can benefit from Greenfield’s expansive production platforms, engineering prowess, and R&D proficiency. Before joining Greenfield, JF was the founder and CEO of BioAmber where he led the successful development, scale-up and commercialization of the world’s first bio-succinic acid plant, raising capital from private institutions, government, and the public markets, and forming strategic partnerships for development, off-take, and feedstock supply. Prior to BioAmber, JF held executive-level positions at several start-ups, pharmaceutical and management consulting companies.

Jean Roberge, B. ASC, P.Eng.

Vice President, Renewable Energy Strategies

Graduating from Montreal Polytechnical School in 1971, Jean developed solid experience within the fields of design, construction and operation of complex industrial projects. He initiated the development of an ethanol distillery in Quebec in 1992 and joined Commercial Alcohols in 1997.