Dr. Beth Mason of CBU’s Verschuren Centre Named a Clean50 Award Honouree

Canada’s 2018 Clean50 Awards were announced today and Cape Breton University is proud to report that Dr. Beth Mason, Verschuren Centre CEO (Interim) and Industrial Research Fellow Bio-products, is among this elite group.

“I am very honoured to be selected to receive this prestigious award and share the recognition with my Verschuren Centre team.  I look forward to meeting with other honourees later this month to further the Centre’s sustainability mandate and continue our work toward developing industry solutions and opportunities to grow a sustainable economy,” says Dr. Mason.

Dr. Mason built a team of bio-products researchers at the Verschuren Centre, and together they assisted more than 20 Atlantic companies in recovering valuable co-products from previously un-used agri-food and marine by-products, reducing potential pollution in landfill and oceans, while simultaneously improving profitability and sustainability.  The core technology platform of this program uses a highly efficient “green” enzymatic fermentative extraction process that does not employ noxious chemicals or produce further waste.  It has been proven at pilot scale, transforming by-products into high value feed, plant and food bioactive compounds for health applications.

“Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize these 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years,” says Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group,

Dr. Mason will travel to Toronto later this month to attend the Clean50 Summit 7 where she will spend the day conversing with approximately 120 past and incoming Clean50 Honourees, discussing common sustainability challenges.

“Recognitions such as this demonstrate how research being led at Cape Breton University is impacting industries locally while contributing innovative solutions to issues of national interest. Congratulations to Dr. Mason and her team,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University.

For more information about Dr. Mason’s research, visit www.verschurencentre.ca.