Sandy was raised on a farm near Blyth Ontario before graduating with Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science Degree (MASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Over his 30 year career in the chemical and polymers industry, he worked in research and process, product development and market development before moving into Operations and General Management. Sandy had two international assignment, one in Germany and a second in Cincinnati USA. Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada. Sandy is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), President and CEO of Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Lambton College, Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Biorefinery Research Institute at Lakehead University and is also member of the Boards of BIOTECanada and Soy20/20. Sandy has been recognized as a leader committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability in Canada.