CRFA names new leader following Thurlow's departure

By Holly Jessen | October 30, 2014

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced that W. Scott Thurlow has stepped down from his position as president and Andrea Kent, previously vice president of communications, has been appointed to the position.

"We are extremely pleased that Andrea is growing her role within the CRFA and has accepted this new challenge," said Scott Lewis, Chairman of the Board of the CRFA. During her time with CRFA Kent has held several senior roles with the organization and, previously, worked for almost a decade in numerous federal departments and crown corporations. “Andrea has been an instrumental part of our team over the last several years and her vast knowledge of our industry will serve our membership well.”

Thurlow thanked the board of directors and members of CRFA for their dedication, which has led to $3.5 billion in economic activity yearly in the industry and reducing carbon emissions by 4.2 megatons yearly. During his tenure as president, Thurlow unveiled a new plan for Canada’s renewable fuels industry and emerging bioeconomy this spring.  “As the recent past has proven, a thriving and fully realized domestic renewable fuels industry is more than possible–it is viable and working in Canada,” he said. “The new CRFA vision and action plan builds on this success. It is an ideal time for me to seek out new opportunities and challenges.”

In turn, Lewis thanked Thurlow for his service and dedication to the Canadian renewable fuels industry. “We wish him every success as he embarks on the next stage of his career,” he said.