College names Honorary Degree recipient
April 20, 2012 – Lethbridge College is pleased to announce Kelsey Prenevost, president and CEO of Kyoto Fuels Corporation, as the Honorary Degree recipient for its spring convocation ceremonies. Prenevost will be presented with his degree April 27.
Dr. Tracy L. Edwards, Lethbridge College president and CEO, praised the work Prenevost and Kyoto Fuels are doing.
“Sustainability is valued at Lethbridge College and the potential environmental benefits of Kelsey’s business are to be celebrated,” she says. “The vision, creativity, and forward-thinking solutions Kelsey has proposed are an inspiration to all of our graduates. We’re incredibly pleased to bestow this designation upon him.”
Prenevost graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc. in biology and a minor in biochemistry and microbiology. He is a former Lethbridge College instructor who taught environmental issues and microbiology from 2001 to 2005.
Prenevost says he is looking forward to returning to the college to address the class of 2012 about the things he’s passionate about. He says he hopes that they, too, will become enthusiastic about the changes they can make for a better environment.
“This community has so many environmental stewards and to be recognized and honoured as one of them is a true privilege,” says Prenevost.
Prenevost has over twelve years of experience in the biotechnology sector and has worked with organizations such as the University of Victoria, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the University of Alberta on projects varying from the development of genetically modified crops, cattle genotyping, plant and animal pathology and the investigation into the nature of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (“BSE”).
These experiences led him to the field of bioproducts, where he now devotes his energies to producing economically viable and environmentally sustainable initiatives. Kyoto Fuels is a Lethbridge-based company poised to provide alternative fuels to western Canada and the northwestern United States.