Congratulations to Mehdi Piltan for winning the Dragons’ Den competition

Congratulations to Mehdi Piltan for winning the Dragons’ Den competition at the 3rd Annual FIBRE conference in the University of Montreal, Quebec, May 13, 2015.

Mehdi is a PhD candidate in the UBC industrial Engineering Research Group, he was representative of VCO network and UBC in Team 1. Team 1 presented a business plan on environmentally friendly production process of cellulose-based product. Mehdi did a part of the business analysis and he presented the final business proposal on behalf of his team. Mehdi also led his team to the final in the last year Dragons’ Den competition in Dalhousie University, Halifax. June 13, 2014.
Montreal May 2015

In the FIBRE Dragons’ Den competition, nine teams of graduate students with NSERC scholarships from all over Canada worked three days on a real case study in a forest value chain network in Northern Quebec. Each team had eight graduate students from different networks of The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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Team 1 members: Mehdi Piltan (University of British Columbia), Stéphanie Jean (École Polytechnique de Montréal),  Md Nur Alam (McGill University), Alemayehu Bedane (University of New Brunswick), Samira Lotfi (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Eric Bright (McGill University), Ikrema Hassan (University of Western Ontario) and Arash Atashi (Université de Montréal).

There were nine judges as representatives of industry, government, local communities, and research institutes.


For more information about the Dragons’ Den competition visit FIBRE website at