Esteban Chornet, Enerkem co-founder and chief technology officer, received the Synergy Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The Synergy Awards for Innovation are granted by the NSERC to honor outstanding research and development partnerships between industry and universities in natural sciences and engineering. Chornet received the award and a $200,000 research grant on behalf of the University of Sherbrooke, Enerkem, Fractal Systems and CRB Innovations. In November, Vincent Chornet, CEO and president of Enerkem, joined his fellow award recipients at the Toronto Stock Exchange opening bell to announce the 2009 cleantech leaders. The Cleantech Next 10 list exhibits Canada's most promising privately held companies in the Cleantech sector. These leaders are chosen for their innovative approach, clear business objectives, business problem solving and potential for breakthroughs. The selection is made by an advisory panel of Canada's principal authorities on cleantech.