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The Partnerships for Canada’s Clean Economy 2014 conference will provide a forum to share crucial insights from world-class thinkers and leading jurisdictions around the world. This will inform the strategic context in Canada, and identify the public and private partnerships required to take advantage of future investment opportunities.

Who will attend? Investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the clean energy and clean technology industries. Key public sector policy makers charged with growing Canada’s clean economy.

Our Canadian Clean Technology Showcase represents an exclusive selection of clean technology leaders building their companies in Canada. These 21 companies hail from across the country and represent a broad spectrum of technologies, at varying stages of maturity.

07:30 - Registration and continental breakfast

08:30 - Welcome and introductions

08:40 - Opening Keynote: Mayor Gregor Robertson, "Creating an Innovation Economy for the City of Vancouver"

09:00 - Panel 1 presentation: Andy Baynes, Director, Nest Labs

 09:20 - Panel 1: The city as a demonstration facility

Local governments that are committed to reducing their energy use and the carbon footprint must develop strategies that target both energy supply sources and demand management. How can cities use their considerable infrastructure and expertise to partner with the private sector to overcome barriers and achieve their sustainability goals?

Panel moderator James Tansey, Executive Director, ISIS Research Centre

Panelist 1: Bryan Buggey, Director, Vancouver Economic Commission
Panelist 2: Councillor Bruce Hayne, City of Surrey
Panelist 3: David Helliwell, CEO, Pulse Energy

10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - Panel 2 presentation: Nicholas Parker, Founder and Chairman, Cleantech Group

 11:20 - Panel 2: Clean technologies for resource development

Environmentally responsible resource development is at the heart of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Public entities in each province provide necessary energy and infrastructure for development companies. What can these entities do to ensure that resource development is environmentally responsible, and where are the best opportunities for public-private interaction?

Panel moderator Neil Huff, Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

Panelist 1: Osman Malik, Investment Manager, Cenovus Energy
Panelist 2: Doug Little, Vice President, BC Hydro
Panelist 3: Ben Sparrow, CEO, Saltworks
Panelist 4: Matt Trevithick, Chair of C100 Cleantech

12:30 - Lunch

 13:30 - Panel 3: Canada's Recovery Act

In 2009 the US government pledged approximately $80 billion to fund renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid programs. The United Kingdom’s Green Investment Bank has assigned 3.8 billion GBP to invest in sustainable projects. What specific opportunities exist for the Federal government that will enable Canada to compete with these other major economies?

Panel moderator Merran Smith, Director of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada

Panelist 1: Zoltan Tompa, Director of Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Panelist 2: Rupert Potter, British Consul General, British Consulate
Panelist 3: Ryan Mulholland, Senior Specialist, US Department of Commerce
Panelist 4: Eva Busza, VP Knowledge & Research, Asia Pacific Foundation

14:40 - Afternoon Keynote: Alex Wood, Senior Director, Sustainable Prosperity, "Green Bonds and Innovative Financing in the Public Markets"

15:00 - Coffee break

 15:30 - Panel 4: Smart finance for growing the clean economy

"Clean Economy" companies are typically higher risk investments that require unique financing structures for growth. Since many of the end-markets for these clean economy companies have aspects of being both regulated and a "public good", policy and the public sector play a pivotal role in a company's risk and subsequently its ability to obtain financing. Both public and private pools of capital exist in Canada, but are limited in size and scope, and tend to support only selected stages and risk profiles resulting in limited options for a growth company in Canada. How can the public and private sectors work together more effectively to stimulate and grow Canada’s clean economy? What needs to change?

Panel moderator Michael Goldstein, CEO, Growthcorp Partners

Panelist 1: Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO, Axine Water
Panelist 2: Geoff Catherwood, Energy/Cleantech Partner, BDC Venture Capital
Panelist 3: John Jacobson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
Panelist 4: Brent Perry, CEO, Corvus Energy

16:40 - Closing Keynote: Michael Delage, Vice President, General Fusion, "The Transition from Resource Based Energy to Knowledge Based Energy"

17:00 - Close and drinks reception

 

* All speakers are confirmed.

 

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