Partnerships For Canada's Clean Economy 2014

Clean Capital

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

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

12:30 - Lunch

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

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

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

Jaeny Baik
Jaeny Baik, Media Inc
Jaeny transforms entrepreneurs and executives from “zero to hero” on-camera, using cutting edge, authentic, new media techniques. Her insatiable curiosity drove her to dig up stories for a decade as a reporter and TV host for the CBC. Her first show won a Gracie Allen Award from New York City, and after hosting “Living Vancouver,” viewership shot up by almost 50%. Now Jaeny coaches on-camera performance, directs YouTube videos, crafts stories and online video marketing with authentic *’PUNCH!* She’s worked with clients around the world, including Doha, Qatar in the Middle East via video skype. Her passion runs deep - slaying corporate cliches and revealing the honest, human face behind business through online video marketing.

Andy Baynes
Director of Business Development, Nest Labs
Andy Baynes joined Nest Labs in 2012 as Director of Business Development where he oversees Nest's energy services division and strategic partnerships with energy companies worldwide. Prior to Nest, Andy was part of Apple's Product Design division where he lead Apple's strategy for environmental excellence. In 2005 Andy spearheaded an industry shift from incremental environmental management through corporate policy to a product-based approach where environmental leaps are fostered through technology and product design. By 2010 Apple achieved a number of industry firsts including the elimination of toxic chemicals, the set up of free take-back and recycling programs world wide, the integration of Life Cycle Assessment in product development, and obtaining Energy Star certification across all products. Within two years Andy had moved Apple into the leadership rank of the Carbon Disclosure Project. Andy was the first to lead a large corporation into measuring and reporting the full life-cycle of greenhouse gas emissions for all products. Andy received the 2010 GEELA Award for Environmental Design excellence as well as Clean Production Action's Green Chemistry Award. He resides in California with his family and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London.

Bryan Buggey 
Director, Vancouver Economic Commission
Bryan is responsible for economic and business development at the City of Vancouver’s Economic Commission. In his role as Director, he is guiding several initiatives with respect to the City’s Greenest City Action Plan and it’s Economic Development Strategy. These initiatives include the creation of a large technology accelerator (with accommodations for cleantech innovation); a clean-tech demonstration program leveraging municipal assets and infrastructure; a green enterprise zone on the False Creek Flats; retention and attraction activities targeted towards cleantech companies; and creating an economic environment that will support Vancouver’s Green Economy goals with respect to “green-collar” jobs. Bryan is passionate about the transformation of the economy leveraging cleantech, clean energy and sustainable urban design as important tools to achieve that goal. Bryan has an undergraduate degree in Economics, an MBA in Information Technology (UBC) and is also a graduate of UBC’s Summer Institute for Sustainability.

Eva Busza
VP Knowledge & Research, Asia Pacific Foundation
Dr. Eva Busza is Vice-President, Knowledge and Research, at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining the foundation, she was Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She has over fifteen years experience working with government, business, and civil society on a range of social, economic, and security programs throughout Asia Pacific. Ms. Busza holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, she has been a research fellow at several universities and institutes including: Columbia University, George Washington University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, and the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University.

Geoff Catherwood
Energy/Cleantech Partner, BDC Venture Capital
Geoff is a Partner with the Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). He is a registered professional engineer and has 14 years of experience in industrial automation and process control and over 12 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining BDC Venture Capital in 2001, he worked for Bailey Canada and Asea Brown Boveri, a large multi-national industrial process automation suppliers. He has diverse operational experience in the process automation industry, including field service, system commissioning, engineering, management, and sales. Geoff administers BDC Venture Capital’s Energy and Cleantech portfolio in Western Canada. He is active on the boards of a number of early stage companies, including D-Wave Systems Inc., Teradici Corporation, Switch Materials, Cooledge Lighting, and General Fusion. He also volunteers in a number of programs promoting entrepreneurship, including chairing the final jury for New Ventures B.C. – an annual business plan competition. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Michael Delage
Vice President, General Fusion
Michael Delage is the Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development with General Fusion. Michael is a successful clean technology entrepreneur with a proven ability to build strategic partnerships that help bring compelling technologies to market. Prior to joining General Fusion, Michael co-founded Energate Inc. in 2004 and led its marketing, product management, and strategic partnership activities. Michael helped build Energate into one of the leading residential energy management technology companies in North America. Michael has also worked in several other technologically complex venture-backed companies including Skulogix Inc., and Dynacon Systems, and was a systems and electrical engineer with Spar Aerospace where he designed image processing electronics for the robotic systems on the international space station. Michael holds a B.Sc. in engineering physics and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University.

Michael Goldstein
CEO, Growthcorp Partners
GrowthCorp Partners is a private equity and advisory firm. Michael is a technology business leader and entrepreneur that started, grew, acquired, and financed technology companies in Canadian, the U.S. and Europe. Most recently as Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems, and Board Director at Dantherm Power, Michael led the growth in Ballard’s clean energy fuel cell businesses focused on transportation, generation, telecommunication, military, and industrial markets. He also served on the advisory board for the Canadian Department of Foreign Trade and Investment for clean energy.

Bruce Hayne
Councillor, Surrey
Bruce was elected to Council in 2012 to the City of Surrey and is committed to establishing Surrey as a premier investment location with a vibrant urban economy. Part of the Mayor’s Red Tape Advisory Committee, he understands that needless bureaucracy is a significant barrier to the growth of small businesses and to new jobs. As Chair of the City's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, Bruce knows that a community growing as fast as Surrey, needs to develop in a responsible, sustainable manner. With 7,800 acres of parks and wildlife areas and 35% of its land base agricultural, Bruce's priority is to ensure Surrey has a balanced, supportive approach to prioritizing the creation of new jobs and at the same time protecting farmland and natural space.

David Helliwell
CEO, Pulse Energy
David's career has spanned 3 continents and has focused on the energy sector since 1994. Before starting Pulse Energy in 2006, David was an exploration geophysicist, a Paris-based management consultant to large multinational organizations and director of policy for a cabinet minister in the Canadian federal government. David is a director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, an Action Canada Fellow, a member of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, and is on the Imagine BC advisory board.

Neil Huff
Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
Neil is Managing Director of Foresight CAC, a not-for-profit Canadian Corporation funded by the BC Innovation Council in 2013. Foresight’s mandate is to help make Western Canada a world leader in the development of clean technology. 

Prior to Foresight, he was co-founder and CEO of micro-fuel cell developer Tekion, working extensively with companies such as Energizer and Motorola in the development of portable power solutions for electronic devices. He was also CEO of Ballard Power’s lithium battery division, which he spun out of Ballard and which was subsequently purchased by Eagle Picher Energy Products. The company grew to a highly profitable division based in Surrey, BC with 350 employees providing lithium battery products in the military and medical sectors 

Prior to Ballard, he spent 17 years in the automotive industry in senior management positions with companies such as Rockwell International, General Electric and Autosystems Manufacturing. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto.

John Jacobson
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology Innovation and Citizens' Services
John Jacobson is the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services for British Columbia. Following a successful career as a serial CEO of a number of public and private ventures in technology John Jacobson has worked as a senior civil servant since June 2013. With thirty years of diverse experience in commercializing technology in industries ranging from aerospace and defense to information technology, John is Intimately familiar with professional services business models, product business models, software and hardware products and recurring revenue. Specialties: Commercializing technology, business strategy and marketing. Entrepreneurial with good risk management skills.

Doug Little
Vice President, BC Hydro
Doug Little is the Vice President of Energy Planning and Economic Development with BC Hydro. He has more than 20 years of experience in areas of energy policy development, electricity markets, open access transmission and electricity trading. Doug is responsible for contributing to the achievement of BC’s energy objectives including developing commercial arrangements to extend electricity supply to new areas of the province, pursuing increased electrification of other sectors of the economy and attracting new loads to British Columbia. Doug completed his B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and his MBA at the University of British Columbia. Doug is also a Board member of the Energy Council of Canada.

Osman Malik
Investment Manager, Cenovus Energy
Osman Malik is an Investment Manager for the Cenovus Environmental Opportunity fund, where he is responsible for finding, structuring and closing equity transactions in technology companies that can support Cenovus's core operations. Osman has had a varied and well travelled career. He begun working offshore in the UK North Sea, then spent several years in upstream operations in the Middle East. Recently he was a venture capitalist with a BC based firm before joining Cenovus in late 2012.He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, with an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a Sainsbury Management Fellow with the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.

Ryan Mulholland
Senior Specialist, US Department of Commerce
Ryan is a Senior Renewable Energy Trade Specialist in the Office of Energy and Environmental Industries in the United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He co-led the development of the multi-agency Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative (RE4I), a principal component of the President’s goal to double exports. He manages the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Working Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which involves 12 different federal agencies; and serves as the Designated Federal Officer for the Secretary of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Previously, Mr. Mulholland worked at Sentech Incorporated, a federal contracting firm working for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. He received a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Nicholas Parker
Founder and Chairman, Cleantech Group
In November 2011, Gregor Robertson was elected to a second term as Mayor of Vancouver. Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver continues to rank as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with one of the most competitive environments for attracting new jobs and investment. The City of Vancouver has also been named the Most Innovative Organization in the province by BC Business Magazine for its open data initiative. Building on the successful legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which has generated over $350 million in economic impact and created more than 3000 new jobs in the Metro Vancouver region, Mayor Robertson has established Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business. He has also overseen the creation and implementation of the award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader in everything from energy efficiency and waste reduction to clean air and local food. He has made affordable housing a top priority, with an aggressive, ten-year plan to provide thousands of affordable housing units for Vancouverites of all ages, while ensuring that existing affordable housing is protected. As Mayor, he has overseen significant progress towards the goal of ending street homelessness by 2015, by opening new homeless shelters while leveraging significant investments in new social housing throughout the city.

Merran Smith
Director of Clean Energy Canada, Tides Canada
As Director of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada, Merran leads a dynamic team working to diversify Canada’s energy systems, cut carbon pollution, and reduce the nation’s fossil-fuel dependence. She writes and speaks extensively on the opportunities for Canada in the global low-carbon economy. Merran has a long track record forging groundbreaking partnerships between “strange bedfellows.” She was the lead environmental architect of the historic Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement, which protects more than two million hectares of coastal British Columbia while providing for new economic models for First Nations communities. She is the co-author of Place of Power: Lessons From the Great Bear Rainforest. She is a 2014 recipient of the Clean50 award, which recognizes leadership in sustainability and clean capitalism. She also received the Wilburforce Foundation Award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership, and a Transformative Leadership award from the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation. Merran also serves on BC Hydro’s Conservation and Efficiency Advisory Committee.

Ben Sparrow
CEO and Co-Founder, Saltworks
Ben is the inventor of Saltworks Technologies' thermo-ionic desalination process. Ben's background involves designing and building large capital projects. Before starting Saltworks, Ben managed a $500 million portfolio of power plant rehabilitation projects. Ben is registered professional engineer and has a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

James Tansey
Executive Director, Sauder S3i Research Centre
James Tansey is the Executive Director of the Sauder S3i Research Centre at UBC's Sauder School of Business. His current research focuses on emerging international markets for carbon exchange, solutions to neglected diseases and strategic corporate social responsibility. James is co-founder of a Canadian carbon offset company called Offsetters, top ranked provider to the Pacific Carbon Trust and was an Official Supplier to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. James also works with start-up companies in the green technology sector. He has taught in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and undergraduate programmes in both the UK and Canada. He is co-director of Sauder’s new Accelerated Leadership Programme. He currently contributes to the MBA core and to graduate teaching in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. James has recently worked as an advisor and contributor to the World Economic Forum, the UK National Audit Office, Oxford Analytica, Cisco, Isis Innovation (Oxford), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Matthew Trevithick 
Chair, C100 Cleantech
Matthew Trevithick was a Partner with Venrock, a leading venture capital firm. Based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office, Matt focuses on energy technology investing. From 2000 to 2004, Matt investigated energy-related applications of nanotechnology and became networked among the nascent “clean tech” community. He co-founded two software companies: LiquidMarket, a product search and comparison shopping service that was acquired by NBC Internet in 1999, and Flash Communications, an instant messaging technology that was acquired by Microsoft in 1998. Previously, Matt traded currency derivatives for Banque Paribas in London, Singapore and New York, and practiced international project finance for Sanwa Bank in Tokyo. His prior experience also includes applied superconductivity research at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, real-time signal processing at Mercedes-Benz research and development in Stuttgart, and technology scouting from the then recently independent Czech Republic.

Alex Wood
Senior Director, Sustainable Prosperity
Alexander Wood is Senior Director, Policy and Markets at Sustainable Prosperity. Sustainable Prosperity is a research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa, with a mandate to support the development of a green economy in Canada. Alex has spent over twenty years working at the interface of the environment and the economy, with a particular focus on the development of market-based policies that contribute to a sustainable economy. He has worked in the non-profit (WWF), public (NRTEE), private (TD Bank Financial Group), and now academic sectors. Alex is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A.)

The conference capacity is 200 attendees. The following is a sample of confirmed participants at Partnerships 2014:

Role Organisation
Financing Specialist Atticus Financial
Board Director BC Sustainable Energy Association
CEO Bionic Power
Senior Program Manager CBRE Limited
Deputy City Manager City of Vancouver
Senior Economist City of Vancouver
Lawyer Clark Wilson
Director of Business Development Climate Action Secretariat
President and CEO Cooledge Lighting
Senior Manager Ernst and Young
CEO Etalim Inc.
SVP Business Development Exro Technologies Inc.
Vice President EnerTech Capital
Managing Director Foresight Cleantech Accelerator
Government Relations & Public Affairs Fortis BC
CEO Fuel Transfer Technologies Inc.
CEO Green Building Products
Lawyer Heenan Blaikie 
Managing Director JP Waste Solutions
CEO Kairama
Lawyer McMillan LLP
Managing Director MineSense Technologies
CEO Mountain Equipment Co-op
Portfolio Business Advisor National Research Council of Canada
President and CEO Ostara
President and CEO Paradigm Technologies Inc.
Partner PraxisPoint Consulting Group
President and CEO Quadrogen
Senior Associate Renewal Funds
CEO and President Royal Pacific Real Estate Group
President S2G Biochem
President and CEO Semios
CEO SoleGear
CEO SunCentral
CEO Switch Materials
Associate Director The Pembina Institute
Stakeholder Engagement Transmountain
Manager, Business Development Westport

Partnerships 2014 is a full day, catered event in the uppermost hall of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Clean Capital is a media initiative dedicated to increasing the profile of the cleantech sector in Canada. The goal is to accelerate both public and private investment in Canada's clean economy.

Effective and efficient policymaking is at the heart of the success achieved to date in developing Canada’s clean economy. National, provincial, and municipal governments create multiple opportunities for private sector investment by establishing and implementing emissions reduction and clean energy targets. These governments also shape the market through environmentally focused purchasing, and by creating pools of public funding to help decrease the risk associated with developing new technologies and projects.

The private sector has responded to these conditions with creativity and imagination by allocating its own capital resources to products, services and initiatives that contribute to growing the clean economy. Partnerships are emerging throughout Canada aligning:

  • Provincial entities with resource development and energy technology companies such as Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation with Encana Corporation and Evergreen Energy Technologies;

  • Cities with technology companies such as Amaresco, Pulse Energy, and Google;

  • Municipalities with clean energy providers such as the Enerkem biofuel facility in Edmonton, or the Nexterra bioenergy facility on UBC’s campus.

Healthy collaboration and knowledge transfer between sectors will further embolden the clean economy in Canada.


Shortly after the conference, a Final Report will be distributed to all attendees. This report will include a summary of proceedings and identify the key action items from the day. This information will also be used to inform Clean Capital's research mandate going forward.