Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit

Neil Huff will be one of the panelist at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit on Wednesday October 29 in Nanaimo.

Innovation, Investment, Jobs and Trade Opportunities in the Green Economy
How Do We Excel?
Wednesday October 29th, 2014 Nanaimo Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

In a world that is facing environmental challenges and growing energy demands, responsible development is required for a green and sustainable economy. The focus on global innovation and thriving international trade of a wide range of technology products, services and solutions is ever more critical. The Pacific Northwest region of North America has a great tradition of responding to market demands effectively and enjoys a valued position in global commerce. At this VIEA 2014 panel insightful observers and domain experts will discuss the innovation, jobs and trade opportunities being created and assisted.

About the Moderator & Panelists
Paul Manson is the CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., a Vancouver, British Columbia based developer of renewable energy and transmission projects, including several projects on Vancouver Island. The Cape Scott Wind Farm (99 MW), located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, was initiated by Sea Breeze in 2002, and commenced commercial operations in 2013. The 550 MW Juan de Fuca Cable Project is a proposed High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC-VSC) submarine transmission cable that will interconnect Victoria, BC with Port Angeles, Washington, and provide increased capacity and reliability for the grid systems of both British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest.

Tom McDowell, Vancouver Island based, has been coordinating GTEx forums on the island for the past three years.

Paul Austin is the Regional Director of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and has 30 years of global marketing and business development experience working in information technology and heavy industries. Paul has worked for both large multinationals such as Mitsubishi Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, and Raytheon, as well Canadian corporations such as Telus, MDSI Mobile Data Solutions (now Ventyx) and start-ups. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Queens University.

Neil Huff is Managing Director of Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre (CAC) with a mandate 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 after being CEO of Ballard Powers lithium battery division. Prior to Ballard, he spent 17 years in the automotive industry in senior management positions. Neil has a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto.

Paul Shorthouse is the BC Regional Director for the Delphi Group and served as Managing Director of GLOBE Advisors, the sustainability consulting arm of the GLOBE Foundation. He has directly overseen the successful completion of over a dozen industry research projects and workforce studies on key sectors of the green economy including energy, transportation, natural resources, and construction. Outcomes have focused on building sustainable economic development strategies in order to promote energy and resource efficiency, stimulate job creation, and increase investment and trade for clean technology and environmental solutions. Paul has a Bachelor of Science from UVic, a certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management / Entrepreneurship from the BCIT.

Daniel Matross is a Trade Commissioner focused on cleantech, science and technology with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service based in San Francisco. Previously, Dan provided strategic climate and energy expertise at KEMA Inc., a global energy consulting firm, and led scientific work and carbon market operations at Cooler, Inc., a start-up with technology to automatically calculate carbon footprints from financial information. Dan holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemistry from Stanford University.

Tom Ranken is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance which is based in Seattle. Under Toms leadership, CTAs membership has grown by nearly a factor of 7 to more than 250 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in Washington State. CTA employs a value proposition that includes business service programs, events focusing on an array of industry topics, policy advocacy, and information. Tom holds an MBA from the University Of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
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