Aaron has been involved in technology commercialization since 1998. His area of expertise is how to leverage government programs for technology commercialization and market intelligence to drive go-to-market strategy. Aaron has worked with nearly 600 organizations to date and has experience in the cleantech sector at the SME and Enterprise scale.
He is currently the President of CTRS Solutions – a tactical research and strategy firm that specializes in market intelligence and go-to-market strategy for SMEs. Aaron’s EIR skills include taking an idea on a napkin into a ready to deliver the first product company, voice of the customer research, market validations, regulatory affairs and product development lifecycles.
George Lawton has been an executive leader in the financial, accounting, and operational systems functions across a broad spectrum of technology and industrial companies. In the majority of businesses George has worked with, he has been a leader in all sorts of capital raising and funding initiatives which resulted in the successful closing of several financing transactions that were material to each company.
George’s tenure as a senior executive includes leading companies employing as many as 3,000 employees. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. George holds the designation of Chartered Professional Accountant.
Jeff has more than 35 years’ experience in putting companies into global markets that focus on cleantech, energy innovation, energy efficiency along with climate change mitigation and adaption solutions.
He has a particular interest in working with early stage ideas and coaching, mentoring and adapting leadership towards company creation and scaling, company development (ie shareholder agreements and registration), Founders Team structuring, definition of first customer, key partnerships/relationship development, value proposition and differentiation clarity, viable multi-sided business models, customer relationships, commercialization channels, key resource definition, investor package and proforma development, IP and data strategies, innovation ecosystem connections, funding ecosystem connections, revenue stream clarity, cost structure clarity, industry relations, and tactics for staying focused and on point.
Primarily the focus has been on sectors that include utility innovation (renewables, microgrids, data analytics, platform orchestration, automation, smart/intelligent technologies, blockchain, high performance buildings and energy storage), electrification of transportation, multi-sector low carbon cleantech, along with carbon capture and conversion technologies.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts (York University), a Bachelor of Education (Queen’s University) and a Master of Arts (San Diego State University), along with lots of “education” in the trenches of being an entrepreneur.
Jeff has worked in education, within government, in the corporate/private sector and the not for profit arena. In addition, Jeff teaches at the University of Calgary and is the Chair for the Green Learning Canada Foundation, co-founder of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), an advisor with Carbon Talks Canada and sits of the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation.
Betsabeh is a champion of deep sciences that address Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in health and environment.
Currently an investor and an advisor, her career spans operating and executive hats across a portfolio of companies in North America (3-26,000 employees, $5M-$26B Market Cap) where she has led corporate and innovation strategy.
Betsabeh holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a Master of Engineering in BioMechanical Engineering, and Honours Bachelors in Physics and in Biochemistry.
Tony has a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in consulting firm Operations Management, Project Management, Sustainable Marketing and Education. Tony is a strong community and social services professional having dealt with a cross-section of individuals and ethnicities. He previously worked for G-Pak Technology as a Sustainability Project Manager and at RecycleSmart Solutions as an Operations Manager.
Tony began his educational journey at the University of Calgary where he was on scholarship for the Dinos Men’s Basketball team. He completed his BA Geography and Minor in Sociology at the University of Fraser Valley (UFV). Tony is set to complete his MA Natural Resources & Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in 2019. His thesis research assessed the City of Abbotsford’s waste management program through the lens of intergenerational Sikh families.
After working as a forest fire fighter in the early years after graduating from University of BC with a BA in economics, Sam started a financial advising business in 2005. In early 2008 Sam sold his book to a colleague and returned to grad school in Toronto where he graduated with an MBA from the University of Toronto in 2010. Working for the next four years in investment banking and commodities trading, Sam moved out of finance in the Summer of 2014 to take over a struggling waste-to-resource startup. As the CEO of IMR, Sam brought the company to profitability one year later and in 2017 built a new facility in partnership with a global player in the recycling industry.
Seeking a challenge above all else, Sam thrives in a dynamic setting where the only sure thing is the unexpected. A broad skillset built through years in finance, managing companies and time in the outdoors allows him to operate at an elevated capacity. Using a relational management style and focusing on motivation through responsibility, Sam develops the trust and respect of clients, contacts and colleagues to effectively execute his duties.
Elicia Maine is a Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. She is also the Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation program, aimed at giving PhD Scientists and Engineers the skills to lead Science & Technology Commercialization. Prof. Maine teaches Managing Technological Innovation in the Management of Technology MBA program, Managing Innovation in the Executive MBA program, and Lab to Market in the Invention to Innovation program at SFU Beedie School of Business. She has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Shaped by formative experiences at Shad Valley and at M.I.T., she is passionate about the positive impact that can be made by scientist-entrepreneurs in addressing global challenges. Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from the University of Cambridge, Masters degrees in Technology & Policy and in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelors degrees in Materials Engineering and in English from Queens University. She publishes extensively on Innovation Management in journals such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials. She has worked in industry as a strategy consultant, specializing in technology management in the automotive sector and in advanced materials sectors. She is active as a speaker on innovation policy and the commercialization of science.
Mark Longo has worked in corporate finance, M&A, and technology law for 20 years. During his career, he has served in General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and senior executive capacities for a number of private and publicly traded technology companies, including Intrinsyc Software International Inc. and Star Data Systems Inc. Mark also worked as Vice President Business Development, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Datawire Communication Networks Inc., a privately held company that provided Internet transaction delivery services to the payment processing market. During his tenure with the company, Mark was a member of the negotiation team and acted as lead counsel in the sale of the Datawire to First Data Corporation in 2007. Prior to joining the LaBarge Weinstein team in September 2012, Mark worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, and Technology Groups for a Vancouver-based law firm, where he served as a partner for three years.
Having earned an LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1992, Mark also obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2001. Mark is called to the Bar in BC and Ontario. Mark’s hobbies include playing and coaching/managing his daughter and son in various sports, including hockey, volleyball and squash, and climbing the North Shore mountains in Vancouver.
Mr. Gillard is General Partner at Pangaea Ventures Ltd., an industry leader in early stage advanced materials investment. He joined Pangaea in 2010. Mr. Gillard has over twenty years’ experience as an investor and entrepreneur, with the past twelve years focused on Cleantech and advanced materials.
From 2006-2010, Mr. Gillard served as President of BASF Venture Capital America. He was responsible for the establishment of the Silicon Valley office and expansion of the team. Mr. Gillard led investments into SDCmaterials Inc., Luca Technologies LLC, Ultracell Corporation, Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., Sciona, Inc., and ARCH Ventures VII, among others. From 2001-2006, Mr. Gillard was with Mitsubishi Corporation and responsible for venture investment and business development activities in Canada, with a specific focus on Cleantech. He was instrumental in establishing Japanese markets and partners for several Canadian and American Cleantech companies, with a special focus on fuel cells, solar and smart grid applications. Prior to joining Mitsubishi, Mr. Gillard began his career in investment banking, structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as manufacturing technology joint ventures into China. In the late ’90’s, he spent five years as an full-time entrepreneur, establishing three IT companies in succession. Mr. Gillard sits on the board of directors of Vestaron Corporation and NewLeaf Symbiotics Inc. He is also the co-author of “Inside the Minds: Energy Venture Capital Best Practices”, published in 2008 by Aspatore Books. Outside of work, he is a high-energy father of two, an avid cyclist and a Canadian Independent Music Award winner.
Michelle is experienced in customer service, project management and administration. Her various roles for companies ranging from small consultancies to large retail chain stores has proven her adaptability and efficiency. Juggling timelines and being exposed to a variety of projects feed Michelle’s desire to make things happen and keep it interesting. She is a licenced pyrotechnician, level 3 curling Ice technician and level 2 curling coach and has a degree in Music from Mohawk College.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in energy technology and venture capital and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Mike is currently CEO of TIMIA Capital Corp., a Vancouver based Revenue Financing platform focused on Canada’s technology community. Prior to TIMIA, Mike was a Managing Partner in energy technology venture capital firms Fronterra Ventures and Chrysalix Venture Capital. Mike has made successful investments over the past decade in many clean energy companies including Liquid Light, H2scan, FatSpaniel, and Akermin.
For over five years, Mike was with Ballard Power Systems, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of PEM Fuel Cells. He held a number of roles within the organization and was the Manager of Product Strategy and a Product Manager for the Nexa Power Module, the world’s first commercial fuel cell module, and the precursor to many of Ballard’s current products. Prior to Ballard, he spent six years with Price Waterhouse in Vancouver, gaining his Chartered Accountant status and helping small entrepreneurial businesses grow.
John has been involved in building, managing, and investing in early stage energy and technology based ventures for 20 years.
John is passionate about Products and getting them right, the first time. He believes Products that deliver superior value to customers and strong returns to investors come about through early and rigorous use-case analysis, customer value proposition evaluation, business model optimization, and unambiguous product definition. His experience includes new product development management, market analysis, business model and strategy development, and program management. He is recognized for the capacity to take initiative, think creatively, and bring strategic context to product and technology development challenges.
He has an established product management consulting practice focused on clean technologies where he has worked with clients such as Westport Innovations and Delta-q Technologies. Start-up experience includes founding an innovative Health Coaching venture. Prior to this, he was Director of Product Management and Vice President Business Development with Cellex Power Products Inc., Product Manager at Creo Products, and Investment Manager with Ventures West Management. John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Engineering in Advanced Technology Management both from the University of British Columbia.
Jennifer has a not-so-secret passion for all things applied science that could make a significant and positive difference to people’s lives. A true left-coaster, the themes of environment, innovation and entrepreneurship have woven their way through her entire career. Scarred by early memories of driving through Silicon Valley selling software with a Sun Microsystems monitor so large it required a dolly and convertible car to transport, she has focused the remainder of her career on hardware projects.
She has helped commercialize a wide variety of Vancouver-based technologies including a novel food dehydration system for food and pharmaceuticals (Enwave Corp), natural gas engines for buses and trucks (Westport Fuel Systems), black soldier fly larvae for animal feed and people food (Enterra Feed, Heilu), point-of-use drinking water sterilization (Acuva Tech), human-machine interaction for surgeons (NZ Tech) and pill packaging IoT (CuePath).
As a business mentor, Jennifer prefers to work with full-time founders who are dedicated, organized and coachable and whose technologies will benefit the many on the planet, not the few.
Rustam presently works for Sustainable Development Technologies Canada and has been a cleantech entrepreneur for most of his adult life. He is also an impact investor and base of the pyramid (BoP) expert with extensive research experience of over a decade in sustainable social enterprise design and renewable energy access. He has expertise in identifying, designing and analyzing strategies for the clean energy space and has worked on projects in India, Tanzania, Zambia, Myanmar, Nepal and Puerto Rico. He has authored of the book De-mystifying Impact Investing an Entrepreneurs’ Guide, which provides strategic advises and recommendations on impact investment and has served as a useful guide for several emerging entrepreneurs and investors. Rustam also holds a patent for dynamic pricing based smart energy meters used in solar pre-paid micro-grids and has over ten years of direct field experience in micro-grids and solar rooftops.
Rustam founded Boond (www.boond.net), one of India’s fast-growing solar energy access enterprise that creates distribution channels for development products like solar rooftops, solar microgrids solar lamps, solar home systems in the remote parts of India. He was one of the top entrepreneurs who accompanied the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi as a part of his Startup India delegation to the US in 2015. In addition to his role in impact investment advisory and deal structuring to start-ups, he has had wide experience in private banking and strategic consulting and has worked in organizations like Standard Chartered (in Singapore), Syngenta (in Switzerland) and Deloitte Consulting (in the US). He is the board member and investor of Emsys Electronics (P) Ltd (a company that designs and manufactures high-quality electronic products), Mynergy Solar (P) Ltd., (a company that specializes in leasing, crowd-funding and asset management for solar rooftop projects). Owing to his first-hand experience in the development sector and emerging economies, he has collaborated with international agencies like the United Nations, GIZ The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and universities like Columbia University, Aalto University of Finland, University of British Columbia, University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh.
Rustam holds an INSEAD MBA graduate with MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He has been awarded the ‘Echoing Green Fellowship’ for work in Climate Change in 2014 and the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Technology Fellowship in 2017.
Mark is an entrepreneur with a track record of success in new ventures and energy markets. His experience base spans a variety of industries ranging from LNG and hydrogen to advanced imaging to gas processing technologies. He has experience developing relationships with strategic partners in Europe, North America and Asia and his corporate development experience includes execution of acquisitions and divestitures.
Over his career Mark has held senior level business development and marketing positions with large enterprises such as FortisBC, Methanex and C-I-L and with a series of startups that includes BrightSide Technologies, QuestAir, SunCentral and R-Lux Innovations.
Mark has an MBA from Queen’s University and a B. Comm from UBC and his specific strengths are in business strategy, leadership and early stage revenue generation. Market areas of particular interest include clean tech, renewable and low carbon fuels and transportation.
Len Zapalowski has more than 30 years of senior management experience with some of Vancouver’s most successful companies, including Nexus Engineering, Creo Products, Pivotal Software, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies and Mazza Innovation.
His broad global business experience includes executive & general management, R&D, sales, marketing, and business development in North America, Asia, and Europe. Len graduated with a BSc and MSc from Imperial College, London.
Kirk Hamilton is an executive with international experience implementing strategies for technology adoption to capitalize on unique business opportunities in Information Technology, Telecom, and Manufacturing industries. As CEO of a number of public and private companies for over 20 years, he has led them from a loss position to profitability. During his career, the scope of his assignments ranges from the repositioning and turnaround of a global provider of smart card equipment and software solutions, NBS Technologies Inc, to major telecom start-up operations with leading edge technology for BCE and others, to turnarounds of manufacturing operations within GE Canada. Currently, through personal engagement with client businesses of Élan Tactical Management Inc., he leverages business and management experience to assist companies improve market growth, productivity and cost performance. Additionally, he coaches entrepreneurs of the BC Venture Acceleration Network as an Executive-in Residence for BC Innovation Council. Kirk is an active Angel Investor in a variety of BC based start-up businesses and as an investor member through E-Fund Vantec Entrepreneur’s Fund.
Kirk is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from McGill and received his MBA from the Rotman School of Business from University of Toronto. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and trained in Board Effectiveness for Small and Medium sized businesses.
Jeanette is an experienced CEO, entrepreneur and business strategist with broad-based experience in technology, business development, marketing and operations. Jeanette brings innovation, integrity and passion to all projects and is thrilled to bring her tenacious commitment to help Foresight achieve its next phase of growth milestones.
With local clean-tech company, Light-Based Technologies, Jeanette held the position of founding CEO. She successfully raised millions in investment funding, established partnerships to maximize revenue potential, led cross-functional teams to deliver real results, and created highly functional advisory teams and boards of directors. As President of The Brag Company, a combination of online and retail product distribution for smart travel products, Jeanette oversaw the complete restructuring of the business. This included growing local and international sales channels, engaging outsource partners to optimize operations, launching new product and services, and developing a comprehensive plan for the next stage of growth. Recently, she helped Canadian loyalty and reward platform, eTrove, scale their technology for mass adoption and ramp up sales throughout the US with a focused go-to-market strategy.
Over the last 4 years, Jeanette has supported more than 20 Foresight companies as an Executive In Residence in several markets including bio-energy, electric vehicles, smart buildings, water tech, robotics and wind. She is excited to bring the new vision of Foresight to life: advancing the adoption of Canadian transformative cleantech companies through programs that help them launch, scale and grow.
Rick began his career in finance, and quickly rose to the level of CFO after graduating from SFU with a BBA and obtaining his Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) designation. His first taste of high growth was in apparel and sporting brands, going from early stage to $50M in 6 short years. Subsequently, Rick turned around two publishing enterprises, one of which he transitioned into digital marketing as the media world changed over, and ran as President for 7.5yrs, before making a successful exit.
Rick’s talents in leading growth were called upon once again, as he first consulted and then took on joint finance and operations roles in a startup food processing concern that quickly grew to $10M after 3 years. He then moved on to another processing concern where he was responsible for 5 plants, 1800 employees, representing .$5B in revenues. Since then Rick has focused his time on fast growth small to mid-size enterprises in food and advanced manufacturing, and has had the greatest satisfaction coaching and mentoring them following a coaching model based on EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System).
In addition to Rick’s work in industry, he was also a Director, Vice Chair, and then Chair of the BC Food Processors Association (over an 8 year period), BC’s largest food, beverage, and natural products manufacturing industry association. He was also a Director of Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C., an industry-led, not-for-profit organization working with industry partners and funders to invest in projects that enhance the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of BC agriculture and agri-food.
Chris has been involved in the clean technology sector for over 20 years. He excels at pulling together diverse elements of opportunities to turn them into successful ventures. Chris has had successful experience developing companies from the nascent stage, through technology development, productization and cost down, market establishment, sales, as well as establishing highly effective teams.
Chris was co-founder and CEO of Cellex Power Products which was subsequently acquired by Plug Power in 2007. Chris then ran the Motive Power Division of Plug Power for 3 years. He is currently Chairman of Hydrexia, an Australian hydrogen storage company, and he recently led them through major financing.
Chris’s specialties include: company creation and development, business/opportunity analysis and synthesis, creating and/or strengthening customer value propositions, raising capital, technology development, establishment of product delivery organizations, market development and customer sales, and CEO/leadership mentoring. As well, Chris holds a masters degree in engineering and has worked extensively with cryogenics, novel materials, energy conversion systems, hydrogen, fuel cells and other clean technologies. Chris is part of the BCIC mentoring group and a director of the Working Opportunity Fund.
Beth’s wild career has spanned over two decades in start-ups in abstruse 3D graphics for Hollywood, multi-billion dollar international firms, and even a stint keeping the world safe from nuclear annihilation by helping dismantle the Soviet nuclear stockpile. Largely focused on the technology sector in roles as diverse as CEO and marketing coordinator, her interest has always been finding new ways to align the strategy, operations, and execution in an organization to make it more effective. After many years as a corporate practitioner, Beth now consults to companies of all sizes with a focus on building effective organizations, developing people, and creating effective processes to lead firms through periods of high growth or internal change.
Beth has experienced taking companies from start-up, through acquisition – in particular she was CEO of rendering software company Exluna, which was subsequently acquired by NVIDIA. This became the basis for their Digital Film Group which Beth ran for an additional 3 years.
On the clean technology front, Beth was instrumental in advising a solar lighting firm, helping them generate significant market traction in developing countries.
Hamutal is a business Development expert with over 12 years experience in creating new platforms that support the organization’s global growth. Hamutal is passionate about finding the right growth vehicles and is a strong believer in multidisciplinary environments.
Over her career, she enabled growth by a multitude of vehicles and processes including investments, mergers and acquisitions, strategic cooperation agreements, devising and implementing market entry strategies, leading BI-CI teams, business model analysis, capital raising for start-up and mature companies and International public bids.
Hamutal holds an LLB and an MA in philosophy. In the 5 years, she practiced law, Hamutal lead various Public offerings (TASE, NASDAQ), closed numerous International transactions and M&A processes.
Hamutal worked with leading global water technology companies as well as startups and new ventures. Her focus is on international expansion and finding the best platform to generate growth.
With extensive experience in LATAM and Asia Hamutal offers deep knowledge of these business environments.
In her last role, Hamutal lead the Business Development activity of Essilor’s online Division, expanding its activity to LATAM and Europe through M&As and organic expansion. She currently works as a consultant for various organizations and is a mentor at the e@ UBC LLP program.
John R. Wallace is currently serving as a Board director for SBE, a provider of low impedance capacitors and ICRTec, who is developing high efficiency gas turbine engines for class 8 trucks. Mr. Wallace retired from Xantrex Technology in 2008. He joined Xantrex as Chief Executive Officer in November 2005 after serving as interim CEO since July 2005. Wallace has been a Director of Xantrex since May 2003.
Since 2002, Wallace provided management, business and technology consulting services to a number of companies in the alternative energy and power electronics industries. From November 2004 until May 2005, Wallace was interim Chief Executive Officer of AVESTOR, a developer and manufacturer of a lithium-metal-polymer battery, based in Boucherville, Quebec and from 1982 to 2002, Wallace worked for the Ford Motor Company, where he spent more than a decade helping Ford become the world’s largest producer of alternative fuel vehicles. His final assignment with Ford was serving as Executive Director of THINK Group, where he was responsible for the development of hybrid electric, fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles. Prior to Ford, John was a leader in microprocessor development in high growth technology companies such as Texas Instruments and Intel.
Wallace has also been named as Chief Technical Advisor to the China/UNDP Fuel Cell bus program.
Wallace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science.
David is an executive level engineer with broad exposure to the cleantech sector. David has a strong background in
taking new technologies from the bench to the pilot and from the pilot to full scale. Experienced in design, project
management, operations, and finance, Davis has hands-on experience commissioning and starting up new plants and
enjoys working with start-ups and growing companies, helping them develop the systems and procedures they need to
Director, Corporate Innovation
Dylan has spent 15 years in customer-facing roles in high-tech & R&D. He’s an experienced Director of Business Development with a demonstrated history of working with industry stakeholders to yield productive outcomes. Skilled in sales strategy, coaching, leadership and operations, Dylan is interested first and foremost in helping companies leverage innovation to better compete in the global marketplace.
Dylan has a MASc in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University focused on high-speed IC design.
Elisabeth’s passion is in developing and deploying complex technology solutions both from outer space and earth to make our world a better place! She excels at strategic business development & project management for large zero-emissions demonstration programs at ports and within cities. Using her unique blend of technical and people leadership skills, she brings together commercial partners and vehicle operators, secures funding from government and corporate sources to deploy new clean technology projects.
Before joining Zen, Elisabeth spent 20 years at MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates in technical and business leadership roles within the Space & Earth Observation Industry, from Software Engineer for the CanadArm and the International Space Station to Program Manager of the RADARSAT-2 satellite ground systems (earth observation image processing and management in near real-time) for major surveillance and intelligence customers. She led both the business development and delivery of mission-critical complex systems in the most rigorous environments; overseeing a group of 30 engineers. Fascinated about all facets of the earth observation business, Elisabeth also held the role of Director of Geospatial Product Development to create new cloud-based solutions deriving information from radar images for smart enterprise mapping, defense and intelligence, self-driving cars and forestry.
Elisabeth studied Computer Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Fluent in both English & French, she embraces cultural differences and perspectives while conducting business worldwide.
Ean Jackson has invested the past 25 years of his professional career in management, technical and business development roles in the technology industry. He has been employed by a wide range of businesses across North America ranging from technology startups to major multinational corporations including IBM, Sprint International, and Oracle Corporation.
Jackson is very active in the Vancouver business community. In his current role as President of Analytics Marketing Inc., a provider of contract business development and coaching services, he is accountable for delivering new revenues, new clients and investors to growing businesses.
Jackson is an angel investor, a frequent speaker on business and technology topics and serves on multiple boards. He is a sessional professor in the business faculties of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University and coaches early-stage businesses as Executive in Residence (EiR) for Foresight, New Ventures BC, and EMBERS Ventures. A former Canadian National Team manager, competitive long-distance runner, and triathlete, Jackson remains heavily involved with amateur athletics.
Fluent in four languages (English, French, Spanish, German), Jackson’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Arts (University of Western Ontario), a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering (Southern Methodist University) and certificates in Internet Marketing (UBC), Business Analysis and Project Management (The George Washington University).
Lorraine is a cleantech capital strategist with an entrepreneurial and executive mindset who collaborates with founders, funders, and leaders to support them in growing their organizations.
She trained in environmental science, ecology, and finance and obtained unique experience and knowledge throughout a 20+ year career working in the energy sector in Canada, the UK, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and South America. She is the co-founder of the Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets, a co-founder and former Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Green Finance, launched the Energy Stream mentoring program for energy technology startups at the Creative Destruction Lab in Calgary, and is currently supporting Foresight as a Regional Development Consultant in addition to several portfolio companies. Lorraine is passionate about advancing the transition to a sustainable energy future through entrepreneurship and finance, and her goal is to enhance the access to capital for cleantech entrepreneurs.
Research & Content Manager
Diane is an award-winning writer, a corporate educator, and master storyteller with hands on expertise guiding the business communications of multi-million dollar companies. Diane is a strategic communicator with a broad base of experience in technology and entrepreneurship. Her ability to combine solid research with good storytelling as helped bring in millions of dollars in investment, tax credits and business opportunities for entrepreneurial and high tech companies across Canada and the US. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of BC and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Trinity Western University.
Director of Partnerships and Strategy
Catriona has worked at the intersection of business, sustainability and technology for the last nine years with organizations in Canada, UK, Europe and India. She recently joined Foresight as Director of Partnerships and Strategy, taking a lead on delivering high profile programs around clusters, partnerships, collaboration and communications.
Most recently she was Director of Business Development and Marketing for Vericatch, a Vancouver based technology company working in the fisheries sector. Previously, she was Head of Business Development at Energy Unlocked, Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future and Program Officer for Skype founder’s family foundation, Zennstrom Philanthropies where she led a cleantech program called the Green Mentorship Award. She has been a jury member for cleantech and innovation competitions including EcoSummit, Start-Up Energy Transition and a mentor in the Innovation Forum and CleanTech Challenge programs. Catriona has a MA Environment, Development and Policy from University of Sussex, UK and a BSc International Development from University College Cork, Ireland.
Dr. Trevor Stuthridge brings extensive international executive and governance experience in innovation and technology commercialization organizations in the forestry, bioeconomy and clean technologies sectors. Trevor recently served as Executive Vice President for FPInnovations – the world’s largest not-for-profit forestry sector research organization – where he led R&D operations and staff across 3 campuses and was responsible for business development, organizational strategy, and executive level engagement with industry, federal and provincial governments, academia and indigenous communities.
In addition to his operational duties, Trevor also led change programs to improve inter-disciplinary collaboration and established Centres of Excellence to drive innovation. Trevor also worked to harmonize internal business management and research delivery systems and re-invigorated the ideation-to commercialization innovation pipeline, including a customized stage-gating system, entrepreneurship program, and an online open innovation platform.
Jean-Louis is an Entrepreneurial product development professional with a unique combination of creative, analytical and
management expertise driven by a passion for creating new products in both the cleantech and consumer electronics
spaces. Renowned for developing simple, creative solutions blending engineering principles with bold design aesthetics
and successfully leading multidisciplinary teams through numerous new product development cycles from ideation to
Stephen is experienced in sales, business development, and operations. Always looking to add a positive contribution to all stakeholders, Stephen brings high-level thinking and a broad base of experience.
Stephen graduated from the Sauder School of Business with a Bachelor in Commerce. Starting his career at an event marketing company, he moved into fashion before finding his passion for electronics. Having worked with startups in the LED lighting space to a global company in power conversion, Stephen has worked in teams both small and large to raise financing, launch products, drive volume and deliver on complex custom sales.
Acuva Technologies is developing a next generation Ultra Violet LED based water purification system that inactivates hardest to kill microbial contamination and produces safest drinking water. Our system operates on low battery, requires no maintenance, and has a long life and instant start with unlimited on and off capability. These unique technology features offer advantage to existing markets as well as open up new markets that were not addressable with current technologies. We have developed fully functional prototypes and tested for microbial inactivation through third party labs. The system inactivates 99.99% microbes and meets NSF class-A guidelines for UV dose and microbial inactivation. We plan to market this system in recreational yachts and recreational vehicles markets in US and Canada to start with and expand in other geographies and markets as technology develops.
Community and Events Manager
Astrid is a marketer with experience in project management and vast knowledge in events coordination.
She has a degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration. Also, several courses and diplomas in management and project management.
Passionate about marketing and its versatility, she has played different roles in market research, merchandising, advertising, branding, and participated as member of the social responsibility committee.
Among her favourite activities are reading, travel and dance.
Dale is proven business leader with specialization in the medical device and technology industries. His two decade career has spanned start-up to Fortune 500. He specializes in business strategy, innovation, building teams, and revenue growth. He is a skilled negotiator, a savvy marketer, and a coach and mentor. His career started with a business plan and an elevator speech and has culminated with an executive role as a transformational leader for a large multinational healthcare company. managing an elite sales and marketing team.
Clay is a seasoned COO, innovation catalyst and evangelist who enjoys working with cross-functional interdisciplinary
teams of engineers, researchers, and business people to advance new products and services that strengthen the
community and environment. Clay’s vast experience embodies all aspects of technology commercialization, strategic
planning, change management, governance, and stakeholder engagement. Clay is passionate about sustainability,
circular economies, cooperative business models and social ventures.
Hydra Energy is accelerating the shift to clean combustion in transportation. Hydra leverages their unique expertise and business model with its partnerships to provide hydrogen supply and fueling as critical elements of “Hydrogen as a Service”. Hydrogen fuel helps fleets run smarter, reduce fuel spend, and cut emissions – all while incurring no additional costs to fleet operators.
VoltSafe is the first technology in the world that truly makes connecting to high voltage: safe, simple and smart. Issues such as shocks, arcing/fire, tripping and ease of use have plagued users of electricity since 1879, when Thomas Edison first brought electricity into our homes. VoltSafe’s patented, sensing enabled technology, seamlessly and safely manages the flow of electricity, whenever and wherever a device is connected to power and doesn’t use prongs. The technology eliminates the need for prongs and automatically delivers the same power levels that traditional receptacles do. All VoltSafe enabled plugs are smart plugs by nature and offer the added value of having GFCI and AFCI technology built in. As such, VoltSafe technology is: child, adult, and even idiot proof. Lab 498 has commercialized its niche beachhead “Winter” product with sales beginning end of 2019 along with a focus on licensing of the technology. VoltSafe, electricity made: Smart. Simple. Safe.
Plugzio is a consumption monitored outlet that automatically bills the user who authenticates it. Plugzio is OFF by default and only starts the flow of electricity when the user activates it on a mobile phone. Plugzio bills the user and pays the owner, making charging as simple as a tap.
Audacious Energy Corp. was formed at the cross roads of Academia and Industry to leverage recent progress in energy storage systems and proprietary heat recovery turbine technology to develop next generation engine architecture for Oil and Gas land drilling rigs. Audacious Energy’s mission is to reduce carbon emissions by 1 Million cars equivalent every five years and enable Oil and Gas operators to reduce their fuel costs by 48% per year per drilling rig.Our patent-pending technology is designed with a focus on engine efficiency problems drilling contractors and Oil and Gas operators face every day. Audacious Energy’s first commercially available engine package will be fully transportable by road and will be fit for deployment on existing and newly built rigs.
Open Ocean Robotics is a Victoria, BC based company producing solar and wind powered autonomous un-crewed surface vehicles, aka marine drones, for ocean IoT applications. Equipped with sensors, cameras and satellite communication, our boats collect ocean and environmental data in real-time, providing actionable insights. We’re a DaaS company providing solutions to customers in environmental assessment, offshore energy and security. Our boats produce no greenhouse gases, noise pollution or risk of oil spills, and can travel non-stop for a year, always on and always collecting information, transforming how we research and protect our oceans.
Qmod is an Educational Technology platform that specializes in developing digital tools for students to connect with nature through the power of sustainable energy.
The platform includes the Qmod Energy Kit, developed to explore the science of energy in a hands-on and memorable way. The Energy Kit includes a variety of ways to generate your own electricity including, solar panels, generators and special electrodes that allow anyone to create their own batteries from natural sources. The main component of the Energy Kit is the Qmod Energy Block, an interactive battery that measures and stores electricity. Once fully charged the Energy Block can power all sorts of devices, from simple LEDs to our low power Code Block that connects the world of coding to potentials of sustainable energy.
Spur Innovations was incorporated at the end of 2013 with a vision to develop innovative controls products and solutions for transportation. Leveraging experience in vehicle controls and validation, the company is focused on product solutions which bridge the emerging technologies of the “connected car” and “autonomous driving” with Spur’s active vehicle controls. The new solutions can improve both vehicle safety and fuel economy creating an imperative for adoption by major fleet and retail customers.
Offshore Designs Ltd. enables shipping companies to clean their vessel hulls while transiting between ports. This reduces in-port scheduling constraints and allows operators to comply with local regulations. Maintaining a clean hull saves operators thousands of dollars in fuel costs, reduces emissions, and prevents the spread of invasive marine species. Our solution is a hull cleaning system that removes bio- fouling while a ship is under way.
Wave9 Technology Inc. employs sensors and artificial intelligence to allow oil production companies to mitigate risks of environmental contamination and monitor equipment maintenance. We offer the ability to reduce risk while simultaneously improving operational efficiency by prioritizing staff workflows, directing attention to problem areas, reducing waste, and shifting maintenance from a reactive to a predictive process.
Yourbrook Energy Systems Ltd. is a privately owned and operated Canadian firm based in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Incorporated in 2010, the Company has developed a unique method of effectively harnessing tidal energy available throughout the full range of tidal stream velocities. Yourbrook’s Tidal Technology for inshore waters is a large, low RPM, variable stroke pump driven by tidal currents to supply electrical turbines. The tidal generation prototype was constructed by inventor Laird Bateham, along with team members Dan Abbott and Alden Bateham.
Portable Electric’s VOLTstack power stations deliver reliable, instant power whenever and wherever you need it. The VOLTstack uses clean, renewable power – no fumes, no noise and no excessive costs. Simply flip a switch for silent, emissions-free portable power. No matter the need, the VOLTstack is revolutionizing the way we power our world. Capable of working alongside or replacing your gas/diesel generator, the VOLTstack generates valuable new opportunities. The VOLTstack increases revenue potential, reducing emissions, minimizing operating costs and zero noise.
Grown Here Farms embodies a pure, sustainable lifestyle in every stage of their cultivation practice. They believe in growing and producing delicious products naturally, using only what mother nature gave us. They believe that what goes into how a product is made or grown is just as important as what comes out. They believe in transparency in the supply chain – that you should know what is in your food, who grew it and how it was produced. And they believe that there is a reason grandma’s food tastes so much better than any other meal; it is the love that goes into it.
Love In, Love Out is their philosophy and they are fierce, scrappy, warrior goddesses about protecting the purity and the integrity of their mission, their products and processes. They will not compromise.
Privately held, entirely female owned and led, Grown Here Farms is proud to make positive impacts on the environment by growing fresh, pure food that reflects a conscious lifestyle. They don’t partake in conventional agricultural practices. No pesticides, no chemicals; products are planted biologically in the soil and grown in natural sunlight and water. All products have been infused with sound therapy, listening to high-vibrational frequencies, small-batch, hand-made.
Best of all, they are building the business sustainably, working towards a Net-Zero Carbon Footprint from seed-to-sale, as well as a business model of Planet – People – Profit, an ethical, triple bottom line that focuses on remaining accountable for community and environment. For quality, fresh, organic food that comes from conscious hands and uncompromising purity, for a healthier lifestyle that makes a difference.
Tesera does agile right. Tesera is faster and more specialized than generic development teams. Working with a well-defined process and a specific tool set, they can tackle even the most daunting development tasks. Alignment means a shared understanding of the project goals, consensus on identified constraints and a team focused on the destination. They identify objectives and select the resources and technology required. Work is completed by defining features and setting priorities for their weekly releases. They invest in design to cost effectively answer critical business questions. Prototyping allows them to test ideas, learn and quickly narrow in on the winners. They refine with their continuous integration (CI), clients see an evolving solution. There is no unveiling, no wait and see—their clients are engaged, they see and test as they build it.
Uses cloud-based optimization approaching the theoretical limits of separation desalination, water/wastewater treatment, and reuse processes are complex. Conventional hydraulic, deterministic models are computationally incapable of providing operational parameters that can discover the losses (entropy generation) in the sub-process and component interrelations. They use Machine Learning and other data-driven technologies, along with industry’s most advanced models, to provide optimization set-points unpredictable by conventional technologies and/or operators.
Patent-pending system design for the membrane-based water desalination industry. Adaptive Desalination Technology (ADT) allows utilization of intelligent multistage process design with Artificially Intelligent operational support. Superior control enables plants to reach higher recoveries, treat waters of varying salinities, manage variable demand, and variable electricity prices – capitalizing on sophisticated process design made simple and efficient with AI support. Along with a flexible process design, ADT leverages heuristic machine intelligence with self-learning cleaning schedules and operational regimes. Such complexities have been difficult if not computationally impossible by hydraulic modeling tools.
Artificial Intelligence in the water infrastructure space allows for breakthrough improvements in process performance by identifying operating parameters, scheduling, correlations, and holistic actionable intelligence that is unpredictable by conventional tools. Advanced analytics allows operators, managers, and owners to reactively manage and improve their process, while proactively predicting and preventing unnecessary plant upsets and spikes in costs. Utilizing advanced data technologies and modeling methodologies, in addition to decades of domain expertise, we are able to comprehend and analyze operational data to provide actionable insights.
Hempcrete provides home purchasers, developers and communities who want to reduce their global footprint. They’ve replaced petro-chemicals with natural materials, and a fiber reinforced lightweight cement, for a near-zero footprint. The homes are a live, dynamic and energy efficient sanctuary, free of concerns like pests, water and fire damage. These homes are the basis for our sustainable communities, enabling members to lead more economically, socially and environmentally friendly lives, and thus contribute to society more fully. Their hemp villages will set a simple, durable solution which will demonstrate that it is possible to live in comfortably, ‘right sized’ homes and communities which are healthy for both the people who live in them and for the planet. They further believe that Hemp-based economies can create prosperity through a full eco-system and closed loop economy, through production of food, homes, clothing and jobs in a harmless and fun way.
Currently designing and making an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) called “AutoZig” for picking golf balls in outdoor environment. It’s battery operated, GPS-enabled, fully autonomous and can run 24×7 in any weather condition. It is designed for golf driving ranges to replace manually picking up golf balls. Golf-balls-picking work inLumo North America alone costs $300 million each year. Currently there is no commercialized product like ours in the market, which creates huge opportunity for AutoZig.
Such clean and integrated technology can also be applied to meet concrete demands in other industries, including golf course inspection and maintenance, agriculture field control, fighting forest fire and mining/oil/gas field management. We have developed AutoZig prototype, received IRAP grant, applied provisional patent and have local golf driving range agreed to test AutoZig and purchase when it’s ready for sale. We need further funding and network support to take our company to the next level.
FEED offer a complete range of products and services from front-end engineering through to detailed design/engineering, safety and control systems; the design team routinely works to a wide range of design codes including NFPA, CSA, ISA, API, and ASME standards. Their team of highly skilled professionals from multiple disciplines will utilize all aspects of technology (process, mechanical, piping, control systems and electrical) to implement projects from conceptual design to detailed engineering and commissioning.
Their design philosophy has four essential elements: reliability, efficiency, safety, and environmental protection. FEED has a well-organized project management system for ensuring the project is completed on time, on the budget, and meets or exceeds the client expectations. They have developed a comprehensive database system to facilitate the specification, purchasing, receiving and documentation of equipment. From feasibility studies and environmental compliance to detailed design, management, and construction, they bring together the talent and expertise necessary to deliver success.
Eco Eats vision is that everyone eats. They do this by connecting missed food donations to make the world a better place. They develop innovative solutions that’s practical in a light-hearted way to make someone smile. Their vision will always be the same but they will continue to shift and grow to meet the point where everyone eats.
Their app interfaces unique experiences for everyday people and charities to find the food we love. Eco Eats has designed their app to make the platform intuitive from lunch to grocery shoppers, charities and food businesses under the same belief they can keep food in communities.
Dynacircumotion has invented a motor that has benefits such as reduced energy consumption when compared with other motors on the market performing same duty, relatively lightweight, reduced cogging, runs cooler and has torque versus speed performance that is currently unheard of. Patents have been filed for the intellectual property with Canada, USA and the Patent Cooperation Treaty. A prototype has been constructed and tested to validate the claims. Dynacircumotion strongly believes in the technology and its potential to significantly impact various industries, such as electric vehicles, wind generation, wastewater systems, to name a few.
Avestec believes that oil & gas companies should be able to perform site inspections without sending people to dangerous heights and hazardous areas. By using robotics for tank inspection, it completely removes the possibility of injury while simultaneously decreasing cost and significantly decreasing the downtime resulting from manual inspection. Avestec uses visual inspection and UT measurement for skyron tethered drone provides visual inspection and ultrasonic thickness measurement for hazardous and confined spaces. They fulfill American Petroleum Institute (API) standards for inspection and maintenance of tanks, pressure vessels and equipment. Avestec increases safety through their drone technology as it prevents humans from entering confined and hard to reach spaces dramatically reducing over risk. They also reduce costs/downtime as less setup for inspection means less downtime and more money saved.
Nutrient pollution is the most widespread form of water pollution in the world today, and it is significantly threatening global health and food security.
Per year over 20 million metric tons of precious nutrients, phosphorus & nitrogen, with a fertilizer value over $15B leak to the environment from agricultural lands, untreated human waste flows and many other points.
We urgently need sustainable and affordable filtration solutions to stop the spread of damage and claim back the precious resources and lost profits.
With this mission in our minds, we have developed an exciting and innovative process to make affordable and efficient filters and filtering agents to address nutrient runoff on a global scale and decrease the cost of nutrient recovery process significantly.
Our patent-pending filters and filtering agents are produced using abundant, readily available waste materials and natural resources. They can capture and remove large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen from waste flows generated by livestock agriculture (manure), croplands, wastewater, and sewage treatment facilities, food treatment and processing facilities, fish farms, mines, and other point and non-point sources. Removed nutrients can be used as a sustainable and concentrated fertilizer with or without after treatment.
Anaconda Systems Ltd. Local Organic Waste Management.
SHEV Labs Ltd. is a BC privately held nanotechnology company. The company utilizes its proprietary nanotechnology techniques to research and develop new medical devices in the fields of tissue engineering and rejuvenation.
At Prisym, we’ve been working to bring you visually appealing, highly integrated specialty solar products. Designed for North America, our SunPergolas are produced and tested on Vancouver Island, BC, pairing advanced solar technology with timber frame construction and joinery for a unique, modern look and feel for your outdoor space.
Synovus creates turnkey automated test systems such as Hardware In the Loop (HIL) powered by our Symplify™ and SBX™ platform to support R&D activities.
Loom offers breakthrough LED waveguide technology and novel technology-driven designs to residential and commercial markets, bringing beautiful, low-footprint human-centric lighting, offering superior efficacy, colour rendering and ergonomic light distribution. Loom is lighting the future of homes and offices with its energy-efficient intelligent lighting solutions offering a natural, human-centric light experience.
Loom incorporated in 2016 following two years of research and development concentrated on developing unique IP of LED waveguide lighting. Loom’s unique light is emitted directly from transparent, shade-like waveguides that are super efficient conductors and emitters of light, in designs that suit your taste.
Loom seeks to solve the inefficiencies of light bulbs – including poor efficacy, glare, dull colour rendering – all amounting to poor quality light. Loom makes colours pop, distributes light ergonomically and saves significant energy. Loom lighting works with existing internet-of-things technology over wifi and Bluetooth, giving you total control using your mobile device. Loom is a trademark of Loom Inc.
Ecoation Innovative Solutions is the developer of Crop Sense a wireless crop-health monitoring system that detects minute changes in crop health due to pests, diseases, malnutrition and undesirable environmental conditions before symptoms become visible to naked eyes. crop-sense will change the way growers produce and protect our food.
CryoLogistics Refrigeration Technologies Ltd. is developing an innovative non-electromechanical cryogenic shipping container for the cold-chain industry, using food-grade liquid carbon dioxide as a natural refrigerant. The device will be noiseless, independent of conventional power requirements and have a net-zero carbon footprint. The cold-chain industry transports high value temperature sensitive food and pharmaceutical products worldwide, generating over $200 billion in economic activity each year.
Acuva Technologies is developing a next generation Ultra Violet LED based water purification system that inactivates hardest to kill microbial contamination and produces safest drinking water. Our system operates on low battery, requires no maintenance, and has a long life and instant start with unlimited on and off capability.
These unique technology features offer advantage to existing markets as well as open up new markets that were not addressable with current technologies. We have developed fully functional prototypes and tested for microbial inactivation through third party labs. The system inactivates 99.99% microbes and meets NSF class-A guidelines for UV dose and microbial inactivation. We plan to market this system in recreational yachts and recreational vehicles markets in US and Canada to start with and expand in other geographies and markets as technology develops.
LFT Group Brands Ltd. is the brand owner of Live for Tomorrow, the award-winning line of environmentally-friendly household cleaning products. Utilizing plant and mineral-based ingredients, 100% essential oils for scented products and approximately 30% of water, rather than the industry norm of 80%, these premium products are packaged in aluminum and PCR HDPE providing consumers with compact refillable, reusable and recyclable options.
The reduced size and weight provides a greater ROI to retailers, reduces carbon offsets during transport and minimizes water usage. Made in BC, these non-toxic and highly concentrated products deliver effective results while being safe for individuals and the planet. Sold at various retailers and online.
Nanotis technology improves the efficiency and safety of energy harvested from the exponentially growing solar photovoltaic installations. This electronic technology is known as module-level power electronics (MLPE) and is over $500M market growing at over 30% YoY. Our solution addresses new US safety regulation and improves the bankability of solar projects by providing per PV module energy monitoring and energy harvesting optimization, all at an unprecedented small volume and lower cost compared to incumbents.
We are now testing our proof-of-concept prototypes and are in discussions with few potential clients and strategic partners. The two founders have over 50 years of experience in technology innovation, product development and managing technology companies. Funds sough are to be used to complete the development of a technology demonstrating product, conduct in-field testing and acquire initial customer/partners.
LC Technologies Inc is a battery engineering company formed in 2006 to commercialize the integration of advanced batteries and super capacitors into new applications. The company provides battery pack design and/or system engineering with the ability to assist from initial concept to complete product development. In addition, the company provides integration of batteries/supercapacitors with a variety of charging sources including diesel/electric, solar, wind and gravitational.
Since it’s inception, LC Technologies has been at the forefront of the development of new products AND markets providing battery pack design and integration to numerous OEMs. LC Technology president, Neil Simmonds, holds over 70 patents in the related fields.
Stem Shock is a programmable herbicide platform using RNA interference technology (RNAi). We design Stem Shock RNAs to pick out and kill individual weed species while leaving the environment unharmed. Each Stem Shock variant is programmed to kill a single (or a couple) weed species while ensuring no off-target damage. Stem Shock is a perfect solution to removing invasive weeds from parks, waterways, and other high biodiversity areas. It can be safely used on municipal lots and city parks as it is non-toxic.
In its final formulation Stem Shock will be compatible with commercial and home spray equipment.RNA interference technology uses special RNA molecules instead of small chemicals. In human health they are using RNAi to fight diseases such as hepatitis and cancer. RNA is safe, is present in every cell, and is even taken as a nutritional supplement. RNA breaks down rapidly in the environment
Reforus is a private company from Vancouver BC specializing in state of the art building technologies. For the past 7 years Reforus has focused on creating high performance composite panels from timber that would be considered worthless by loggers, mill owners, and developers. The founders of Reforus have over 40 years of “hands on” project development in the building industry. This experience has led to the creation of the BuildPanel building platform which dramatically reduces the costs of labour, materials, and project management allowing high quality temporary to permanent structures to be clicked together in hours using un-skilled labour.
BuildPanel is a modular system where structures can be assembled, modified, and disassembled with a simple change of components. By utilizing waste stream timber and eliminating many of the costs associated with traditional building methods, Reforus has developed a platform that can be used world-wide. BuildPanel structures have the durability and finish that consumers throughout North America desire, while being affordable to people around the world.
PROXXI is smart sensor that allows us to see electricity with software. We have built the first digital electric field sensor that can interpret voltage and distance. The first product we have built is the Proxxiband which is targeted at electrical workers. It notifies the wearer by vibration (haptic feedback) when they get too close to an electric current, and helps reinforce the limits of approach.
Targeted at utility workers and those in industry at risk of electrocution, it is a device that provides companies peace of mind and visibility through connected monitoring and insights into employee safety. Each year, over 2000 electric utility employees in North America are electrocuted, with thousands more exposed to this danger in other industries. Each of these incidences costs between $1-4 Million dollars in insurance expenses, resulting in $3 billion per year expense.
Currently, there are no ambient, connected, always-on devices used to detect electricity. Workers rely on process to de-energize and follow lockout procedures. PROXXI provides that fail safe backup to virtually eliminate the risk.
IMR Drywall Recycling exists to provide customers with a better way to recycle drywall.
IMR Drywall Recycling’s idea was conceived by one of three founders on a boat off Vancouver Island. Over the next five years they built a company together. Today, IMR is a British Columbia based Canadian company operating a drywall recycling facility in Surrey, BC. Constructed in 2013 and servicing Metro Vancouver and beyond, our material recovery facility separates and recovers gypsum from waste drywall. The recovered gypsum is processed and used in the manufacture of new construction materials.
Since initiating production in 2014, IMR has built a loyal customer base by focusing on serving our customers’ needs. Providing reliable services in a convenient location, IMR is a better way to recycle drywall.
Dark Vision is developing downhole imaging technologies that deliver high resolution images inside oil and gas wells. The technology is deployed downhole to provide oil and gas operator’s critical information on the status and integrity of their wells at various stages during a wells lifecycle. Armed with the right information, O&G operators can make quick and confident decisions that increase production, reduce cost and minimize the environmental impact of unconventional resource development.
Today, the oil and gas industry has a limited and outdated toolkit for collecting imaging information, as the traditional camera technologies, used in almost every industry, cannot see in wells due to the opaque fluids present. DarkVision’s technology has overcome this hurdle by being able to see through all wellbore fluids, including bitumen, drilling mud and frack fluids. The technology will see its initial deployments in Alberta wells in 2016.
Boydel’s WaterMiner water scrubbing technology consists of a globally patented or patent pending electrochemical device and process that has been under in house development and external validation over the previous 4.5 years. The proprietary Boydel EC wastewater treatment reactor is a two stage hybrid electrocoagulation – electrolysis design that has no plates, is self-cleaning, and employs a rotating cathode that drills down on the sacrificial anode; with a PLC managed adjustable gap control that insures optimum and minimal electrical consumption….. on the order of $50 per day at 1,000,000 lpd raw sewage treatment flows.
Bionic Power is a high tech startup focused on providing cost-effective and reliable energy to people whose lives or quality of life depend on portable power. At the core of the company is the patented bionic energy harvesting technology that TIME Magazine named one of the best inventions of 2008. This wearable technology uses principles similar to regenerative braking in hybrid cars to unobtrusively generate electricity from the natural motion of walking and then use it to charge a wide range of portable battery-powered devices.
BC Biocarbon‘s vision is to provide local energy security through the distribution of small to medium scale bio-refineries that directly offset fossil fuels by producing the desired carbon products from locally sourced biomass or recycled carbonaceous materials. Depending on market conditions, the system can be optimized to produce heat, char, pyrolysis liquids or a very clean fuel gas consisting of H2 and CO. These products can directly offset fossil fuels or can be further refined into a myriad of downstream products such as activated carbons, binders or synthetic fuels.
By using our technology to create a distributed source of renewable, carbon based electricity, fuels and other products from locally sourced biomass; we provide energy security, local jobs and large environmental benefits.
AYO Smart Home is a leader in sustainable, energy efficient and affordable housing for remote communities. We put people first to deliver highly livable housing with the comfort superior to conventional homes. Our materials are rigorously tested and are proven to have low environmental impacts with high quality and durability.
We don’t just build houses; we help grow communities collaboratively. The AYO Smart Home approach to create affordable housing for First Nations, low-income families, and seniors that is safe and durable while strengthening communities and respecting the needs of inhabitants.
AYO Smart Home brings an integrated system approach to designing and building homes that allows our highly efficient components, including the envelope, mechanical and electrical systems, clean power technologies, optimized controls, and interior to provide the highest efficiency possible all while maintaining affordability.
The AYO Smart Home provides solutions that mark a new era in housing.
Air Phaser is a patented, modular, new industry scale odor treatment system based on Non Thermal Plasma. It works on large volumes of odorous air from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), composting, biosolids, sewage treatment, manure, food, pet, fish, and animal feed manufacturing odor from drying, cooling and /or venting. The system can treat air volumes from 10 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) to 1 million cfm and more, using only electricity by oxidizing and transforming odorous compounds to non-odorous forms. It is a Clean Tech, economical bio-filter, chemical scrubber or thermal oxidizer (burner) alternative.
The Clarity Project by Clir Renewables is a renewable energy asset management and reporting software that is creating a step change in the renewable power industry, particularly in wind energy, boosting operating performance and improving revenues.
-Provides world-class data integrity, analytics and reporting never before combined and implemented in one package.
-Provides intelligent analysis and recommendations to provide clarity on the asset operations and protect the long term health of the asset.
-Improves wind farm operations and thereby increases the expected annual wind farm revenues through additional electricity sales.
Boost is a Vancouver-based cleantech startup that provides municipal wastewater treatment plants and livestock farmers with a treatment process called IMPACT. This groundbreaking technology reduces the volume of sewage sludge and manure, saves operational costs and enables resource recovery from waste. It is an innovative physical chemical process that uses microwave irradiation in combination with an oxidant to heat the sludge and solubilize its solid portion. Our company works directly with the end users, by providing them with an initial design, customized to their specific needs. We partner with equipment suppliers and consulting engineers to build, install, and commission the units for each client.
AIS is committed to state-of-art research in Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) to solve industry challenges.
R&D is the backbone of our technological capabilities. We perform market studies to understand the bottlenecks and find ways to address them by using robotics systems. In this endeavor we collaborate with universities, governmental organizations and industry.
Ourtrack record is based on successful implementation of many industrial automation projects over the years overseas, where a combination of robotics and system integration have been used to simplify difficult manufacturing processes and substantially increase productivity, quality and safety.
Calmura Natural Wallsis developing a factory-produced high-performance wall system for residential builders of projects that want to have the least impact on the environment and the most benefit to the homeowners. The patent-pending system is based off a recyclable biocomposite panel with a matching infill that works in conjunction with standard wood framing practices. This completely renewable and recyclable system not only provides superior thermal insulation and manages indoor humidity levels, but also protects inhabitants from fire, mold, and pests.
Buildings account for over one-third of CO2 emissions in North America. By locking biocarbon in the composite material, Calmura is creating a carbon-negative solution for buildings that can last for centuries, ultimately reducing landfill waste as well. Â The multi-functional biocomposite panel could additionally be used in floor, ceiling, basement and exterior insulation applications and carries a fully VOC-free, high indoor-air-quality and comfort benefit to inhabitants.
Skaha Remote Sensing is developing sensor technology that can measure soil moisture remotely over large areas. This technology is being used in agriculture where the sensor in mounted on a UAV and is used to map moisture of top soil over entire crop fields. This information is used by growers and agronomists to maximize crop yield and reduce water and energy usage. Existing soil moisture sensors provide only spot measurements of humidity in very localized areas, or can only be deployedÂ on bare fields without vegetation. Skaha\’s airborne remote sensor is not affected by vegetation and can quickly map soil moisture of an entire crop field with high resolution. Pilot projects to test this sensor were conducted in 2015 and are continuing in 2016, with other applications for this technology being explored as well.
ReCharged has created a unique social enterprise business model that allows us to provide cities with electric vehicle charging stations, at no cost, as a way to build out much needed infrastructure ahead of demand. By utilizing ReCharged’s platform, cities can generate more awareness around clean personal transportation, promote local businesses and events, while also receiving a share of advertising revenue. ReCharged has taken the traditional transit shelter advertising model and applied it to charging stations as a way to grow rapidly while giving back to the community, through ReCharged Eco-Venture fund, which will help kickstart more green initiatives.
Novarc Technologies is a leader in automation technology for pipe welding. Our patent pending proprietary technology is implemented in our premier Spool Welding Robot (SWR). SWR is specifically designed for pipe spool fabrication, small pressure vessel welding or similar 1G radial welding. Interactive user input, machine vision, adaptive control and collaborative robotic technologies are integrated in a single dedicated machine that produces fast, efficient and repeatable weld quality.
Neurio Technology, formerly Energy Aware, is the developer of a simple mass market technology that will accelerate the advent of the intelligent home by offering people peace of mind and helping them save energy. With one affordable device, we make all appliances smart and connected, allowing them to communicate with the homeowner.
www.aljadix.com is a seed stage venture commercializing renewable diesel from microalgae feedstock. Our process uses no land and no freshwater making it cost-effective and highly scalable. Our patented microalgae cultivation platform floats on the sea surface and is driven by freely available sunlight.The platform is fully-sealed and designed thermodynamically to capture a maximum of solar energy and carbon dioxide in the microalgae feedstock with a minimum of environmental impact. High-efficiency harvesting and hydrothermal liquefaction convert the biomass to renewable diesel and a co-product of chemically inert carbon hydrochar. The result is a breakthrough for cost-effective climate saving technology: highly-scalable carbon negative renewable diesel. Aljadix is competing in the $20m NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize http://carbon.xprize.org/teams/aljadix
SprayWerx Technologies, Inc. specializes in surface engineering manufacturing processes using thermal spray and laser technologies for wear and corrosion protection. SprayWerx has unique technologies and solutions and has built a worldwide network of collaboration partners who themselves are engaged in state of the art surface engineering technologies. This collaboration network allows SprayWerx to supply complete and cost effective surface engineering manufacturing solutions to end users. These solutions are applied to the high tech, clean energy, aerospace, shipbuilding and oil and gas industries, among others.
Recycle Now! Organics Enterprises LTD is a Vancouver based corporation that provides innovative solutions to recycling. By providing unique services, with an emphasis on client convenience, Recycle Now! Organics Enterprises LTD allows their partners to develop more effectively efficient sustainable movements.
Only 8% of plastics generated today will be recycled, yet the costs to haul, store, sort and process are enormous. Using patented microwave pyrolysis technology, Pyrowave places small, modular units directly onsite at both recyclers and producers of plastic waste. Pyrowave expands the range of recyclable materials, reduces logistics costs and produces higher value end products. Pyrowave cares about the environment. Its technology reduces waste landfilling, waste incineration and waste hauling via a net positive energy process.
NOMAD’s designers and engineers have certainly pushed the limits of small-space living. By incorporating innovative loft access, abundance of natural light, and varied ceiling heights, this tiny home feels truly bigger than its four walls. “We knew that a space this size could feel comfortable with enough thought. Our goal was to produce a liveable, efficient home with minimal impact on yard space and the environment”. 35 years of design and home-building experience provided the answers. NOMAD’s living room, kitchen, bathroom, stair, bedroom, and storage are all seamlessly integrated: access to the loft doubles as a kitchen, a window adds light to one area and a higher ceiling to another, a bathroom doubles as a shower, storage that can be used as seating, and so on. These features are not obvious at first glance, but all are essential to NOMAD’s livability.
NOMAD’s concept expanded significantly when it was engineered for home assembly and shipment worldwide. Following successful prototype engineering, developing, and testing, NOMAD is now in production in British Columbia, Canada.
Mavi is a Vancouver based company building community scale cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines. These turbines convert energy from tidal and river currents into clean and predictable power. Our initial product offering, the 20kW Mi1 Turbine, is undergoing field testing at the Canadian Hydrokinetic Test Centre prior to being integrated into an off-grid community. Mavi also provides expert engineering services to the Marine Aerospace and Renewable Energy sectors.
MTT Innovation Inc. is a pre-revenue, privately held hi-tech start-up in the field of imaging and display technology. With over 55 years of combined imaging experience and having been part of the development and commercialization process of the LED-TV with BrightSide and Dolby Labs, they are uniquely suited to bring innovative imaging solutions to market.
Instream Energy Systems is a pioneering developer of hydrokinetic systems and projects for near shore tidal and inland applications offering renewable energy that is predictable and reliable. The Company’s scalable vertical axis hydrokinetic turbines (VAHTs) efficiently convert the kinetic energy in moving water into cost-competitive, renewable electricity with minimal environmental impact. Instream both develops and deploys hydrokinetic turbines for the sale of electricity in multiple markets.
Intermetallica is an advanced material start-up aiming to disrupt conventional metals manufacturing which has remained unchanged for decades. Intermetallic Surface Alloys will enable improved product lifecycles for materials, which ultimately will lead to a sustainable impact.
GR Green Building Products Inc. has created the most eco-friendly roofing and siding option in the market from recycled plastic and waste limestone. Through a unique patented process that dramatically changes the material properties of the composite, GR Green up-cycles plastic bags and milk bottles through a cradle to cradle manufacturing standard into extremely useful building materials that can be nailed without breaking (ductile).