Foresight Announces Strategic Advisory Board for Canada’s waterNEXT Cluster

November 10, 2020

Advisory Board to maximize the impact of water technology acceleration and innovation programs across Canada.

Vancouver, CANADA – November 10, 2020 — Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre (Foresight) announced today the formation of the waterNEXT Advisory Board, an esteemed group of scientific and business leaders in the water sector chosen to advise the waterNEXT pan-Canadian cluster on opportunities to maximize the impact of its programs and services.

“We are excited to welcome this exemplary group of advisors to the waterNEXT board. They bring decades of leadership in how to accelerate and grow markets that are vital to both water security and the future success of the sector,” said Jeanette Jackson, Foresight CEO. “The formation of this board strengthens our commitment to the water sector and the global transition to a green economy.“

This advisory board greatly increases the depth of our combined multinational, government, and entrepreneurial experience,” said Kim Sturgess, CEO, WaterSMART. “I’m confident this advisory board will bring a dynamic and strategic perspective to the waterNEXT Cluster as it drives growth in this rapidly-changing and vitally important industry.” 

waterNEXT Advisory Board Members

  • Jeanette Jackson, CEO, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
  • Kim Sturgess, CEO, WaterSMART
  • Rick Van Sant, Senior Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
  • Rodger Bernar, Archer Business Development
  • Terry Mah, Thales Water Advisors
  • Bruce Edgelow, Managing Partner, EdgeMark Capital, and Advisory Services Inc.
  • John Van Ham, Executive Director, InnoTech Alberta
  • Jeff Guild, Vice President, BlueTech Research
  • Jack Elliott, Principal, Scorpion Advisors

For more information please contact:

Astrid Nunez
Foresight, Marketing & Events Manager
[email protected]

waterNEXT - A Pan-Canada Cluster
The waterNEXT cluster brings together water technology innovators from across Canada to accelerate the growth and adoption of Canadian cleantech water companies domestically and abroad. waterNEXT offers members direct access to globally recognized water experts in business and technology, leveraging Foresight’s industry-leading accelerator programming and market-driven innovation initiatives. waterNEXT is powered by Foresight, and offered in partnership with WaterSMART Canada. Find out more at

About Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

Foresight is Western Canada’s Cleantech Innovation Centre which supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. We bring together industry, government, academia and technologists to innovate and enable a responsible, more sustainable tomorrow. Find out more at and follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.

About WaterSMART

WaterSMART Solutions Ltd, is a water management and environmental solutions firm in Calgary, AB. WaterSMART improves water management practices by designing, recommending, and implementing industry-leading strategies, technologies, and solutions. Water for a sustainable economy is the foundation of their business, and the solutions they recommend always create economic and social gains that also balance the needs of the watershed and the environment. Find out more at