Fireside Chat:
AI Empowerment:
Scaling Cleantech Ventures

  • Date: May 23, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Organizer: Foresight
Fireside Chat: AI Empowerment: Scaling Cleantech Ventures

Dive into the transformative potential of AI for cleantech at Foresight’s upcoming Fireside Chat, AI Empowerment: Scaling Cleantech Ventures. Whatever your AI experience level, this panel will explore how your venture can harness the power of artificial intelligence.

Our panelists will demystify AI's capabilities, offering practical insights on streamlining processes and integrating technology into business strategies.

Dive deep into AI’s capabilities and tools that help you with project management, meeting management, reporting, and more. Learn effective approaches for engaging tech experts, pinpointing AI's successes and challenges, and integrating AI into product development. Our expert panel, with backgrounds in AI and tech adoption, is primed to address your cleantech needs.

Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your cleantech venture. Register now for strategic insights and actionable tips.

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Alireza Sharifi (Partner & Fractional CTO at Nubinary) is a software engineering PhD from the University of Waterloo. His research interests include Machine Learning and Security. Alireza applies software engineering theory and practice to solve industry problems. Alireza brings years of experience in software consulting including vulnerability consulting at TELUS Labs, where he researched and analyzed remotely accessible applications including web, DNS, and proxy servers. As a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), he has helped many companies comply with security and privacy standards and regulations.

I'm James Rowe (Technology Strategy & Digital Transformation Expert at Insightful Innovations), your go-to guy for turning small and medium-sized ventures into thriving enterprises. As the leader of Insightful Innovation, I’m all about empowering businesses to scale and expand their systems with finesse.

With a two decade adventure in the tech sector, my journey is a blend of tech mastery and leadership acumen, dedicated to refining business systems for peak efficiency. Founding and scaling businesses? Been there, done that. My focus? Crafting operational models that are not just scalable but also impeccably efficient.

My secret sauce? A knack for systems thinking and strategic alignment, pinpointing and solving the operational puzzles that could slow you down. Leveraging my breadth of experience, I’m here to steer your business toward success and efficiency. I also have a fondness for puns and wordplay, often weaving them into my professional interactions for a bit of humour. Additionally, I've committed nearly four decades to playing the trombone in concert bands, reflecting my longstanding passion for music and the arts.

James Chepyha is a corporate finance professional with over 20 years of experience working with companies to manage strategic and financial issues.  James has worked with hundreds of companies to advise, structure and develop strategies to manage financial and operational challenges.  

In addition to James' work with Foresight, James is the Chief Financial Officer and VP of Corporate Development for QSi, a high-tech company focused on next-generation ultra-low power computing technology as well as an Independent Corporate Director for a number of high-tech companies. 

James has been responsible for establishing new operations for multiple major companies including Goldman Sachs where he was a principal investor.  As a Vice President for Chrysalix Venture Capital, an alternative energy & cleantech VC, James was responsible for investing in early-stage energy technology companies.  In this regard, James worked with a broad range of energy and cleantech companies to construct capital solutions.   

James's experience includes both equity and debt capital.  James was responsible for establishing and managing Union Bank of California's Canadian operations. Responsibilities included all aspects of the Bank's Canadian operations including portfolio development. James has worked for both domestic and foreign financial institutions in Canada with a focus on corporate, debt, equity and structured finance. James graduated with a B.Comm. with Honours from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.  James also holds the ICD.D designation.