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Building Alberta’s Cleantech Ecosystem

In 2021, the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia) joined forces with Foresight Canada to do more for Alberta Cleantech. Foresight is continuing ACTia’s mission to position Alberta as a global leader in cleantech, by providing a leading voice; fostering local and global connections between technology developers, entrepreneurs, investors and customers; and is accelerating industry development.

Support for Cleantech in Alberta

Acceleration Programs

Foresight has supported the growth of more than 150 Alberta-based cleantech ventures through our Acceleration programs. Our range of programs - from startup to C-suite development - offer training, expert coaching, and connections to help innovators build thriving businesses.

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Venture Showcases

Several Alberta companies have been named to the Foresight 50, recognizing the country’s most investable cleantech ventures. The province’s innovators have also been featured in Foresight’s Demo Day showcases, sector-specific events, and investor matchmaking programs.

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Venture Profiles

Foresight is telling the story of Alberta’s emerging cleantech ventures through campaigns such as the Cleantech Coast to Coast Roadtrip and our annual #WomenLeadingCleantech program.

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Industry Challenges

Foresight’s Challenge programs connect cleantech innovators with industry seeking solutions. A number of Alberta companies have taken part in past Challenges, including ZILA Works, winner of the 2021 Vestas SDG Connect Challenge. We’re working hard to connect more of them with industry partnership opportunities.

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Bringing Together the Cleantech Ecosystem

Foresight partners with many Alberta-based organizations to host webinars, venture showcases, and investor events. Recent events include:

  • February 2021: The New Energies Era Event: H2 & CCUS 
  • March 2021: Alberta Cleantech Investment Summit
  • March 2021: Carbon Export: Canadian Cleantech Innovation on the Global Stage
  • June 2021: Alberta Agtech Startup Event
  • November 2021: CRIN/carbonNEXT Carbon & Hydrogen Innovation Showcase
  • Spring 2022: Prairies Cleantech Investment Summit

Alberta Team Members

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Gary Tong

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Stephanie Bailey

Regional Director, Alberta

Stephanie has over 20 years of professional environmental experience in both Canada and the United States. She has demonstrated expertise in environmental policy and sustainable program development strategy as member of industry, a consultant and an employee of a regulatory agency.

She completed undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from Auburn University and Geography from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance through the Australian Institute of Business.

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Lesley MacKinnon

Director, Development and Special Projects

Lesley is an impact strategist focused on system transformation with over a decade of innovation-oriented experience in the charitable and social impact space. Her career portfolio includes leadership roles, high net worth philanthropy, ecosystem mapping and engagement, and designing partnership-based initiatives.

In her role as Director, Development and Special Projects at Foresight, Lesley provides an organizational perspective to the strategic initiatives, partnerships, and emerging opportunities that position the organization for continued growth.

Lesley currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Alberta as Board sponsor for revenue diversification. She holds a BA (Honours) in Global Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies and an MA in Political Economy, both from Carleton University.

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Li Kang

Events Coordinator

Li is a relationship builder and a solution provider with experience in events management and marketing coordination in nonprofit organizations, including the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and recently graduated from the University of Calgary with an MBA in Marketing.

Kris Hodgson-Bright

Content Manager

Kris supports Foresight’s blog posts, thought leadership papers, and programming content. His background includes eight years instructing courses in the Digital Communications and Media and Multimedia Production diploma programs, 17 years in the media industry, five years in economic development and three years in community capacity building encouraging renewable energy adoption.

Jason Switzer

VP, Growth & Capital

Its Executive Director since 2016, Jason Switzer led the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance to join with Foresight in Spring 2021.  With a new focus on unlocking Capital for Canadian cleantech ventures, Jason brings 20 years of experience in developing industrial and natural climate solutions, partnerships and policy with organizations including the Pembina Institute, Cenovus Energy, Shell, and IISD.  A cofounder of the Canada Clean Technology Alliance and of Biological Carbon Canada, Jason is vice chair of the SIF-backed Clean Resources Innovation Network, Alberta Ecotrust’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund Advisory Committee, and sits on the CSA Committee on Transition and Sustainable Finance.  Jason holds master’s degrees in engineering and public policy from MIT, and co-hosts Canada’s leading energy and environment podcast, Pipelines and Turbines.

Jason leads Foresight’s efforts to unlock capital for Canadian cleantech at all stages, including through supportive policy, dealflow events, growing Canada’s angel community, fostering global investor relationships, and supporting Foresight’s investment funds.

Andrea Bravo

Manager, agriNEXT & Special Projects

Andrea is a collaboration and communication-driven individual specializing in environmental and agricultural economics and policy. Prior to joining Foresight’s team in Alberta, Andrea worked at Ontario Agri-Food Technologies as Communication Coordinator, where she supported the delivery and tracking of programs, workshops and events which enabled the commercialization of innovative agricultural technologies. Andrea graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a major in environmental economics and policy.

Amanda Lo

Program Manager - Prairies

Amanda is a driven individual with experience in operations and project management. Through her time with Foresight, she has developed meaningful relationships within the cleantech ecosystem. Amanda is dedicated towards making Canada a global leader in cleantech.
Amanda graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, providing a strong technical understanding of, and appreciation for, the cleantech companies she supports. In early 2020, she was selected to participate in the 2020 Leading Change Forum in Vancouver – a program for young professionals with the common vision to achieve a more sustainable future