Our vision is to position Alberta as a world leader in cleantech by providing expertise to navigate the cleantech sector, and by strengthening the ecosystem.
By joining forces with Foresight, ACTia has built on a successful track record of matchmaking, ecosystem mapping, and private capital mobilization. To this we add venture accelerator programs, global mentor network, and industry-led Innovation Challenges. Together, we have the scale, resources, expertise, and relationships needed to help Alberta’s innovators succeed in cleantech.
“ACTia is both an active voice for Clean Tech Innovation in Alberta and a responsive connector at the intersection of entrepreneur/innovators, government, services, and investors. Their events create opportunities to relax and network as well as to engage, learn and influence.”
Join a growing community of engaged entrepreneurs, industry, investors, academics, and innovators across Alberta committed to cleantech innovation.
For more information about the Alberta Cleantech Sector, check out our:
Foresight is making Alberta a global leader in agtech. With support from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, ACTia (now Foresight Alberta) developed resources to promote agtech opportunities, including:
Foresight is taking a leading role in events that accelerate agtech:
Funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
This map highlights the geographical reach and distribution of jobs and economic opportunity by Alberta’s clean technology ventures. Use this map to learn more about the wide array of clean technologies being developed by Alberta’s entrepreneurs and innovators.
Foresight supports cleantech entrepreneurs across Canada through our Kickstart, Launch, Deliver, and Grow programs. Learn more about upcoming course dates in your area, or apply to join a virtual cohort .
Validate your cleantech business idea with the support of experienced executive coaches who hold you accountable to your goals.Learn More
Learn to develop a minimum viable product, validate potential markets, and effectively communicate with investors and funding partners.Learn More
Develop your technology development roadmap with the support of subject matter experts and mentors to transform your ideas into viable products.Learn More
Discover how to grow and scale your cleantech venture by strengthening your leadership team.Learn More
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.
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.
Analyst, Policy & 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.
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