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Supporting Alberta's Cleantech Ecosystem

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. 

Accelerating Alberta’s Clean Economy

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:

Agtech in Alberta

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.

Interactive Map of Alberta Cleantech Ventures

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.

This map was produced with support from the Alberta New Energy Economy and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with data from the 2019 Alberta Cleantech Sector Report.

Alberta Team Members

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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.

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

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.

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