Our Partners

Foresight and the Centre for Social Innovation have partnered to grow Climate Ventures, which fast-tracks the success of innovators with climate solutions. We are pleased to collaboratively offer Accelerate from Anywhere, an accelerator program that helps cleantech ventures at every stage, from anywhere in Canada.

Through Climate Ventures, Foresight has extended its reach and impact into the Ontario market. This is supported by several Foresight team members who are based in Toronto and the strength of our Foresight team across Canada.

Foresight launched a partnership in 2021 with Innovation Guelph, an Ontario based Regional Innovation Centre focusing on accelerating innovation in agritech and agrifood, cleantech, and supporting women in entrepreneurship. The two organizations collaborate in several areas, including SME acceleration, cleantech challenges, and events.

Support for Cleantech in Ontario

Acceleration Programs

Foresight has supported the growth of close to 100 Ontario-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 Ontario 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.

Venture Profiles

Foresight is telling the story of Ontario’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 Ontario companies have taken part in past Challenges, and we’re working hard to connect more of them with industry partnership opportunities.

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Ontario Team Members

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Barnabe Geis


With over a decade in the impact venture space, Barnabe Geis is the Senior Director of Market Transformation at Foresight Canada, and Senior Director of Cleantech at SI Canada. His work is focused on accelerating the development and adoption of Canadian cleantech. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Climate Ventures, and its founder as a staff member of the Centre for Social Innovation. Climate Ventures fast-tracked the success of 133 early-stage ventures developing and implementing solutions to the climate crisis that earned & raised over $169.1M. Before that, he was the Director of Programs at the Centre for Social Innovation, designing and running programs to grow startups and organizations with a social and/or environmental purpose. He has raised millions in funding for climate action programs, is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and was recognized as one of 50 emerging changemakers and leaders in 2021 by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine. He holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University.


Heather Crochetiere


Heather is a passionate environmental professional with over a decade of experience in empowering impact at a variety of scales. She has proven success in stakeholder and rightsholder engagement, strategic planning and project management. She seeks to catalyze solutions to complex problems.

Prior to joining Foresight, Heather spent ten years at WWF-Canada, where she successfully led many initiatives including WWF-Canada’s tech challenge program, large scale restoration projects with First Nations, grant programs, and environmental legislation engagement. She was part of a global team which worked to create a culture of innovation across the international WWF network. She holds a BSc from McMaster University and a MES from the University of Waterloo.


Shannon Wilson

Program Manager, carbonNEXT

Shannon has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (B. Eng) from the University of Guelph. She has worked in waste management, wastewater, land development engineering, and most recently project management and construction services for a University. Shannon has dreamed of a career in sustainability from a young age. On her personal time you can find her hiking or taking care of her many house plants.

Bonita Mathew

Program Manager, agriNEXT & waterNEXT

Bonita Mathew is a professional with a background in sustainable development. Having grown up in different parts of the world and with an educational background in Communications from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and Sustainable Development from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden), she focuses on the intersectional lens between environmental, social and economic sustainability. She has built and worked on development programming to elevate Canada’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and enjoys engaging people on the move towards cleantech innovation and implementation.


Tyler Maksymiw

Community Manager

Tyler is a sustainability professional interested in leadership development. His experience working in consulting and start-ups has led him to develop his skills in project management, organizational transformation, and leadership.

Tyler holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto, where he studied the effects of leadership models on employee commitment to sustainability.