Jeanette Jackson


Jeanette is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur with broad experience in technology, business development, marketing, and operations. As the CEO of Foresight, Jeanette has led rapid growth, transforming a regional organization into Canada’s largest cleantech accelerator. Since 2018, under her leadership, Foresight has expanded accelerator programs from one province to national, built a vibrant Industry Innovation Program, and launched a sectoral approach to accelerate cleantech innovation. Jeanette is a frequent speaker, media guest, and advisor to industry and government.

Prior to joining Foresight, Jeanette was founding CEO of Light-Based Technologies, which she built into a thriving enterprise with venture capital supports and a successful personal exit in 2011. As President of The Brag Company, she oversaw the complete restructuring of the business and sale of the company in just two years. As an Executive in Residence with Foresight, Jeanette advised more than 20 ventures in several markets including bio-energy, electric vehicles, smart buildings, water tech, robotics and wind.

Alan Shapiro

Director, waterNEXT

Alan is a water and sustainability professional and an instructor in BCIT’s School of Business + Media. Since January 2021, he has been leading Foresight’s new waterNEXT initiative, developing a pan-Canada ecosystem to support the acceleration and adoption of Canadian water innovation and technologies.

As Principal at Shapiro & Company, Alan works with industry, non-profit, and research sector clients on complex, crunchy water and sustainability challenges through amplifying the impact of purpose-driven organizations, building ecosystems to enable coordinated action, and helping to train the next generation of environmental leaders. His previous consulting roles, including with PGL Environmental, have included work on environmental impact assessments, groundwater studies, water management plans, and contaminated sites investigations.

Alan also serves as an advisor for the Centre for Social Innovation’s Climate Ventures accelerator and a mentor through the Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver network. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta.

Bruce Edgelow

Advisory Board

Bruce has 45 years of banking experience with a focus on lending to the oil and gas industry.

After having spent 31 years with Royal Bank of Canada, Bruce joined ATB in July 2003 and took on the responsibility to help build ATB Financial’s Energy business and capabilities. In early 2015 he headed up their Turnaround Assistance Group, providing leadership to ATB’s sales teams whose clients were experiencing financial difficulties through the downturn. He retired from the organization March 31, 2017, at which point he and his business associate Mark George formed EdgeMark Capital and Advisory Services Ltd. They specialize in advising entities related to their capital needs and sourcing either debt or equity on a fee for service basis.

Bruce has attained the ICD.D designation. He is a very active participant in community and church activities. He serves as a Director for Calgary Health Foundation and Chairs the Peter Lougheed Centre Development Council. He is vice-chair of Trellis, the predecessor agency post the merger of Boys & Girls Club & Aspen Family and Community Network and an advisor to Canada Water NEXT Innovations Inc.

Bruce also serves as a member of the Alberta Government’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council and is a board member of Bumble Bees Venture Capital.

Jack Elliot

Advisory Board

Mr. Elliott has over 40 years of experience in construction and technology-enabled engineering. He was President and CEO of Pure Technologies Ltd. (“Pure”) until the company was acquired by Xylem, a leading provider of water technologies and solutions, in February 2018. During his tenure, Mr. Elliott was instrumental in building Pure into a world leader in technology-driven condition assessment, monitoring and analysis of water, wastewater and oil and gas pipelines.

From April 2018 until June 2020, Mr. Elliott was a Director of DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (DRT:TSX), a technology-enabled provider of high-quality customized prefabricated wall systems for building interiors. Prior to joining Pure, Mr. Elliott’s experience included general management and engineering roles with several leading construction companies. Mr. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from National University of Ireland (University College Cork).

Jeff Guild

Advisory Board

Jeff is an internationally recognized expert on water technologies and their markets, with over 25 years’ of commercial and technical experience gained from engagements with start-ups, investors and large corporations in the dynamic global water space. He is globally connected and uniquely positioned to advise companies on their technology portfolios and future innovation strategies. Jeff has worked with global Fortune 500 corporates including P&G, BHP, L’Oréal, Unilever, Samsung and PepsiCo. Jeff has also advised many leading utilities such as Metro Vancouver, DC Water, OCWD, Singapore PUB and Severn Trent Water, helping them create business and asset management plans.

A business strategist and water industry leader who knows how to impact the bottom line, Jeff has advised businesses with wastewater treatment technologies, has led technology acquisition and integration projects, and has structured and negotiated strategic alliances, joint ventures and licensing agreements. Jeff has managed technology scale-ups, executed technology commercialization projects, and has held senior process engineering and project management roles in both the municipal and industrial market sectors.

Jeff is widely recognized for his expertise in market analysis and ability to identify growth opportunities. He has successfully worked with numerous venture-backed water companies and has assisted a number of Venture Capital and Private Equity funds such as XPV Capital, True North Venture Partners, SKion and Emerald Ventures, helping them identify water sector investment opportunities. Jeff also advises companies on acquisitions, running comprehensive due diligence projects to assess assets, liabilities and evaluate commercial potential. He has supported Morgan Stanley, Baird Capital, Novozymes, Hitachi, DuPont, and Siemens, to name a few.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Resource Engineering and a Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has authored several published papers, has delivered numerous presentations at water and wastewater conferences, and is a co-author for the Humana Press “Handbook of Environmental Engineering” series. Jeff is an active member of WEF and provides mentorship to a variety of accelerators, funds and SMEs in the water space.

John Van Ham

Advisory Board

John Van Ham is the Executive Director for Sector Alignment & Programs at InnoTech Alberta. He’s responsible for fostering relationships and alignment with others in the innovation ecosystem, including priority clientele, industry associations, technology consortia, and public and private sector organizations in the research and tech development space (provincial and national). The group also works with public sector investment and granting programs, to align InnoTech’s research capacity and capabilities (facilities, equipment and people) with provincial R&D needs.

John has worked extensively in the private and public sectors. Most recently at Alberta Innovates, he was an Executive Director in Clean Resources, focused on investment funding for R&D in environmental innovation. Prior to InnoTech & Alberta Innovates, John spent much of his career in the natural resource sectors, working for industry (ConocoPhillips and Geomaque Exploration), not-for-profit organizations (International Institute for Sustainable Development), government agencies, and several start-up companies/organizations in oil & gas, renewables, clean-tech, mining and agriculture.

John has a track record as a driven and resourceful leader in the natural resource and clean tech sectors, with a passionate for innovation and strategy to create business and product sustainability. Assets include deep expertise in corporate strategy and business planning, combined with extensive operational and field experience. This background enables a core strength in leading organizations through complex external environments, to achieve knowledge-based or technical solutions that deliver economic value, environmental stewardship, and social progress.

John has a Master of Environmental Design Degree (MEDes) and a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) – double major in Geology and Geophysics – both from the University of Calgary. John lives in Calgary with his wife and family, and enjoys all activities related to food, travel and the great outdoors.

Kariann Aaurup

Advisory Board

Kariann has been with Aqua Forum since 2017, focusing on scaling its flagship program, the AquaHacking Challenge.

Motivated by sustainability-focused outcomes, especially those that engage stakeholders from multiple sectors, Kariann enjoys finding the sweet spot around which partners can collaborate to amplify impact. Originally from Montreal, enjoying the freshwater lakes of the Laurentians, Kariann grew up in a family enterprise and holds an MBA from McGill University. Committed to change-agency, Kariann has brought her passion for social innovation to all her work – as founder and Executive Director of a national cross-sector internship program, instructor at the Desautels School of Business, and 10 years of community and external relations in the mining sector. She is very happy to be back in the non-profit world, making use of her business background to positively impact freshwater health.

Kariann has been in BC since 2013 and lives in Victoria, with her partner and two children. The silver lining of COVID has meant less travel and more hygge home-time, for which the whole family is happy. In her spare time, Kariann enjoys seaside dog walks, driftwood collecting and cooking. She also loves to bake sourdough bread for family & friends.

Kim Sturgess

Advisory Board

Kim Sturgess is an Executive-In-Residence for the Watertech Program at Foresight; founder and CEO of WaterSMART Solutions Ltd. and has successfully led the organization since its inception in 2005. She is also the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Alberta WaterPortal Society, which provides education on key water issues in Alberta and around the world.

As the CEO of several technology based companies over her career, Kim has extensive experience in technology start-ups and technology management, as well as in oil and gas, pipelines, and industrial products and services. In addition to serving on the boards of her own companies, she has served on the boards of CCI Thermal Technologies, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Alberta Land Institute, the Alberta Water Council, the Calgary Airport Authority, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the National Research Council, APEGA, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and Queen’s University. She also served as President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Kim graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Physics, and from Western University with a Master of Business Administration. In 2016, Kim received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Queen’s University, and in 2018 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.

In 2007, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2012 she was named Business Woman of the Year in Calgary by Consumers Choice Awards. In 2015 she was awarded the SCI Canada Medal and was recognized by the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation for her Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community.

Kim has been recognized with the YWCA Women of Distinction award, the Global Woman of Vision award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Achievement Award from Queen’s University, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. In 2015, she was awarded the Order of Canada for her outstanding achievements, dedication to community, and service to the nation.

Kim continues to build on her lifelong passion for water to make water management a priority for corporations, interest groups and policy makers at home in Alberta, in Canada and in the world.

Robert E. Kulhawy

Advisory Board

Robert was the founder (former CEO and Executive Chairman) of newterra Group Ltd. – a global leader in the research, development and manufacturer of practical environmental and water treatment solutions.

Robert was appointed to and served on Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and Economy.

Robert currently serves as:
• Executive Chairman of Cleantech Utilities Inc.
• Member Board of Directors of BURNCO Rock Products Ltd.
• CEO of Commerx Corporation – a leader in Telecom Services network transformation, Billing Revenue Management, and Digital Technology Solutions with projects, staff, operations and clients across North America, Central America and the Caribbean
• Executive Chairman of CLAS (Canadian Land Access Systems)

And is currently a member of:
• The Commanderie de Bordeaux, Confrerie du Tastevin, Chaine des Rotisseurs
• YPO Alberta Gold

Some of his past capacities include:
• Global Advisory Board of the Thomas and Charles Edison Foundations
• International President and the structural architect of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
• Member of the President’s Council and international board member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)
• Longtime judge of the finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
• Chairman of the Premiers’ CEO Advisory Board
• Co-founder and Chair YPO Homes of Hope

Robert is co-author of “The Canadian Creed”, a featured speaker on water and environment, business, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, wine, technological innovation, and advocates businesses donating their excess capacity to worthwhile charitable endeavours.

Rodger Bernar

Advisory Board

Rodger is a business and technology development professional with expertise in strategy, business analysis, customer acquisition and retention, product development and management. He is experienced in commercializing new products and services and skilled in researching and determining new business development opportunities across the water, energy, power, agriculture and pulp and paper sectors. He has extensive experience from both the technology developer and industrial client consumer perspective.

Rick VanSant

Advisory Board

Rick is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

He serves as a Senior Advisor to the cleantech sector at MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, and is a member of the Board of Advisors to WaterNEXT, the water cluster accelerator with Foresight Cleantech Centre, British Columbia. Rick is also a Director and the CEO of Aclarus Ozone Water Systems, a Director of Island Water Technologies, a partner with Toronto based private equity investment group 1440 Capital, and past Chair of WaterTAP Ontario, the province of Ontario’s water technology accelerator.

From 2002 to 2018 he was President and founding CEO of UV Pure Technologies, a Canadian environmental technology company that develops and manufactures advanced UV water disinfection technology. Prior to UV Pure, Rick founded several public and private companies and was a member and Director of the Young Presidents’ Organization, in Toronto.

He has a degree in Astro-geophysics from Colgate University, a Masters of Education from St. Lawrence University, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business’ Institute of Corporate Directors program.

Terry Mah

Advisory Board

Dr. Terry Mah is an innovative performance-oriented leader and manager with 20+ years of international experience and a passion for water. Dr. Mah has a proven track record of technology development & commercialization, business development and transformation, profitable growth, and value creation across a diverse and challenging background of highly specialized activities and geographies.

Terry is the Co-Founder of Thales Water Advisors, Founder of The Malabar Group, and Co-Founder of TerraFin Partners whose activities are focused on innovation and strategies that bring positive impact. Prior to this, Terry spent 19 years with Veolia where he held numerous executive positions, including serving as a member of Veolia’s Management Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia North America, and Chief Operating Officer of Veolia’s Global Water Technologies group.

Dr. Mah studied at the University of British Columbia where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology, and received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering