Founder and Managing Partner, Cycle Capital ManagementAlready running what the CVCA states is the most active Canadian venture capital platform in cleantech, with $230M in assets under management, and having leveraged almost $1B for the Canadian green economy, Andrée-Lise never rests. She is also cofounder of Ecotech Québec, the SWITCH Alliance and more recently the Ecofuel Accelerator. The latter has accelerated 11 companies through 3 cohorts since January 2015, and is about to launch its fourth cohort of startups.
, Senior Advisor, MaRS CleantechDenis Leclerc
, President and CEO, Écotech QuébecJonathan Rhone
, Chairman, BC Cleantech CEO AllianceJason Switzer
, Executive Director, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance
Canada Cleantech Team: Jane Kearns, Denis Leclerc, Jonathan Rhone & Jason Switzer
Under the previous federal government Canada fell from 14th to 19th globally in terms of cleantech marketshare. To help reverse this disturbing trend these four leaders have set aside any regional differences and joined forces to form CanadaCleantech, a national coalition. Together, along with exceptional partners, they are working hard to help build Canada into the cleantech superpower that it is well positioned to become.
Vice President, Renewable Energy, Cowater InternationalExport Development Canada (EDC) wanted to support the cleantech industry but knew it needed to modify its approach to risk in the sector. Partnering with SDTC and adapting venture lending approaches, Rod helped stretch EDC’s ability to consider cleantech companies, building a team at EDC that went from zero in 2011 to supporting 157 different transactions by the time of his departure a year ago, without suffering losses. These included helping Canadian cleantech leaders such as Ostara, Endurance Wind Power and Nexterra land major contracts in Europe and elsewhere. Now at Cowater, Rod is providing opportunities to Canadian cleantech companies to participate in major international development projects.
Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Acceleration Partners Inc.Literally the person who first coined the term and defined “clean tech”, Nick has established GAP as the leading cleantech investment group focused on bringing solutions to China, with current projects estimated to reduce CO2 by up to 300Mt/year while building Canada and China's clean economy. Partnering with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI), GAP has worked to build a model that accelerates research, development, and commercialization while cutting costs and, because market need for the solution in China is established in advance, eliminating risk.