Michel Laberge

Founder and Chief Scientist, General Fusion

In his pursuit of fusion energy, Michel and his company General Fusion have the potential to transform the energy landscape. Fusion is the ultimate carbon-free energy source; derived from sea-water and with zero emissions, no long-lived waste, and at costs comparable to fossil fuels. Since 2002 General Fusion has transformed Canada into a leading commercial fusion development hub, collecting 29 patents, employing 65 scientists, and raising over $100 million in capital, much of it internationally sourced.  Its technology leadership has also enhanced Canada’s reputation world-wide, something on which other Canadian clean tech companies capitalize when seeking talent or capital.
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Majid Bahrami

Professor, Simon Fraser University

A serial inventor with a great team of Masters students, Dr. Bahrami is back for a second year in a row, this time with a solar powered hybrid atmospheric water generation (HAWGen) system that enables harvesting potable water from the atmosphere virtually everywhere sustainably and with no by-products.  Its patent pending technology creates a consistently humid ambient airflow within the unit, resulting in superior water generation—even in hot and dry climates where conventional systems fail. By using only low-grade thermal energy [e.g., geothermal, solar, waste or exhaust heat], HAWgen has no negative environmental impact on marine life or the environment.

David Bressler

Professor, Executive Director, University of Alberta, Biorefining Conversions Network

David is the technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a biofuel start up created to commercialize his patented breakthrough process. At one end  an “ugly” feedstock such as animal fat, beef tallow, crop seed oil or even restaurant grease. At the other - pure gas or diesel fuel. Most biofuel lacks the energy density of crude oil based products – Not so in this case: the same energy as fossil fuel based products – but better because there’s no impurities: no metals, sulphur or nitrogen. Forge has a pre-production facility under construction expected to produce 200,000 litres of high octane fuel per year.

Kevin Moran

Vice President, Process Development, Titanium Corporation

The problem with oil sands is…  the oil and the sand!  Simply put, extracting oil requires miners to first mix it with hot water and chemical solvents, which then become part of the tailings waste stream. Kevin and Titanium have CVWtm – a sustainable technology that remediates that waste, capturing 4 times more of the solvents before the tailings go into ponds, dramatically reducing impacts, enabling both water and solvents to be reused.  If deployed across the industry, CVWtm would annually reduce future GHGs by 4 megatonnes, VOCs by 55 kilotonnes, and water use by 40 million cubic meters, while hastening the remediation of tailings ponds.