Wal Van Lierop

President and CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital is leading the charge in making clean tech financially attractive for investors across North America. As Co-Founder, President  & CEO of Chrysalix, Dr. Wal van Lierop was instrumental in helping to bring more foreign capital to Canada than any VC. He is also a leader in pushing clean tech on to the innovation agenda of Canada’s large resource based industries, facilitating the solutions required to shape a sustainable future. He also helped Chrysalix become the best-performing clean tech fund, as published by the influential CalPERS investment fund.

Paul Richardson

CEO, Renewal Funds

Paul Richardson co-founded one of North America's largest early-stage impact investment funds, Renewal Funds, the first Canadian member of Global Impact Investing Rating System. Companies in the Fund's portfolio grew by an average of 40% last year. Over the past 3 years, Renewal Funds has committed over $19 million in 9 sustainable companies, 4 of which are organic food companies, 3 of which are green products companies, and 2 of which are environmental innovation companies. Paul is the past President of EcoJustice and helped negotiate the financial deal for the conservation of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.