2013 - Primary Resources

Primary Resources

Dr. Anthony Watanabe PhD

CEO, Innovolve

Canada has the world’s largest supply of freshwater-which doesn’t excuse but does perhaps explain our poor track record of stewardship. Out to change all that, Anthony has brought together diverse corporate interests, including Molson-Coors, IBM, RBC, BASF and others, has led conferences and has served as an expert to water organizations, the media and government panels such as the Council of the Federation – all in support of building a Blue Brand for Canada. This involves engaging our clean tech industry, our municipal leaders and our industry innovators in promoting Canada as a country with equal parts freshwater and fresh ideas for protecting it.


Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Watanabe's commitments were:

- I will facilitate one multi-stakeholder dialogue event on sustainability
- I will challenge one nonbeliever
- I will Buy an electric car within five years
- I will be ready by investing heavily in R&D

In Addition: Honourees identified good ideas they liked and would do their best to support. Watanabe's "Likes" were:

- I will mentor one (or more) person(s) building a career in sustainability
- I will volunteer on the board of a sustainability-focused organization
- I will make it personal
- Demonstrate how clean-tech adoption = more cash!
- Will lead the leaders
- Encourage other innovators to overcome barriers
- I will Encourage Clean50 to become an advocacy group to all levels of government re: energy
- I will seize the opportunity to frame the dialogue appropriately,( eg droughts, jobs and the economy)