Angels: Investors & Eco System Support
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Dr. Rui Resendes

Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada

In 2009, Rui led the creation of GreenCentre, an exciting new commercialization model that is the first of its kind in North America. Through “hands-on” technical and commercialization activities, working with universities from across Canada, GreenCentre harnesses the power of early-stage green chemistry technologies and positions them to make positive environmental and economic impacts. In the past two years, GreenCentre has invested just over $5.6 million into a total of 76 technologies and new ventures from throughout the nation–and leveraged $22 million more. Most importantly, GreenCentre has injected the know-how to help fledging discoveries become transformational. In a recent example, GreenCentre partner Switchable Solutions has demonstrated the ability to extract oil from tar sands without a single drop added to tailings ponds – the first of what one hopes are many exciting innovations to come.