CleanTech North 2010: Taking Cleantech Global

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Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 AM: CleanTech North Welcome
Speaker: Henry Vehovec, Executive Director CTN & Event Chair

8:15 – 9:00 AM: “Growing  the Cleantech Cluster: From Idea to Commercial Innovation” Panel
Moderator: Tom Rand, MaRS
Speaker: Celine Bak, Russell Mitchell Group
Speaker: Murray McKinnon, Ledcor CMI Ltd.
Speaker: Susan McLean, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Canada’s emerging clean technology industry promises prosperity by commercializing innovations that help address some of the 21st century’s most pressing problems. Ultimately, the success of Canada’s clean technology industry depends on adoption and deployment of cleantech solutions in international markets. This panel will provide updates to SDTC’s 2010 Cleantech Go-To-Market Report and illustrate with specific international success stories and examples.

9:00 – 9:25 AM: “Open Ontario”
Speaker: Glen Murray, The Honourable Minister of Research and Innovation (http://dev NULL.cleantechnorth NULL.jpg)

Ontario has created the $250-million Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund to co-invest with qualified investors in high-potential companies in three sectors: clean technologies, life sciences and advanced health technologies, and digital media. To date, the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation has successfully closed and announced eight investments under the OETF with Avvasi, b5media, Bering Media Inc., ecobee, Energate, EnviroTower, Morega Systems and Natrix Separations.

9:25 – 9:30 AM: “CleanTech North Awards and Photo Opportunity”
Presenter: Glen Murray, The Honourable Minister of Research and Innovation

CleanTech North will honour its incoming roster of five CleanTech North Companies, as well as the CleanTech North Company of the Year, 2010.  The awards have been generously donated by Tiffany & Co. (http://dev NULL.cleantechnorth NULL.jpg)

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Break and Networking

10:00 – 10:15 AM: “Case Study – Canadian Clean Technology – LumiSmart”
Speaker: Albert Behr, CEO, Cavet Technologies

In the spring of this year, Cavet Technologies Inc. launched the LumiSmart ILC™ – Intelligent Lighting Controller – a purpose-built solution that dramatically reduces power consumed by fluorescent lighting systems with no impact on occupant comfort. Developed, manufactured, and shipped globally from Ontario, the solution is designed for industrial, commercial and institutional properties and can be installed within minutes, providing minimal disruption to daily business activities.

LumiSmart has already launched in 21 countries and now Cavet is taking the technology to the U.S., where it is finding eager customers in big businesses and utilities that need easy retrofit solutions. Hear firsthand about a Canadian success story exemplifying accelerated growth through partnering with strategic services providers.

10:15 – 10:45 AM: “Launching TAF’s Climate Spark Challenge”
Speaker: Tim Stoate, Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a leader in developing cutting-edge climate solutions. TAF turns ideas into action, nurtures new approaches, and clears the way for the wider adoption of critically needed new programs, policies and technologies. TAF uses its own endowment fund to support community and City actions that will help Toronto reach its climate targets.

Building on its success, TAF is launching an exciting new contest that rewards the most innovative business ideas related to the TAF mission. Tim Stoate, of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund will provide attendees with details as to how they and their companies can enter this contest.

10:45 – 11:00 AM: “Innovation for Sustainability”
Speaker: Ian Morton, Summerhill Group

The Innovation for Sustainability initiative is the first of its kind in Canada and holds the promise of driving innovation, sustainability and economic opportunities for Ontario-based manufacturers. Initiated by Summerhill, Innovation for Sustainability is a two year project that brings together The Home Depot and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade to bring innovative products and technologies to market.  It provides the optimal conditions for success, enabling qualified small companies to build the capability and capacity needed to do business with a retailer of The Home Depot’s scale.  Conversely, it builds knowledge within The Home Depot on how to identify, nurture and grow high-potential vendors of innovative products.

Ian Morton, Chairman of Summerhill, will provide details on how organizations may be able to get involved with this initiative. In addition, he will share insights on how small to mid-sized cleantech companies can successfully engage large retailers, such as The Home Depot, as part of their overall distribution strategy.

11:00 – 11:30 PM: “Value Creation in Cleantech”
Speaker: Nicholas Parker, Co-founder, Cleantech Group

The potential for value creation in the cleantech sector is stronger than ever. Many leading strategists suggest that cleantech innovations provide the basis for enduring and sustainable economic recovery and growth. As one of the first investors and thinkers to recognize the importance of clean technology, Nicholas Parker has watched the market mature since the early 2000s, and will share his thoughts on the growth for investors, cleantech companies and venture capitalists. Nick will discuss key trends in the cleantech market and provide insights into how Canadian cleantech companies can harness this potential and grow beyond their Canadian borders.

11:30 – 12:00 PM: “The US is Going Green: But How Green and How Soon?”
Speaker: Matthew Haskins, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

In January 2010, the Obama Administration announced that the Federal government will reduce its own GHG emissions 28% by 2020. This, along with the fact that cleantech has moved from a niche market concern to a mainstream issue –  with interest from Wall Street and Main Street, will create increased demand for clean technologies as both the government and corporations look for ways to reduce consumption and GHG emissions.

Prospects for US carbon legislation are unclear but the Administration is moving ahead without Congress. The US Federal Stimulus Plan aims to fill the financing gap in renewable alternative energy and smart grid projects by investing $150 billion over the next 10 years to develop/deploy climate friendly energy supplies, protect the existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs.

Matthew Haskins, from PricewatehouseCoopers’ Washington National Tax Practice, will provide attendees with an update on the opportunities for the cleantech industry stemming from the November 2nd election in the US and from other US Federal government initiatives.

12:00 – 12:15 PM: “An International VC’s Insight into Cleantech Investment”
Speaker: Whitney Rockley, Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures

It has long been said that the Canadian clean technology industry is undercapitalized.  To successfully grow and compete on the world stage, Canadian cleantech companies need access to new forms of financing to complement public markets and existing private equity. The reluctance of some companies to accept venture capital at the early stages of growth has resulted in the industry as a whole not necessarily reaching its full potential due to the stifled growth. In addition, in an era where capital is scarce cleantech companies are now competing with more traditional investments for funds.

Emerald Technology Ventures is a global leader in clean technology venture capital.  With offices in Switzerland and Toronto, Emerald manages one fo the largest clean technology portfolios across North America and Europe.  Whitney Rockley is a Partner with Emerald, focused on industrial technology investments within the cleantech sector.

12:15 – 12:30 PM: Conference Wrap-Up
(http://dev NULL.cleantechnorth NULL.jpg)Speaker: Henry Vehovec, CTN Executive Director & Event Chair
Speaker: David Pamenter, CTN Founding Member

Award Winners

CleanTech North is proud to present the CTN Award Winners of 2010:

  • Cavet Tech (http://www NULL.cavettech
  • Daymak (http://www NULL.daymak
  • Global Emissions Systems Inc. (http://www NULL.gesi
  • Icegen (http://www NULL.icegeninc
  • Solutions4CO2 (http://s4co2
  • YAVA Technologies Inc. (http://yavatechnologies

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