Clean Tech Podcast
Listed below is a series of Clean Tech Podcasts, Interviews, and Webinars, hosted by our Executive Director Jason Switzer.
Listen by either selecting an episode to the left, or clicking on one below for more information.
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Episode 15 : Federal Ag and Cleantech the ACT Program
Check out our interview with Morgan and Erika about the evolution of technology demands and opportunities in the agriculture sector, its link to decarbonization and competitiveness, and how Alberta’s clean tech ventures can leverage the $25M Federal Agricultural Clean Tech program to advance their ventures in precision agriculture and agri-based bioproducts.
Episode 14: Repsol Entrepreneurs Fund Accelerator Program
Hosted by one of the world’s largest oil companies, the Fundacion Repsol Entrepreneurs’ Fund is an oil and gas, energy, mobility and circular economy venture accelerator for pre-commercial startups ready for pilot trials with real customers, or startups that will reach that stage in less than 1-2 years. Ventures have received non-dilutive funding, mentoring, engagement with Repsol’s business units and network, a good-faith commitment to try to pilot, all without any obligation regarding IP or location. Its over 50 graduates include Alberta’s Carbon Upcycling Technologies. Learn more about the program from our podcast interview with Repsol’s Entrepreneurship Manager Gloria Vidal, and apply before March 4!
Episode 13: Alberta Ag and Forests with Barb Archibald and Tom Goddard
Join Jason as he discusses the current situation and future prospects of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry with Barb Archibald and Tom Goddard.
Episode 12: ZenEarth with Charity Callahanh Graham Allen
Join David as he interviews Charity Callahan of Zen Earth! Zen Earth replaces commercial use chemicals used in various industries with more environmentally friendly alternatives.
Episode 11: Power Forward Tech Challenge with Graham Allen
Join Jason as he interviews Graham Allen of NRCan and spokesperson for the Power Forward Tech Challenge. The Cleantech industry is starting to implement a plethora of new and different technologies that have the potential for far reaching impacts.
The Power Forward Challenge is a call for entrepreneurs in Cleantech to design solutions for smart grid technologies in a partnership between Canada and the UK. Listen on for more details!
Episode 10: E3 Metals with Liz Lappin
Join us as we interview Liz Lappin of E3 Metals! E3 Metal’s value proposition is extracting lithium from brine reservoirs located in Alberta for use in large scale electrical grid storage and electric vehicles. Listen for details on the company’s extraction process, what sets E3 Metals apart from other producers, and how they have navigated the Cleantech industry in Alberta.
Episode 9: Terrapin Geothermics with Sean Collins
This Clean Tech Podcasts discusses how Geothermal Energy is gaining traction in Alberta, with great synergies in already existing industries. Join us as we interview Sean Collins of Terrapin Geothermics and talk about scaling geothermal projects, navigating the regulatory environment, and transitioning to a clean economy.
Episode 8: Success Stories with Algae Aquaculture Technologies
Join David in an interview with Grant Kelba of Algae Aquaculture Technologies Canada, a biotech play that creates greenhouses and, with the help of Artificial Intelligence, produces energy and biofuels.
Episode 7: Lynn Cote with Export Development Canada
Join Jason Switzer of ACTia and Lynn Cote of Export Development Canada as they talk about Cleantech, breaching the overseas market, funding agencies, building a pitch, and more.
Episode 6: Success Stories with CleanO2
Learn about how CleanO2 helps others achieve carbon capture and utilization goals with a small, aesthetically pleasing CCUS unit, the business model that makes company work, the origin story behind the company, and what CEO Jaeson Cardiff thinks the cleantech ecosystem can most benefit from.
Episode 5: AI and Advanced Data Analytics for Environmental Performance
In this Clean Tech Podcasts, Nathan Ashcroft (Stantec), Eleni Stroulia (University of Alberta), Kelly Lyons (University of Toronto) and Jason Switzer (ACTia) discuss how Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Machine Learning promise to transform industries and sectors, from agriculture and the built environment through petroleum and zoology. But how? And what is the clean tech opportunity specifically?
Episode 4: Winning 10 Minute Pitches – Getting the Next Meeting with Evan Hu
With Evan Hu – Serial Entrepreneur & Executive Coach & Jason Switzer (ACTia). Is it better to approach with a planning mindset? Or should you engage with an experimental one? Join Jason and Evan as they discuss crucial skills needed for innovative entrepreneurs, from mindset to pitches.
Episode 3: Mike Dixon with WaterNext
With Mike Dixon (WaterNext) and Jason Switzer (ACTia). From leaving home to work for a California startup to settling down in Calgary to help create WaterNext, Mike brings to the table a plethora of expertise in the industry. In this podcast, learn about the resources available to entrepreneurs, the optimism in Alberta’s water market, and how to scale and market your water solutions.
Episode 2: New Report Highlights the Geothermal Industry’s Potential in Alberta
With Aletta Leitch (Pembina Institute), Jason Switzer (ACTia), Nathan Coles (CanGEA) and Sean Collins (Terrapin Geothermics). Geothermal energy presents itself as not only a clean source of energy, but one that shares many similarities with oil and gas technology. Learn how it can generate an abundant amount of electricity, as well as challenges in the industry.
Episode 1: German-Canadian Council for Innovation and Research Podcast
With Katelyn Peterson (GCCIR) and Jason Switzer (ACTia).
The GCCIR is a joint venture between the German Federal Government, the Government of Alberta, and the University of Alberta. Their objective is to foster relationships and identify potential opportunities and partnerships. Learn how they do it by listening to this podcast.