ACTia organizes monthly networking events for the Alberta Clean Tech industry – alternating the location between Calgary & Edmonton.

We also organize and host industry parties, Innovator / Investor Matchmaking Events, group trips to major conferences, and work with partner associations to support additional clean tech events and opportunities.

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Upcoming ACTia Events



WEDC Funding Programs & Clean Tech Strategy


Feb 10 – 13 – ACTia at GLOBE 2020 in Vancouver

International Accelerators





Early June – ACTia Matchmaking Event @ Inventures 2020

Early June – ACTia AGM and Spring Clean Tech Social

June 24th – Clean Tech Drinks in Calgary







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Clean Tech Drinks in Calgary

As a featured guest, Robyn shared information on the new NSERC Alliance funding program and the DND IDEaS program.

Robyn Auld is a Research and Innovation Development Officer for the Government of Canada, working for both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), part of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). As a featured guest, Robyn will be sharing information on the new NSERC Alliance funding program and the DND IDEaS program. Alliance grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada. DND launched IDEaS last year with an investment of $1.6 billion over 20 years to boost Canada’s current defence research and development. Applicants can include individuals, companies, academic institutions and others.

Clean Tech Coffee Break in Edmonton

AgTech is a hot topic these days, with a growing awareness of the incredible opportunity that exists for technology to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of one of Alberta’s key industries.

Over 25 people joined us on Oct 16th for an expert panel and open discussion about clean tech in the agriculture sector.  The panelists discussed industry trends, shared tips about new funding & programs, challenges to watch out for, and provide examples of technology ventures that are succeeding in the space.

Panel Speakers:

Jason Bradley – Director Smart Ag, Olds College

Sasha Musij – Director, Agribusiness Market Development at ATB


Matchmaking Events

This style of event gives ventures a great opportunity to put their quick pitch in action and we were pleased with the number of follow-up meetings that came out of these quick discussions

Participating Venture

Speed networking is a great format to quickly determine if a potential for a relationship exists

Well attended, kept on track time-wise, good timeslot

Paul Paynter , SRC

Great event. It got my startup in front of the right people in large multinationals that I never could have connected to on my own.

Participating Venture

It was a great first event for us, and helped to expose us to a number of potential partners.

Participating Venture

It was excellent.

Participating Venture

Great event and we will be moving forward into discussion with 2 of the ventures.

Participating Investor, AEC

A great way to have targeted networking.

Participating Strategic Partner

Good opportunity to get a quick fix on priorities of strategic investors, non-dilutive/grant programs and others. It is also a good opportunity to practice and hone your pitch with instant feedback.

Participating Venture

The format of the event was a dynamic way to connect with a number of companies in a short amount of time.

Participating Investor

Well run did what it was expected to do and good participants both sides. Great to have networking with refreshments in the same spot.

Participating Investor

A very efficient process with enough conversation time to understand the business needs and decide if a follow up meeting is required. Love the format and energy from everyone!

Participating Investor

It was fantastic!

Participating Venture

Clean Tech Socials

Celebration of a successful 2019 for the clean tech sector in Alberta. Discussed ideas and events coming up for the clean tech sector in 2020!

Special Guests: James Dunn, Director – Sustainable Technology Integration for Imperial. James shared his insight into Imperial’s approach to collaboration with innovators, as well as updates from the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN).

Networking opportunity to meet members including innovators, investors and acceleration partners in the province’s ecosystem.

Held an insightful discussion of Alberta’s opportunities in clean technology, the links between public policy and market development, and the role of industry associations, with special guests Sweta Chakraborty and Jana Hanova (profiles below).

Shared our exciting plans for 2019 – 2020, provided updates on how government policy may impact the Clean Tech Sector, and provided highlights from our 2019 State of Alberta’s Clean Tech Sector survey.

Speakers Profiles:

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty
Adapt to Thrive Founder and Principle

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist in the media. She is regularly interviewed on major, international news media outlets including CNN, the BBC, Fox News Channel, Sky News, CGN, NZTV, i24, OAN, ABC, and Newsmax to name a few. She has written extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is co-author of the book “Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Safety: A Study in Public and Private Regulation” from her time as a postdoc at Oxford University, and is currently working on her second book on adaptation to global risks. Sweta is the founder and principle of Adapt to Thrive, a venture that seeks to better inform individuals, businesses, and government entities on the complex, interconnected challenges, such as food security and disease, already existing and emerging from a warming planet.

Sweta is co-host of the live weekly radio show “Risky Behavior” on Eaton Radio as well as the host and producer of The Center for Climate and Security’s “The Climate and Security Podcast.” She is a 2019/2020 Millennium Fellow at The Atlantic Council, and serves on the boards of the Serendipity Foundation, America Adapts, and We Don’t Have Time.

Listen to Sweta on ACTia’s Executive Director Jason’s Podcast.

Jana Hanova
Evok Innovations Director

Jana Hanova

Jana Hanova, Director at Evok Innovations, has over 15 years of CleanTech, Power and Oil & Gas experience across North America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Evok, Jana worked with Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies as the CleanTech and Energy Stream Venture Lead, connecting tech start-ups with Smart Money & Mentorship and helping them gain market traction.

In addition to her tech start-up ecosystem experience, she led and managed multiple large Private & Public company engagements as a management and strategy consultant with PwC – in both the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi) and Alberta (Canada). She also worked with the International Energy Agency and the CTO Office of BC Hydro on accelerating the deployment of emerging technologies, with particular focus on electrification, decentralized energy and alternative energy systems.

Jana holds a M.Sc. in Resource Management and Environmental Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. (First Class Hons) in Geology/Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

Special Events

Connected with the Canadian Trade Commissioner for Clean Tech based in Texas to learn about the Canadian Cleantech Innovation Days

Hosted an info session about the opportunity to pitch to O&G Industry leaders in Texas. Participants joined in person or called in remotely.

Special guest: Maria Bofill, the Canadian Trade Commissioner for Innovation in Clean Technologies based in Houston,

Special opportunity to connect with our guest ISED ADM Paul Thompson to discuss the AB cleantech sector.

Members joined us for this special opportunity to connect with Federal Innovation Science and Economic Development Assistant Deputy Minister Paul Thompson. Discussed the AB cleantech sector, Federal innovation and environmental priorities, and collaboration opportunities to advance the province’s CT sector going forward.

A presentation, Q&A, and one-on-one meetings with the Trade Commissioner for clean tech in India. This was a valuable opportunity for ventures to  learn about the opportunities to raise awareness of their product/service, and they gained valuable insights and connections to start pursuing the Indian market.

Speaker Information

Mrs. Yasmine Dubash
Trade Commissioner, Clean Technologies and Infrastructure
Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai
Email id:
Tel: 91-22-67494461

Yasmine Dubash currently serves as Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai, India. Funded by the Government of Canada, the office is responsible to further trade and investment between Canada and India. She actively advises Canadian companies within the clean technologies and infrastructure sectors, on India market entry strategies and facilitates strategic business partnerships with Indian companies.

During her tenure, she has had the privilege of handling several high level Government & Business visits including the recent visit of Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau last year. Previously, she was engaged in a similar role at the British Deputy High Commission (UK Trade & Investment) in Mumbai handling a number of industry sectors.

She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Mumbai University.

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