Events

Due to the COVID-19 situation

We have changed all of our in-person networking events to virtual formats until further notice. Our monthly social which will be replaced by our monthly Virtual Clean Tech Drinks to ensure we maintain ways for our community to engage with each other. ACTia’s biannual Clean Tech Matchmaking will also be executed through virtual means, click here for more details. We will also be exploring enhanced member profiling methods to increase the visibility of our members.

Click to register for Virtual Clean Tech Drinks

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.

Have a topic you want to share with the Clean Tech community? Be a speaker at one of our next events. Email info@actia.ca

Previous Events

2020 ACTia Events

2020

January

WEDC Funding Programs & Local Angel Investment

February

March

Mar 25 – Clean Tech Drinks in Calgary – Cancelled

April

April 15th, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks

April 29th, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks

May

May 13th, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks
Presentation by Mike Mellross, Program Director for the Climate Innovation Fund

June

July

July 22nd, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks
Speakers from: Carbon to Value Initiative, Creative Destruction Lab, and Eunike Ventures

August

August 19th, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks
Perfect Pitch Webinar With Foresight

September

September 16th – 18th – Virtual Clean Tech Matchmaking

September 23rd, 3pm MST – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks
Using Carbon Markets to Build a Cleantech Business (in partnership with Foresight)

October

November

November 25th – Virtual Clean Tech Drinks
Ready, Set, Grow! Getting Investor Ready with Cassels

December

Happy Holidays!

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Clean Tech Drinks in Calgary

Following two events, February’s Clean Tech Drinks focused on International Accelerators. This event featured a brief panel discussion between two ACTia members, Madison Savilow (Carbon Upcycling Technologies) and  Sean Collins (Terrapin), where they discussed their experiences with International Accelerators, moderated by our Executive Director, Jason Switzer.

Speakers Profiles:

Madison Savilow (Carbon Upcycling Technologies) – Repsol Accelerator, Spain

Madison’s work in Carbon Upcycling Technologies focuses on business development and operations capacity. A large part of her work has been focused on the procurement and logistics of the scale-up for the Carbon XPRIZE.

Carbon Upcycling’s work plan with Repsol is directly aligned with their scaleup, they are also engaging with Repsol to test and develop their plastic application with one of their subsidiaries, Dynasol.

 Sean Collins (Terrapin) – Tech Stars Accelerator, Norway

Terrapin is a scaleup that strives to unlock profitable industrial climate solutions. Currently, Terrapin does this by writing cheques for waste heat to power projects and going after the 290,000 petajoules of energy lost every year. 

Techstars Energy Accelerator in partnership with Equinor is a 13-week program for those working to disrupt the sectors of oil and gas, renewables, new business models, and digitalization. 10 startups are selected to engage with a global network and refine their solutions for the energy industry. 

The first Clean Tech Drinks of 2020 was a success with an attendance of over 40 clean tech ventures, service providers, and corporate partners! Special thanks to our speakers: Director of General Operations, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and Zachary Storms, founder and organizer of Startup TNT in Edmonton.

Speakers Profiles:

Joanne Pawluk, Western Economic Diversification Canada, on Cleantech support in 2020

Joanne Pawluk has worked for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for most of the last 20 years and is currently the Director General responsible for funding programs in Alberta. WD is the federal government’s regional development agency in Western Canada with programs to support businesses and innovation ecosystems across the West.

Zack Storms, Startup TNT, on growing your local angel investment ecosystem

Zack Storms is the founder and organizer of Start-Up TNT, director of growth at Fitset Ninja, Scientist-in-Residence at TEC Centre Labs, an investor with Valhalla Angels,  and writer of the TNT newsletter.

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

The Prairie Clean Tech Social was the ‘go to’ networking event following the GLOBE Exchange B2B day. Hosted by Prairie Biosciences CanadaCalgary Economic DevelopmentAlberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance and the Clean Resource Innovation Network

This invite-only networking event helped connect investors, buyers, and strategic partners with over 20 clean tech ventures based in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

Participating Ventures

Prairie Biosciences Canada bio-based cleantech venture delegation:
• Cvictus Inc.
• Steeper Energy
• Natural Fibre Technologies
• Industrial Climate Solutions Inc.
• Swirltex
• TerraVerdae Bioworks
• SBI Bioenergy Inc.
• NULIFE Greentech
• Titan Clean Energy
• Cypher Environmental Ltd.

Calgary Economic Development cleantech venture delegation:
• Aqua Pure Technologies
• Carbon Credit Solutions
• Clem Geo-Energy
• E3 Metals
• enSift
• LearnEnergy
• Nexus Space Canada
• ReWatt Power
• Shareworks by Morgan Stanley
• TerraHub

Other Alberta-based clean tech ventures:

• Carbon Upcycling Technologies

• Zoramat

Featured Guests / Speakers

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

Ginny Flood, Vice-Chair, Clean Resource Innovation Network

Adrian Vannahme, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Government of Manitoba

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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

Hosted alongside  Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC), an information session where Alberta’s clean tech innovators learned how to take advantage of the new Plastic Challenge opportunity:

Reducing plastic pollution is an international imperative. The Government of Canada is collaborating with small businesses to advance Canadian tech solutions, through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program. ISC operates two streams with a combined funding of over $140 million dedicated to Canadian innovators who want to start, grow, and get to market. Finalists can receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype of their innovation. The Government of Canada may then act as a first customer, helping these small businesses commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create cleantech jobs.

Challenges launched on February 12th, 2020, taking applications until April 13th, 2020.

Last round of challenges

Last round of challenges, there were 6 winners (3 plastics) – awarded $150k for proof of concept, and $1M for prototype development.

Three previous challenge winners:

AxiPolymer – food packaging solution

MgO – divert PVC waste from landfills (Calgary based)

GreenMantra – polystyrene waste solution, making this more sustainable.

Presented slides can be found here

This session introduced attendees to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial designs and copyright, and explained how protecting intangible assets through formal IP rights can give you an advantage over the competition, and identify potential partners. We discussed common pitfalls and costly mistakes to avoid, how to develop an IP Strategy specific to your business, and budget, and CIPO’s free resources available to startups and small businesses.

Click here to see CIPO’s resources for Clean Tech and IP

Q&A Session Recap:

Q: What are the common mistakes that startups make when it comes to IP Strategies ?

A: The most common mistake is not knowing how to protect your IP rights and taking full advantage of your IP. Avoid these mistakes by knowing when and how to disclose information. Putting up precautions when working with an industry partner, clarifying and documenting who owns what.

Q: How can you know when a technology is patentable, what should be considered when patenting? 

A: There is no “one size fit all” solution to this, it depends on the various aspects of the technology, connecting with a patent agent is the best solution to find if your technology can be patented or not. One thing to note is that when a product is given out for testing, you must have a patent. 

About your Facilitators

John Goetz is a principal at EnerNext Partners. John has extensive experience advising clients in the energy and cleantech sector. As a co-founder of EnerNext Partners, John brings his energy and cleantech experience and insights to these rapidly evolving and related areas of practice.

Marnie Fyten is an Edmonton-based IP Advisor with the Business Services Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). She is responsible for delivering CIPO’s IP awareness programs, tools and learning resources, to support innovative SMEs across the Prairies, and Northwest Territories.

ACTia attended the GLOBE Innovation Showcase as a part of the PBC Delegation

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: yasmine.dubash@international.gc.ca
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.