TORONTO, Nov 09, 2011 – SDTC Cleantech Focus opens this evening at the Hyatt Regency Toronto. Co-produced by Cleantech Group ( www.cleantech.com ), a leading global research firm focused on cleantech innovation, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC – http://www.sdtc.ca/ ), the leading national supporter of cleantech commercialization, SDTC Cleantech Focus is one of the leading Canadian cleantech events of the year and runs from November 9-10. For more information , please visit http://www.sdtccleantechfocus.com .
SDTC Cleantech Focus attendees will include over 200 of the country’s leading cleantech innovators, investors, corporate decision-makers, and government officials. “The relevance of convening a major cleantech event in Canada today is supported by the great recent contributions to the sector by Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and corporations,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group. “SDTC Cleantech Focus will offer attendees the chance to learn more about opportunities and challenges and will bring together the best and the brightest in the country’s cleantech sector to learn, collaborate and form strategic partnerships.”
“The world is being driven towards more sustainable economies and greater efficiency in energy consumption,” said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. “The possibilities of the Canadian cleantech sector are immense, exciting, and achievable. Canada is on its way to becoming a Cleantech Superpower — this conference will look at what we need to do across the full cleantech ecosystem to make this a reality.”
SDTC Cleantech Focus will feature a keynote address on sourcing innovation for sustainable cities by Prof. Michel Morvan, Vice President Strategic Intelligence and Innovation and Scientific Director, Veolia. Other speakers include: Gisele Everett, Director and the Head of Private Equity, Deutsche Climate Change Advisors; Tyler Hamilton, Journalist and Author of Mad Like Tesla; Velma McColl, Co-Founder, Canadian Cleantech Coalition; John Ruffolo, Senior Vice President and Head of Knowledge Investing, OMERS; John Sheridan, President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems; and Wal van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix. For a full list of speakers please visit: http://events.cleantech.com/canada/speakers .
Opening remarks from Haji and Sharpe, followed by a welcome reception will kick of the event today at 5:30pm. Sessions dedicated to exploring how Canada’s combination of natural resources and leading cleantech innovation will help support the global supply chain, lead to more widespread clean technology adoption, and drive Canadian competitiveness and business growth over the coming decades, will run from 9am to 5:30pm on November 10
For complete agenda details, please visit: http://events.cleantech.com/canada/agenda
SDTC Cleantech Focus is generously sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, Avalon Rare Metals, Innovacorp, Cassels Brock, and Ontario Centres of Excellence.
About Cleantech Group:
Cleantech Group’s research, events and advisory services accelerate market adoption, stimulate demand, and remove barriers to cleantech innovation. We help business leaders make strategic decisions involving cleantech innovation through the i3 Platform, the most comprehensive, vetted, up-to-date source for insights into companies, investors, financing and relationships across the clean technology ecosystem. Cleantech Group also produces the premier Cleantech Forum(R) and Focus(TM) events worldwide.
About Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
SDTC is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada as part of the Government’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $590 million SD Tech Fund(TM) supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund(TM) supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.