Is it equity, or debt, or both? This panel will explore the many shades of grey between equity and debt – such as subordinated debt and convertible debt. Hear directly from Cleantech entrepreneurs and a leading equity investor about how different growth capital solutions can be integrated to optimize a company’s capital structure, minimize dilution and accelerate growth.
Introductions: Tony van Bommel, Managing Director ICE Fund, BDC
Panelists: David Arsenault, CEO, Effenco | Francois Rodrigue, Chief Financial Officer, GHGSat Inc. | Keith Abriel, Chief Financial Officer, CarbonCure | Shirley Speakman, Senior Partner, Cycle Capital
Moderator: Zoltan Tompa, Director Cleantech Practice, BDC
Impact investment opportunities have flourished in the last decade as a result of an influx of private equity and venture capital financing. According to Morgan Stanley, sustainable investment represented more than $22 trillion globally in 2016. Investment and impact could grow even further by tapping into the $100 trillion in global institutional and retail capital market funds. Hear from a diverse panel as they weigh in on the trends, challenges and opportunities in for impact investing to make inroads in the global capital markets.
Panelists: Brady Fletcher, Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange, TMX Group | Barry Richards, Managing Director, Paradigm Capital | Jon Aikman, Finance Faculty member UoT and Queen, Pension Fund Impact Investment Advisor, Former Managing Director of Citibank | Tom Kineshanko, Co-Founder, Protos Asset Management
Moderator: Sandeep Gupta, Managing Partner, Pyfera Capital
The Capital Exchange Innovation Challenge is a platform to support and accelerate clean innovation. By connecting corporations and investors to curated solutions via a reverse pitch process, we provide an opportunity to gain insight into the challenges faced by corporate leaders driving innovation in cleantech and sustainability.
Presenters: Jonathan Moser, Head, Environment and Public Affairs, Canada, LafargeHolcim | Kelly Parker, Environmental Advisor, Husky Energy | Andrea Zabloski, GHG Technology Engineer, Devon Canada for the Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance | Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation, Intergovernmental Relations, City of Guelph | Chris Boivin, Managing Director, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities | Diane Cameron, Director, Nuclear Energy Division, Natural Resources Canada
Moderator: Jessica Butts, Senior Director, The Delphi Group
The Foresight Cleantech Accelerator has been championing Canada’s top cleantech companies since 2015. Join this session to discover their top investment opportunities of 2019. All companies are in revenue, with technology and products in market. Bring a stack of business cards and lots of energy for dynamic presentations and fast-paced networking while you refuel.
Panelists: Russell Zishiri, Chief Executive Officer, Anaconda Systems Ltd | Gareth Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Clir Renewables | Peter Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CryoLogistics Refrigeration Technologies | Mark Rabin, Chief Executive Officer, Portable Electric | Sanad Aridah, R&D Lead, Lab498
Moderator: Jeanette Jackson, Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
Maximize your time and forge essential relationships by taking part in curated meetings between cleantech, government, corporate and investment representatives.
One-on-one meetings between corporate leaders & cleantech innovators
One-on-one meetings between industry & government officials
One-on-one meetings between cleantech innovators & investors
Harvesting Innovation: Driving economic growth through technology adoption in the agriculture and food sectors | Tomorrow’s farmers will battle climate change and try to feed the world. This lively panel covers several timely topics, including circular technologies (water recovery and reuse), phosphorus recovery, biomass energy, automation, digitization, sustainability and precision agriculture.
Panelists: Steve Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Pond Technologies | Brandon Moffat, Vice President, Development and Operations, StormFisher Ltd.
Moderator: Martin Vroegh, Senior Director, Cleantech, Ontario Centres of Excellence
A session to help companies gain a practical working knowledge of project and infrastructure finance. Drawing on real-life examples to explore why projects have succeeded or failed, we will help cleantech entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of project finance. The session will include case studies, a moderated conversation with project finance-oriented companies, and a keynote featuring a prominent North American project financier.
Panelists: Scott Jacobs, CEO and Co-Founder, Generate Capital | Jennifer Manning, General Counsel, NRStor | Kelly Kwan, Senior Counsel, Uber Canada | Jon Norman, President and Chief Operations Officer, Hydrostor Inc. | Robert Tripp, CEO, Benefuel Inc. | Brandon Moffatt, Owner and Vice President, Development and Operations, StormFisher Ltd. | Robert Nicholson, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets | Rheal Rogers, Executive Vice President, OMERS | Mike Andrade, CEO, Morgan Solar
Moderator: Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, MaRS Discovery District | Alexander Munro, Director of Capital Services, MaRS Discovery District
Female entrepreneurs and innovators have long been under-represented in the cleantech industry, with only 5% of Canadian cleantech companies having a sole founder or CEO. The gap is even starker with regards to cleantech investment dollars, with women receiving only 2% of funding.
Despite this, investors are beginning to wake up to this untapped potential. Female participation is increasing in STEM subjects, and the alternative perspectives brought to the table by female founders mean that women in cleantech have a bright future.
Join us to discover how Canada’s most prominent female VC partners are shifting the mindset of a traditional industry, and their predictions for the most promising technology start-ups in 2019.
Panelists: Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management | Susan Rohac, Vice President, Cleantech Practice, BDC | Solenne Brouard Gaillot, CEO and Founder, Polystyvert
Moderator: Paul Austin, Partner, Fort Capital Partners
This is a closed function for investors only.