Jeanette Jackson

CEO, Foresight Canada

Jeanette is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur with broad experience in strategy, innovation, business development, marketing, and operations. As the CEO of Foresight, Jeanette has led rapid growth, transforming a regional organization into Canada’s largest cleantech accelerator. Since 2018, under her leadership, Foresight has expanded accelerator programs, built a vibrant Industry Innovation Program, and launched a sectoral approach to accelerate cleantech innovation. Jeanette is a frequent speaker, media guest, and advisor to innovators, industry, investors and government.   
Prior to joining Foresight, Jeanette was founding CEO of Light-Based Technologies, which she built into a scaling enterprise with venture capital support and a successful personal exit in 2011. As President of The Brag Company, she oversaw the complete restructuring of the business and sale of the company in just two years. As an Executive in Residence with Foresight, Jeanette advised more than 25 ventures in several markets including bio-energy, electric vehicles, smart buildings, water tech, robotics, and wind. 

Speaker Sessions

Italian Cleantech Solutions: CDP-Business Matching on Green Building & Smart Cities (Virtual)

  • Intersectional Track
  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Finance, Trade and Investment
  • Circular Practices and Business Models
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
Session Date
Thursday, Feb 15 2024 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Claudia Alessio Cities Strategist, Circle Cities Programme, Circle Economy
Jeanette Jackson CEO, Foresight Canada
Bob Paul Principal Consultant, E5 Solutions
Matteo Gazzetti Head of Trade, Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa
Riccardo Honorati Bianchi Head of Country System Initiatives - International Affairs, CDP Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
Marco Saladini Canada Director, Italian Trade Commission
Andrea Schiavoni International Market Development, CDP Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
George Patrick Richard Benson Senior Manager, Economic Transformation Decarbonization & the Just Transition, Vancouver Economic Commission
Celso Boscariol, Q.C. President, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West
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Equal by 30: The Road to Equal Pay, Leadership and Opportunity for Women in the Energy Sector (Invite-only)

  • Reaching Destination Net Zero
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
Session Date
Tuesday, Feb 13 2024 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Parliamentary Secretary Julie Dabrusin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Government of Canada
The Honourable Josie Osborne Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Government of British Columbia
Dr. Carol-Ann Brown President, Delphi
Grace Quan President and CEO, Hydrogen In Motion Inc.
Jeanette Jackson CEO, Foresight Canada
Merran Smith President, New Economy Canada
Fellow, Simon Fraser University
Muhammad Ahsan DEI Specialist, EHRC
Anita Gara Project Manager, EHRC
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