Elmer Sum has engaged the innovation process throughout his career in business, industry, investment and academia across US, Canada and the Asia Pacific. He is well versed with key aspects of an innovation based economy and has cultivated extensive business networks in North America, Asia and Europe. His current focus centers on connecting management, research, capabilities and discoveries with business, industry, commerce, and investment as well as helping to fast track businesses. He is a member of the Simon Fraser University Innovation Office.
Elmer led the launch of two initiatives from British Columbia, Canada: GreenTech Exchange (GTEx) in 2009 and PowerHaus Network in 2013. GTEx is a pathfinder organization engaging solution providers with industries and investors. It aims to advance knowledge, ideas, people, products and solutions for the green economy. It has delivered over seventy educational forums and networking events in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island to several thousands of participants. The PowerHaus Network is an angel investment plus marketing organization with focus on capital, management and market access. The participants span several groups including: business, entrepreneur, industry, investment, service provider, government & agency, as well as academia.
An alumnus of the University of California, Elmer holds a B.Sc. at UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. from UCLA in Engineering & Science. He is a graduate of the Technology Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. A long standing member of the Professional Engineer Associations in Ontario and British Columbia, Elmer is an advisor to several Cleantech and environmental organizations and chairs the Asia Pacific Gateway of Global Cleantech Cluster Association.