Session Information

Accelerating China’s Green Transformation: Catalyzing Business, Partnership & Investment Opportunities

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 8:15am - 11:00am

Location: Room 1

Format: Leadership Forum

China’s rapid industrialization has led to unprecedented economic growth over the last several decades that has come with both positive and negative consequences. Urbanization is also quickly shaping China’s future. If current trends hold, an additional 300 million Chinese will become urban residents by 2030, consuming as much as four times more energy and two and a half times more water per capita than rural Chinese.  How is China managing these shifts and resulting impacts on the environmental and society more broadly? Find out in this market session about current policy priorities (including the Thirteenth Five-year Plan starting in 2016) and learn about the business, investment, and technology opportunities that will help China with its transformation to a greener, lower carbon mega-economy. 

Topic Speakers

For over three decades, Nicholas Parker has pioneered sustainable venturing ideas and initiatives. He is currently Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners Inc. (“GAP”), established to address global megatrends shaping basic needs for  clean energy, food, water and sustainable infrastructure by accelerating cross-border deployment of  technologies and business models into emerging economies, particularly China. GAP seeks superior value creation and positive impact at scale. 

Known as “Mr. Cleantech”, Nicholas introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (“CTG”), the market-leading research and advisory company he chaired until the end of 2013. Under his leadership, CTG helped mobilize over $6B in private equity while building an innovation ecosystem involving corporations, governments and institutions around the world.  During 2010-2013, Nicholas was Chair of Corporate Knights (“CK”), the media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Prior to starting CTG, Nicholas accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. He initiated the first trans-Atlantic "sustainability" private equity fund, the first pan-Asian fund, the first cross-border India fund and participated in the second ever solar IPO on NASDAQ. In the 1990s, he built and sold one of the first environmental finance firms.

He serves on several non-profit advisory boards including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Clinton Global Initiative, Purpose Capital and Network for Business Sustainability (academic research). From 2003-08, he was Chairman of E+Co, the award-winning  investment company for clean energy in developing countries.

Ken Su leads PwC's Asia-Pacific Deals Initiative with particular focus on China​.

Ken has been at PwC advising clients since he joined the firm in 1995.  He has recently returned to the Canadian Deals and Consulting team after spending 12 years in PwC's Shanghai and Beijing offices where he was a founder of PwC's Outbound Investment Services group which was the first dedicated team of its kind focused on advising Chinese clients on overseas investments.  He was also PwC China/Hong Kong's Mining and Metals leader, Energy & Utilities Deals lead, as well as the North China Multinational Clients Advisory lead and is now the partner leading transactions and deals for PwC Canada's China Business Network practice. 

In the last 21 years Ken has assisted clients on over 400 transactions involving more than 75 different countries with total deal value over US$ 125 billion.  Ken has particular experience advising companies regarding strategy, sourcing investment opportunities, due diligence, project management, complex financial analysis, negotiation support, closing/post-closing, divestitures, and restructuring.  Ken has significant transaction experience in a number of industries including real estate, mining, energy, manufacturing, life sciences and financial services and has led many high-profile international deals.

Ken graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a fully qualified CA (Canada), CPA (USA), and CFA (International).  He has authored several white papers and led production of published books on investing in China and is often invited to attend speaking engagements in China and across Asia.