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VisionGain Consulting Inc

Board of Directors,

Paul Clark is currently President, VisionGain Consulting Inc, a company providing service in the fields of vision/strategy building, research & technology management, and advanced technical based facilitation. Paul is also a Senior Affiliate with Ian Murray & Company Ltd., Previously he was Vice-President, Research & Technology for NOVA Chemicals Corporation and President , NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Inc. and Global Operations Director Polyethylene R&D, Dow Chemical Co. He has had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry in both Canada and the U.S. His work involved extensive relationships with universities and government to create and manage collaborative research projects which have had significant commercial impact.

His other affiliations include: Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions, Board of Directors, Climate Change & Emissions Management Corp., Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency, Fellow, The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), Board of Directors, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

Paul has received numerous awards including: NOVA Chemicals Distinguished Applause 1997 & 2003, CanPlast Leadership Award (CPIA), Society for Chemical Industry A.N.Purvis Award (SCI), Natural Science & Engineering Research Council Synergy Award (NSERC).


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Consul General of the United States of America
Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories


SESSION: The Role of Governments: Policy Actions to Transform Energy Systems and Drive Innovation

Peter Kujawinski is a career American diplomat who joined the State Department in 1998. His previous assignments include postings to U.S. Embassies in France and Israel. He also was posted to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Security Council in New York. In his most recent assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, he worked as Political Counselor and coordinator of U.S. assistance promoting governance and rule of law.

In 2002, as part of a training assignment with the State Department, Peter spent a year in a mid-career Masters program at France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1996.

Peter is co-author of the young adult book series Dormia, and also has contributed commentary to the International Herald Tribune. He is married to singer/songwriter Nancy Celia Rose, and they have three children. A Chicago native, Peter speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole, and some Hebrew and Polish.


Peter Vana

General Manager of Development Services
Parkland County

SESSION: Alberta Municipalities - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

Peter Vana is General Manager of Development Services for Parkland County. The Development Services Division is comprised of the Environmental Services and Community Sustainability portfolio, Intelligent Communities initiative, Planning and Development Services Department, and Economic Development and Tourism Services Department. Mr. Vana currently oversees a number of program initiatives related to climate change and community sustainability.

For the past decade, Mr. Vana has worked with members of the development industry, other levels of government, and non-governmental agencies to pioneer the concept and developments using the SuN (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods) Living: developing neighbourhoods with a one planet footprint model; and development and use of community district energy for the Centre In The Park urban village development utilizing alternative energy sources.


Chairman, Stigson & Partners AB

Former President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) 1995 -2011

SESSION: The Green Race in a resource and carbon constrained world

Bjorn Stigson has extensive experience in international business. 1969 he began his career with the Kockums Group, then the world´s biggest shipyard. 1971- 82 he held various positions with ESAB, the international supplier of equipment for welding. In 1983-91 he was President and CEO of the Fläkt Group, the world leader in environmental control technology. Following the acquisition of Fläkt by ABB, he became Executive Vice President and a member of ABB´s Executive Management Group. 1995 -2011 he was President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 leading international corporations.

Bjorn Stigson is now chairman of his own consulting company and since April 2010 a visiting professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Bjorn Stigson has served on the board and advisory councils to a variety of international companies, organizations and governments, including the Kennedy School at Harvard University ,the Chinese and German governments and the US Congress.

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President, Chief Platform Officer, CoPower


SESSION: Zero Emissions:  Where Will the Next Wave of Emission Reduction Innovations Come From?

Raphael is President and Chief Platform Officer of CoPower. He leads internal development activities for the company, including financial models, risk management, and development of the online platform. Representing CoPower, Raphael serves on the Executive Council of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada (ECFA), and co-chairs its Crowdfunding Portals committee. The ECFA serves as a voice for the crowd-financing industry, promoting opportunities for Canadians to associate together to access investment opportunities.

Before co-founding CoPower, Raphael was a founding team member at Inerjys Ventures, a clean energy investment fund, where he led market research and selection of investment opportunities. Prior to Inerjys, Raphael worked in high-perfomance computing and in engineering and physics research. He has served as expert commentator on clean energy topics for several newspapers and industry publications.

Raphael holds a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from McGill University and an M.Sc. in physics from the University of Toronto.


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Sumex Capital Inc.

SESSION: Entrepreneur Success Stories & Lessons From The Edge

Russel Matichuk is the President of Sumex Capital, which focuses on Corporate Finance Advisory Services, Business Brokering and Commercial Mortgages.  He is currently on the board of 6 other private companies and is the interim CEO for another. Rus is the Chairman of the Alberta Clean Technologies Industry Alliance and has been the Chairman or in senior leadership roles in many different regional and national associations and industry initiatives.  Rus was instrumental in the launch of Deal Generator, VenturePrize, and the Banff Venture Forum and continues to remain active in the investment community.  Earlier in his career, Rus founded a number of technology based companies raising millions and setting up strategic alliances around the globe.


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President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

SESSION: Putting Big Ideas into Practice

Scott Vaughan began as President in April, 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years.

Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Head of Economics at the NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He held various positions with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), including initiating both the UNEP Financial Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade issues.

In the late 1980s, he worked at the Head Office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.


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Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver


SESSION: Energy Innovation in Cities: How Cities Lead in Implementing

Sean Pander, Director of Sustainability for the City of Vancouver has been leading energy planning, projects, and policy development for the private and public sectors for over 20 years.  He was the senior energy and climate planner for Vancouver between 2003 and 2011, during which time he established and led the team tasked with implementing energy and green building plans, programs, and policies for the City.  More recently, he oversaw the development of the City's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and currently leads the City’s Sustainability Support Services team which is responsible for Climate Adaptation Planning; overseeing the greening of City operations; and providing project management and planning support for internal departments leading the Greenest City Plan implementation.



Simon Knight

President and CEO

SESSION: Alberta Municipalities - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

Simon has worked in the environmental field in a variety of capacities in Alberta over 30 years.  His breadth of experience extends to strategic and operational planning, policy and program development to deliver proven, measurable success. As one of the original architects of C3, he helped establish a unique model for program delivery in an effective, less costly manner.  His work in creating C3’s green office resulted in the first Western Canadian office to receive EcoLogo certification. Simon has led in the creation of several new organizations, including Net Zero Energy Home Coalition, Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, among others.  His passion for making Alberta a model of energy efficiency and sustainability is evident in both his career and volunteer pursuits.  Simon divides his time between the Edmonton and Calgary offices of C3.

Simon Olivier

Vice- President Growth,Market Strategy and Business Development, GE Canada


SESSION: The Game Changers

Simon Olivier is Vice-President Growth, Market Strategy and Business Development for GE Canada. In this role he is responsible for developing the company's market positioning and driving growth. Simon is also responsible for business development including acquisitions, JV and partnership opportunities that will expand GE's global capabilities. With over 15-years of experience with GE Canada, Simon has held a number of senior positions including General Manager – Renewables for Canada and the Northeast USA where he built a multi-billion dollar business, and senior assignments with GE Capital. Prior to joining GE Canada, Simon held positions with Air Canada.
Simon holds an Engineering Degree from École Polythechnique and an MBA in Finance from McGill University. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Wind Energy Association and is a member of the McGill Global Strategy and Leadership Expert Panel. He also lectures and mentors students at McGill University. In 2009, Simon received the "Young Business Leader of Quebec" award.
An avid sports enthusiast, Simon has competed in triathlons and marathons for over 10-years, as well as coaching soccer. Simon and his family reside in Montreal.



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CEO, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures


SESSION: The Role of Governments: Policy Actions to Transform Energy Systems and Drive Innovation

Stephen Lougheed was appointed President & CEO of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) in Spring 2012 by the corporation’s Board of Directors. He brings more than three decades of national and international experience and expertise to AITF in a wide range of areas, including strategic planning, operational leadership and management, technological and business development, restructuring, and governance.

Over the past 35 years, Stephen has successfully built and grown a number of technology-related businesses and led some of these companies through organizational and business transformations. He has worked with a wide variety of client groups in the technology sector, including those in the resource, infrastructure, land and integrated resource management, manufacturing, consumer and public sectors.


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Founder and CEO
Quantiam Technologies Inc.

SESSION: Entrepreneur Success Stories & Lessons From The Edge

Steve Petrone is the Founder and CEO of Quantiam Technologies Inc., an Edmonton-based high technology company developing and commercializing disruptive new products based on Advanced Materials, Coatings, Surfaces and Catalysis. Prior to founding Quantiam in 1998, Dr. Petrone worked at Dofasco, Stelco, and was then recruited by Sherritt in 1991 as part of Westaim.

Dr. Petrone has spent the last 25 years developing new technology businesses in Edmonton. He has over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience in R&D, Manufacturing, Business Development and Marketing. To-date, he has led over 1,100 person years of research and commercialization efforts having raised over $80M of investments, and commercialized new products with total direct investments of over $180M. Quantiam is now in its 16th year of operation and represents one of Canada’s major efforts in advancing Nanotechnology and Cleantech. In 2011, Quantiam launched a joint venture with BASF of Germany, BASF Qtech Inc., to jointly commercialize a core Cleantech technology.


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Co-Chair, Working Group I,  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

SESSION: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. His research encompasses the development of climate models of intermediate complexity, modelling past and future climate change, and the reconstruction of the chemical composition of precipitation and greenhouse gas concentrations based on ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica.

Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored 180 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modelling and reconstruction. After more than 10 years of service in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) he has been elected Co-Chair of Working Group I "The Physical Science Basis" of the IPCC in 2008. He was awarded a Dr. Honoris Causa of the University of Versailles (France) in 2006 and the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2009. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.


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Senior Vice President 
Business Development,


SESSION: Collaborating to Create Markets and Solve Problems: How innovators are working with customers to build clean technologies

Tim Cesarek joined Enerkem's management team as Senior Vice President, Business Development, in March 2012. He has acquired over 25 years of experience in business development, private equity and corporate venture capital.

Mr. Cesarek was most recently Managing Director of the Organic Growth Group at Waste Management, where he was responsible for finding synergistic growth opportunities in optimizing value from waste material, particularly through its conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, and energy. Prior to joining Waste Management, Mr. Cesarek was president of the corporate venture group of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in North America with businesses across chemicals, fuels, polymers, wood resin products and consumer products. Mr. Cesarek has also served on a number of boards of directors. He has directly invested in and managed more than $750 million in private debt and equity investments across various industries.

Mr. Cesarek obtained a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Masters in Business from Pepperdine University.


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Managing Partner, MaRS Cleantech Fund I L.P.




SESSION: The Big Picture: Global Population Growth, Energy Demands, Energy Sources & Climate Change

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is Managing Partner of the privately-backed $30 million MaRS Cleantech Fund, a Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and  sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Tom's first book Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit was published in early 2010 and his second Waking the Frog was recently published by ECW Press . It is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE)  and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto) and is an Action Canada Fellow.

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Director, Partnerships
Sustainable Development Technology Canada


SESSION: Zero Emissions:  Where Will the Next Wave of Emission Reduction Innovations Come From?

As Director Partnerships, Zoltan Tompa is responsible for identifying and forging strategic relationships with industry. Zoltan leads SDTC’s regional offices and works closely with SDTC’s portfolio companies, helping them connect to later stage sources of capital and corporate strategic partners. Previously, Zoltan spent over five years as Director, Applications at SDTC where he led deal flow and oversaw the screening of thousands of cleantech investment opportunities, coaching and advising many early-stage companies prior to SDTC investment.

Prior to joining SDTC, Zoltan held a variety of Management roles in both technology and financial services. He was a Product Manager for a $3B Small Business credit portfolio at CIBC, was the first employee in venture-backed software start-up taking on various roles from Business Development to Product Management, and previous to that held engineering roles at CRS Automation Solutions and Spar Aerospace Limited.

Zoltan received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queens , University.




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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


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