Relentless innovation is required to transition to a low-carbon future. During this transition, we will need to look for solutions emerging from all disciplines and increase the speed at which these solutions move through the innovation continuum from basic research to commercial opportunities that will lead to emissions reductions and other environmental benefits. The panel will discuss sectors to keep an eye on for potential future emissions reductions solutions and the efforts required to make sure that these solutions are able to get to market.
MODERATOR: CELINE BAK
President and CEO, Analytica Advisors
Céline Bak is the President and CEO of Analytica Advisors. In 2007 she recognized that innovation-based industries were poorly represented through existing primary economic research and concluded that this lack of evidence distorted the whole lifecycle of innovation-based companies, from incubation and capital raising to securing domestic reference customers and participating in global value chains. To change this, she has authored and published four annual evidence-based national reports that have catalyzed the growth of Canada's emerging energy and water technology industry. Her research has changed the investment and policy landscape, and has formed the basis of hundreds of millions of dollars in catalytic public program investment. She is engaged in consultancy projects addressing finance, innovation and trade across Canada and around the world.
Céline has had an international career, first as a Principal of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, and later as an operating executive in two high growth Canadian technology companies, Solect Technology group and Bridgewater Systems, both of which were acquired by Amdocs (DOX). Her current leadership roles include her position as Chair of the Clean Technology Private Sector Advisory Board for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. She is a member of the Asia Development Bank Low Carbon Technology Steering Committee to build innovative finance vehicles for broad adoption of low carbon technologies. She also sits on the board of Green Centre Canada and serves on the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program. Céline has been recognized as a Clean16 honoree for her contribution to developing capital markets for sustainability in Canada, as well as by Nature Canada as one of Canada's Women of Nature.
CEO, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions
Eddy Isaacs is CEO of Alberta Innovates -- Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and Director General for CanmetENERGY-Devon. As CEO of AI-EES, Eddy is responsible for Alberta’s strategic directions and technology investments in the areas of energy, renewables and emerging resources, and water and environmental management. As Director General, CanmentENERGY-Devon, he provides overall strategic direction with a focus on aligning the programs of the two organizations. Alongside his team, Eddy works to broaden collaborations under the Alberta-Canada Collaboratory on Cleaner Oil sands Development, strengthen partnerships with industry, and develop joint initiatives with key partners that leverage our province’s expertise and resources.
Eddy has been instrumental in promoting innovation in energy and environment across Canada and has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers. He is regularly called upon to provide his expert opinion and insight into Alberta’s future in energy and environment.
Eddy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field. A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Eddy serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
President, Chief Platform Officer, CoPower
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.
Director, GHG, COSIA
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.