Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Clean Water - A Look At How Industry Is Adopting Clean Water Technologies, November 20th

  • 20 Nov 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.
Pre-registration is now closed. Some tickets will be available at the door from 5pm priced $50.

Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver.  Doors open 5pm, presentation 6pm and event close at 8.30pm.

On November 20th our panel will be a mix of small technology companies and large industrial players that are adopting new Clean Water technologies. They will focus on some of the newer applications and look at why technology is being adopted, new business models and what impact it has on major industries.

Early bird tickets (valid until Nov 17th) are $45.00 each, tickets thereafter are $50.00 (if available).

Moderated by James Wells, Associate at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital the panel includes:

Jonathan Rhone, President & CEO at Axine Water Technologies
Mark Blackwell, Fund Advisor at Cenovus Energy
Tony Ker, CEO at Ridgeline Energy Services
Joshua Zoshi, President & Co-Founder at Saltworks
Bill de Waal, Director Innovation Management at Trojan Technologies
Lightning Pitch Opportunities
Gordon Skene, President & CEO of Paradigm Environmental will moderate our Lightning Pitch segment.

Companies applied so far include:

Bradley Pierik of TwoThirds Water and David Ferguson of Aquatic Informatics. Apply today to join them. Our Lightning Pitches are deal for early stage companies looking to raise funds or create visibility.  The places are strictly controlled, 100 second time slots at the beginning of the VEF presentation. Apply through our website:

Event Moderator:
James Wells is currently an Associate at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital in Vancouver, BC. Previously, he has held many roles in technology commercialization that include technology development, product marketing, licensing and venture finance. 

He has been an advisor to many start-ups and has helped spin-out technologies from academic institutions. He now serves on the board of a wastewater treatment company through his role at Chrysalix. 

James has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia.

Jonathan Rhone is a experienced cleantech entrepreneur. He is currently President and CEO of Axine Water Technologies, which is developing a highly disruptive technology for treating toxic organics in industrial wastewater for customers in the oil and gas and other industrial markets. 

Jonathan is the founder and past CEO of Nexterra Systems Corp an award-winning supplier and manufacturer of gasification systems that convert waste to energy, electricity and syngas. 

He is a former Partner with The Delphi Group an international consultancy and has worked internationally with the United National Development Program and the Geneva-based Center for Our Common Future and the UNDP. He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Dome Petroleum and Amoco Canada Petroleum. 

Jonathan plays an important role in the cleantech business community and has been involved in a wide range of public and private boards. He currently chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, is a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and sits on the Board of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. 

Jonathan has won numerous awards including being honoured by the technology community as BC’s Technology Industry Person of the Year. 

Mark joined Cenovus Energy (TSE:CVE) as an Advisor within the company’s corporate venture fund in early 2012. Within his role at Cenovus Mark works closely in scouting new investment opportunities in addition to working with  existing portfolio companies and internal operations on technology transfer and adoption. 

Most recently, Mark worked in the Clean Technology and Utilities Investment Banking Division at CIBC World Markets where he evaluated merger and acquisition candidates and assisted in a series of private placements in the advanced biofuels sector.

Mark began his career at Enbridge Inc. where he worked with the Power Generation Business Development Team. While at Enbridge Mark participated in over $1.1B in acquisitions – most notably the $420MM acquisition of the 80MW Sarnia Solar Facility from First Solar.

Mark is a graduate of the Energy Management & Finance Program at the University of Calgary (UofC) and was inducted into the Order of the UofC which recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to the Calgary community. Mark was also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award recipients, the Inaugural Future Alumni Award and selected as one of the top 20 Compelling Calgarians to watch in 2012 by the Calgary Herald. Mark recently joined as a Director on the University of Calgary Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Tony Ker, CEO at Ridgeline
Tony Ker provides strategic direction to the management and operations teams while overseeing investor relations initiatives. 

A seasoned businessman, Mr. Ker brings more than 20 years' experience building and operating companies in natural resources and manufacturing in North America.

Before joining Ridgeline, Mr. Ker was the CEO of Gryphon Gold Corporation where he guided its transition from a private gold exploration and development company to a publicly-traded company. Developing long-term customer relationships, implementing profitable manufacturing systems, and assembling management teams that support organizational growth and continuity signify a remarkable track record.

Joshua Zoshi, President & Co-Founder at Saltworks
Joshua is the Co-founder of Saltworks Technologies and the contributing developer of Saltworks' breakthrough process. 

Joshua started his career as a semiconductor engineer and more recently managed projects for clients in diverse sectors such as energy, oil and gas, and software. 

Joshua has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science and Electrical Engineering from Simon Fraser University.

Bill obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from UBC and started his career in research for a start-up company in Vancouver.  This was followed by a research and marketing career in the petrochemical industry in Sarnia, Ontario; Switzerland and the US.  For the bulk of his career he was employed by Polysar, a Canadian manufacture of synthetic rubber which was eventually acquired by Bayer.  He spent six years managing a $50M business unit for Polysar/Bayer.

In 1996 Bill joined Trojan Technologies in London, Ontario to lead the market introduction of an advanced oxidation technology.  Although the introduction did not succeed, the search for technology in this field outside of Trojan led to an acquisition that placed the company at the forefront of advanced oxidation.  Over the years this search for innovative technologies for water and wastewater treatment was expanded to cover technologies outside of the core business, UV.   As a result Trojan has business units active in providing water treatment chemicals (US Peroxide), solids separation (Salsnes Filter) and sludge pretreatment (OpenCEL).

Currently Bill works on a part time basis from a home office near Victoria.  

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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