Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Disruptive, Global & Green, March 25th

  • 25 Mar 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's 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.

In a salute to the long-running GLOBE conference, the VEF will discuss the evolving opportunities for Vancouver’s cleantech community, with an eye to Asia. We have International and local speakers:

C Wade Sheen, PhD, CEO at Cooledge Lightning
Frank Christiaens, CEO at Sun Central and Partner at XPCP
Nathan Gilliland, CEO at General Fusion
Nicholas Sonntag, President at Clean Technology Systems and former EVP of Westport Innovations and President of Westport Innovations Asia and Europe
Rosita Wong, Founder & President at East Group (Beijing, China)

Our guest moderator will be Nicholas Parker, founder and chair of San Francisco-based Cleantech Group, founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners and Chair of Corporate Knights; the media company for clean capitalism. Mr. Parker has pioneered sustainable entrepreneurship and investment ideas and initiatives on a global scale for over twenty years and is widely known as the person who introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community a decade ago.

Our panel will discuss how relatively small companies can take on big opportunities in areas of the world that need their solutions the most. The path to international and developing markets like Asia is perceived as treacherous and costly – our panel will discuss how to find the right partners, and in some cases, how the right partners have found them. With an international perspective and guests invited from Asia, this discussion promises to deliver insights into how to exploit, finance and leverage these emerging markets with disruptive Vancouver-made technologies.

Mr. Du Haolin, Manager at the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) and L & T Environmental Technology Co., will present and talk about the technologies that the company is seeking to localize in China. Mr. Du's presentation will be translated into English. Mr. Du will also talk about the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX)

Please note we will aim to finish our speaker presentation by 7pm for those then going onto the opening reception of GLOBE. We will still have post event networking and food from 7-8.30pm.

Doors open at 5:00pm for registration and pre-event networking (bar available). 5.45pm Opening and welcome, main presentation begins at 6.00pm and will end at approximately 7:00pm, followed by networking opportunities, providing attendees with time to connect with their colleagues and the presenters.

Nicholas R. Parker has pioneered sustainable entrepreneurship and investment ideas and initiatives on a global scale for over twenty years. Nicholas introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group, a market-leading research and advisory company based in San Francisco, New York and London. CTG has helped mobilize over $6B in private equity for cleantech start-ups, convened 10,000+ decision-makers at Forums around the world, tracked and analysed 16,000+ cleantech innovators while serving major corporations, governments and institutions in Asia, Europe, the M.E. and North America.

In addition to continuing as non-executive Chair of CTG, Nicholas is Chair of Corporate Knights, the media company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During 2011-12, he was also founding Chairman of WaterTAP, a state corporation formed to promote water technology, finance and policy innovation. In 2012 he started Global Acceleration Partners, a financial services company in Toronto, Geneva and Beijing oriented to cross-border cooperation with emerging markets, particularly China, in order to rapidly scale cleantech solutions.

Prior to starting CTG, Nicholas accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing venture funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. During this time, 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, including advising the EU, UN and WBCSD on capital markets and technology cooperation. Nicholas has authored or edited more than ten publications related to cleantech, finance and international business, starting with Investing in Emerging Economies in 1993, co-published by The Economist and the International Finance Corporation.

He serves on several private equity and non-profit advisory boards including Bright Capital (Russia), Blue Economy Initiative, Clinton Global Initiative, Singapore Energy IAP, Inspired Evolution Investment (Africa), Purpose Capital, Network for Business Sustainability (academic research) and, until recently, the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel and the Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research. From 2003-08, he was Chairman of E+Co, the award-winning investment company for clean energy in developing countries.

Nicholas earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa), an MBA in International Business (City University, London), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America while currently residing in Toronto. He’s proud father of Yasmin and Sanjay, a Canadian and European citizen, an avid football/soccer fan, a keen canoeist, cyclist and swimmer, a mindfulness practitioner, and, a lover of the natural world.
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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