Canada’s Only National Cleantech Event

TORONTO, September 14, 2015 – On October 15, 2015, Achilles Media, the organizers of the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and MaRS Cleantech, which works with entrepreneurs and investors to build globally competitive companies, host CIX Cleantech: 2015 Game Changers at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. A showcase of Canada’s hottest cleantech companies, CIX Cleantech will connect cleantech ventures with investors, policy makers, strategic partners and advisors from across the country. Registration is open now at: cleantechgamechangers.com.

The traditional utilities model is in a death spiral, with power plants being replaced by technology-enabled, customer-centric innovations. The CIX Cleantech conference focuses on a range of energy trends, from the latest in electrical storage to investments in water projects.

To date, some of the big names coming to speak at Canada’s only national cleantech event include:

  • Caren Anders, VP of Emerging Technologies and Transmission Affairs at Duke Energy
  • Hannah Bascom, Head of Business Development, Nest
  • Debjit Mukerji, Head of Venture Technology, Siemens
  • As well as thought leaders from Google, Flextronics, GE, 3M and many more

To view the full program, see the CIX Cleantech website.

Drawing cleantech VCs from across Canada, CIX Cleantech will also feature the country’s 10 most promising, game-changing technologies, each of which will play a pivotal role in the coming years. The top 10 companies will be selected by a panel of cleantech executives, investors and industry experts, and announced at the event.

“MaRS is thrilled to convene a wide range of experts and innovators from the cleantech community at this national event, offering attendees a complete view of the sector, from the latest in technology and trends to finance and partnering opportunities,” said Jon Dogterom, Venture Services Lead, MaRS Cleantech.

Cleantech is Canada’s fastest-growing industry and perhaps its best-kept secret. According to Ottawa-based Analytica Advisors, which tracks and benchmarks the space, the cleantech industry in Canada is worth almost $12-billion and employs 50,000 people across more than 800 firms. Most of these companies are exporters, with export revenue reaching $5.8-billion or 50% of revenues. Investment opportunities in the sector are stronger than ever before.

About MaRS Cleantech

MaRS Cleantech works closely with entrepreneurs and investors to build globally competitive companies that are creating solutions for smart cities and addressing key challenges in energy, water, agri-tech, advanced materials and manufacturing. The industry looks to MaRS Cleantech to help grow high-impact businesses by connecting innovators, potential partners, customers, investors, talent and capital. MaRS Cleantech comprises three main entities — Venture Services and its network of advisors; ArcTern Ventures, a $30-million privately funded venture fund; and the Advanced Energy Centre, whose team facilitates commercialization and drives exports. Together they offer a one-stop shop for industry stakeholders. MaRS Cleantech is part of MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs supporting a new generation of makers and innovators.

About Canadian Innovation Exchange

The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is a showcase for great Canadian innovation while catalyzing strategic relationships and transactions across this dynamic sector. CIX is attended by the people behind the innovative technologies: entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, service providers, government and media. Its objective is to bring together the key leaders and protagonists of technology-based innovation in order to learn from each other and to showcase and celebrate the tremendous innovative products, services and technologies that exist today and are providing the fuel for our economy to grow.

For media enquiries, contact:

Lara Torvi
Manager, Media & Community
MaRS Discovery District
416-673-8100
ltorvi@marsdd.com

Lauren Linton
Executive Director, Innovation & Finance Events and Business Development
Achilles Media
416-569-4349
llinton@achillesmedia.com