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Foresight's Cleantech Startups 101 blog series features interviews with and posts from policymakers, innovators, industry and experts. Read on for insights, perspective and advice on the challenges and opportunities associated with working in the cleantech sector in Canada.

Cleantech Startups 101 – Soroush Karimzadeh, Co-founder of Novarc Technologies

As part of our ongoing “Cleantech Startups 101” blog series, this week we interviewed Soroush Karimzadeh, co-founder of North Vancouver-based Novarc Technologies. Novarc develops custom robots for niche applications, including the world’s first collaborative welding robot.  For starters, what is a collaborative welding robot? Novarc’s collaborative robot combines the skill of human welders with welding automation […]

Meet Foresight’s newest Board Member – Elicia Maine

This week we interviewed Foresight’s newest board member, Elicia Maine. Elicia is a Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. She is also the founding Academic Director of Invention to Innovation, a graduate certificate program aimed at giving PhD Scientists and Engineers the skills to lead in Science & Technology Commercialization. Professor Maine […]

Cleantech Startups 101 – John Bruce, EIR at Foresight

As part of our ongoing “Cleantech Startups 101” blog series, this week we interviewed John Bruce, a Foresight Executive in Residence (EiR) who has been involved in building, managing, and investing in early stage energy- and technology-based ventures for 20 years. Why is the Customer Discovery process – identifying, classifying and quantifying your customer and […]

Cleantech Startups 101 – Keith Gillard, Pangaea Ventures

As part of our ongoing “Cleantech Startups 101” blog series, this week we interview Keith Gillard, General Partner of Pangaea Ventures Ltd. Keith has been investing in cleantech and advanced materials start-up companies since 2001, initially with Mitsubishi Corporation and then as President of BASF Venture Capital America Inc. He is also a Foresight board […]

Cleantech Startups 101 – MP Jonathan Wilkinson

As part of our ongoing “Cleantech Startups 101” blog series, this week we sat down with Jonathan Wilkinson, North Vancouver MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Jonathan is also a successful cleantech executive – having served as CEO of QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies and as […]