Canada's climate change moonshot: BC-made solutions and clean-tech breakthroughs

June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
Vancouver , BC



Science tells us that to stay under 2°C of average global warming above pre-Industrial temperatures, the global economy must go carbon negative—drawing down more greenhouse gases than we pump into the atmosphere. 

This challenge may yet be humanity’s greatest, a moonshot for the climate. We must meet the growing global demand for “reliable and affordable power”, while achieving net-zero emissions through technological breakthroughs.

While some mitigation solutions are available now—from clean electricity to electric cars—other emissions sources are more difficult to target. Aviation and shipping are proving hard to decarbonize, carbon capture and storage is not yet delivering on large scales, and viable replacements for carbon-intensive steel or cement remain elusive.

What is Canada’s role in this new global moonshot? What is BC’s role? What are some of the coolest new clean, world-changing tech projects in development right here in our province?

Join our panel leading of clean-tech entrepreneurs, researchers and the policy-makers behind this new push for a fascinating, provocative discussion.

This is free public event, please register to save a seat. 


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Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun Journalist: Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun's provincial affairs political columnist, based in Victoria since 1984. His column appears on the Sun's page three five days a week. He began working for the Sun in 1973, starting as reporter. He has also worked as an editorial writer and rock music critic, an experience he describes as only slightly crazier than covering the B.C. legislature. From 1980-82, he was city editor for The Sun. He is a winner of the Bruce Hutchison Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Jack Webster Foundation, of the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, given by the Public Policy Forum, and of the Jack Webster award for reporting.


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Jonathan Rhone, Axine Water Technologies: Jonathan is a serial cleantech entrepreneur committed to BC leadership as a global centre of cleantech innovation. In his current role as CEO of Axine Water Technologies, he’s helping to revolutionize industrial wastewater treatment. He’s co-founder and director of Evok Innovations, a $100 million cleantech venture fund with a mission to transform the energy value chain. He’s also founder and former CEO of Nexterra Systems a global supplier of waste-to-energy systems. Prior to Nexterra he held leadership positions with a NASDAQ listed cleantech company. He began his career in oil and gas with Amoco Canada. Jonathan chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and is on the Advisory Board of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. In 2009, he was recognized as Technology Industry Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Industry Association.


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Elicia Maine, Simon Fraser University: Specializing in technological innovation and science entrepreneurship, Professor Elicia Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, and Academic Director of “Invention to Innovation,” a novel graduate program in Science & Technology Commercialization, Prof. Maine was a finalist for BC TECH’s 2016 “Person of the Year” award.  An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, she holds a PhD in Technology Management from Cambridge University, master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in Materials Engineering and in English from Queen’s University.  Prof. Maine teaches “Managing Technological Innovation” and “Lab to Market” at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, and has published her research on innovation management in Research Policy, R&D Management, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials.  She serves of the Board of Directors of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and of BCIC’s New Ventures BC.

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Santa J. Ono, University of British Columbia: Professor Santa J. Ono is the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a professor of medicine and biology. He is also the Chief Advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network. Before coming to UBC, Professor Ono was the president of the University of Cincinnati, becoming its first Asian-American president. He has also held appointments at Emory University as the Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost. He was recently recognized by the American Council on Education for demonstrating leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. Inside Higher Education also named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. Professor Ono works tirelessly to enhance the student experience, and is a strong advocate of student health and well-being. Professor Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness.

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Majid Bahrami, Simon Fraser University: Majid Bahrami is a professor in SFU’s School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, founder of the Laboratory of Alternative Energy Conversion, and a Canada Research Chair in Alternative Energy Conversion Systems. His research group studies and develops clean and sustainable energy projects such as fuel cells, refrigeration, and microelectronics cooling technologies and earned the 2016 Canada Clean50 Award. His latest invention, the Hybrid Atmospheric Water Generator (HAWgen), harvests water from atmosphere and was a finalist in the BC Technology Industry Association 2016 Technology Impact Award.

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Anna Stukas, Carbon Engineering: Anna is Director of Government Programs for Carbon Engineering and she interfaces with a broad range of local, provincial, and federal agencies to secure and manage funding in support of CE’s technology development. Prior to joining CE, Anna worked with Angstrom Power, where her responsibilities included intellectual property management, technology licensing, product safety, and creation of international standards and regulations for hydrogen and fuel cells. Anna was a core member of the team that negotiated the successful acquisition of Angstrom by the BIC Group.