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

June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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—some time after mid-century.
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 Rhone is President and CEO of Axine Water Technologies Inc.; Chair, BC Cleantech CEO Alliance. He is award-winning cleantech entrepreneur, founder and former President & CEO of Nexterra Systems Corp., an internationally recognized leader in biomass gasification heat, power, and syngas systems. While leading Nexterra, he grew the company from product concept to commercialization, sales, manufacturing, and servicing of multi-million dollar energy systems. He also established strategic alliances with multi-nationals including GE and Johnson Controls. He has an extensive track record with energy and technology businesses including Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada, and The Delphi Group. Jonathan chairs the B.C. Cleantech CEO Alliance and is a member of the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council. In 2009, he was honoured by the technology community as “B.C.’s Technology Industry Person of the Year”. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.

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Elicia Maine, Simon Frasier University: Elicia Maine is an Associate Professor at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and is currently Director of an innovative graduate certificate program in Science & Technology Commercialization. Specializing in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr. Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. A founding coordinator for New Ventures BC, Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from Cambridge University and master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from MIT.


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Majid Bahrami, Simon Frasier UniversityMajid 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.

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 for $18.7M USD.