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Jean-Michel Gires

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Venture Partner
Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

SESSION: Financing Vehicles to Fuel Cleantech Development

Jean-Michel has a distinguished 25 year career in mining, heavy oil, and sustainable development. Prior to joining Chrysalix EVC in the role of Venture Partner, he served as President & CEO of Total E&P Canada.

Jean-Michel has led a range of projects around the world and was instrumental in establishing best practices for Total in the areas of advanced research & development, project management, environmental responsibility, stakeholder relations, and community capacity building. He is highly familiar with the venture capital space, having established and been President of Total Energy Ventures. His career at Total also included the senior roles of President TotalFinaElf Venezuela, Senior Vice President North Sea Division, Vice President Strategy and Planning Control, Executive Vice President Marketing Petrogal, and CEO Total Spain.

Prior his long tenure at Total, Jean-Michel was CEO at the Bureau de Contrôle of Nuclear Construction for the French Ministry of Industry. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris, and recipient of the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, one of France’s highest civilian honors. He is also the former Co-Chairman of the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and a former member of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).





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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


Join us today by viewing our livestream at 1:30pm.


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