Financing clean tech innovation is a key challenge for innovators and a barrier for adopters needing to manage their risk. What are the stages and types of investment clean tech innovators will need to succeed? Who are the different players in the financing ecosystem and how can they more effectively accelerate the commercialization of new innovations and create more value for investors? Sharing perspectives from venture capital, corporate strategic investing, and private equity, our panel will reflect on investors interests, expectations and roles throughout the commercialization process. They will expose the challenges we need to overcome and share thoughts on how we can create a new investment climate that improves the chances for getting innovations to market.
MODERATOR: DAVE BRYAN
Partner and Senior Vice President
David Bryan is the Managing Partner of PwC Edmonton and the Edmonton leader of the Private Company Services practice. As a trusted business adviser, he provides practical advice and acts as a sounding board to the owners and management of small, medium and large private companies.
David’s knowledge of performance improvement, due diligence, transaction support and merger integration helps him give his clients strategic business advice to meet their goals. His experience in the areas of accounting and audit, corporate advisory, finance, structuring and strategic planning allows him to work with clients who have multi-disciplined business needs, coordinating specialized resources within the PwC network.
A graduate of the University of Alberta, David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He obtained his CA designation in 1997 and is also a Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Professional (CIRP). David is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Turnaround Management Association.
LEO DE BEVER
Leo de Bever was hired as Alberta Investment Management Corporation’s first CEO, when it was created in 2008. Since that time, AIMCo has delivered on its objective of creating superior return on risk for its clients.
Leo began his 39-year career at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. Over the years, he has held leadership positions with eight institutions in Canada, the United States, Japan and Australia, focusing on economic and asset management strategy.
Over nearly a decade at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, he pioneered the use of quantitative risk management, and introduced investing in infrastructure, timberland, commodities and private real return bonds.
Leo grew up in the Netherlands. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Leo is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Dutch pension fund ABP.
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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