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Adrian Banica

Founder and CEO
Synodon Inc.

SESSION: Entrepreneur Success Stories & Lessons From The Edge

Mr. Banica is the Founder and CEO of Synodon Inc., an advanced remote sensing company. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Banica has been involved with the design of a number of satellite instruments as well as a variety of oil and gas measurement technologies and has built a strong understanding of gas plume dynamics and the various in-situ or remote sensing techniques used to detect, quantify and map emission sources.


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Decima Research

A pioneer in the integration of consulting, public-opinion research, and communications, Gregg not only has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy-making but also a deep understanding of what it will take to forge a public consensus around government and business initiatives. Gregg is the Chairman of Harris/Decima, a company he founded over 30 years ago that has now merged with the fastest growing research firm in the world. (Previous to this, he was the chairman of The Strategic Counsel.) He also runs Allan Gregg Strategies, offering high-end research-based consulting and communications advice to prestigious private and public sector clients.

Widely published and quoted, Gregg is a former member of CBC's "At Issue" panel. He also hosts Allan Gregg In Conversation With on TVO, and is a contributor to The Walrus. (He is also Chair of the Walrus Foundation, and serves on GM Canada's Advisory Board as well as the Bank of Montreal's Advisory Council on Retirement.)


Captain, Edmonton Oilers 

Founder of the NHLPA's Carbon-Neutral Challenge 

SESSION: The Game Changers

Andrew Ference is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ference started in the NHL during the 1999–2000 season and has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins. In 2011, Ference helped the Bruins to their 6th Stanley Cup Championship.

Ference's association with environmentalist David Suzuki while in Calgary led him to create a carbon-neutral program for the NHL, which now includes over 500 players who purchase carbon offset credits to counteract the negative environmental impact of professional sports.

In February 2012 National Geographic began a ten-episode Web series called "Beyond the Puck" highlighting Andrew's life as a NHL Player and "eco-warrior." 

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Senior Manager, Clean Energy Programs
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


SESSION: Reaching Climate and Energy Goals through Collaboration: Portland’s Sustainability Story

Andria Jacob manages a portfolio of clean energy programs for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She has 15 years of experience designing and delivering innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs. Andria helped found Clean Energy Works Oregon and Solarize Portland, both nationally-recognized clean energy programs. She also works on key climate and energy policy initiatives at the local and state level. Andria began her energy career at E Source in Boulder, Colorado and worked in the private sector consulting on energy efficiency prior to becoming a civil servant. She holds an MA in environmental policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in economics from Lehigh University.




Senior Advisor,  Bennett Jones

Former, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.


SESSION: Politics, Climate, Innovation: the North American Policy Landscape

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan joined the firm after a distinguished career in federal politics, where she served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. Ms. McLellan provides national and international strategic planning assistance to the firm's clients.

During her political career, Ms. McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. As Deputy Prime Minister, she chaired two Cabinet committees: the Operations Committee and the Security, Public Health and Emergencies Committee.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. McLellan was a professor of law at the University of Alberta, where she served at various times as Associate Dean and Acting Dean. In 2006, she was appointed as the first distinguished scholar at the University of Alberta's Institute for American Studies. In 2007, the University of Alberta awarded Ms. McLellan an honorary doctorate of laws degree. Ms. McLellan retired from the University of Alberta effective June 30, 2013.

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Fellow of the
Institute for Public Economics,
University of Alberta

SESSION: The Role of Governments: Policy Actions to Transform Energy Systems and Drive Innovation

R.J. (Bob) Fessenden recently retired as Deputy Minister of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy, Government of Alberta. From 1999, Dr. Fessenden served as Deputy Minister in four different departments: Economic Development; Sustainable Resource Development; Innovation and Science; and Advanced Education and Technology.

Previously a staff member at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry, Dr. Fessenden taught courses in forest soil science from 1967 to 1978. In 1978, he joined Syncrude Canada Ltd. as Head of the Terrestrial Environment Section in the Environmental Affairs Department where he was responsible for land reclamation planning and research and environmental impact assessment. From 1982 to 1995, Dr. Fessenden held a variety of positions at the Alberta Research Council including Head of the Soils and Terrain Sciences departments and Vice-President of the Natural Resources, Resource Technologies, Development and Planning, and Research Operations divisions. In 1995, he was appointed as President of the Alberta Science and Research Authority where he served until 1999.

Dr. Fessenden completed his B.Sc.F. at the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Toronto in 1965, his M.Sc. in Microbiology at the University of Guelph in 1967, and his PhD in Microbiology at McGill University in 1976.


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Chief of Environment and Energy,
City of Boston


SESSION: "Greenovating" Boston

Brian Swett is Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston. The Environmental and Energy Services Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreational Department’s Open Space Planning, and Boston’s Recycling Program. Mr. Swett serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Swett also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.
Over the last year, Chief Swett led a variety of major policy and program initiatives including developing and passing a rental inspection ordinance and a building energy disclosure ordinance, launching Greenovate Boston, a sustainability education and outreach initiative, and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. Chief Swett is now starting efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due in 2014.



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President and CEO, Analytica Advisors

SESSION: Collaborating to Create Markets and Solve Problems: How innovators are working with customers to build clean technologies

Céline Bak is the President and CEO of Analytica Advisors. In 2007 she recognized that innovation-based industries were poorly represented through existing primary economic research and concluded that this lack of evidence distorted the whole lifecycle of innovation-based companies, from incubation and capital raising to securing domestic reference customers and participating in global value chains. To change this, she has authored and published four annual evidence-based national reports that have catalyzed the growth of Canada's emerging energy and water technology industry. Her research has changed the investment and policy landscape, and has formed the basis of hundreds of millions of dollars in catalytic public program investment. She is engaged in consultancy projects addressing finance, innovation and trade across Canada and around the world.

Céline has had an international career, first as a Principal of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, and later as an operating executive in two high growth Canadian technology companies, Solect Technology group and Bridgewater Systems, both of which were acquired by Amdocs (DOX). Her current leadership roles include her position as Chair of the Clean Technology Private Sector Advisory Board for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. She is a member of the Asia Development Bank Low Carbon Technology Steering Committee to build innovative finance vehicles for broad adoption of low carbon technologies. She also sits on the board of Green Centre Canada and serves on the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program. Céline has been recognized as a Clean16 honoree for her contribution to developing capital markets for sustainability in Canada, as well as by Nature Canada as one of Canada's Women of Nature.


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Author, The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, The Geography of Hope,

Planet Simpson: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation

SESSION: The Leap: How To Survive & Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Chris Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom. A National Business Book Award finalist for The Leap (which the Globe and Mail called “one of the most arresting arguments for building a green economy yet in print“) and The Geography of Hope, he is also the author of international bestseller Planet Simpson. His latest book, The War on Science, has been heralded as “required reading for all Canadians.” Turner's magazine writing has appeared in Fast Company, Time, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and other leading national and international publications, earning nine National Magazine Awards and inclusion in four of the past five instalments of the Best Canadian Essays series. A collection of his essays and reporting on how change happens, How To Breathe Underwater, will be published this fall.

As the Green Party candidate in the 2012 Calgary Centre byelection, Turner’s passion, platform and dynamism earned him the best result ever by a Green candidate in Alberta. He was a 2013 writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and a 2010 Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre. He has been named one of Alberta Venture's "Next 10" Most Influential Albertans, and in 2009 he co-founded CivicCamp, an influential grassroots civic engagement group.

When not writing or consulting, Turner enjoys life in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and two children.

Read more: Chris Turner

Clive Mather

Former, President and CEO, Shell Canada Ltd.


SESSION: Future Tense: 2050 is just around the corner, so it's time to get real

Clive Mather is the Chairman of Iogen Corporation, a leading Canadian developer of cellulosic biofuel technology and biochemical projects. It is delivering renewable and cost-effective fuels for today's cars and trucks. He is also the Chairman of Tearfund, the international Christian relief agency combating global poverty and injustice. In this role he is an ambassador for Tearfund around the world on humanitarian and environmental issues. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Shell’s Pension Funds in the UK, managing assets of approximately $22 billion. He also works with NGO’s and governments on both sides of the Atlantic on energy and environmental issues. He was a member of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy in Alberta from 2009 until 2012.

Clive previously worked as President & CEO of Shell Canada Limited. He took a high profile on environmental matters, presenting the business case for sustainable development through communications and example. An advocate of leadership for good and corporate social responsibility, he has held many public appointments in the UK, including Commissioner for the Equal Opportunities Commission, Chairman of the Government/Industry CSR Academy and Deputy Chairman of the Windsor Leadership Trust. He lectures on ethical issues around the world. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in Guildford, UK with his wife Ann and 2 border collies.


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Chief Executive at Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)


SESSION: The Game Changers

Dan has been the Chief Executive of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) since March 2012. Prior to joining COSIA Dan occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science, Director General of Water Science and Technology, and Director of Strategic Alliances. He was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Government House Leader, and he launched and was the Executive Director of The Canadian Forest Innovation Council.
Dan is a Board member of the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, and serves on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Committee.

Dan has a BSc. in Biology (University of Guelph, 1990), a MSc. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Calgary, 1994) and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Montana, 1998). After completing his graduate education, Dan took a faculty position as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana.
Dan’s initial career was as a linebacker in the CFL, playing with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988) and the Calgary Stampeders       (1989-91).


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Managing Partner
PwC Edmonton

SESSION: The Money Panel: Financing Vehicles to Fuel Cleantech Development

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.



Vice President, Strategic Progams, NineSigma


SESSION:The Game Changers

Denys Resnick is responsible for incubating and launching NineSigma’s new products and services, including NineSigma’s collaboration platform, NineSights. She leads NineSigma’s Grand Challenge Team, and has played a strategic role on the CCEMC Carbon Challenge.

Ms. Resnick interfaces with clients to identify their evolving innovation needs and collaborates with NineSigma’s operations, sales and marketing teams to develop the initiatives that make NineSigma the global innovation leader. Ms. Resnick previously served as NineSigma’s Director of Operations. Before joining Nine Sigma in 2008, Resnick was founder and President of TradeQuest, Inc., a consulting firm that developed and implemented international business growth strategies for global manufacturing and service companies. She brings 20 years of manufacturing and business development experience from companies like RPM, Faber Castell, and FedEx. Resnick earned an MBA in International Business and Finance from New York University, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.



Grant Sprague

Deputy Minister, Department of Energy, Government of Alberta


SESSION: The Role of Governments: Policy Actions to Transform Energy Systems and Drive Innovation

Grant Sprague received his LL.B. at the University of Alberta in 1989. He practiced law at an established Edmonton law firm in the area of foreclosures, insolvency and general litigation, and joined the Alberta Public Service in 1997.

Grant was the former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Legal Services Division of Alberta Justice, and led the Environmental Law section of Alberta Justice, providing advice on a wide range of natural resources and environmental law issues.

He served as the Deputy Chief of the Policy Coordination Office in Executive Council until July 2013. While there he led a team that supported long-term strategic planning and policy coordination, the regulatory review process, and coordination for the policy excellence initiative.

Grant is currently an ongoing seasonal lecturer at the University of Alberta’s School of Business. He was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as Queen’s Counsel for Alberta in 2010.



Executive Vice-President, Business Development,
TEC Edmonton


SESSIONS: Navigating the Alberta Innovation Ecosystem & From Idea to Commercialization - What it takes to make it

Dr. Yatscoff has spent the last six years at TEC Edmonton initially as an Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Executive in Residence and more recently as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. He is responsible for a team that works with over 80 companies on an annual basis. He has over ten years experience as a Biotech Executive in publically traded companies. He is a seasoned director on both public and private company Boards and actively participated on several Advisory Boards and Committees both Industry and Academic related. He was part of the team that raised over $200M in equity financing for a Biotech company. He provides guidance and mentorship to local start-up companies on technology commercialization, business planning, presentations, investor relations and financing. He is actively involved with assisting start-up companies to secure financing. He currently holds more than 20 patents. He is an accomplished Academic with almost twenty years spent in increasing roles in several Canadian Universities, having attained the status of Full Professor. He is an active and involved community member, fully supporting key groups, participating in Board responsibility and fundraising for causes


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CEO, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

SESSION: Zero Emissions:  Where Will the Next Wave of Emission Reduction Innovations Come From?

Eddy Isaacs is CEO of Alberta Innovates -- Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and Director General for CanmetENERGY-Devon. As CEO of AI-EES, Eddy is responsible for Alberta’s strategic directions and technology investments in the areas of energy, renewables and emerging resources, and water and environmental management. As Director General, CanmentENERGY-Devon, he provides overall strategic direction with a focus on aligning the programs of the two organizations. Alongside his team, Eddy works to broaden collaborations under the Alberta-Canada Collaboratory on Cleaner Oil sands Development, strengthen partnerships with industry, and develop joint initiatives with key partners that leverage our province’s expertise and resources.

Eddy has been instrumental in promoting innovation in energy and environment across Canada and has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers. He is regularly called upon to provide his expert opinion and insight into Alberta’s future in energy and environment.

Eddy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field. A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Eddy serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.

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Board Chair
Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation

Eric Newell is Chair of the board for the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.

Eric is a retired Alberta business executive with a stellar history of corporate leadership, and an exemplary record of service to industry and community.

Newell served as Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer for 14 years and for nine years as Chairman. He also served as President from 1989 to 1997.

Under his leadership, Syncrude became a key player in the western Canadian economy, an increasingly significant source of energy for the entire nation and a model of a reliably operated, environmentally efficient, socially responsible corporation. During Newell’s tenure, Syncrude surpassed the billion-barrel production benchmark and embarked on an ambitious multi-billion dollar expansion program that continues today.

Newell still plays an active role promoting and creating opportunity for the wider community. He is well-known for his efforts to strengthen partnerships between education and business, and for championing corporate social responsibility. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and has had honourary Doctorates conferred on him by several universities.



Vice President, Investment & Market Development

SESSIONS: Navigating the Alberta Innovation Ecosystem & From Idea to Commercialization – What it takes to make it

As Vice President of Investment and Market Development Mr. Kutarna brings a variety of experiences and skills including; involvement in a family investment fund, served as a Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Deputy Minister of Social Services, and president of an economic development crown corporation. Mr Kutarna has been a business consultant, executive coach, and the chair of two TEC Groups in Calgary and has also supported a number of private and public boards.
Mr. Kutarna's educational background includes; a degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, post graduate work at the University of Regina, and a certification in Destination Marketing from a joint Purdue University/University of Calgary program. He has taken the Canadian Securities Course and the Exempt Market Course and numerous other seminars and courses.
His role is also responsible for Alberta Deal Generator (ADG) one of Canada's most active angel groups.  They find accredited investors who are interested in adding technology deals to their portfolio and brings them well screened deals that represent early and mid-stage technology businesses seeking capital. The entire division is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and investors – and attempts to bring recognition, government policy modifications, and strong search skills (business development) to find the right deals to create a strong innovation experience in Alberta. Mr Kutarna particularly enjoys mentoring and helping others achieve business success.


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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).




Author, The Third Industrial Revolution, How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

Adviser, European Union and other heads of state around the world

Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include the New York Times Best Seller, The Third Industrial Revolution, The Empathic Civilization, The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream, The End of Work, The Age of Access, and The Biotech Century.

Mr. Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.

Jeremy Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC which advises national governments, regions, and municipalities on sustainable economic development. He is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world's leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin's global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.

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Director Business Planning and Central Operations
Waste Management Services, City of Edmonton


SESSION: Collaborating to Create Markets and Solve Problems: How innovators are working with customers to build clean technologies

Jim is a Chemical Engineer with over 25 years experience in the solid waste field and has specialized in the waste combustion area.  He has been working on the City’s gasification project since it’s inception in 2002 as a feasibility study (which looked at the Gasification/Waste to Energy options for the residual waste streams).  Mr. Schubert is the City’s project manager for the planned new Waste to Biofuels facility and integrated processing and transfer facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.  The waste processing system will produce a refuse derived fuel which will be sent over to the new gasification facility for treatment.  The overall processing, transfer and gasification facility will nicely compliment the City’s existing large scale material recovery and composting facilities.  An additional Advanced Energy Research Facility has been built which houses a pilot gasification system to do research work on a variety of waste feedstocks and gas-to-liquid fuel products.


Director of Planning Services
City of Red Deer

SESSION: Alberta Municipalities - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

Kim is a municipal sustainability expert with a proven record of successfully implementing sustainability frameworks and projects in several municipalities. She is Director of the Planning Services Division with the City of Red Deer and a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Formerly, she was the first Director of Sustainability in the City of Victoria, member of the Local Government Asset Management Working Group, the BC Brownfield Advisory Group and board member of Smart Growth BC. Her sustainability work has been published in Leadership Makes a Difference, Going for Green, the Planning West journal and The Story of Brownfields and Smart Growth.

Her design of the Sustainability Initiative for the City of Port Coquitlam integrated 12 land development activities from the corporate strategic level through budget and business planning to individual projects and applications. The Initiative won a Smart Growth BC award in 2006. She project managed the development concept and land sale of the City of Victoria Dockside lands, which were awarded the highest LEED™ Platinum point total in the world (63 of a total of 70 points) for the first phase of development by the successful land sale developers. The Dockside Green project has won over 20 international to local sustainability awards, including the 2005 Canadian Brownie Award from the Canadian Urban Institute and 2005 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence.

Leo DeBever

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

SESSION: Financing Vehicles to Fuel Cleantech Development

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.



SMALL-Mayor Don IvesonMayor, 
City of Edmonton

SESSION: Municipal Sustainability - Call to Action to Address the Climate and Energy Challenges Facing Cities

Don Iveson was elected Edmonton’s 35th mayor in the fall of 2013. As Mayor, he chairs City Council’s Executive and Audit Committees, and sits on the boards of Edmonton Economic Development and the Capital Region Board.

Mayor Iveson envisions Edmonton as a globally competitive city — supporting and nurturing an entrepreneurial culture, as a city-building pioneer — creating attractive options in housing and transportation for residents, and as a municipal government leader — innovating and showing value in public service through effective decision-making with a long-term view to the environment and a healthy, inclusive city.

First elected to City Council in 2007, Iveson served two terms as Councillor for southwest Edmonton. As Councillor, he chaired City Council’s Transportation & Infrastructure, and Utility Committees, and the Capital Region Board’s Regional Transit Committee.

After graduating from the University of Alberta, Iveson headed Canadian University Press in Toronto and then worked in media and government relations before entering political office.

Mayor Iveson is married to Sarah Chan and, together, they have two young children.



Chief Operating Officer,TEC Edmonton


SESSION: From Idea to Commercialization – What it takes to make it

Pamela Freeman has been with the University of Alberta, Industry Liaison Office, the predecessor to TEC Edmonton, since 2000 and has held various roles throughout her tenure. Currently, Pamela is the Chief Operating Officer at TEC Edmonton and is also responsible for the Entrepreneur Development Program. TEC Edmonton provides services to over 500 entrepreneurs, inventors a year and the Entrepreneur Development Program offers education and training along with advisory and mentorship services; and the TEC Centre offers companies office and wet lab facilities in Enterprise Square.
Pamela has owned and operated her own business, held senior positions in a number of non-profit organizations and provided management consulting services. She has a MBA from the University of Alberta, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is the Vice Chair of the Bachelor of Technology Advisory Committee at NAIT, a Board member of the Alberta Health Industry Association (AHIA), and for the past four years was a part time instructor at NAIT teaching Innovation and Change Management.





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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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