The CORE Cleantech Cluster is a project spearheaded by Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and commissioned by Western Economic Diversification Canada, The Province of British Columbia and Vancity, to produce a strategic plan for the formation of a cleantech cluster in British Columbia.

In June 2019, after consulting with the founding sponsors, Jeanette Jackson, Foresight CEO, appointed Catriona Power, Foresight Director of Partnerships & Strategy, to lead the BC Cleantech Cluster Initiative. Power’s mandate was to create a strategy to support a cleantech cluster – a strategy that supports making bold moves to position our Province as a world leader in an emerging clean technology economy.

The CORE Cleantech Cluster project was supported by a 15-member Advisory Board, made up of representatives of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, municipal leaders, prominent local industries, organizations and stakeholder groups. The focused engagement process resulted in an estimated 10,000 individual contacts with stakeholders.

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The word CORE means the most basic and important part of something, the centre. The very heart of the earth is called the earth’s core. It represents the importance of this work to the future of our province. We believe cleantech is the core of our future economy.

– CORE Cleantech Cluster Report, June 2020

Process

The strategy and vision in this report was informed by engagement activities with stakeholders, with a focus on SMEs, industry and investors.

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NEWSLETTER

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SECTOR EVENTS

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The CORE Cleantech Cluster Team

Jeanette Jackson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT FORESIGHT

Jeanette Jackson is the CEO of Foresight, a cleantech ecosystem accelerator that is empowering entrepreneurs and energizing a world-class cleantech industry across Canada. She is a multi-award winning sustainability champion, a sought-after public speaker, and a leading advisor to the cleantech industry.

Catriona Power

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS & STRATEGY AT FORESIGHT

Catriona Power is Foresight’s Director of Partnerships and Strategy, delivering high profile programs around clusters, partnerships, collaborations and communications. She has worked at the intersection of business, sustainability and technology for the last nine years with organizations in Canada, UK, Europe and India.

John Tak

SPECIAL ADVISOR & BOARD MEMBER AT FORESIGHT

John Tak is an experienced executive in the cleantech sector. He is the former CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) and prior to that managed Mitsubishi Canada’s multi-million dollar specialty chemicals business and was a Senior Representative for the BC Trade and Development Corporation.

Diane Currie Sam

CONTENT & RESEARCH MANAGER AT FORESIGHT

Diane Currie Sam is a communications professional with a broad base of experience in technology and entrepreneurship. Her ability to combine solid research with good storytelling has been instrumental in securing multi-million dollar investments and business opportunities for technology companies across Canada and the US.

Advisory Board Members

A diverse group of business and community leaders helped guide the project:

  • Steven Slater

  • Anna Stukas

  • Raghwa Gopal

  • Stephen Brydon

  • Mark Warren

  • Janice Larson

  • Wal Van Lierop

  • Mischa Steiner

  • John McPherson

  • Waler Mérida

  • Mark Kirby

  • Rose Klukas

  • Melissa Barcellos

  • Jonathan Rhone

Engagement Partners & Consultants

Many of our sector, regional, and stakeholder engagement sessions and roundtables were held in partnership with organizations and consultants who provided sector and regional expertise, logistical support and access to their local and industry-specific networks and contacts. Their assistance was instrumental in generating the grassroots, responsive engagement process and resulting insights that form the foundation of this report. Thank you to the following:

  • Vancouver Economic Commission

  • City of Prince George

  • City of Campbell River

  • CMC Research Institute

  • Bluetech Research

  • Vantec Angel Network

  • British Columbia Bioenergy Network

  • Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association

  • Zen Energy Solutions

  • FP Innovations

  • UBC Bioproducts Institute

  • BioAlliance

  • Fasken

  • University of British Columbia Okanagan

  • City of Squamish

  • Four Our Future Indigenous Economics Ltd.

  • Temixw Planning

  • SpiritWolfe Consulting & Associates

  • BC Cleantech CEO Alliance

  • BC Government: Food Security Task Force

  • Natural Products Canada

  • Vancity Savings & Credit Union

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Foreword

SECTION 1

Why do we need a Cleantech Cluster Strategy?

SECTION 2

Our Findings

SECTION 3

A Forward Plan 2020-2025

SECTION 4

Driving Competitiveness Across Six Sectors

Conclusion

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