Breaking Down Silos: Announcing The CORE Cleantech Cluster Advisory Board

VANCOUVER, BC, September 17, 2020 – Foresight Cleantech Accelerator (Foresight) is thrilled to officially announce the CORE Cleantech Cluster (CORE) Advisory Board. Meeting for the first time this week, the Board brings together thought-leaders from across British Columbia’s (B.C.) Helix-5 stakeholder groupsacademia, industry, government, investors, and start-ups. The Board will bring valuable insight to B.C.’s cleantech innovation ecosystem and will help shape the development and design of CORE’s dynamic programming. 

The CORE Cleantech Cluster is a new initiative in support of the Province of British Columbia, aiming to scale and grow the clean economy in BC through collaboration and purposeful partnerships.  

“British Columbia is a leader in innovation culture, and the CORE Cleantech Cluster, with the support of our thoughtfully curated Board, will put BC on the global map,” says Catriona Power, VP of Partnerships & Strategy at Foresight.  “Clusters help focus attention on our competitive advantages, and this group of leaders will guide CORE’s cleantech cluster programming and governance to ensure we lead the green recovery.”

B.C. CORE Cleantech Cluster – A Collaborative Hub

The regional cluster seeks to attract investment, research and development, and commercialization of clean technology in British Columbia and is a catalyst for:

  • achieving economic growth by capitalizing on existing strengths
  • enabling partnerships and new business relationships to thrive
  • generating significant revenue, attracting investment, and creating jobs.

Best-in-class Advisory Board to Help Accelerate BC’s Clean Economy

The Advisory Board will play an essential role in identifying current trends, gaps, and opportunities in the innovation ecosystem, in addition to providing on-going consultation for programs and activities, engagement initiatives (nationally and international), Sector Working Groups.  

The advisory group is comprised of:

Max Blouw – President, Research Universities Council of BC 

Heather Conradi – Director, Impact Investing, VanCity 

Karen Hamberg – VP, External Affairs & Sustainability, Westport Fuel Systems

James Hudson, Executive Project Director, Cleantech – Government of British Columbia

Tammy Huston – Global Accounts Director, Cleantech, Export Development Canada 

Bob Lindstrom – Co-ordinator BioAlliance, BC Pulp and Paper BioAlliance 

Jonathan Moser – Head, Environment & Public Affairs, Lafarge 

Genevieve Pinto – Partner, Renewal Funds 

Ben Sparrow – CEO, SaltWorks 

Anna Stukas – VP, Business Development, Carbon Engineering 

Peter Wan – Lead, Technology & Innovation, Teck 

Mark Warren – Director of Innovation, Fortis BC 

Denise Williams – CEO, First Nations Tech Council 

Shahrooz Nabavi – Partner, Fasken

Get Involved: You can learn more about CORE or join the Cluster Community here

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About CORE Cleantech Cluster The CORE Cleantech Cluster (“CORE”) aims to position BC as a global leader in cleantech innovation. CORE brings together and collaborates with Cleantech representatives based on the HELIX 5 model: startup SMEs, industry, academia, government, and investors. This unique form of collaboration is designed to promote clean technology innovation in six priority sectors- Energy, Transportation, Agri-food, Built Environment, Industrial Efficiency, and Natural Resources.