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 1000 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, July 2020

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






The CORE Cleantech Cluster Team

  • Jeanette Jackson

  • Jacob Malthouse

  • Julie Strilesky

  • Elizabeth Thorsen

  • Karen Speirs

Advisory Board Members

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

  • Max Blouw – President, Research Universities Council of BC

  • Heather Conradi – Director, Impact Investing, VanCity

  • Karen Hamberg – VP, External Affairs & Sustainability, Westport

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

  • Bob Lindstrom – Co-ordinator BioAlliance, BioAlliance

  • Jonathan Moser – Head, Environment & Public Affairs, LaFarge

  • Shahrooz Nabavi – Partner, Fasken

  • 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

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


Government of British Columbia
Western Economic Diversification Canada



Why do we need a Cleantech Cluster Strategy?


Our Findings


A Forward Plan 2020-2025


Driving Competitiveness Across Six Sectors


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