Our Climate Community

Our spaces and programs are brought to life by exceptional people focused on solving the climate crisis and its many related social and environmental challenges.

Climate Ventures startups and organizations are part of a community of climate entrepreneurs and innovators plugged into the Social Innovation Canada and Foresight networks.

With accelerators, the national Community of Innovators, peer circles, socials, workshops, online groups and advisors, we spark valuable connections and collaborations.

Meet the Climate Ventures community:

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Dr. Aaron Genest serves as the President of SaskTech and the representative for Siemens Digital Industries. A former Director of Customer Experience at Solido, Aaron is now an Applications Engineering Manager after an acquisition of Solido by Siemens.

Adam Ben-Aron

Adam is a 3x web entrepreneur. He has experience building products, teams, and business/revenue models from the ground up. His businesses have been both bootstrapped and investor backed. After successfully selling his last business, he's now focused on cleantech.

Alan Shapiro

Alan is a Vancouver-based water and sustainability consultant and an instructor in BCIT's School of Business and Media. His work focuses on coordination and capacity-building around water challenges and solutions across Canada. Find him on Twitter at @watercomm.
Amit supports start-ups within the AgTech space and develops connections for cleantech start-ups in Saskatchewan. A plant biochemist by training, he is an experienced program manager and has been involved in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the prairies and promoting industry-academia research collaborations for several years.
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Bernie Li

Co-founder of Pure Energies Group, a provider of residential solar solutions across North America. Previously an investor with venture capital funds. Board member of the Centre for Social Innovation.

Brandon Chow

Brandon is an investor relations professional supporting one of Canada's leading public cleantech companies, Xebec Adsorption (TSX: XBC). With expertise in fundraising, going public and capital markets, he looks to support the next generation of climate-focused entrepreneurs in their journey from start-up to scale-up.
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An entrepreneur, licensed professional engineer, and CEO of Enliten, Bryan helps clients integrate green building and sustainability solutions that boost employee health and productivity, in addition to reducing GHG emissions. Bryan seeks to foster innovation and to encourage opportunities from a different perspective, all while holding to the values of love, integrity, and transparency.
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An institution within the Canadian growth-company and innovation ecosystems, Bryan is a Partner at Flow Ventures and Managing Director of CleanTech North. For over 15 years, Bryan has been an entrepreneur and advised and supported  investors, government, NGOs and companies at all stages.
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Currently serving as General Manager of SolarShare, Chris is a professional engineer with more than a decade of experience in renewable energy, GHG emissions verification and management, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

Claire Dixon

Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Climate Ventures & Foresight
Claire has a unique ability to distill complex and disparate information into clear, concise insights. She brings 20+ years of strategy and operations experience in strategic consulting and senior operational roles. Claire holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MEng/MA from Cambridge University.

Craig Hutchison

Craig has been the Senior Marketer on many of Canada’s biggest brands including Joe Fresh (since launch), President’s Choice, noname, WESTON bakeries, and Mr. Christie's cookies. He is an expert in all aspects of marketing and brand building. Craig loves to mentor and is keen to learn new businesses.
Dave Borins is the Director of Community Renewable Energy Projects at Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider. Dave helps the Bullfrog Power community provide funding to non-profits, First Nations, Co-ops and Municipalities who are building wind, solar and run of river hydro projects across Canada.