Hello and welcome to Cleantech Talks! This is an Alacrity Canada podcast series focusing on the clean technology sector. Throughout the series, we talk to CEOs of cleantech startups, as well as advisors and investors, to find out how this exciting space is developing.
You’ll find all of our published episodes from seasons one, two, and three (currently being released) listed below.
ALACRITY CLEANTECH TALKS SEASON 1
Interview with Julie Angus of Open Ocean Robotics (October 9th, 2019)
In this first episode of Cleantech Talks, we talk to Julie Angus who is CEO of Open Ocean Robotics. Before starting this cleantech company, Julie studied psychology and molecular biology and worked in venture capital, business development, and technology transfer. She and husband, Colin, have been on various expeditions around the world, including one in which Julie became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2006, Julie and Colin won the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.
Interview with Devesh Bharadwaj and Dr. Ian MacDonald of Pani Energy (October 31st, 2019)
In this episode, we talk to Devesh Bharadwaj and Dr. Ian MacDonald of Pani Energy. Devesh, CEO of the company, began researching water treatment during his time as a student at the University of Victoria. He founded Pani Energy in an effort to bring advanced system design and Artificial Intelligence to lift the state-of-the-art and reduce operational costs associated with extracting fresh water from non-fresh sources.
Interview with Peter Van Der Gracht of QuantoTech (November 12th, 2019)
In this episode, we talk to Peter van der Gracht, chairman and co-founder of QuantoTech. Peter is a serial technology entrepreneur who has successfully launched, financed, operated and sold multiple technology companies. He’s worked in a number of industries, including cable television, telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology, mining, automotive, and agriculture.
Interview with Sam Samida-Pugh of Progressive Fusion Solutions (November 26th, 2019)
In this episode, we talk to Sam Samida-Pugh, CEO of Progressive Fusion Solutions, a fusion technology company. Sam founded PFS in an effort to develop the world’s first net-gain fusion generator, after planning to build a fusion reactor for a school science fair at the age of 16.
Interview with Sean Bourquin of First Light Technologies (January 9th, 2020)
In this episode, Sean Bourquin, CEO of First Light Technologies, tells us about the solar-powered lighting space. Sean’s been at the helm of First Light for a decade now and has seen how the technology has evolved over time. The products made and sold by the company work to make communities safer and more usable when it’s dark out.
Interview with Dr. Joel Rogers of Progressive Fusion Solutions (January 23rd, 2020)
In this episode, we’re talking to Dr. Joel Rogers, a senior nuclear physicist and Chief Scientist at Progressive Fusion Solutions in Vancouver. His work contributes to the commercialization of fusion reactors that provide clean, safe, and inexhaustible electricity.
ALACRITY CLEANTECH TALKS SEASON 2
Women in Cleantech: A Day in the Life of Three CEOs (November 5th, 2020)
Welcome to season two of Cleantech Talk with Alacrity Canada! In this first episode of the new season, Julie Angus talks to Melanie McClare, CEO of Swirltex, and Susan Blanchet, CEO of Origen Air and Origen Clean, about what it’s like to be a woman and leader in the clean technology sector.
Investing in the Cleantech Sector (November 24th, 2020)
In season two, episode two of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Sarah Applebaum, Partner at Pangaea Ventures, and Kathryn Wortsman, Managing Partner at Amplify Capital, about investing in the cleantech sector and how the COVID19 pandemic has impacted opportunities.
Origen Air Tackles Indoor Air Quality (December 7th, 2020)
In season two, episode three of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Susan Blanchet (CEO) and Andrew Crawford (CTO) at Origen Air about their clean technology company, how their technology works to improve indoor air quality, and how their business operations have been affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
How Plugzio and Audette Use Energy Consumption and Efficiency to Power Their Platforms (December 16th, 2020)
In season two, episode four of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Mohammad Akhlaghi, CEO of Plugzio, and Christopher Naismith, CEO of Audette, about their companies and how they use energy consumption data to build their platforms.
Monitoring the Oceans and Coastlines with Ocean Diagnostics and Marinelabs (January 12th, 2021)
In season two, episode five of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Dean Wenham, CEO of Ocean Diagnostics, and Scott Beatty, CEO of MarineLabs, about their companies and how their technologies are used to monitor our oceans, protect coastlines, and contribute to the blue economy.
Marketing in Cleantech with First Light Technologies and Ocean Diagnostics (January 28th, 2021)
In season two, episode six of Cleantech Talks, host, Alacrity Canada Digital Marketing Bootcamp facilitator, and CEO of Jetstream Digital Agency, Mike Williams, talks to Sean Bourquin, CEO of First Light Technologies, and Ashleigh Erwin, Director of Marketing & Communications at Ocean Diagnostics, about how their companies approach developing and implementing marketing strategies in the cleantech space.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s Role in Cleantech Funding (February 5th, 2021)
In season two, episode seven of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Rustam Sengupta, Investment Lead at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), about how the organization helps fund and support the growth of innovative Canadian clean technology companies.
Exploring Cosmic-Ray Muon Tomography with Ideon Technologies (February 16th, 2021)
In season two, episode eight of Cleantech Talks, host and Alacrity Canada senior advisor Peter Van Der Gracht talks to Gary Agnew, CEO of Ideon Technologies, about how cosmic-ray muon tomography is transforming the mining industry.
ALACRITY CLEANTECH TALKS SEASON 3
Cleantech Insights from “Leaders in Cleantech” podcast host, David Hunt (September 10th, 2021)
In season three, episode one of Cleantech Talks, host Sofie Campbell talks to host of the “Leaders in Cleantech” podcast and CEO at Hyperion Executive Search, David Hunt. David shares insights gained from his experience as an entrepreneur, mentor, advocate, and CEO in the cleantech space.
Raising Funds as a Cleantech Startup (September 16th, 2021)
In season three, episode two of Cleantech Talks, host Sofie Campbell talks to four CEOs from Alacrity Canada’s cleantech portfolio about their fundraising journeys, the lessons they’ve learned, and what advice they’d give to other cleantech entrepreneurs. Hear from Susan Blanchet of Origen Air, Devesh Bharadwaj of Pani Energy, Christopher Naismith of Audette, and Julie Angus of Open Ocean Robotics.
What We Know About Canada’s Cleantech Sector (recorded in September of 2021)
In season three, episode three of Cleantech Talks, host Sofie Campbell talks to two of Alacrity Canada’s Senior Advisors, as well as our Cleantech Program Director and Managing Director about the state of the Canadian clean technology sector, what companies are doing well, and where the industry can go on the global stage as the climate crisis becomes ever more urgent and the focus on sustainable development expands.