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On Monday, April 29th, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Switzerland, members of the Consular Corp, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Canadians interested in promoting green industry attended an event at the Oceanview Suites in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Canada Place, Vancouver, BC focussing on Cleantech.
Cleantech is a new technology and related business models that offer competitive returns for investors and customers, while providing solutions to global challenges. It represents a diverse range of products, services and processes, all intended to:
Provide superior performance at lower costs, while
greatly reducing or eliminating negative ecological impact, at the same time as
improving the productive and responsible use of natural resources
H.E. Ulrich Lehner, Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada gave the welcome and introduced M. -G. Ineichen-Fleisch, the State Secretary, who gave a keynote talk called “Switzerland: Cleantech Strategy for a Better World”. Penny Ballem, the City Manager of Vancouver, BC also gave some welcoming remarks.
Three other keynote speakers were Elmer Sum, the Managing Director of the GreenTech Exchange/Global Cleantech Cluster Association, who gave a talked called “Immersing Green Innovations and CleanTech Solutions in Traditional Industries”; then Juvarya Warsi, an Economic Strategist from the Vancouver Economic Commission gave a talk on “Vancouver’s Green Economy & Cleantech Sector”. Finally Nico Lauer, Director of CleanTech Markets from North America, Boston talked about “Switzerland’s Model Cleantech Export Promotion: Facilitating the Transition to a Sustainable Economy”.
Globe President/CEO John Wiebe discussed an “Insight Study; Clean Energy & Storage Sector” after a short break. The next Globe Biennial Conference and Fair Trade on Business and the Environment, will be March 26th to 28th, 2014 in the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building at Canada Place.
At 11:10 am, four CleanTech companies were given an opportunity to present their businesses:
-Christian Haueselmann, Head of Innovation & Export, Co-Founder Company: Swisscleantech
-Alexander Kopp, President/CEO of Nexum from the company: AVA-C02
Bettina Kahlert, CEO of the company climatop
-Hans-Juerg Etter, company representative Canada from Wyssen Avalenche Control, AG
Closing remarks were given by Bryan Buggey, Director/Businesses Development from the Vancouver Economic Commission. This was followed by a networking lunch.
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