Canadian Cleantech Summit

Canadian Cleantech Summit

March 29, 2010 15:04 ET

First Annual Canadian Cleantech Summit Addresses Key Issues and Opportunities in the 2010 SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-To-Market Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) - The 2010 SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-To-Market Report, detailing Canadian strengths, challenges and market opportunities in the Cleantech sector, sets the tone for the Canadian Cleantech Summit in Ottawa on April 27-29. This first comprehensive report on the Canadian cleantech sector was released last week by its producer, the Russell Mitchell Group and title sponsor SDTC at Globe 2010 in Vancouver.

The Report presents the results of primary research on industry and company planned and achieved growth rates, commercialization investment rates within high-growth companies and domestic versus foreign market demand for clean technology. The findings from this Report suggest that there are good reasons to believe Canada's clean technology companies are on their way to becoming global leaders.

"The Canadian cleantech industry has considerable potential to build globally-competitive companies," said Céline Bak, Partner with the Russell Mitchell Group. "Yet, a thriving Canadian cleantech industry will depend on more than just technological innovation; we will need to become world-class procurers, investors, marketers and business managers, too."

The findings in this Report complement the discussion topics and overall agenda of the Canadian Cleantech Summit. Committee representatives have developed a program that aims to identify Canada's globally significant strengths in cleantech including research and emerging technologies so that Canada can compete and leverage strategic partnerships on a global-scale.

The Summit will explore factors driving the development of the emerging sector in Canada from a multitude of perspectives including: Canada's traditional industries; the issues and opportunities of climate change in Canada; Canada's natural resources; policy; availability of talent; defence and security; investments in research and development; and emerging Canadian strengths in the sector.

Claude Haw, President and CEO of OCRI and Chair of the Summit Committee, explains the importance of the Summit, the first of its kind bringing together such a diverse group of stakeholders with a single purpose of moving the sector forward nationally. "The Cleantech sector is one of the world's fastest growing and here in Canada we clearly recognize the potential for Canadian companies, technologies and research. The response to the Canadian Cleantech Summit is an indication that the country as a whole is committed to a national strategy that will drive our success in cleantech."

The Canadian Cleantech Summit provides the opportunity for delegates from across Canada to work together to identify unique Canadian strengths in the sector based on natural resources, industry, research or first mover advantages; communicate globally significant Canadian strengths and research capabilities in clean technology; and explore a variety of drivers and mechanisms for nurturing and supporting our growing strengths in clean technology.

Keynote speakers at this year's event include: Jay Ingram, Co-host of Discovery Channel's Daily Planet; Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada; Céline Bak, Co-founder, the Russell Mitchell Group; and Nicholas Parker, Co-founder, The Cleantech Group. Speaker bios and a detailed program can be found on the Summit website. www.canadiancleantechsummit.com 

About OCRI:

Leading the way for Ottawa, OCRI is the city's economic development agency. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa's knowledge-based companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at www.ocri.ca and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit www.ottawaregion.com. In 2010, Ottawa was named one of the world's top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

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