Economic Strategy - Clean Technology Table

Driving transformative innovation and clean growth across all business sectors of the economy through increased development, commercialization and adoption of clean technology solutions.

Chair

Audrey Mascarenhas, Questor Technology Inc.

Members

Federal Representatives

Meetings

December 7, 2017 Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Focus

On December 7, 2017, the Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table held its first meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Members gathered to discuss their vision and set a forward workplan to grow Canadian clean technology capabilities.

What we talked about

  1. Members spoke to why they agreed to join the Table, some highlighting the economic and social opportunities clean technology present for the Canadian economy, while others noted their priorities for clean technology targets, actions and government leadership.
  2. Members shared their passion and desire to see Canada become a leader in clean technology development and adoption.
    • “Climate change and sustainability are the defining issue of our time. We need to be big; we need to be bold.”
    • “If you base the economy on resilient technologies, it will make the economy more resilient.”
  3. Federal presentations set the context on clean technology initiatives stemming from Budget 2017 and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  4. There was an engaged discussion regarding possible elements of the vision statement for clean technology, which will be further refined during future meetings.
    • “I would like to see our vision statement speak to reducing our carbon footprint at home and abroad.”
    • “I view this as the transition to the economy we want. How do we get the balance of speaking as individuals, as citizens, and what role can clean technology play in getting us to where we need to be—and how do we get there through a better way".
  5. The participants noted the need for concrete and targeted clean technology actions in four key areas to unlock bottlenecks in the growth of the sector, including:
    1. Innovation and growing firms to scale;
    2. Market development and trade;
    3. Regulation to drive innovation; and
    4. Jobs and skills.

What we'll do next

  • Thematic champions were identified and will move the discussion forward.
  • All members will seek opportunities to engage with their communities and gather input to the Table’s discussions.
  • The next meeting will take place in January 2018.

Clean technology is a global issue. Canada has diversity and we can use our openness to come together and create solutions. This is our brand.

Clean Technology Table Member, December 7, 2017
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