Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 2
Dear Clean Technology Community,
Welcome to the second edition of the Clean Growth Hub's newsletter. In keeping with our mission to help Canadian clean technology companies and researchers identify the right support for their businesses, this newsletter is your source for the latest on Government of Canada programs and services that support innovation and deployment of clean technology. For a current list of major federal clean technology programs please visit the Clean Growth Hub website.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) invites Canadian Venture Capital Funds who invest in clean technology companies to submit an expression of interest for the new $50 million Clean Technology Stream of the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative. Submissions are due March 1, 2019.
Environment and Climate Change Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund – Partnership Stream, a $50 million stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, is now open to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities developing projects that will generate clean growth and reduce emissions. Applications are accepted until March 8, 2019.
Canadian Commercial Corporation's new power purchase agreement offering can help smaller firms address the risks associated with long-term power generation deals in developing markets by removing obstacles and making it easier than ever for larger utilities to acquire foreign assets.
Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CEERC) program is open to Indigenous organizations, governments, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations. Second calls for proposals are open under the two program tracks:
- The BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams are accepting proposals until February 26, 2019, to deploy renewable energy technology to reduce reliance on diesel in Canada's rural and remote communities.
- The Capacity Building Stream is accepting proposals until March 29, 2019, related to the development and delivery of knowledge and skills to enable reducing diesel dependency in Canadian rural and remote communities. Webinars discussing the program and answering questions will be available to applicants who have requested an application package.
NRCan, in collaboration with the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise and the Pembina Institute, launched the Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative. This Initiative is open until March 15, 2019, to individuals from Indigenous remote communities* to help reduce their reliance on diesel for power and heat.
*To qualify as an Indigenous remote community, the community must (1) have a majority Indigenous population, (2) not be connected to the North American electrical grid or the natural gas pipeline network, and (3) be a permanent settlement of at least five years with ten dwellings or more.
NRCan's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative offers repayable contributions to support the construction of an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging, coast-to-coast, network. The funding also supports natural gas infrastructure along key freight corridors and hydrogen infrastructure in metropolitan centres. Applications for the second Request for Proposals under Phase 2 are accepted until May 16, 2019.
In our last newsletter we asked you to consider signing onto Equal by 30, an international principles-based framework that works towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030. Now, we are inviting you to:
- Participate in an Equal by 30 webinar on March 6, 2019, to learn more. Hear from industry leaders who have proven success stories, forward-thinking approaches to strategy, and measurable action plans that organizations can adopt to tie efforts to tangible results.
- Nominate by March 15, 2019, an outstanding individual or organization who has helped to advance the role of women in the energy sector. The inaugural awards will be presented at the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Categories include:
- The C3E Woman of Distinction Award, open to professional women working to advance clean energy.
- The C3E Organizational Leadership Award, open to public, private, and not-for-profit organizations who have contributed significantly to advancing clean energy, while demonstrating catalytic and wide-reaching leadership around gender equality.
NRCan's Clean Growth Collaboration Community is a private networking platform established by the Office of Energy Research and Development. It offers clean technology innovators a way of finding potential collaborators. The Community is open to private sector entrepreneurs or innovators, federal researchers, academia, representatives of federal/provincial/territorial funding programs, and clean technology adopters. Contact email@example.com for more information and to request your invitation to join.
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is an United Nations organization that is accelerating the transfer of Canadian clean technology to developing nations in need of low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions. Companies on the CTCN's experts list are able to bid on commercial opportunities through the CTCN and share intelligence with a global network. Twenty-five Canadian for-profit and not-for-profit companies have already joined the CTCN network, and two Canadian firms have secured contracts through the CTCN. There is no cost to join the CTCN. For more information, please contact NRCan at (343)292-7356 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of National Defence's Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program is launching a contest seeking innovative and environmental solutions that address energy generation as well as water and waste management for "pop up cities".
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) must be ready to deploy in any climate at short notice for prolonged periods. The CAF/DND presently rely on a Relocatable Temporary Camp (RTC) concept to house personnel during overseas deployments in isolated and austere locations. This contest is seeking integrated, scalable infrastructure and utilities for deployable camps, able to house between 250 and 4,500 personnel and be deployed in temperate, tropical, frigid and desert zones for periods up to 2 years.
"This will be the first launch of the IDEaS Contests element," said Anton Skorski, Innovation Program Manager for the IDEaS Contests element. "We hope to encourage creative competition among innovators. The official call for proposals will be released soon, along with criteria which will include the challenge definition, assessment criteria, etc. These will be used to select the best solutions, and the winners will be awarded cash prizes."For additional information, please send a message to the program via the IDEaS mailbox, DND.IDEaS-IDEeS.MDN@forces.gc.ca, or visit the IDEaS program website, Current Opportunities.
Upcoming clean technology events
- February 26, 2019, Toronto, Ontario – Capital Exchange – Investors, clean technology companies, and corporate leaders connect the day before the start of GLOBE Capital; the Clean Growth Hub is partnering with GLOBE to deliver a matchmaking event. NRCan is also sponsoring an Innovation Challenge: Small Modular Reactors: An Energy Solution for Mining.
- February 27-28, 2019, Toronto, Ontario – GLOBE Capital – Leaders in finance, infrastructure, and clean technology meet to capitalize on opportunities in the clean economy.
- March 5-6, 2019, Austin & San Antonio, Texas – Canadian Smart Grid Roadshow in Texas – A two-day event showcasing Canadian Smart Grid Technologies, organized by the Consulate of Canada in Houston, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of International Trade and the Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation. Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service include: business-to-business meetings, a networking event, a product pitch to select audiences, a seminar, and site visits.
- March 6, 2019 – Electricity Human Resources Canada in partnership with NRCan is holding a webinar on how to analyze the effectiveness of your organizations' diversity practices and identify any gaps.
- March 6-7, 2019, Burlingame, California – The Venture Summit will have a clean technology track to connect innovators and investors.
- March 11-13, 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia – #BCTECHSummit showcases B.C.'s vibrant technology industry, builds cross-sector and cross-border opportunities for businesses, and explores the latest ideas and innovations solving challenges and fueling the global economy.
- March 26-28, 2019, Montreal, Quebec – Americana 2019 – Join exhibitors, speakers, and foreign delegations from over forty different countries at the Environmental forum and International trade show for environmental technologies.
- May 26-29, 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada will be hosting the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial.
- Imtex Membranes is a key Canadian company developing clean technology solutions while creating good jobs and driving economic growth. Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in technology for cleaner air.
- Twelve Canadian cleantech companies were recognized on Global Cleantech 100 List. Of the 12 Canadian companies featured on the list, ten have received funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
Recent clean technology funding announcements
- February 12, 2019, Calgary, Alberta – Government of Canada invests in clean technology across the oil and gas value chain. Nearly $13 million in investments is provided by SDTC to four companies.
- January 29, 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia – Government of Canada promotes renewable energy innovation in mining. The $4.2 million investment is provided by NRCan's Energy Innovation Program.
- January 24, 2019, Saint John, New Brunswick – Canada invests in new smart electricity grid technologies in Saint John. The $4.1 million investment is provided by NRCan's Smart Grid Program.
- January 24, 2019, Calgary, Alberta – Canada invests in advanced solar technology in Alberta. The $15.3 million investment is provided by NRCan's Emerging Renewable Power Program.
- January 24, 2019, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Amherst, Nova Scotia – Government of Canada invests to help make Canada a world leader in clean technologies. An investment of up to $35.66 million in a partnership between Siemens Canada, New Brunswick Power, and Nova Scotia Power is provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) Strategic Innovation Fund.
- January 22, 2019, London, Ontario – Canada funds first residential high-rise net-zero energy building in London, Ontario. The $3.9 million investment is provided by NRCan's Energy Innovation Program.
- January 11, 2019, Regina, Saskatchewan – Government of Canada announces support for Canada's first geothermal power facility. The $25.6 million investment is provided by NRCan's Emerging Renewables Power Program.
- December 20, 2018, Nanaimo, British Columbia – Government of Canada helping fisheries and aquaculture businesses improve environmental sustainability and business results. Nearly $1.1 million in contributions is provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to 15 firms in British Columbia.
Don't miss the interesting article by Ziyad Rahme, VP, Investments at SDTC, "Cleantech: a sector of unlimited promise".
The Clean Growth Hub is a whole-of-government focal point for clean technology focused on supporting companies and projects, coordinating programs and tracking results. The Hub's team of experts from across government helps companies pursuing clean technology projects to identify and navigate the federal programs and supports most relevant to their needs. Hub representatives also provide advice and connections regarding regulatory, standards, government procurement, and skills and training matters; and help connect companies to international markets.
Participating departments and agencies
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Business Development Bank of Canada
- Canadian Commercial Corporation
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Export Development Canada
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Global Affairs Canada (Trade Commissioner Service)
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Co-Chair)
- Indigenous Services Canada
- National Research Council Canada
- Natural Resources Canada (Co-Chair)
- Standards Council of Canada
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada
- Transport Canada
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Centre for Greening Government
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