China has become a disruptive, ever-accelerating force driving a global migration of automakers toward zero and low-emission vehicles.
Clean technologies are increasingly being viewed as a future driver for the Canadian economy, creating well-paid jobs and export revenues. The recently released Global Cleantech 100, a rigorously researched list of the world's most promising clean technology ventures, reveals why: Of the 100 companies listed, 11 were Canadian.
The National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel (JRP) has now released its final report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The project would see 525,000 barrels of the heavy oil diluted bitumen (dilbit) transported across British Columbia each day and loaded onto super tankers for shipment to international refineries. This puts British Columbia at significant economic and environmental risk.
B Corp Certification honours visionary business leaders that are coming together to use the power of business as a force for good. Through a completely transparent and fully measurable process, B Corp offers an umbrella of "trust" that has proven to be attractive to both entrepreneurs and consumers alike.
But it's not enough to have an amazing idea or technology, you have to be able to develop a business. And that's a far different skill than creating cool new cleantech solutions in the research lab. That's where Rand and MaRS come in. Rand has a checklist for what's he looking for when cleantech companies come to him, looking for an investment to scale up.
Before you invest in a house or a car you look at your available options. You weigh the pros and cons to see what has the best bang for your buck and you make your choice. The Liberal government has already wasted millions re-locating gas plants and now they are set to spend billions on nuclear. We can and must do better.
Ontario desperately needs a bold plan to create jobs for the 21st century. We need to replace the 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the last decade. Ontario needs to invest in where the puck is going: the cleantech and low carbon economy. Do we have the courage and vision to skate there?
For Canada to become an active participant in the global low carbon economy there are several key things Canada needs to do. With ideas like these Canada can access the budding clean energy economy and not get left sucking on a tailpipe.
Some businesses have demonstrated that they can implement and scale the environmental benefits far better traditional approaches to "saving the environment" while also delivering shareholder value. How successful will business be in influencing Canada's approach to environmental issues?