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WGSI Affiliates Attend 2012 Future Of Energy Summit

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

As our global energy system changes, so does the energy technology sector. But how do we keep this transformation moving? How can governments and businesses work together to continue this progress? Through supporting each other, how can they act as leaders in the clean energy arena?

On June 8th 2012, the MaRS Cleantech Practice hosted the Future of Energy Summit 2012 to challenge energy experts, business leaders and policy-makers with these questions, focusing on advancing and sustaining leadership in WGSI’s home province of Ontario, Canada.

Taking place at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the summit focused on five main themes:

  1. using the power of data
  2. designing the grid of the future
  3. combining different energy sources and uses
  4. emerging energy generation and storage technologies
  5. and, supporting the commercialization of new energy technology

The full-day conference saw prominent speakers and panelists, including senior Cabinet ministers, energy researchers and entrepreneurs, as well as public and private sector leaders.

Many WGSI affiliates participated in the event, including:

  • Dr. Jatin Nathwani spoke at and moderated the “Designing the grid of the future” panel.
  • Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Quorum member Dr. Ted Sargent presented on emerging solar generation technologies on another panel.
  • Forum Associates Zoe Caron and Ted Sherk, as well as Velma McColl and Tom Rand from our Advisors, engaged in diverse exchange and shared their thoughts on social media.
  • Tom Rand, as Advisor of Cleantech MaRS, also played an instrumental role in the conception of the new Clean Energy Institute.

Other highlights of the event included a major announcement of the creation of a Clean Energy Institute, a partnership between MaRS and the Government of Ontario, which seeks to "support and expand domestic and international business opportunities and position Ontario to capitalize on a $250 billion clean energy industry."

The summit was also fueled by exchange of insights from participants and an Innovation Showcase that featured over 20 of MaRS’ cleantech clients and their products ranging from energy storage, to efficiency management, through to grid automation.

WGSI is excited to see the tremendous undertaking of MaRS in continuing to nurture creativity, collaboration and innovation in the energy space!
Photos compliment of MaRS Discovery District.