Vancouver, CANADA – February 21, 2019 — With the aim of encouraging cross-border collaboration to achieve a greener planet through the adoption of clean technologies, the CleanTech Alliance and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre met in an international breakfast, which was attended by the British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
The two associations, represented by Tom Ranken, President of CleanTech Alliance and Jeanette Jackson, Managing Director of Foresight have signed a memorandum of understanding, where both organizations commit to work together to support one another in the joint objective of accelerating the adoption of clean technologies throughout the Pacific Northwest region and the world.
“Technology and sustainability have no borders. The time to act on climate change is now! We need a robust, global ecosystem with all stakeholders engaged to drive change and investment across multiple sectors to ensure a successful transition to a sustainable future” explains Jeanette Jackson. “This memorandum of understanding sets a new standard for collaboration between Canada and the US in the Cascadia region. Together, through programming, support, and networks, we will ensure everyone from early-stage start-ups to international conglomerates has the best opportunities to scale up and transform clean technology adoption like never before.”
The CleanTech Alliance and Foresight have agreed on 3 central areas of participation in the memorandum. Firstly, mutual work to achieve cross border collaborations and associations in the cleantech sector. Secondly, both organizations will explore opportunities for advance joint cleantech research and business development across the region. And finally, The CleanTech Alliance and Foresight will work together in events, programming, outreach and more in order to create participatory collaborations that lead to a cleaner world.
Thanks to these 3 commitments, steps will be taken towards a cleaner environment by encouraging cross-border energy research, improving access to cleantech resources and cooperating to accelerate clean technologies from the labs to the marketplace.
“There is no substitute in business for the power of just getting the right players in the right room at the same time” mentioned Tom Ranken. “With work and cooperation, this moves in the right direction at the right time.
About Foresight Clean Technology Accelerator Centre
Foresight is a leading champion of transformative clean technology startups from launch to commercialization. Foresight combines programming with mentorship and global networks to help SME’s succeed faster. In its first 5 years, Foresight has supported over 100 SME’s reach more than $100 million in funding, investments, and revenue through their four core programs: Launch, TAP, Growth, and Challenge. Find out more at www.foresightcac.com and follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.
About Cleantech Alliance Seattle
CleanTech Alliance represents 300 member organizations spanning ten U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Founded in 2007 by business and cleantech leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products, and services. Find out more at www.cleantechalliance.org and follow on Twitter @wacleantech.