CTEx is an independent business development platform for cleantech & green business in Canada. We are an active member of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, and in operation since 2009.
We serve the community through partnering and programs, regular industry forums for a range of technologies, bringing together stakeholders, and sparking communication in the cleantech sector.
With a focus on connecting, collaborating, and deploying clean technology and sustainable business solutions across Canada, CTEx interacts with entities across sectors and disciplines.

Our Evolutionary Path

During the first phase of our organization, founded in March 2009 as the Vancouver GreenTech Exchange, the key objective was information sharing and nurturing of the passion and interest of students and new graduates in the Green economy. To accomplish this, we hosted over 110 events (forums, seminars and conferences) over the past eight years .

The current phase has an emphasis on assisting Canadian clean technology solution providers in the deployment and application of innovative products and services, both locally and globally. To facilitate this transition towards commercialization of innovations, we have evolved into a clean technology sector cluster, the CleanTech Exchange.

Our Stakeholders

Solution Providers: SME’s, Emerging Enterprises, Software & ICT, Hardware

Business: Corporations, Industries, Utilities

Finance: Angel Investors, VC’s, Private Equity, Banks

Governments: Federal/Regional/Municipal, Agencies, Export Development Corporations

Sector Development: Trade Associations, Incubators, Accelerators, Community Groups

Service Providers: Legal, Accounting, Consulting, PR, HR, Trade Shows & Events

People: Students, Graduates, Management, Executives, Board Members & Advisors

Innovation: R&D, Universities, Institutes


CTEx works with our members and the broader cleantech community through strategic partnering, pragmatic programs, timely events, effective networks and expanding resources in a genuine spirit of collaboration and cooperation. CTEx strives to focus on some key sector issues including:

1. Identify key challenges and needs – Discover industry specific issues, liaise with industry associations, highlight key trends, hold focus-group meetings, consult with sector trade groups, etc. Analyze data and share findings through events, newsletters, and member resources.

2. Target relevant market opportunities – Identify business Calls and RFP’s, connect with industry associations, be aware of projects, programs, and initiatives for implementation and deployment. Post and share these opportunities for members.

3. Help access markets and connect customers – Through the MAP Program, CTEx facilitate connections between solution providers and potential customers, empower a selected network of champions (consultants, coaches and collaborators) to help identify business development opportunities that can lead to deployment of solutions (products and services).

4. Generate greater awareness of local capabilities and solutions – Hold timely events, maintain a current directory of cleantech resources/companies, post jobs and opportunities, distribute among trade commissioners of Canada and other countries/regions to highlight Canadian cleantech solutions.

5. Make things happen – Through events, programs, trade missions and associated activities, work with partners (consultants, experts, VCs, etc.) Create dialogues, tradeshow pavilion, B2B meetings, online commerce platforms, encourage business development through our partners, connect with suitable cleantech entities.”

Our Team

Elmer Sum
Elmer SumChair & Executive Director
Elmer K. Sum led the launch of the GreenTech Exchange (now CleanTech Exchange) from Vancouver, Canada in March 2009 and has been the driving force in charting the direction of this Cleantech sector organization. Throughout his long career in business, industry, investment, consulting and academia, Elmer has developed extensive business networks in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. He is well versed in key aspects of the innovation process with a focus in cultivating ideas, nurturing talents, engaging partnerships, managing enterprises, connecting investments and commercializing meaningful technologies. His current interests center on advisory services in finding pathways to connect and deploy market ready innovative solutions, including products and services, into local and global markets – linking solution providers with solution seekers.

An alumnus of the University of California, Elmer holds a B.Sc. at UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. from UCLA in Engineering & Science. He is a graduate of the Technology Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. A long standing member of the Professional Engineer Associations in Canada, Elmer is a senior advisor to several S&T and environmental organizations including Global Cleantech Cluster Association, GLOBE Series, MJ Science and Technology Association Canada, PowerHaus Network, Chinook Deployment Hub , Pathfinder Advisory, as well as a number of promising technology ventures.

Jason Steeghs
Jason SteeghsProgram Director
As Program Director of CleanTech Exchange, Jason manages the operational aspects and logistics, including the programs, membership base, and events.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Environmental Studies department, he has extensive international experience and a strong background in energy, green buildings, sustainable agriculture, corporate sustainability & CSR.

Through his work in these sectors, with a strong communications focus, he developed a strong skill-set in media design & production, digital business systems, and web development.

He is also the principal of Big Picture Communication, where he works with emerging cleantech and green businesses to develop their core brand, messaging, and web/online marketing systems, and with larger companies to create sustainability communication strategy, content and media.


Paul Manson

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Ed Porter

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Nancy Wright

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