ABOUT THE CLEANTECH EXCHANGE
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.
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.”