Clean technology is one of the world's fastest growing industries, and Nova Scotians are positioning themselves to capitalize on the ever-increasing international demand for green innovations.

On Wednesday, October 26, at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre, meet some of the people behind our region's foray into this burgeoning industry. They'll talk about clean technology sectors, challenges, opportunities, go-to-market strategies, trends, predictions, and more. Plus, learn about the Nova Scotia CleanTech Open - Innovacorp's new competition to find and fund the best clean technology start-ups in the world, awarding $100,000 in cash and $200,000 in negotiable seed investment to this year's winner.

Robert Niven, CEO and founder, Carbon Sense Solutions Inc. and CarbonCure Technologies Inc.( and - Carbon Sense Solutions is a Halifax-based firm specializing in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology development and consulting.  CarbonCure Technologies' CarbonCure Concrete Technology consumes waste CO2 to make the world's most abundant building material far stronger and greener at a lower-cost. Robert has introduced several innovations in the carbon management field. He is a pioneer in the creation of a new class of clean technologies for the built environment called Carbon Capture and Beneficial Reuse. He also specializes in developing strategies to enable ambitious carbon management projects for small businesses and large industry that have yielded over $5M in value. Robert holds degrees in chemistry and engineering from the University of Victoria and McGill University.

Ken Cartmill, Vice President of Business Development, LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. ( - Ken manages sales and marketing efforts globally for LED Roadway Lighting (LRL), the leading designer and manufacturer of LED (light-emitting diode) based street, roadway and area lighting fixtures and control systems.  He has been involved with LRL since its inception, and managed a large-scale pilot and subsequent installation program in Nova Scotia -  one of the largest deployments of LED fixtures in North America.  Ken started his career with Research in Motion and served in a variety of roles in the organization. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied psychology and business administration.

Ian Hill, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University ( - Ian holds a degree in engineering physics and a PhD in physics from Queen's University. He is a former staff member at Sarnoff Corporation (previously RCA labs), a world leader in display and electronic technologies, and has been associate professor at Dalhousie since 2003. Ian holds nine patents in the area of display devices, and has significant expertise in physics and electrical engineering, including electronic materials and devices, micro and nano electronics, flat-panel display technologies, thin-film transistors, and photovoltaic devices. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research papers that have been extensively cited in scientific literature. 

Thomas Rankin, Investment Manager, Innovacorp ( - At Innovacorp, Thomas's focus is on identifying attractive seed and early stage investment opportunities in the clean technology sectors. He manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp's portfolio companies. He recently won a CleanTech 50 award for outstanding contribution to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.  Prior to joining Innovacorp, he worked in international trade and clean technology development with Jacques Whitford (Stantec) and the Province of Nova Scotia. Thomas holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and a certified management accountant accreditation from CMA Canada.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
8:45 am - 10:00 am
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre

1344 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia