On this episode of Cleantech Forward, we wrap up our three-part series on capital, exploring the keys to unlocking a net zero future through the lens of capital and policy, and what can be done to help Canadian entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need to commercialize and scale their solutions. Foresight CEO and host Jeanette Jackson is joined by Foresight VP Operations Elizabeth Thorsen, and the head of the University of Calgary’s Masters of Sustainable Development program Sara Hastings-Simon. The three discuss the recent cleantech tax credit and carbon contract announcements in Canada, how these policies will help attract investors to the Canadian market, and how these tools will help us achieve our net zero ambitions.
Sara Hastings-Simon is a scientist by trade, has a Phd in physics, and is a professor at the University of Calgary, where she directs the Masters of Sustainable Energy Development program, training future leaders through an interdisciplinary lens in the sustainable energy space. She is also the co-host of the Energy vs. Climate podcast, and has worked with McKinsey & Company in the oil and gas and energy sectors, and the Pembina Institute where she worked to influence and shape climate policy in Canada.
Elizabeth Thorsen the VP Operations at Foresight Canada. Elizabeth has worked with start-up and scale-up businesses for nearly 15 years in the areas of investment and funding strategy, marketing & sales development, and growth planning. With experience in industries including cleantech, digital media/ICT, CPG, finance, and life sciences, Elizabeth specializes in working with cross-functional teams to distill complex opportunities into tangible and actionable strategic plans. As VP Operations, Elizabeth leads MarComm & Events, Business Operations, HR, Partnerships, and Finance.