November 2017

Bridging the Final Mile to Cleantech Exporting

7:30am-9:30am | Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Demand for clean technology across the globe continues to grow significantly, increasing opportunities for Canadian cleantech exporters. Recognizing this unique market potential and the need to support Canadian cleantech companies in meeting the challenge, Export Development Canada (EDC) has been supporting companies in this space since 2012. The 2017 Federal Budget committed to increasing the Government of Canada's support even further, with $1.4 billion in new equity investments, working capital and project finance, a portion of which is to be administered by EDC.

EDC, the Government of Canada and Canadian cleantech companies know that the key to growth is success in exporting but what will it take for Canadian companies to scale-up and achieve long-term export success? Join EDC and the Economic Club of Canada as they welcome the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, at a breakfast to officially launch EDC’s Cleantech Export Week. The breakfast will also feature a panel discussion on how the federal government can help more Canadian companies take advantage of the growing global demand for clean technologies by “Bridging the Final Mile” to exporting.

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Bridging the Final Mile to Cleantech Exporting

Ailish Campbell

Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development: Global Affairs Canada

Ailish Campbell

Ailish Campbell joined Global Affairs Canada as the Chief Trade Commissioner in March 2017. ‎The Trade Commissioner Service provides Canadian business with practical advice on foreign markets to help companies sell, export and grow through more than 160 offices in Canada and around the world.

Previously she was General Director at Finance Canada and Vice President, Policy - International and Fiscal Issues, at the Business Council of Canada. She serves on the board of the Banff Forum, a national non-partisan not-for-profit organization promoting leadership and public policy engagement, and the International Advisory Council of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

Ailish holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Science, Economics (International Relations and International Political Economy) from the London School of Economics and a D. Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. In 2014 she was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Benoit Daignault

President & CEO
Export Development Canada

Benoit Daignault

Benoit Daignault joined EDC in 2004. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO in February of 2014, he served as Senior Vice-President, Financing and Investments after serving as Senior VicePresident, Business Development. Before joining EDC, Mr. Daignault spent more than 10 years with General Electric Capital, where he held increasingly senior positions in both Canada and the U.S.

Mr. Daignault has a Baccalaureate in Business Administration from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal and is a CFA charterholder. He completed the Proteus program of the London Business School and the Senior Executive Program of Columbia University. He currently serves on the boards of QG100 and the Conference Board of Canada.

EDC helps Canadian companies go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC also provides financial solutions to buyers of Canadian goods and services around the world.

Benoit Daignault a été nommé président et chef de la direction de EDC en février 2014. Avant cette nomination, M. Daignault a occupé le poste de premier vice-président, Financement et Investissements, après avoir exercé les fonctions de premier vice-président, Développement des affaires. Avant son arrivée à EDC en 2004, M. Daignault a travaillé pendant plus de dix ans chez General Electric Capital, où il a exercé des fonctions à responsabilités croissantes, tant au Canada qu’aux États-Unis.

M. Daignault est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en administration des affaires de HEC Montréal et possède le titre d’analyste financier agréé (CFA). Il a terminé avec succès le programme Proteus de la London Business School et du Senior Executive Program de l’Université Columbia. Il occupe également la fonction de directeur sur les conseils d’administration de QG100 et du Conference Board du Canada.

EDC aide les entreprises canadiennes à percer, croître et réussir à l'étranger. Société d’État à vocation financière, EDC procure financement, assurance, cautionnement, savoir commercial et relations de jumelage pour appuyer les entreprises canadiennes dans leurs efforts de vente et d’investissement à l’étranger. EDC fournit également des solutions financières à des acheteurs de biens et services Canadiens partout à travers le monde.

Carl Burlock

Senior Vice-President and Global Head Financing & International Growth Capital: EDC

Carl Burlock

Carl Burlock was appointed Senior Vice-President and Global Head, Financing and Investments in May 2014. Since joining EDC in 1997, Mr. Burlock most recently served as Vice-President Commercial Markets and Small Business where he was responsible for account management and business development activities for Canadian businesses in the commercial and small business segments. He also served as Vice President of HR Client Services, overseeing a broad portfolio of critical HR functions, Director of EDC’s Extractive and Resources Financing team, as well as various positions within EDC’s industry sector areas.

Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Burlock spent nine years as a Mechanical Engineer for Nova Scotia Power Inc., primarily in mechanical design and construction. He holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University/Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Carl Burlock a été nommé premier vice-président et responsable mondial, Financement et Investissements, en mai 2014. En poste à EDC depuis 1997, M. Burlock assumait auparavant les fonctions de vice-président, Marchés commerciaux et Petites entreprises. À ce titre, il était chargé des activités de gestion des comptes et de développement des affaires pour l’ensemble des clients et des prospects canadiens dans les segments commerciaux et des petites entreprises. Il a en outre occupé les postes de vice-président des Services aux clients des RH, supervisant un vaste portefeuille de fonctions essentielles des Ressources humaines, directeur de groupe, Équipe du financement des industries extractives et des ressources, ainsi que divers autres postes au sein des équipes sectorielles d’EDC. Avant d’entrer à EDC, M. Burlock a été ingénieur mécanique pendant neuf ans chez Nova Scotia Power Inc., surtout dans la conception-construction mécanique. Il est titulaire d’un MBA de l’Université Dalhousie et d’un baccalauréat en génie mécanique de l’Université Dalhousie/l’Université technique de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Daryl Wilson

President & Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogenics

Daryl Wilson

Daryl Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics, a global provider of advanced hydrogen solutions and one of Canada’s prominent clean technology companies. As a leader in electrolysis and fuel cell technology, Hydrogenics delivers carbon free energy solutions to significant partners globally including E.ON in Germany, Enbridge in Canada and Alstom Transport in France and Germany.

Daryl brings a 25-year background in technology and industrial management, including operations, manufacturing, human resources, research, product development, organizational change and turn-around experience. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McMaster University in Operations Management/Management Science.

Denis Leclerc

President & CEO, Écotech Québec

Denis Leclerc

Since 2009, Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec, representing the Québec cleantech cluster. He is also the Chairman of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).
During his 20 years in the natural resources sector, Mr. Leclerc held several senior management positions, namely Vice-President Sustainability and Environment for AbitibiBowater, a global forest products corporation. Mr. Leclerc has been involved of many projects and strategic decisions for companies with operations in Canada, the United-States, Europe and Asia. He has proven experience in issue management, public affairs, sustainable development and in relation with investors, socio-economic players, governments and media. Highly involved in the community, Mr. Leclerc sits on the Board of Directors of Ecofuel, the Québec Cleantech Accelerator and of COOP Carbone; on the Executive Committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy; on the Community Advisory Board of Aéroports de Montréal, and on the Québec Advisory Committee of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. In addition to being a Chartered Director, Mr. Leclerc holds an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Kurt Sorschak

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO: Xebec Adsorption Inc.

Kurt Sorschak

Mr. Sorschak co-founded Xebec Adsorption Inc. and developed it from a local compressed air and gas dryer manufacturer into an internationally active gas purification company. He played an important role in establishing strong relationships with different universities and laboratories in Canada and the US for the development of innovative adsorption-based gas purification. In 2008, he became a Director of Xebec China which serves the Chinese and Asian/Pacific market. He was recently honoured as the 2018 Canadian leader in Cleantech by Canada’s Clean50/Clean16 Organization.

M. Sorschak est cofondateur de Xebec Adsorption Inc. et a participé à son évolution, d'un fabricant local dans le séchage des gaz et de l'air comprimé, à une entreprise de purification des gaz active à l'échelle internationale. Il a joué un rôle prépondérant dans l'établissement de relations privilégiées avec différents laboratoires et universités au Canada et aux États-Unis en vue de développer des technologies novatrices de purification et de liquéfaction des gaz. En 2008, il est devenu l'unique administrateur de Xebec China, fournisseur d'équipements de purification et de filtration des gaz pour le marché de la Chine et de l'Asie-Pacifique. Il était récemment reconnu comme le leader 2018 dans le catégorie Cleantech des prix Clean50/Clean16 du Canada.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of International Trade
Government of Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

François-Philippe Champagne was elected the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain on October 19, 2015. A few weeks later, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance of Canada, a position he held until January 10, 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Minister Champagne currently leads the Government of Canada’s efforts to diversify its trade relations as well as the implementation of Canada’s progressive trade strategy in negotiating bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Businessman, lawyer and international trade specialist, François-Philippe Champagne has more than 20 years of experience in large international companies, particularly in the field of energy, engineering, and innovation. He was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. Later he served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, as well as a Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector. In 2009, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has also served on several boards over the years, including Incheon Bridge Corporation (South Korea), C3E (Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency), and was President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

François-Philippe Champagne a été élu député de Saint-Maurice–Champlain le 19 octobre 2015. Quelques semaines plus tard, il a été nommé secrétaire parlementaire du ministre des Finances du Canada, poste qu’il a occupé jusqu’au 10 janvier 2017, date de sa nomination à titre de ministre du Commerce international du Canada par le premier ministre Justin Trudeau. Le ministre Champagne mène actuellement les efforts du gouvernement du Canada dans la diversification de ses relations commerciales ainsi que la mise-en-œuvre d’une stratégie commerciale plus progressiste lors des négociations d’Accords bilatéraux et multilatéraux.

Homme d’affaires, avocat et spécialiste du commerce international, François-Philippe Champagne possède plus de 20 ans d’expérience au sein de grandes entreprises internationales, plus particulièrement dans les domaines de l’énergie, de l’ingénierie et de l’innovation. Il a été vice-président et avocat principal du Groupe ABB, un chef de file dans la technologie de pointe qui mène des activités dans plus de 100 pays. Monsieur Champagne a ensuite occupé les postes de directeur du développement stratégique, d’avocat général par intérim et de membre du comité de direction d’AMEC Foster Wheeler, un chef de file mondial dans le domaine de l’énergie. En 2009, il a été nommé jeune leader mondial par le Forum économique mondial. Au fil des ans, François-Philippe a également siégé sur plusieurs conseils d'administration, dont ceux de la Incheon Bridge Corporation (Corée du Sud) et de C3E (Centre d’excellence en efficacité énergétique), et a été président de la Chambre de commerce canado-suisse.

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