VANCOUVER, Feb. 18 /CSRwire/ - Evok Innovations (“Evok”), today announced the five finalists for the Cleantech Pitch Session at the GLOBE 2016 Innovation Expo—the exposition portion of North America’s largest and most influential sustainable-business leadership summit.
The five finalists will each present their technologies to a panel of experts on stage on Thursday, March 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Cleantech Pitch session is open to expo visitors and accredited media.
Evok invited entrepreneurs and inventors to submit their early-stage clean technologies for the pitch session. Submissions were evaluated based on the applicability and value of the technology to the oil and gas industry and the structure of the pitch slide deck.
The five finalists are:
Adrian Banica, Illusense Inc: Enhancing Pipeline Integrity in the Oil and Gas Industry (Vancouver, BC)
Emily Hicks, FREDsense Technologies: Building Better Biosensors (Calgary, AB)
Joseph Wells, Proceed Solutions: Cumulative Impact Assessment Solution (Calgary, AB)
Vladimir Mravak, Atlantis Research Labs: Greenhouse Gas Jet (Regina, SK)
Parminder Singh, ME Resource Corp, MEC's Mobile Refinery Unity
Finalists have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges and industry leaders, including:
Marty Reed, CEO, Evok Innovations
Benjamin Sparrow, CEO, Saltworks
Mark Trevitt, Associate Director, BDC Venture Capital
Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder & Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management
The winner of the Cleantech Pitch Session will be announced at GLOBE 2016 following the session. The winner will receive a one-on-one meeting with a technology development expert from a leading Canadian energy company, and the honour of being the winner of the inaugural Cleantech Pitch Session award.
Evok is a new $100 million cleantech fund which is a unique partnership between the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy. Evok’s vision is to bolster the competitive advantage and environmental performance of the Canadian oil and gas industry through the accelerated adoption of innovative, low impact products and services, resulting in lower carbon emissions, and more sustainable water consumption and waste water disposal, while working towards minimizing the risk of future marine and land spills and disturbances.
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About Evok Innovations
Evok Innovations (“Evok”) is a first-of-its kind investment partnership uniting Canada’s oil and gas companies and the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance to fund and accelerate the development and commercialization of transformative energy solutions. This partnership was created to address the most pressing environmental and economic industry challenges. As an entrepreneur-led fund with the ability to provide early stage companies with capital to match their needs and stage, Evok can accelerate the pace of adoption by connecting portfolio companies directly to industry partners. By working closely with oil and gas end customers, Evok can ensure that the right energy innovations – along the entire value chain – are getting to market faster. To learn more about how Evok is fueling the next energy transition, please visit www.evokinnovations.com.
Cenovus Energy Inc. is a Canadian integrated oil company. It is committed to applying fresh, progressive thinking to safely and responsibly unlock energy resources the world needs. Operations include oil sands projects in northern Alberta, which use specialized methods to drill and pump the oil to the surface, and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company also has 50% ownership in two U.S. refineries. Cenovus has been recognized as a global leader in sustainable development through its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America and World indexes. It is also listed on the CDP Canada 200 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Cenovus shares trade under the symbol CVE, and are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. For more information, visit cenovus.com.
Suncor Energy is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, onshore and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100.
The GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit and Innovation Exposition, held every two years in Vancouver, hosts business, policy, and civil society leaders working to address pressing global challenges with business and technology solutions. The GLOBE Series is a private company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada that works to shape global, regional, and industry agendas for a sustainable future.