9:30

Get Started

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and...

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and startups to find out what they are offering.

10:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

What to expect at MaRS Climate Impact.

What to expect at MaRS Climate Impact.

10:20

Fireside Chat with Catherine McKenna: Why the Climate Revolution Will Be Led by Women

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s former Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Minister of Environment and...

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s former Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, dishes on the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the role of the world’s most powerful countries when it comes to climate action, why women will lead the environmental revolution — and how all of it helps scale Canadian climate tech.

10:50

Fireside Chat — Lori Kerr, CEO of FinDev Canada and Barbara Zvan, president and CEO of University Pension Plan Ontario

An insightful discussion between Lori Kerr and Barbara Zvan on the state of sustainable finance in...

An insightful discussion between Lori Kerr and Barbara Zvan on the state of sustainable finance in Canada and its power to address climate change.

11:15

Indigenous Climate Solutions

Indigenous communities are helping create solutions to issues of climate change and climate justice. This panel...

Indigenous communities are helping create solutions to issues of climate change and climate justice. This panel discussion explores collaborative approaches to climate action. Panelists include First Nations entrepreneurs, leaders and a certified Aboriginal business.

12:00

Women in Cleantech Challenge Finale

In 2018, MaRS and Natural Resources Canada announced the Women in Cleantech Challenge, a three-year national...

In 2018, MaRS and Natural Resources Canada announced the Women in Cleantech Challenge, a three-year national competition that provided six women entrepreneurs with unprecedented levels of support, and connected them to some of the top government labs, investors and corporations. Join us for the Challenge finale, when the winning entrepreneur will receive a $1-million grand prize.

1:10

The Ripple Effects of Impact Investing: Climate and Community

We know investing in sustainability-focused innovation can help tackle major challenges, such as the circular economy....

We know investing in sustainability-focused innovation can help tackle major challenges, such as the circular economy. But can this investment result in positive outcomes — more jobs, better health, etc. — in unexpected areas? To what extent do impact ventures also address social divisions and well-being?

1:30

Sustainability by Design — Shifting to a Circular Economy On the Way to Net Zero

What will it take to get to a circular economic system? Can we get there in...

What will it take to get to a circular economic system? Can we get there in the next 30 years as part of the shift to net zero? Hear from several entrepreneurs and experts with solutions that are sustainable by design.

3:40

Impact Frontiers: Investing in Impact and Demonstrating It

Responding to the increased demand for tools and transparency to measure and manage the impact of...

Responding to the increased demand for tools and transparency to measure and manage the impact of investments on people and the planet, the Impact Frontiers program empowers investors to integrate impact considerations into their investment decision making process. In this panel, we’ll hear from those behind the Canadian cohort of the program who will discuss their recent successes, and the transformative initiatives that we’ve seen in 2021 that aim to alleviate the measurement barrier and facilitate the movement of more capital towards investments that generate returns and measurable social and environmental outcomes.

9:30

Get Started — Day 2

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and...

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and startups to find out what they are offering.

10:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks

What to expect on Day 2.

What to expect on Day 2.

10:05

Is Solar Geoengineering Our Last Resort?

What if by 2035, we’ve failed to meet our GHG emission-reductions targets? Should we consider solar...

What if by 2035, we’ve failed to meet our GHG emission-reductions targets? Should we consider solar geoengineering — artificially cooling the planet by reflecting away sunlight? Why or why not? A discussion with pre-eminent climate scientists David Keith and Katharine Hayhoe moderated by Denise Balkissoon, The Narwhal’s new Ontario bureau chief.

10:35

Consensus Building in Measuring and Disclosing Impact

Consensus in impact measurement and management has accelerated over the past year as standard setters, investors,...

Consensus in impact measurement and management has accelerated over the past year as standard setters, investors, intermediaries and governments have collaborated in response to rising demand for clarity. In this panel, we’ll hear from leading practitioners who will discuss the transformative initiatives and innovations that we’ve seen in 2021 that aim to alleviate the measurement barrier and facilitate the movement of more capital towards investments that generate returns and measurable social and environmental outcomes.

11:10

Why Pay a Premium for Carbon Offsets?

Carbon offsets are not created equal, and opinions are divided on the role they should play...

Carbon offsets are not created equal, and opinions are divided on the role they should play in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. As more major corporations announce net-zero strategies that look to 2050, there is also increasing scrutiny of the permanence, additive quality, verifiability and overall legitimacy of offsets being purchased. This has shined a light on more premium offset-like products — for example, carbon removal units (CRUs) and renewable thermal certificates (RTCs) — and the growing role they could play over the coming years.

11:50

Corporate Impact Venture Capital: How Businesses Can Scale Climate Innovation — not just ESG

Corporate venture capital (CVC) is playing an increasing role in driving climate innovation and seeding the...

Corporate venture capital (CVC) is playing an increasing role in driving climate innovation and seeding the success of diverse founders behind companies balancing profit with purpose. Many major companies have already been tilting their business models toward investments in sustainability. The impact of the pandemic has further highlighted the scale of social and environmental challenges, reinforcing the need for businesses to drive solutions and impact. This session will focus on the importance of mobilizing corporate capital and strategic influence to move meaningful innovation forward and mitigate climate impact. Why is it important to invest in climate innovation? What has been happening in CVC and climate investment? What do we need to do to ensure that Canadian companies get the support they need to deliver on climate commitments? And what are the implications if we don’t keep pace?

12:45

Is the "Carbon Bubble" Starting to Burst?

There is more carbon in the form of coal, oil and natural gas priced into the...

There is more carbon in the form of coal, oil and natural gas priced into the market than can safely be burned if there’s any hope of keeping average global temperatures from rising more than two-degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This reality is what defines the “Carbon Bubble,” a term coined by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, founded in 2009 by its executive chairman Mark Campanale. Are there signs this carbon bubble is ready to burst? Has it already started? In this fireside chat, less than three weeks after COP26, Campanale offers his latest perspective and discusses the implications for Canada’s energy sector, public policy and climate tech.

1:15

The Net-Zero Export Opportunity

Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, explains how...

Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, explains how the global race to net zero has created a massive export opportunity for cleantech SMEs, and the role the Trade Commissioner Service, part of Global Affairs Canada, is helping Canadian climate-tech innovators expand their reach into international markets.

1:25

The State of the Sector — Insights On the Canadian Impact Investing Landscape

Canada Forum for Impact Investing and Development (CAFIID) is pleased to launch the 2021 State of...

Canada Forum for Impact Investing and Development (CAFIID) is pleased to launch the 2021 State of the Sector research at MaRS Climate Impact. This session will give a primer on global impact investing and in particular how Canadian investors are advancing climate action in emerging markets. Through research findings and case study examples from Fondaction and Deetken Impact, participants will learn about the innovations and the financial tools used to bring smart impact investment opportunities to reality.

2:05

A Lightning Chat with Flash Forest

Canada has committed to planting two billion trees by 2030, part of a global goal of...

Canada has committed to planting two billion trees by 2030, part of a global goal of one trillion. Is such a target attainable by just relying on conventional approaches to tree planting? New innovation has an important role to play, including drone-based reforestation and afforestation being pioneered by Canada’s Flash Forest. The company uses UAV tech, automation and ecological science to reforest ecosystems much faster, safer, and cheaper than conventional methods — particularly hard-to-reach areas, such as the millions of hectares across North America destroyed by wildfires in 2021.

2:30

The Challenge of Reducing Emissions in Big Industry

Heavy industry and manufacturing in Canada are responsible for 11 percent of national GHG emissions, and...

Heavy industry and manufacturing in Canada are responsible for 11 percent of national GHG emissions, and up to 37 percent if one includes upstream and downstream oil and gas. These are some of the most difficult emissions to abate. How can new cleantech innovations help such important elements of the Canadian economy reduce their carbon footprint? And what policies and approaches are needed to speed up the adoption of solutions that can often get trapped in pilot purgatory?

3:15

Financing a Green Recovery — How Municipalities Are Key to Canada's Climate Ambitions

Municipalities, with influence over 50 percent of national GHG emissions, lie at the heart of Canada’s...

Municipalities, with influence over 50 percent of national GHG emissions, lie at the heart of Canada’s strategy to combat climate change. However, they are struggling to recover from the pandemic-induced collapse in their revenues. As the climate crisis converges with the effects of the pandemic, municipalities need additional support to execute climate action plans. How can the public and private sectors come together to support municipalities and ensure that Canada’s pandemic recovery is a green one?

3:55

Big City Climate Tech Spotlight

According to the United Nations, cities consume more than 78 percent of the world’s energy and...

According to the United Nations, cities consume more than 78 percent of the world’s energy and account for more than 60 percent of global CO2 emissions. At the same time, they represent less than two percent of the world’s surface. Technology has an important role in driving down those urban emissions. This panel will explore some of those technologies, and how cities can be leaders in the adoption of new climate innovation.

10:00

Get Started — Day 3

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and...

Get acquainted with the platform. Set up your scheduled meetings and visit booths from sponsors and startups to find out what they are offering.

10:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

What to expect on Day 3.

What to expect on Day 3.

10:35

Tackling Risk — Can Curated Marketplaces Boost Early Adoption?

Corporate Canada can be quite risk-averse when it comes to adopting new climate innovations, and there...

Corporate Canada can be quite risk-averse when it comes to adopting new climate innovations, and there are many good reasons for this. The same applies to government, where, despite pledges to accelerate green procurement, efforts to date have been slow. This has led to increased discussion of the need to curate a receptive marketplace that would stimulate the procurement of domestic solutions, such as what the CAN Health Network has done around health tech innovation. Can it work for cleantech?

11:20

V.C. Corner — Where Will Climate Tech Dollars Flow in 2022?

On this panel we hear from four members of the MaRS V.C. Syndicate as they explore...

On this panel we hear from four members of the MaRS V.C. Syndicate as they explore trends that will dictate the flow of venture-capital dollars in 2022. Cheri Corbett, managing director for BDC’s cleantech practice, will lead the discussion with Shirley Speakman, senior partner with Cycle Capital in Toronto; Mark Cupta, managing partner with Prelude Ventures in San Francisco; and Judy Li, vice president with Energy Foundry in Chicago.

11:55

ESG — Climate Saviour or Greenwashing?

ESG-linked assets have been projected to hit $53 trillion AUM by 2025, a third of global...

ESG-linked assets have been projected to hit $53 trillion AUM by 2025, a third of global asset holdings. Meanwhile, disclosure of ESG factors by corporates have ramped up, with investors increasingly demanding visibility of ESG risks and governments moving ahead with standards-setting regulation. However, despite all of this attention and effort, many argue ESG has done little to move the needle on the issues it purports to consider. Does a focus on ESG investing and governance help us progress on climate and other goals, or is it just another way to do business as usual?

12:50

Forecasting and Managing Impact — Do Investors and Ventures Have the Right Tools for the Job?

With more impact-tied dollars entering the market and reporting becoming increasingly important, ventures can improve customer...

With more impact-tied dollars entering the market and reporting becoming increasingly important, ventures can improve customer loyalty, performance and attract capital by building impact measurement and management strategies into their operations. Join us as we unpack the benefits, challenges and tools of this approach. The second half of this session will feature a case study on CRANE, an emissions-reduction forecasting tool, which MaRS and partner Rho AI used to assess the GHG reduction potential of companies participating in the Mission from MaRS: Climate Impact Challenge. The CRANE case study will begin at 1:20 p.m.

1:40

Enabling the Grid for the Age of Electrification

It’s widely accepted that getting to net zero means electrifying as much of the economy as...

It’s widely accepted that getting to net zero means electrifying as much of the economy as possible with increasingly cleaner power sources. Accommodating more renewables and power loads will require new thinking and new technologies, including sophisticated software that can keep the system in balance. This panel will explore what the grid of the future will look like, and how we can expect to get there.

2:15

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Where Time Is Running Out

The global south is expected to bear some of the most immediate and severe impacts of...

The global south is expected to bear some of the most immediate and severe impacts of climate change, with effects already contributing to the displacement and food insecurity of millions of people. It is of urgent concern to mitigate climate change effects, but also help people, places and economies adapt to an already changing world. How can we strike a balance between these two important, yet arguably competing priorities? What are some strategies to close the $300-billion annual adaptation capital gap in developing countries? And where should investment flow? Join two experts as they dive into some of these critical questions.

2:35

The Role of Philanthropy in Shaping the Climate Economy

Foundations and audacious donors across North America are building capacity to ready our economy toward a...

Foundations and audacious donors across North America are building capacity to ready our economy toward a climate transition. They are also directly investing in technologies and activities that feed that economy. What can philanthropies do that governments and the private sector can’t? What role can or should they play?

3:10

Power Structures and Climate Justice

Climate change is more than just an environmental issue. Communities of colour are more at risk...

Climate change is more than just an environmental issue. Communities of colour are more at risk from air pollution. Subsidized housing is often located in a flood plain. Diversity and inclusion in the cleantech space is missing. How can we ensure our process, solutions, and funding recognize the differing social, economic, public-health and other adverse impacts on various populations and communities? This session will focus on addressing power structures, equity and justice in the climate emergency.

Cleantech

Canada has become a hotbed for cleantech innovation, driven by strong public investment in R&D and world-class education, as well as a deep and diverse talent pool enriched by progressive immigration policy. The result is a robust ecosystem of cleantech entrepreneurs punching above their weight as the search for globally scalable climate solutions races forward.

Social finance

Born from the annual Social Finance Forum, MaRS Climate Impact’s social-finance stream is designed for those who believe business is about more than dollars and cents. How can we dramatically accelerate the deployment of low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies? What role do investors, corporations and governments play? How can businesses and capital markets help to tackle environmental issues? How are the reporting requirements for impact evolving?

CONFERENCE THEMES

MaRS Climate Impact aims to reshape markets, combat climate change and deliver tech solutions at scale.

Our event is structured around four pillars, each featuring high-profile speakers, thought leaders and practitioners.

Transforming the economy

Hear from investment specialists and financial leaders on the new models that are transforming the global economy to meet climate objectives; explore the climate financing needed for a net-zero future; go deep into the redesign of markets to make responsible, climate-focused investing the rule rather than the exception.

Taking corporate action

Gain insight from innovators on how companies are adapting to reach net-zero targets; discover how business leaders are transforming their operations and investing practices from ESG strategies to new impact funds; debate best practices and consider the latest alternatives.

Accelerating adoption

Learn how new innovation will help in the race to net zero; transform practices, procedures and infrastructure to ramp up adoption on a global scale; hear from the brilliant minds behind the latest technologies across sectors such as energy, finance, transportation and real estate.

Measuring impact

Master the tools and tactics to measure and monitor how business actions impact people and the planet; get hands on insight and meet real-world sustainability champions; participate in workshops that explore impact measurement and sustainability reporting for large organizations, investors and startups.

Connect with innovators on the frontlines of climate action.

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