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How would you say cleantech contributes to Canadian competitiveness?

Simon Olivier: Cleantech is about creating solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges. I think there’s something inherently competitive in that. In Canada we’re seizing the opportunity. It’s opening up export markets and creating new jobs and revenue streams.

Chuck Szmurlo: Cleantech enables economic development and innovation. For example, most of the reason people have concerns about the oil sands is the carbon intensity of extraction. Cleantech can provide extraction techniques that are less carbon intensive. That’s competitive. It can also stabilize renewable power so it can serve the grid. Helping Canada access its resources and capitalize on new forms of energy is, to me, competitiveness.

Delbert Adams: Beyond the direct impact clean technologies have on competitiveness, Canada’s cleantech sector also creates opportunities for global companies to identify technology gaps that could constrain future product development. It brings the right technologies to the right distribution channels and partners in a short timeframe.

What impact has cleantech had on your business?

Delbert Adams: It’s intensifying our sustainability focus. Our customers are becoming ever more demanding when it comes to energy efciency and recyclability, and we’re extending our sustainability considerations to our supply chain.

Chuck Szmurlo: Canadians defnitely want to see a transition toward cleaner forms of energy. Of course, they also want that energy to be available at a price they can aford and with the reliability they’re accustomed to. That’s the challenge being put to companies like Enbridge today.

Simon Olivier: Our commitment is ‘executing on innovation’. We’re spending considerable time and money to get new cleantech ideas of the ground. Last year we launched the GE Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre in Markham, which will further foster innovation and global collaboration to improve the efciency, reliability and security of the world’s electrical grids. We see collaboration and competition as key to commercializing cleantech.

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