Cleantech market in Canada and Switzerland

Closing the loop on water innovation in Switzerland and Canada

Cleantech means innovation, but it also means challenges. This is something that both Switzerland and Canada know. Both countries are dealing intensively with the topics of waste and wastewater. High time, then, to derive mutual benefit and exploit the potential for innovative partnerships together. And this is exactly what our webinar will create an ideal platform for.

Wastewater and waste—two topics that are gaining in importance in the global cleantech sector, generating innovations as well as posing challenges. This has spurred Canada to launch various water-tech initiatives and organizations. Foresight/waterNEXT's "Water Tech Talks" is set to address these in May. In order to close the loop with regard to water innovation in Canada and Switzerland, a webinar will be held as part of this and in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise.

Wastewater and waste in Canada and Switzerland
Canada is struggling with challenges in connection with water recycling, wastewater and waste. As is Switzerland. For all the many challenges, however, both countries have created numerous innovations in the field of water. This common starting point creates great potential for future Swiss-Canadian partnerships between water technology companies and users.

Webinar: Using water potential and innovations together
This is precisely what our webinar aims to do: bring together water companies, startups, government, researchers, associations and investors from Canada and Switzerland to create new innovations in the field of water together. In a panel discussion, you will get an overview of the water-related challenges in Canada and Switzerland and get to know various innovative cleantech companies from both countries.



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Target audience Swiss and Canadian water companies and startups, System supporters and stakeholders (government, research, associations, investors)
Organizer Switzerland Global Enterprise
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Cost of participating Free of charge
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You will receive the login for the platform "InEvent" one day before the webinar by email.



Welcome and introduction

By Jeanette Jackson, CEO Foresight/waterNEXT and David Avery, Head of Cleantech, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Setting the scene - Switzerland: High-level overview of water challenges in Switzerland related to closing the loop on water

Pascal Wunderlin, Head of the Platform, Division municipal and industrial wastewater, vsa

Setting the scene - Canada: High-level overview of water challenges in Canada related to closing the loop on water

Kenny Khoo, Global Manager - Strategy, Partnerships, and M&A, Xylem Inc.

Company highlights

Droople, Ramzi Bouzerda - Greyter Water Systems, John Bell - Evodrop, Fabio Hüther - Swirltex, Melanie McClare - bNovate, Douglas Watson - Axine Water Technologies, Jonathan Rhone - 1H2O3, Nicolas Meudal - Livestock Water Recycling, Karen Schuett

Discussion and Q&A

Panel discussion featuring David Avery, Head of Cleantech, Switzerland Global Enterprise; Jeanette Jackson, CEO Foresight/waterNEXT; and the ‘setting the scene’ speakers

Closing Remarks

By Jeanette Jackson, CEO Foresight/waterNEXT and David Avery, Head of Cleantech, Switzerland Global Enterprise


Jeanette Jackson
Jeanette Jackson, CEO Foresight

Jeanette Jackson is the CEO of Foresight, a cleantech ecosystem accelerator that is empowering entrepreneurs and energizing a world-class cleantech industry across Canada. She is a multi-award winning sustainability champion, a sought-after public speaker, and a leading advisor to the cleantech industry.
A successful entrepreneur across multiple industries, Jeanette has secured millions in investment dollars, project funding and revenue, led cross-functional teams and developed innovative programs for entrepreneurs, industry and investors. Jeanette is driven by her fundamental belief that collaboration is a critical success factor to large-scale transformation, and is leading ground-breaking pan-Canada sector engagement projects to align Canada’s long term economic, social and environmental goals.
Since taking on the role of Foresight CEO, Jeanette has spearheaded the organization through a remarkable growth and vitalization pathway. Foresight’s programs and advisory work have now helped over 500 entrepreneurial companies, generated over $250M in funding, and created over 5,000 jobs.

Pascal Wunderlin
Pascal Wunderlin, VSA

Pascal Wunderlin is an environmental scientist from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
From 2009-2013, he did a PhD at Eawag, in the department of process engineering. Then, he continued working at Eawag as a project manager, and was involved in several projects focusing on micropollutant elimination in wastewater treatment.
Since July 2015 he works for the VSA (Swiss Water Association) competence center “process engineering micropollutants”, which he leads since 2019.

Kenny Khoo
Kenny Khoo, Global Manager of Strategy, Partnerships

Kenny Khoo holds the position of Global Strategy Manager at Xylem Inc. – a global water technology company with solutions across the entire water cycle. He is responsible for strategy, partnerships, and mergers & acquisitions within Xylem’s Water Infrastructure business unit which primarily serve the public utilities and industrial markets with pumping and treatment solutions. He currently resides in London, Ontario, Canada and has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Ramzi Bouzerda
Ramzi Bouzerda, CEO, Droople SA

Ramzi Bouzerda graduated from EPFL in 2001 as a computer science engineer. During his studies he launched his first startup and successfully exited after the Internet bubble. Then, he joined the banking industry where he held different positions at different levels with 15 years of experience in Banking & Audit. He decided to quit the finance industry to start Droople in 2018, the water intelligence platform as a Founder & CEO.

John Bell
John Bell, Chief Commercial Officer Greyter Water Systems Inc.

John Bell is Chief Commercial Officer and co-Founder of Greyter Water Systems. Greyter Water Systems offers industry proven out-of-the-box water reuse management solutions, which reduce the water and wastewater demands of commercial and residential buildings. Bell has been actively involved in the water conservation and greywater recycling industry since 2009. 
A former sports broadcaster, Bell has over a decade of television experience, which included hosting World’s Greenest Homes, which featured some of the most sustainable builds around the world (HGTV Canada/Daily Planet Green U.S.A). Bell has worked in the construction industry for more than a decade, as an energy evaluator (HERS Rater) and project manager for renovations and new builds.

Fabio Hüther
Fabio Hüther, Evodrop AG

We offer effective water treatment systems for every sector in which water plays a key role. With patented technologies and scientifically proven effects, we guarantee the highest quality for every application.

Melanie McClare
Melanie McClare, P.Eng, MBA, Chief Executive Officer Swirltex

Melanie McClare is the CEO of Swirltex Inc., a start-up cleantech company focused on solving the world’s toughest wastewater problems. Melanie has a Chemical Engineering Degree from McGill University and an MBA from Haskayne School of Business in Calgary, Canada. 
Melanie began her career working in the industrial resource sector in Europe and West Africa. She moved into the water and wastewater industry over a decade ago and has been leading Swirltex since 2018. Melanie is passionate about cleantech, sustainability and bringing water into the conversation alongside GHG’s in the world’s quest toward minimizing human impact on planet earth.

Douglas Watson
Douglas Watson, Head of Operations, bNovate Technologies SA

Douglas is the Head of Operations of bNovate, a Swiss scale-up company focused on online bacteria measurement in drinking water. During his studies at EPFL, Douglas was granted a year-long stay at McGill University, where he witnessed first-hand the Canadian entrepreneurial spirit for environmental causes.

Jonathan Rhone
Jonathan Rhone, President & CEO Axine Water Technologies

Jonathan is an award-winning, serial cleantech entrepreneur. In his current role as CEO of Axine Water Technologies, he’s scaling-up the company to revolutionize industrial wastewater treatment and address a global environmental problem. He’s also a founder and director of Evok Innovations, a $100 million cleantech venture fund with a mission to transform the energy value chain. Jonathan is the founder and former CEO of Nexterra Systems a global supplier of waste-to-energy systems. Prior to Nexterra, he held leadership positions with a NASDAQ-listed cleantech company, and the Delphi Group, an international consultancy. He began his career in oil and gas with Amoco Canada (now BP).
Jonathan chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance. He is a past board member of Vancity Capital, the venture financing subsidiary of Vancity. He is a past member of the BC Premier’s Technology Council and has sat on a number of private and public sector advisory boards. In 2009, he was recognized as Technology Industry Person of the Year by the BC Technology Industry Association. In 2020, he was recognized as Industry Icon by the BC Cleantech Industry.

Nicolas Meudal
Nicolas Meudal, Founder, 1h2o3 GmbH

I have been working in water treatment for 15 years, and I was lucky to get experience in different areas from the design to the sales. With this end-to-end experience, I decided to create my own range of packaged water treatment plants in line with my values: low tech and eco-friendly!

Karen Schuett
Karen Schuett , Co-Founder and CEO Livestock Water Recycling

As CEO of Livestock Water Recycling, the global leader of digitized manure treatment technology, Ms. Schuett oversees the integration between LWR’s overall corporate strategy and its focus on innovation.  Karen has brought her message of lagoon free protein production to international industry events as she works with her team to digitize wastewater and recycle clean water and a waste-to-worth value proposition for global food producers.  In 2020 LWR was named one of the Top Agtech Companies to watch in 2020 by Successful Farming magazine. Karen was named one of the six most influential women in Canadian Agriculture for her vision of Lagoon free protein production and was selected to join Google’s first Google for Startups Accelerator for Women Founders. Most recently, LWR made the FoodTech 500 as the highest ranking Canadian agfoodtech company, claiming the 31st spot globally.

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