Energy Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, March 1st


The Energy Transition Challenge and
Clean Tech Opportunity –
Distinguishing Reality from Alternative Facts    

Presenter: Walter Cicha, Ph.D. - NRC-IRAP

Wednesday, March 1st
7:15am – 8:45am

Location: Vancouver Community College, Room 112
250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $30 (students - $10) – Coffee/tea, Muffins
Online payment through PayPal, Five Pack ticket or pay cash/cheque at door

Presenter: Walter Cicha, Ph.D. - NRC-IRAP

Dr. Cicha is an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) with the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), and in this role provides financial support and technical/business advisory services to help innovative Canadian SMEs grow, especially those developing a wide range of sustainable energy technologies involving advanced materials. He also is a Director on the Boards of the Pacific Energy Innovation Association (PEIA) and Nanotech BC, and an Adjunct Professor at UBC in the Department of Materials Engineering.
Prior to returning to Canada in 2006, Dr. Cicha spent 14 years in the U.S. as a Senior Scientist and then entrepreneur, where his R&D work at DuPont and General Electric (GE) led to 11 patents and two new commercialized processes. In 1997, Dr. Cicha and the DuPont team he led were the recipients of the American Chemical Society’s Hero of Chemistry Award for their contribution to environmental industrial engineering. Dr. Cicha has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UBC and in his spare time performs in an everything-but-disco rock-blues-jazz-folk band, trail runs, plays ice hockey and skis on the North Shore (and other) mountains, while trying to keep up with his 9-year old son, 6-year old daughter and tolerant wife.       

Topic: The Energy Transition Challenge and Clean Tech Opportunity – Distinguishing Reality from Alternative Facts

According to a May 2016 article in Canadian Business, Canada’s clean tech industry “is bigger than we think”, while the 2017 book Energy Transitions by energy writer/educator Vaclav Smil begins by stating that “worldwide interest in the nature, pace and prospects of energy transitions is higher than ever.”   Furthermore, clean technology is one of the focal areas in the 2016 Canadian Federal Budget, with $1 billion proposed for allocation to its further development over four years, starting in 2017-18. In North America as well as globally, the new millennium has seen a definite step-change increase in clean technology/renewable energy development and deployment, involving many sectors. Yet, from 2000 to 2015 share of fossil fuels in the global primary energy supply has barely decreased, from 87 % to 86 %, with global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consequently steadily rising. Utilizing insights from a number of leading global energy thinkers and also from the speaker’s own experiences, this presentation will try to make sense of the complex set of challenges limiting clean tech from making a more profound impact to date. A few of the resulting technical and business opportunities, both global and specific to Canada and BC, will be highlighted in the process.   
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Five Pack of Tickets for $100
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  • Confirmation of attendance online will be required for catering.
  • Once reserved – "Use it or lose it". Cancellations are accepted up to 2 days prior to meeting.
  • Substitutions are acceptable and guests can also be included in the five-pack.
  • Unused breakfasts can be carried over to the next year.
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The Pacific Energy Innovation Association (PEIA) is an independent, non-profit association of energy professionals incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia.  Its mission is:  

To initiate and promote discussion and action for energy innovation, efficiency and sustainability.

PEIA offers objective, thought-provoking dialogue on energy supply, demand and the associated technologies and policies required by sustainable economies.  It furthers its mission through: 
  • Events – such as the Charting Our Energy Future series of forums, issue-specific discussion workshops and networking receptions.
  • Energy Breakfasts – informal, early-morning discussion meetings, featuring a presentation by an authoritative speaker on a current subject, with plenty of opportunity for questions, comments and interaction among all those attending. 
  • Projects – to promote action by: defining and evaluating issues and options; formulating strategies & plans for action; communicating with stakeholders & decision makers about progress.
Receive one hour of Professional Development Credits for attending a PEIA Energy Breakfast. 

PEIA Seminars meet the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BCs (APEGBC) definition of informal continuing professional development. For more information, go to APEGBC's CPD guideline.
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