Pyrowave’s technology uses microwave to convert plastics waste into chemicals reused to make new plastics.
“Pyrowave transforms plastic waste into its basic constituents. This keeps our precious resources in a circular and lower carbon production chain. Our technological platform, which uses microwaves, is a scientific breakthrough that paves the way for a new generation of industrial processes that is much more energy efficient. I advise young entrepreneurs to try to solve an important problem, and to make sure that there is a demand for their solution. Ten years ago, when no one was talking about plastic waste solutions, I saw it as a problem which now has become a global issue and our solution is ready to solve it! In my free time, I love to go biking.” – Jocelyn Doucet, CEO
GSTS is an Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics company that processes data from satellite and terrestrial sensors to save lives, energy and the environment in the maritime sector.
“GSTS has an impact on the global climate and environment in several ways including potential reduction of GHG emissions up to 200M tons annually through reduced emissions from ships through optimized vessel management, the avoidance of major tanker collisions or groundings such as the Exon Valdes and the prevention of the introduction of invasive species into the great lakes through improper ballast water exchange. The advice I would give to a young entrepreneur is to look at problems and solutions from a unique perspective, don’t just consider approaches or concepts that have been around for some time and be persistent. Outside work, I like hiking and reading.” – Richard Kolacz, Co-Founder and CEO
Potloc offers hyper-targeted, geofenced, consumer research to improve loyalty, acquisition and customer experience.
“By surveying millions of people, Potloc allows many companies to tailor their offerings to consumers’ new environmental considerations. My advice to young entrepreneurs is resilience, resilience, resilience. I love everything in life and have an insatiable intellectual curiosity: music, the arts, technology, politics, economics, gastronomy, real estate, sports, etc. The list is long, and life is too short!” – Rodolphe Barrère, CEO
AecopaQ is a Quebec company in cleantech, the first of its kind in Canada. It specializes in the development, production and marketing of innovative and exclusive food packaging products that are biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable, using locally accessible natural fibers.
“AecopaQ’s food packaging products are much cleaner compared to Styrofoam currently used. They are biodegradable and compostable. To a young entrepreneur, I would suggest an in-depth feasibility study that allows you to understand the problems your company is seeking to solve, the quantitative and qualitative aspects at all levels. In my spare time, I like cooking, golf, yoga, long distance running and make music with my sons.” – Michel Aufoujal, CEO
Electrobac, known for its innovative smartbin network, is an e-waste collection company specialized in small electronics. Electrobac also operates a Buybac service to help large organizations dispose of their corporate mobile devices.
“The equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers worth of electronic waste is produced annually, of which only 20% is recycled. A startling finding that drives Electrobac to protect the environment by integrating elements of the circular economy in its proposal services. To young entrepreneurs, I would suggest identifying an important environmental problem, stay close to your customers to continually improve your services or products rather than worrying about the competition. In my spare times I enjoy skiing, biking, swimming, running and of course travelling when time permits!” – Philip Bénard, Founder & CEO
INNO-3B designs, builds and installs automated vertical farming systems for growers and producers. This closed environment technology is a new production platform that can be adapted to a large variety of plants for food and pharmaceutical applications.
Haila develops a low power telecommunication platform for IoT.
“The primary effect of our technology on the environment is eliminating battery changes of Wi-Fi wireless sensors, secondary effects being scalability of wireless sensors to achieve unprecedented amounts of data that will allow actuators to be more optimized and efficient, reducing the overall power consumption of a building, person, or environment. Cross pollinating ideas and brainstorming with mentors and those with wealth of experiences is always the best advice I can give to a young entrepreneur. Being open minded and understanding that the more you know, the less you know, is the right mindset in my opinion to get the most of your experience. In my spare time, I love to connect with nature, backcountry camping, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, yoga, snowboarding, and any other adrenaline inducing activity outside.” – Charlotte Savage, CIO
Kourant’s Electro BioReactor (EBR) technology can significantly reduce carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, heavy metals and other micropollutants below the most stringent limits, by merging electricity with biological processes within the existing wastewater treatment plant installation.
“Kourant offers a technology to improve water quality by removing contaminants such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are the root cause of algae blooms in our lakes and rivers. To a young entrepreneur, I would recommend, from the first hour of your entrepreneurial journey, to take the time to choose your technology wisely and to make sure to protect it. If I have worked for more than 30 years to improve the quality of the environment, it is so that I can fully enjoy in my spare time, in the summer and winter, hiking, skiing and cycling.” – Richard Painchaud, CEO
Nexus Robotics develops autonomous robotic solution for agriculture using machine learning.
“In addition to addressing the shortage of seasonal agriculture labor, Nexus Robotics can reduce up to 50% the use of herbicides and the use of gas or diesel-based tractors generating GHGs. To a young entrepreneur, I would recommend staying connected with all the players in the field in which you work. More often than not, the sum of two opinions or two projects will result in something more powerful than if you had tried to do it alone. In my spare time, I really enjoy cooking a family dinner and I will also favor nice rounds of golf with friends or mountain hikes with my wife.” – Luc Labbe, CEO
Rithmik Solutions increases uptime in mines with analytics that optimize maintenance, reduce emissions and extend equipment life.
“We leverage AI to provide early detection of failures and inefficiencies in mobile mining equipment, which leads to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. When you increase the reliability of a 300-ton mining haul truck by 15%, for example, you reduce its fuel burn by a roughly equivalent amount. That can end up working out to around 50,000 litres of fuel per machine every year. To a young entrepreneur, I would say, to quote my Dad, that persistence is a superpower. It can be a long and gruelling game, and it is worth it. Outside of work, I do meditation, reading, hiking and VR workouts.” – Amanda Truscott, CEO
OPA Technologies empowers private and public organizations for smart mobility with its innovative geospatial platform. OPA helps governments and private firms to plan, coordinate and communicate traffic obstructions and manage road mobility in real time.
Helios UAV develops and deploys high quality data acquisition solutions by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drones) for mining, geophysics, geomatics, civil engineering, surveillance and environment industries.
MATERIUM has developed MATSPHERES®, an innovative patented silica based microsphere technology, providing 300% increase in water treatment fermentation and enzymes immobilization.