Board of Directors & Staff
Since 2009, Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec, representing the Québec cleantech cluster. He is also Chairman of Canada Cleantech, and Chairman of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).
During his 20 years in the natural resources sector, Mr. Leclerc held several senior management positions, namely Vice-President Sustainability and Environment for AbitibiBowater, a global forest products corporation. Mr. Leclerc has been involved of many projects and strategic decisions for companies with operations in Canada, the United-States, Europe and Asia. He has proven experience in issue management, public affairs, sustainable development and in relation with investors, socio-economic players, governments and media.
Highly involved in the community, Mr. Leclerc sits on the Board of Directors of Ecofuel, the Québec Cleantech Accelerator and of COOP Carbone; on the Executive Committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy; on the Community Advisory Board of Aéroports de Montréal, and on the Québec Advisory Committee of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. In addition to being a Chartered Director, Mr. Leclerc holds an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Peter McArthur is a seasoned commercial/corporate banker with a diverse background. A keen supporter of the cleantech sector in Canada, Peter holds the position of VP Technology and Innovation Banking and National Cleantech Lead at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Peter is a subject matter expert within the bank, as well as a speaker and advocate for the sector. He works with a wide variety of cleantech companies, ranging from early stage commercializing businesses to small public companies. In 2019, Peter was recognized as a cleantech leader by Canada’s Clean50. He was also recognized by RBC in both 2017 and 2020 as a Conference Award winner—a distinction reserved for the bank’s top 1% of performers. Peter is Chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association (OCTIA) and on the Board of the CanadaCleantech Alliance.
Jason Switzer joined Foresight as Senior VP Growth and Capital in April 2021 when ACTia joined forces with Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre. ACTia is today known as Foresight Alberta. Before that, Jason had served as ACTia’s Executive Director since April 2016. He had taken the position after over 15 years in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including leading the Pembina Institute’s national sustainability consulting team, and championing environmental excellence and greenhouse gas leadership at Cenovus Energy Inc. and Shell Canada’s Oil Sands. Prior to this Jason provided consulting to a range of conservation and development agencies on natural resource-intensive business in conflict zones. Today, Jason is vice chair of the Clean Resources Innovation Network, a founding director at Biological Carbon Canada, and a member of the CSA Committee on Transition and Sustainable Finance. Jason holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, a Clean 50 recipient, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams.
Heather Campbell has had a diverse twenty-five year energy career with technical, policy, and business roles in a full range of energy industries. She is the Executive Director, Clean Technology with Alberta Innovates.
Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario (Western University) in addition to a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Campbell is an engaged, lifelong community volunteer, actively sharing her talents, resources and time by participating and often leading a purposely diverse range of organizations. Ms. Campbell is a board director with Calgary’s performing arts centre Arts Commons, is a member of the Advisory Council for Western Engineering, the People’s Warden at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a Commissioner with the Calgary Police Commission. She is the former co-chair of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Advisory Council.
Anne Toner Fung
Anne Toner Fung is the Executive Director & CEO of Innovation Guelph, and a lifelong champion of entrepreneurship with more than 20 years of business and organizational development in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Innovation Guelph, she co-owned and operated several businesses, including a mechanical contracting firm in Toronto and a web-development company in Waterloo. She subsequently brought that experience to bear as an independent consultant helping small to medium-sized enterprises accelerate growth and overcome operational challenges. Anne is a certified financial planner (CFP), certified human resources leader (CHRL), and holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s University. She currently serves on the Smart Cities Steering Committee for Guelph/Wellington, the Board of Directors for Hospice Waterloo Region and is a past member of the Alectra/Guelph Hydro GRE&T Centre Transitional Advisory Board, and the Manufacturing Committee of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.
Stewart Elgie is a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa, and director of the University’s interdisciplinary Environment Institute. He received his Masters of Law from Harvard, and his doctorate (J.S.D.) from Yale. He is also the founder and chair of Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity), Canada’s premiere green economy think tank and policy-research network. His research involves environmental and economic sustainability, with a particular focus in recent years on market-based approaches.
Elgie started his career as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, litigating over the Valdez oil spill. He returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, now Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization; he was counsel on many precedent setting cases, including four wins in Supreme Court of Canada on constitution and environment issues. He was later hired by Pew Trusts as founding executive director of the multi-stakeholder Canadian Boreal Initiative. Prior to his faculty position at University of Ottawa (2004), Elgie held appointments at several Canadian universities (U.B.C., Alberta, York). He has served on or chaired many advisory bodies in the environment/sustainability area. In 2001, Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – the youngest man ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.
Maike Althaus is the Executive Director of Canada Cleantech Alliance as well as of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association (OCTIA). In this double role, she advocates for Canada’s cleantech companies to address the sector’s key challenges: access to capital, markets and customers. Maike has a background in global brand building and growth communications and extensive experience leading and managing integrated communications initiatives in North America and Europe. Through her work, Maike mitigates risk for all parties whether it is reputational, financial or political.
Maike has been working in the global cleantech sector for more than 15 years. In 2011, she joined a global wind energy company that had just set up their North American operations in Montreal. As their Communications Director, she built the company’s brand across North America and supported its growth. Maike is fluent in French, English and German. She has been communicating in Germany, Canada and the U.S. for global companies such as Senvion, Veolia Water, Viessmann, E.ON and BNP Paribas Cardif as well as for governments, politicians and not-for-profits.