Meet the Entrepreneurs – Cleantech

Nov 13, 2013 6:00 pm to Nov 13, 2013 7:30 pm

MaRS, Auditorium
101 College Street
Toronto, ON

Interested in rubbing elbows with some of Toronto’s hottest Cleantech start-ups?

Come hear successful entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in launching their organizations.

This is part of a series of “Meet the Entrepreneurs” events which present panels of start-up entrepreneurs in different sectors discussing the challenges and opportunities they are facing. Followed by a networking reception.

Come learn from and meet others in your sector.


Tom Rand, Senior Advisor, Cleantech (@tomrand)

Tom has been active in the cleantech sector both as a venture capitalist and from a policy perspective, so he understands the challenges entrepreneurs face. His focus at MaRS is on new ventures based on low-carbon technologies and the supporting infrastructure, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“In my family, we’ve had table pounding discussions about climate change since I was 12. Being able to join the team at MaRS and helping to kick start the cleantech space in this country is the conclusion of one phase and the start of another. We can help these entrepreneurs vault over the obstacles and make things happen.”


Henry Chong, Founder & CEO, Revelo Bikes Inc. (@ReveloLIFEbike)

Henry Chong is the founder and CEO of Revelo Bikes Incorporated. He is an industrial designer with a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art University. In his previous career, Henry worked for 20 years in the Information Technology sector and also holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Henry has been designing and inventing for most of his life and he has a particular passion for electric transport design. He is the winner of the 2012 Entrepreneurship 101: MaRS Up-Start! Competition, which featured his award-winning electric LIFEbike.

About Revelo Bikes Incorporated

Revelo Bikes Incorporated is a personal electric transportation company located in Toronto. Our award-winning, ultra-light, compact and chainless electric LIFEbike (Lightweight, Intelligent, Flexible, Electric bike) is an easy-to-ride alternative for commuting in high-density cities like Toronto. Our mission is to improve the transportation landscape by producing innovative, clean electric solutions.

Robert Wong, President & COO, Agri-Neo (@AgriNeo)

Rob leads commercial, production and financing activities at Agri-Neo. Prior to Agri-Neo, he was a management consultant at Bain and Company, where he focused on working with companies to create strategies to launch products into new markets. He has also worked at a startup where he advised enterprises on maximizing their social and financial impact. Rob holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

About Agri-Neo

Our global ecosystem is undergoing a major transformation. Factors such as booming population growth and the declining availability of arable land and fresh water challenge us to produce more food with fewer resources. At Agri-Neo, our mission is to help turn these challenges into opportunities for growers. We are dedicated to developing and marketing innovative solutions that increase agricultural productivity while maintaining balance in the environment. This will enable growers to continue producing enough safe food to feed all of us, and future generations to come.

Chris Reid, President & CEO, Energent (@energent)

Chris joined Energent in December 2009 from ANSYS, Inc., a global leader in engineering modelling and simulation software. Chris held a variety of senior management roles with ANSYS, including VP Business Development, VP Global Marketing and VP/GM Fluids Business. Prior to ANSYS, Chris was President and CEO of CFX, a leader in computational fluid dynamics software; Executive VP and COO of SNC Lavalin Profac, a leading provider of facilities management and real estate outsourcing services; and held a variety of senior management roles during 20 years with Honeywell International in industrial automation and control. Chris has a BASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

About Energent

Energent provides a novel and highly cost-effective approach to energy management that couples “real-time energy informatics” technology with expert service and support. Energent fully manages and delivers its completely web-based energy informatics solutions via its software as a service (SaaS) business model. This suite of software products enables short-term energy savings in the 5% to 10% range, and longer-term savings as high as 20% to 25%. These energy savings are realized by eliminating waste, realizing efficiency gains, measuring and verifying results, and providing decision support and analytics for energy procurement and/or targeted capital improvements.

Series includes

December 11, 2013 – ICE
February 26, 2014 – Life Sciences & Healthcare
April 16, 2014 – Social Innovation


Part of the Entrepreneurship 101 Series

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