Turning Trash into Money: Cleantech in Canada Seminar Series

Toronto, February 16, 2011 – Cleantech industry leaders Deloitte and Ogilvy Renault, along with MaRS Discovery District, hosted the latest in the Cleantech in Canada seminar series today at MaRS Centre. Industry experts shared their thoughts on key emerging opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors and government in waste management.

“According to recent studies, Canada produces more waste per capita than any of its peers in the developed world,” says Sid Paquette, Deloitte’s GTA/SWO Clean Technology Leader. “Corporations and municipalities spend billions each year on disposing of by-products and waste. This is creating many opportunities for companies that can provide cost-effective, efficient and sustainable solutions.”

The Cleantech in Canada panel was moderated by Richard Sutin, Co-Chair, Cleantech Practice at Ogilvy Renault. Panellists included:

  • Mark Montemurro, CEO, Alter NRG Corporation
  • Geoff Rathbone, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
  • Pushkar Kumar, Founder & CEO, GreenMantra Recycling Technologies Ltd.
  • Alan Evans, Partner, Enviropure Systems

“Trash has never been so lucrative, whether it’s through recycling, safe disposal or generating energy from waste,” says Sutin. “It’s also an area that can create wins both for the environment and economically—with less waste and more business for cleantech companies.”

“At MaRS, we work with dozens of companies that have the potential to change the world. GreenMantra is one of these companies­—its technology turns plastic bags and other plastic wastes into high-quality waxes, greases and lubricating oils,” says MaRS CEO Ilse Treurnicht. “Innovative thinking like this will eventually lead to a shift in the way we see waste—not as garbage, but as opportunity.”

For additional news, resources and information regarding this event and upcoming seminars as well as other cleantech-related topics, visit our Cleantech in Canada Web site at http://www.cleantechincanada.com/.

You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/canadacleantech.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through more than 7,600 people in 57 offices. Deloitte operates in Québec as Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l. Deloitte & Touche LLP, an Ontario Limited Liability Partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

About Ogilvy Renault

Ogilvy Renault LLP is a full-service law firm with close to 450 lawyers and patent and trade-mark agents practising in the areas of business, litigation, intellectual property, and employment and labour. We have offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Québec, Toronto, Calgary and London and serve some of the largest and most successful corporations in Canada and in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Ogilvy Renault will be joining international legal practice Norton Rose Group on June 1, 2011, making us the first Canadian law firm to go global. Together, the enlarged Group will be a top 10 global legal practice by number of lawyers with more than 2,500 lawyers in 38 offices worldwide in the Americas, across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Find out more at www.ogilvyrenault.com and www.nortonrose.com.

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com) is a mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies. MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, clean tech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.

Jeanne d’Arc Umurungi

Media Relations Manager

Peter Zvanitajs
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Ogilvy Renault


Vanessa Caldwell
MaRS Discovery District
416.673.8200 x2240