Areas Of Focus

Our startups develop solutions in areas such as:

Agri-tech

Technologies that enable sustainable farming and increased food production.

Advanced manufacturing

Technologies that help designers build better products.

Advanced materials

New materials engineered to improve existing products.

Energy

Solutions for storing, generating and distributing energy, and managing consumption.

Transportation

New ways to move people and products using eco-friendly fuel and vehicles.

Waste management

Technologies that treat and recycle industrial and household waste.

Water

Solutions for water purification and wastewater management.

Our Ecosystem

The MaRS Cleantech ecosystem consists of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, policy makers, corporates and world-renowned research institutions.

Our team
Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton

Director of Ecosystem, Cleantech

Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton is Director of Ecosystem, Cleantech. Previous to joining MaRS, Tyler spent two decades as a journalist and wrote extensively about Canada’s clean technology sector and global cleantech trends. Most recently he was editor-in-chief of business and sustainability magazine Corporate Knights. He also spent 13 years at the Toronto Star, where he reported on Canada’s energy sector and wrote a popular weekly column on clean energy technologies and trends. In 2011, Tyler authored Mad Like Tesla, a book that examines the various barriers to clean energy innovation and surveys the landscape of some potentially world-changing clean technologies. A recipient of the Cleantech Group’s “Pioneer” award for his early writings on the sector, Tyler was also recognized in 2016 on Canada’s “Clean50” list for his thought leadership on clean energy and climate issues.

Jason MacFarlane

Jason MacFarlane

Head of Advanced Manufacturing

Jason MacFarlane

Jason MacFarlane leads the Advanced Manufacturing Cluster within Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, supporting startups with product development and manufacturing while leveraging industry collaborations. He brings extensive product design and manufacturing expertise in a wide range of industries including automotive, industrial automation and machine, consumer, medical, transportation and advanced technology. Much of Jason’s experience comes directly from leadership roles, from supporting high-volume vehicle production at Chrysler to managing an engineering group driving product design and build in the transportation industry for Orion Bus. Over the past 15 years, as Director of Business Development and Engineering, Jason has played a prominent role in growing an engineering services company, CADmech Design Inc., to become a trusted partner to Canadian manufacturing OEM’s. Through this leadership role, he developed a highly qualified technical team, rolled out a full range of product development services, conducted all sales activities and developed brand marketing content and strategies, all of which culminated in lasting customer relationships. Jason is a registered professional engineer and has a degree in Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Harvey Coleman

Harvey Coleman

Senior Advisor, Cleantech

Harvey Coleman

Harvey Coleman has over 40 years of experience in the IT industry. In the mid-1980s he headed pre-sales support for banking systems and was responsible for marketing strategy for the Olivetti Group. Beginning in 1987 he spent 10 years variously responsible as managing director of the Acorn Group PLC, president of Olivetti Canada; president of Dell Canada; and executive vice-president of Geac Computer Corporation, a Canadian-based global software company. In the last 10 years Harvey has worked as an independent consultant to a variety of hardware, software, services, telecommunications and Internet-based companies, particularly startups, where he has also operated as an interim executive in a variety of senior roles. Harvey completed his degree in physics at Oxford University. He is married and has three children. Highlights

  • Executive vice-president, Geac Computer Corporation
  • Owner and principal consultant, Coleman and Associates
  • President, Dell Computer Corporation, Canada
  • President, Olivetti Canada
  • BA in physics, University of Oxford

David Bowden

David Bowden

Senior Advisor, Cleantech

David Bowden

David studied industrial engineering at the University of Toronto and has an international MBA from the Rotman School of Management. He is a certified off-road motorcycle instructor and is comfortable working in Spanish and Italian. Together with his wife Anne and two children he has traveled and worked in more than 60 countries. David is currently both a business advisor and entrepreneurship instructor for MaRS Discovery District. In addition, he works as a consultant specializing in strategic growth management and has held executive roles as president of Sprint Canada residential telecom, SVP at Direct Energy for commercial/residential and founding president of Empori.com. Prior management positions at Labatt, Canada Post, Bata Shoes and Warner Lambert included international postings in Europe, the US and Latin America. More recently, David has held interim executive roles for strategic business transformation at clients including Sears, CIM, IceGen and Cavet Technologies. An active community volunteer, David was a director and board chair of Habitat for Humanity Canada working with Habitat in Canada and overseas since 2002. He is a governor of the University of Toronto, an international volunteer advisor with CESO and a director of the Bata Museum. In 2013, David completed the ICD (Institute for Corporate Directors) NFP Governance program.

ENERGY BOARD

The MaRS Energy Board provides non-binding, strategic advice to members of MaRS leadership that serve our startup and partner communities.

Carolyn Calwell

Carolyn Calwell

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Carolyn Calwell

Currently head of the Ministry of Energy’s strategic, network and agency policy, Carolyn has spent almost a decade in public law, serving in leadership roles in both legal services and energy policy.

David McFadden

David McFadden

President and CEO, Generation 4 Capital Corporation

David McFadden

David brings decades of leadership, including more than 30 years at Gowling WLG, and experience on the boards of Toronto Hydro, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and the Des Nedhe Group.

George Cooke

George Cooke

Board Chair, OMERS

George Cooke

Since retiring as CEO of the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, George has been a key advisor to the public and private sectors, most notably serving Ontario’s former deputy premier Robert Nixon.

Jon Dogterom

Jon Dogterom

SVP, Venture Services

Jon Dogterom

Jon Dogterom leads venture services at MaRS, assisting innovative Ontario-based companies in growing their businesses. He is also part of the Management Board of the Advanced Energy Centre, a public-private partnership that was co-founded and is hosted by MaRS Cleantech with a focus on innovative domestic energy programs and strengthening international relationships to drive exports, and a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum. Jon has an extensive background in early-stage and high-growth alternative energy companies. Prior to joining MaRS, he led business development for Hydrogenics Corporation, where he focused on strategic partnerships, product development, and sales and marketing. He was also involved in the introduction and launch of the company’s fuel cell and hydrogen generation divisions. Jon also previously worked with The Pembina Institute, leading corporate-consulting services on low-impact renewable energy and energy policy. In 1997 he co-founded Sustainable Energy Technologies, a leading Canadian provider of power electronics for the solar power industry. Jon has degrees in civil environmental engineering from Queen’s University and in marketing and product management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Lisa DeMarco

Lisa DeMarco

Senior Partner, Resilient LLP

Lisa DeMarco

With over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy, and advocacy relating to energy and climate change, Lisa represents several governments and energy companies, including the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board.

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay

Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha is a twice-elected member of parliament and executive specializing in public policy and international trade. She stewards Suncor’s collaborations as they relate to economic, environmental and social performance.

Nicolle Butcher

Nicolle Butcher

Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation and Energy Markets, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Nicolle Butcher

Nicolle is responsible for OPG’s commercial business functions, such as energy trading, acquisitions and contracting. She brings over 20 years of experience in business development, asset management and more.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Board Chair, Ontario Energy Association

Paul Murphy

Paul has been involved with the planning and operation of the Ontario and North American electric system for over 35 years. A registered engineer, he was formerly president and CEO of IESO.

Peter Gregg

Peter Gregg

President and CEO, Nova Scotia Power

Peter Gregg

Peter is a seasoned leader in the electricity sector, having been president and CEO of Enersource, and COO at Hydro One Networks, overseeing effective power distribution across Ontario.

Rod Lever

Rod Lever

Team Leader, International and Financing Policy, Clean Growth Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Government of Canada

Rod Lever

Rod is an expert in emerging markets, trade and energy-sector development, bringing a deep skillset in both the public and private sectors. He has held senior positions at CowaterSogema and Export Development Canada.

Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Board Member, IESO

Steve Baker

A Certified Professional Accountant and executive, Steve has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, always applying sound strategy through the lens of strong financial acumen and governance.

Tabatha Bull

Tabatha Bull

President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Tabatha Bull

Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation, Tabatha helps strengthen both the Indigenous economy and the Canadian market. She is also an electrical engineer and member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce board.

Yung Wu

Yung Wu

Chief Executive Officer, MaRS Discovery District

Yung Wu

Yung is a pioneering entrepreneur, serial investor and experienced corporate director. He has a proven track record of founding, scaling and backing several breakthrough scale-stage companies spanning digital automation, mobile analytics and big data, media and entertainment, enterprise software, financial services, and pharma. Before joining MaRS, Yung was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early-stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and for leading one of the country’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

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