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Welcome to the FEST

The FEST returns to Canada in April 2024 to bring together organizations and audiences from science, technology, industry, academia, arts and community around Swiss-Canadian cleantech innovation.

A dynamic event series to enhance existing business and science collaborations, and encourage future international collaborations through discussions, workshops, networking gatherings, film screenings, and exhibitions.

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The Consulate General of Switzerland is responsible for bi-lateral relations for science, technology, innovation, education and cultural exchange between Switzerland and Canada.

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INTRODUCTION

The 2nd Swiss Innovation FEST Vancouver will provide a platform for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders to explore the potential of Cleantech in creating a sustainable future for Canada and Switzerland.

A highly technologically industrialized country, Switzerland has leading clusters in Cleantech, with a special focus on AI, robotics, personalized health, blockchain, advanced manufacturing, and clean and efficient business solutions. Western Canada is also an important region for Cleantech development and innovation, with strengths in renewable energy, water and wastewater, energy storage and efficiency, hydrogen, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), smart grid, bioproducts, and e-mobility, with 7 British Columbia companies among the 2022 Global Cleantech 100. The Government of Canada announced its roadmap to reducing emissions by 2030 and its goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The event that focuses on Cleantech and highlights Swiss and Western Canadian innovations in this field is highly relevant to the Western Canadian audience today because of the urgent need to address the global climate crisis. Cleantech innovations have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change, and improve sustainability. Furthermore, as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, Cleantech is playing a significant role in driving economic growth and creating new job opportunities.

Large Audience

PROGRAM

SPRING 2024

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Panel Discussion

OPENING RECEPTION

SFU Harbour Centre

Tuesday April 2

5-7:30pm

Exhibition on environmental protection, followed by a discussion on the future of Cleantech with government and industry leaders.

EXHIBITION

SFU Harbour Centre

April 2-13

Public

Can Tech Save the World? explores inspiring Swiss Cleantech solutions that can help mitigate environmental challenges.

CLEAN CITIES PANEL

Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Thursday April 4

9:30am-1pm

Expert researchers discuss the city's role and potential to drive positive change in sustainable building, clean mobility, clean utilities, and more.

COMING SOON
Film show
Presentation
Studying

STARTUP PITCH

Virtual

April 9 & 11

Swiss cleantech startups will learn about the Canadian market, develop a pitch, and present their solutions for investors and the public.

STREAMING LIVE

FILM SCREENINGS

VIFF

Thursday April 11

Experience an exclusive screening by Swiss filmmakers depicting the essence of nature and reflecting on our connection with the elements.

COMING SOON

COLLABORATIONS

Partnering Organizations

Spring-Fall 2024

Industry, university, and government partners facilitate special projects, student internships, and virtual workshops across borders.

COMING SOON

Produced in partnership with

ISM Arts & Culture

Launching and supporting game-changing initiatives that pursue knowledge production, meaning, innovation and impact.

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FEST24 PARTNERS

Organizations we are excited to work with for FEST24

Could your organization play a part?

COORDINATORS

TAMARA SHTANOVA

Science & Technology Officer - Consulate General of Switzerland

 

SCOTT MALLORY, JR.

Founder, Director - ISM Arts & Culture

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