Charting a path forward: How sustainable technology shapes our future

15 Jan 2020
5:00pm - 8:00pm PST

Pollinate Network is proud to present our first event of 2020: Charting a path forward: How sustainable technology shapes our future. We are partnering with Open Ocean Robotics, Pani Energy and the Planning and Innovation Branch of the BC Ministry of Jobs to discuss sustainable technology enterprise, and uncover their insights into how sustainable technology can shape our future.

Our goal for this event is to ignite your interest in the topic and motivate action. A critical question we all face, if we choose, is how we can be involved and what role we can take in protecting our planet against the effects of climate change. We hope that some light will be shed on this question through the stories shared by our esteemed panelists.

The Municipality of Victoria has generously donated event space at city call on January 15th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Our panel discussion will begin at 6:00pm. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Hope to see you all there!


Devesh Bharadwaj, Pani Energy, CEO:

As an innovator at heart, Devesh has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship, engineering and innovation. He has been labelled as one of the top innovators on Vancouver Island, and referred to as the Future of British Columbia, Canada, by Presidents of all major Universities from BC, Vancouver Sun, and Douglas Business Magazine.

Pani Energy leverages advanced technologies like machine learning, process modelling, and cloud computing to optimizing water treatment infrastructure.

Julie Angus, Open Ocean Robotics, Co-Founder:

A scientist, adventurer, boat designer, and entrepreneur, Julie Angus cofounded Open Ocean Robotics to help protect our oceans and offer solutions to some of our greatest maritime challenges. Julie is the co-inventor of disruptive technology to better harness solar and wind energy by autonomous vessels, creating Open Ocean Robotics’ Force12 Xplorer and Solar Xplorer, which is the world’s only commercial solar-powered offshore autonomous boat and fastest energy-independent unmanned boat. Julie is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and in 2016 Canadian Geographic named her one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers. Prior to forming Open Ocean Robotics, Julie cofounded Angus Rowboats, a company providing robotically-cut kits for a variety of human-powered craft and sailboats, and worked in venture capital, technology transfer and business development. Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University and her Masters of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria. She is a recipient of the McMaster University Young Alumni Award, University of Victoria’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Fellow of Canadian Geographic.

Matthew Woods, Cleantech Manager, Planning and Innovation Branch of the BC Ministry of Jobs:

Matthew Woods is a cleantech, climate change, sustainability and environmental professional. He works as Manager, Cleantech in the Planning and Innovation Branch of the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology in Victoria, where he has been full-time since October 2019. In this role, Matt supports technology and economic policy and program development and implementation under the Province’s CleanBC plan, including new cleantech cluster initiatives. Matt also has a background as an entrepreneur, having co-founded and directed a number of companies in Kenya and Mozambique from 2009-2019 and where he is still involved. These include a cleantech and climate change consulting and advisory firm with 120+ projects in 20+ countries for clients such as the World Bank, the European Commission, GE Energy, Bombardier and Mosaic and a waste management business with 80 employees in three cities that owns and operates municipal waste material transfer and recovery facilities. Previously from 2003-2009 Matt was based at UN Environment in Kenya working on a 90-member, 30-country global partnership for biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management in Africa and SE Asia. In the past, Matt has also worked and volunteered in BC, the Yukon and Quebec with employers such as Statistics Canada, the CRD and NGOs. Matt returned to Victoria in 2017 with his family. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, sustainable food systems and green investing.

Contact: Olivia Scholes, Head of Marketing,

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15 Jan 2020
5:00pm - 8:00pm PST

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