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CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting | 10th Anniversary Celebration

CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting
November 8 (11:00 - 6:15)
Seattle Sheraton
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

CleanTech Alliance turns 10 in 2017! Thank you for helping us celebrate at the CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting on Nov. 8 in Seattle.


Local business leaders formed the CleanTech Alliance in 2007 to accelerate the region's cleantech economy. Ten years later, membership includes 300 organizations spanning five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.         

  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Eckhardt, Chasm Institute Managing Director & Senior Consultant
  • Keynote Speaker: Glen Hiemstra, Founder & CEO
  • Four Featured Town Hall Sessions Exploring the Future of CleanTech
  • Multiple CleanTech Achievement Awards (Organization and Individual)
  • All-New CleanTech Vision Awards (Organization and Individual) 

Featured & Keynote Speakers

Keynote: Innovation & Crossing the CleanTech Chasm
Michael Eckhardt; Chasm Institute Managing Director & Senior Consultant


Michael Eckhardt is a Managing Director and Senior Workshop Leader at Chasm Institute where he provides practical working sessions and predictive tools to help technology companies achieve growth in their most challenging markets. He is a renowned expert in target market success, predicting customer reaction to new technologies, and driving profitable R&D innovation.


Keynote: The Next 10 
Glen Hiemstra; Founder & CEO


Before the Internet was even a public network Glen Hiemstra, Futurist, studied how it would change human and organizational communication. In the mid-1980`s he was describing the coming economic growth of the Pacific Rim countries. He told audiences about global warming and climate 1987. He previewed 1989, and described genomic science and biotechnology even earlier. By 2001 Glen described the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century. Glen had the foresight to register and become Founder and CEO of the site that is now visited by people from 120 nations each month.


Featured Speaker: Brandon Lee
Consul General of Canada

Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in 2015 with accreditation for northern California and Hawaii. He joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004. From 2007 to 2011, he oversaw reform activities to strengthen Canada’s international presence and became DFATD’s first Director of Innovation. From 2012 to 2014, Lee held senior positions at the World Trade Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (both in Geneva), spearheading major organizational and international reform initiatives. Previously, he worked in the private sector as a pioneer in online banking in North America and with large-scale telecommunications and IT management consulting firms.

The CleanTech Achievement Award Returns
CleanTech Alliance will present five awards to member organizations and individuals. Winners will be announced at the CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration on November 8 in Seattle.
CleanTech Achievement Organization Award
Presented to an organization for making significant contributions to the cleantech industry sector. Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, the three finalists include:
  A&R Solar is delivering on the promise for clean energy jobs across the Northwest region by installing more than 1,200 residential solar energy systems across Washington State and Oregon. The company is also a driving force behind the Solar Installers of Washington, the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Oregon Chapter and the CleanTech Alliance.
  EnerG2 has begun a global cleantech revolution by creating a novel carbon additive that dramatically improves the cycle life of lead-acid batteries in partial-state-of-charge applications. The result dramatically improves renewable energy and energy storage performance while reducing costs.
  University of Washington supports the region’s cleantech talent pipeline, R&D base, infrastructure and connectivity to the world through its Environmental Innovation Challenge, Clean Energy Institute and ability to attract federal R&D funding for technology commercialization.
CleanTech Achievement Individual Award
Presented to an individual for making significant contributions to the cleantech industry sector. Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, the three finalists include:
  David Allen is responsible for McKinstry becoming a national leader in integrated facility services delivery and engineered solutions in the clean technology sector. Beyond McKinstry, his leadership and support as founding board chair helped establish the CleanTech Alliance and many other economic development and trade organizations.
  Dave Curry has been a leader in the region's cleantech sector for years. His entrepreneurial efforts have created jobs and brought focus, capital and growth to the region. Curry’s founding of Demand Energy in 2008 was one of the first energy storage companies in the region and the broader energy storage industry as a whole. The company was purchased recently by Enel and is now expanding rapidly throughout the region.
  Tony Usibelli is a driving force behind planning and executing the Clean Energy Fund within the Washington State Department of Commerce. Prior to joining Commerce, Usibelli led energy efforts within Washington State University, the Washington State Energy Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His thoughtful demeanor has generated tremendous influence in driving energy policy and developing the state’s cleantech sector.
CleanTech Vision Organization Award
Presented to an organization that champions innovation that will forever change clean technology in our region, country and world. Sponsored by Seattle City Light, the three finalists include:
    Impact Bioenergy’s distributed bioenergy solutions generate energy from adjacent organic waste streams. The company’s prefabricated bioenergy units allow organizations and communities to practice onsite bioenergy food waste diversion, thus substantially reducing costs and generating a faster ROI than wind or solar.
  Omnidian protects and accelerates capital invested in the residential solar industry through proprietary technology that provides continuous monitoring for residential solar systems and large-scale residential portfolios. The company offers the industry’s only end-to-end performance guarantee, including service alerts and field service for the life of the system. 
  Washington Clean Energy Testbeds provide an open access center for accelerating clean energy adoption by providing R&D resources to scale innovations into impactful products. The facility includes world-class technology validation, manufacturing and prototyping equipment supported by fulltime scientific and engineering staff.
CleanTech Vision Individual Award
Presented to an individual that champions innovation that will forever change clean technology in our region, country and world. Sponsored by Seattle City Light, the three finalists include:
  Reeves Clippard co-founded A&R Solar to become a thriving business that treats customers and employees right. As CEO, he oversees a growing staff of almost 60 while giving back to the cleantech industry at large. He actively champions solar jobs creation and legislation and works with electrical utilities to help grow the amount of energy sourced from renewables.
  Virginia Emery is single handedly building an insect-as-protein industry in the Northwest region. Through Beta Hatch, she commercialized insects as high protein animal food and soil products that are efficient enough to change the way our food system grows animals. Insects are one of the greatest untapped resources for building more clean and robust food systems.
  Jimmy Jia of Distributed Energy Management is an entrepreneur, innovator and author who enjoys solving large systems problems. He developed and proposed the Chief Utility Officer role via the Harvard Business Review to improve organizational competitive advantages by consolidating the utility line-item across operational and capital budgets.
Chairman's Award
A special 10th Anniversary Award presented to a CleanTech Alliance member organization or individual selected by a committee of CleanTech Alliance board chairs from 2007 to 2017. Sponsored by Boeing, the winner ill be announced on November 8.

Four Featured Town Hall Sessions
Engage cleantech industry leaders and researchers from across the region as they explore "The Next 10" spanning:
  • The Future of Energy
  • The Future of Cities
  • The Future of Transportation
  • The Future of Water

 Chairman's Award Sponsor
CleanTech Achievement Awards Sponsor
CleanTech Vision Awards Sponsor
Principal Sponsors & Partners

Supporting Sponsors & Partners
    Idaho National 

Community Partners

Tom Ranken
President & CEO
Sharon Schierle
Gabe Boeckman
Commercialization & Outreach
Alyssa Patrick

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