Breakfast Series

The 2019-2020 CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series sponsored by Perkins Coie presents notable cleantech executive speakers for a monthly conversation followed by networking with 100 cleantech industry leaders from across the region. A different speaker and topic is presented on the second Wednesday of each month (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) from September through May (except November, which is reserved for the Energy Leadership Summit). 

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Virtual attendance options are available through a live webinar feed. For the 2019-2020 Series there will be virtual group viewing opportunities in Boise, ID, and Everett, WA, with more locations to be announced. Click here for information on attending these events. Please contact Rachelle Ames for more information or if you are interested in viewing the livestream from your personal device.

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Biofuels and the Agricultural Supply Chain | December 11, 2019

Mike Wolcott

Featuring Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor and LP Distinguished Professor in Washington State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Wolcott is a member of the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering faculty and a researcher in the Composite Materials and Engineering Center. Dr. Wolcott is an international leader in the field of bio-renewable materials and fuels.  Dr. Wolcott earned his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1989, his M.S. in Forestry and his B.S. in Wood Science from the University of Maine at Orono.

Radical Changes in Store for Washington Carbon Policy | January 8, 2020

Reuven Carlyle, Washington State Senate
Reuven Carlyle, Washington State Senate

Featuring Senator Reuven Carlyle represents Washington State Senate’s 36th Legislative District (Northwest Seattle neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Belltown, Ballard, Queen Anne, Greenwood and Magnolia). This district is home to the iconic Space Needle as well as the global headquarters of Amazon, Expedia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH and other organizations. Reuven served in the state House of Representatives from 2009 to 2016 before being elected to the Senate.

Reuven chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. He also serves on Senate Ways & Means and Rules Committees. As committee chair, Carlyle has been lead sponsor of sweeping carbon pricing and energy investment legislation. Earlier, he was named by Governing Magazine as “one of 12 legislators to watch” and as one of the nation’s most “tech savvy” legislators by GovTech. He has been a leading voice in the Legislature for meaningful tax transparency and accountability, responsible gun safety laws, higher education, foster youth, environmental and energy strategies and more.

Changing Trends in Energy Storage | February 12, 2020

Jud Virden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Featuring Jud Virden, Associate Lab Director for Energy & the Environment,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

Dr. Virden is Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He leads a team of 1,000 staff in delivering science and technology solutions for energy and environmental challenges. These challenges include increasing our nation’s energy capacity; reducing dependence on imported oil; and detecting, mitigating and preventing the environmental impacts of legacy waste and energy generation and use. In fiscal year 2013, EED’s research sales to government and industry clients totaled $235 million.

Fighting Cancer with Energy Efficiency | March 11, 2020

Bob Cowan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bob Cowan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Featuring Bob Cowan, Director of Facilities for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is responsible for day to day Operations, Maintenance and Repair of the beautiful, highly complex, world class, 1.6 million square foot, Fred Hutchinson Campus.   The 15 building Campus, located in Sunny Seattle WA, is dedicated to both Cancer Research and Treatment, has over 4,000 staff and boast of 3 Nobel Prize winners amongst the staff.

 Bob’s been at the “Hutch” over 20 years and during that time has overseen an expansion program of more than a million square feet, helped the Center win over 20  Energy Awards at both local and national level, weathered more inspections than you can count  JCAHO, DOH, FDA, AAALAC, CAP, etc.. And even found time to take a 6 month sabbatical where he took his family on an around the World Adventure covering over 40,000 miles.

Maritime Blue:  Accelerating Innovation and Sustainability Panel | April 8, 2020

As the Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead for the State of Washington, Joshua works as the liaison between maritime industry stakeholders, the Governor’s office, legislature and state agencies. As Sector Lead he focuses on economic development, building public/private partnerships, and ensuring a 21st century workforce.  In his role, Joshua lead the development of Washington State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy for a sustainable, decarbonized maritime industry alongside the development of a Maritime Innovation Center. He founded Washington Maritime Blue, an independent cluster organization to implement the plan and serves as the Board Chair.  Previously, Joshua served as Director of the Washington Maritime Federation and brings extensive maritime industry experience to his position. Joshua is also a professional Merchant Mariner having worked in the towing industry and spent six years as captain of the historic schooner Adventuress.

  • Allan Grant,  Executive Vice President, Lavle.

Allan is an experienced clean energy executive, with over 30 years’ experience with BC Hydro in Vancouver Canada, in a variety of roles from Resource Planner to the Manager of the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Program.  He has over 8 years’ experience with Corvus Energy as VP Business Development and VP Global Customer Service.  At LAVLE he holds the position of Executive Vice President.

  • Olivier Cadet, President, Kongsberg Maritime Inc.

    Olivier Cadet is SVP Global Operations located in Houston, and responsible for Kongsberg Maritime activities in the Americas region.  Prior to assuming his role in July 2018, Olivier was Executive Vice President of Products & Services, based in Norway.  In this role, Olivier was responsible for the teams managing Kongsberg Maritime’s products portfolio aligned with market demands and future trends, such as autonomous operations and digital performance.  Olivier was responsible for Kongsberg Maritime’s strategic initiative around Information Management System and Smart Data.

  • Cosmo King, CEO at ioCurrents.
    Cosmo King is the CEO and co-founder of Seattle based ioCurrents, the leading real-time predictive analytics platform for the maritime industry. With more than 20 years’ experience in the tech industry, King has worked at various tech companies, honing his expertise on system automation for storage and cloud products.  Before launching ioCurrents, King was part of the original engineering team at Isilon Systems as they grew from startup to a global storage industry leader acquired by EMC. King is an industry expert in cloud computing, distributed systems, data storage, and security. Having grown up on the Chesapeake Bay and now calling the Pacific Northwest home, King was inspired to start ioCurrents after working with geospatial IoT and sensor data and seeing the benefits that edge analysis technology could provide to the maritime industry.

The Financing Arc: from Founders to Funders | May 13, 2020

Moderator: TBD

Zachery Gray, VP, Business Development, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies

Brad Hunter, VP, Senior Business Lender, Craft3

Bob Wallach, Corporate Advisor & E8 Angel Investor

Ag-tech company Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies (AST) manufactures and wholesales microbial inoculates for agricultural crops that were discovered and patent by an AST scientist. Their first product line is sold under various private labels and can increase the ability of crop plants to tolerate drought, salinity, and temperature stress. In this breakfast series discussion, hear directly from AST about the financing arc they followed – from founders to funders. Included in the discussion? The funders themselves – to provide their own perspective on why a partnership made sense and shed light on early-stage funding strategies for growth-focused cleantech companies. AST will be joined by one of their angel investors that was involved early in the company’s creation, plus debt financing partner Craft3 – which has provided funding to help AST scale over the past two years.

Past Breakfast Series Speakers

Waste Management |  September 11, 2019

Yesterday’s Unimaginable Innovations | October 9, 2019

  • Featured President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Indian Nation Pacific Northwest Tribes and green innovations.