Panel Discussion on Emerging Climate Tech [Webinar]



On March 3rd, Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto hosted an informative panel event to discuss three emerging climate cleantech innovations that hold a promise to potentially saving our planet from the impending climate crisis: Hydrogen Power, Carbon Capture, and Energy Storage.

With many places around the globe beginning to suffer from the devastating impacts of climate change like wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, and biodiversity loss, it was incredibly valuable and timely to learn from our panel consisting of 3 sustainability leaders with diverse experience and expertise in these ground-breaking climate technologies.


Our three brilliant panelists were (bios below):


The webinar was moderated by our very own Mayur Mukati, Vice President at CEP Toronto, and Manager, Sustainable Finance Solutions at Sustainalytics.


For those who missed the live event, we're happy to be able to share the recording of the webinar with you below:


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A special thanks to our incredible event sponsor Green & Frugal! One of our favourite sustainable living shops in the city with the goal to make green living more accessible.



PANELIST BIOS:


Shivani Chotalia, Manager, Engineering and Community Partnerships, NRStor

Shivani is an engineer and finance-professional focused on the intersection of clean technologies and social impact. She works with NRStor Inc. to build own and operate first-of-a-kind energy storage projects, including Canada’s first commercial flywheel energy storage facility and the first fuel-free compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility in the world. Shivani helps to lead NRStor’s work with remote, off-grid Indigenous communities building partnerships and projects reducing dependence on diesel fuel while supporting local economic growth.


Shivani is a Board Member of Environmental Defence Canada and a co-founder of Bold Realities – a platform for dialogue regarding the role of corporate Canada in reconciliation. Previously, Shivani worked to develop biogas projects in Ontario and California and worked in finance as an investment banking analyst in Calgary.


Shivani holds a BESc. in Green Process Engineering from Western University and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She is a Venture for Canada Alumni – a fellowship program focussed on fueling the Canadian startup ecosystem.

For more information on Shivani and her work visit her LinkedIn profile here.



Ahsan Syed, Project Manager, Protium Green Solutions

Ahsan has been working in the environment and climate change space for the last 5 years, which has cultivated his experience across climate and energy policy, environmental compliance, corporate climate change strategy, and emissions quantification and reporting including life-cycle assessments.


Ahsan has worked with clients across the public and private sectors on industrial energy efficiency, carbon offset protocol development, GHG and climate change training for corporate teams, and circular economy integration into corporate practices. He started his career in Alberta, helping the oil and gas industry reduce its emissions, then moved to the UK to work on the circular economy, and is now working on hydrogen.


Ahsan combines strong commercial and technical skills and brings a holistic perspective to projects from across a range of climate change issues. He has an HBA degree from the Ivey Business School, a BSc in Environmental Sciences, and recently acquired an MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics as a Canadian Chevening scholar.

For more information on Ahsan and his work visit his LinkedIn profile here.


Anna Stukas, VP Business Development, Carbon Engineering

Anna Stukas is a Vice President of Business Development at Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is leading the commercialization of ground-breaking technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and a second technology that synthesizes it into clean, affordable transportation fuels.

Anna is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience bridging the gap between technology and business to overcome barriers to cleantech commercialization. Anna previously worked with Angstrom Power and BIC developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, where her responsibilities spanned IP and licensing strategy, product safety, and international regulatory development. She currently leads a variety of CE’s partnering and strategic business development efforts, and previously led CE initiatives ranging from strate