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):
Shivani Chotalia, Manager, Engineering and Community Partnerships at NRStor
Ahsan Syed, Project Manager at Protium Green Solutions
Anna Stukas, VP, Business Development at Carbon Engineering
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:
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.
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 strategic projects to government programs. Anna’s work has been recognized by the Minerva Foundation’s Women In™ Energy Award for Philanthropy and Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Award.
For more information on Anna and her work visit her LinkedIn profile here.
Mayur Mukati, Vice President at CEP Toronto, and Manager, Sustainable Finance Solutions at Sustainalytics
As a part of the world’s largest verifier of sustainable finance, Sustainalytics, Mayur has managed the verification services on green, social, and sustainable finance transactions conducted by financial and non-financial corporates, municipalities & public agencies, and non-profits. As of 2019, these multi-million/-billion-dollar deals have helped in accelerating the US$850+ billion sustainable finance market while supporting sustainable and impact-oriented projects in 12+ thematic areas, including those in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, sustainable forestry & agriculture, sustainable water management, climate adaptation as well as affordable housing, education & healthcare, and SME financing & microfinance. He is now primarily responsible for developing technical assessments and thought leadership for a wide range of green, social, and transition finance.
Mayur has academic and work experience in seven countries, spanning three continents, namely North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, he worked in multiple Fortune 500 firms in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and several Canadian government-funded clean technology and climate change research programs in non-profit NGOs. Mayur holds a B.E. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, and an MSc. in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto with a graduate exchange at Lund University in Sweden. He was recognized as one of the Top 10 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2016 by a B Corp (Nudge) in the Netherlands, and has successfully completed CFA Level 1 exam in 2019.
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