Current Steering Committee
Chair | Québec
President and CEO
Since 2009, Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec, representing the Québec cleantech cluster. He is also Chairman of CanadaCleantech, and Chairman of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).
During his 20 years in the natural resources sector, Mr. Leclerc held several senior management positions, namely Vice-President Sustainability and Environment for AbitibiBowater, a global forest products corporation. Mr. Leclerc has been involved of many projects and strategic decisions for companies with operations in Canada, the United-States, Europe and Asia. He has proven experience in issue management, public affairs, sustainable development and in relation with investors, socio-economic players, governments and media.
Highly involved in the community, Mr. Leclerc sits on the Board of Directors of Ecofuel, the Québec Cleantech Accelerator and of COOP Carbone; on the Executive Committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy; on the Community Advisory Board of Aéroports de Montréal, and on the Québec Advisory Committee of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change. In addition to being a Chartered Director, Mr. Leclerc holds an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Jeanette Jackson is an experienced CEO, entrepreneur and business strategist with broad-based experience in technology, business development, marketing and operations. Jeanette brings innovation, integrity and passion to all projects and is thrilled to bring her tenacious commitment to help Foresight achieve its next phase of growth milestones.
With local clean-tech company, Light-Based Technologies, Jeanette held the position of founding CEO. She successfully raised millions in investment funding, established partnerships to maximize revenue potential, led cross-functional teams to deliver real results, and created highly functional advisory teams and boards of directors. As President of The Brag Company, a combination of online and retail product distribution for smart travel products, Jeanette oversaw the complete restructuring of the business. This included growing local and international sales channels, engaging outsource partners to optimize operations, launching new product and services, and developing a comprehensive plan for the next stage of growth. Recently, she helped Canadian loyalty and reward platform, eTrove, scale their technology for mass adoption and ramp up sales throughout the US with a focused go-to-market strategy.
Over the last 4 years, Jeanette has supported more than 20 Foresight companies as an Executive In Residence in several markets including bio-energy, electric vehicles, smart buildings, water tech, robotics and wind. She is excited to bring the new vision of Foresight to life: advancing the adoption of Canadian transformative cleantech companies through programs that help them launch, scale and grow.
Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association (OCTIA)
Peter McArthur is a seasoned commercial/corporate banker with a diverse background and is a keen supporter of the cleantech sector in Canada.
He leads RBCs cleantech commercial banking practice in the GTA, is a subject matter expert within the Bank and is a speaker and advocate for the sector. Peter works with a wide variety of cleantech companies ranging from early stage commercializing businesses to small public companies.
With expertise in clean technology, trade finance, knowledge based industries, real estate and investments Peter brings a wealth of experience. Peter has worked at three leading financial institutions having held a variety of roles, from leading teams in an executive capacity, to customer relationship management roles, with a consistent focus on providing excellence in customer service and growing the business. Peter has been with Royal Bank of Canada’s Knowledge Based Industry Team since 2013 and also looks after a wide variety of ICT companies and Venture Capital Firms.
Peter is a graduate of the University of Toronto, has completed an Executive Program at Queens University and holds a Certificate in Carbon Finance. Peter was recognized as a cleantech leader by the Clean 50 in Canada, for 2019. Peter is Chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association and on the Board of the CanadaCleantech Alliance.
Jason Switzer joined Pembina in April 2011, after nearly a decade in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including environmental excellence advisor at Cenovus Eneergy Inc. and senior greenhouse gas engineer at Shell Canada Oil Sands. His areas of expertise are in business-ENGO partnering, environmental labels, management systems and certification/assurance, carbon management, reporting and strategy, offset design and deal-making, consensus building process design and facilitation, and conflict sensitive resource development. In his previous role at the Pembina Institute, he co-led the national consulting team, through which he managed multi-stakeholder processes for clients including Shell, TOTAL, Suncor, the shale gas sector and its stakeholders, and the Canadian Hydropower Association.
Jason holds master's degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams. He sits on advisory committees for the National Museums of Science and Technology and the Canadian Standards Association.
VP Development & Partnerships
Victoria Smaniotto has joined CanadaCleantech in September 2016. After five years in internationalization and branding in the cleantech ecosystem with positions at Ecotech Québec, the Québec Cleantech Cluster, and International Cleantech Network, the alliance of leading cleantech clusters around the world. Her experience is in establishing international relations for the cleantech ecosystem, leading cross-sectorial projects and creating business opportunities for innovative companies. She also has experience working with cleantech SMEs with positions at Carnot Réfrigération (in Québec) and Late! (in Chile), where she supported the creation of marketing, business development and CSR strategies.
Victoria graduated from HEC Montreal with honors in International Business and Marketing with a specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility. She also successfully completed the UN Summer Academy in 2018 in Bonn. She sits on the Training taskforce of the Québec Green Building Council.