March 16, 2012

Westporters Experience on Day 1 of GLOBE 2012

Last week, we mentioned that some Westport employees (Westporters) would be attending the GLOBE2012 conference from March 14-16.

Westporter Teresa Ko, a member of our Sustainable Futures team reflects on the opening day of the conference:

The common theme on day one of GLOBE 2012 has been collaboration and innovationChristy Clark, Premier, Province of BC spoke to the increasing opportunities in the green-tech sector, including employment, technology innovations, and exploration in renewable energy..  Clark’s Welcoming Remarks at the Opening Plenary of GLOBE 2012 mentioned that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and the Government of BC makes plan to invest in this natural resource. 

One of the keynote speakers at the Opening Plenary, Jim Weigand, President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions introduced DuPont’s sustainability initiative, Global Collaboratory.  Another keynote speaker, Steve Williams, President & COO of Suncor Energy Inc. provided examples on how the companies in the energy sector collaborate to innovate.

At the session “Sustained Growth and Sustainability: Re-engineering the Economic Model”, panellists were presented with some challenging questions from the audience on how businesses, academic institutions, finance leaders, policy-makers and regulators need to work together to take actionable solutions rather than passively proposing ideas.  

Overall the first day at Globe2012 was a huge success, with interesting sessions and a strong overarching theme of Collaboration and Innovation. Day two is looking to be equally thought provoking and inspiring.

Westporters Heather and Duran pose with the Juniper engine on the tradeshow floor.

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