Miscellaneous Resources and Helpful Links

Date of Publication: November 29, 2021

Guide to Small Business Grants in Nova Scotia
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Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas

On January 18, 2022, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), in collaboration with Canada Cleantech Alliance, is launching the “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” program.

The program is designed to help companies in Canada’s oil and gas sector as well as Canada’s cleantech innovators (TRL 2-5) develop the knowledge, tools and skills required to design, purchase and implement cleantech innovations that will help reduce the oil & gas sector’s environmental impact. “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” will include a competitive cleantech venture selection process, a mentorship program and tailored training for the selected ventures (“Innovation in oil & gas” and a pitch training).


Key Dates & Program MIlestones (virtual program)

1.     The program kick-off will take place on January 18, 11 AM - 12:30 PM MT (1 PM - 2:30 PM EST) with the “Cleantech Opportunities in Oil & Gas” webinar co-hosted by CRIN and CanadaCleantech Alliance. Register here.

2.     The webinar is followed by “The Cleantech Start-up Cycle” webinar on January 20 11 AM - 12 PM MT (1 PM - 2 PM EST). Register here

3.     January/February 2022: Application period for cleantech companies (TRL 2-5) with solutions in one or more of CRIN’s seven Technology Theme Areas

4.     March 2022: Innovation in oil & gas training for selected ventures

5.     April 2022: Pitch Training

6.     April 2022: Pitch Session

7.     April 2022: Mentorship Program launch


Target Audience

●      Cleantech Companies that have solutions for or are interested in learning about opportunities in the oil & gas sector

●      Cleantech ecosystem multipliers, e.g. representatives from accelerators, government agencies, etc.

●      Oil & Gas Producers / Companies from other sectors that are interested in cleantech


Stay tuned for further details.

Questions? Please contact :

Maike Althaus, Executive Director, Canada Cleantech Alliance, maike@canadaclean.tech, +1 (647) 984 0618

Janice Harvey, Membership Engagement, Outreach & Communications Coordinator, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) I Réseau d’innovation pour les ressources propres (RIRP),  jharvie@cleanresourceinnovation.com, +1.403.640.9431


About the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a pan-Canadian network focused on ensuring Canada’s energy resources can be sustainably developed and integrated into the global energy supply. By identifying industry challenges, we create a market pull to accelerate commercialization and wide spread clean technology adoption by bringing together industries, entrepreneurs, investors, academia, governments and many others.


About CanadaCleantech Alliance

As a Canadian non-profit organization, Canada Cleantech leverages provincial and territorial strengths and expertise to be the reference for the cleantech sector nationwide. Its network extends to 20+ cleantech industry associations and accelerators representing over 2,000 cleantech manufacturers, innovators, investors, industry adopters and researchers across the country.




Canadian Technology Accelerator - Scale your digital energy solutions company in the United Kingdom
Are you looking for opportunities to scale up your leading-edge digital energy company? The United Kingdom (UK) has ambitious goals to cut emissions and increase renewable energy, including the decarbonisation of its electricity system by 2035. This will provide opportunities for Canadian tech companies offering digital solutions in clean energy management and distribution. Through the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA), a global business-development program, you can gain the knowledge and connections you need to enter this growing market.

Upon acceptance, your business will benefit from:

› exclusive business-to-business pitch sessions in the UK utility sector with key suppliers and other industry players
› pitches to investors and utility and tech corporations in the UK’s energy sector
› targeted investor and business development meetings
› mentorship from industry experts before and during the CTA program
› in-depth market briefings and workshops on business culture, regulations and innovation management
› the possibility of showcasing your technology during the Cleantech Forum Europe in Edinburgh on March 30-31, 2022 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)


We are looking for Canadian innovators who have:
› revenue-generating businesses with existing market traction in North America or elsewhere
› innovative, fully built and validated technology
› a passionate, strong and committed management team with at least one senior manager who can commit to participating in the full CTA program
› a UK market-entry strategy with an appropriate company culture for the local market
› sufficient resources to target and achieve growth in the market

We use a broad definition of “digital energy solutions” and are interested in working with a wide range of technology companies providing solutions in:
› renewable energy grid integration
› demand side management including electric vehicle charging infrastructure and energy storage management
› grid operation and surveillance
› transmission and distribution level of power grids
› optimization of energy consumption/digital efficiency tools

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) supports diversity, equity and inclusion in trade. We strongly encourage companies led by Canadians of all backgrounds and orientations to apply.

This three-month program will run virtually for 3 to 4 hours a week, from the beginning of March to the end of May 2022. If travel restrictions ease, there is the possibility of an optional, 1 to 2 week in-person market visit to supplement the virtual program. Selected companies will participate in both one-on-one and group sessions, including:
› market insight webinars and workshops
› mentorship sessions, both one-on-one and with other participants
› targeted business-to-business (B2B) meetings with decision makers and experts in the private sector and government
› tailored business development support sessions, as well as workshops on refining your market entry strategy
› at least one networking session with other companies, investors, executives and decision makers
› programming in and/or on the margins of the Cleantech Forum Europe in March 2022

Application deadline

January 21, 2022, at 11:59 pm PT

Program dates
March 1 to May 21, 2022

Time commitment
3 to 4 hours per week

Apply Now!

Cael Husband
Trade Commissioner
Canadian Technology Accelerator, London
Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service

The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) is a global business development program implemented by the Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service. Since 2013, the CTA has supported the international scaling-up of high-growth, high-potential Canadian firms in the sectors of cleantech, life sciences and information and communications technology (ICT)/digital industries.

Email: cta-atc@international.gc.ca
Twitter: @CTA_TCS
LinkedIn: company/canadiantechnologyaccelerators/




Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Invites Written Comments on Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
On January 29, 2021, a 30-day commenting period commenced on the Scoping Document for the Middle and Eastern Scotian Slope and Sable Island Bank Areas Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA).

We are now inviting Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public to provide comments on the draft SEA through our online form. The commenting period is open from November 16th to December 17th, 2021. The written comments are typically shared publicly on our SEA Registry. These comments will be reviewed, and, where appropriate, incorporated in the final SEA, which will be posted on our website.

An SEA is a broad-scale study used to identify potential environmental effects that may be associated with potential future oil and gas exploration activity for a particular portion of the offshore area. SEAs are also used to identify the associated mitigation measures that may need to be considered to avoid or minimize these potential effects.

SEAs are developed to help us, operators, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public learn more about environmental considerations for a specific offshore area. We use SEAs to identify environmental sensitivities and mitigation measures that should be considered to protect the environment before project-specific activities are proposed.

Conducting an SEA does not mean that activity will take place in the area. Should an activity be proposed in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area, operators must submit a suite of documents, including a project-specific Environmental Assessment, or Impact Assessment, that must demonstrate that the proposed work can be done without significant adverse environmental impacts.

We invite Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public to submit written comments on the Draft Middle and Eastern Scotian Slope and Sable Island Bank Areas SEA. Please submit your comments through our online form by 4 p.m. on Friday December 17th, 2021.

The final SEA will be posted on our website.

About the Board

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is the independent joint agency of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia and is responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities and resources in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area.




1-800-9LABOUR: Workplace and technical safety information services
Call 1-800-9LABOUR if you see something unsafe or have questions about safety at work or in a public place in relation to technical equipment. The line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1-800-9LABOUR is an information line you can call to get safety information or to report a safety concern you see at work. You can also report safety concerns you see in public if they relate to technical equipment (like elevators and lifts, fuel equipment and cranes).

We’ll prioritize calls based on how serious and urgent the subject is. Calls that involve imminent danger or serious incidents will be given high priority.

If you’re calling about a workplace, you should follow the workplace’s internal safety protocols. This could mean talking to your supervisor or safety committee.

When you should call

You can call to request services, ask for information or report workplace health and safety issues or public space issues in relation to technical equipment. Examples of when to call include when:

  • you or a co-worker is at risk of being hurt on the job, or has been hurt
  • you’re reporting an injury on a piece of technical equipment in a public space (like an elevator, lift or amusement ride)
  • you have questions about a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, or need help starting one
  • you have concerns about COVID-19 in the workplace
  • you have questions about safety or training in the workplace
  • you have questions about licences, certificates or permits for technical equipment (including elevators, lifts and amusements, fuel safety, boiler and pressure vessel, power engineering and crane operators)
  • you have questions about occupational health and safety, technical safety or the relevant acts and regulations

All calls are confidential. If you’re reporting an incident or concern, it’s helpful if you provide as much information as possible, including the 4 W’s: who was involved, what happened, when did it happen and where?


Safety Branch

Toll-free: 1-800-9LABOUR (1-800-952-2687)

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

email: LAESafetyBranch@novascotia.ca




Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program
Our highest priority is the safety and security of the traveling public.

The Air Cargo Security program helps keep cargo secure at every stage of its journey.

Businesses that participate in the program are held to the highest standards in aviation security.

If your business is involved in screening, storing or transporting secure air cargo, you can apply to the program. To be a part of the program, your business will need to:

  • complete an application
  • be approved
  • once accepted, meet ongoing inspection requirements

There is no fee to join the program.

Contact us

Transport Canada
Air Cargo Security
Mailstop: ABAB
330 Sparks St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N5

Telephone: 1-866-375-7342

E-mail: aircargo-fretaerien@tc.gc.ca

Related services and information

Transport Canada is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. In response, we have issued some transportation-related measures and guidance. Please check if any of these measures apply to you.

You may experience longer than usual wait times or partial service interruptions. If you cannot get through, please contact us by email.

For information on COVID-19 updates, please visit Canada.ca/coronavirus.




MEA Preferred Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, Super 8 Amherst, and the new Tru by Hilton in Yarmouth
Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, Super 8 Amherst, or the new Tru by Hilton in Yarmouth and enjoy complimentary breakfast, free parking, and free Wi-Fi. Guest have access to the pool at each hotel!

Hampton Inn & Suites Truro rates:
Standard Guest Rooms
$119 +tax Low season (Jan-June/Sept-Dec) Single/Double Occupancy.
$129 +tax High season (July-Aug) Single/Double Occupancy.

These rates are offered on a net, non-commissionable basis and do not include taxes. Additional people and upgrades will have a charge.

This preferred rate is non-LRA (Last Room Availability) meaning that due to availability, at times, the rate may not be offered to your travelers.

Hotel contact: 902-843-4343

Super 8 Amherst corporate rates: 
Standard Room - January 1st to May 31st - 8% off BAR
Standard Room - June 1st to September 30th - 10% off BAR
Standard Room - October 1st to Dec 31st - 8% off BAR

Junior Suites are an additional $15 added to the standard rate quoted above. A Jacuzzi Suite is $40 added to the standard rate quoted above.

Meeting Space Available: $80.00 Half Day / $125.00 Full Day
(Please contact hotel in advance for availability, AV, and catering options.)

Rates are net non-commissionable and exclusive of tax.

Rates are based on single or Double occupancy and ‘Last room availability” (LRA) except otherwise noted above (NLRA).

A $10.00 surcharge will be added per additional person.

Rate can only be booked directly with the hotel by calling 902-660-8888 or emailing reservations@super8amherst.com.

Tru by Hilton, Yarmouth Nova Scotia corporate rates: 
Standard – Single/double - Jan 1st – June 14th - $119.00
Standard – Single/double - June 15th – Sept 14th - $139.00
Standard – Single/double - Sept 15th – Dec 31st - $119.00

These rates are offered on a net, non-commissionable basis and do not include taxes. This preferred rate is non-LRA (Last Room Availability) meaning that due to availability, at times, the rate may not be offered to your travelers.

Hotel contact: 902-881-8787




Northern REACHE Program
During the coronavirus outbreak, some communities may not be in a position to submit a proposal to access funding.

  • We continue to accept project proposals for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
  • If you are a current recipient whose project has been affected by the outbreak, we can help

Contact us at aadnc.northernreache.aandc@canada.ca for more information.

About the program

The Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program, also called the Northern REACHE program, funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in:

  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Nunavik
  • Nunatsiavut

The program objective is to reduce Northern communities' reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. This will result in environmental, social and economic benefits to support developing healthier, more sustainable Northern communities.

Eligible projects will focus on proven technologies such as:

  • solar
  • wind
  • energy storage
  • hydro
  • biomass heating
  • residual heat recovery
  • LED lighting

Priority is given to projects that:

  • have a higher likelihood of being built and becoming operational
  • include strong Indigenous or community leadership, engagement, or partnerships

The program works closely with regional stakeholders to identify, prioritize and fund projects.

Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:

  • $10.7 million over two years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2018-2019:

  • $53.5 million over ten years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Who can apply?

  • First Nation and Inuit communities
  • First Nation and Inuit development corporations
  • municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations
  • territorial governments and their organizations
  • regional governments
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • modern land claim organizations
  • First Nation self-government


There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

How to apply?

Consult the guide for applicants, then contact the program by email at aadnc.northernreache.aandc@canada.ca or by phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604.

Previously selected projects

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Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program
Action on the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) provides up to $964 million over four years for smart renewable energy and grid modernization projects. This program will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the replacement of fossil-fuel generated electricity with renewables that can provide essential grid services while supporting Canada’s equitable transition to an electrified economy.

What does this Program offer?

SREPs will provide direct financial support to eligible renewable energy and grid modernization projects during the construction phase. Projects must use market ready technologies and apply workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion components.

What projects are eligible?

SREPs can support projects under the following streams:

  • Established Renewables (examples: solar photovoltaic, onshore wind, small hydro)
  • Emerging Technologies (examples: geothermal, energy storage)
  • Grid Modernization (examples: micro-grids, virtual power plants, and hardware/software to enable grid services).

A portion of SREPs funding will be reserved for Indigenous-led projects, which may qualify for higher levels of project support.

Download the Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.02 MB)

Register your project (PDF, 214 kb)

Steps to apply for the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

Proponents can download a Project Registration Form (PDF, 214 kb) and submit it via email to nrcan.sreps-erite.rncan@canada.ca. The Program will continuously accept project registrations and applications until SREPs funds are fully committed. Following submission of a Registration Form (PDF, 214 kb), program staff will send eligible projects a Project Application Form. Following program review of the completed Project Application Form, a funding decision will be sent to the Applicant.

Some projects applying for SREPs may be part of an established federal-provincial/territorial dialogue that covers multiple priorities and projects. SREPs reserves the right to make funding decisions on these projects as a part of those dialogues. These projects must still meet all requirements described in the Applicant Guide and Project Application Form.

At a later date, the Program may also launch a request for proposals for a Capacity Building stream to support equity, diversity and inclusivity actions, Indigenous engagement, and other similar activities related to potential projects.

Please click here to learn more.




Climate Ventures: Earth Tech and Accelerate from Anywhere
Earth Tech

Earth Tech is a six-month accelerator for those working on climate or water technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada.

Canadian cleantech has a critical role to play in tackling the climate crisis, and ventures from coast to coast are working harder than ever to ensure a flourishing future for people and the planet.

Earth Tech helps startups and nonprofit social enterprises validate their solutions and business models, advance their technologies, raise funding, and create meaningful impact. Running each year from 2020–2022, Earth Tech will support up to 55 enterprises advancing climate and water solutions.

Apply Now

We’re recruiting for Earth Tech 2022! Apply by November 7 for our 2022 Cohort.

“Being part of Earth Tech has been a remarkable experience. I have learned so much about the skills needed to make change-making ventures a reality.”
- Kat Kavanagh, Water Rangers

Earth Tech is led by the Centre for Social Innovation, with education and coaching provided by the CSI Institute. It’s made possible through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Bullfrog Power, and Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB). Earth Tech is also an SDTC-Seed Fund approved accelerator.

Earth Tech is a part of Accelerate from Anywhere, an initiative that supports emerging entrepreneurs driven by impact, with programs at every stage, and from anywhere in Canada.


During our climate programs, participating early-stage ventures have earned and raised nearly $35.5 million while supporting 443 full-time jobs.

We offer our ventures extensive, tailored supports, including: 

    Bi-weekly one-to-one time with top, seasoned Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for outcomes-based coaching, and office hours with dozens of expert advisors

    Quality, customized workshops on topics like financial modelling, pitching, and impact measurement; invites to lunch & learns, panels, talks, and more!

    Access to our network of networks, and connections to funding & other business opportunities; increased profile through our marketing and investor pitch events.

    Regular cohort workshops and events for peer-to-peer support and learning with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators from across Canada.

Earth Tech is for early-stage Canadian startups and nonprofit social enterprises developing technologies that addresses a range of climate change or water outcomes. The program caters to pre-Series A, Validation or Efficiency-stage ventures with Technology Readiness level 3 or higher. Contact us if you have questions about Earth Tech ventures or your eligibility.

Please click here for more information.




Accelerate from Anywhere

Wherever you are in Canada, we have accelerators to help you at every stage of your enterprise, from ideation through to commercialization.

Accelerate from Anywhere (AfA) is for those tackling climate and water challenges through the power of entrepreneurship. Access mentors, advisors, training and networks with AfA.

We will match you to the program that’s right for you, whether you’re just beginning your journey or you’re already hard at work validating your solution, proving your business model, acquiring customers or raising capital.

With multiple cohorts running from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022, discover our programs below and apply!

Apply Now

Apply to all programs through one application form, and our team will then match you to the program that’s best for you.

“The accelerator has been a remarkable experience. I have learned so much about the skills needed to make change-making ventures a reality.”
- Kat Kavanagh, Water Rangers, Earth Tech 2020


Our broader climate solutions stream is for anyone pursuing solutions that address climate challenges but who are not primarily engaged in developing new technologies (e.g. natural or cultural solutions that may be leveraging existing technologies, such as reducing food waste, encouraging people to adopt plant-rich diets, supporting community gardens, building green roofs, or converting conventional farming to regenerative farming).

Our cleantech stream is for anyone developing new, scalable technologies that address climate and water challenges (e.g. clean energy and storage, electric transportation, bioplastics, alternative cement or refrigerants, carbon capture, circular materials, digital analytics and AI, or ocean tech).

Please click here for more information.




Offshore Cleantech Information Series
In this series of 16 presentations, you will learn about the applications of clean technologies in the blue economy, where in the world leading edge innovation is taking place, and about Atlantic Canadian firms that are taking their products and services globally.

Please click here to access the webinar series for free!

Conversations around concepts like sustainable development, energy transition, net zero, decarbonization, etc. are intensifying globally at a rapid rate. Atlantic Canada’s oceans industries – which are vitally important to the region’s economy – operate in international markets and as such need to be prepared to thrive in a world where investments and decisions are increasingly being made based on environmental performance indicators.

What does this mean for Atlantic Canada’s blue economy? What are the challenges that we face in ensuring that we remain competitive into the long term? What are the local opportunities for the development and application of clean technologies? Where in the world is the leading research, development, and innovation taking place? What businesses based in Atlantic Canada are already on the forefront and exporting their products and services worldwide?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) , the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Industries Association (Noia) , Marine Renewables Canada, and the Maritimes Energy Association bring to you a series of 16 presentations that explore these questions and focus in on areas of particular interest for the region. The following topics are covered in over 10 hours of content presented by subject matter experts from Atlantic Canada:

Module 1

Cleantech in offshore industries – what it means, latest trends, and opportunities

With conversations around concepts like decarbonization, energy transition, net zero, etc. intensifying on a global scale, what does this mean for Atlantic Canada’s blue economy? NEIA’s Executive Director Kieran Hanley explores the challenges and opportunities industry will face and sets the stage for the rest of the information series presentations.

Module 2

Net zero, emissions reduction challenges in offshore industries, and emerging solutions

The reduction of greenhouse gasses within Atlantic Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry presents significant challenges but interesting economic growth and innovation opportunities. Derek Sullivan, President of Atlantic HSE Energy Consulting Inc. and Caron Hawco, President of the Caron Hawco Group, outline what these challenges are and what technologies are being applied in response.

Module 3

Non-GHG environmental challenges in offshore industries and emerging solutions

While the environmental performance of the offshore oil and gas industry is increasingly linked in public discourse to greenhouse gas emissions, Derek Sullivan, President of Atlantic HSE Energy Consulting Inc. and Caron Hawco, President of the Caron Hawco Group, outline other challenges that the industry faces and what innovations are taking place to address them.

Module 4

Advances in offshore carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is increasingly being viewed as a technology that will vital in the fight against climate change. In the Atlantic Canadian context, CCS represents a significant opportunity to assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions emanating from its offshore oil and gas industry. Dr. Lesley James, Associate Professor with Memorial University, introduces the concept of CCS and explores its potential local application.

Module 5

Electrification in offshore industries – trends and opportunities

A major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions from offshore operations comes from the energy required to power them. Curtis Whelan, Development Engineer with Growler Energy, takes a deeper dive into the provision of power-from-shore for offshore operations as an approach to emissions reductions – including where in the world this is taking place and some of the unique challenges for application in the Atlantic Canadian context.

Module 6

Offshore wind energy alongside oil and gas industry developments

Another approach to electrifying offshore operations is through the provision of renewable energy in-situ. One emerging solution is the development of offshore wind energy assets to provide the needed electricity for operations. Pete Whelan, VP – Project Execution with Growler Energy, explores this concept and highlights a current project where this is being implemented.

Module 7

Highlighting firms from Atlantic Canada engaged in the international offshore wind industry

While there are no active offshore wind development projects in Atlantic Canada, there are a number of firms from the region that are providing solutions to this rapidly expanding global industry. Catherine Warren from Saltwater Strategies tells the story of a handful of these firms that are applying their oceans expertise to this ‘new’ industry and have finding success worldwide.

Module 8

Marine renewable energy

Offshore wind is just one form of marine renewable energy – a much broader sector which includes tidal, wave, and other technologies. Atlantic Canada, surrounded by the ocean, has the opportunity to become a world leader in the development of hydrokinetic resources. Elisa Obermann, the CEO of Marine Renewables Canada, highlights the innovative activity taking place in the region and how firms are playing on the global stage.

Module 9

Port electrification – the role that ports can play in enabling a green (and blue) economy

So many of Atlantic Canada’s industries rely on port infrastructure for their operations. This includes many land-based industries that require the shipment of goods (inputs or outputs) overseas. Thus, marine ports play an integral role in the environmental performance of the region at-large. Bassem Eid, President and CEO of BEHI, explains how port electrification can simultaneously enable emissions reductions within multiple industries.

Module 10

Digitalization, integrated operations, and the relationship to improved environmental outcomes

Just as energy efficiency within your home yields environmental and economic benefits, the optimization of processes in the offshore can translate to better outcomes on a larger scale. Mark Cumby, the Regional Director of  Energy in Eastern North America for Hatch, introduces the concepts of digitalization and integrated operations, and makes the important connection between innovation in these areas and the opportunity for improved environmental performance.

Module 11

Emerging technologies in environmental characterization and monitoring

Atlantic Canada is home to an emerging cluster of expertise around the sensing, characterization, and monitoring of the ocean environment. Innovators are using everything from radar, sonar, and lasers to satellites to better understand how we are impacting the environment, and how it is impacting us. Freeman Ralph, Vice-President of Oil and Gas and Energy Solutions with C-CORE, gives a crash course on the technologies that are being developed and deployed.

Module 12

Clean technology within Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture and fishing industries

The fishery has been a vital component of Atlantic Canada’s economy for a long time, and aquaculture is increasingly becoming a major part of this story. Both industries are operating in a world where standards are rising in terms of how these products are harvested and produced. Marilyn Butland of Butland Communications explores the environmental challenges these industries are facing, and identifies areas ripe for innovation in Atlantic Canada.

Module 13

New ocean industry opportunities

This series has explored sustainable development related to Atlantic Canada’s ocean economy as it exists today – from fisheries and aquaculture, to marine transportation, to offshore oil and gas. But this is just the tip of the iceberg in the emerging ‘blue economy’. Susan Hunt, the Chief Technology Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, identifies trends that are being seen related to brand new and emerging opportunities in our oceans.

Module 14

Arctic, harsh environments, and clean technology

Atlantic Canada is a global leader in operating in arctic and harsh ocean environments, supported by world-class research institutions and a highly experienced workforce. There are significant environmental considerations when active in these circumstances and geographic areas, and Dr. Lesley James, Associate Professor with Memorial University, helps us understand the clean technologies that are being developed and deployed in support.

Module 15

European and North American FTAs & implications for Cleantech

This presentation explores the relatively new free trade agreements between Canada and European Union and within North America from the perspective of clean technology. What provisions specific to technologies and services that improve environmental performance? And how might that present opportunities for Atlantic Canadian firms? Join Allison Mackenzie, Pieter Bouwer, and Christophe Rouleau from Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service to learn more!

Module 16

European green recovery plans: implications for Canadian cleantech firms

Following the onset of the pandemic and the economic strife that followed, there has been a growing global movement to ‘build back better’ – or stimulate economies through clean growth investments that also help combat climate change. This presentation provides an overview of how plans are taking shape in the regard in Europe, and what this might mean for Atlantic Canadian firms. Join Ian Murdoch, Megan Wood, and Arndt Ulland from Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, and Allison Saunders from the Mission of Canada to the EU to learn more!




Atlantic Trade Accelerator Program
TAP has helped over 1,500 companies across Canada realize their export goals with strategic planning and mentorship.

Through intensive workshops, peer-to-peer exchange, hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors, and individual mentoring, you will be able to develop an export plan that is realistic, high-quality and fully integrated with your overall business strategy, equipping you with the tools and resources to find success as your grow your business. 


The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative initiative, designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for expansion into international markets. In addition to our in-class program, virtual formats are now available, depending on the region. ​

No other program offers a comprehensive program like the Trade Accelerator Program. TAP is a one-stop-shop that will get businesses ready to go global in just a few sessions, culminating with a customized strategic export business plan carefully vetted by top industry experts!


phase 1:

The program comprises intensive workshops that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces high-level experts in key functions of international trade, stimulates peer-to-peer exchange of ideas & experiences, and provides guidance in recognizing and handling business challenges.

phase 2:

Participants will receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors in the development of their Export Plan. Participants will initiate tackle key sections of their export plan, detailing strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan, as well as supply chain and operational resources.

phase 3:

Over the course of the program, participants will develop their trade plan. They will have the full support of export advisors to guide and assist them in developing an export plan that is realistic, high quality, and fully integrated with their overall business strategy. All export plans receive a written assessment from our expert team.

phase 4:

The final phase of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback, solutions, and reinforcing business relationships. After reviewing the export plan, participants will receive individual mentoring sessions from our expert partners where potential solutions and ways forward are explored. Participants will walk away with a complete Strategic Export Plan!

Apply today for the Atlantic Trade Accelerator Program!


Day 1 (February 14) – Market Identification and Entry & Financial Support

Day 2 (February 15) – Legal, Taxation, Logistics & Marketing

Day 3 (February 22)  Building your Export Plan

February 23 - March 11: Participants write export plans

March 15 - 25: Mentors review export plans

March 28 - 30: Virtual one-on-one mentor sessions


The program fee for TAP is $5000 plus HST per company. However, through the generous support of our sponsors, a bursary will be provided to you to lower the cost to $499 plus HST per company. 

Please note: Nominated companies who do not attend all four (3) TAP sessions and/or complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee. 


  • Dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program.
  • Commit to attend all 4 full-day sessions. (3 in-person sessions, 1 virtual mentoring day)
  • Commit to attend Mentor Days at the end of the program.
  • Complete an export plan prior to the one-on-one mentoring day.
  • Bi-annually share information about your company's exporting activity after completing the program through an online survey link you will receive.




Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas Program
On January 18, 2022, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), in collaboration with Canada Cleantech Alliance, is launching the “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” program.  

The program is designed to help companies in Canada’s oil and gas sector as well as Canada’s cleantech innovators (TRL 2-5) develop the knowledge, tools and skills required to design, purchase and implement cleantech innovations that will help reduce the oil & gas sector’s environmental impact. 

“Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” will include a competitive cleantech venture selection processtailored training for the selected ventures ("Innovation in oil & gas” training course as well as a tailored pitch training) and a mentorship program.

It differs from CRIN’s cleantech competitions in that it targets earlier stage companies. It also intends to engage the entire cleantech ecosystem since there’s an opportunity to make sure the journey continues for successful ventures and to funnel all promising participants into the different accelerator programs that the ecosystem has to offer.

Key Dates & Program MIlestones (virtual)

1. The program kick-off will take place on January 18, 11 AM - 12:30 PM MT (1 PM - 2:30 PM EST) with the “Cleantech Opportunities in Oil & Gas” webinar co-hosted by CRIN and CanadaCleantech Alliance. Register here

2. The webinar is followed by “The Cleantech Start-up Cycle” webinar on January 20 11 AM - 12 PM MT (1 PM - 2 PM EST)Register here

3. January/February 2022Application period for cleantech companies (TRL 2-5) with solutions in one or more of CRIN’s seven Technology Theme Areas

4. March 2022: Innovation in oil & gas training for selected ventures

5. April 2022Pitch Training

6. April 2022Pitch Session

7. April 2022Mentorship Program launch  

Target Audience

  • Cleantech Companies that have solutions for or are interested in learning about opportunities in the oil & gas sector 
  • Cleantech ecosystem multipliers, e.g. representatives from accelerators, government agencies etc.  
  • Oil & Gas Producers / Companies from other sectors that are interested in/ would like to learn more about cleantech




Clean Energy Revolution

Win cash prizes for you and your school in this engaging, educational competition for grade 6 to 12 students in Nova Scotia!

A local initiative. A global impact.

Clean Foundation, with the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, is hosting a design challenge where teams of junior and high school students create and present an innovative project that demonstrates awareness and understanding of the causes, consequences and clean energy solutions to climate change in Nova Scotia.

Important Dates

1-page Project Proposals are due on or before March 11, 2022. You must submit a Registration Form on or before that date to be considered for the competition

Final submissions are due on or before April 8, 2022. Final products can be submitted in a variety of formats to EnergyRevolution@cleanfoundation.ca (e.g. photos of a prototype and a write up, business plan document, video, slide deck, prezi, etc!). Make sure you check the rubric to make sure you are submitting all necessary info!

Finalists will be notified on April 22, 2022. Finalists will be invited to attend the Clean Energy Revolution Finals to be held in HRM in May 2022.

Program Highlights

  • Skill-building for middle and high school students
  • Career pathway development through industry expert mentors
  • Healthy competition with rewards for both the participants and schools
  • An excellent resource for an inquiry based approach to teaching about clean energy
  • Real-world application of the clean energy sectors in Nova Scotia
  • Participants can explore the clean energy sectors across the curriculum, or through extra-curricular opportunities, allowing for easy integration into schools
  • Participants can create projects that explore concepts through STEAM, social sciences etc. or a combination of some or all, allowing them to build on their own interests and strengths.


- How many students can be on each team?

The maximum group size is four students. In light of Covid-19 health protocols, submissions from individual students will be permitted.

- What sort of project can I make?

Your idea for a clean energy solution can be a model or prototype, or a business plan for a social enterprise. You can submit your project in many forms – a recorded presentation, a poster and write-up, prezi, etc! Just make sure you check the Judging Rubric to make sure you’re including all the information we need.

- What are the prizes?

Finalists are eligible to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools in the following three categories:

  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Recognition awards will also be given in special categories – most creative, best presentation, etc. Prizes are as follows:

School or Organization:

1st: $1000

2nd: $500

3rd: $250

Individual Students:

1st: $200 

2nd: $100

3rd: $50

Book a Clean Energy Revolution kick-off webinar!

This year, Clean is offering classes or groups to join a 30-45minute ‘Clean Energy Revolution’ kick off webinar, to help students start their Challenge! In the webinar we’ll cover…

  • Climate 101 and the Greenhouse Gas effect

  • What is clean energy and how can it help change the world?!

  • Clean Energy Revolution: How to participate 

  • Examples of winners from last year 

  • Q&A and Launch into classroom participation! 

Click here to sign up your class!

Click here for more information.