Episode 035 | Patrick Crabbe: Carbon is the Universal Language
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“We have to start managing infrastructure from a starting point of carbon. Carbon is the universal language. Maybe we need to stop looking at chasing points in certain building accreditation programmes, and really starting to focus on what is the carbon impact of this decision?” Patrick Crabbe In this episode my guest is Patrick Crabbe. Patrick is the Director of Mass Timber at Bird Construction, North America’s first general contractor to dedicate full-time expertise, and a create a national centre of excellence, for sustainable mass timber construction. I’ve come to know Patrick as one ..read more
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Episode 034 | Ben Gibbons: Investing In The Future of Sustainable Agriculture
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“We can leverage a tonne of opportunities to meet that challenge of feeding 10 billion people by 2050 through technology and services that improve the economics of more sustainable regenerative type farming practices.” Ben Gibbons In this episode my guest is Ben Gibbons. Ben is the Founder and Managing Partner of Waterpoint Lane, a venture capital firm focused on investing in growth stage companies centered in primary production, technology and services, and consumer products,  that promote sustainable practices throughout our food system. In our conversation Ben and I talk ab ..read more
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Episode 033 | Geoff Smith: Forget About Hope, It’s Time To Do Something!
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by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“I don’t get motivated by hope. And I’m not that hopeful. You’re not talking to a hopeful person. Hope doesn’t actually motivate me…but fear gets me motivated. Anger, unfortunately, gets me motivated, and my grandson gets me motivated – because I’m more afraid for him than I am hopeful for him.” Geoff Smith In this podcast I talk with Geoff Smith, CEO and President of EllisDon. In the world of Climate Change mitigation, Geoff Smith is probably best known for his leadership of the Carbon Impact Initiative – A Building Industry-Led Action Plan in Support of Canada’s International Climate ..read more
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Episode 032 | Alex Lukachko: Designing Buildings For The Long Term
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“I think there’s a massive opportunity here because in our history of building, we have many examples of sustainable strategies that involve using local materials andlocal manufacturing methods, to build buildings that are durable, buildings that last.” Alex Lukachko Background Alex Lukachko is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc. and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.  Alex is well known in Canada’s building industry as an important thought-leader in building science, zero-carbon building desi ..read more
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TFCI Podcast Episode 031 | Matthew Tokarik: Why Geothermal will be a part of our Green Future
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“Instead of trying to navigate the change a few percentage points at a time, I try and recognize – those few percentage points don’t matter if the ship is going in the other direction tomorrow.” Matthew Tokarik Background This episode is the second instalment of our new series of Twenty First Century Cleantech episodes. In these Cleantech episodes, Connor is bringing stories focused on clean technologies through conversations with business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and anyone who is leading the energy transition.  Today we’re talking about the world of geothermal heating ..read more
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Episode 030 | Sayjel Vijay Patel: Relentless Pursuit of a Mission
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by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“You need to have a mission in life, and you have to relentlessly pursue it!” Sayjel Vijay Sayjel Vijay Patel is an MIT-trained architect, technologist and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Digital Blue Foam.  Sayjel’s past work bridges across the scales of software, materials, and cities, often mashing-up industrial technologies in new and provocative collaborations; from a Bartending System using Kuka Robots for Google I/O;  to developing an award-winning Mars 3D printing concept for NASA,  to designing a fleet of emotion-sensing robots for the Shenzhen Bie ..read more
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Episode 030 | Sayjel Vijay Patel: Relentless Pursuit of a Mission
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
2y ago
“You need to have a mission in life, and you have to relentlessly pursue it!” Sayjel Vijay Sayjel Vijay Patel is an MIT-trained architect, technologist and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Digital Blue Foam.  Sayjel’s past work bridges across the scales of software, materials, and cities, often mashing-up industrial technologies in new and provocative collaborations; From a Bartending System using Kuka Robots for Google I/O;  to developing an award-winning Mars 3D printing concept for NASA,  to designing a fleet of emotion-sensing robots for the Shenzhen Bie ..read more
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TFCI Podcast Episode 029 | Mike Andrade: Technology Disruption and Canadian Cleantech
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
3y ago
“You can be absolutely certain that we are going to be dealing with climate change, and we’re going to have to find these 360-degree solutions that don’t impoverish people, that are fair and equitable, that are resilient, and that create economic growth.” Mike Andrade Mike Andrade is the CEO of Morgan Solar and a real veteran of the solar industry. In this episode, Mike talks about everything from his start at IBM, to his views on hydrogen, carbon capture, and of course what he’s doing to promote Canadian cleantech and manufacturing. This is our first episode in a new series that we are ..read more
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Episode 028 | Michelle Xuereb: Seeking Out Optimism
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
3y ago
“If you are in a position of power, you really need to acknowledge the power that you have to make a difference and speak up. Pretending that you don’t have it is a disservice to yourself and to others. So use it to advocate, to organize, and mostly to empower the young people around you.” Michelle Xuereb Michelle is an architect, and the Director of Innovation at BDP Quadrangle in Toronto. Her passion for the environment and her desire to positively impact communities was the original impetus for her pursuing a career in architecture.  Michelle describes her story of becoming an a ..read more
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Episode 027 | Connor Reed: The Launch of Twenty First Century Cleantech
Twenty First Century Imperative
by Craig Applegath
3y ago
“There’s no silver bullet here. There are lots of different technologies and solutions that will change the world over the next 30 years as we deal with climate change. And I would like to give listeners a sound overview of what is worth spending time on.” Connor Reed Connor is one of those rare individuals who likes to get deep into the weeds on analytical engineering problems, but who can also pull up to look at a problem from 30,000 feet. Which is why it’s a pleasure to tell listeners that Connor will be launching a new segment on this podcast that we’re calling “Twenty First Century ..read more
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