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Strategic Program Speakers
John Adams was appointed Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund launched by the Canadian Gas Association effective September 01, 2016 with over 25 years in cleantech/clean energy experience in industry.
As the Managing Director, Mr. Adams is responsible for bringing the Natural Gas Innovation Fund from an idea on a whiteboard into a fully operational cleantech fund supporting Canada’s natural gas energy sector, including the production, transmission and end-use distribution of natural gas. In this role he raises capital from its industry investors for project investments, builds strategic partnerships, accountable for the fund's investment process, governance and accountability, investment strategy, portfolio and corporate performance and entrepreneurial support.
Prior to NGIF, Mr. Adams was with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) in 2011 and occupied a range of increasingly senior positions over a 5 year span. He joined as Director, Applications/Funding Advisory in 2011, and then went to Director, Stakeholder relations in 2012, Vice President Industry in 2013, and Executive Director in 2016. While at SDTC, John raised almost $40M in partnership agreements with industry and federal/provincial government agencies, led a series of national funding competitions, created a national Virtual Incubator, and launched a pilot for a more simplified, applicant process.
Prior to SDTC, John was with Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd. holding positions in infrastructure business and international trade. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Adams graduated from University of Toronto in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in science, specializing in environmental science.