Upcoming Cleantech Events
SPONSORING WCTA EVENTS: Click here or call 206.389.8655.
WCTA Committees (Members Only):
- Events Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.
- Marketing Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.
- Board Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at 130. The Board meets quarterly and the Executive Committee meets when the full Board is not meeting.
Trade Development Alliance: How to Engage Dubai in Business Featuring H.E. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development, Dubai and delegation | May 30 | 8–1030 am | Hear from the leaders of the Dubai Economic Development Department on how best to engage in business. Dubai, the second largest Emirate in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Driving this growth forward is the Dubai Economic Department. The DED works to enhance the economic welfare and prosperity of Dubai and the UAE by developing and enhancing economic policy and regulations, providing efficient services to local and international investors and businesses as well as identifying and supporting the growth of key sectors. Register online.
Trade Development Alliance Annual Dinner Featuring keynote speaker Governor Jay Inslee and the Second International Economic Forecasting Slam with Jon Talton and Len Jordan | June 6 | Bell Harbor | Reception 430 | Dinner 600 | Hear Governor Inslee, on the eve of his first international trade mission to the Paris Air Show, outline the goals of his trip and make one of his first major speeches in international trade. Jon Talton (Seattle Times), Len Jordan (Madrona Venture Group), and a Mystery Expert will weigh in on the international economy–and you can compete against them for prizes. Register here.
WCTA Member Orientation Lunch | June 5 | 1130 a.m.-100 p.m. | 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle | Lunch included! | RSVP or 206.389.8662.
Ex-Im Bank: Trade Finance Solutions for Exporters and Lenders and Working Capital Delegated Authority Qualifying Training for Lenders | June 6-7 | Westin Building, Seattle | The Ex-Im Bank assumes country or credit risks that commercial lenders are unable or unwilling to accept. Commercial export financing, backed by our guarantees and insurance, benefits all parties: lenders, exporters, and buyers. This seminar consists of one full day for Exporters and Lenders with a second day morning session for Lenders wishing to qualify for delegated authority to make Ex-Im Bank guaranteed working capital loans. More information here.
Hopping The Pond: The Transatlantic Trade Economic Forum | Jun 20 | 1130am-1pm | Presented by the British American Business Council, Russell Investment, and the UK Government Office in Seattle | 1301 2nd Ave, 18th Floor, Seattle. Why is transatlantic trade and investment important to WA? What does the UK offer? What’s the relevance to Washington State of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? How was investing in the UK good business for a Bellevue start-up company? What is the role of the regulatory environment in transatlantic trade, for financial services companies, and others? How was investing in WA good business for a UK-based environmental consultancy? Top experts will address international economic issues at the Forum. The event will be moderated by Karl Ege (Perkins Coie). Featured speakers: Robin Twyman (Consul-Government & Business Affairs, UK Government Office, Seattle), Ian Toner (Director, Capital Markets Research, Russell Investments), Jeff Brennan (Chief Marketing Officer, Finsphere), and Kevin Rattue (Director, SLR International Corporation). Register at www.babcpnw.org.
WCTA Breakfast: Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson | The Future of Washington’s Transportation Systems | July 10 | 730-900 am | Seattle Chamber Conference Center, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500. The demands on our transportation infrastructure are enormous. How do we improve sustainability, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gases, complete big transportation projects–and manage challenging budgets. WSDOT Lynn Peterson will share her vision of our future. A respondent panel will follow. Register here.
Lynn Peterson is Washington State’s Secretary of Transportation and heads the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). She was appointed Secretary of Transportation in 2013 by Governor Inslee. Peterson manages an agency of 6,600 employees, with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3,700 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger- and freight-rail programs, and the nation’s largest ferry system. As WSDOT nears completion of the agency’s largest construction program in its history ($16.3 billion), Peterson brings a renewed focus on sustainable transportation investments. She supports WSDOT’s partnerships with cities and counties, businesses, transit, non-motorized transportation, and environmental organizations to cost-effectively build safe and healthy communities. Before joining WSDOT, Peterson served as Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation policy advisor. She is the former chair of the Clackamas County Commission and a nationally recognized transportation and land-use integration expert. In her role with Gov. Kitzhaber’s administration, Peterson led policy efforts on building a safe, complete and low-carbon transportation system and linking transportation investments to Oregon’s economy, housing needs, health and sustainability. Prior to serving on the Clackamas Commission, Peterson worked as a transportation consultant and as a strategic planning manager for TriMet, Portland’s regional transportation agency. She was also a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon and a transportation planner for Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area. Peterson holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wisconsin-Madison and two Masters degrees from Portland State in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.
Anne Goodchild is the Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. She joined the faculty of the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in 2005 after completing her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation. Recent research has evaluated CO2 emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery systems, policy and technology implementations to improve intermodal interfaces, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. In addition, a series of recent projects include primary data collection and analysis to build knowledge and algorithms for next generation freight models. Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems such as airline fleet maintenance scheduling. She holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC Berkeley, and a BS (with High Honors) in Mathematics from the UC-Davis.
Kathleen Petrich, Moderator, is an attorney at Graham & Dunn. She is a shareholder and practices in the area of intellectual property, including trademark, mechanical/electrical and electro-mechanical and design patent prosecution. She counsels clients regarding their intellectual property rights and strategizes with clients as to the protection and enforcement of those rights. She also litigates intellectual property disputes, and provides clearing, registration, prosecution, opposition practice, portfolio management, opinion, due diligence, license, and settlement negotiations services.
Geoff Wood is the CEO of Profile Composites Inc. in Bremerton and the lead for the proposed Advanced Composites Center, designed to be a Manufacturing Innovation/Demonstration Facility. He started Profile as a consulting and development firm and has provided design, development, business case feasibility, and production services including advanced transportation (light vehicle structures), aerospace, infrastructure (logging road stream crossings), CNG and hydrogen storage, large precision antenna, and accelerated manufacturing of large wind turbine blades. With the company’s recent relocation to WA, he is concentrating on state-wide collaborative efforts within the composite community to cement the state’s position as an international leader in the advanced composites field. He is also working to establish an Advanced Composites Center in WA. Geoff previously worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory managing the DoE’s Lightweight Materials Program, and also consulted for Rocky Mountain Institute through the founding and establishment of their Hypercar™ effort. Prior to that he worked for six years in natural gas and hydrogen production and gas treatment. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell and an MASc in Materials Science from the University of BC.
WCTA Breakfast: Agriculture | Date TBD | Fourth & Madison Building, 18th Floor Conference Room, Seattle | 730-900 a.m. | Contact us to sponsor the event.
WCTA Summer Social | McKinstry | Aug 14 | Contact us to sponsor the event.
WCTA Breakfast: Water | Sep 11 | Fourth & Madison Building, 18th Floor Conference Room, Seattle | 730-900 a.m. | Contact us to sponsor the event.
WCTA Annual Meeting | October | Location and time TBD | Contact us to sponsor the event.
WCTA Breakfast: Role of Retail | Oct 23 | Fourth & Madison Building, 18th Floor Conference Room, Seattle | 730-900 a.m. | Contact us to sponsor the event.
Out of State Events
2013 New Ventures Forum – Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) | June 10-12 | Berkeley | The New Ventures Forum is a great opportunity for relevant startup companies and recent business plan competitors to learn how to engage successfully with Siemens and other large companies. This annual event is sponsored by Siemens TTB, a venture innovation group that introduces radical new technologies to Siemens. All expenses will be covered for selected candidates (teams of two per company). Click here for more information.
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association in partnership with the Government of Canada: Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2013 | Jun 16-19 | Vancouver, BC | Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2013 (HFC 2013) is the sixth edition of its kind, a leading international conference for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. HFC 2013 will feature prominent industry and government leaders as keynote speakers as well as plenary and parallel sessions focusing on key issues and new initiatives within the sector. The Exhibition and Trade Show area of the conference will provide attendees with a place to network and partner with global leaders in the business, government and scientific communities.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s 26th Industry Growth Forum | December 3-4 | Denver | Features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels led by thought leaders, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities. The best presenters are awarded cash prizes and commercialization services. Companies who have presented at the Forum since 2003 have raised over $4 billion in growth financing.