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  • Luna Yu on finding positives in the pandemic

    This might seem strange, but I’d like to focus on viewing the pandemic through a positive lens. It has now been over a year since the initial lockdown, and in that time, several things have happened to make Genecis a better company. To be clear, the pandemic is a horrendous event that that has devastated […]

    June 29, 2021

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  • Julie Angus on the environmental — and economic — benefits of oceans

    Although 40 percent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometres of a coast, the majority of people are landlocked and might not regularly see the vital role oceans play in the health of the planet, the economy and ourselves. Yet out of sight or in plain view, oceans are critical to every one of […]

    June 29, 2021

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  • Amanda Hall on finding business wisdom in a beloved poem

    One of my favourite poems is “If—” by Rudyard Kipling. The poem is instructive, laying out the qualities of a successful “man.” Blatant gender reference aside, the poem can be useful in another way: as a guide for leaders and CEOs, regardless if they are male, female or otherwise. The instructions are harsh but true. […]

    June 29, 2021

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  • Is now finally the time for photocatalysis?

    Solistra’s core technology is a chemical reactor system that uses light to drive chemical reactions instead of heat, which is conventionally supplied by burning natural gas, and is very carbon-intensive. Using light has the added advantage that it can make chemical reactions involving greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide and methane) easier by reducing the energy […]

    March 31, 2021

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  • Alexandra Tavasoli on making progress through a lockdown

    One of the big setbacks Solistra suffered as a result of the sudden COVID-19 lockdown last March was a delay in the manufacture and deployment of our first scaled demonstration unit. Solistra’s core technology, a system that uses light to drive chemical reactions instead of heat, has the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions […]

    March 31, 2021

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  • Nivatha Balendra on growing your company, even in the most daunting times

    Over the last year, we have seen an important evolution in the global economy with increased focus on sustainability. At Dispersa, our goal was to continue accelerating despite the setbacks of the pandemic by quickly identifying opportunities. As the global crisis continued to develop, we noticed that consumer demand for products such as disinfectants and […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Julie Angus on the power of innovation networks

    Building a startup is tough. It’s not enough to just start a company — it needs to grow into an enterprise that employs people, sells services or goods and makes a difference in the world. This is especially true when you are building a cleantech company, which often involves hardware and requires significant R&D before […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Luna Yu on turning personal mistakes into team wins

    The last few months of 2019 were a difficult time for us. Looking back at my schedule during the summer, I realized I had not adequately pushed the company forward. Busy work, the pursuit of shiny new things, and avoiding difficult decisions were the cause. I don’t want to fall into the same potholes going […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Amanda Hall on the “rocket fuel” that propels successful teams

    Early one morning, I logged into a soundcheck for a virtual panel discussion. The A.V. folks asked us to answer the question, “What did you eat for breakfast?” as a means of testing the connection. After hearing responses ranging from toast, eggs, yogurt, cereal, etc., it was my turn. I paused briefly and answered: “In […]

    January 7, 2021

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  • Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic

    It was the morning of March 13 when I received an email saying that companies were under government directives to start working remotely due to the novel coronavirus. Our lab buildings were shut down immediately and we had no means of recuperating any of our items. What started off as a two-week notice to my […]

    July 27, 2020

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