Clean 15

The Global Search for a New Fuel Source

Climate Change is here. Whether one believes it will affect us immediately or gradually over time, more and more scientists, governments and businesses are beginning to see the predicted effects [...]

Leveraging Canadian Diversity As a Competitive Advantage

During one of our projects we discovered a technology hidden in the far reaches of Russia that was commercialized for just this purpose. The technology not only can separate oil and sand, it can [...]

Is Your Company’s Culture Ready to Open Up?

During a TED talk, British business professor Eddie Obeng said “We spend our time responding rationally to a world which we understand and recognize, but which no longer exists.” In [...]


In 2005, Exxon’s CEO Lee Raymond said to Reuters gas production had peaked in North America. At the time the number of rigs drilling for natural gas was up around 20 per cent, and prices [...]

Climate Change and the Boiling Frog

The frog in the boiling pot of water experiment is an analogy often used to describe attitudes slow to change that in the end is potentially harmful. As the explanation goes, if a frog is placed [...]

Closing the Gap on Canada’s Productivity Decline

When I was a young boy in high school our economics teacher spoke to us about Canada’s lower productivity ranking as compared to other “developed” countries. More than 20 years [...]

Breakthrough Innovations and Diverse Perspectives

It is reported that Albert Einstein once said “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” I am reminded of this quote every day [...]

Moneyball and Innovation Farm Teams

Last month I rented the film Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s based on a book called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. [...]

Narrow-sightedness in the Age of Inherent Omniscience

A few weeks ago two friends and myself went to lunch to discuss a business proposal. When the menu came it was pages long and had a very wide variety of choices. After some real internal agony I [...]

Where Are They Now?

We recently received an email asking about the Clean 15 Competition winner Vive Nano. Their microencapsulation technology is a perfect example of a platform technology that has many different [...]

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