Photo: Adam Scotti Just ahead of a meeting in Vancouver on Thursday between the Prime Minister and several Canadian premiers, an open letter has been released by the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and signed by the heads of 51 technology and finance companies, articulating their proposals for developing British Columbia as a global hub of cleantech innovation. On Tuesday, the GLOBE 2016 Innovation Expo and Leadership Summit, billed as North America\u2019s largest and most influential sustainable-business leadership summit, also kicks off at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Prime Minister Trudeau will be speaking on a panel with three Canadian premiers discussing climate change at the GLOBE summit. BC Premier Christy Clark will separately deliver the summit's opening remarks on Wednesday morning. \u201cI look forward to working with the Premiers on combating climate change and moving toward a greener, more sustainable Canadian economy better positioned to compete globally in the areas of clean knowledge and technologies," said Trudeau. The CEO Alliance notes that "as other countries pour investment dollars into pioneering these technologies", namely the governments of the United States, China, Germany, Singapore, among others, "Canada has been the world's third greatest loser of market share for cleantech solutions since 2008, falling from 14th to 19th in terms of total market share". Read the open letter, printed in full below, for the four key recommendations offered by the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance to the Canadian government. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario Canada\u00a0\u00a0 K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We are a group of technology entrepreneurs and investors from British Columbia who are deeply committed to realizing the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy, resource efficiency and clean water through the commercialization of advanced technologies. Collectively, we have raised billions of dollars and created thousands of jobs in Canadian cleantech companies. We are leaders of a sector that is positioned to deliver both prosperity and sustainability for Canada in the\u00a0twenty-first century. Canada's commitments at COP21, along with the pledges you and your cabinet have made to support clean technology and innovation, have reinvigorated global interest in Canada's cleantech industry. This could not have come at a more important time and we fully support such forward-thinking leadership. Over the past decade, the global market for clean technologies has grown to more than $1 trillion as demand for cleantech solutions spread to virtually every sector of the economy including power generation, forest products, oil and gas, mining, chemicals, manufacturing, agriculture and transportation. Over the same period, Canada's cleantech sector grew dramatically and exports of manufactured environmental goods are now comparable to forestry, livestock, mineral products, and processed food.1\u00a0Cleantech is unequivocally a pillar of the Canadian economy. While Canada's cleantech industry has shown impressive growth in absolute terms, we are losing global market share to increasing competition from the United States, China, Germany, Singapore, Israel and other jurisdictions that are investing billions to compete in the global race for cleantech talent and capital. In fact, Canada has been the world's third greatest loser of market share for cleantech solutions since 2008, falling from 14th to 19th in terms of total market share as other countries pour investment dollars into pioneering these technologies.2 Canada faces a critical decision: to invest in the continued growth of cleantech and the path to sustainable prosperity, or to hold back and see our leadership eroded as other countries develop the technologies of the future. The world will produce and consume more than $1 trillion of cleantech solutions. The only question is whether Canada will be a buyer or a seller. We believe the Federal Government has a unique opportunity to transform Canada into a global leader of cleantech investment, innovation and entrepreneurship that can form the foundation of a diverse, competitive and prosperous economy while solving the world's most challenging energy and environmental problems. With this context, we respectfully offer the following recommendations: 1. Establish a $1 billion cleantech loan guarantee program to make early-stage projects bankable. Cleantech solutions are capital intensive, often requiring large amounts of project debt to achieve market deployment. There is a gap in available financing for the initial commercial deployments of new technologies for clean power generation, carbon capture, food production and water treatment. A loan guarantee, such as those developed by the U.S. DOE or the Swiss government, can guarantee a portion of project debt and reduce the risk for banks to provide loans that are needed to accelerate the deployment of clean technologies. Such a cleantech loan guarantee program should be managed by the private sector, support domestic and international initiatives and cover a range of projects from small (less than $5M) to large (over $50M). 2. Allocate $500 million to establish Canada as a powerhouse of cleantech venture capital. Venture capital is the lifeblood of the cleantech industry. Canada's venture capital sector is disproportionately small compared to other countries, forcing our cleantech companies to raise capital from abroad. A strong domestic, entrepreneurial and internationally-connected cleantech venture capital industry is essential to ensure sustained growth and development of Canada's cleantech industry. A Canadian cleantech venture capital program of this scale could support 15 \u2013 20 new and existing cleantech venture capital funds, leveraging up to $3 billion in total capital that would support the growth of several hundred new cleantech companies.\u00a0 This would not only spur additional R&D and accelerate the deployment of cleantech solutions, but also generate thousands of high-quality jobs. 3. Invest $1.25 billion to transform Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) into a global flagship of cleantech development. SDTC is an internationally recognized fund that has played a vital role in building Canada's cleantech industry. SDTC is strongly supported by the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and we should expand on the proven success of this program. SDTC's Sustainable Development Tech Fund should be recapitalized with $150 million per year over five years. SDTC's NextGen Biofuel Fund should be renamed, restructured, and expanded from a narrow biofuels focus to fund all types of clean technologies and capitalized with $100 million per year over five years to support later stage commercialization projects. SDTC should increase project cost sharing to 50%, expand expense re-imbursement eligibility to include intellectual property, business development and project capital, and simplify the application process where possible.\u00a0 Best practices drawn from related models (e.g. ARPA-E in the U.S.) should be incorporated into SDTC, rather than replicated under separate entities.\u00a0 4. Level the playing field of tax credits to unlock billions in cleantech investment. Billions of dollars of investment flow to Canada's mining and oil and gas industries as a result of federal and provincial tax credits including exploration credits, investment tax credits and others. It's time to make these same tax credits available to Canada's cleantech industry. For example, allowing tax losses generated by cleantech companies to flow through to their investors would unlock billions of dollars of new investment in clean power generation, transportation and water treatment. We would like to see these investment tax credits be more accessible and applicable to both R&D and project deployment. In particular, we would significantly expand the mandate for NRCAN's CRCE program to broaden the definition of sustainable technologies, and include innovative technologies at earlier stages of development. This would expand access to capital for cleantech companies and accelerate deployment and adoption. Best practices should be adapted from the existing Canadian and U.S. oil & gas tax incentives to level the playing field. Sincerely yours, Jonathan Rhone CEO,\u00a0 Axine Water Technologies Nathan Gilliland CEO,\u00a0 General Fusion Marty\u00a0 Reed CEO,\u00a0 Evok Innovations David\u00a0\u00a0 Demers CEO,\u00a0 Westport Innovations Ed\u00a0 Quilty CEO,\u00a0 Aquatic Infomatics Wal Van Lierop CEO,\u00a0 Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital Randall MacEwan CEO,\u00a0 Ballard Power Systems Ron\u00a0 Klopfer CEO,\u00a0 Etalim Andre Boulet CEO,\u00a0 Inventys Thermal Technologies Ken\u00a0 Fielding CEO,\u00a0 Delta-Q Technologies Suresh\u00a0 Singh CEO,\u00a0 ZincNyx Energy Solutions Stephen\u00a0 Robinson CEO,\u00a0 Dark Vision David\u00a0\u00a0 Helliwell Co-Founder,\u00a0 Pulse Energy Colin\u00a0 Armstrong CEO,\u00a0 HTEC Adrian\u00a0 Corless CEO,\u00a0 Carbon Engineering Judi\u00a0 Hess CEO,\u00a0 Copperleaf Technologies Michael\u00a0 Gilbert CEO,\u00a0 SemiosBio Technologies Derek Lew CEO,\u00a0 GrowthWorks Capital James Dean Founder & CEO,\u00a0 dPoint Technologies Mark\u00a0 Kirby CEO,\u00a0 S2G Biochem Andrew\u00a0 Fursman CEO,\u00a0 1QBit Brad\u00a0 Bardua CEO,\u00a0 Endurance Wind Power Jerry\u00a0 Kroll CEO,\u00a0 ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Jim Fletcher CEO,\u00a0 Northwest Venture Developments Manoj\u00a0 Singh CEO,\u00a0 Acuva Technologies Janice Cheam CEO,\u00a0 Neurio Technology Haig Farris President,\u00a0 Fractal Capital Juergen Puetter CEO, Blue Fuel Energy Peter\u00a0 Holgate CEO,\u00a0 Ronin8 Alex Conconi Founding Partner,\u00a0 Conconi Growth Partners John\u00a0 Stonier CEO,\u00a0 Velometro Mobility Dan\u00a0 Blondal CEO,\u00a0 Nano One Materials Keith\u00a0 Gillard Partner,\u00a0 Pangaea Jeff More CEO,\u00a0 MineSense Technologies Johnson\u00a0 Chiang CEO,\u00a0 Avalon Battery Andrew\u00a0 Morden CEO,\u00a0 Corvus Energy Doug Wiggin CEO,\u00a0 SWITCH Materials Mischa Steiner CEO,\u00a0 Awesense David\u00a0\u00a0 Kratochvil CEO,\u00a0 BioteQ Environmental Technologies Phillip Abrary CEO,\u00a0 Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Frank Christiaens Managing Partner, Cross Pacific Capital Partners Todd Farrell President, entrepreneurship@UBC Management Karn Manhas Founder & CEO, Terramera Hans Knapp Partner, Yaletown Partners Chris Reid CEO, ETI Jerry Ericsson CEO, Diacarbon Energy Ben Nyland CEO, Loop Energy Curtis Berlinguette Founder, FireWater Fuel Greg Monte CEO, Monte Power Brad\u00a0 Bycraft CEO,\u00a0 Illusense Simon Pickup CEO, Hydra Energy CC: Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Food Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs Honourable William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism 1&2 "The 2015 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report" Analytica Advisors, 2015.