That's glorious. Thank you for having me.
I wish to acknowledge that the lands on which our office is located are part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Tsawwassen nations.
Foresight is Canada's clean-tech ecosystem accelerator. We bring together partners to identify, commercialize and adopt the clean technologies needed to support a global transition to a green economy. The innovation community is the heart of everything we do, supported by our partners in industry, academia, government and, of course, the investment community. Our whole mandate is to position Canada as a global leader in clean-tech innovation through programming and relevant initiatives.
I'd like to start with a few statements and applaud the efforts to position Canada as this global leader. To expand clean-tech innovation and adoption, we need to better connect Canadian clean-tech companies to global markets and investors, and government agencies play a key role in a few areas.
The first is around policy and partnerships. The Canadian government has an opportunity to provide thought leadership. An example is through our progressive carbon tax. Through thought leadership, we create confidence in the markets for international buyers and investors to come to Canada because of those types of policy initiatives.
We also want to look at trade agreements. CETA and other progressive trade agreements will also allow us to have better relationships with these regions and ensure that clean-tech ventures understand the best practices to enter those markets and do business.
I'd also like to highlight some of the national strategy opportunities. We've seen lots of great conversations between Canadian and European governments, as an example, on how hydrogen, CCUS and the bioeconomy can play a significant role in both of our economies through collaboration, understanding the needs of each of our respective regions and honing in on what innovation opportunities we can export.
We also need to look at adoption. If we're truly going to scale clean-tech ventures in Canada, we do need a strong domestic procurement incentive program. Really, it's those demonstrations that allow us to home-grow our solutions in Canada and showcase those solutions internationally.
We've also been working on some other adoption opportunities through our SDG connect program in partnership with the trade commissioner service. This strategic matchmaking gives an opportunity for international buyers to showcase to Canadian innovators what their needs are and, again, create opportunities for Canadians to innovate on a global scale and to export.
The next bucket is on capital. We've seen lots of different international mechanisms that really create strong capital environments for early-stage and later-stage investments. It's also important to have strategic investor matchmaking sessions profiling Canadian ventures in all of the respective regions where their technologies could apply.
The next bucket is around innovation. While we are starting to see many clean-tech companies scale, it's important that we have a really strong, robust funnel of earlier-stage ventures as well. I think we need, as a collective, to dig in and ensure that the number of high-quality early-stage ventures are problem-driven and understand the opportunities both domestically and globally. Of course, programs from FedDev and provincial government agencies can really help drive these types of initiatives.
Finally, in terms of scale, we need to see more investment in scaling ventures. I know there have been lots of announcements recently on support to do that, but if we can continue to feed that scale-up mentality and that growth mentality to the ventures and provide the support they need, they'll be much better positioned for exponential export growth. While clean tech 101 was challenging for investors, what we've really seen over the last year is that over $1.7 trillion in capital inflows to ESG and sustainability-related funds have come to fruition, and a record $23.7 billion of venture capital investment was deployed to 1,255 climate technologies.
A combined policy and capital push is a generational opportunity for Canada. We have great technology developers and terrific universities, but our markets and local investors are insufficient to fully capitalize our ventures to compete on a global scale. In fact, a study by SDTC and Cycle Capital shows that Canadian clean-tech ventures are generally able to raise only about half the equity and debt capital as a comparable clean-tech company in the U.S. and other European regions. We need to get Canada's private capital and industry off the sidelines and massively engaged with our clean-tech entrepreneurs if we want to compete in the decades ahead.
To showcase some success stories, we are succeeding in some areas on the international stage. Occidental has a partnership with Carbon Engineering in Texas. Svante has a great partnership with Chevron in California. MineSense has projects in South America, and Enerkem has waste-to-chemicals plants in Spain and China.
We're starting to see momentum, but how do we turn these four stories into a hundred stories? That's what we're really trying to dig into.
As a bit of feedback, SDTC is a great opportunity and mechanism to showcase the demonstration of technologies. It would be interesting to look at having a first project deployment off site as well, as part of that funding model.
EDC is also great in supporting the export development opportunities. It would be nice to see some more flexibility in financing options. EDC is not empowered to take technology risks and below-market returns.
Global Affairs has also been a great strategic partner for us in our ventures. We work very closely with the trade commissioner service. Things like industry matchmaking events or SDG connect events are a great opportunity to profile Canadian ventures and position Canada as that global leader.
ECCC has also been very supportive across Canada in supporting CETA workshops. These types of programs help educate all the different stakeholders in the community to understand what we need to do in order to do good business and follow all the trade expectations that have been set at the federal level.
Finally, IRAP's pilot program, both domestically and internationally, is another great tool.
In terms of closing remarks, we really are doing everything we can to help SMEs scale at home to help sell abroad, but we need more resources and tools to do that as an accelerator community. We need to scale the supply of export-ready companies and more proactively source overseas companies seeking Canadian innovation.
We propose a ready-to-export training program—an expanded SDG connect program—that scales our pipeline of export-ready companies. We have some opportunities to present the proposals in that regard.
There is also a critical need for further development of relationships between Canada and the global network of clean-tech accelerators in partner countries. This includes the U.S., the EU, Asia and Latin America. These accelerators are beachheads and validation points for our companies to access these global markets and investors. While we have done some of the work in this area off the side of our desks, we'd love to lean in on this with the federal government as well.
Finally, there are some interesting best practices that we can lean in on. Yesterday an article came out regarding the CAN Health model, which can be applied to clean tech. We would love to work with all of you and your various partners and collaborators to see how that model can help clean tech in Canada scale and really position us as export-ready for global markets.
Thank you for having me. I look forward to Q and A.