Join us at the largest
Environmental Cleantech Conference
hosted in Manitoba
Showcasing innovative solutions to mitigate the climate crisis and make Manitoba businesses more profitable through sustainability.

Clean Technology (Cleantech) is any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.
RBC Convention Centre
375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Date & Time
November 22, 2023
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

 Pre-Conference Reception
• The Green Dragon’s Lair Pitch Competition - $10,000 Grand Prize
• Educational Breakout Sessions
• Tradeshow Area
• Funding Opportunities Hub
• Student Chapter Mentorship
• Networking Reception
• Headshot Booth-Scholarship Fundraiser
Who Will Be There

• Businesses & Industry Groups
• First Nations & Indigenous Groups
• Consultants & Sustainability Experts
• Government & Municipalities
• Academia & Students
• Corporate Leaders & Investors
• Small & Medium Sized Enterprises & Cleantech Start-ups
Pre-Conference Reception
Hosted and Sponsored by Efficiency Manitoba
Join us for an exciting pre-conference gathering filled with networking opportunities, delicious food, and a performance by the Aboriginal School of Dance. Kickstart your conference experience by attending this exclusive event, held the evening before the main event.
Don't miss out on this chance to connect, engage, and have fun before the conference even begins. Purchase your ticket when registering for the 2023 MEIA Cleantech Conference for $45 and secure your spot at this highly anticipated gathering. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay tuned for more updates about this event, including any exciting additions or surprises we have in store.
The Manitoba Club
194 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB
Date & Time
November 21, 2023,
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Registration Rates
MEIA Member
Cleantech Start-Up
Student Chapter
Pre-Conference Reception
$299 + GST
$375 + GST
$200 + GST  
*Subject to approval by MEIA staff
$25 + GST    
*Available for MEIA Student Chapter Members Only
$45 + GST
2022 MEIA Emerging Issues Cleantech Conference
Check out the highlights of the 2022 MEIA Emerging Issues Cleantech Conference!
Arlene Dickinson
Keynote speaker
Arlene Dickinson is a serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space.
She is a three-time best-selling author, podcaster and accomplished public speaker. Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning CBC television series, Dragons Den.
Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners.
Tom Jackson
Keynote speaker
There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning. His career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously interesting. Heck, he could be a pub night trivia category all by himself.
You’ll never hear Tom begin or end any sentence “when I’m retired”. He thrives as a people whisperer, a thoughtful collaborator in all facets of his work, and a force for positivity. His stride matches his 6’5” frame.
Steve Patterson
master of ceremonies
Steve Patterson is an award-winning comedian with over two decades of international performance experience.  Best known as host of the long-running hit radio show and podcast The Debaters and theatre show The Debaters Live, Patterson’s brand of comedy is best described as honest and erudite combining well-crafted writing with unparalleled off-the-cuff wit. Twice named Canada’s Best Male Stand-Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Steve has also taken his award-winning humour to the literary world with The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send and his newest release Dad Up! available wherever books are sold.
2023 MEIA Cleantech Conference Agenda
Agenda is subject to change
7:30 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Manitoba Pork and Manitoba Egg Farmers

Location: York Ballroom
8:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Location: York Ballroom
8:55 AM
Greetings from the Province of Manitoba
Location: York Ballroom
9:10 AM
Keynote Speaker: Tom Jackson
Legendary Actor, Singer, Activist, and Director of Community Engagement at ZS2 Technologies

Location: York Ballroom
10:15 AM
Networking and Tradeshow Break
Location: York Concourse
11:00 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Choose one of the following Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1: Mining in Manitoba - the Role in Clean Technology and the Circular Economy

Sponsored by the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

There is a natural synergy between mining and clean technology. Manitoba boasts large mineral deposits and can be at the forefront of the industry and demand. The growing role of minerals and metals in a low-carbon future concludes that in the future there will be a substantial increase in demand for several key minerals and metals to manufacture cleaner energy technologies. In other words, the clean energy transition will be significantly mineral intensive.

Learn more about how Manitoba is at the forefront of this industry, the clean technologies that are already being used and how mining operations are reducing environmental footprints and enhancing efficiency and reliability.

Location: Room 2E, Upstairs

Breakout Session #2: Energy Transitions on the Prairies: Future Pathways and Success Stories

Sponsored by Winpak

The change in energy use is driven by energy efficiency improvements, technology, policy, and economic factors. Many recognize the primary consequences of climate change (severe weather, floods, droughts, fires) and see that those consequences have costs that are rising. An energy transition is underway, and the prairies play a critical role.

Learn about how a mix of technology, investment, business strategies, and government policy can enable the transition from a current energy system to a low-carbon energy system over the next generation.

Location: Room 2F, Upstairs

Breakout Session #3: Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Compliancy and Your Business

Sponsored by MLT Aikins LLP

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are at the heart of corporate policies, culture, and business practices. Sustainability is now a top priority for every business, regardless of its size and scope. That’s in large part due to growing public concern about the consequences of climate change.

ESG shouldn’t be regarded simply as an obligation, it can also lead to new business opportunities and bigger profit margins. Small and medium-sized businesses/enterprises (SMBs) (SMEs) that embrace ESG are more likely to attract sustainability-focused investors and therefore more capital. Younger employees have a preference to work for companies viewed as having a net positive impact on the world and we are in the throws of a labour shortage in every sector.

If you have been wondering about ways to ensure your company’s compliance in the future and follow ESG reporting practices, you can learn more in this session.

Location: Room 2G, Upstairs

Breakout Session #4: Decarbonizing Buildings: Net Zero Ready

Sponsored by KPMG LLP

Canada is incorporating climate decision supports into components of design, construction, maintenance and operation both in the commercial and residential buildings sectors. Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the world. Accounting for over one-third of total final energy consumption, they are an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable goal. There are economic opportunities, investments and incentives available.

In this session, you will learn about net zero building design, energy modelling and various energy systems for both at home and work. Additionally, there will be a discussion on net zero building design, future standards, building codes, tier systems, technology upgrades and approaches as well as decarbonizing the industry.

Location: Room 2H, Upstairs
12:00 PM
Networking Lunch
Plated lunch will be served

Sponsored by GFL Environmental

Location: York Ballroom
1:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Arlene Dickinson
General Partner, District Ventures Capitol, Dragon on CBC's Dragons Den, and Author

Location: York Ballroom
2:00 PM
Networking and Tradeshow Break
Location: York Concourse
2:45 PM
Green Dragon's Lair Pitch Competition
The Top 4 finalists from the 2023 Green Dragon's Lair Competition will pitch live.

Location: York Ballroom
3:30 PM
Networking and Tradeshow Break
Location: York Concourse
4:15 AM
Green Dragon Pitch Competition Winner Announcement and Closing Remarks
Closing remarks and the announcement of the winners of the 2023 Green Dragon's Lair competition.

Location: York Ballroom
4:30 PM
Networking Cocktail Reception
Reception Food Sponsor by Access Credit Union
Reception Drinks Sponsored by Recycle Everywhere/Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association

Location: Carlton Lobby

MEIA Green Dragon's Lair Pitch Competition
Attention Cleantech Startups!

The MEIA Green Dragon’s Lair Pitch Competition offers select Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to pitch their product or technology to a panel of judges and attendees at the biggest cleantech conference in Manitoba, and for the chance to win!

$10,000 Grand Prize sponsored by Manitoba Technology Accelerator
$5,000 Audience Choice sponsored by Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

The Top 10 Selected Win:
  • One free tradeshow booth and two free tickets for the 2023 MEIA Cleantech Conference
  • Free registration for the Tradeshow Optimization Workshop, provided by World Trade Centre Winnipeg
  • Free consultation for marketing material creative design, provided by World Trade Centre Winnipeg 
  • Free printing for tradeshow booth marketing materials, provided by Avenue 4 Communications
  • Company showcased on the event website and at the conference

The 4 Finalists also receive:
  • Free coaching session by expert consultant to help you pitch your best. 
  • Pitch live for a panel of judges and audience of 600 at the MEIA Cleantech conference.

Submit your pitch deck to [email protected] for the first round of judging by September 29, 2023. The Top 10 and Top 4 pitches will be notified by October 6, 2023.
MEIA Cleantech Conference Sponsorship Packages
Industry support is crucial for organizing an exceptional conference, and MEIA takes pride in offering an extensive array of tailor-made sponsorship opportunities that deliver substantial value at a reasonable cost.

Interested in supporting the 2023 MEIA Cleantech Conference?
Contact MEIA for more info on sponsorship packages and opportunities!
Title Sponsor - $12,000
1 Available
Pre-Conference Reception Gala Sponsor - $10,000
1 Available
Arlene Dickinson Keynote
Sponsor - $8,000
1 Available
Tom Jackson Keynote
Sponsor - $8,000
1 Available
Lunch Sponsor - $7,500
1 Available
Steve Patterson MC
Sponsor - $7,000
1 Available
Green Dragon's Lair Pitch Competition Sponsor - $5,000
4 Available
Networking Reception Food Sponsor - $5,000
1 Available
Morning Networking Break
Sponsor - $3,500
1 Available
Afternoon Networking Break
Sponsor - $3,500
2 Available
Networking Reception Drink Sponsor - $3,500
1 Available
Funding Opportunities Hub Sponsor - $3,000
1 Available
Breakout Session
Sponsor - $2,500
4 Available
Breakfast Sponsor - $2,100
2 Available
Student Ticket
Sponsor - $2,000
3 Available
Grand Prize Sponsor - $2,000
1 Available
Program Sponsor - $2,000
1 Available
Student Networking Workshop Sponsor - $1,500
1 Available
Coat Check Sponsor - $1,000
1 Available
Conference Supporter - $500
Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors!
MEIA's 2023 Cleantech Conference will feature a 40 Booth Tradeshow area. 

We have 2 Exhibitor packages available:
Regular Exhibitor Package - $1,000

  • 2 Complimentary Registrations
  • 10 x 10 Draped Tradeshow Booth
  • Inclusion on Exhibitor List on MEIA website and Conference Program

Cleantech Start-up Exhibitor Package - $400

  • 2 Complimentary Registrations
  • 10 x 10 Draped Tradeshow Booth
  • Inclusion on Exhibitor List on MEIA website and Conference Program

*This package is subject to approval by MEIA staff

As an extra thank you to our 2023 Cleantech Conference tradeshow booth registrants, MEIA is offering 50% off registration for World Trade Centre Winnipeg’s Tradeshow Optimization Workshop! Contact MEIA at [email protected] for more info.
Mentor for a Day Program
The MEIA Cleantech Conference Mentor for a Day Program is a voluntary program connecting professionals with students studying in their field. The program introduces employers to talented new entrants to the workforce and helps students network and navigate what is possibly their first professional conference. Signing up to be a mentor/mentee is easy! Just select the box when registering and list your field of work/study. You will be sent the name of who you have been paired with ahead of the conference. 

Your email address will be shared with your mentor/mentee so the two of you can connect ahead of the conference. We recommend scheduling a time and place to meet for the day of the conference so when you arrive you’ll be able to find each other easily.

Follow the links below for more information on what to expect and potential questions a mentee might ask their mentor.
Funding Opportunities Hub
The MEIA is proud to present the Funding Opportunities Hub to help attendees of the MEIA Cleantech Conference find funding opportunities to help them grow.

Does your organization provide funding opportunities? Share them with us! Click here for more information.
Out of Town Delegates
Plan your trip to Winnipeg with Tourism Winnipeg! Check out local restaurants, shops and more.
We are happy to announce that we have secured special discounted pricing for our guests at the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Use the link below to book your room at a reduced rate.
 Join us on November 22, 2023
We look forward to seeing you!
Funding Provided by:
The Government of Canada                      The Manitoba government

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