Climate solutions though material innovations

05 Oct. 2022


Climate solutions through material innovations

Materials underpin nearly every sector from transportation to construction. As such, material innovation can help solve one of the world’s toughest problems: climate change. We must look critically at the conventional materials we rely on today and evaluate their composition and how they are made, to highlight opportunities for meaningful innovation. For example, the cement and steel industries alone are responsible for 7 and 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, respectively.

Understanding the source of emissions associated with cement and steel production enables the advent of new materials that meet our demands with less waste. It can also be an opportunity to reimagine how we access, extract or produce the materials we rely on for building our physical world. We can apply the same innovation processes to mining critical minerals such as lithium, which will require new methods of extraction to sustainably meet our future demand. Whether applied to the sectors of transportation, construction or mining, we require novel materials and processes to meet our collective climate goals.

Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022 (registration deadline Monday, 3 October 2022)
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. MST
Format: Zoom webinar – login information will be sent out to all registrants shortly after you receive your order confirmation email1.
Cost: FREE

1 When registering for the webinar, please ensure you proceed to checkout to confirmyou are fully registered. If you do not receive an order confirmation email (please check any junk or quarantined folders), please contact Alison Carter, Manager, Events.

About the presenter

Val Chiykowski

Val Chiykowski is an associate at Evok Innovations. There she assists with deal flow and exercising due diligence around technologies for clean tech investments. Evok Innovations focuses on supporting decarbonizing heavy industry through venture capital investments.

Prior to Evok, Val worked with the Creative Destruction Lab to develop mentorship programming for advanced material start-ups. She led the development of the High School Girls Program (now called the CDL Apprentice Program) to promote diversity in STEM. Val also worked with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support Canadian clean tech start-ups and SMEs with non-dilutive funding, and focused on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategies for the portfolio.

Val holds a BSc in chemistry from Queen’s University and a PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research was in materials discovery for next-generation solar cells.


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