Tony Van Bommel, LLB, M.B.A.


Senior Managing Partner of the Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund,
BDC Capital

Tony Van Bommel is the Senior Managing Partner of the Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund for BDC Capital investing exclusively in Canadian companies, and is located in the Toronto, Ontario office. A champion of the Cleantech sector for more than 15 years, Tony shapes BDC Capital’s investment direction. He oversees the $287M ICE Fund. Tony has been with BDC Capital since 2001 and held positions in the BDC Halifax, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Colombia offices. He holds or has held numerous Board of Director seats and currently is working with Axine, Bit Stew, CarbonCure, Invixium, Sofdesk and Vizimax, all emerging Canadian Venture backed companies. Tony was also recognized in 2015 as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and as one of the World’s most influential environmental investors by the Journal of Environmental Investing.

Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at InNOVAcorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund, where he helped implement a venture capital program and provided assistance to emerging technology companies. While at InNOVAcorp he completed two secondments to Ocean Nutrition – completing a market map and market strategy - and to Dalhousie University – teaching courses in business strategy, building innovative companies and market strategy. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm, Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for the funds exit in the sale of Q1 Labs to IBM in 2012. In 2016, Tony was involved in the exit of Bit Stew to GE for $207M, the largest Venture backed exit in Canada that year. Finally, he was instrumental in bringing Radian6 to BDC Capital, the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year Award” winner in 2011 for the sale to Salesforce.com.

Tony earned the Dalhousie Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate student chosen from all faculties at Dalhousie University and the gold medal from the Dalhousie University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario where he won the Pitney Bowes Award for the top graduating law student in Ontario who combined academics, athletics and service to the community. He is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and Volunteer of the year for that organization.

BDC Capital is one of the most active Industrial, Clean and Energy technology investors solely focused on investing in Canadian companies. The BDC ICE Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. With $287M under management they invest in early and development stage companies.

Veronica Bliska


Oil Sands Advisory Group

Veronica Bliska has been a member of the Oil Sands Advisory Group since its inception in September 2016. Former Reeve and Councilor for the Municipal District of Peace, Veronica has enjoyed 20 years in municipal government. Her involvement in local politics has led to many governance positions including Chair of the Northern Alberta Elected Leaders, Chair of the Peace Library System and a director on the Northern Alberta Transportation Bureau. Veronica developed a keen understanding of land use planning from her 15 years on the Executive of the Mackenzie Municipal Planning Agency, served on the Provincial Land Use Framework and was a director on the Community Planning Association of Alberta.

Veronica and her husband Don operate a grain farm in the Peace Region, north east of the Town of Grimshaw. They have 2 children that have completed post-Secondary, and continue to live and work in the north.

 

Vic Adamowicz , Ph.D, M.Sc., B.Sc.


Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences,
University of Alberta

Dr. W.L. (Vic) Adamowicz is Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta (1981, 1983) and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1988.

His research has focused on the economic valuation of environmental amenities and ecosystem services and the incorporation of environmental values into economic analysis – with applications to forestry, water quality, air quality, endangered species and agriculture. His research also involves the analysis of choice behavior with applications to food demand, recreation, and environmental quality.