Green Economy Heroes Climate Podcast

Hope and inspiration in green Canadian business leaders

Looking for a great climate solutions podcast? You found it, right here on Dianne Saxe’s Green Economy Heroes climate podcast.

My name is Dianne Saxe. I’m an environmental lawyer focusing on the climate crisis. I was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015-2019 and I am the President of SaxeFacts.com. 

Since 2015, I’ve talked with hundreds of audiences across Canada about the climate crisis. A few years ago, most people were just learning that we have a crisis. Today, you probably already know that. Now you are more likely to be wondering, is it too late? Where can we find some hope?

I want you to meet some amazing Canadians who are making a living building the green economy. With their passion, creativity and skill, they are helping to reduce our climate pollution, to create green jobs and to get us ready for what’s coming.

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I call them Green Economy Heroes.

Each Green Economy Hero podcast features someone you’ll enjoy getting to know. We will explore who they are, what their business are doing, and how it is making a difference. We will hear about their challenges, their successes, and their dreams. And we’ll learn their advice on how you, too, can start and build a green business.

This climate podcast is produced, with thanks, by the excellent Toronto Mike, TMDS.

I post a new climate podcast most weeks, as well as share informative content through climate presentations. Please listen, share, and rate at your favourite podcast distributors. Our exciting climate podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe in Google PodcastsApple / iTunes, TuneIn, Google PlayiHeartRadioStitcher,  Spotify, or subscribe directly to the feed.

There is a taste of each climate interview in the table below; full episodes are available through your favourite podcast distributor. For subscribers, who help us pay the recording and posting costs at Patreon, each episode is available a week early through Patreon.

Episode #GuestTitleDescriptionA taste of the interviewGreen economy KeywordsDate
44Mike KeilhauerKeilhauerDesigning, manufacturing and selling zero carbon, zero waste office chairs of pure, reusable materialsembodied carbon, zero waste, sustainable design, circular economy2/11/2021
43Jim FongerAmerescoEngineering and finance to slash the carbon footprint of existing buildings, such as schoolsenergy efficiency, energy performance contracts, 1/28/2021
42Rebecca BlackBlack Current MarketingMarketing and strategic foresight for green economy companiesgreen economy, green transition, green marketing, strategic foresight1/14/2021
41David BeauvaisElectrifier SG2BRapid, accurate energy and emissions data for community energy planningenergy, energy efficiency, energy planning, municipal energy plans, green button, energy data12/31/2020
40Brad Crapeau, Alex HaymanFoodCyclerTurning food waste to compost, at home, in hoursfood waste, circular economy, compost, waste reduction12/17/2020
39Marc BedardLion ElectricAll electric buses and trucks – now cost competitive for heavy useelectric vehicles, clean transportation, air quality, electric buses12/10/2020
38Darren Jones & Daygan FowlerMyHEATBeing able to SEE where heat is escaping from your house motivates action when talk doesn’t. When will our utility pay for the pictures?MyHEATenergy efficiency, buildings, utilities, climate action, reduce waste12/03/2020
37Sumi ShanDunya HabitatsTiny, portable, energy efficient, beehive-shaped hydroponic units for growing vegetables anywhereSumi Shan teaseragriculture, hydroponics, food deserts, equity11/26/20
36Andrew PeelPeel Passive HouseBuilding and retrofitting buildings for maximum comfort, minimum fossil fuelsPeel Passive Housegreen buildings, passive buildings, low-carbon buildings11/19/20
35Adam CorneilUnbuildersCarefully taking buildings apart for reuse, instead of smashing themUnBuildersdemolition, construction waste, circular economy11/12/20
34Anie RouleauThe Unscented CompanyLocal, unscented soap company, on the road to plastic-freeThe Unscented Companyretail, consumer product, soap, single-use plastic11/05/20
33Peter HowardPond Technologies How to make carbon sequestration pay for itself: turning industrial CO2 emissions into algae, superfoods and profitsPond Technologies teasercarbon capture, algae, anti-oxidants, sequestration10/29/20
32Amir AlamShoe LaundryHow did a DJ who loves shoes become a sustainability entrepreneur during Covid?Shoe Laundry teasershoes, retail, cleaning, reducing waste10/22/20
31Audrey MascarenhasQuestor TechnologiesMethane destruction: reducing climate damage and air pollution for $2/ tonne. Why do Canada’s regulations lag behind Mexico’s?Audrey Mascarenhasmethane capture, air pollution, renewable energy10/15/20
30Gildas PoissonierDesjardins FinancialWhere can I do my banking without supporting fossil fuels?Desjardins Financialfinancial, insurance, Paris targets
10/08/20
29Steve OldhamCarbon EngineeringDirect air capture of carbon dioxide – Is it a realistic solution?Carbon Engineeringcarbon capture, enhanced oil recovery10/01/20
28Matt BrownPatagoniaHow a clothing firm slashes its carbon footprint and works to preserve our home planetPatagoniaretail, clothing09/24/20
27Greg NuttallWoodland BiofuelsComing soon: the world’s cheapest liquid transportation fuel, made from construction wasteWoodland Biofuelsbiofuels, transportation fuel, construction waste reuse09/17/20
26Sarah Devika SumnauthUrban MineralsLocal-source vegan makeup startup with its first sustainability report – on hand-poured lipstickUrban Mineralsmicro business, makeup, sustainability report09/10/20
25Mike BrighamSolarshareHow did Mike Brigham build a $60 million community-owned #solarpower cooperative, SolarShare? And why is he personally funding the used #electricvehicles incentive in Ontario?SolarshareSolarshare, solar bonds, solar energy cooperative09/03/20
24Shaun LoneyAki Energy: Climate benefits and reconciliationGreen energy and efficiency social enterprise as a path to social healing and lower costs. Why is the green economy a good path forwards for people with barriers to employment?Aki Energygreen energy, efficiency, renewable energy, indigenous reconciliation08/27/20
23Bruce TaylorEfficiency: the best investmentFunding clean water in Africa by saving clients energy, water, resources and money hereEnviro-Stewardsenergy efficiency, materials efficiency08/20/20
22Catherine ThornDistrict energy scaling upHow a former municipal utility is becoming a giant in cleaner heating and cooling for many buildingsCatherine Thorn of Enwavedistrict heating and cooling, low carbon heating, thermal recycling08/13/20
21Mike AndradeInnovative solar technologyHow did Morgan Solar survive China’s solar juggernaut, and stay Canadian?Morgan Solarsolar energy08/06/20
20David RobertsCanada’s first net zero bus companyHow Victoria Harbour used a 15-year contract to get a net-zero bus system for cruise passengersNet zero bus companynet zero buses, clean transportation, electric vehicles07/30/20
19Jocelyn MolyneuxWorm farmingCollecting office food waste, and feeding it to 1,000,000 worms to make plant food Jocelyn Molyneuxagriculture, organic waste07/23/20
18Yuill HerbertSustainability Solutions Group Workers’ cooperative consulting firm that helps create decarbonized, equitable, healthy cities for everyoneSustainability Solutions Groupenergy planning, co-operative, municipal energy plans07/16/20
17Sean DrygasBullfrog Power Canada’s green energy retailer, so I can heat and light my home without fossil fuelsBullfrog Power low carbon electricity and gas, retail07/09/20
16Cara ClairmanPlug’n’DrivePlug’n’Drive stokes public passion for driving electric vehicles, often by letting people try onePlug’n’Driveelectric vehicles07/02/20
15Trish NixonRenewable energy investment for everyoneCoPower’s green bonds allow almost everyone to put the planet in their portfolioTrish Nixon, CoPowergreen bonds06/25/20
14Jennifer WagnerPutting carbon into concreteCarbonCure’s amazing technology saves money by using CO2 to make concrete strongerCarbonCurelow-carbon concrete, carbon sequestration06/18/20
13Tom RandVenture capitalism for clean techEarly stage funding so that breakthrough technology companies can grow through Canada’s notorious valley of deathArctern Venturesclean tech finance, venture capital06/11/20
12Brandon MoffatFood waste to powerBrandon explains his passion for turning food waste into low-carbon fertilizer, electricity and natural gasBrandon Moffatfood waste, clean power06/04/20
11Dan BalabanRenewable power in AlbertaHow Dan made Greengate Power Canada’s biggest renewable energy developerDan Balaban, Greengate Powersolar power, wind energy, electricity, Alberta05/28/20
10Tim NashSustainable investingHow Tim became a busy financial planner, helping people put their money where their heart isTim Nashsustainable investing, clean finance, consumers, retail, RRSP05/21/20
9Michael KalmanovichEarth’s General StoreMichael’s labour of love for his award-winning, organic, low-waste general storeEarth’s General Storeretail, general store05/14/20
8Alexandra TavasoliSolar catalyst chemistryAlex’s cleantech startup uses solar catalysts invented in Toronto to turn methane and CO2 into a fundamental building block of modern chemistrySolistracleantech, chemistry, solar catalyst05/07/20
7Richard SiftonSolar subdivisionRichard tells Dianne about his new London subdivision. It is medium-density, solar-powered, fossil-free and sells shoes in the pubWest5 Solar Subdivisionsolar subdivision04/30/20
6Priyanka LloydGrowing tomorrow’s Green Economy Heroes How can local business hubs grow tomorrow’s environmental champions? Priyanka chats about Green Economy Canada and the little businesses that couldGreen Economy Canadagreen businesses, business hub, B2B, energy efficiency04/23/20
5Akhil SivanandanShowing consumers their impactAkhil tells Dianne how Green Story helps green brands grow through the right consumer information, at the right timeGreenStoryretail, transparency, environmental footprint04/16/20
4Stephanie McLartySecond lives for telecom equipmentStephanie tells Dianne how REfficient finds second lives for used and surplus equipment, allowing smaller telecom companies to competeREfficient teaserreuse, waste reduction, equity04/09/20
3Bryan Gilvesy Cows that protect birdsAward-winning farmer, Bryan Gilvesy, tells us how planting native tall grass prairie has restored endangered birds and transformed his cattle ranchYU Ranch excerptregenerative agriculture04/02/20
2Frances EdmondsChanging how Canada buys technologyA billion business decisions are made in Canada every day, rarely with the climate crisis in mind. Can HP change that?HP Sustainable Impactprocurement, cleantech03/26/20
1Paul DowsettPlant-based homesA conversation with architect Paul Dowsett, founder of Sustainable, on his passion for better living in plant-based, energy-efficient homesPaul Dowsettplant-based buildings, efficiency03/19/20