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May 2-4, 2017 - New Orleans, USA: Collision is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. In two years, Collision has grown to almost 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media. General Fusion CEO Chris Mowry will speak on the Planet:Tech stage on May 2 at 11:05am. - More Details

March 14-15, 2017 - Vancouver, BC, Canada: The #BCTECH Summit is the largest technology conference in British Columbia showcasing the province’s vibrant technology industry. Attend, build cross-sector opportunities for your business and explore the latest ideas and innovations fueling our economy today. From innovations in eHealth data, autonomous vehicles and customer experience, to emerging ideas in cleantech, agritech and aerospace, the two-day event will give you the information and tools you need to move forward in a world where technology is impacting every part of our economy – and our lives. The #BCTECH Summit brings together tech entrepreneurs, anchor companies, business leaders from traditional industries, investors, government and academia to establish new connections, nurture existing networks, and exchange fresh ideas around innovation driving business growth. - More Details

January 18, 2017 - Toronto, Canada: The Cantech Investment Conference burst on the scene in January 2014 and quickly became the country's most talked about, best attended, and most exciting technology conference. Attracting innovation sector investors with billions in capital, Cantech fast became the place for Canadian disruptors to be seen, make a splash, and to get funded. - More details

By Michael Delage – Chief Technology Officer Fusion energy, long the domain of national laboratories and university physics departments, has seen a surge of interest from the private sector over the past decade. The market opportunity opened by the transformation of the energy industry, combined with the emergence of new technologies, has created a space for scientists outside of academia to advance the state of fusion and focus their research on approaches with practical, commercially viable outcomes.

By Michael Delage – VP Technology and Corporate Strategy Renewables are on a tremendous roll.  Global clean energy investment hit another record in 2015, showing that renewables are in demand even in the face of falling oil and gas prices.  China, working hard to deal with its air pollution problems, led the way by far.  This growth looks set to continue, becoming a critical contributor to reducing carbon emissions.  Yet despite the still relatively low penetration of renewables in the energy mix (2.8% of global energy consumption), there are some jurisdictions where renewables are running into constraints.

I attended the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles this week – a gathering of top business leaders, finance executives, innovators and politicians. The profile of fusion energy at conferences like this continues to grow – from TED to GLOBE to Milken and many more. For the first time in the conference’s history fusion energy had its own panel, with Michel Laberge (General Fusion), Dennis Whyte (MIT), Michl Binderbauer (Tri-Alpha Energy), and Tom McGuire (Lockheed Martin) discussing the progress in fusion energy and the barriers that remain (you can watch the full panel discussion in the video at the end of this post).  Key themes from this panel included: