Finalists gear up to pitch energy ideas at Discovery

March 26, 2014

Seven finalists have been chosen for Ontario Centres of Excellence's (OCE’s) prestigious David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge.

Honouring the past OCE Board Chair, the Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario’s academic institutions to address challenges facing the energy sector. Each year a particular challenge is named and students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to be judged against David’s own philosophy of innovation: that it be economically viable while also leading to the betterment of society in creating a safer, better place.

This year’s submitted solutions touched on a range of issues including energy conversion, energy efficiency, solar energy and water purification.

The winner receives $25,000 and a suite of business services to assist in advancing the business concept. The challenge will run on an annual basis. Finalists will pitch their ideas at OCE’s annual Discovery conference this year on May 13.

The theme for this year’s Energy Entrepreneur Challenge is “Energy as Enabler” (or Enlightened Energy). Many of us take for granted the energy we need to heat and air condition our homes and businesses; power our industries; and propel our vehicles. However, in many areas of the globe, energy is scarce or even unavailable. The challenge was to create energy solutions that are practical, affordable and sustainable. It was noted that the solution should also be exportable and adaptable to the needs of different parts of the world.

 “We were extremely impressed by the quality and creativity of the submissions we received,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “It is going to be a very exciting competition at this year’s Discovery, and we are looking forward to hearing more about the ideas of all the finalists at the pitch competition.”

The seven finalist team leads and their energy enterprises are:

  • Dominic Toselli, University of Waterloo – PetroPredict Inc.
  • Ross Cheriton, University of Ottawa – Stack Solutions
  • Greg Connell, McMaster University – FlipVision
  • Phil Audet, St. Lawrence College – Ontario Solar Experts
  • Sameer Gulamani, York University – KARIBU Solar Power
  • M. Ryan Manchee, Ryerson University – EnergySavers
  • Patrick Trahan, University of Ottawa – Therma Solaris
You can learn more about the finalists, watch their submission videos and get details about the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge competition at Discovery on the Discovery website.