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Pond Technologies move towards a sustainable future is often seen as a zero-sum proposition, forcing us to choose between business and the environment. But one Markham-based company is doing things differently, using action on climate change as an opportunity for collaborative, and profitable, innovation. Pond Technologies is a Canadian cleantech company using algae to help existing industry transition to low-carbon operations. Pond’s multi-leveled system not only captures CO2, but derives value from these emissions by producing a valuable natural byproduct. For over a decade, the team at Pond has been fine-tuning their proprietary growth technology, gathering data and building

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Expelled from our factories, power plants, and cars – CO2 is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. While algae, like plants, grow via photosynthesis, consuming CO2 at impressive rates. Here’s how it works: Emissions from smokestacks and other industrial facilities are redirected to large tanks, called bioreactors. The reactors are “plug and play”, container-size tanks that integrate easily with existing industrial facilities. The emissions are moved through the algaefilled reactors where Pond’s technology capitalizes on algae’s natural appetite for

CO2. Conditions are optimized using lighting, sensors, and computer algorithms, maximizing algae growth and CO2 conversion. Emissions are cleaned, oxygen is output, and algae is grown. The algae produced during the sequestration process can then be upgraded into value-added products with wideranging commercial and social benefits. Clean animal feed, ingredients for cosmetics, bioplastics, food dyes, and a range of valuable human nutraceutical supplements are among the many algaebased all-natural products that can be produced from Pond’s bioreactors. Algae is on its way to becoming a sustainable raw material of the future, and Pond is positioning itself to be a leader in this space.

A Compelling Option for Investors and Industry There are more than 10,000 large emitters in North America alone, every one of them a potential commercial partner. Pond is now public (TSX.V: POND) offering both the everyday investor and bigger industry players the opportunity to join the move towards a low-carbon economy. Pond has been granted patents in the U.S., Europe, China, and the Gulf Region and has pilot sequestration installations underway at St. Marys Cement, a major cement manufacturer in southern Ontario. Of note for Markham residents is Pond’s project with Markham District Energy (MDE). To be constructed adjacent to MDE’s Your home away from home

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John van Velzen leaves a legacy of entrepreneurship in Markham


ntrepreneurs born or made? Audrey Jamieson, daughter of long-time publishing entrepreneur John van Velzen, leans toward nature, noting that studies show entrepreneurs exhibit key differences from most people, such as a higher tolerance for risk, greater resilience and perseverance. All these characteristics, she notes, are evident within her family. Her father, brother and herself all built thriving businesses in the Markham area. As Jamieson recounts her family history, however, it becomes clear that nurture is definitely part of the mix. When starting out in sales in the 90s for her father’s company, Camar Publishing, the elder van Velzen asked her, “Did you sell anything today”. “Yes,” Audrey proudly reported, “I sold 3 classified ads”. He then asked her how many said ‘no’ that day. Again, Audrey proudly reported none. He responded, “Well then, you didn’t sell anything you just took their order.” Growing up in a sort of sales incubator


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probably helped Jamieson build an early career as a star sales performer, skills that she would then parlay into the rapid success of her own firm, Marketing Kitchen. “You can’t start a business without taking risks,” she says, referring back to those entrepreneurial characteristics, “and you can’t make a success of it without resilience and perseverance.” Her dad was a classic case in point. Bored with a very successful finance career with large companies such as Carling O’Keefe, van Velzen ditched it all for a chance to buy a small publication called This is Ontario. The magazine was a giveaway in duty-free shops that focused on travel and tourism, but van Velzen negotiated distribution in The Beer Store locations. Circulation sky rocketed from 35,000 to 1,000,000. Alas, so did the costs, and after 4 years of heavy losses, van Velzen was forced to pack it in. It didn’t hold him back for long. Says his daughter, “A good entrepreneur knows that

failure is part of the growing process. It gives you the insights you need to succeed, so you can actually look at it as not being failure at all.” The experience also fuelled van Velzen’s love of publishing, and he went on to work for Torstar’s Harlequin magazine division. It wasn’t long before he and colleague Phil Whalen offered to buy the division, to which Harlequin agreed. Camar Publications on Steelcase Road in Markham was launched in 1980. They soon had a series of titles under their banner that came to be loved by Canadians: Photo Life, Canadian Gardening Magazine, Canadian Workshop Magazine and Outdoor Canada. Van Velzen knew then that the most secure strategy was to rely on loyal paid subscribers rather than fickle advertisers. The company focused on maintaining consistent quality. The numbers grew, with some of the magazines reaching over 100,000 paying subscribers.

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“My Dad is an amazing numbers guy,” became one of Markham’s Top 100 employers. doubled the company’s footprint and says Jamieson. “He knew how to target and Then, bad news struck. confidently moved next door into 40,000 retain paid subscribers, and he also knew the Cancer took the young, brilliant van square feet. value of those subscribers to advertisers.” Velzen in the prime of his life and at the “The new space gave Marketing Kitchen a blank canvas to really define a culture of It was during this time, in 1993, that van height of his company’s success, in 2011. The innovation and creativity,” says Jamieson. It is Velzen’s oldest son and Jamieson’s brother, business was sold to The Data Group of the first direct marketing production Rob van Velzen, founded Fulfillment Companies and his sister went along as part company in Canada to install the Konica Solutions Advantage Inc., later known as The of the deal. AccurioJet KM-1 variable inkjet press, a game FSA Group. “That was a double whammy for me,” changer allowing infinite flexibility and FSA started as a small fulfilment company Jamieson recounts. “Not only did I lose a creativity for clients. on Hood Rd. in Markham which soon became brother, but I lost an amazing boss and Marketing Kitchen’s impressive client one of the largest and most innovative mentor. Over the years, he personally roster includes companies such Tangerine marketing companies in Canada. A key mentored a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs.” Bank, Wayfair, Canadian Cancer Society and moment in its growth was in 2001 when the Rob van Velzen was awarded the Anthony Plan Canada, to name a few. company boldly moved into a large, stylish Roman Award posthumously by the Now with 40 full time staff members, and state-of-the-art facility on Rodick Road. Markham Board of Trade. Jamieson expects Rob van Velzen 2020 to be the best knew the optics year yet. “Direct would pay off, and “You can’t start a business without taking risks,” she says, referring mail is alive and soon many Fortune back to those entrepreneurial characteristics, “and you can’t make thriving, it’s targeted 500 companies came a success of it without resilience and perseverance.” and has a high level on board, and the of engagement”, she business was says. “Unlike our employing over 200 people. inbox, our mail box is uncluttered.” Jamieson knew her new role within a large “My brother was a huge visionary,” says What’s the secret to this family’s business corporate environment would not suit her. “So along comes the third entrepreneur in Jamieson. “He could easily see two years success? Both Jamieson and the elder van into the future and rarely were his predictions the family, and probably not the last,” Velzen agree that you need to know your she jokes. wrong. He embraced change, he was a quick market and never lose confidence in your In 2014 she founded Marketing Kitchen by decision maker and he never sweat the business. Stay hungry and never get small stuff.” purchasing the assets of a small direct mail comfortable, since anything and everything Jamieson herself worked at FSA for 15 company whose owners wanted to retire. She could change on a dime. years. She became the firm’s #1 sales person moved it to Markland Road in Markham and Most importantly, take care of your staff. and fell in love with the direct marketing the business grew faster than Jamieson could “If you treat your team well and they enjoy industry. FSA had become an industry leader have imagined. She hit her 5-year goal in less where they work, everything else just falls with annual revenues of $19 million and than 2 ½ years. On her 5th anniversary, she into place.”

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Prevention or Due Diligence what creates a safety culture? How can one best define workplace safety culture for an organization? Workplace safety culture starts with the senior management’s commitment, from which flows the staff accountability. All of this is tied up tight through strong systems and processes. Technology can be very helpful in making the systems and processes easy and effective, while keeping your program alive. In fact, use of technology can make the whole workplace operate efficiently with improved productivity. Technology is the way forward today, and often it is companies who leverage the strengths of technology that end up staying on top of everything. “There are many technological advancements in occupational health & safety. Companies need to choose the options that best fit their business strategy and safety requirements”. Sabesh Kanagaretnam, P.Eng, CEO, 4S Consulting.

Protection vs. Prevention – An Overview Due diligence is about making sure you have done everything ‘reasonable’ under the circumstances to mitigate risks to ‘protect’ your workers. Protection of your workers is the major focus of due diligence. That’s also what the Occupational Health & Safety act requires. However, the big question you must ask yourself at this stage is how good is ‘reasonable’ for building a safety culture? The answer is ‘not good enough’ on most occasions since an organization with a sustainable safety culture is expected to go beyond ‘reasonable’. This brings us to the concept of ‘prevention’. If you go beyond reasonable, you are likely working on ‘prevention’ rather than ‘cure’ for your workers. Prevention is about not having an adverse thing happen at your workplace. Prevention and due diligence are very close concepts, but have a totally different meaning. They are like chalk and cheese. They look the same, yet, they are they are so different from each other, especially from a

Prevention or protection, what are you looking for?

point of view of building a safety culture. Let’s now see which of the two helps in building a safety culture. When you eliminate or remove a hazard, you prevent it from causing any future damage at your workplace. On the other hand, protecting your workers by providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last and the least effective, reliable, and sustainable step in the hierarchy of controls. That clearly says it all as far as what you need to do as an organization to have the most effective, reliable, and sustainable safety program. Due diligence is the minimum you can do, which is reasonable to protect your workers’ health and safety. However, is ‘reasonable’ enough to help you build a safety culture? The answer is no. It’s crucial for you to note that prevention works at a level well beyond what is reasonable in the given circumstances.

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Brad Morris recipient of the 2019 Anthony Roman Award


arkham Board of Trade, annually selects an individual who is an outstanding community leader. The award is named after the late Anthony Roman who served as a public servant for more than 20 years. He was a champion of many Markham community causes including the preservation of Markham’s heritage. Mr. Roman was also instrumental in attracting IBM and American Express along with hundreds of tech companies to Markham. This year’s recipient shares many similarities with Mr. Roman. They both have a great love of the community and to making a difference. Mr. Morris has served as the Board Chair of the Canadian Women’s Professional Hockey League and was recognized by CWHL as humanitarian of the year. He is a strong advocate of opportunity for women and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the ladies First Hockey Foundation of Canada. Prior to Morris work with CWHL he served as the chair of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. The youngest person to take the position at the time. Mr. Morris has also served as the Chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation and as a board director at the hospital. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his extensive volunteer work. Morris is currently the General Manager of Grote Industries Canada a leading worldwide innovator and distributor of lighting, electrical and safety systems for all forms of vehicle and transportation markets. Mr. Morris has been a member of the Unionville/Markham Community since 1976 and is a proud husband and father of 2 incredible young women.

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Parenthood Builds Communication Skills By Chad Heard


son is seven. He likes Pokemon, basketball, and riding his bike. His least favourite things include eggplant and beets. It would be easy to characterize my role as his father as a one-way information street, but the reality is I’m learning just as much. For those with children, my experience is likely universal. You may see some of yourself in this short list of what my son has taught me, but the act of storytelling is equally universal. We do it with our children, and organizations do it with their audiences. When launching anything new into the market – be it product, program, or promotion – you’re initiating an information transaction. With your audience’s attention, your goal is to educate and entertain. Here’s how a seven year old taught me to do that a little better:

1. Spend some time with word choice.

Everyone is working with a slightly different vocabulary, so an organization’s storytelling must be composed to help rather than hinder. That new employee may not be familiar with corporate acronyms; customers categorize your products differently than you; and journalists will scrub all of your hip lingo as they write their articles. 1078_03_19


2. Be patient and never, ever assume a baseline understanding.

My son asked me when he could drive. I explained lessons would start at age 16, but he would need a licence, buy HIS OWN car, and get insurance. His response: “What’s insurance?”, then “Why do I need it?”, followed by “Why does it cost money to repair things?”, and so on. Every business communications campaign involves bringing a new element into being, which inevitably leads to questions, so make sure you’re ready.

3. Visuals provide a frame of reference.

Once my son saw my driver’s licence it immediately materialize the concept so he could move into the abstract areas that confused him. Video and images help move people along the learning journey. Visual storytelling is immensely powerful and should play as big a role in any launch planning as time allows.

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ROES is an acronym for “The Revolution of Energy Storage,” and they expect that their technology and market development will be the testimony for the revolution of Energy Storage. The company was founded by Vienna Zhou, a technology and investment consultant. Zhou created the firm V Tech specializing in the Cleantech and Renewable Energy industry. By collecting a wide scope of clients, including renewable project developers, project investors and end users such as government offices, the company accumulated rich technology insights as well as ecosystem resources during its years of operation. After a comprehensive study of industrial trends and market needs, the timing was right and the VTech entered the Energy Storage industry through the creation of TROES. TROES has gone on to develop, design and manufacture safe, long-lasting, cloud-based BESS’s focusing on the Commercial, Industrial and Micro-Grid market segments. Although everyone is familiar with the concept and usage of the “Battery”, the majority of the applications and benefits of the large-sized BESS’s are still unknown; and there are many! Some examples of major benefits are: bill reduction (Peak shaving), comfortability and resiliency (self-supply and power backup), electricity cost reduction (Community Micro-


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Grid), decrease of capital expenditure and reduction of utility infrastructure upgrade cost (Non-Wires Alternative), power grid congestion alleviation, peak shifting, voltage adjustment and power quality (Electricity Quality Management). It all sounds complicated but results on a lot of cost

reduction and better management of energy. With so many applications, TROES’ BESS’s contribute highly to the global and national energy saving initiatives and are environmentally friendly (Cleantech), being in full alignment with governmental policies and incentives. The global demand for more electricity nowadays includes the increasing interest in electric vehicles and the need for investment in electricity generation along with the

expansion of the transmission and distribution networks. All this, plus the rise of renewables and the global trends for Cleaner Energy as well as relevant government policies and incentives are some of the catalysts to the Energy Storage market growth. Demand for storage will remain strong for the next 5-10 years and beyond. According to Bloomberg NEF, the global additions to the BESS capacity from 2018 to 2050 will be 1,291GW, which is just part of the future electricity needs. In value, the global market is estimated to grow annually by 21% through 2025 - from USD 5 billion to 19 billion. TROES believes they are in the right industry, at the right time; an early-stage company with high growth potential. While still a start up their technology, customizable solutions and marketing positioning have received very strong response from the market and are scaling up very fast. The company has already deployed systems in Ontario and across Canada, with potential projects in the US, Mexico, Europe, China, SE Asia and Australia.

Apart from the surge in business their potential for growth was recognized by winning the “Made in York Region” investors pitching competition last November. TROES competed with 40 participating companies and was awarded the 1st prize of $10,000. This symbolic prize serves as a recognition for TROES’ business model, current progress and future potential. “It was also a great honour and recognition for us to welcome The Honourable Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham last November at our offices” says Vienna. TROES was also selected as one of the “5 supported companies by ventureLAB (the region’s innovation hub) to Watch in 2020”. They are hosted at ventureLAB’s incubator space, in the IBM building, where they are constantly surrounded by innovative, next generationthinking, tech companies, which create an unbelievably inspiring and supportive environment for vision and growth. “We are very proud to be part of Markham’s Tech Community and very grateful for everyone’s support” says Zhou. “We look forward to contributing further to Markham’s development and sharing more “Made in Markham” success stories”.

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