Ottawa, Sept 20, 2016
The Canadian Gas Association is pleased to announce the appointment of John Adams as Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Funding.
“I am very pleased that John has joined our organization,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association. “John has a passion for sustainable energy, extensive industry experience, and an impressive background and record of building partnerships amongst private industry, academia and governments at home and abroad to drive innovation in energy technology forward.”
Canada’s natural gas utilities have undertaken significant initiatives involving the innovative use of affordable, clean, safe, and reliable natural gas and the extensive natural gas delivery and storage infrastructure. Recent efforts include launching Energy Technology Innovation Canada (ETIC), creating with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) the Sustainable Development Natural Gas FundTM, partnering with the National Research Council (NRC), signing a Canada-U.S. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technology innovation, partnering with Canmet ENERGY, and renewing a 5-year MOU with Natural Resources Canada. These partnerships have, to date, resulted in combined investments totaling almost $30 million.
“Natural gas companies are innovators with a long history of supporting better environmental performance and improved energy efficiency in energy end-use technology. Canada’s natural gas delivery industry is looking for opportunities to further develop natural gas innovation that delivers economic, environmental and health benefits for all Canadians,” said Egan. “We want to build on the success we have had and John will have an important role in helping us achieve that goal.”
A number of technologies are of interest to natural gas utilities given their potential to support the delivery of more clean and affordable energy to customers. Areas of particular interest include: renewable natural gas (RNG), CO2 recovery, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) for northern and remote communities, natural gas vehicles, distributed energy systems, combined heat and power (CHP) systems (including micro CHP), industrial energy efficiency, and power-to-gas.
“I am very excited to join CGA and am looking forward to developing a whole industry and government approach working with natural gas utilities, cleantech companies, government, academia, and other partners with similar interests. CGA has the right framework, relationships and partners and I can’t wait to start building an even more successful innovation agenda,” said Adams.
About John Adams
John Adams has over 25 years in cleantech/clean energy and related experience with industry. He comes to CGA after five years with SDTC. While at SDTC, John raised almost $40M in partnership agreements with industry and federal/provincial government agencies, led a series of national funding competitions, created a national Virtual Incubator, and launched a pilot for a more simplified, applicant process. Prior to SDTC, John was with Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd. holding positions in infrastructure business and international trade.
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.7 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
For more information, contact:
Director, Public and Government Affairs
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 ext. 341