When most people think of innovation, they don’t generally think of the oil and gas industry. And yet out of all research and development spent in the energy sector in 2016, the fossil fuels industry was responsible for 75%.These investments are leading to innovations that will position Canada as a global leader in producing clean hydrocarbon energy.

The billions of dollars spent every year by oil and gas companies will benefit the entire economy, creating new environmental technologies to significantly improve environmental performance in Canada and create new, next generation exports. Hear about how these innovations will help lower the emissions footprint of this critical industry, while at the same time accelerating the growth of a whole new clean tech ecosystem.  

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) is a group of forward-thinking oil and gas industry professionals, innovators, financiers, policy makers, incubators & accelerators, academics and students committed to the success of the hydrocarbon energy sector, the people and communities that it touches, and a strong, carbon-competitive and diversified Canadian economy.

CRIN is comprised of individuals, and companies of all sizes. CRIN represents a network of highly successful industrial and regional resources, capital, and talent; our participants and impacts are global in nature. CRIN builds on a longstanding Canadian innovation success story and positions the energy industry for further success in the 21st century through a determined focus on accelerated commercialization of technology and innovation.


Emerging Innovators Pitch Session

Join Mike Tourigny (VP Commercialization, RF Heating) on Wednesday, May 8th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for a short presentation profiling RF XL and its' emission reduction opportunities. 

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Computer Aided Engineering

Mike Tourigny - VP Commercialization, RF Heating

Mike is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in building high growth businesses based on disruptive innovation. Mike started his career in the oil and gas industry before moving to the technology sector, where he worked on the development and deployment of multiple ground breaking technologies in various business sectors. In 2013, Mike made the move to specialize in radio frequency (RF) heating systems for oil sands and heavy oil production with Acceleware Ltd. 

Mike’s goal is to commercialize Acceleware’s RF heating, and to generate explosive but responsible growth within the oil sands and heavy oil sectors. Awareness of the need for thoughtful applied innovation, combined with his understanding of complexities inherent to deploying technological advancements in an established industry, results in Mike’s ability to successfully expedite change. Along with his respect for both the heavy oil industry and its’ political realities, this translates into the ability to navigate through barriers associated with business growth and development. Mike has worked in energy, utilities, telecommunications, and technology services sectors in Canada and internationally. Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia.



Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Chateau Laurier 1 Rideau Street Ottawa,Ontario, Canada K1N 8S7