Startup Cleanup

Startup Cleanup

Profit or Planet, the two most 'unrelated' economic topics a few decade ago, are now emergent as interrelated. While our economy remains relatively stable as the number of people living on the planet has experienced exponential growth in the past century, our planet is not ready to take the toll. Consequences of environment loss are dire, including scarcity of resources, loss of indigenous culture, lack of biodiversity, and the list goes on. Social entrepreneurship might be the solution to this problem, which is start-up companies that addresses social, cultural, or environmental issues. However, is that really enough? Can businesses abandon their profit motives to strive for a healthier planet with our current competitive economic system? How do people fit into the controversial connection between profit and the planet? Be prepared to be caught in the crossfire between the debated relationship of entrepreneurship and environment at People, Planet, Profit.

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Speakers

Dennon Oosterman

Dennon Oosterman

Dennon Oosterman is known to be an innovator, inventor, leader, and entrepreneur. His Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia and internships at Bell and Columbia Capital could not satisfy his need to provide to the environment. Dennon Oosterman is the Founder and CEO of ReDeTec, a company that develops recycling technology for 3D printers. He worked to develop the core technology, led all private and public funding efforts, and built his current team to what they are today. His dream is to empower businesses and educators with unlimited creative freedom through sustainable manufacturing. From research and development to product development and branding, building a business around innovative technology is what Oosterman does best.
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Adonis Yatchew

Adonis Yatchew’s research focuses on energy and regulatory economics, and econometrics. Since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments at Trinity College, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago and Australian National University, among others. He the Editor-in-Chief of The Energy Journal. He has advised public and private sector companies on energy, regulatory and other matters for over 25 years and has provided testimony in numerous regulatory and litigation procedures. Adonis Yatchew currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in energy, graduate courses in econometrics and ‘Big Ideas’ courses in the School of Environment with colleagues in physics and classics.

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