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Workshop 1

Cleantech – Seizing the Opportunities

7.30am - 9.30am, Tuesday 20 July 2010, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

The clean technology (cleantech) global movement offers great opportunities for New Zealand, and for NZ businesses of all sizes. This workshop is a call to action. The world is moving to a low carbon economy, with some countries already having a big focus on cleantech. Business people must understand the opportunities and implications, or be left behind:

  • What are key forms of clean technology?
  • What are the branding, revenue, cost saving and other benefits to all businesses from embracing cleantech?
  • What is Phillip Mills' big hairy audacious cleantech goal to transform the economy?
  • What are the wide ranging New Zealand and overseas cleantech projects that show that cleantech is already the way of the future?
  • What are the clean technology offerings that global markets and investors are hungry for?

All businesses use energy. This workshop is of direct relevance to every shareholder, manager, director and investor.


Phillip Mills
Les Mills, International

Phillip heads the 100% Plan, a group of business leaders with a common belief that New Zealand must view the world’s inexorable move to a low-carbon economy as an economic opportunity. He is one of seven business leaders identified by Unlimitedmagazine as change agents with a goal to transform the New Zealand economy.

Phillip Mills revolutionized the fitness industry in the 1980s and Les Mills International is the world’s leading provider of group fitness programs and is sought after worldwide for his expertise in Group Fitness Management. Every week, millions of people participate in its eight choreographed programs in more than 13,000 clubs in over 70 countries around the world.

Chris Mulcare
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

As Investment manager & Clean Technology at Investment NZ, a division of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Chris’ role is to introduce offshore investors and strategic partners to New Zealand companies that are developing clean technologies or projects, to attract greenfield cleantech ventures to New Zealand, to find opportunities to develop and deploy clean technology and to promote an economic vision for New Zealand based on sustainable, high value, low carbon exports.

Chris has over 20 years experience in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East in engineering, project management, commercial/ marketing roles and technology commercialisation.

James Muir
Sinclair Knight Merz

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) is a leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm with 42 major offices worldwide and with experience in numerous clean technology projects in New Zealand and overseas. 

James Muir is the Clean Energy Finance Manager in SKM’s Strategic Consulting Group in Auckland. His role is to assist leading organisations to evaluate, develop and implement low carbon, clean energy solutions. James has experience in establishing the architecture for the geothermal power sector, has particular strengths in working at the interface between financiers, governments and developers and has worked with commercial and quasi commercial lenders and development organisations.