Sustainable Development Technology Canada

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Technologies du développement durable du Canada
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Agency executive
  • Leah Lawrence, president and CEO

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC; French: Technologies du développement durable Canada) is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to fund new clean technologies.


In 2001, the Government of Canada created Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as an arm’s-length foundation[1] to “demonstrate new technologies to promote sustainable development, including technologies to address issues related to climate change and the quality of air, water and soil.”[2] These clean technologies, such as fuel cells and biofuels, are developed through public-private partnerships with SDTC acting as a funder.[3]


SDTC has invested in about 300 projects throughout Canada.[4] On average 33% (up to 40%) of projects costs can be covered the program.


Leah Lawrence is the president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.[5] SDTC is overseen by a Board of Directors, with Jim Balsillie as the Chairman.[6]

Portfolio Investments[edit]

SDTC has provided funding to the following companies, among others:

  • Westport Innovations Inc. (developing and marketing natural gas technology for internal combustion engines)[7]
  • Shipstone Energy Corp. of Victoria, BC (salmon-recirculation aquaculture project)[8]
  • GaN Systems (solar power conversion technology)[9]
  • Giatec Scientific Inc. (developing smart concrete sensors) [10]


  1. ^ "Canada falling behind U.S. in clean-energy efforts: experts". December 26, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology Act". Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "We must take lead on clean energy front". Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  4. ^ "About Us - Sustainable Development Technology Canada". Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "The SDTC Staff - Sustainable Development Technology Canada". Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Board & Committees - Sustainable Development Technology Canada". Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Baines, David (June 22, 2011). "Despite 15 years of losses, Westport's stock is still flying high". Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  8. ^ Times Colonist July 30, 2011 (July 30, 2011). "$5M for clean energy projects". Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "GaN Systems scores VC funding - Technology - Ottawa Business Journal". November 8, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Ottawa's Ranovus, Giatec to receive millions in federal clean-tech funding | Ottawa Business Journal". Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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