Trudeau gives nod to Burnaby business at clean tech conference

Canada’s Prime Minister highlighted a Burnaby business while discussing the future of clean energy at the GLOBE 2016 conference in Vancouver.

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau gave the opening address at Globe 2016, an international conference on clean technology, and he gave kudos to Burnaby’s General Fusion. 

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“He mentioned us as one of the most exciting things in clean energy in his talk this morning at the GLOBE conference,” said Michael Delage, General Fusion’s vice-president of technology and corporate strategy. “It’s fantastic. It’s wonderful to see the federal government and the prime minister taking the lead on clean tech.”


General Fusion is working on technology to create a fusion generator that would produce clean energy with no byproduct other than helium.

Trudeau is no stranger to General Fusion. He made a campaign stop at the Burnaby facility last summer with local Liberal candidates.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna also paid a visit the Burnaby’s General Fusion on Tuesday. McKenna was also in town for the Globe conference, and Terry Beech, the Liberal MP for Burnaby North-Seymour, accompanied her to the site, along with North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson.

The Burnaby company, which has been featured in Time magazine and Scientific America, has an exhibit at the GLOBE 2016 conference, a biennial expo featuring environmentally sustainable business and technology.

What's fusion?

  • General Fusion is working on the underlying technology needed to build a fusion power plant.General Fusion’s technological challenge is to create conditions that are similar to the centre of the sun. If that technology can be developed, it will be a game-changer for the clean energy industry.
  • Fusion is the same energy that drives the sun. Atoms of hydrogen are forced together and turned into helium, and a lot of energy is released in the process.
  • The byproduct of fusion is helium. There are no greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants or radioactive waste.

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