Jane Kearns is VP of Growth Services at MaRS Discovery District. She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, Clean Energy Developments. With over 20 years of experience in the environmental finance, cleantech and sustainability sectors she has advised over 500 cleantech entrepreneurs and executives on project and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and business development.
Jane helped launch Columbia Business School’s first environmental finance course, which continues to be taught in the school’s MBA and EMBA programs, as well the School of International and Public Affairs. Jane is a co-founder of the CanadaCleantech Alliance, sits on advisory boards for StandUp Ventures, the MaRS Catalyst Fund, and Valent Ventures. She was a board director at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP). Jane was twice named to Canada’s Clean50, and is currently a Cleantech and Energy faculty member at Singularity University. She holds an MBA from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees from Western University and the University of Calgary.