Asia Pacific Gateway

Elmer K. Sum, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Managing Director, GreenTech Exchange
Asia Pacific Gateway, Global Cleantech Cluster Association

Elmer SumElmer Sum has engaged in the innovation business throughout his career. He is well versed with the key aspects of an innovation-based economy. Over the past three decades, he has cultivated extensive business networks in North America and the Asia Pacific. At present, his focus centers on connecting research/capabilities/discoveries with industry/business/investment.

Mr. Sum led the launch of GreenTech Exchange in Vancouver, Canada. This industry platform collaborates with others to deliver timely forums, networking events, investment & trade missions as well as market oriented programs in accelerating the growth of Greentech innovations and product solutions, and increasing the flow between green and traditional industries.

A graduate of the University of California, Mr. Sum obtained a B.Sc. at UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. from UCLA in Engineering. He completed the Technology Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Professional Engineers Associations in Canada.

Vancouver is a natural gateway to the Asia Pacific Region with advantages of geographic proximity and long standing cultural and business ties. The GCCA “best of class” dynamic approach of engaging validated products and solutions to address regional green economy requirements enhances the two-way flow of business opportunities and technology transactions, resulting in further expansion of economic activities. The 35+ member clusters collaborate and establish a highly effective interdependent global network.


Peter Adriaens, PhD, PE, BCEEM

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he serves as CleanTech Director to the Wolverine Venture Fund of the University of Michigan. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, and a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering.

Following a 20-year career focused on validating laboratory-based bioremediation, environmental sensing and green building technologies in the field, his current work focuses on CleanTech innovation and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on Business Models, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals, CleanTech Venture Assessment, and Sustainability Finance. He is co-developer of the KeyStone Compact™, a business analytical and strategic positioning tool that has been applied on more than 400 global early and later stage CleanTech companies in North America, Asia, and Europe.

He founded Global CleanTech LLC, and is Director of Asian Operations at LimnoTech, an environmental services firm focused on energy-water nexus issues in the US and China. He is Director at CleanTech Acceleration Partners, a business services firm, and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Custer Association (GCCA), focused on open innovation and economic development by screening, repositioning and connecting best in class Cleantech clusters and companies.


Terry Cooke, PhD

Managing Director, GC3 Strategy
Senior Fellow, TC Chan Center for Building Simulation & Energy Studies
Author, U.S./China Clean Energy

Terry Cooke is the founder of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit platform to accelerate public-private collaboration between Greater Philadelphia and China in clean energy and energy-efficient buildings.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (and Tsinghua University).

Terry Cooke was 2010 Public Policy Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., researching the U.S.-China clean energy relationship, particularly the interface of technology, policy and investment. His book Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy is scheduled for publication by the Wilson’s Center’s Kissinger Institute in 2011.

Terry has been a frequent speaker at corporate and investor events such as The BusinessWeek Global Green Business Summit China and the New York Cleantech Investors Forum 2010.  He authored the Introduction to the 2009 Private Equity in China (“Tianjin Report”) and publishes frequently for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Brookings Institution, China Brief and other publications.

Terry is the founding and managing partner of GC3 Strategy Inc, a specialty firm providing advisory & training services for U.S.-based tech firms looking to build cross-border energy and environmental partnerships in Asia.  An on-line portal – – is dedicated to the U.S.-China cleantech opportunity.

Previously from 2006-8, Terry served as Director for Asian Corporate Partnership at the World Economic Forum, the host of the Davos Annual Meeting and the ‘Summer Davos’ in China. In 2003, Terry retired with the rank of Counselor as a career-member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service. During his fifteen year career, Terry served as the U.S. Government’s senior commercial officer in Taipei and Berlin, as the deputy senior commercial officer in Tokyo and as commercial officer in Shanghai.

Terry received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, his MA from UCB in 1981 and his BA from Princeton University in 1976.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German and limited Hindi/Nepali.



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