Keith Gillard has been investing in cleantech and advanced materials start-up companies since 2001, initially with Mitsubishi Corporation, where he was responsible for technology-related investment and business development activities in Canada, with a specific focus on cleantech. From 2006-2010, Keith was President of BASF Venture Capital America Inc., establishing the Silicon Valley VC presence for the company. Keith began his career in investment banking before spending most of the 1990’s as an IT entrepreneur, establishing three companies in succession and taking them from business plan through financing to completion of product and exit. Keith is the co-author of "Inside the Minds: Energy Venture Capital Best Practices", published in 2008 by Aspatore Books. He serves as Chairman of Vestaron Corporation, a board observer to NewLeaf Symbiotics, a director of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, and an advisor to the World Economic Forum, focused on collaborative innovation in chemicals and materials. Keith has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.