John Adams

President and CEO, NGIF Capital President and CEO NGIF Accelerator Managing Partner, Cleantech Ventures Fund
Brief info

John Adams serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NGIF Capital, which is the venture capital division of NGIF. NGIF Capital manages Cleantech Ventures Fund I, an industry-driven $55 million venture capital fund focusing on early-stage investments in emerging startups.  John is the Managing Partner of this fund. NGIF Capital will also manage all forthcoming venture funds.

John is also the President and CEO of NGIF Accelerator, the not-for-profit division of NGIF that operates NGIF’s technology and innovation programs, including Industry Grants and the Emissions Testing Centre.

John is rooted in over 30 years of experience in financing, cleantech, investment, energy, venture capital, and portfolio management. In addition, he holds positions on the following boards:

  • Board Member and Audit and Finance Committee Member, CRIN
  • Board Member and Audit Committee Member, Tidewater Renewables (TSX: LCFS)
  • Board Member for Cleantech Ventures portfolio companies Ionada, Galatea Technologies, Kinitics Automation, Lelantos, CarboNet Nanotechnologies, and Ionomr Innovations
  • Board Observer for Cleantech Ventures portfolio company ThermoLift

John has been a part of numerous selection juries, including for the International Gas Union’s Research, Development, and Innovation Committee, for Natural Resources Canada, and for Emissions Reduction Alberta.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Toronto and completed the Berkley Venture Capital Executive Program. John is currently pursuing the ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors)-Rotman Directors Education Program to achieve his ICD. D certification.

He received notable awards including Canada’s Clean50 in 2022.