Paul O' Callaghan, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Founder and CEO
Paul is the founding CEO BlueTech® Research, a subsidiary of O2 Environmental that provides intelligence services to clients to identify key opportunities and emerging trends in the global water industry.
With more than 19 years of experience in the water sector, Paul is widely recognized for his expertise in market analysis and success in providing business development support to venture-backed water companies, including Ostara, SCFI, UV Sciences (now NeoTech Aqua) and Microdynamics UV. Paul also worked with companies, such as The Body Shop, Atkins and Noram Engineering, Ostara and Microsludge, before founding O2 Environmental.
In addition, Paul has assisted a number of funds such as Leaf Clean Energy, XPV Capital, and Emerald Ventures, providing market analysis and helping identify water sector investment opportunities. He worked with Fortune 500 companies on developing their overall water strategy, determining acquisition opportunities, and assisting with the launch of new water business divisions.
Paul holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Masters Degree in Water Resource Management. He has authored and presented numerous papers on emerging water and wastewater treatment technologies, guest lectured at Harvard Business School, provided commentary on the Discovery Channel, and delivered keynotes at numerous international events including the Singapore International Water Week TechXchange Workshop.
Paul completed a cutting-edge analysis of Bluetech investment opportunities for a leading international water industry publication, entitled "Water Technology Markets – key opportunities and emerging trends." The report provided a critical analysis of the game-changing technologies and identified the best growth opportunities in the water sector.
Among Paul's more recent accomplishments is the establishment of the annual Innovation Showcase at WEFTEC in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Imagine H2O. In addition, his firm BlueTech Research hosts a yearly conference, the BlueTech Forum, to further promote the identification of innovative and disruptive technologies within the water sector.
Paul has lectured on Sustainable Energy at the BC Institute of Technology, Vancouver. He has authored and presented numerous papers on emerging treatment technologies and together with the O2 Environmental Technology Assessment Group (TAG) carries out technology assessments for venture capital investors and water companies.