You can now tap into the minds of experts and leaders in the field of Smart Energy Solutions at small roundtable tables to get advice, learn about the latest solutions, and tackle the barriers limiting breakthroughs in your community and business to unlocking Smart Energy Communities.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Solutions for Addressing Data Privacy Challenges
Expert: Bruce Cameron, Senior Associate, QUEST & Principal Consultant, Envigour Consulting Inc.
Energy data is important and has growing value but it is often difficult to access and steps need to be taken to get more timely data, more easily and in more useful forms.
We know that energy data availability will drive accountability, innovation through  technology, policy and program change, but how do we address potential impacts on industry competitiveness, on utilities' relationships with their customers and customer privacy. Join this session to learn about data gaps, explore Canadian and International models that are leading the way forward and tools to help process energy data when it is received.
Engaging and Partnering with Indigenous Communities
Expert: Ian Scholten, Project Manager, Lumos Energy & Network Currator, Indigenous Clean Energy Network
Indigenous communities across Canada are increasingly looking for ways to be actively involved in Canada’s low carbon future. This session will be focused around how businesses and non-Indigenous communities can engage Indigenous peoples in a way that respects their goals, needs, rights, and values, to ultimately create mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.
Exploring the Policies and Processes that Support Smart Energy Communities
Expert: Sarah Marchionda, Senior Lead, Communities & Services, QUEST
What are the pathways to Smart Energy Communities? Come learn about the work QUEST and Pollution Probe have undertaken to define Smart Energy Communites, and have your say on what policies and processes should be evaluated in the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard.

Transportation Solutions: Overcoming Challenges in Small, Rural & Remote Communities
Expert: Yves Hennekens, President, YHC Environnement
Transportation solutions are not just for large metropolitan areas; small, rural & remote communities have many innovative options available to them. One example is 'Sauver' the first project of its kind in Canada that integrates electric vehicles in municipal fleets, offers regional car sharing, and contributes to the further development of the electric vehicle highway with charging stations in Quebec and Canada. Join this session to explore innovative transportation solutions for small, rural & remote communities.

Energizing Your Community: Innovative Solutions for Local Energy Projects
Expert: Alex Jerome, Vice President, InstarAGF
In a funding-constrained environment where our infrastructure challenges are unprecedentedly complex, tremendous creativity is demanded in the design, financing and maintenance of energy infrastructure systems.We need to think differently about how we do things.
This session will discuss what innovations in energy infrastructure can mean for you, from new ways of financing or managing assets to new ways of engaging with stakeholders and communities. Whether you are applying new technology or joining forces with complementary partners, we will explore new ways to drive value from your energy system.
Low Temperature District Energy: A viable solution for Canada?
Expert: Mairead Kennedy, Principal Consultant, Ramboll Inc.
Low temperature district energy can offer opportunities for increasing the options available for thermal supply technologies. This can include solar thermal energy and in particular waste heat from other processes as viable heating sources for district energy projects. What are the benefits of these solutions? What are the conditions that make these solutions viable in other regions? What are the technical challenges? How low can the temperatures go? What other technologies and approaches can we consider.
Enabling a Culture of Conservation, Awareness & Action
Expert: Katie Harper, Director, Project Neutral
Meeting climate change targets requires a shift in social norms - making climate action mainstream. How can we facilitate a cultural change, one that builds awareness around greenhouse gas emissions and drives a willingness to act? In this roundtable, we’ll discuss tools and best practices in engaging people and participants will have the opportunity to share their goals, successes and challenges in this area.
Envision the Future of Energy End-Use, Delivery and Production in Your Community 
Expert: Eddie Oldfield, Senior Associate, QUEST & Founder Spatial Quest Solutions
QUEST now offers Advisory Services including Energy Mapping Workshops and Charrettes, Community Energy Plan Implementation Support and Secretariat and Facilitation Support. Come experience one of QUEST's Energy Mapping workshops. The Putting Energy and Emissions on the Map workshop model, developed by Natural Resources Canada and licensed to QUEST, enables stakeholders to envision the future of energy use, delivery and production at the community level.

The Surprising Role of Land Use Planning in Climate Change Mitigation
Expert: Jessica Webster, Energy Planning Analysis, Buildings and Renewables, CanmetENERGY Ottawa
When it comes to climate change mitigation, land use planning is often overlooked as an approach for reducing energy and emissions. Taking a spatial approach to energy use and opportunities is in fact a high leverage point, that can significantly reduce the energy demand in cities and strategically integrate renewables and district energy. Join this session to learn more about features of energy efficient communities and approaches for integrating energy and GHG considerations into land use planning, with a focus on opportunities in the building stock.

Achieving Successful Small Scale CHP Installations
Expert: James Kennedy, Principal, Magnolia Generation
Combined Heat & emergency Power (CHeP) has several moving parts, electrical, mechanical, environmental, commodity pricing, building code issues and more. Additionally, there are key stakeholders and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ's) that are part of the process. Drawing on Magnolia Generation's 15 years of hands-on experience of deploying microturbines into CHeP applications provides lessons on how to navigate all of the moving parts, from coordinating a project team of engineers, sub-contractors and suppliers to satisfying the AHJ's and meet the needs of the client.
Exploring the Opportunity for Renewable Natural Gas
Expert: Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association
Momentum is growing nationally for renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is being recognized as a low-carbon, versatile fuel across Canada with communities and natural gas utilities developing RNG projects to meet energy needs and contribute to GHG reduction targets. The presence of RNG in a community creates jobs, enhances revenue and markets, and reduces waste. This session explores the current landscape and potential in Canada, what is needed in terms of policy and business case development, and challenges and opportunities within the sector.

The Power of Data and Modelling to Inform Policies and Investments for a Low Carbon Future
Experts: Marcus Williams, Model Analyst, Whatif? Technologies Inc. 
              Mel de Jager, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group
Municipalities are planning for a low carbon future. This discussion will field questions on modelling, analysis and data for municipal energy and climate action plans. How should policies and initiatives be evaluated? How can funding requirements be identified? How can GHG and energy savings be quantified? How can land-use patterns be assessed? What co-benefits can be assessed? Participants will engage in discussions and debate on the role of modelling and data throughout the lifecycle of the plan and implementation.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Exploring the Benefits of Energy Spatial Data Infrastructure
Expert: Eddie Oldfield, Senior Associate, QUEST & Founder, Spatial Quest Solutions
Smart Energy Communities and Utilities are increasingly engaged in energy data exchange and mapping, to inform Community Energy Plans and utility programs/priorities.  Most energy mapping at the municipal scale is currently done manually, in GIS, and there are gaps in data availability.  This session will explore the benefits of spatial data infrastructure (SDI), for privacy-compliant data exchange and mapping, and possible avenues to advance an energy SDI.
Understanding Indigenous Approaches to Community Energy Planning
Expert: Michael Jacobs, Chairman & General Manager, Cambium Aboriginal Inc.
Indigenous communities offer a lot of opportunity and challenges when it comes to the implementation of community energy plans and smart energy projects. Navigating these moving parts can be a significant impediment to progress. Join this session to learn how to navigate the pathway to success with Indigenous Communities.
Governance Models that Support Community Energy Planning
Experts: Karen Farbridge, Senior Associate, QUEST & President, Karen Farbridge & Associates 
              Robert Kerr, Senior Associate, QUEST & President, Robert J. Kerr + Associates
Communities that have introduced new governance models to oversee and implement their CEPs have consistently proven that doing so will ensure that the CEP remains top-of-mind for elected officials, local government staff and community stakeholders. New governance models, make clear the role of local governments and provide a platform for political, staff and community stakeholders to convene regularly. In some cases, they provide the legal framework needed to implement projects. Join this session to learn more about CEP governance models.
Breaking Down Barriers Between Planners and the Energy Industry
Expert: Mike Sullivan, Principal, Sullivan Planning Services & Chair, CIP Climate Change Committee
Traditionally planners design communities and the energy distributors engineer and install the systems needed to meet the design. But today there is a recognition that there is a wealth of savings - both capital and operational - to be had by working together in the design process to enable a more efficient energy system in the end. But planners don't speak engineer and engineers don't speak planner. Join this session to learn how to overcome this challenge to enable effective and implementable Community Energy Plans.
Exploring the Business Case for Alternative Fleet, Medium and Heavy Duty Transportation Systems
Expert: Bruce Winchester, Executive Director, Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
There are very compelling reasons to investigate alternative fuels for fleet, medium and heavy-duty vehicles both for environmental purposes but also as an economic opportunity for your community. Join this session to learn more about the value that your fleet can bring to your community or how your community can influence and benefit from the evolution of the transportation network.
Carbon-Based Building Codes and Green Building Policies
Expert: Gerard MacDonald, Principal, Reshape Strategies
Across the country we are seeing updates to building codes and green building standards with a focus on enabling low-carbon outcomes. In this session we will look at what changes are being made, and why. We will explore how various codes treat different pathways to low-carbon outcomes (E.g. Passive House, on-site renewables, low-carbon district energy, etc.). We will look at how other jurisdictions have grappled with some of these same issues, and what these codes are doing for existing buildings.
Picking Through the Patchwork of Carbon Taxes and Cap and Trade Systems
Expert: Richard Laszlo, Senior Associate, QUEST & President, Laszlo Energy Services
Putting a price on carbon has been a long-standing recommendation from those concerned about rising GHGs and impacts on climate, economy, and society. A patchwork of carbon pricing policies has emerged, with each province taking its own particular approach. This session will walk through each province’s carbon pricing policy and the federal backstop, identifying the most relevant items for creation of a “carbon price map of Canada.”
Cleantech – What Government’s Doing to Help Companies Succeed
Expert: Michelle Brownlee, Director, Clean Growth Hub: Innovation, Science & Economic Development
In 2017, the federal government committed to helping grow the clean technology sector in Canada with the establishment of a Clean Growth Hub. Responsible for coordinating over $2 billion in federal support for clean technology development and commercialization over the next four years, learn more about how the Clean Growth Hub can help your business capitalize on the opportunities ahead.
Advancing Sustainability with Energy Literacy and Public Engagement 
Expert: Richard Carlson, Director, Energy Policy and Energy Exchange, Pollution Probe
Engaging with an energy literate public is critical if we are going to successfully build a rich and diversified economy and a vibrant and prosperous society in Canada. The challenge is that we have so successfully integrated energy reliably and safely into our daily lives that it is not a topic of conversation for most Canadians. But there are creative ways to stimulate a conversation and improve energy literacy and public engagement without extreme weather events, rolling blackouts or widespread blackouts. Join this session to discuss how you can improve energy literacy in your community or business.
District Energy Systems, the Key to Canada’s Environmental Goals?
Expert: Charles Berndt, Supervisor of Smart Grid Technologies, Hydro Ottawa
While not new to Canada, District Energy systems are increasingly being viewed as one means to achieving Canada's environmental goals. Join this session to discuss district energy systems and how they will impact utilities, customers, businesses, municipalities as well as residential and commercial developments. What does it mean for Ottawa, Ontario and Canada?
Modern Wood Heating: From Individual Residences to Entire Cities
Expert: Jamie Stephen, Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources
Clean, modern wood heating is the dominant low-carbon heating approach in European cities and towns because it is the lowest cost and creates a large number of operating jobs.  Over 90% of the 15,000 heating projects supported under the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (ND) are modern wood heat.  Join this session to understand how modern wood heating, using local fuels such as energy chips and pellets, can lower heating costs, reduce GHG emissions, increase community resiliency, and improve air quality in Canada.
Innovative Propositions for Low Temp-Hot Water Distribution
Experts: Tommy Lorenzen, Sales Manager, Logstor
              Scott Jonsen, Senior Manager, IsoPlus
This session will cover prominent water distribution concerns including: lowering costs of thermal distribution, lower heat loss distribution solutions, complete pipe solutions and technical specifications, installation options and trenching and installation options and contractor performance. 
Accessing QUEST2017 Experts 

Pick Your Path Sessions are designed to enable you to interact with an expert in a small round table setting, allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute by asking questions and seeking information that is useful to them. 

To gain access to a particular Pick Your Path session, you will need to pick up a session access pass beforehand. The number of passes for each particular session is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We appreciate that you may not gain access to all of your first choice sessions. However, with the number of offerings, you can be confident that you’ll find an appealing alternative. Please only attend sessions for which you have picked up an access pass. The access pass corresponds to the table numbers at which the given session takes place. 

How it works:

  1. Read the session descriptions in the program.

  2. Rank the sessions in order of importance to you.

  3. There are a limited number of passes for each session at each time slot (1:45 PM or 3:15 PM) on each day.

  4. Sessions are first come first serve. When the passes run out, the table is full.

  5. Go to the QUEST booth starting at 10:00 AM on the day of the session to pick up your passes - remember to get one for each time slot.

  6. Passes are numbered to the matching tables in the plenary room.

  7. At the allotted time, head to the appropriate table in the plenary room, show your pass and meet your expert.

On the back of your access pass is a feedback form. Following the session, please complete the form so we can evaluate the dialogue. You will be asked to leave your pass on the table at the end of the session for collection. 

Terms of Engagement for Pick Your Path Sessions

- The focus is on dialogue not debate. 
- Each expert and participant are here as themselves, and are not speaking on behalf of their business or organization. 
- Our Pick Your Path sessions follow the Chatham House Rule that, “participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the experts(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” 
- All participants are encouraged to speak and all participants are requested to give each other the opportunity to speak. 

Check out the Program for more details. 

For more information, please contact Le Luong at [email protected], or by phone at (866) 494-2770  ext. 719