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FINAL PROGRAM

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 - CANADIAN SPOTLIGHT
 
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM - Land Acknowledgement
Speaker: Elder Albert Dumont

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM - Canada’s New Reality - Smart Energy Communities 
Speakers: Bryce Conrad, President & CEO, Hydro Ottawa
                  Scott Demark, Partner, Windmill Developments
                  Steven Willis, General Manager, City of Ottawa 
Moderator: Velma McColl, Managing Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Communities, urban, rural, remote, and Indigenous, will acquire a new and different shape in the decades ahead because of rapidly changing demographics, lifestyle preferences, changes in business practices, and cost constraints. What will the Smart Energy Communities of the 21st Century look like? How will they be using, distributing and conserving energy? What will the policy landscape look like? And how will they be financed?

9:20 AM - 10:05 AM - High Performance Buildings - Efficiency First | Short Plenary
Speakers: Joyce Henry, Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
                  Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council 
                  Andre Rochette, Founding President & CEO, Ecosystem

Moderator: Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada
There are over 14 million buildings in Canada, representing one of the largest energy users at the community level. Reducing energy use through new build and retrofits is one of the most cost effective and efficient ways to lower GHGs. How will progressive building approaches and codes change the way we build and renovate? How can we incentivise and promote the retrofit market? Could buildings become the new power plant for our communities?
 
10:05 AM - 10:30 AM - Java & Partnerships Break - Smart Energy Communities Tradeshow
 
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Community Energy Planning -  The Value Proposition | Short Plenary
Speakers: Michael Brophy, Manager, Conservation Programs and Partnerships, Ministry of Energy
        Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Windsor
                 Jamie Skimming, Manager, Air Quality, City of London
Moderator: Michael Classens, Manager, Energy Support Programs, IESO
Community energy planning is a recognized best practice that can keep millions of dollars in a local economy, contribute to addressing energy and greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions objectives, all while lowering energy costs, enhancing reliability, and providing greater economic benefits to consumers, businesses, and municipalities. Across Canada, there are over 400 communities including First Nations, representing more than 50 percent of Canada’s population, which have developed or are developing a community energy plan.
 
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM - Clean Energy + Technology - Canada’s Thermal Challenge | Short Plenary
Speakers: Alex Jerome, Vice President, InstarAGF
                  Dean Reeve, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ATCO Gas Distribution
                  Neetika Sathe, Director, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc. 
Moderator: Ingrid Thompson, Executive Director, Pollution Probe
When we read about and discuss clean energy, we typically think of electricity generation through solar, wind, and other renewables, but most of Canada's energy consumption is for space heating and domestic hot water. With the emergence of combined heat and power (CHP), District Energy (DE), and renewable heat technology, we can begin to address Canada's thermal needs. What are the thermal energy opportunities in communities? What energy sources and technologies can help meet our thermal energy needs? What’s the role of CHP, DE for integrating other renewable energy sources?
 
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM -  The Development of Smart Energy Communities in Ontario | Keynote Presentation
Speakers: Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario
 
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM - Striking the Balance Between What People Want and Responding to Climate Change | Lunch Keynote
Speakers: Brent Gilmour in conversation with Malini Giridhar, Vice President, Market Development and Public Affairs, Enbridge
Balancing the expectations of people for safe, clean, abundant and affordable energy while also using innovative solutions to rein in climate change and prepare for potentially higher energy use in communities which are continuing to grow, is a real challenge for utilities and energy service providers. How can utilities and energy service providers meet the expectations of consumer,  while also contributing to the establishment of a low carbon economy? How will the adoption of technological innovation impact energy distribution system?

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - Pick Your Path To Smart Energy Communities | Interactive Roundtables & Accelerator Workshops
Join 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. Participants will have the opportunity to select and participate in two sessions over the course of the afternoon. Topics include
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM - Advancing Carbon Neutrality in Your Community: FCM Consultation on Carbon Neutral Buildings | Workshop
Host: FCM - Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Thinking about a potential carbon neutral building in your community? Contemplating how to achieve carbon neutrality in other sectors such as transportation? If so, we want to hear from you! Join us in this session to hear about how FCM could support a new or retrofit building in your community. Participate in small group discussions and provide feedback on how FCM could better support municipalities and their partners in advancing carbon neutral buildings. 

 
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM - Java & Partnerships Break - Smart Energy Communities Tradeshow

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM - Pick Your Path To Smart Energy Communities | Interactive Roundtables & Accelerator Workshops

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM - Atlantic Canada Energy Data Framework & Smart Energy Communities Scorecard Launch
Speakers: Bruce Cameron, Senior Associate, QUEST & Principal Consultant, Envigour Consulting Inc.
                  luliana Calin, Director, Nest & Director, SmartGrid Canada

                  Sarah Marchionda, Senior Lead, Communities & Services, QUEST
                  David Ribeiro, Senior Researcher, ACEEE
QUEST conducts critical research that helps advance Smart Energy Communities. The Atlantic Canada Energy Data Framework has identified regional opportunities and barriers to obtaining energy consumption data for the reporting of GHG emissions to support better public policy development, research advances, and new technology and business opportunities in Atlantic Canada. The Smart Energy Communities Scorecard will be a tool to evaluate how multiple sectors, including local governments, utilities and the real estate sector, are contributing to Smart Energy Communities. It will be the first tool of its kind in Canada to evaluate the policies and processes in place to support the transition to Smart Energy Communities. Learn more about these important intiatives.
 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Global Showcase Reception on the Tradeshow Floor 
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - GLOBAL SHOWCASE

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM - Opening Remarks
Speakers: Per Sjögren, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Canada
                  
Michael Tremblay, President & CEO, Invest Ottawa
               
8:20 AM - 9:05 AM - Smart Energy Communities - International Perspectives
Speakers: Thomas Barry, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission
                  Jakob Bjerregaard, Head, Danish District Energy Alliance Team, North America,
                  Danish Embassy, Washington
                  Lars Henriksson, Consul, Consulate of Sweden in Toronto

Moderator: Bruce Dudley, Senior Vice President, Delphi Group
Two-thirds of the world's population is expected to live in cities by 2030, which will result in unprecedented demands for more energy and could result in higher energy costs and significant environmental impacts. How can the development of Smart Energy Communities address this challenge head-on? How is the global digital economy shaping the way we use, produce and conserve energy? How are communities, decision-makers, and business leaders in the U.S., Europe, and Asia responding?

9:10 AM - 09:55 AM - High Performance Buildings - Intelligent Options | Short Plenary
Speakers: Lucy Casacia, Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens 
                  Rawlson O’Neil King, Communications Director, Continental Automated Buildings Association
                  Derek Satnik, Vice President, Technology, s2e Technologies Inc.
Moderator: Trevor Nightingale, Program Leader, High Performance Building, National Research Council of Canada
The Internet of Things is transforming the way we build, operate, and occupy new buildings. Beyond increased health and comfort, intelligent buildings can offer substantial capital and operational savings. This session will explore how we can tap into these opportunities to ensure intelligent buildings are integrated in a unified network with the infrastructure to support them. 

9:55 AM - 10:20 AM - Java & Partnerships Break - Smart Energy Communities Tradeshow

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM - Alternative Fuels + Intelligent Vehicles - Community Energy Options | Short Plenary
Speakers: François Blouin, Director Innovation, ATCO Electric
                  John Hrynisak, Fleet Manager, UPS
        Charlie Ker, Director Industry Relations, Cummins Westport Inc.    
ModeratorNathalie St. Pierre, President & CEO, Propane Association of Canada
With nearly 25 percent of GHG emissions coming from the transportation sector, all levels of government, along with the automotive and freight industry and its energy suppliers, are working to shift the type of fuels and technologies used to move people and goods. How are transportation and fleet managers responding? How can real-time data solutions for vehicles and transportation networks reduce energy use? How will changes in transportation technology options and energy choices impact the planning for communities? 

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM - Clean Energy + Technology -  A Made in Canada Approach | Short Plenary
Speakers: Patrick Bohan, Director of Strategic Transactions, ENMAX
                  Atul Mahajan, President & CEO, Forum Vostro Energy Services Inc.

                  Sarah Van Der Paelt, Director of Distribution Business Development, Union Gas Limited
       Moderator: Katie Paris, Director, Environment & Real Estate Transactions and Development, National Capital Commission
Distributed energy resources such renewables, storage, combined heat and power (CHP) & district energy (DE) are increasingly being discussed in Canada, but the market still lags behind Europe. What barriers are we facing here in Canada to the growth of distributed energy resources? What is the pathway to growth in the distributed energy sector in Canada?
 
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM - Natural Resources Canada | Keynote Presentation
Speaker: Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada
               Introduction by Mark Isherwood, Vice President, Infranchise Sales, Marketing & Customer Care, Union Gas
Natural Resources Canada has a number of initiatives underway to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada including the Next-Generation Clean Energy Infrastructure Project and its focus on electricity and thermal energy, investments in renewable energy, and growing net-zero energy housing.

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings Research Programme | Presentation
Speaker: Andreas Eckmanns, Chair, International Energy Agency, Energy in Buildings and Communities
                Research Programme
IEA's Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Research Programme. The IEA EBC will share with us information about their collaborative R&D projects among its 24 member countries.
 
 1:10 PM - 1:40 PM - Exploring the Energy Industry of Tomorrow - What Will the Future Look Like? | Lunch Keynote
Speakers: Brent Gilmour in conversation with with Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO, NB Power
Canada's energy systems were designed more than 100 years ago and have been only incrementally modified since. They worked well especially in the time of vertically integrated, centrally supplied generation models. But innovation has taken place, especially as it relates to how we use, move and produce energy, and the needs of the consumer too. There are many new options to evaluate and a notable market preference for efficiency, resilience, affordability and clean. What will the industry of the tomorrow look like? Will it simply be a more efficient version of today's operating and governance model? Or will energy players have to reinvent themselves to be leaner and more customer-centric? Just how might the energy distribution landscape shift to respond to digital technologies and customer preferences, where energy, information, and commerce flow in both directions?
 
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM - Climate Communications: A Partners for Climate Protection Workshop | Workshop
Hosts: ICLEI Canada & The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
This workshop will explore the challenges and different approaches to communicating climate change barriers effectively. Participants will share their insights on having the climate conversation with different audiences, and work together to identify common issues, lessons learned and best practices. We invite all PCP Members and QUEST2017 attendees to join us at this highly interactive session.

2:45 PM - 3:10 PM - Java & Partnerships Break - Smart Energy Communities Tradeshow

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Pick Your Path To Smart Energy Communities | Interactive Roundtables & Accelerator Workshops

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM - Low Carbon Partnership | Announcement 
Speakers: Brent Gilmour, Executive Director, QUEST
                  David Hughes, President & CEO, The Natural Step
                  Mike Morrice, Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab
                  Elizabeth Sheehan, President & Co-Founder, Climate Smart Business
QUEST, The Natural Step, Sustainable Co-Lab and Climate Smart Business have joined forces to help Canada reach its climate goals and accelerate the shift to a low carbon economy. Learn more about the Low Carbon Partnership.

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Global Showcase Reception on the Tradeshow Floor

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM - QUEST’s 6th Annual Smart Energy Communities Gala Dinner & Awards
Keynote Presentation: Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra; Parliamentary Secretary to the                                               President of the Treasury Board
The Annual Gala Dinner & Awards recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in the following categories: Utilities and Energy Service Providers; Real Estate Sector - Includes owners, operators, builders and developers; Local Public Service Sector - Includes municipalities (and their agencies, boards and commissions), universities, schools and hospitals.
 
 
SHOWCASE TOURS
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 
Get out and experience the best that Ottawa has to offer for Smart Energy Communities. Join one of three tours covering clean energy + technology, energy efficiency + intelligent buildings, and net-zero energy development. Tours include: 
National Research Council & Ottawa’s New Science & Technology Museum 
Chaudière Falls Hydro Facility & Canmet-Ottawa Lab
 




 
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