for rising with us from the ground up. See below for PowerPoint presentations from OGA2018.
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We are on the cusp of a new era. Eyes are wide. Discourse surrounding Ontario’s geoexchange sector is feverishly building. A series of low-carbon initiatives are rearing from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The 2018 Ontario Geothermal Conference (OGA2018) will tap into new trends, new voices, new initiatives and new opportunities spurred by province-wide advances towards reducing energy costs and fighting climate change. The conference will be a major gathering place for industry executives, advisors, investors, policy makers, research analysts, media and stakeholders alike. Seize the moment to foster new alliances; leverage the change in tide; and learn from international thought-leaders about the elements in play poised to drive industry growth and accelerate the implementation of new ideas.
On February 27th and 28th, the Ontario Geothermal Association hosted its most successful Annual General Meeting to date. More than 175 attendees benefitted from informative and educational sessions ranging from an overview of federal government policy developments to the latest details of Ontario’s GreenON program. Jim Sanders, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution, outlined Enbridge’s plan to provide geothermal loop financing as a utility-type service for residential customers as well as powerful promotional video. Former Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, now President of the Pembina Institute, shared some compelling data on commercial building retrofits in BC; GreenON CEO Parminder Sandhu discussed the Ontario government’s plans for decreasing Ontario’s carbon emissions through strategic investments in low-carbon technologies; and NRCan’s Debbie Scharf explained how the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change sets the context for provincial polices and regulations. These and a host of other speakers made for a very full program.
At the OGA Annual Meeting, Jim Bolger, Waterloo Energy Products, was re-appointed as Chair, along with the following board members: Stan Reitsma, GeoSource (Vice-Chair); Gabriela Grigoriu, Next Project (Secretary-Treasurer); Grant Blackmore, Eden Energy Equipment; John Bosman, Bostech Mechanical; Michael David, Gorski, Plener and Associates; Chad Hayter, The Hayter Group; Jeff Hunter, Redmond/Williams; Stan Marco, GeoSmart Energy; and Ron J. Wright, Enertech Global.
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President, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
Former Minister of Ontario Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario
Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario
Glen Murray is the executive director of the Pembina Institute.
Prior to joining the Institute, Glen was an Ontario cabinet minister, and oversaw several portfolios, including transportation; training, colleges, and universities; research and innovation, and most recently, environment and climate change. In his role as environment minister, Glen led the development and implementation of the cap-and-trade system, and extended producer responsibility in Ontario. His work was foundational to the creation of the Quebec-Ontario-California carbon market.
Glen has held a number of leadership roles, including serving as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998-2004, and was chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. During his time as mayor, he led the successful fight to transfer the five cents/litre federal gas tax to municipalities.
He also served as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, under Prime Ministers Harper and Martin. Glen was also president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.
Glen started his career in activism as a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society, and helped establish the Village Clinic in Winnipeg, a centre for AIDS prevention and care. He has worked internationally, helping establish the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group.
Arthur Potts was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches–East York on June 12, 2014. He brings to the role a passion for public service and a history of working with others to find sustainable solutions. As an entrepreneur and small-business owner, Arthur understands the challenges and opportunities of Ontarians trying to make their way in our great province.
Arthur began his career as a labour relations consultant with the Central Ontario Industrial Relations Institute and taught the subject at Seneca College. In 1989, he co-founded his first business – Wood Waste Solutions Inc. – a firm that specializes in wood waste management, recycling wood into usable end products. Wood Waste Solutions is still in operation today.
As the new Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Arthur will work with others to find solutions for the challenges of sustaining Ontario’s environment while creating opportunities for our province’s green technology industry.
Arthur is honoured to be part of Kathleen Wynne’s team and has played an instrumental role in a number of provincial and local initiatives. His tipping legislation recently came into effect, protecting the incomes of Ontario servers and food service staff; he helped facilitate a $50 million donation to Toronto East General Hospital, now named for the donors’ late son, Michael Garron; and he was instrumental in ending the unfair practice of charging nonrefundable waiting list fees to parents trying to access childcare, as well as in getting craft cider into farmers’ markets and grocery stores.
Jim Sanders was appointed President of Enbridge Gas Distribution in February 2017. His responsibilities include the leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Distribution as well as its three affiliate companies Gazifère, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and St. Lawrence Gas. Jim is also a member of the Niagara Gas Transmission Limited Board of Directors.
With 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Jim has held roles at Nuclear Activation Services, Union Gas, Duke Energy and Enbridge Gas Distribution in engineering, operations, sales and business development. Jim’s natural gas work has included the design, construction and operation of distribution, transmission and storage assets in Canada and the United States.
Jim joined Enbridge in 2006 and most recently was Vice President, Engineering and Asset Management for Enbridge Gas Distribution.
He earned a Master’s of Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University in Hamilton and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) at the University of Waterloo. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Jim is an active supporter of the United Way and is currently a co-chair for the Toronto and York Region United Way Cabinet. He is a Director for the Chicago-based Gas Technology Institute’s Operations Technology Development group and the Chair of the Gas Council for the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
Parminder Sandhu has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry primarily focused on the demand side. Parminder’s expertise is to design and deliver energy efficiency programs that achieve targets and program objectives. His functional experience includes operations, engineering, marketing, finance, and risk management. He began his career in residential water and energy conservation, progressed to the commercial and institutional sector, and then to the industrial sector spanning all fuel types and renewables.
Parminder has planned, designed, implemented, or supported the approval of programs in excess of $1.5 billion in aggregate budgets in jurisdicitons across North America including BC, California, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, and Ontario. He has prepared programs that have passed regulatory scrutiny and has been an expert consultant working for regulators to approve programs.
Parminder founded and was CEO of Canada’s largest privately held energy program implementation firm which he sold and then retired from in Dec 2015. Parminder’s career has focused on providing exceptional customer service, creating positive organizational culture, and delivering results in a cost-effective and prudent manner which build trust and reputation with all stakeholders.
President, Howland Green Homes
Supervisor, CDM Programs, HRAI
VP, Professional Services, BGIS
Research Scientist, CanmetENERGY-Varennes
General Manager, Toronto, Edelman
President, IGSHPA Board of Directors, IGSHPA-US
Director, Stakeholder and Public Affairs, IESO
Principal, Pivot Strategic Consulting Inc., Founder, GreenPAC
Director, Advocacy and Sales, GeoSource
Senior Manager, Green Ontario Fund, IESO
Director, Programs and Relations, HRAI
Supervisor, Educational Programs, HRAI
Regional Manager International Affairs, NIBE
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, WSP
Chair, GeoExchange BC
Director, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCAN
Director, Board of Directors, GEO
CEO, WaterFurnace International
Director, Community Energy Planning, Enwave Energy Corporation
Co-Founder and Partner, Diverso Energy
Director, Engineering, BGIS
Chair, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance
Laure Meljac holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has been working in the heat pump industry 18 months after completing her thesis. Laure joined NIBE as Regional Manager, International Affairs in January 2017. Laure manages the International Affairs Department, taking lead on project that include monitoring and conforming to European regulations, chairing the European heat pump certification scheme (Heat Pump KEYMARK) and facilitating the European testing standard working groups for heat pump (heating, cooling and domestic hot water production.
• More than 10 years of professional experience in building research, energy modelling, and energy-efficient design
• Experience in simulation with various modelling tools, including custom-designed calculation engines for building energy and emissions analysis
• Expertise in building durability, measurement and verification, and environmental life-cycle assessment
• His M.A.Sc. was focused on using life-cycle assessment to support decision making for sustainable buildings
• Extensive simulation experience with various modeling tools, including custom-designed calculation engines for building energy and emissions analysis
• Energy Efficiency Consulting, RBC Centre, LEED Gold, Toronto, Ontario
• Energy Efficiency Consulting, Measurement And Verification, 150 Elgin Street, LEED Gold, Ottawa, Ontario
• Energy Efficiency Consulting, Life-Cycle Assessment, Measurement And Verification, Canada Post, LEED Gold, Toronto, Ontario
• Energy Efficiency Consulting, Maple Leaf Foods – Canada Bread, Hamilton, Ontario
Sustainability and Energy Modelling
• RBC Centre, LEED Gold, Toronto, Ontario
• Corner Brook Long Term Care Facility, LEED Silver, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
• École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont, LEED Gold, London, Ontario
Jeff Quibell is a geothermal (geoexchange) designer based in British Columbia with 20 years experience developing geoexchange systems in BC and Western Canada. While his experience is varied, most of his experience is in the institutional sector developing geoexchange systems for schools, universities, and other civic-function buildings. Jeff specializes in adapting geoexchange in widely variable settings in BC. He leads the Geoexchange Engineering Practice at Falcon Engineering in Kelowna, BC and currently serves GeoExchange BC (provincial industry association) as Board Chair.
Debbie Scharf is the Director of the Equipment Division in the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. She is responsible for overseeing the Government of Canada’s energy efficiency standards development program, EnerGuide labelling program and the ENERGY STAR program as it pertains to equipment and appliances. She has 15 years of experience managing and leading regulatory and strategic initiatives within the Government of Canada. Prior to joining Natural Resources Canada in 2014, she worked with Environment Canada, where she was involved in various files, including the chemicals management program and the clean air agenda. She has also developed industrial regulations for greenhouse gas emissions and crafted strategies for managing the risks associated with chemicals substances.
She holds a Master degree in Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Steve Smith is the President and CEO of Enertech Global, LLC, which produces GeoComfort, Hydron Module, and TETCO brand geothermal heat pumps.
Smith was introduced to geothermal systems in 1983 as Director of Member Services for an electric cooperative in southwestern Illinois. In 1987, he assisted in the start-up and managed a geothermal distribution company owned by a group of electric cooperatives.
In 1996, he and his wife, Karen, started Enertech, Inc., a dedicated geothermal distribution company located in Greenville, IL. The company eventually purchased a geothermal heat pump manufacturing facility, located in Mitchell, South Dakota and have expanded that location to 80,000 sq ft. The company is now part of NIBE Climate Solutions.
Smith holds an AAS in HVAC Technology from Kaskaskia College and a BS in Business from Greenville College.
Tim Weber has been in the geothermal industry since 2004. During this time he has been engaged in technical and business development roles to help grow the residential and commercial geothermal market in Canada and the US. In 2015 he co-founded Diverso Energy which offers a unique geothermal utility model for developers of commercial and multi-family buildings. Diverso Energy allows clients to leverage the benefits of geothermal without the financial or operating risks associated with the technology. Tim works closely with owners and designers helping them navigate the financial and technical barriers that have historically prevented market penetration.
Greg oversees the engineering, commissioning, and sustainability teams at BGIS who focus on energy and engineering solutions for BGIS client facilities.
A mechanical engineer with 10+ years of mechanical systems design experience, Greg and his team bring added value to BGIS' FM clients by providing in depth technical solutions to reduce costs by improving building systems operation and building controls. Greg's design experience includes mechanical systems for commercial and institutional buildings across a variety of sectors including: Performing Arts, Laboratory, Education, Sports and Entertainment.
Brent Laufer has been involved in the geothermal industry since 1984. Over the past thirty-four years Brent has covered all aspects of ground source heat pumps from design and installation to technical support and service. Brent currently works for Hydron-Aire Ltd and is the technical advisor and sales engineer for Western Canada. Brent is the founding and current president of the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance Inc. and a member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association and the Manitoba Ozone Protection Industry Association. A few projects executed by Brent and his team include the following: The Forks Market (one of the most complex in Canada); Ile des Chenes District System; and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation School. Brent’s experience also includes the re-design and repair of poorly designed, engineered and installed geothermal projects and training and support for all Hydron-Aire Lrd – WaterFurnance dealers in western Canada.
Dave De Sylva graduated from the University of Toronto’s civil engineering program in 1973. He owns and operates Howland Green Homes, Del Ridge Homes, Leed Wall Building Systems, Kenborough Contracting, and GreenLife Energy Inc., a company that began investigating a way to create ecologically friendly developments long before the “green” conversation became mainstream. De Sylva believes building sustainably should now be the obvious standard. Howland Green’s goal is to build net-positive energy systems, and the success he has already achieved in net zero buildings is showcased in his most recent projects across the GTA, including Burlington, Markham and Milton.
Nuno is responsible for all capital planning and building condition assessments, commissioning and re-commissioning, energy and sustainability initiatives as well as for broadening Brookfield GIS’ engineering offerings in support of increasing the value we can offer clients. Nuno is a mechanical engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering from Ryerson University and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario. Nuno has spent over twenty years integrating mechanical design and project management skills to successfully develop innovative solutions for clients in a variety of sectors including a number of innovative geo-exchange designs from horizontal to vertical borehole systems and lake systems. Designs included hybrid type harnessing heat from other sources such as refrigeration systems, solar-thermal and/or small boiler/Fluid cooler.
Parham Eslami-Nejad completed his Ph.D. in Energy and Buildings (Mechanical Engineering department) at Polytechnique Montréal in 2011. His doctoral research focused on ground heat exchangers and ground source heat pumps for low energy buildings and communities. Parham is a research scientist at CanmetENERGY Natural Resources Canada. His academic interests include CO2 direct exchange ground source heat pump, building-integration of renewable energy technologies and zero carbon and low energy buildings and communities.
Scott Evans is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and management of Edelman’s Toronto office.
Over more than 20-years in an agency setting, Scott has developed, orchestrated and led communications programs for a broad range of clients in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Since becoming General Manager three years ago, Scott has played a pivotal role in Edelman Toronto’s transition towards a communications marketing firm, integrating new specialties that elevate the overall capability and quality of strategic thinking and creative product for clients.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. In November 2017, Edelman Canada was named Strategy Magazine’s PR Agency of the Year.
Garen grew up in the water well and oil and gas drilling industries. Garen’s motto is “keep turning to the right”. Garen has worked in the GSHP industry since 1979 and has been involved in the design and implementation of well over 100,000 MW (millions of feet) of installed heat pump equivalent capacity in North America. Garen was a contributor to several training courses to include the Certified GeoExchange Designer Course and Syllabus that has been adopted by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and the Association of Energy Engineers. Garen is a member of the Technical Committee to develop the Bi-National CSA/ANSI C448 Standard for the Design and Installation of Ground Source Heat Pumps for Commercial and Residential Buildings. Garen is a founding member of the GreyEdge Group.
Garen developed the in situ thermal conductivity testing methodology used by the GSHP industry to size and design ground heat exchangers (GHEX). Garen has installed GHEXs throughout the U.S. and consulted throughout the world on GHEXs. Garen has been a primary investigator/ collaborator on numerous applied research projects on the GHEX, borehole resistance and thermal storage, Garen has peer reviewed several software applications to size and design the GHEX. Garen trains for IGSHPA domestically and internationally.
Garen is managing member of SEG, LLC, Ewbank Geo Testing, LLC, member of GeoAire and at large director/managing member for The GreyEdge Group, LLC.
After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Chuck Farmer joined the gas industry focusing on the residential and commercial markets. In 2005, Chuck was appointed as the Director for Market Knowledge and Demand Side Management at Union Gas.
In 2006, Chuck joined the Ontario Power Authority and contributed to the development of the province’s conservation programs. In his role as Director, Conservation Integration in Power System Planning, Chuck contributed to the development of Long Term Energy Plans with a focus on planning for conservation and forecasting the demand for electricity.
In his current role as the IESO’s Director, Stakeholder and Public Affairs, Chuck leads the IESO’s communications, Government affairs, stakeholder and community engagement activities.
For 25 years, Aaron has played a leadership role in developing public policy.
He is the owner and principal of Pivot Strategic Consulting Inc., which helps companies, NGOs and foundations develop their capacity to solve environmental problems through public policy. His clients include the Canadian Solar Industries Association, the Canadian Wind Energy Associations, Energy Storage Canada, the Cement Association of Canada, and industry players in the geothermal, biofuels and energy management sectors.
Aaron is also the Founder and President of GreenPAC, Canada’s organization to build environmental leadership in politics.
Between 2009 and 2012, Aaron served as a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario. He advised the Premier on Environment, Attorney General, Labour, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Municipal Affairs, and Northern Development, Mines and Forests.
Prior to joining government, Aaron played a key role in several national advocacy campaigns on environment and energy issues. He served as the Policy Director for Environmental Defence, where he led environmental policy initiatives for the organization, including on climate change, toxic substances and pollution, Great Lakes and source water protection, and endangered species. He previously worked closely with parliamentarians and public servants to pass amendments improving the Species At Risk Act, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, and new political fundraising rules.
Aaron has been named by the Hill Times as one of the Top 100 Federal Lobbyists in Canada, and is a recent recipient of a Clean50 Award, honouring his contribution to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
Between 2004 and 2009, Aaron was a part-time faculty member at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he taught public governance law. He is the co-author of The Laws of Government: The Legal Foundations of Canadian Democracy (2nd ed., 2010), the most comprehensive legal reference book on the law of Canadian democracy. The Ontario Bar Association lists The Laws of Government as one of “The Top 15 Books Every Lawyer Should Read.”
Aaron is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he was awarded the Gowling Lafleur Henderson Prize for International Trade Law.
Evelyn Lundhild is the Senior Manager responsible for the Green Ontario Fund at the IESO. Evelyn has held a variety of management positions related to Conservation and Demand Management at the IESO and its predecessor organization, the Ontario Power Authority. Prior to that, Evelyn was engaged in business and market development for a major international chemical company. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.
Catherine is the Director, Community Energy Planning at Enwave. She is a Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager with a degree in business from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Catherine's team at Enwave is responsible for developing new, low-carbon thermal systems across Enwave’s North American platform. She works with developers, governments, building owners, and industry to plan, design, and implement innovative community energy systems, many of which incorporate geothermal systems. Prior to joining Enwave, Catherine led strategic energy services for Golder Associate’s Energy Planning and Design Team. Catherine has also published an article on “Creating Competitive Advantage in a Carbon-Constrained World”; led training workshops on cap and trade; guest lectured for a masters of engineering energy management class; and delivered energy management training on behalf of the federal government.
Registration Opens / Exhibits
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
The geo-exchange industry in Ontario is on the verge of unprecedented transformation driven by policies from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to reduce costs, fight climate change and encourage the use of clean geo-exchange technologies. OGA, HRAI and a relentless network of industry professionals were integral in leading the charge. Martin Luymes, HRAI Director of Programs and Relations, will highlight the key advocacy efforts over the past year that has catapulted the change we begin to see today, and share prospective initiatives that will feed the momentum.
• Martin Luymes, Director, Programs/Relations, HRAI.
Interprovincial Panel: policies, projections and progress in Canadian provinces
Joining us at this year’s conference will be leaders from two other provincial geothermal associations who are leading the way. OGA members may already be aware of what’s happening in Ontario, but come to this session to find out how the industry is doing in other parts of the country and get a snapshot of the opportunities and challenges that may, or may not, be on the horizon in Ontario.
• Jeff Quibell, President, GeoExchangeBC
• Brent Laufer, President, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance
• Jim Bolger, President, Ontario Geothermal Association
• Martin Luymes, Director, Programs/Relations, HRAI
• Steve Smith, Board of Directors, GEO
Networking Break / Refreshments / Exhibits
With the growth in popularity of geothermal systems comes increased scrutiny and higher expectations from customers, regulators and all levels of government. Is your business ready for the spotlight? Through this presentation by Edelman, a leading communications marketing agency that helps protect companies’ brands and reputations, you will learn the tools and techniques to identify and understand the risks you might face and to manage threats to your company’s reputation, and that of the geothermal industry in Ontario. Edelman will walk you through current trends and best practices to turn crises into opportunities and build brand equity in the face of adversity.
• Scott Evans, General Manager, Toronto, Edelman
Cocktail Reception / Networking / Exhibits
Greeting from NY-Geo: an update on GEO from New York state
• Jack DiEnna, NY-Geo
At the Annual Meeting of the OGA, members will hear a report on the past year’s activities and vote on financial statements and a proposed slate of directors. Members are urged to attend to exercise their vote, and guests are welcome to hear about the association’s successes in 2017.
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
• Glen Murray, Executive Director, Pembina
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
Downloadable PowerPoint presentations are highlighted in orange.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Registration Opens / Breakfast Buffet / Exhibits
• Stan Reitsma, Vice President, OGA
Morning Keynote Presentation: The government of Ontario and the future of geothermal
• Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario
Perhaps the most exciting news for the geothermal industry in Ontario in many years is the recent announcement of the Low Carbon Technologies Incentive Program, funded through GreenON out of the proceeds of the Cap and Trade carbon emissions trading system. The program includes a number of carbon-reduction measures, including significant rebates for homeowners who invest in geothermal ground source heat pump systems. This must-see session will kick off with a feature presentation by Parminder Sandhu, Chair, GreenON, who will chart the future of GreenON and geothermal’s place within it. Following this presentation audience members will delve deeper into the mechanics of the program and how it is structured with an address by Evelyn Lundhild, Senior Manager, GreenON Fund-IESO. The focus will then shift to training—vital to any industry— with an address by Garen Ewbank, President IGSHPA Board of Directors, who will discuss the new geoexchange training partnership between IGSHPA and HRAI and the role training will play in the Quality Assurance Program under the GreenON Rebates Program. This session brings together all levels of stakeholders working within and around the GreenON Rebates Program to offer both a micro and macro look at the very initiative that is changing the state of the geoexchange industry.
The Bigger Picture: GreenON + geoexchange
• Parminder Sandhu, Chair, GreenON
GreenON Rebates Program: A closer look at how it works and who can participate
• Evelyn Lundhild, Senior Manager, GreenON Fund, IESO
Training: the vital pulse of an industry
• Garen Ewbank, President, IGSHPA Board of Directors
• Sarah Coleman, Supervisor, CDM Programs, HRAI
• Evelyn Lundhild, Senior Manager, GreenON Fund, IESO
• Angie Mantei, Supervisor, Educational Programs, HRAI
• Moderator: Martin Luymes, Director, Programs/Relations, HRAI
Networking / Morning Refreshments / Exhibits
In December 2016, federal, provincial and territorial governments released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which lays out Canada’s plan for meetings its international climate change commitments and supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. This presentation will provide an overview of the Framework’s building strategy and implementation plan for reducing energy use and emissions in residential, commercial and institutional buildings.
• Debbie Scharf, Director, Equipment Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada (NR CAN)
Attendees will get an understanding of the ground source heat pump activities and projects at CanmetENERGY. The focus will be on the direct expansion ground source heat pump technology and particularly, comparing ground heat exchanger performance under use of different refrigerants. Parham Eslami Nejad will introduce-- for the first time in public-- an innovative approach to calibrate thermal response test units.
• Parham Eslami Nejad, Ph.D., Research Scientist, CanmetENERGY-Varennes, Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada
• Antoni Paleshi, Senior Energy Performance Specialist, WSP
BGIS has been a key member of the execution of this project in providing the Mechanical Engineering design bringing the extensive knowledge of Net-Zero and Carbon Neutral projects. One of the main design components has been the introduction of a Geo-Exchange field with a hybrid system with Solar-Thermal to balance the field long term. This facility (Building 16) is predominantly heating dominant with a modeled total heating requirement of 80% of the building total energy load. As a result of this significant imbalance, it was imperative that proper modeling and design incorporate a renewable source of heat generation. This presentation will detail the system design and considerations.
• Nuno Duarte, Vice President, Professional Services, BGIS
• Greg Woodhouse, Director, Engineering, BGIS
Greetings from WaterFurnace International
•John Thomas, CEO, WaterFurnace International
Jim Sanders, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution, will discuss collaboration with the Ontario Geothermal Association and Enbridge's proposed geothermal program model, as well as the early results of a pilot project.
His remarks will touch on the barriers which have to this point held the geothermal industry back in Ontario, and how Enbridge's proposed model will address them going forward.
• Jim Sanders, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution
• Laure Meljac, NIBE Sweden
• Dave de Sylva, President, Howland Green Homes
Over the past decade the Ontario condo market has been one of the best in the world but geothermal technology is seen as a financial and construction risk resulting in very little market penetration for the industry. Providing the right economic model, understanding the market issues and how deals are structured has turned this liability into an asset for both the developers and occupants.
• Tim Weber, CEO, Diverso Energy
Networking / Afternoon Refreshments / Exhibits
The Electrification Panel
Panelists will provide insight into the transition from fossil fuels to electrification of building heating systems, impact on electrical generation and transmission, peak power use, and total electrical consumption. The panel will broadly report on the outlook for Ontario's future energy mix, power generation mix, and consumption. Factors such as electrification of transportation, greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, emerging effects of distributed power generation, and interprovincial power integration will be highlighted.
Panelists will include representatives from the following organizations:
• Chuck Farmer, Director, Stakeholders and Public Affairs, IESO
• Aaron Freeman, Principal, Pivot Strategic Consulting Inc., Founder, GreenPAC
• Catherine Thorn, Director, Community Energy Planning, Enwave Energy Corporation
• Moderator: Paul Frith, Sales & Advocacy Director, GeoSource Energy Inc.
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
American & European Perspectives
The Government, Economy & Industry
Independent Industry Studies
Check out the HRAI Manufacturers Division Symposium occurring earlier in the day on February 27th, 2018 at the Westin Toronto Airport. Are you planning on attending both the Symposium and the OGA Conference and not already an OGA member? If so, you may be eligible to receive a discounted membership rate on your OGA2018 conference pass. Simply e-mail your Symposium receipt to email@example.com. To learn more about the HRAI Manufacturers Division Symposium click here.
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