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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.
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
Former Minister of Ontario Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario
Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario
President, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Program Director, Environmental Defense
Supervisor, CDM Programs, HRAI
President, Howland Green Homes
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
Director, Advocacy and Sales, GeoSource
Senior Manager, Green Ontario Fund, IESO
Director, Programs and Relations, HRAI
Regional Manager International Affairs, NIBE
Chair, GeoExchange BC
Director, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCAN
Director, Board of Directors, GEO
Director, Community Energy Planning, Enwave Energy Corporation
Co-Founder and Partner, Diverso Energy
Director, Engineering, BGIS
Chair, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance
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.
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.
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.
Registration Opens / Exhibits
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
• Keynote speaker to be announced.
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 have 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
Sharing the stage in this collaborative panel discussion will be Chairs from three provincial geothermal associations who are leading the way: BC, Manitoba and Ontario. 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.
• British Columbia - Jeff Quibell, President, GeoExchangeBC
• Manitoba - Brent Laufer, President, Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance
• Ontario - Jim Bolger, President, Ontario Geothermal Association
• Moderator - Martin Luymes, Director, Programs/Relations, HRAI
Geo-Exchange + Public Relations: building credibility and mastering crisis management in a new climate
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, Edelman Toronto
Cocktail Reception / Networking / Exhibits
OGA Annual General Meeting
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
Evening Keynote Presentation
• Glen Murray, Executive Director, Pembina Institute
• Jim Bolger, President, OGA
*Agenda subject to change
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
Featured Spotlight: low carbon geoexchange incentives in 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
• Garen Ewbank, President IGSHPA Board of Directors
• Evelyn Lundhild, Senior Manager, GreenON Fund, IESO
Networking / Morning Refreshments / Exhibits
The Pan-Canadian Framework + The Road Mapping Exercise to Space
• Debbie Scharf, Director, Equipment Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada (NR CAN)
CanMetEnergy: science, research + ground source heat pump technology
• Parham Eslami Nejad, Ph.D., Research Scientist, CanmetENERGY-Varennes, Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada
Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Efforts in the Commercial Sector
• Antoni Paleshi, Project Principle, Buildings—Sustainability, WSP
Evergreen Brickworks: going carbon neutral
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
Mid-Day Keynote Presentation
• Jim Sanders, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution
European Heat Pump Association Initiative: DecarbHeat
• Laure Meljac, NIBE Sweden
Howland Green Homes: maximizing geothermal benefits
• Dave de Sylva, President, Howland Green Homes
Geothermal for Condominiums
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:
• Keith Brooks, Program Director, Environmental Defense
• Chuck Farmer, Director, Stakeholders and Public Affairs, IESO
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the HRAI Manufacturers Division Symposium click here.
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Westin Toronto Airport
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$12 per vehicle/per day
Take advantage of the discounted parking rate of $12 per vehicle/per day (regular rate is $25 per vehicle/per day). Discounted parking vouchers will be distributed at our on-site registration desk.
Recently renovated and brimming with modern style, The Westin Toronto Airport offers a gateway to the best of the area. The hotel is adjacent to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), and offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle, ensuring that you never miss your flight. The Westin is also just moments away from some of Mississauga's most popular attractions and Toronto's downtown core (only 25 minutes away).
The Westin invites you to make yourself at home in their sophisticated guest rooms, which offer contemporary amenities and perks including our signature Westin Heavenly® Bed. Stop by their sleek new restaurants, which offer flavourful cuisine, great cocktails, and convenient to-go items. The Westin features intuitively designed venue spaces, which include an elegant banquet hall that will play host to the Ontario Geothermal Association Conference 2018.
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