A special Thank You goes out to this year’s Exhibitors AIRIA Brands Inc, Flow Centre Products Inc., and Klimatrol Environment Systems Ltd as well as the Conference sponsors:
The Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, opened the 2016 Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) Annual General Meeting and Conference as the dinner keynote speaker on Thursday, February 4th.
Mr. Murray discussed the changes to our environment and how all industries will need to find new and cleaner ways of doing business to manage climate change and how the geothermal industry can make a difference in how we as Canadians heat and cool our buildings in the future.
This was a theme that ran throughout the conference, with a speaker program on Friday, February 5th that included discussions about Net Zero buildings through a panel discussion as well as a presentation by Mr. Paul Bony from the Electricity and Gas Industry Association (EGIA) in the USA and finding new ways to finance geothermal installations.
OGA Regulatory Update by Martin Luymes, HRAI – View the presentation
Update on CSA C448 by Muktha Tumkur, CSA Group – View the presentation
Panel Discussion: Achieving Net Zero buildings through geo-exchange solutions
Stan Marco, GeoSmart Energy Inc
Brian Pescod, Zon Engineering Inc
Derek Satnik, Mindscape Innovations & Net Zero Council – View the presentation
Accelerating widespread geothermal adoption in the residential marketplace
Paul Bony, EGIA – View the presentation
Panel Discussion: Approaches to Commercial Loop Financing
Dr. James Cotton, McMaster University – View the presentation
Michael Savel, Oakville Enterprises Corporation – View the presentation
Tim Weber, Diverso Energy – View the presentation
Closing Remarks by Dave Hatherton
Jim Bolger introduces the “Net Zero” panelists
Photo courtesy of HPAC Magazine
Paul Bony discusses geothermal applications and the environment
Mr. John Bosman chaired the annual general meeting portion of the conference. Prior to the OGA members voting on the slate of directors for 2015-2016, Mr. Bosman thanked those directors who retired from the board in the past year for their long-standing service and dedication to the Ontario Geothermal Assocation:
• Tom Boutette of B&B Trade Distribution
• Tim Janess of Stillwater Contracting & Mechanical
• Ron Wright Sr. of Enertech Global.
The members ratified the 2015-2016 board of directors as follows:
• John Bosman, Bostech Mechanical – President
• Jim Bolger, Waterloo Energy Products – Vice President
• Gabriela Grigoriu, Next Project – Secretary-Treasurer
• Rob Anderson, Buchanan & Hall
• John Baine, Reliance Home Comfort
• Stan Marco, GeoSmart Energy Inc.
• Jody Meyer, Meyer Renewables Inc.
• Stan Reitsma, Geosource Energy
• Ron J. Wright, Enertech Global
With just under 80 industry professionals in attendance at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, the 2016 OGA AGM & Conference was a tremendous success. The OGA board of directors thanks everyone for coming and look forward to another successful event next year.