ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
We are on the cusp of a new era. Eyes are wide. Discourse surrounding Ontario’s geo-exchange sector is feverishly building. A series of low-carbon initiatives are rearing from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The 2020 Ontario Geothermal Conference (OGA2020) 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, policymakers, 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.
The 2020s will be the decade of climate action and it all starts with North America’s built environment decarbonization revolution. It’s being led by our progressive cities. And the OGA is pleased to announce that Alex Blue from Vancouver and Fernando Carou from Toronto will bring you all the important details at our conference opening gala on April 8, 2020. Don’t miss this potent one-two punch on the direction in which many of our municipalities are now heading.
Register today and take part in the decarb conversation at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel (previously the Delta). More information is coming soon on our other exciting speakers. They will bring you the latest on innovative technologies, case studies, news from governments and utilities, research, and new partnerships to advance the geothermal industry. Stay tuned!
Don’t miss the key geothermal industry event of the year. It’s a professional development opportunity and a chance to reconnect with friends, relax and recharge before the busy summer season gets underway. Register now!
Get all the decarb details at our conference-opening gala on April 8, 2020. Don’t miss our potent one-two punch on the direction in which many municipalities are heading. Alex Blue from Morrison, Hershfield will present the BC Energy Step Code; and Fernando Carou, from the City of Toronto will present the Toronto Green Standard.
Alex Blue, P.Eng. LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP
Principal, Building Energy Practice Lead, Morrison Hershfield
Alex Blue leads the building energy modeling practice at Morrison Hershfield. Her group has been involved in the development of the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan, the BC Energy Step Code, and the new Toronto Green Standard, among others. Alex has worked with teams all over North America on more than one hundred projects for a variety of building types. Her focus is on the nitty-gritty, on-the-ground work of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. She has contributed to raising the bar for industry and government energy standards so that we can all design and operate better, more efficient buildings. She is an engineer, educator, and (by her own description) an energy nerd.
Fernando Carou, B.A.Sc, P.Eng.
Manager, Community Energy Planning & Low-Carbon Energy Systems
City of Toronto
Fernando Carou leads the Community Energy Planning program and is also responsible for the technical, business, and policy framework for the development of low-carbon renewable energy systems in the City of Toronto. His focus is on integrating energy and emissions planning into the community and economic growth plans, developing Toronto's renewable energy strategy for climate change, and fostering local economic benefit. Fernando is a former Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Energy Task Force, a founding member of the QUEST Ontario Caucus, a contributor to the CSA Technical Committee C282 on Emergency Electrical Power Supply for Buildings, and a member of the CaGBC renewable energy working group for net-zero buildings. He holds an engineering degree from UofT, has sustainability training from Harvard and is studying Public Administration at Western University.
VENUE & ACCOMODATIONS
6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5N2L3.
Situated in the Meadowvale Business Park and close to major highways, Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale offers guests a multitude of attractions designed to appeal to both the business and leisure customer. It is located 20 minutes from Pearson Airport, 25 minutes from downtown Toronto, and six miles from Toronto Premium Outlets, the Greater Toronto Area's newest retail development.
The Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale offers 374 recently renovated guestrooms in two towers and showcases innovative and contemporary design that incorporates functional, versatile and comfortable elements. It also boasts over 40,000 square feet of impressive meeting and banquet facilities consisting of two ballrooms, 40 meeting rooms and a dedicated foyer space. Well-equipped to handle a multitude of venues ranging from small to mid-to-large scale, including tradeshows, weddings, conferences and events, Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale is the largest convention centre in Mississauga.
Family friendly all-day dining in Quest Restaurant
Indoor/outdoor pools and three-story waterslide for kids
Only 20 minutes from Pearson International Airport
The recently renovated Quest Restaurant and Bar offers modern dining in a casual yet upscale atmosphere, serving global cuisine, and Chop Steakhouse (set to open later this summer) round out the hotel's food and beverage offerings. Arabica, situated on the lobby level, provides guests with a bistro-style "grab and go" coffee bar, serving a mélange of fresh baked goods, pastries, sandwiches, beverages and Starbucks coffee and is open daily during morning hours.
Recreational amenities abound at Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, offering guests a myriad of fitness/sports-related and action-oriented activities including the three-storey, 165 foot (50 metre) "Big Blue", the longest indoor waterslide in the Greater Toronto Area. The hotel also features a seasonal outdoor saltwater pool with a patio area used for outdoor events and a putting green. Designed to attract the leisure, weekend and sports group customers, is the hotel's indoor sky-lit saltwater swimming pool. Club Meadowvale, a bi-level 40,000 square foot (3,716 square metre) full-service fitness centre offers guests four indoor tennis courts, five international indoor squash courts, more than 50 group fitness classes each week, private patios and a licensed lounge.
Relax in the Hilton’s guest rooms featuring private balconies, complimentary WiFi, 37-inch flat-screen HDTVs, and large work areas with ergonomic chairs. Upgrade to a room or suite on a higher floor for wonderful city views and a sofa bed.
Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale participates in Hilton HHonors, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,300 hotels worldwide.