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OGA Conference:
Closing the Loop with Municipalities and the HVACR community

OGA’s Closing the Loop Conference April 26th, 2022, is all about bringing stakeholders together.  Municipal advisors, HVACR professionals, consulting engineers & designers, as well as developers, educators and utilities, will be together to network and collaborate on initiatives that will help Canada reach its 2030 and 2050 climate action goals.   Whether we are talking about commercial or residential buildings in the new build or retrofit sectors, Closing the Loop is about embracing plans and technology that will help all stakeholders meet the 2030 goals and keep the momentum going to reach the 2050 Milestone.   Each conference speaker, exhibitor and sponsor have a vested interest in talking about plans, technology and success stories that help Close the Loop in meeting climate action goals. 

We are proud to have Enwave as this year’s OGA Conference Platinum Sponsor.

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SPEAKERS


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Jean-Philippe Hardy

Jean-Philippe Hardy
Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors
Ground Source Heat Pumps Playing a Role in Achieving 2050 Net-Zero Targets.

Jean-Philippe Hardy is a Managing Consultant at Dunsky Energy and Climate. As the firm’s lead for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Jean-Philippe focuses on assessing opportunities, developing strategies, policies, and programs for clients seeking to accelerate decarbonization and improve their environmental impact. Since joining Dunsky, Jean-Philippe has led major projects on building energy efficiency and electrification for major governments, municipalities, and energy companies across North America.

Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Jean-Philippe also designed and implemented energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction projects in hundreds of buildings in Canada, often relying on advanced heat pump technologies to optimize cost-effectiveness and GHG reductions in cold climates.

Jennifer Burstein

Jennifer Burstein
Vice President
Construction for Collecdev
Successful Commercial Geothermal Project Analysis – Geothermal in Rental Building and Condos

Jennifer aims to leverage her exposure working with some of Toronto’s largest construction firms, to manage the construction of Collecdev’s many high-rise residential developments across the GTA. Overseeing the Collecdev construction division from pre-construction through to project completion, ultimately ensuring a quality product is delivered for purchasers to call home. Notable projects include Westwood Gardens, Tretti Condos, Nordic Condos, Cielo Condos, Trump International Hotel & Tower, 100 & 80 Yorkville, The Heathview, Emerald City & Concord Adex Condos.

Jennifer is equipped with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McMaster University, is a Gold Seal Certified (GSC) professional and takes pride in being accountable for overall project performance, promoting a transparent and close relationship with all stakeholders, including supervisors, trades, suppliers, consulting teams and purchasers. Her leadership role in managing a high-performing team, secures the ability for successful completion.

Gabriella Kalapos

Gabriella Kalapos
Executive Director
Clean Air Partnership
Municipal Climate Action Front with CAP

Gaby has been working to motivate and support local government action on clean air and climate change for over 20 years. Her passion has been on encouraging the uptake, transfer and implementation of clean air and climate change actions and the building of partnerships that enable collaboration and support between the community and all levels of government.

Adler Gross

Adler Gross
Climate Change Project Officer
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Leveraging Collaboration Between Municipalities & Contractors for Small & Rural Community Climate Action Plans

As a Climate Change Project Officer, Adlar coordinates mitigation projects within the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, supporting members on greenhouse gas emissions accounting, reporting and tracking activities. He works closely with Canadian communities to develop and provide support on GHG emission inventories and local climate action planning. Adlar is also involved in developing resources and tools to build the climate change action planning capacity of Canadian municipalities.

Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Adlar has had research experience within the academic, governmental, non-profit and private sectors in the areas of sustainability, land use planning, community energy planning, renewable energy business models and district energy. He has also studied best practices in Denmark at the University of Aalborg Sustainable Energy Planning and Management program as well as at the Nordic Folkecentre for Renewable Energy. Adlar holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies Planning from York University with a focus on Community Energy Planning.

Victor Hyman

Victor Hyman
Executive Director
ClimateCare Co-operative Corporation

Victor Hyman is the executive director of ClimateCare, the largest co-operative of residential HVAC contractors in Canada. Prior to joining ClimateCare in August 2020, he spent 9 years in a variety of management roles with a leading national HVAC wholesale distributor, and 5 years managing a Toronto area HVAC contractor.

Victor is involved in a number of industry volunteer roles. He is a member of the CMPX Show committee, a member of the HRAI Emerging Technologies Committee, was the chair of the HRAI GTA Chapter, the Industry Co-Chair of the National Resource Canada’s Market Transformation Roadmap Space Heating Expert Team, and he has been a guest contributor to Mechanical Business Magazine.

Victor considers himself to be a life-long-learning and when he isn’t working, volunteering or with his family, he is pretty prolific on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Agenda at a Glance

7:30 - 8:30 am – Buffet networking breakfast

8:30- 8:40 am Opening Remarks, OGA Chair of the board of directors: Jeff Hunter, Evolved Thermal Energy Inc.

8:40 – 9:00 am Exhibitor Spotlight

9:00 – 9:45am – Keynote Speakers

Jean-Phillippe Hardy of Dunsky Energy Advisor
Martin Luymes, VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations, HRAI

Ground Source Heat Pumps Playing a Role in Achieving 2050 Net-Zero Targets.

Jean-Phillippe Hardy of Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, along with Martin Luymes, VP of HRAI Government and Stakeholder Relations, will take attendees through a two phase project that Dunsky lead at the request of HRAI and OGA.  The projects investigated the potential role ground source heat pumps could play in helping Canada achieve its 2050 net zero targets.  This is a must-see session for municipalities and HVACR Professional.  Jean-Phillippe will bring to light the key policy ideas raised through consultations with the Canadian government and HVACR industry partners.  The benefits of GSHP technology will be unlock.

9:45- 10:15am – Tradeshow Open

10:15 -10:30am – Exhibitor Spotlight

10:30 – 11:15am

Successful Commercial Geothermal Project Analysis – Geothermal in Rental Building and Condos

Jennifer Burstein, VP of Collecdev Developments

Vice President of Construction for Collecdev, Jennifer Burstein will take attendees through a

few notable projects including: Westwood Gardens, Tretti Condos, 100 Yorkville and Nordic Condos.  These commercial retrofit projects that are using geothermal in high-rise rental and condo buildings.  Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge, with almost two decades of experience managing high-rise residential projects across the GTA.  This is a must-see session for commercial developers and consulting engineers.

11:15 -12 noon 

Accelerating Municipal Climate Action Implementation

Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership

Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director with Clean Air Partnership will highlight the role municipalities are taking to work with community partners to increase the ambition and implementation of their climate actions. Energy use is buildings is a critical action that provides cost savings, greenhouse gas reduction, economic development and job creation opportunities. If it is such a win, win, win why are we so behind on capturing the opportunity? Gabriella will speak to challenges and opportunities in advancing low carbon developments and buildings and the importance of all sectors to build the low carbon building ecosystem.  

12noon – 1pm – OGA AGM, Lunch and Tradeshow

1:00 – 1:45 pm

OGA Townhall - Membership & Industry Engagement

Be apart of this interactive discussion! In this panel setting, OGA board members will elevate the geoexchange discussion and tackle such questions as:

  • What is the direction of the OGA
  • What action is the OGA taking to support broader adoption of geoexchange in the province
  • How does the OGA intend to challenge misinformation on fossil fuels that's pervasive in the mainstream media

1:45 - 2:00pm – Exhibitor Spotlight

2:00 – 2:45 pm 

Leveraging Collaboration Between Municipalities & Contractors for Small & Rural Community Climate Action Plans

Adler Gross, Climate Change Project Officer of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Join Adler Gross, Climate Change Project Officer, from ICLEI Canada– Local Governments for Sustainability, to learn how cities, big and small, across the country, are advancing low-carbon heating and cooling technologies in their municipal operations, and throughout their communities, in an effort to meet the ambitious climate goals for the building sector.

As governments support the acceleration of building retrofit programs and green standards for new developments, considerable opportunities exist for industry to meet future demand for energy-efficient, low-carbon technologies while ensuring our industry has a seat at the table.

Audience Takeaways

For the Municipal Planners – ICLEI will share examples of what other successful municipal climate action plans look like

For Contractors – Learn why it is important for municipal climate action plan to have contractor input at the table and at the implementation stage

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Residential decarbonization 2030- How do we motivate the unwilling residential contractor?

Victor Hyman, Executive Director, ClimateCare

Carbon pricing, hybrid systems, and setting residential dwellers up to meet climate action goals; as contractors working in the residential sector, what is that best wat to navigate the many initiatives that might seem like obstacles so that our industry stays current to meet future 2030 municipal climate action plans?

This is another must-see session for both residential contractors, as well as municipal personnel.

3:30 – 4:15pm - Networking Reception and Close of Event

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We are proud to have Enwave as this year’s OGA Conference Platinum Sponsor.

We are proud to have Enwave as this year’s OGA Conference Platinum Sponsor.






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Our theme this year, ‘Closing the Loop.’ Our distinguished speakers will discuss municipal climate policies and how the geothermal industry can help communities achieve their emissions reduction targets. We’ll take municipal attendees through the many ways to accelerate climate action implementation. HVAC contractors will be interested to hear the best ways to navigate the many climate initiatives and how to get involved and prepare their businesses for success in the electrification transition. We’ll also hear the multi-residential developer perspective, reviewing successful geothermal applications in high-rise projects across the GTA. 

With the session bringing an anticipated 150 attendees from the municipal, HVACR, and development sectors, there are plenty of opportunities to network and build new contacts with conference-goers. 

Whether your company is looking for opportunities to be part of the conference through sponsorship or 10x10 tabletop displays that showcase technology or business opportunities, the OGA conference has options for you. With visibility of your company’s participation before, during, and after the event to 30,000 organic connections, as well as additional visibility through conference advertising, this year’s OGA conference will be a must-attend event for developers, HVAC contractors, municipal representatives, consulting engineers, manufacturers, and industry suppliers.  

Choose from the sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities by clicking here.

Have a question? Please reach out to Loretta Zita at HRAI (on behalf of the OGA), lzita@hrai.ca.

The OGA is proud to announce Enwave Energy Corporation as the Closing the Loop Conference Platinum Sponsor for 2022. 

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ATTENDEES


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In-person session*

In the event there are more restrictions made by the Ontario Government, or we are unable to run the event in person due to the effects of COVID on attendance, the OGA will be holding this event virtually over the course of the day on April 26th, 2022.

If you are an exhibitor, your money will be refunded.

If you are a sponsor, your fee will be reduced to 40% of value.

If you are an attendee, your fee will be reduced to $50/person to attend.

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VENUE & ACCOMODATIONS


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Hotel

Location
HILTON MISSISSAUGA/MEADOWVALE
6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5N2L3.
Phone: 1-905-821-1981

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.

Welcome
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 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.

Close to major highway to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Wonderland and the Zoo
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 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.

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CONTACT


For conference related inquiries please contact Loretta Zita at lzita@hrai.ca.

800-267-2231 ext 254

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