Monday April 20, 2009
7.30 am Summit Registration and Breakfast
8:25 am Opening Remarks from Conference Hosts
- Emil Kolb, Council Chair-
Region of Peel
- David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer-
Region of Peel
9:00 am Keynote Address
As one of the first authors to explore climate change within a uniquely Canadian context, Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist of The Globe and Mail, provides a comprehensive presentation that takes conference delegates back to the beginning of federal government discussions around climate change right through to present-day debates, policies and activities. With a strikingly honest and fresh outlook on the topic, this presentation will not only provide a markedly direct description of the climate and energy related threats facing Canada’s public sector, but also the critical policies that civic agencies must adopt in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. Through his extraordinary understanding of Canada’s public sector and political landscape, hear Simpson’s first hand account of what went wrong with Canadian climate policy and how with some renewed ingenuity and commitment we can meet our climate challenge.
National Affairs Columnist, Globe and Mail
9:40 am Conference Plenary Session
With 75 per cent of our world's energy use and 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas production stemming from urban centres, the front line of energy management is drawn at in our cities and towns. How do we turn these resource hungry cities and towns green? In this opening plenary session, see how some of Europe's most energy efficient cities are creating more energy-friendly urban environments.
Project Manager for International Affairs
Baltic Sea Solutions (BASS), Denmark
Paul Kennedy, Corporate Energy Manager
Corporate Property Group, City Surveyor's Department
City of London, UK
10:45 am Morning Networking Break
11:15 am Morning Workshop Sessions
Leading public sector organizations recognize compelling business reasons to improve energy use, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and demonstrate their broader relevance to sustainability. All laudable goals – but how does an organization take energy management and the challenges posed by climate change from conceptual plans to corporate integration? In this session, explore how framing the challenges and opportunities of modern energy use in a strategic business context are a key step toward its corporate integration. Looking at the broader perspective needed to address the organizational risks and opportunities associated with energy management, this presentation will discuss ways in which the creation, implementation and measurement of strategy should evolve in a carbon-constrained world.
Rob Abbott, PhD, CMC
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is involved in a host of conservation initiatives available to the province’s public sector. Most importantly – they’ve got the all-important financial support to help your energy conservation efforts and they want to give you some. Whether it’s new building construction, equipment replacement, building envelope enhancements, demand response or even deep lake water-cooling – it’s key to know which financial incentives are available to help fund your innovative energy conservation projects. In this session, learn more about the OPA’s various funding programs, schedule and incentives and the benefits participation can bring to your organization.
Ontario Power Authority
Department Head, Energy and Utilities, Physical Resources
University of Guelph
Understanding how your facility consumes energy is fundamental to being able to identify and act upon savings opportunities. This includes knowing how to examine patterns of energy use to find the lowest cost projects. Looking for the operational and maintenance activities first offers a chance to save money without making large investments. In this interactive session, we dig deep into the workings of your energy use to unearth the tools and techniques that will best suit your organization. Stephen has accumulated twenty years of energy management experience, including over 800 energy assessments and audits, the facilitation of over 300 energy management workshops and the development of a variety of energy training systems currently used on at least four continents.
Stephen Dixon, Principal
TdS Dixon Inc.
Acquiring a longer-term view of your organization’s facility portfolio is critical to determining the best approach to maintaining and enhancing your facilities. This includes review of energy and financial issues facing property owners, establishing “decision making criteria” to correspond with senior management objectives and utilizing graphical dashboards to communicate “need”. In this presentation, discover a business model and planning framework that speaks to the importance of capital leveraging and energy conservation. With the help of industry experts, Ameresco Canada, this session will explore strategies that leverage the financial benefits derived from effective conservation and renewable energy initiatives and showcase the capital leveraging impacts of short term and long term energy savings measures along with the shortfalls of short term payback thinking.
Tim Dettlaff, Senior Vice-President of Asset Management
12:00 pm Plated Lunch and Networking Break
1:30 pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions
While it’s common knowledge that energy audits can provide a holistic survey of a facility and a good understanding of how energy is used – the key to identifying areas of potential savings rests with the inherent approach of the assessment. By utilizing the proper audit methods, techniques and equipment, an audit can provide an energy manager with essential information on how much, where and how energy is used within an organization. This includes estimates of potential energy savings, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, impact of operator/personnel behaviour on energy use, capital, and simple payback/IRR as well as recommendations to convert to cleaner sources of energy. In this session, learn how your organization can benefit from a comprehensive energy audit approach utilized by Sandwell for many of Canada’s leading public and private corporations.
Diana Bennett, Manager
On November 1, 2009 all public sector organizations (including municipalities, universities, colleges, schools and hospitals) will move from paying a fixed price for electricity called the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) to an hourly or Ontario’s market price. Understanding that electricity costs can be managed and are not just an overhead represents a significant opportunity to improve your bottom line and reduce your environmental footprint. Learn about how this change will impact your organization and what others have done to manage electricity costs.
Terry Young, Director of External Relations
Independent Electricity System Operator
What does it mean to be “green” organization? How does an organization carefully tell others about its energy saving efforts? Along with the rise of green consciousness, today’s public organizations are seeing the rise of eco-communications and the importance of energy and environmental marketing. Telling your story requires solid public relations, an age-old activity that’s part art, part science. As a growing number of public institutions are greening their activities, the need to carefully grow public awareness of these initiatives becomes equally as important. In this session, we cut through the complex jargon and take a hard look at how public entities can succeed in conveying "green" as a component of their value proposition.
Susan Sheehan, Director of Sustainability and Client Service
In March 2008, the Canadian Federal Government published the final version of the Regulatory Framework for Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions to reduce national emissions starting in 2010. Under this framework, Ottawa has provided for market solutions to help reduce carbon emissions. In this session, learn how the Montréal Climate Exchange (MCeX) has launched the trading of futures contracts on Canada carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) units. That’s right - carbon has a cost. Find out how the new MCeX contract, traded on the Montréal Exchange's (MX) electronic trading platform, will give key regulated industrial emitters and other potential stakeholders the price signals needed to measure the price of a ton of carbon.
Ann McCarthy, Vice President, Business Development
Montréal Climate Exchange
2:30 pm Afternoon Networking Break
3:00 pm Conference Plenary Session
With over 445 municipalities, 211 hospitals, 72 school boards and 46 colleges and universities, Ontario’s public sector represents one the province’s most significant – and diverse - opportunities for energy conservation. Despite the sector’s wide range of experience and understanding of energy management, one thing is common: each sector shares the fundamental feature that energy management is not simply something that a single energy manager or officer does; energy management concerns the behaviour of the whole organisation. In this session, see how when it comes to managing energy and its costs, leading public sector agencies are now in the driver’s seat.
Norm Vezina, Senior Manager of Environmental and Office Services
York Catholic District School Board
Spencer Wood, Manager Maintenance and Operations
Peter Bullock, Manager Environmental Services
City of North Bay
Edward Rubinstein, Manager Energy and Environment
University Health Network
4:30 pm Closing Remarks from Conference Hosts
- Peter Love,
Chief Energy Conservation Officer
Ontario Power Authority
5:00 pm Fifth Anniversary Networking Reception
Tuesday April 21, 2009
7.30 am Summit Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am Opening Remarks from Conference Hosts
8:45 am Keynote Address
Ontario’s electricity industry is undergoing unprecedented change. Learn how Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator is working to ensure the reliability of the grid in the midst of this transformation. With the phasing out of coal, rapid increases in wind generation and the installation of smart meters in every home across the province, Ontario is becoming a leader in operating a greener electricity system. This presentation will look at the future of the power system, Ontario’s path towards a smart grid and greater consumer engagement.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator
9:25 am Keynote Address
Unlocking the potential of renewable power and green jobs requires Ontario’s electricity grid to get smart. Hear how Ontario Centres of Excellence is leading research and commercialization to make this happen. OCE encourages, funds, and promotes commercial innovation which supports high-value jobs, healthy communities, a clean environment and economic prosperity within Ontario and Canada. This presentation will look at real-life examples taken from workshops throughout the day.
Managing Director, Centre of Excellence for Energy
Ontario Centres of Excellence
9:45 am - 2:30 pm Workshop Sessions
SolarWall PV/T (photovoltaic and solar thermal) is a total energy system that is setting a new standard in the solar industry. Conserval Engineering originated the concept of combining PV with solar thermal in one renewable energy solution. The goal of the system was to address some the problems inherent with conventional PV, namely, long payback and low efficiency. Pairing the electricity producing PV panels with the SolarWall thermal component creates a co-generation system where efficiency is maximized and two types of energy – electricity and heat – are available from the same surface area. In this session, learn how SolarWall PV/T can solar-ize your building for the benefit of pocketbook and mankind.
Jeff Clarke, Account Manager
Conserval Engineering Inc.
The Sempa Hybrid Heating System™ uses real time intelligent controls to track and manage heating demand and chooses between heating sources to keep your building operating on the lowest-cost energy source. The Sempa Hybrid Heating System™ automatically determines the best time to switch between natural gas or propane to electricity. The same system also can heat other building amenities such as swimming pools and hot tubs during off-peak periods, then shift over again and 'coast' on modest amounts of natural gas or propane for the rest of the day. In this workshop, find out how the Sempa Hybrid Heating System™ is ideally suited as a solution for your existing buildings that have older, less efficient heating systems as well as new building design.
Mike Blundell, Business Development Manager
Sempa Power Systems
Solar hot water heating is an affordable, cost-competitive, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative that offers significant energy savings. For public organizations, this means getting off the rollercoaster ride of unpredictable fossil fuel costs and taking advantage of solar thermal technology. With its turnkey commercial, industrial and residential solutions, EnerWorks solar thermal technology provides easy access to green energy, can help earn a significant number of LEED points towards green building leadership and appeals to the growing public demand for environmental responsibility. From the company that helped put the Drake Landing Solar Community on the global clean-energy map to the world’s largest solar cooling project (1.5MW project for an adsorption chiller application in North Carolina. Learn how your organization can work with local project partners to design, install, commission and maintain solar thermal heating systems for a full spectrum of commercial, industrial and large-scale residential applications.
Wilfred Laman, Director
North American Commercial and Industrial Business
The addressable lighting controls presentation will focus on the importance of energy management through lighting controls. It will demonstrate examples of conventional lighting controls and their limitations versus advanced lighting controls. Attendees can expect to learn about market drivers in the industry, lighting strategies including daylight harvesting, occupancy control, task tuning, smart time scheduling, personal light control and demand responsive load shedding. Furthermore, the attendees will learn how lighting controls can be integrated with other Building Systems and review a case study that demonstrates why it pays to install addressable lighting controls.
Andrew Parker, National Sales Manager
Building operators can see up to half of each month's electricity bill based on their 15 minute highest demand for the entire month. That’s a pretty expensive 15 minutes of fame. The good news is Regen Energy provides a simple way to manage energy costs and reduce electrical demand without sacrificing occupant comfort. Using EnviroGrid swarm-logic controllers attached directly to electrical loads in your facility that cycle on/off during the course of the day, controllers communicate wirelessly with each other, efficiently optimizing when each building load operates. In this session, learn how EnviroGrid controllers dramatically reduce peak electrical demand for facilities with multiple air conditioners, refrigeration systems, electric heating or metal halide lighting systems.
Chris Beaver, Executive Vice President
Research shows that when facility managers meter specific processes and pieces of equipment, overall energy costs can drop as much as 25 percent. Better-informed energy consumers are your organization’s best tool to reducing its electricity bill. In this session, review the steps taken by two Canadian museums - the Museum of Science and Technology and the War Museum - to see how smart meters were used to cut electricity costs and inspire a new sense of accountability among building staff.
Jennifer Hassani, Director Marketing
The latest lighting technology for commercial and industrial buildings is also one of the oldest – sunlight. Research suggests that with better use of available sunlight, Canadian buildings could turn-off their electric lighting by 37 percent, not to mention the improved occupancy comfort associated with using natural light. The challenge, however, has been that access to daylight is a problem for most buildings – not everyone can sit next to a window and light for visual tasks only penetrates about 4.5 metres into a space. Introducing the Solar Canopy Illumination System, Canada’s contribution to the solar lighting movement. Developed by the University of British Columbia, the technology captures sunlight and redirects it into the building using exterior wall facades. In this workshop, learn the technological details of the sunlight delivery system and how installations on UBC buildings are shifting the way we think and design lighting for interior spaces.
Lorne Whitehead, Professor
University of British Columbia
Light-guided Solar Optics is a completely new technology able to concentrate sunlight as it hits a triangular surface less than a centimetre thick. Once inside the ultra-thin material, the sunlight is corralled to one corner, where a tiny solar cell is positioned to absorb the barrage of concentrated light. The cells are comprised a few pounds of aluminum and optical material, some electronics and miniature photovoltaic cells. By eliminating almost everything that isn’t concentrating light or converting it into electricity, Morgan Solar has developed a lightweight, easy to assemble system that can be built at a fraction of the costs of competing photovoltaic systems. In this presentation, learn how the Sun Simba HCPV system could soon make solar power as affordable as electricity from fossil fuels.
Nicolas Morgan, Director of Business Development
District energy systems can be a catalyst for economic development by reducing capital costs for building development, energy expenditures, providing employment and reducing air pollution. They also require numerous stakeholders – city officials, building owners, engineers, local utilities, developers and financing institutions - to recognize its benefits and all work together. No small feat without the right help. From the company that will bring ground-breaking sewage heat recovery to the Southeast False Creek and the Olympic Village for the 2010 Olympic Winter games, learn how FVB Energy can help your community evaluate district energy technology, assess the economics and decipher the risks and rewards of how district energy can be a backbone to your energy management program.
Richard Damecour, Vice President
With varying wind flow patterns, increased turbulence and fluctuating wind speeds, harnessing wind energy solutions within the urban environment is certainly complex. Still, urban environments offer distinct benefits for local energy production, including reduced capital investment in towers and transmission lines, increased wind speeds over and around buildings and a higher energy potential. In this session, learn how Cleanfield Energy has developed industry leading renewable energy technologies primarily for urban applications, including its Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) that can capture wind flowing in any direction and operate at lower rotational speeds, reducing the turbine vibrations and generated noise.
Tony Verrelli, President
The insulation systems you choose play a major part in your total annual energy usage. A less effective insulation product allows heat to transfer in and out of your facility at a faster rate. This affects not only your comfort level, but has a major effect on your HVAC system, which works harder and longer, using more energy to maintain the desired interior temperature. Introducing rFoil, a new approach to insulation made of high-grade aluminium. rFoil is unaffected by humidity or condensation, won't collapse, compress or disintegrate, is easy and safe to install, is resistant to bacteria and has a CLASS A/ CLASS 1 fire rating. Whether it is concrete underpading to prevent condensation and radiant heat loss, the next generation in house wrap technology, the future of metal building insulation or protecting from radiant heat in HVAC applications, this session will introduce you to key insulation information that can help dramatically reduce the overall heat transfer through your building envelope.
John Starr, Vice President
Covertech Fabrications Inc.
To effectively manage your energy costs you need accurate, relevant energy information. You need information that creates a meaningful context for prioritizing efficiency projects and tracking the results achieved, for promptly detecting and eliminating waste, and for budgeting future energy use with greater accuracy. The challenge is that most public agencies have limited in-house resources to produce timely energy information for their facilities. Introducing Energent’s EMIS and ET systems – fully-automated, internet-based energy information systems managed and maintained from Energent's Operations Data Centre. Whether it’s providing real-time monitoring, analysis, and reporting or using historical data to establish baselines and targets for your organization this session will explore how fully-automated M&T systems can create a meaningful context for effective decisions to manage your energy.
Gord Ellis, Chief Technology Officer
10:45 am Morning Networking Break
11:00 am Morning Workshop Sessions
12:00 am Working Lunch and Networking Break
1:30 pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions
2:30 pm Closing Remarks from Conference Hosts