Discover the role of policy and businesses in implementing sustainable projects and learn about the future of sustainable practices
Learn about the sustainable actions that have already been set in motion by sustainability groups across Toronto and meet like-minded individuals that are passionate about sustainability.
Discuss and debate the role of sustainable development in different fields such as energy and water management through our interactive workshops and panels.
CEO of Love Energy Consultants, President of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science and the Energy Services Association of Canada
Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at MARS Discovery District, Former President & CEO of ENBALA Power Networks
We have an amazingly experienced set of speakers lined up for this year's conference.
As an emerging sector, renewable energy businesses are heavily impacted by regulations and policies in most jurisdictions, which makes the familiarity with policies a very critical factor to the success of start-ups or new business initiatives. Robin Adamson has years of strategic business development experience in multiple technology spheres and is responsible for growing Canadian Solar’s microgrid business in the Americas and Caribbean. He has worked on numerous projects in different regions such as North America, Central America and south pacific. Robin will be talking about his experience of turning opportunities from policies into real business practices.
Director of Business Development for Microgrid & Hybrid Solutions in the Americas Canadian Solar Inc.
The energy sector is heavily regulated and requires extensive planning and implementation to meet their conservation goals. What are these plans and how are they implemented? How does energy demand get treated in achieving sustainability? Raegan Bond, VP of Conservation at PowerStream (Ontario’s second largest municipally owned electricity distributor) will go behind scenes to show attendees the thought and effort needed for Conservation and Demand Management
Vice President, Conservation & Demand Management PowerStream Inc.
The approaches towards which policies should be implemented vary with the economic levels and other realities of different nations. Implementing policies to protect the environment without sacrificing the economic potential has been the ultimate goal for many politicians and business leaders across the globe, however, not all of them have been successful. In the last few decades, the world has seen the emergence and steep growth of the renewable energy - It has been a big cake that many nations want to share a piece of it. Professor Loren Brandt from University of Toronto’s Economics department will talk about the competition among nations for the growing Solar and Wind energy market, and how the policies of different nations have impacted their own companies and industry.
Professor of Economics & Noranda Chair in Economics & International Trade University of Toronto
This talk will cover the latest renewable energy technology and standards. How is solar power technology gaining an innovative edge while maintaining it’s financial feasibility? How can renewable solutions be made more attractive to the general public? What are the core benefits and challenges associated with them? Are there any social impacts that need to be considered? And what is the role of regulations and policies in all of this? Syed Shaheer Aziz, Network Planning Manager at Solar Power Networks will discuss all this and more in this session, so come prepared to take notes and ask questions!
Network Planning Manager Solar Power Networks
What does the water sector in Ontario look like? What various policies does the government use to regulate water management? How is stormwater treated to make our reuseable water more sustainable? In this session,Sabrina Ternier will help explore the trends and policies around the sustainability of urban water systems and stormwater. Get ready to learn about unique examples of Sustainable Water Management in action, including water reuse and stormwater management, facilitated through innovative public-private partnerships.
Research Analyst at the Environmental Innovations Branch Ontario Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change
We can make the economy more sustainable but sustainability will be costly. Economics can be used to analyze alternative policies and choose those that deliver the most sustainability per dollar spent. In addition, people and firms respond to prices so prices, such as a carbon tax, can achieve a cost-effective policy for sustainability. Four examples of the role of economics in sustainability are explored: reducing CO2 emissions from electricity generation, saving resources through recycling, saving resources through energy conservation, and changing the relationship between economic activity (GDP) and the environment (resource use, pollution discharge). It is suggested that economics can be a helpful tool for engineers working on a sustainable future. Professor Donald Dewees explains the pros and cons of a sustainable economy in this talk.
Professor Emeritus of Economics and Law, University of Toronto. Director of Research for the Ontario Royal Commission on Asbestos, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Market Design Committee
The Transportation sector is a large contributor of GHG emissions in Canada. For Canada to meet its climate change goals, clean transportation technologies are required . Josipa Petrunic, CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) will discuss how transportation innovation can be achieved through research, development, demonstration and integration. How can we accelerate clean technology adoption across the nation? How can be avoid wasted assets and reduce redundancies in operations? What are the the entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in industry-academic partnerships?
Executive Director & CEO Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)
This year's conference features a number of panels featuring experts from a wide variety of industries.
It takes more than just a great idea to make a great startup. This is especially true for sustainable startups, which need to be conscious of their environmental impact while planning ahead for growth. So what can sustainable startups do to better position themselves against their competitors? In this session, 3 different professionals discuss the challenges faced by start-ups leading to promote sustainability. How can startups break down these barriers and what are the key activities needed for success?
Interim Chief Operating Officer at QD Solar, Cleantech Manager at MARS Innovation
CEO & Founder Sailing to Sustainability
Founder Borealis Wind
Politics are always behind any regulations or changes that to implementation or policies. With regards to sustainability, politics affects climate change, urban environment, and global sustainable development governance to name a few. In this panel, Professor Steven Bernstein, Professor Matthew Hoffmann, and Professor Sara Hughes from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto discuss how politics affects sustainability and why it is a huge factor in the implementation of sustainable policies.
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Co-Director of Environmental Governance Lab at Munck School of Global Affairs
Assistant Professor of Urban Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute
Associate Chair & Graduate Director, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Our interactive workshops give you the time to participate in discussions, panels and debates in a variety of topics.
Businesses and the public are becoming more aware of the need for sustainable solutions to tackle our environmental issues. As more people join the Sustainability industry, it is important for students to take steps to distinguish themselves from their peers when networking and applying for jobs. Smartmint, a recruitment agency in the sustainable industry, is hosting a workshop to show students how to better market themselves for sustainable job openings. What are the key skills and qualifications needed in the industry? And how can you reach leadership roles in Sustainability? If you are passionate about Sustainability and want to pursue a career in this industry, you should not miss this workshop!
Recruitment Agency Specialized in Sustainable, Renewable and Green Industries
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