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Pre-Conference: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Venue: Harbourfront Centre
Community Power 101 Workshops: Miss Lou's Room
OSEA Annual General Meeting: Lakeside Terrace

Renewable Energy Tour

presented by the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op

Learn about several of Toronto's groundbreaking Community Power initiatives with a tour featuring various renewable energy technologies and various community investment models. Tour sites include North America's first urban wind turbine, a new, community-financed solar photovoltaic project on the Neighbourhood Universalist Unitarian Church, building-integrated PV (BIPV) technology at the Habourfront Centre, and two co-operative housing approaches to solar hot water.

Departs from Harbourfront Centre

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Cost: $25.00 per person/ Free for Conference Delegates
Limited seats available - you must RSVP to attend
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Community Power 101: An introduction to Community Power with a special focus on solar and wind energy
Paul Gipe, Author, Advocate and Renewable Energy Industry Analyst

Cost: $25.00 per person/ Free for Conference Delegates



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Coffee Break


Community Power 101: Community Water Power
Colin Hoag, Policy Advisor, Ontario Water Power Association

Cost: $25.00 per person/ Free for Conference Delegates


Community Power 101: An Introduction to Solar Thermal Energy
The workshop addresses the backgrounds to solar energy, the global thermal market, the difference between technologies and potential applications.
The session will also introduce Solar Heating & Air-Conditioning concepts and a planned demonstration project.

Lars-Eric Sjoberg, VP Product & Business Development, Glenbarra Energy Management Corp.

Cost: $25.00 per person/ Free for Conference Delegates


The Green Connection - Fall’s premiere local green networking event

Delicious local food prepared for you by some of Toronto’s finest celebrity chefs, unlimited tastings of an intriguing variety of Ontario beer, wine, cider, juices and smoothies and the chance to meet and chat with the chefs, food and beverage artisans, who work enthusiastically to bring you local, fresh fare all year round.
More info at

Time: Sunday, November 14 at 6:30 pm

Venue: Steam Whistle Brewery, The historic Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3M9 (behind CN Tower)

Sponsored by HKMB HUB International


Conference Day 1: Monday, November 15, 2010
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Center, South Building, Level 700 (Registration: Level 800), 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto


Registration Open (Level 800)  & Daybreak Coffee (Level 700, in front of Rm 701)


Welcome and Opening Ceremonies Rm 701 AB

Kristopher Stevens, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA)

Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association

Gary Sault, Mississauga of New Credit First Nation

8:20-8:50 100th Anniversary of Ontario “Switch On” Rm 701 AB
A historical review of Ontario’s electricity sector in commemoration of 100 years of Community Power in Ontario.
Paul McKay, Author and past OSEA Director
8:50-9:00 Welcome Address Rm 701 AB
The Honorable Donna Cansfield, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ontario

Keynote Address Rm 701 AB
Tom Rand
, Author of “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit” and Advisor and Practice Lead, Cleantech, MaRS, Toronto


Coffee Break sponsored by Johnson Controls, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


Photosensitive Exhibition Presentation Rm 701
James Burns
, Project Coordinator, Photosensitive


Keynote Address Rm 701
Keynote: Colin Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Authority

  Getting Organized


Maximizing your "Sustainable" opportunities through Community Energy Planning Activities Rm 701

Community energy planning includes improving efficiency, optimizing generation, reducing waste, using renewables and developing smarter grids. In order to achieve success in meeting these objectives, communities have engaged with businesses and residents to develop ongoing productive dialogues around the use and conservation of energy. Participants will provide practical examples.

Brent Gilmour, Canadian Urban Institute

Peter Love, Love Energy Consultants

Marlene Moore, VP Marketing and Public Relations, Green Power Labs Inc.

Dan Stone, East Gwillimbury

Chair: Harry French, Director, Community Power Services Group, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Forming a Community Power Group – Part I: Figuring out how to get started Rm 705

Starting a Community Power project begins with a community leader who has a passion for something. Come to this session and get very different perspectives on the source of this passion and why you might want to start a project in your community.

Jeff Harti, Pukwis/Windfall Centre

Henning Holst, Ingenieurbüro Henning Holst, Germany

Ken Woodruff, Burlington Green

Chair: Jim Fonger, Business Opportunity Consultant, The GEBOC Group & Green Caledon


Community Opportunities under Ontario’s Generation and Conservation Programs Rm 707

An overview of the opportunities available to community groups under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act with particular attention given to the framework of eligible feed-in-tariff and conservation programs along with the resources available to access those programs. Speakers representing developers, municipalities and the financial sector will provide perspectives on the successes and challenges of implementing these programs.

Glen Estill, Sky Generation

Travis Lusney, Senior Business Analyst, Ontario Power Authority

Tom Rand, Advisor and Practice Lead, Cleantech, MaRS

Simon Wookey, Senority Investments

Chair: Karim Saleh, SKON Technologies


Lunch, Power networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


Minister's Address Rm701
The Honorable Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy, Ontario


Driving Economic Development through Community Power – The roles of the local utility & the municipality Rm 701

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act is an opportunity for municipalities to encourage and participate in the development of renewable energy and conservation projects in their communities.  Real-life examples of community projects will demonstrate the opportunities and challenges facing municipalities as they work with citizens and organizations to enhance local economic development via these types of projects.

Terry Boutilier, Business Development
Officer, City of Kitchener

Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green
Technology and Green Energy, Economic
Development & Culture, City of Toronto

Steve Sottile, Conservation & Demand
Management Advisor, Utilities Kingston

Chair: Paul Finley, Economic Development
Officer, City of Greater Sudbury


Forming a Community Power Group – Part II: Choosing a Business Model and Structure Rm 705

Advice and tools will be provided to groups and individuals who are in the earliest stage of discussing how to develop a Community Power project. The focus will be on choosing the business model and structure that are most appropriate to the group, local community and proposed generation technology.

Harry French, Director, Community Power
Services Group, OSEA

Norm Tasevski, aperio

Chair: Tim Rudkins, Green Enterprise Ontario


Roadmap to FIT and MicroFIT Rm 707

Government authorities and key energy sector participants will provide a practical walk-through of the FIT and microFIT application process followed by insights on how to work with a local utility to connect a project to the grid.

Lori Gallaugher, Director, Sales and Business Development, AgEnergy Co-operative Ltd.

Patricia Lightburn, Ontario Power Authority

John Loucks, Past Chair and Board Director, Electricity Distributors Association

Chair: Mirrun Zaveri, Deputy Director,Renewable Energy Facilitation Office, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure


Coffee Break, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


From Construction to Operation:
Identifying & Mitigating Community
Rm 703

Learn about how to anticipate and identify risks or challenges associated with the construction and operation of community-owned renewable energy generators in order to smooth out the project development process. There will be an opportunity to get perspectives from the proponents of various technologies including hydro, biogas and wind.

Jennifer Green, Executive Coordinator,
Agrienergy Producers’ Association of Ontario

Byron LeClaire, Director of Community
Development, Pic River First Nation

Marc-Antoine Renaud, Enercon

Chair: Michael Fox, President, Fox High Impact Consulting

Forming a Community Power Group – Part III: Gaining Site Control Rm 705

Once a Community Power group has identified the most suitable business structure and technology, it will need to secure a location for the project to ensure it meets the regulatory requirements for site control. This could involve dealing with landlords, tenants, Aboriginal lands and some critical legal advice.

Chief Joe Hare, M'Chigeeng First Nation

Janine Raeburn,
LEED® AP, Director, Real Estate and Facilities Services, 

Chair: Cherie Brant, Willms & Shier
Environmental Lawyers LLP


Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program and Aboriginal Renewable Energy Initiatives Rm 707

An introduction of the Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program and exploration of the progress of Aboriginal Community Power developments since the introduction of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act from regulatory and proponent perspectives.

Craig Jackson, Project Coordinator, Community Power Services Group, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Michael Lyle, Vice President, Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs, Ontario Power Authority

Kathleen Padulo, Generation Seven Consulting

Chair: Craig Hall, Chief Operating Officer,
Aboriginal Human Resource Council


Green Energy and Green Economy Act Roundtable Rm 701

A “no holds barred” discussion on the ups, downs and sideways developments of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act from the perspective of industry experts, players and participants. Moderated in a coffee talk style debate, issues to be addressed will include program review, program transparency, domestic content, business opportunities and investment, infrastructure, anticipated developments and of course the case for Community Power.

David Butters, President, Association of Power Producers of Ontario

Paul Gipe, Author, Advocate and Renewable Energy Industry Analyst

Don McCabe, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

John Paul Morgan, President & Chief Technology Officer, Morgan Solar

Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Nuclear Analyst, Greenpeace, & Co-Author of Renewable is Doable

Ron Tolmie, Heat Networks & Sustainability Journal Ottawa

Moderator: Lois Corbett, Owner, Lois Corbett Environmental Consultants

17:30-18:45 Community Power Reception, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


Community Power Awards Banquet Rm 701
Keynote Address: The Honorable Gord Miller, Environment Commissioner of Ontario

Community Power Award Ceremony
Donation Ceremony to Fabio Rosa, Social Entrepreneur, Instituto Para O Desenvolvimento De Energias Alternativas E Da Auto Sustentabilidade (IDEAAS)


Conference Day 2: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
7:30-8:00 Registration Open (Level 800) & Daybreak Coffee (Level 700, in front of Rm 701)

Keynotes Rm 701

Preben Maegaard, Executive Director, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

8:30-8:40 Short Break
 Getting Money


Financing – Part I Rm 701

A look at the progress of the financial industry in meeting the financing needs of renewable energy proponents. Local financial institutions will highlight some of their current programs, innovative financing concepts and future options.

Peter Duffus, Future Acceptance

Jim Gardiner, Commercial Lending Director Central1 Credit Union

Mike Labbé, CEO, Options for Homes

Kathrin Ohle, Principal, Twig Energy

Chair: Dr. Ingo Koenig, Managing Partner Koenig & Consultants

Municipal Financing Rm 705

An explanation of financing options available to municipalities and why a municipality might make a strong partner for a Community Power project.

Brett Barnes, Canadian Mortgage and                 Housing Corporation

Shaun Chapman, East Coast Campaigns Director, Vote Solar

Paul Gregory, Federation of Canadian

Steve Rohacek, Infrastructure Ontario

Chair: Mark Salerno, National Sales Team Leader, Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Early Stage Grants and Funding Rm 707

You've got our Community Power group started but where do you get the money to pay a project manager, do a business plan, design the system and apply for FIT contract? Learn about grant opportunities like the Community Energy Partnerships Program and get tips from both the grant maker's and applicant's perspective.

Laurie Arron, Program Director, Community Energy Partnership Program

Judy Lipp, Executive Director, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative

Mary Pickering, Associate Director, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Chair: Michael Brigham, Chair, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative & Site Development, Solar Share


Coffee Break, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


Financing – Part II: Bonds, Debentures,
Rm 701

Determining a capital structure and the best way to raise money for your community renewable energy project can be challenging. This session will provide an overview of different mechanisms for different forms of community projects and showcase some examples of projects that have successfully raised funds for capital intensive projects,

George R. Alkalay, Northfield Ventures Ltd.

Deborah Doncaster, Excutive Director CP Fund

Rick Salay, The Neighbourhood Solar Project: Debenture Approach, Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation

Chair: Jennifer Heneberry, Ontario
Co-operative Association

Insuring Success – Practical strategies for managing and financing risk Rm 705

This session is designed to provide an outline of the issues to be addressed in understanding, and covering off, the key risk exposures related to project construction and ongoing operations. The discussion includes a risk management framework and insurence solutions, reinforced by the panel's practical experience in reviewing work-in-progrss situations and example loss scenarios. Questions are welcome throughout the session.

Graham Findlay, General Manager, 3G

Brian Monrad, President, Quixote Windmill
Management Corp.

Ken Traynor, Consultant, Our Power

Chair: John Chippendale, HKMB HUB

Enabling grid integration of renewable energy through storage and smart grids Rm 707

The development of storage and smart grid technology will assist in better harnessing renewable energy generation. A review of current progress and anticipated developments will provide a better understanding of the path towards maximizing use of renewable generation.

Frede Hvelplund, Professor, Aalborg University

Manny Mounouchos, President and Co-CEO, Avante Logixx

Clemens van Zeyl, Principal, vZenergy

Chair: Robert Hellier, Manager, Centennial
Energy Institute and Chair, OSEA


Multi-skilling Working Group – White Paper Presentation, Power Networking Innovation Center, Hall G (800 Level)

Joseph Mulhall, President, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association



 Getting Understood


Simultaneous joint programming in coordination with APPrO 2010

Aboriginal perspectives on power:
What developers need to know

Rm 803 (800 Level)

Perspectives will be provided on the essential conditions that need to be in place for a successful relationship between an Aboriginal community and a commercial or Community Power developer. Aboriginal leaders will draw on experience and case studies to highlight the process of moving from the accommodation stage to the creation of a viable development agreement.

Jason Batise, Wabun Tribal Council (invited)

Drew Hill, President, The Abor Group. Co-Director, Guswentah Developments

Melanie Paradis, Director of Lands, Métis Nation of Ontario

Chair: Merv McLeod, McLeod Wood Associates



Keynote Address: Rm 701
To be understood, you must first understand
Ted Griffith
, Vice President, NATIONAL Public Relations

WWEA Community Power Working Group
Rm 701

A discussion on the state of Community Power in a global context with perspectives from Asia, Australia, South Africa and South America.

Mary Dougherty, Embark,

Tetsunari IIDA, Institute for Sustainable
Energy Policies, Japan

Johan Lewin, CEO/Chairman, The Seeland Community Development Trust/The Masibambane Community project

Fabio Rosa, Social Entrepreneur, IDEAAS


Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association

Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Community Engagement & Partnership
Rm 705

Industry participants explain how and why project proponents should reach out to the broader community in order for citizens to understand the significance and value of a local renewable energy project.

John Andrews, President, IPC Energy

Ben Chin, Vice President of Communications,
Ontario Power Authority

Harry French, Director, Community Power Services Group, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

David DeYoe, President, Biotrend Systems Inc.

Chair: John Gorman, Pace Consulting



Coffee Break, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)


Getting the story out: ChallengingBullies and Blackwashing
Rm 707

Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Terry Young, IESO

Moderator: David DeYoe, President, Biotrend Systems Inc.

Communication & Marketing
Best Practices
Rm 701

Identification of principles for effective communication: how to build, nourish and maintain relationships with a Community Power proponent’s community, municipality, local utility, investors and members.

Rebecca Black Principal, Black Current

Curt Hammond, Chief Listening Officer,
Pearl Street Communications

Brian McAndrew, Assistant City Editor,
Toronto Star

Jane Story, Communications Manager, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Chair: Don Huff, Eco Strategy


FIT Legislation Campaigns: Lessons from the Ontario and Global Context
Rm 705

Seasoned campaigners for feed-in-tariff programs from across the world will share their successes, challenges and case studies. The roundtable discussion following the keynote should generate strategies for advocates interested in establishing their FIT campaign.

Dr. Farid Bensebaa, Research Officer, National Research Council

Ted Cowan, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Deborah Doncaster, Excutive Director CP Fund

Tetsunari IIDA, Institute for Sustainable
Energy Policies, Japan

Preben Maegaard, Executive Director, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

Miguel Mendonça, Head of Communications, The Converging World

Moderator: José Etcheverry, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies,
York University

Panelists: Round table discussion of international & GEAA experts

16:15-16:30 Small Break
16:30-16:50 Closing Plenary – Summary of Conference and Call to Action Rm 701

Volker Thomsen


Closing Remarks Rm 701
Kristopher Stevens
Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

17:00-18:00 APPrO/OSEA Joint Reception, Power Networking Centre, Hall G (800 Level)

Side Programming Rm 706:

Semi-closed Session: WWEA Community Power Working Group

Monday, November 15, 2010  13:30-15:00


Community Energy Partnership Program Workshop on How to Apply

Tuesday, November 16, 2010  13:30 - 16:00

The Community Energy Partnership Program provides early stage grants of up to $200,000 to Community Power projects across the province. Your renewable energy project may be eligible! At this interactive workshop, Community Energy Partnership Program (CEPP), staff will conduct a detailed and in-depth CEPP Grant Application workshop, and review your CEPP application. Registration is free for delegates and trade show passholders. Note: space is limited.



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