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2011 Community Power Conference Program

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The green energy sector in Ontario has been threatened by uncertainty in recent months due to the provincial election and the highly anticipated Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) review. Developers, manufactures, government and investors are concerned about what may happen to the industry, their projects and businesses. Residents and communities are concerned whether clean air and water, newfound well paying jobs, local project ownership and hope, will be yanked from underneath them.  Ontario's green energy sector is entering its next phase and it is yet unknown what this new chapter will look like and how industry participants and communities will operate in the new climate.

Join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association for its third annual conference to hear about and discuss the FIT review, Green Energy Ontario 2.0, and practical training on how to drive community-led and community-commercial project partnerships.

Program Overview
(Click on any of the links below for details)

Day 1, Monday November 14, 2011

Opening keynotes:

Paul McKay, former OSEA director and past senior policy advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Energy
Eckhard Fangmeier, Director and Representative, Bioenergiedorf Jühnde eG
Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority

Panel Discussions:

Roadmap to Green Energy Ontario 2.0
How will the FIT review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0:  A community perspective
How will the FIT review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0:  A commercial and industrial perspective
How will the FIT review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0: An investor perspective

Sessions/Workshops:

Joint ventures: Creating commercial and community win/win
Roadmap to community project success: An applied Community Power workshop

The Green Connection and Community Power Award Ceremony
Fall's premier local green networking event!

Keynote presentation by Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy

Day 2, Tuesday November 15, 2011

Closed Session (by invitation only)

Moving Community Power Forward: Setting the Agenda for 2012

Joint session hosted by OSEA and York University Sustainable Energy Initiative:
Education and training for the new green energy economy

Joint sessions hosted by OSEA and the Community Power Fund:
Community Power Public Offerings
Community Power Project Finance A-Z

Joint sessions hosted by OSEA and APPrO:

Update on renewables procurement from the OPA: Are we looking at FIT 2.0 or something else?
Aboriginal perspectives on power: What developers need to know

Day 3, Wednesdy, November 16, 2011
Program by Exhibitors for Exhibitors in the Power Networking Centre

 

 

Program Roster

Time Day 1

8:30

Welcome
Kristopher Stevens & David DeYoe, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

8:40

Keynote by Paul McKay
Green Power: Ontario's Game-Changer Asset

A post-election survey of the green power landscape in Ontario, the global green power investment picture, and an affirmative defense of feed-in tariffs.

Paul McKay is a former OSEA director, past senior policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of Energy, and philanthropist who supports off-grid solar projects in poor Amazon communities.

9:10

Keynote by
Eckhard Fangmeier, Director & Representative, Bioenergiedorf Jühnde eG

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by:

9:40

Keynote by
Colin Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Authority

Sustainable Energy: Where are we now?

Sustainable energy has come a long way in the last five years. We now find ourselves at an important juncture with an upcoming review of the Integrated Power System Plan and the scheduled two-year review of the FIT program. The Ontario Power Authority's CEO, Colin Andersen, will provide an overview of the significant progress made to date and the most important issues on the horizon for sustainable energy in Ontario.

10:00

Roadmap to Green Energy Ontario 2.0

This session explores the post-election prospects for Ontario's sustainable energy industry.  Election uncertainty has left champions of conservation and renewable energy, community and commercial developers, manufacturers, suppliers and investors wondering what's next for Ontario?  Join policy experts and sector representatives for an interactive discussion on how things have changed, where the industry is, and where it is likely to go in the future.

Don Huff, ECO Strategy (host)
Jason Chee-Aloy, Policy Advisory LLC

Marion Fraser, President, Fraser and Company

Byron LeClaire, The Ojibway of The Pic River First Nation
(invited)
Joe Mulhall, President, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
John Spears, Reporter, Toronto Star

11:00

Break

 

Hall G

Room 803

11:30

How will the FIT Review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0:  A community perspective

Community Power pioneers and proponents discuss how the election outcome and the FIT review will impact the evolution of Community Power and sustainable energy in Ontario.

Harry French, Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (host)
Johanne Baril, President, A&T Energy
Judith Lipp, Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op
Rob Kerr, Corporate Manager, Community Energy, City of Guelph
Rob Maxwell, Manager, Renewable Energy Office, City of Toronto

Michael Yakimchuk, Board Member, Bright Sky Power

Joint ventures: Creating commercial and community win/win

Discussions will focus on the challenges and benefits associated with working with communities. Learn about financing, communications, marketing, and legal best practices associated with community and commercial joint ventures and partnership approaches.

Curt Hammond, Pearl Street Communications (host)
Richard Corley, Partner, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dr. Christine Koenig, Managing Partner, Koenig and Consultants
Justin Rangooni, Ontario Policy Manager, Canadian Wind Energy Association

13:00

Lunch

14:00

How will the FIT Review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0:  A commercial and industrial perspective

Ontario's manufacturers and developers are feeling battered and bruised from the election.  Join the panel in an interactive discussion on the reforms needed to improve the FIT, Renewable Energy Approvals and the connection process.  Learn what changes are needed to ensure manufacturing grows in Ontario, further commercial development is accepted and  good green jobs are created. 

Ron Subramanian, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (host)
Dan Hoile, Director of Operations, AS Solar Inc.
Don McCabe, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Paolo Maccario, COO and General Manager, Silfab Ontario Inc.
Albert Engel, Associate, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Marc-Antoine Renaud, Business and Development Manager, Enercon Canada

Roadmap to community project success: An applied Community Power workshop

A hands-on experiential workshop that walks participants from prospect to project providing all of the basic tools required to get a community-based solar project started in your community. 

No previous experience is required other than a desire to be part of Ontario's renewable future. Experts will guide you through exercises and an interactive discussion. 

The goal is to engage established community-based organizations and institutional groups with assets building their capacity to collaborate on their own projects. Ultimately, our interest is to build confidence in participants so that they will embark upon a project from start to finish.

Facilitator

Harry French, Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

15:30

Break

 

16:00

How will the FIT Review shape Green Energy Ontario 2.0: An investor perspective

During a time of economic crisis Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act has managed to attract billions in investment.  Join financial investors, lenders, insurers and advisors in a discussion regarding how improvements to the FIT and related processes can either undermine or ensure a stable environment for further local and foreign investment.

Tom Rand, Cleantech Advisor, MaRS (host)
John Doris
, Relationship Manager, TD Commercial Banking
Jens Lohmueller, CU Consulting Group Inc.
(invited)
Nicholas Parker, Executive Chairman and Founder, The Cleantech Group
Steve Schmelzle, Senior Underwriter, RSA Group

Chris Stern, Vice President of Business Development, PURE energies

Roadmap to community project success: An applied Community Power workshop

(continued)

Continuation of previous session.

17:30

Networking Reception (Hall G)

18:30

The Green Connection and Community Power Award Ceremony

Fall's premier local green networking event!

Keynote presentation by Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy

Chris Bentley was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for London West. He also served as Minister of Labour, and then as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He has served on a number of cabinet committees: Co-chair of the Treasury Board Working Group, Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet, Committee of Emergency Management, Legislation and Regulations, Justice, Intergovernmental Affairs and Aboriginal Issues. He also served on the Poverty Reduction Committee.

 

 

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.

Join some of the city's most interesting entrepreneurs, advocates and movers and shakers in the green space today. Celebrate with us the heroes of Community Power as we present the Community Power Award to 5 distinguished individuals. Be dazzled by our busker entertainers and enter our raffle and interactive sustainability quest for your chance to win great prizes and get to know interesting people.

For ticket information, please contact the registration counter in front of Hall G.

 

Day 2 - Tuesday November 15

9:00

Education and training for the new green energy economy

Joint session held by OSEA and York University Sustainable Energy Initiative

This session will provide an overview of leading international renewable energy programs which are currently advancing the adoption of renewable energy, developing local capacity and mobilizing knowledge. Presenters will also reflect on new training strategies aimed at facilitating the adoption of community power initiatives and increasing public participation in the renewable energy sector.

Jose Etcheverry Ph.D., Co-Chair Sustainable Energy Initiative, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (host)
Adegboyega (Babs) Babasola, MASc Lead Researcher, Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC), School of Applied Science and Computing, St. Lawrence College
Frede Hvelplund, Professor, Aalborg University, Institute for Development and Planning
David Nixon, Sustainable Technologies Monitoring Co-ordinator, Toronto and Region Conservation Kortright Centre, Parks and Culture
Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiss, Geschäftsführendes Vorstandsmitglied Zentrum für Sonnenenergie-und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

Moving Community Power forward: Setting the agenda for 2012

(**This workshop is a closed session and is by invitation only**)

Keynote Speaker Component

John Restakis, Executive Director of the British Columbia Co-operative Association and author of the novel "Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital"

Workshop Component

The facilitated workshop component of the session will focus on the following objectives:

  • To identify challenges and obstacles in advancing the Community Power sector
  • To initiate the conversation on what needs to change and be done differently
  • To come away with a list of strategic actions and who is responsible
  • To address areas such as governance structure(s), policy, financial sustainability, and education needs
  • To get a clear indication of who makes up the sector
  • To provide input on public policy development that would advance the evolution of Community Power

Facilitator

Harry French, Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

10:15

Break

10:45

Education and training for the new green energy economy

Continuation of previous session.

Moving Community Power forward: Setting the agenda for 2012

Continuation of previous session.

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Community Power Offerings

Joint session hosted by OSEA and CP Fund

This panel will discuss community offerings in development by the Community Power sector. Topics will include, organizational structure, types of securities being offered, calculating returns, RSP eligibility, and regulatory approval. Panelists will present the unique financing options for their projects.

Thomas Haubenreisser, Interim Managing Director, CP Capital (host)
Mike Brigham, President, TREC SolarShare Co-operative
Andrew Clark, President, Spark Solar and Manager of Agris Solar Co-operative
Michel Labbé, President and CEO, Options for Green Energy and Hall's Pond and Guelph Solar Co-operative
Mark Powell, President and CEO, Water Power Group
Shane Mulligan, Project Manager, Life Co-op

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Update on renewables procurement from the OPA: Are we looking at FIT 2.0 or something else?

Joint session hosted by OSEA and APPrO

Questions and discussion on renewable energy procurement from the OPA.

Lisa DeMarco, Macleod Dixon LLP (host)
Shawn Cronkwright, Ontario Power Authority
Jim MacDougall, Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc.

Location: Room 803

14:30/
15:00

Break

15:00

Community Power Project Finance

Joint session hosted by OSEA and CP Fund

This session will provide an overview of financing strategies available for Community Power projects in Ontario. Speakers will discuss financing options or opportunities available through banks and lending institutions, key financial challenges and strategies, and the use of bridge financing to facilitate construction prior to raising community capital.

Deborah Doncaster, Executive Director, CP Fund (host)
Laurie Arron, Program Director, Community Energy Partnerships Program
Thomas Haubenreisser, Interim Managing Director, CP Capital
Matthew Zipchen, Project Manager, TREC SolarShare Co-operative
Paul McCuaig, Vice President, Corpfinance International Limited

Start time: 3:30pm

Aboriginal perspectives on power: What developers need to know

Joint session hosted by OSEA and APPrO

An examination of consultation systems that have been worked out and recently tested in practice.  Also, includes project reports from Aboriginal-led initiatives and Community Energy Planning project updates.

David Miller, Advisor, McLeod Wood Associates Inc. (host)
Melanie Paradis, Director of Lands, Resources & Consultations, Métis Nation of Ontario
Chief Shining Turtle, Tribal Chair, United Councils and Chiefs of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM): What makes for a successful partnership
John Brace, Northland Power: The process of reaching a shared understanding on power project development
Mike Lyle, Ontario Power Authority: Overview of Aboriginal programs and projects
Tom Maness, Aamjiwnaang First Nation
(invited): Manufacture of solar panel racking systems on reserve

16:30

Closing remarks
Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

CEPP application process - 1 on 1 Meetings

Staff from the Community Energy Partnerships Program will be available for one on one meeting guiding participants through the application process for Community Power project funding.

Location: CEPP Booth (Monday - Wednesday)

CEPP Project Managers on site:
Laura Tozer
Evan Ferrari
Meghan MacLennan

To make an appointment with one of the project managers, please contact Jennifer Gaudette at jgaudette@communityenergyprogram.ca.


Program by Exhibitors for Exhibitors in the Power Networking Centre

Wednesday, November 16, 2011:

10:00 am: "Wind Turbine Manufacturing Experience in Canada"
Marc-Antoine Renaud, Enercon Canada Inc.


10:45 am: "New Technologies in Penstock Linings"
Pedro Escudero, StonCor Group

11:15 am: "Prioritized Asset Investment Planning"
Ian Woodbury, RIVA Modeling Systems Inc.


11:45 am: "Smart Grid deployment in Ontario - examining the opportunities and challenges"
Paul Grod, Rodan Energy Solutions Inc.


1:30 pm: "Life in the Trenches: How Wind and Solar Projects Really Work"
Derek Satnik, P.Eng., Mindscape Innovations


2:30 pm: "SolarShare: Community Solar Bonds in Ontario"
Matt Zipchen and Julie Leach, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op


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