Powering the Clean Economy: Leveraging 10 years of Sustainability Leadership for a Prosperous Tomorrow will explore key tools and case studies by Partners in Project Green members.

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At Partners in Project Green, we believe things go better when businesses work together: innovation, creativity and collaboration are key components in working towards a cleaner economy. Our full-day program doesn’t just aim to give you insights — it’s also designed to foster discussion around sustainability leadership and innovation. This means we want to hear from you –- the attendees.

With this in mind, we’ve developed two concurrent session streams in the morning for you to choose from: Building Systems and Transportation. These sessions will combine presentations by guest speakers with group discussions resulting in a white paper.

 

SCHEDULE

**PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change without notice.**

TIME ACTIVITY/PROGRAM
7:30 am – 8:15 am Registration and Networking
8:15 am – 9:15 am Opening Remarks and Keynote Address:
Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks | MPP (Barrie-Innisfil) | 
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9:15 am – 10:15 am Opening Plenary: Leading in an Era of Change | MORE >>
10:15 am – 10:45 am Networking Break / Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Implementing the Clean Economy: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track 1: Buildings and Industrial Systems
Sustainable Strategies to Enhance Core Business Goals | MORE >>
Track 2: Transportation
Transportation Trends For Urban Economies | MORE >>
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm The Clean Economy Challenge | MORE >>
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Voting Break / Exhibitor Showcase
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Networking and Awards Celebrations

 

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS & SPEAKERS

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Andrea Khanjin
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks | MPP (Barrie-Innisfil)

Andrea KhanjinWhen Andrea Khanjin was four years old she immigrated to Canada with her grandparents, who settled in Barrie. Andrea graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She began working in politics as a student, and went on to serve three federal cabinet ministers.

In 2018, Andrea was elected to the Ontario legislature in the riding of Barrie-Innisfil. She is a Member of the Ontario PC Caucus Services, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Her focus is to secure funding for our infrastructure needs, make life in our communities more affordable, and deliver an economic strategy that will help deliver better-paying jobs.

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OPENING PLENARY: Leading in an Era of Change

Change is affecting every business and every sector at a pace that hasn’t been seen in generations. How do organizations tackle significant challenges and still move forward with environmental management strategies that advance the clean economy?

In this session, environmental leaders will discuss their long-term environmental strategies—and how they take a systems approach to environmental conservation and the circular economy to support local communities transition to the clean economy.

THE PANEL

Andrew Willis
Moderator:
Andrew Willis
The Globe and Mail
Patrick Neville
Patrick Neville
Toronto Pearson
Ron Soreanu
Ron Soreanu
Coca-Cola Ltd.

 

MODERATOR: Andrew Willis
Andrew Willis is a columnist for the Report on Business at The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto. He has been in business communications and journalism for three decades. Andrew’s career has included stints at a number of publications, including writing the Streetwise column at the Globe and Mail from 1995 to 2010. He also worked in communications at Brookfield Asset Management for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from University of King’s College, Halifax.
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Patrick Neville
Patrick Neville, P.Eng., is Vice President, Airport Development and Technical Services for Toronto Pearson. He joined the GTAA in 2001 as the director, facility activation, and in 2004 was appointed director of airport planning. Patrick has more than 20 years of management experience in the airline industry in technical operations and airport operations roles with Wardair Canada, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. He is a professional engineer and a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Ron Soreanu
Ron Soreanu is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola in Canada and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. In his role, Ron oversees internal and external communications, brand PR, government relations and sustainability, including Coca-Cola’s philanthropic efforts in Canada. He sits on the boards of the Canadian Beverage Association, the Canadian American Business Council and the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation. He has a B.A. from York University and a M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology from Brunel University in the U.K.
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CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Implementing the Clean Economy

Track 1: Buildings and Industrial System
Sustainable Strategies to Enhance Core Business Goals

With the ever-increasing need to maximize efficiency and productivity, there is growing demand for a comprehensive organizational approach to incorporate effective sustainable technologies into buildings and industrial processes.

Increasingly over the past decade, companies have employed sustainability strategies to enhance a wide variety of corporate goals, including:

  • Business resiliency
  • Operational and input cost efficiency
  • Asset management
  • Employee health and wellness of employees
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate recognition through green certification

This session will showcase leading-edge programs and initiatives, and provide insights into how to incorporate impactful solutions into your business today.

THE PANEL

Andrew Macklin
Moderator:
Andrew Macklin
ReNew Canada
Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown
Bentall Kennedy
Kady Cowan
Kady Cowan
IESO
Doug Dittburner
Doug Dittburner
Molson Coors Canada
Indra Maharjan
Indra Maharjan
Ontario Clean Water Agency

 

Track 2: Transportation
Transportation Trends for Urban Economies

As urban populations increase, global markets expand and on-line shopping booms, the ability to efficiently move people and goods by air, ground and water will become imperative for businesses and cities. The transportation industry is set to change at a pace that will make us feel as though we have been catapulted into The Jetsons‘ world of robotics, holograms and flying aerocars. The emergence of self-driving and low-emission vehicles, 3D printing, drones and municipal transportation plans will all impact the efficiencies (or inefficiencies) within this sector.

In this session you will hear about transportation solutions in the Greater Toronto Area designed to address congestion, showcase emerging technologies and identify ways of improving fuel efficiency to save money and reduce emissions. Since this is also a working session, we want to hear from participants about your own transportation ideas and solutions.

THE PANEL

Steve McCauley
Moderator:
Steve McCauley
Pollution Probe
Darryl Croft
Darryl Croft
OK TIRE
Todd Ernst
Todd Ernst
Toronto Pearson
Sabbir Saiyed
Sabbir Saiyed
Region of Peel
Brookes Shean
Brookes Shean
FLO

 

MODERATOR: Steve McCauley
Steve McCauley is Senior Director of Pollution Probe, where he leads a number of transportation initiatives directed at the decarbonization of the automotive, heavy duty trucking and marine sectors. This work has included the development and implementation of the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP) on behalf of the Government of Ontario. Steve has represented Pollution Probe as a member of the Federal ZEV Advisory Group, which has supported the development of Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy, and led the organization’s participation in the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Darryl Croft
TOPIC: Opportunities for Freight Fuel Efficiency and Cost Savings
Darryl Croft is a service-focused retail operations leader with more than 20 years of experience in the full service automotive and commercial vehicle repair business. He is the current Chairman of OK TIRE STORES INC, one of the largest chains of independent vehicle service centres in Canada, with more than 350 locations coast to coast. He has served a board member since 2004.

Todd Ernst
TOPIC: Pearson Airport’s Transit Hub Strategy
Todd Ernst is Director, Aviation Infrastructure, Energy & Environment at Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). His responsibilities include energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction as well as maintenance of the airport’s high voltage distribution network, central utilities plant, HVAC, fleet management and a 117MW cogeneration plant. Todd is also responsible for the GTAA environment program and maintenance of the non-terminal buildings, vehicle fleet and airfield lighting systems. Prior to joining the GTAA, he was Director of CLEAResult, where he led a team delivering province-wide industrial energy efficiency programs.

Sabbir Saiyed
TOPIC: Goods Movement Initiatives at Peel
Dr. Sabbir Saiyed is a Manager of Transportation System Planning at the Regional Municipality of Peel and a Chair of the Urban Transportation Council, Transportation Association of Canada. He has more than 25 years of experience in civil engineering, transportation and management. Apart from the Regional Municipality of Peel, Dr. Saiyed has enjoyed productive careers at the City of Markham, Regional Municipality of York, Royal Military College of Canada and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Brookes Shean
TOPIC: Innovation in Electric Charging Stations
Brookes Shean is General Manager for Central Canada with FLO. He has more than 15 years of experience in product management in the fields of new technologies and digital environments. He started his career at Burlington Hydro before transitioning to FibreWired Burlington Hydro Communications, the company’s telecommunications division, and later selling this asset to Cogeco Cable. An avid driver now converted to electric mobility, Brookes travels more than twice the daily commute average, which allows him to fully understand and experience the realities of EV drivers as well as educate the public on the benefits of driving electric. He is also a board member of Electric Mobility Canada, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility.

 

THE CLEAN ECONOMY CHALLENGE
Sponsored by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
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Get a first look at game-changing products and services with the potential to make a major impact on the environmental footprints of businesses in Ontario!

In this afternoon session, six clean-tech companies — hand-picked by a selection committee of professionals from the public and non-profit sectors — will pitch their offerings in a TEDTalk/Pecha Kucha-style competition (20 slides, 20 seconds each), and will be grilled by our panel of industry experts: the “Grizzlies”.

The audience will vote for the most exciting and persuasive presentation, and the winner will receive The Clean Economy Challenge Audience Choice Award at our awards reception in the evening.

OUR EXPERT PANEL: “THE GRIZZLIES”

Jon Feldman
John Feldman
IESO
Kerry Freek
Kerry Freek
WaterTAP
Christopher Pyke
Christopher Pyke
City of Mississauga
Neetika Sathe
Neetika Sathe
Alectra Inc.

 

Jon Feldman
Jon Feldman is the Senior Technical Officer for the IESO’s Energy Efficiency group, which delivers conservation programs to Ontario’s electricity users. In this role, Jon is responsible for all technical aspects of the programs as well as managing the technical review process. He also provides leadership and guidance on industrial energy efficiency, energy management and ISO 50001, to the Policy, Engagement and Innovation Business Unit of the IESO. Prior to joining the IESO in 2010, Jon worked for 10 years at a large consulting engineering firm in Mississauga, Ontario, completing close to a 100 energy management assessments at a wide variety of industrial and commercial facilities across the globe.

Kerry Freek
Kerry Freek brings more than 10 years of experience in Canada’s water sector to her role as Vice President of WaterTAP, where she leads strategic communications, cultivates partnerships, and manages WaterTAP’s signature event, Ontario Water Innovation Week. Prior to joining WaterTAP, Kerry was the founding editor of Water Canada magazine. Her first book, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada, was co-authored with water expert Robert William Sandford and published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2014.
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Christopher Pyke
Christopher Pyke is the Waste Diversion Supervisor for the City of Mississauga. With a background in environmental engineering, Chris has helped create and execute waste programs in more than 400 sites across Canada and has worked extensively to assist corporations and municipalities to improve their waste diversion and increase sustainability efforts.

Neetika Sathe
Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Advanced Planning at Alectra Inc. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge, green, innovative technologies and disruptive business models. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in Canada. She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, chairs the NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and is Vice Chair of National Electricity Roundtable.