Smart Energy Event Agenda

The following Agenda session and speaker info is continually being updated, please check back for updated information. Please note, although we endeavour to notify all attendees of any changes, the Smart Energy Event agenda may be subject to change without notice.

Check out the Smart Energy Event agenda below to see the latest and greatest content that will be offered at this year’s event!

Event Partner Workshops from 8:30am-11:15am

These workshops are hosted by Smart Energy’s partners. All invited guests and delegates of Smart Energy 2017 are encouraged to attend, however seats in these workshops are limited to a smaller audience to encourage collaboration and learning. Priority for these workshops will be given to those who pre-register online. 

In the coming weeks REGISTRATION will be open for these workshops.

WORKSHOP SESSION
8:30AM TO 9:15AM

ROOM B     Procurement & Testing Pre-Commercialization- Build in Canada Innovation Program

Public Services and Procurement Canada invites you to a workshop on the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). BCIP helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by purchasing and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before they are taken to market by:
-Awarding contracts to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process.
-Testing and providing feedback to these entrepreneurs on the performance of their goods or services.

Learn how you can land your first sale and get your innovation tested by the Government of Canada!

Cindy O’Driscoll
Supply Specialist
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Public Services and Procurement Canada

WORKSHOP SESSION
8:30AM TO 9:15AM

ROOM C     IP MATTERS 

5 Intellectual Property Tools You Should Know About
Take an engaging journey into the world of intellectual property (IP). What tools from the “IP toolbox” do you need to protect your business? Is it better to use a trademark, trade secret, patent, copyright, or an industrial design? How long does it take and what does it cost?

This presentation will introduce you to the types of IP and when you might use them. Learn how to incorporate IP into your business planning and strategies. Intellectual property rights are administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Find out how to protect a brand, your innovations and how to search CIPO’s databases for valuable business information.

Catherine Vardy, Business Development Officer, CIPO

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9:30AM TO 10:15AM

ROOM B    NSCC- Testing the Vehicle-to-Grid Concept

The NSCC Applied Energy Research Lab is currently testing some of the first implementations of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology anywhere in Canada. Research scientist Dr. Alain Joseph will discuss how NSCC is evaluating solar charging and EV storage protocols using the NSCC Pilikan House, a teaching and research demonstration home located at the NSCC Campus in Middleton, Nova Scotia.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9:30AM TO 10:15AM

ROOM C    LEVERAGING FUNDING

This session will tackle outlining the myriad sources of non-dilutive funding available for commercial development and show how partnering and collaborations can help you extend your investment and reduce risks.

Chris Mathis

CEO & President

Springboard

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

10:30AM TO 11:15AM

ROOM A    Microgrids – The Energy System of the Future

This session will focus on the key considerations and challenges in the development of hybrid renewable microgrids with a specific focus on islanded grid systems. Innovacorp and Dept of Energy’s new Advance Distributed Commercial Microgrid project will also be announced.

Matt Nejati, ABB Microgrids and Renewable Automation
Laney Brown, Grid Modernization Strategy, Modern Grid Partners
Moderator: Michael Dennis, Investment Manager, Innovacorp

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

10:30AM TO 11:15AM

ROOM B    Solar, Bioenergy & Renewables

This session showcases the latest in a variety of renewable technologies and projects from leading experts in the region including Metamaterials research into MetaAir a product that filters light, but the technology can also absorb light and reflect light. WEnTech’s Waste-to-Energy initiative will also be presented to support energy demand and solve waste management challenges around the world. Excitingly, electric boats and ferries are becoming reality around the world and can be used for dynamic storage of renewable energy.

Amir Akbari, Co-founder & CEO, WEnTech Solutions
George Palikaras, CEO & Founder, MetaMaterials
Sue Molloy, President, Glas Ocean Electric

Moderator- Duncan Elliot, Canadian Manager, IFE Eriksen

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

10:30AM TO 11:15AM

ROOM C    1 on 1 – Office Hours with SPRINGBOARD

This session provides and opportunity to meet directly with Springboard of one of its partners for 15 minutes. Pre- booking appointments will be available through our email in April

Chris Mathis

CEO & President

Springboard

KEYNOTE SESSION I- TESLA
11:30PM–1:00PM
Join the Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Energy Nova Scotia for an opening announcement.

Kenneth Rowe Conference Room   TESLA- OPENING KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Join us in welcoming Greg Callman, Director, Global Business Development, Tesla Energy Products in this enlightening keynote opener. Leading up to his current position out of San Francisco, Greg’s roles have included Regional Manager, Tesla Energy and Supercharger Development in both Europe and North America and more recently General Manager, Tesla Energy, Australia and New Zealand.
Introductions by Martin Rovers, Director Utility Growth Strategy, Emera

GENERAL SESSION
1:00PM TO 2:00PM

Kenneth Rowe Room   THE FUTURE OF CLEAN ENERGY IN ATLANTIC CANADA

Our markets are changing. This panel will discuss how regional utilities are responding to the opportunity to provide affordable, clean energy to Atlantic Canadians.
Gaëtan Thomas– CEO, NB Power
Karen Hutt– President & CEO, NS Power
Moderator: Ray Ritcey, CEO, Maritimes Energy Association

2:00PM –2:30PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2:30PM –3:15PM

ROOM A      BATTERY STORAGE- THE LEADING FRONTIER

Hear the latest on batteries and battery storage technologies from industry experts as they provide examples of products and projects across the region.
Martin Rovers, Director Utility Growth Strategy, Emera
Mike Schnarr, Director Business Development, MPOWER Energy Solutions (Toronto)
Moderator: Greg Farthing, Vice President Strategic Initiatives & Innovation, ABB







ROOM B    SHOWCASING SMART MUNICIPAL PROJECTS

Spotlight on Municipalities
This session showcases the latest smart & clean technologies being implemented by municipalities including Halifax’s Cogswell District Energy System and other regional projects.

Jeff Knapp, Manager-Energy Efficiency, Halifax Water
Andy Fillmore, MP- Halifax
Rob McMonagle– City of Toronto GMAP Program

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:30PM –4:15PM

ROOM A    FUTURE OF EFFICIENCY

The Future of Efficiency – This session looks at the future of efficiency and the key factors to its success.
Mark Jewell- President, Selling Energy (California)
Chuck Faulkner, Director of Efficiency Services, EfficiencyOne
Moderator: Nicole Cadek, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Customer Solutions, NS Power

  

ROOM B      ACADEMIC RESEARCH CREATING SMART ENERGY

If you are not paying attention to who’s creating the majority of today’s smart technologies, you might be surprised. Yes, companies like Siemens, Tesla, NB Power, NS Power and others are employing the technologies but more than likely the research is created, in partnership, at universities like Dalhousie, UNB, MUN and others across the country. This session explores the role academic research plays in creating the region’s smart energy sector and the benefits that come out of it.

Chris Diduch, Dean of Engineering, UNB
Ed Rodriguez, Managing Director, Energia Ventures
Ian Hill, Professor of Physics & Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie
Moderator: Chris Mathis, President & CEO, Springboard Atlantic

SMART ENERGY PITCHES
4:30PM – 5:00PM

Kenneth Rowe Conference Room

 This session will showcase 5 pitches from the region’s top startups who are developing an idea/product within the smart energy, clean-tech, or ocean-tech sectors.

Pitches
Kianoosh Yazdani-
Dugo

Matt Daigle- Rise
Cat Adalay-
The Aurea Project
Moe Kabbara-
NeoTes

Jordan Kennie- Stash Energy
Judges
Tony Van Bommel– Senior Managing Partner, BDC’s ICE Venture Fund
Mark Senn- Director, Cleantech, Export Development Canada (EDC)
Felipe Sarubbi, Siemens

MARITIME KITCHEN PARTY
5:00PM – 6:30PM

Take advantage of this central networking session. Meet the pitchers, sponsors, other attendees and speakers. Learn more about the people and companies in the world of renewables.

KEYNOTE SESSION II
8:30AM-9:30AM

Kenneth Rowe Conference Room        SCOTT BALFOUR ON SMART ENERGY

Emera is a leader in meeting consumers’ demand for cleaner energy. Scott Balfour, COO, will talk about how Emera is leading the way in alternative energy solutions and smart energy innovation across the markets it serves.
Introductions by Chris Mathis, President & CEO, Springboard Atlantic

9:30AM-10:00AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10:00AM-10:45AM

 ROOM A    ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Electric vehicles are breaking ground in Atlantic Canada. This panels experts will share exciting news on what’s around the corner for you and EVs.
Sanjeev Pushkarna, Manager, Customer Solutions, NS Power
Brent Lockhart, Energy Advisor, NB Power



 

 ROOM B    PARTNERING ON TIDAL TECHNOLOGIES

Hear the latest updates on the Fundy Tidal Project including Cape Sharp and Black Rock’s recent initiatives. And learn of some new opportunities for tech companies in the region developing local technology to improve environmental monitoring for the tidal proponents in the Bay of Fundy.
Andrew Lowery, Technical Director, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
Lauren Dunn,  Marketing Manager, Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Ltd.
Sue Molloy, VP Strategy & Policy, Black Rock Tidal (Aecon)
Mark Wood, Founder, Ocean Sonics Ltd.


 

ROOM C    SMART BUILDINGS

Companies around the world are working to lessen their carbon footprint while generating savings. Property owners including East Port Properties and Killam Properties have been implementing progressive approaches to ensuring they are responsible corporate citizens while generating return for shareholders. From smart technologies to low flow toilets to LED initiatives find out the future plans of these companies as they develop across Canada. Leave this session understanding the challenges these companies are facing on the road to success.
John Lindsay– Chairman, East Port Properties
Brennan Kilfoil
– Energy Efficiency Specialist, Killam Properties
Will Marshall– Partner, Equilibrium Energy

Moderator- Christine Pound, Partner, Stewart McKelvey Law

10:45AM–11:15AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11:15AM to 12:00PM

ROOM A    Municipalities Seeking Funding & Partners

Municipalities Seeking Funding & Partners
Aligning businesses, funding and partners with municipalities can be challenging. What funding vehicles are available to municipalities to attract business partners to invest in their municipal projects? What are some of the cleantech and smart energy projects that APEC is keeping an eye on? What are some of the opportunities for municipalities to distinguish themselves to companies. Learn about the brand new Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program, a new CEDIF and a new study on solar energy.  This session will explore the answers.

Guillaume Couillard, Advisor- Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Ottawa)

Patrick Brannon, Director of Major Projects, APEC

Wayne Groszko, Solar Industry Consultant, Solar Nova Scotia

Moderator- Steve Flogeras, Management Consultant, Siemens

ROOM B    WIND’S NEXT FRONTIER

Development of both land based and offshore wind farms are escalating worldwide as seen by IFE Eriksen who will be sharing their plans for land based wind projects in the region. Over the past 10 years, DONG Energy has transformed from an energy company with a diversified portfolio of traditional and renewable energy to focusing on renewable energy, including wide recognition as the global leader in utility-scale offshore wind projects. Hear from DONG Energy –  the largest offshore wind developer with 21 offshore wind farm projects in operation, and 3.6GW in constructed capacity.  DONG Energy has an additional 3.8 GW of offshore wind capacity under construction, with a goal to have 11-12GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2025.

Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, DONG Energy, North America
Duncan Elliot, Canadian Manager, IFE Canada

Moderator- Chris Rafuse, Assante Hydrostone

 

LUNCHEON
12:00PM–12:45PM

Kenneth Rowe Conference Room   PERSPECTIVE- COLLABORATING ON ENERGY & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Gordon McIntosh, Deputy Minister Natural Resources (Energy) Newfoundland & Labrador will set the stage for the final keynote on Funding Cleantech with his global experiential perspective into the opportunities of collaborating on the region’s energy resources and project funding.

KEYNOTE SESSION III
12:45PM–2:00PM

Kenneth Rowe Conference Room   LUNCHEON- FUNDING FOR CLEANTECH

Find out how to access EDC’s recently announced boutique fund for companies facing pre-angel investment as well BDC’s $280 million + VC cleantech fund that has invested in companies such as Carboncure, CoolEdge, Axine, Encycle and many others, including 8 successful exits.

Tony Van Bommel– Senior Managing Partner, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) ICE Venture Fund
Mark Senn- 
Director, Cleantech, Export Development Canada (EDC)
Moderator: Stephen Duff- President & CEO, Innovacorp

 

CLOSING REMARKS
2:00PM