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May 7 • 2020
The Shaw Centre

Ottawa’s Largest Gathering
of Sustainability Professionals

3 Stages, 25 Speakers,
1 Climate Changing Event

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Green Buildings • Climate-Tech • Corporate Social Responsibility
Accelerating the Low Carbon Economy

Conflux Canada is Ottawa’s largest gathering of sustainability professionals who recognize positive actions to address climate change as an opportunity for growth and prosperity. Join Executives, change makers and thought leaders in Ottawa for an exciting dialogue on the convergence of the environment and the economy. Be part of the change.

Conflux Canada is the meeting point of green buildings, clean technologies, and the influence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to shape our cities, create efficiencies and cut our carbon footprint. This event promises collaboration and actionable dialogue to source opportunities that will impact our lives and future generations.

You will ignite relationships with influencers of Canada's Green Economy. Connect with key decision makers, C-suite executives, investors, media and more during this inspirational event.


Speakers 2018


Ottawa’s Largest Gathering of Sustainability Professionals

  • Thomas Mueller

    President & CEO
    Canada Green Building Council

    Joyce Murray

    Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
    and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board

    Dennis Fotinos

    President, Noventa Energy Partners

  • Benjamin L. Shinewald

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    BOMA Canada

    David Teichroeb

    Business Development, Low-Carbon
    Energy Solutions & Strategy
    Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

    Sabrina El-Chibini

    Founder & President of
    The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV)

  • Anna Murray

    Vice President, Sustainability,
    Bentall Kennedy

    Gordon Hicks

    Chief Executive Officer, BGIS

    Mike Morrice

    Executive Director of
    Green Economy Canada

  • James Temple

    Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer,
    PwC Canada

    Joel Lalonde

    President & CEO,
    Your Credit Union

    Sidney Ribaux

    Co-Founder and Executive Director,
    Équiterre

  • Brent Gilmour

    Executive Director
    QUEST– Quality Urban Energy
    Systems of Tomorrow

    David Chernushenko

    City Councillor, Ottawa

    Rob Hyams

    President and Partner
    McMillan, Ottawa

  • Meredith Brown

    Ottawa Riverkeeper

    Blair Patacairk

    Vice President, Global Expansion
    Invest Ottawa

    Mike Carson

    Chief Financial Officer
    Ottawa- Carleton District School Board

  • Jeffrey Moe

    Global Director, Energy Policy & Product Advocacy Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand

    Marie Lyne Tremblay

    Deputy Director
    Buildings Division at NRCA

    Ryan Citron

    Senior Research Analyst
    Navigant Research

  • Cara Clairman

    President and CEO of Plug’n Drive

    Michael S. Mulvey

    Professor of Marketing
    University of Ottawa
    Telfer School of Management

    Tonja Leach

    Managing Director
    Operations & Services for QUEST

  • Caitlin Kealey

    CEO, MediaStyle

    Mike Wilson

    Executive Director
    Smart Prosperity Institute

    Meg Beckel

    President & CEO
    Canadian Museum of Nature

  • Jenny Tremblay

    Senior Director at the Smart Cities Challenge

    Dave Schellenberg

    LiVE 88.5 StartUp Co-Host at LiVE 88.5

    Bryce Conrad

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Hydro Ottawa

  • Colleen Francis

    Founder and President
    Engage Selling Solutions

    Sam Newman-Corrigall

    Director of Operations for
    Power Systems Technology Ltd.
    (Power Systems)

    Pamela Heneault

    Executive Director,
    Public Affairs Rockport Networks Inc.

  • Heather Ward

    Co-founder of Tandem Technical

Thomas Mueller
President & CEO
Canada Green Building Council
Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.
 
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as a past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.
 
Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.
 
He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, the Advisory Board of CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability), and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.
 
Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
 
For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.
Joyce Murray
Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board
Joyce Murray is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. As a Parliamentary Secretary, Joyce has focused her considerable talents and understanding on the largest employer, landlord and purchaser in Canada – the Federal government – working across bureaucratic and ministerial silos to develop a framework for achieving greater GHG reductions across operations, with strong support from Treasury Board President Hon. Scott Brison. Her collaboration across departments, and with provincial, municipal, academic and American climate leaders, informed the creation of a new Centre for Greening Government (CGG) within the Treasury Board Secretariat and the adoption of bold targets for GHG reductions across government.

First elected in 2008, Ms. Murray has served on Standing Committees on Trade, Health, Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Defence. From 2011 to 2015 Ms. Murray chaired the Liberal Northern and Western Caucus, and co-chaired her party’s weekly Policy and Platform Caucus in Ottawa. Her legislative work includes presenting a Bill banning crude oil tanker traffic from BC’s North Coast, and a Bill to ‎increase accountability and transparency of Canada’s Communication Security Establishment (CSE) and other security and intelligence agencies.

Before entering federal politics Ms. Murray was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, serving as a cabinet minister in the BC Liberal government from 2001 to 2005. As provincial environment minister, she set the stage for BC’s carbon tax and climate leadership in the early 2000s.

Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees. Her interest in environmental sustainability was expressed in her thesis on climate change policy, which contributed to the SFU Deans Medal she was awarded for top MBA graduate of 1992.
Dennis Fotinos
President, Noventa Energy Partners
Dennis Fotinos is a performance driven thought leader with notable turnaround management achievements and leadership success in engaging and developing talent to drive strategy and profitable growth. He initiated and led the corporate reorganization that created Enwave Energy Corporation and then led the company to profitability and industry leadership. Notably, he oversaw the development of the Deep Lake Water Cooling system and established the commercial strategy that brought the company's capabilities to market.

Unhappy with the pace at which renewable technologies were being integrated into our energy infrastructure, Mr. Fotinos decided to take action by founding Noventa Energy Partners in January 2018. Noventa is a developer, owner and operator of community scale, renewable energy projects that incorporate new technologies to reduce the greatest amount of carbon at the lowest possible cost. The company is a platform for renewable energy innovation with a mission to rid our airshed of carbon.

Dennis Fotinos has served as an elected member of regional and local governments in the City of Toronto from 1991 to 1999 and as Board member and Chair of the International District Energy Association. He continues to chair the Enwave Energy Board and serves on the Boards of CreateTO and GreenOn.

Mr. Fotinos has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto.
Benjamin L. Shinewald
President and Chief Executive Officer
BOMA Canada
Benjamin L. Shinewald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada. Among other things, Benjamin’s responsibilities include BOMA BEST, Canada’s leading environmental assessment and certification program for commercial real estate. During his tenure, BOMA BEST has grown rapidly and is now expanding worldwide.

Prior to joining BOMA in 2012, Benjamin served as the National Executive Director and General Counsel for Canadian Jewish Congress, before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Earlier, Benjamin served in the Privy Council Office and practiced law at Torys LLP. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel and worked for the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, the Canadian Mission to the OECD in Paris and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.

Benjamin has won various awards including an Action Canada Fellowship, which named him “one of Canada’s best and brightest emerging leaders,” and a European Union Visitors Programme Fellowship, which recognized him as a “young, promising leader.”

Benjamin was educated at the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fluent in three languages, he has been published repeatedly in leading newspapers and has appeared as a panelist on Al Jazeera.

Benjamin is active in the community, serving on the Board of Ve’ahavta and on the Ontario Cabinet of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He previously Co-Chaired Leadership Sinai at Toronto’s Sinai Health System/Mount Sinai Hospital.

He lives with his wife and two daughters in Toronto.
David Teichroeb
Business Development, Low-Carbon
Energy Solutions & Strategy
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
David has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas, power generation and alternative energy sectors. He is responsible for Enbridge’s business development in low-carbon energy solutions. This includes distributed generation, district energy, hydrogen, energy storage, renewable pipeline fuels and net-zero energy developments. Prior to his current assignment, David held numerous positions within Enbridge including the company’s Alternative and Emerging Technology business, and Regional Manager for Enbridge Atlantic Energy Service - a New Brunswick based energy services provider. He has also managed Enbridge’s key-account sales division, which provides energy management solutions to commercial and industrial customers. David graduated from Niagara College, mechanical engineering technology, and he is a graduate of the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, IL, as a Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant. He serves as a Board of Director, for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association.
Sabrina El-Chibini
Founder & President of
The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV)
Sabrina El-Chibini, Founder & President of The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV), is the originator of Transformative Community Involvement TM, a unique and proven approach that is inspiring reflection about the way companies interact with their communities. Sabrina supports clients in transforming their community investment programs through engagement of internal and external stakeholders, alignment with the UN SDGs, and implementation of social and business impact plans and measures. Sabrina has extensive experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors and has facilitated 13 private/non-profit partnerships in 10 countries that align with 5 of the 17 SDGs. Sabrina was nominated for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for last 3 consecutive years.
Anna Murray
Vice President, Sustainability,
Bentall Kennedy
Anna Murray is Vice President, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy. Anna is responsible for leading Bentall Kennedy’s Sustainability strategy across North America. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a law degree. Anna has spent her career advancing corporate sustainability around the globe at major multinational companies. In 2012, Anna founded Young Women in Energy and was awarded Top 20 under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada and the Making a Difference for Women Award. Anna was recently appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee to Co-Chair the Property Working Group. She lives in Toronto with her 3 daughters and husband.
Gordon Hicks
Chief Executive Officer, BGIS
Gordon (Gord) Hicks is Chief Executive Officer at BGIS. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer, he has held numerous executive roles within the organization since 1997.
 
Gord is a graduate Engineer of Carleton University and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. As a LEED-Accredited Professional, and someone who cares deeply about the planet, he is dedicated to supporting and advocating for the highest environmental standards in the real estate industry.
 
Gord has held a number of industry board positions over the years, including the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Climate Reality Project. He is also actively involved in the Corporate Knights Executive Council for Clean Capitalism and has served on the board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Leaders for the Cure for five years, the last three which he co-chaired.
 
Gord is the co-founder and director on the board of the Cam's Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation established in 2015, that supports youth struggling with anxiety. In 2016, in an effort to increase the adoption of clean building technologies and reduce GHG emissions from the built environment, Gord founded and became the first chair of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC). This is a not-for-profit corporation established in the province of Ontario focused on accelerating the adoption of clean building technologies and supporting the transformation to a prosperous low-carbon economy across Canada.
Mike Morrice
Executive Director of
Green Economy Canada
Mike is the founder of Sustainable Waterloo Region and the Executive Director of Green Economy Canada. Named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012, Mike is one of 52 Canadians within a global community of leading social entrepreneurs, each with a new ‘knock-out’ idea and high potential to scale their impact. Mike is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, has been selected by The Waterloo Region Record as one of Waterloo Region’s inaugural 40 Under 40, and was recognized as Young Alumnus of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year by WLU’s Alumni Association and the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, respectively. He was also named to the 2017 Clean 16 last year. Mike is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where he concurrently completed a BBA and a BSc.
James Temple
Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer,
PwC Canada
As PwC Canada's Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, James oversees a team that designs and implements social and environmental strategies that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s Purpose and strategic business priorities—helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace. His portfolio oversight includes charitable contributions; volunteering; not-for-profit board governance; environmental stewardship; stakeholder relations; and annual CSR reporting.

Considered one of the country's leading voices on corporate social innovation, James has shared insights at conferences around the world and has been featured in articles and videos for TED, the Globe and Mail, Strategy Magazine and Canadian Business.

A committed volunteer, he currently sits on the not-for-profit committee of CPA Canada's Risk Oversight and Governance Board and has provided his expertise on fundraising committees for organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Gardiner Museum and the Homes First Foundation. Combined, he has helped to raise over $1M for important social causes in the community over the past five years.
Joel Lalonde
President & CEO,
Your Credit Union
Joel currently holds the title of President & CEO at Your Credit Union, a position he has held since 2013. He has been with Your Credit Union since 2009. His prior role was that of Executive Vice President. Previously, he held a number of management positions with caisses populaires in Ontario after his early work as an analyst with the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO). Joel also sits as a Director of Central 1, the Ontario Credit Union Foundation and of the Credit Union Services Association (CUSA). He has both a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Sidney Ribaux
Co-Founder and Executive Director,
Équiterre
Sidney helped found Équiterre in 1993 and chaired the Board of Directors until 1998. Since then, as executive director, he has been involved in all of our activities, from development, to implementation, to funding.

His passion for urban planning led him to chair the Montreal Regional Council on the Environment from 1996 to 2003. He also participated in efforts to increase funding for public transit in Quebec, as well as in Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

While in charge of energy initiatives at consumer protection group Option consommateurs from 1992 to 1998, Sidney helped set up a national energy-efficiency program for people with low incomes.

In 2007, he received a fellowship from Ashoka, an international organization that recognizes and supports social entrepreneurs. In 2009, he received the first Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Sidney also spearheaded and chairs the Centre for Sustainable Development, which is one of the greenest buildings in Canada, as well as a hub for social and environmental groups.

Sidney has a Law degree from University of Montreal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar in the past.
Brent Gilmour
Executive Director
QUEST– Quality Urban Energy
Systems of Tomorrow
As Executive Director of QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Brent leads the research, engagement, and advocacy activities for the development of Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Brent also oversees QUEST’s eight provincial and regional Caucuses and the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.

Brent was involved in the initial launch of QUEST in 2007 in his previous role with the Canadian Urban Institute's (CUI) in the capacity of Vice President, Urban Solutions. Prior to joining the CUI, Brent was the Strategic Coordinator responsible for the establishment of the University of Toronto's Sustainability Office (USO) and was an independent research consultant specializing in community energy innovation.

Brent is a registered professional planner with 14+ years of experience in community energy, transportation, and land use planning; downtown revitalization; community consultation & engagement; and, public infrastructure investment.

Along with his work at QUEST, Brent has remained active in the industry and with the local community. Brent is an occasional instructor with York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and has served on several boards, including EcoSpark (formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch) where he is past chair and was the chair of Recent Graduates for Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Brent holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of Massey College.
David Chernushenko
City Councillor, Ottawa
David Chernushenko has been a City Councillor in Ottawa since 2010. He chairs the Environment and Climate Protection Committee.

Born in 1963 in Calgary, he has called Ottawa home for most of his life. David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is a green building professional accredited by the LEED certification program.

Prior to being elected, David worked as a consultant, educator, writer and filmmaker with a passion for sustainable and healthy living. His most recent films focus on sound urban planning, renewable energy, and urban cycling as part of building vibrant, happier cities.
Rob Hyams
President and Partner
McMillan, Ottawa
Rob Hyams has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, with more than 20 years of that time focused specifically on B2B, developing and overseeing the execution of go-to-market and brand strategies for global clients. He advocates that the B2B buying process is frequently misunderstood, resulting in marketing that’s predictable and uninspired. In fact, the B2B space includes influencers, stakeholders, and others with something in common: they are human, just like the rest of us, and driven as much by emotion as any consumer. Once you figure that out, he insists, opportunities to be truly creative emerge, and great work—work that’s compelling, memorable, and effective—can follow.
Meredith Brown
Ottawa Riverkeeper
Meredith Brown, a champion for freshwater protection, is widely known throughout the vast Ottawa River Watershed as the Riverkeeper and leader of the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper | Garde-rivière des Outaouais. Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering and resource and environmental management. Since 2004, she has significantly raised the profile of the Ottawa River and brought important issues such as sewage dumping, nuclear waste and microplastic pollution to the attention of the public and decision-makers. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is a recipient of the Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Meredith works with over 300 Waterkeepers from around the world to protect your rights to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.
Blair Patacairk
Vice President, Global Expansion
Invest Ottawa
Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Vice President, Global Expansion in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was the President and CEO of Telecom Gateway Services Inc., a full service international business development consulting firm and government specialist. He was engaged as a special advisor to multiple companies, government and economic development agencies in the areas of foreign direct investment, trade and government relations. In particular for Invest Ottawa, he was responsible for the attraction of investment, companies and people to the Ottawa region, the management of Ottawa’s local and global partnerships and the international spokesperson on marketing Ottawa to the world.

Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly with the former Mayor of the City of Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli. He brings a wealth of knowledge on strategic partnerships and growing both SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. His previous experience includes roles at: Vayyoo Inc., a mobile solutions tech startup where he was Vice-President Business Development; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI where he served as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations, and used his extensive network of business and media contacts to promote Ottawa-based technologies companies around the world.

A recipient of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 award in 2008, Blair has volunteered his time with numerous organizations and currently: sits on the board of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF); and is the President of the Consider Canada City Alliance. He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor to students at local universities, colleges and high schools.
Mike Carson
Chief Financial Officer
Ottawa- Carleton District School Board
Mike has served in a number of roles in finance, planning and facilities since joining the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in 1996.

The OCDSB is one of Ontario’s largest school boards, serving over 75,000 students. With 8,000 staff and 150 locations across the City, the District strongly believes it must be a leader locally through its own practices as building operators, but most importantly by enhancing its culture of citizenship and sustainability throughout our communities. Stewardship is a key pillar of the Board’s Strategic Plan and is a key goal in helping our students develop their competencies as global citizens.

Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has over 35 years of senior management experience in health care, child welfare and education, following 5 years inn public accounting with a predecessor firm of KPMG.

He also is a member of the board of the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange, which provides liability and property insurance services to a majority of school districts in the province, and serves a s a Trustee of the OSSTF Employee Life and Health Trust, which is responsible for managing benefits for over 45,000 school board employees across the province of Ontario.
Jeffrey Moe
Global Director, Energy Policy & Product Advocacy Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand
Jeffrey (Jeff) Moe is the Global Director of Energy Policy & Product Advocacy for Ingersoll Rand. Jeff directs the company's energy leadership and develops market segment advocacy strategies related to energy efficiency and sustainability-related developments. His extensive experience in product management enhances business partnership to identify energy leadership prospects for strategic growth and sustainable outcomes for customers. Prior to this role, Jeff was the product business leader for Applied and then Unitary Equipment in North America for Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand. This included P&L responsibility for Trane’s applied and then unitary equipment segment including product life cycle management.

Prior to that he led product management and marketing for Trane Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

He has an extensive background in global policy and advocacy including service on the boards of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and the Green Building Initiative. In addition, he has been actively involved as a business advisor at the Montreal Protocol and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.
Marie Lyne Tremblay
Deputy Director
Buildings Division at NRCA
Marie Lyne Tremblay is Deputy Director of the Buildings and Industry Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency, at Natural Resources Canada. The mission of her life for the past 17 years is energy efficiency in the building sector, managing financial incentive programs, program development, impact measurement, as well as managing building energy consumption surveys. Currently, Ms Tremblay is managing a support program geared at federal facilities, to help the federal government meet its greenhouse gas reduction target from its own operations, of 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. She is also leading the implementation of an energy use survey in the multi-unit residential building, and is planning the Survey of Commercial and Institutional Energy Use 2019. Before working in the building sector, Ms. Tremblay worked in international S&T policy, social development and geology.
Ryan Citron
Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research
Ryan Citron is a senior research analyst at Navigant Research - a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. Citron's primary focus is on emerging markets for urban mobility and smart cities technologies, analyzing topics such as smart street lighting, smart parking, and intelligent transportation systems. He holds a BA in law and human rights from Carleton University, a MASc (Master of Applied Science) in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver, and a MLS (Master of Legal Studies) in environmental and natural resources law and policy from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Cara Clairman
President and CEO of Plug’n Drive
Cara Clairman is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.

In just over six years, Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving non-profit, recognized as a leader in the EV space.

Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University.

Cara is the 2017 recipient of the Women in Renewable Energy’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. She is currently @CaraClairman driving the 100% electric Chevy Bolt!
Michael S. Mulvey
Professor of Marketing
University of Ottawa
Telfer School of Management
Michael S. Mulvey (Ph.D. Penn State) is a professor of marketing at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management where he teaches Consumer Behaviour in the undergraduate program and Strategic Marketing Management in the Executive MBA program. Michael consults with companies and law firms, is an active keynote speaker and is a go-to media expert on the topics of branding, consumer trends and marketing strategy. He has provided expert testimony in judicial proceedings to clarify issues on trademarks, advertising, and retail strategy. Michael's academic research interests include perceived value, the meanings of money, customer journey mapping, cross-border shopping practices, advertising interpretation and testing, visual rhetoric, and advice-giving and advice-taking in online forums. He is an expert in using qualitative research methods to uncover how customers think, especially the impact that meanings have on decision-making. Michael has published on these topics in academic journals including Advances in Consumer Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Economic and Public Policy, Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Retailing, and Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal. His current research focuses on developing age-friendly business practices in the retail and travel sectors.
Tonja Leach
Managing Director
Operations & Services for QUEST
Tonja is the Managing Director, Operations & Services for QUEST. QUEST is the voice of the Smart Energy Communities Marketplace in Canada. Leading the operations of the organization, her primary role is to develop and implement the infrastructure, systems and human resources required for QUEST to grow and support the Smart Energy Communities marketplace.

Ms. Leach has been with QUEST since January of 2009, having been seconded from the Canadian Gas Association for whom she worked for in communications since 2003. During that time Tonja acted as the secretariat for a coalition of 19 energy industry associations known as the Energy Dialogue Group, who came together to encourage the establishment of a national energy framework for Canada.
Caitlin Kealey
CEO, MediaStyle
Caitlin is the first CEO of MediaStyle. MediaStyle is a progressive public affairs agency that believes our work is about more than just the fiscal bottom line; we believe that the work we do can be a force for good. MediaStyle makes meaningful impact as a Certified B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of transparency, accountability, environmental and social performance.

Caitlin uses her experience in communications, journalism and media relations to lead the team of communications innovators at MediaStyle. She is a leader in social media strategy and media relations. Caitlin’s work contributes to national conversations. During her time at MediaStyle, Caitlin has worked with organizations like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, helping to craft messages to achieve the greatest impact.

Caitlin has been active in social justice since her youth. She uses her expertise to work for social good, she is a former Board member at Planned Parenthood Ottawa and is currently advising Mamawi:Together on their work teaching Ottawa’s youth about reconciliation.

In 2017, Caitlin participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She was also named to Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40.
Mike Wilson
Executive Director
Smart Prosperity Institute
Raised in New Brunswick, Mike began his career as a lawyer in Toronto, left to become senior policy adviser to the federal Environment Minister, and then went on to hold a series of increasingly senior roles in the Government of Canada working at the intersection of the environment, economy and innovation. For example: he spearheaded a successful public-private initiative to strengthen the role of sustainability in investment decisions, partnering with financial leaders; he led a partnership with the Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine to annually rank the sustainability of Canada's largest companies; and he was one of the principle architects of the Government's initiative to create Sector Sustainability Tables for mining, energy, chemicals and forestry sectors. Mike's skills as a manager and innovator earned him rapid promotion in government - most recently, leading a staff of 80 with a $10 million budget. Mike has long held a firm belief that 'green' and 'growth' can go hand in hand and a passion for making that happen. He brings passion and experience to his role at the helm of Smart Prosperity Institute.
Meg Beckel
President & CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature
On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. In December 2015, her appointment was extended another five years. Beckel leads a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature. Prior to joining the Museum Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo for four years and Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum for nine years.

Beckel began her professional career at the Bank of Nova Scotia where she served as Officer in Charge of Operations and as Assistant Manager, Corporate Banking before moving to the National Ballet of Canada in 1986, where she began a career in fundraising and external relations in the arts and education sector.

Beckel currently serves as Chair of TerraTundra Foundation and Chair of Canada’s National Committee for IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). She also serves as a Director of the Digital Opportunity Trust Board, member of the Arctic 8 Natural History Museums, member of the Advisory Board for the Ottawa CEO Breakfast Club, and of the Advisory Board of Ottawa Riverkeeper.
Jenny Tremblay
Senior Director at the Smart Cities Challenge
Jenny Tremblay is the Senior Director at the Smart Cities Challenge, a Government of Canada initiative encouraging communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Prior to joining the Smart Cities team, she held a number of positions in the Government of Canada relating to social and economic policy and program development, Indigenous engagement and policy innovation.
Dave Schellenberg
LiVE 88.5 StartUp Co-Host at LiVE 88.5
Dave Schellenberg has been talking tech on the radio since 1994. Over the years he has covered the rise of the Internet, high definition televisions and the evolution of video games. His segments cover both the technology and the impact of it on economics, politics and the way that we communicate. Tune in to hear the latest in tech news and information every weekday morning just after 7am.
Bryce Conrad
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hydro Ottawa
Bryce Conrad has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa since 2011. Under his leadership, Hydro Ottawa has become one of the most profitable, innovative and customer-oriented utilities in Canada, regularly winning awards and accolades for customer service and innovation. In addition, Hydro Ottawa has tripled its renewable generation, making it the largest municipally owned generator of clean, green energy in Ontario.

Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Bryce served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the selection and management of 4,000 projects that created more than $10 billion in economic activity. He was also responsible for the oversight and administration of the Building Canada Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax agreements with provinces and municipalities.

An active community champion, Bryce sits on the Board of Directors for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and has served on the Board of Directors for United Way/Centraide Ottawa since 2014.

Bryce has extensive governance experience, serving on the Board of Directors for industry associations including the Canadian Electricity Association, Ontario Energy Association, Institute on Governance, Electricity Distributors Association and The MEARIE Group.

Bryce is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Colleen Francis
Founder and President
Engage Selling Solutions
Colleen is driven by a passion for sales - and results. A successful sales leader for over 20 years, she understands the particular challenges of selling in today's crowded, confusing market, and that business leaders can no longer rely on approaches to sales based on techniques from decades ago—or even last year.
 
Colleen works with business and sales leaders to synergize the sales DNA of the organization to seize market opportunities. Whether designing strategy to target a new market or working with a team to improve its productivity, Colleen's results have attracted clients such as Merck, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank, Dow, Adecco, Trend Micro, NCR, Chevron, and thousands of other global organizations.
 
Time and time again, clients who work with Colleen note her frank, no-nonsense approach to accelerate sales while reducing effort and increasing profits. Colleen's practical strategies deliver immediate and lasting results.
 
Colleen is an award-winning writer and consultant, bestselling author, and member of the Speaking Hall of Fame. Recognized annually as the thought leader on the future of selling by leading publications worldwide, Sales and Marketing Magazine has also called Colleen and Engage Selling: one of the top 5 most effective sales training organizations in the market today!

Watch her short video about Conflux Canada:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoCmSopdyzo&feature=youtu.be
Sam Newman-Corrigall
Director of Operations for
Power Systems Technology Ltd.
(Power Systems)
Sam Newman-Corrigall is the Director of Operations for Power Systems Technology Ltd. (Power Systems), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specializing in compact & energy efficient electrical distribution products & solutions and operating in Ottawa since 1999. One of the main focuses for Power Systems is on the reduction of overall impact and footprint of the industry as a whole and in the manufacturing processes of OEMs like themselves. With a decade of experience in this field Sam Newman-Corrigall, along with the team at Power Systems, is able to provide a view of where we have been, how far we have come and where we can go from here.
Pamela Heneault
Executive Director,
Public Affairs Rockport Networks Inc.
Pamela has lived and worked in Ottawa for more than 33 years, principally in the area of sustainable development. She operated her own government relations practice and was engaged by large engaged by large enterprises to help them navigate the federal and provincial public policy and program environment. She has worked as Special Advisor to the CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada and acquired a deep understanding of the challenges faced by SMEs, which ultimately led to a shift in her government relations practice. Over the past 14 years, she has helped SME’s understand and access government programs which support talent acquisition, de-risk technology development and demonstration, develop global market opportunities and create strategic partnerships. In December 2017, she joined her client Rockport Networks as Executive Director of Public Affairs.
Heather Ward
Co-founder of Tandem Technical
Heather Ward is co-founder of Tandem Technical and an innovator who loves connecting people and ideas for positive impact. As a youth entrepreneur, she founded one of Canada's first independent Public Relations firms and has worked and collaborated with a diverse group of corporate, public sector and nonprofit organizations and stakeholders for more than a decade. In 2017, Heather joined Tandem's leadership team with a mission to rapidly commercialize breakthrough Carbon Recycling technology that provides a profitable solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Heather is committed to using business as a force for good to help mitigate climate change, while building value in the growing low carbon economy.

SPONSORS 2018


“The Conflux Canada Conference provided a unique opportunity to network and exchange ideas with thought leaders and Sustainability professionals from across the country.”

Dennis Fortinos,
Executive Chairman North America, Enwave Energy Corporation

“The inaugural event in 2017 brought together representatives of the 3 levels of government with industry leaders and experts in the field of sustainability to identify actionable next steps in the global effort to reduce GHG's”

Andrew I. McAllan, MBA
Head of Real Estate Management Oxford Properties Group

“My panel talked about making Ottawa better by collaborating and being bolder, Conflux was exactly the right venue to put that message into hundreds of decision makers”

Bruce Lazenby
Head of Business Development Regional Group of Companies

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