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May 10, 2017

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Green Buildings • Clean-Tech • Corporate Social Responsibility

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.

In 2017 Ottawa is the place to be to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. 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 on May10th, 2017. Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

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Speakers


  • Andrew Bowerbank

    Global Director of Sustainable Building
    Services at EllisDon Corporation

    Jonathan Wilkinson

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, MP

    Dennis Fotinos

    Executive Chairman, North America,
    Enwave Energy Corporation

  • Martin Grosskopf

    Vice-President and Portfolio Manager,
    Sustainable Investing
    AGF Investments Inc.

    Candace Labelle

    Managing Director
    CSC Charitable Foundation

    Dr. Dianne Saxe

    Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

  • Blair Patacairk

    Managing Director of Investment
    and Trade, Invest Ottawa

    Tomasz Smetny-Sowa

    Senior Program Director,
    Energy Services Acquisition Program
    at Public Works Government Services Canada

    Cara MacMillan

    Halcyon Consulting Group

  • Josh Hendry

    Principal Consultant, Anthesis Group

    Trevor Gilbert

    Manager, Sustainability at KingSett Capital

    Jeanne Medland

    Director of Sustainability at KingSett Capital

  • Fin MacDonald

    Sustainability Analyst at Morrison Hershfield

    William R MacGowan, P.Eng.,CEM

    Director, Smart Building Digitization
    for Cisco’s Industry

    Andrew McAllan,
    MBA

    Head of Real Estate Management
    at Oxford Properties Group

  • Milla Craig

    Leading expert in the field of
    sustainability and sustainable investing

    David Chernushenko

    Ottawa City Councillor

    Bruce Lazenby

    Head of Business Development at
    the Regional Group of companies

  • Nicholas Reichenbach

    Founder & CEO
    Flow Water

    Jay Smith

    Environmental Studies Program Coordinator & Academic Advising Coordinator, Algonquin College

    Mark Hutchinson

    Vice President, Green Building Programs at Canada Green Building Council - CaGBC

  • Shannon Gorman

    National Director of
    Community Affairs for TELUS

    Nuno Duarte

    Vice President, Professional Services, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS)

    Ian Capstick

    Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst
    and MediaStyle Founding Partner

  • Julie Damaren

    Communications and Sustainability
    Responsible at IKEA Group

    Steve Beauchesne

    CEO/Co-founder
    Beau’s Brewing Company

    Scott Demark

    MBA, P.Eng, LEED-AP
    Partner, Windmill Development Group

Andrew Bowerbank
Global Director of Sustainable Building
Services at EllisDon Corporation
Andrew Bowerbank is a respected authority on emerging clean energy technologies, high-performance building design and low-carbon economics. He is the former Executive Director of the World Green Building Council (2007-10) where he was proud to act as the Member Representative for the United Nations Environmental Programme. Today, he acts as the Global Director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon Corporation where he is launching a new “low carbon agenda” as a strategy to support international trends towards climate change mitigation and the growing carbon market. Mr. Bowerbank is also a Council member at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, senior research fellow at York University, and board member at Nuvo Energy Grid Inc. and CDML Engineering.
Jonathan Wilkinson
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, MP
Jonathan Wilkinson was elected Member of Parliament for North Vancouver on October 19th, 2015. Shortly thereafter he was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Prior to entering politics, Jonathan spent the previous 20 years in the Clean Technology sector holding leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. He was CEO of QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies and was Senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra. Previously, Jonathan was employed at Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy.

Prior to joining Bain, Jonathan worked in public service as a constitutional negotiator, an advisor to a provincial Premier and as a federal-provincial relations specialist.

Jonathan holds an MA in International Relations from McGill University, an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University - where he attended as a Rhodes scholar – and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jonathan has been an active volunteer in his community, participating as a board member for several charitable and industry organisations including the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the B.C. Technology Industries Association, Fuel Cells Canada, the BC Power Technology Alliance, the BC Chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Many weekends Jonathan can be found on the field as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife Tara and their two teenaged daughters.
Dennis Fotinos
Executive Chairman, North America,
Enwave Energy Corporation
Dennis Fotinos is the Executive Chairman, North America, for Enwave Energy Corporation. He is responsible for overseeing corporate governance, establishing and managing the long-term growth strategy of the business and managing key stakeholder relationships.

Mr. Fotinos initiated and led the privatization efforts that ultimately led to the creation of Enwave. Then, as President and CEO of Enwave from 2001- 2016, he led the transformation of the company into an industry leader with a focus on sustainability. Notably, he initiated and oversaw the development of Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system and established the commercial strategy that made the project economically viable.

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.
Martin Grosskopf
Vice-President and Portfolio Manager,
Sustainable Investing
AGF Investments Inc.
Martin has more than 20 years of experience in financial and environmental analysis. He is a former Responsible Investment Association (RIA) board member, and is a frequent public speaker on ESG issues. In addition to the portfolios that he manages, Martin provides input on sustainability and ESG issues across the AGF investment teams.

Martin joined the financial industry after working in a diverse range of industries in the areas of environmental management, assessment and mitigation. Martin was previously Director, Sustainability Research and Portfolio Manager with Acuity Investment Management Inc. AGF Management Ltd. acquired Acuity Funds Ltd. and Acuity Investment Management Inc. in February 2011. He was a Project Manager with CSA International from 1997 to 2000 and prior to that was an Environmental Scientist with Acres International Limited.

Martin obtained his BA from the University of Toronto, MES from York University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and NIMBAS.
Candace Labelle
Managing Director
CSC Charitable Foundation
Candace Labelle is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works for CSC - a global leader in providing technology enabled business solutions and services. With a strong technology background, Candace moved into corporate sustainability in 2008, where she passionately connects various aspects of CR to everyday business ROI through her leadership of a variety of large global programs.

As Vice President and Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Canada, a board member at the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Operative (OREC) and longstanding environmental activist, Candace spends her free time public speaking; providing environmental sustainability education helping people understand and connect the dots on global sustainability issues such as climate change, world water challenges, green IT, chemical toxicants, corporate responsibility, renewable energy and more with the goal to ignite passion for sustainability and inspire positive environmental change

Candace attended Ottawa University, holds certifications for PMP, 6 Sigma Green Belt and ITIL Foundations, and has 20 years experience in the IT industry.
Dr. Dianne Saxe
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, a tough but fair watchdog over government compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights. The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues. Before her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected and best-loved environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ experience in environmental and energy law and litigation. After 14 years in the Ontario public service, plus experience in two major Bay Street law firms, she ran one of Canada's top environmental law boutique law firms for 25 years. A Certified Specialist, Dianne was recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, and as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008. She was Canada’s leading author on environmental law, through her books, columns and envirolaw.com blog, and Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year. She received numerous other tributes, including Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award and Osgoode Hall Lifetime Achievement Gold Key. Skilled writer and public speaker, with unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario's environmental laws.
Blair Patacairk
Managing Director of Investment
and Trade, Invest Ottawa
Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Managing Director of Investment and Trade in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was engaged as a special advisor to Invest Ottawa in the areas of foreign direct investment and government relations. As such Blair was responsible or 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. He also implemented the first ever business, retention and expansion program for Invest Ottawa. Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly for 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; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations at OCRI, where he 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 as a board member with numerous organizations and currently sits as the Chairman of the Rideau Canal Festival. He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor in local universities/colleges and high schools.
Tomasz Smetny-Sowa
Senior Program Director,
Energy Services Acquisition Program
at Public Works Government Services Canada
With ESAP as Senior Program Director since June 2012 - Tomasz has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Building Systems from Gdansk Technical University in Poland and has worked with HVAC systems in buildings and ships, as well as with District Energy Systems (DES) heating systems in Poland, Sweden, and Denmark. After teaching thermodynamics, related subjects for four years at the University in Oran, Algeria, Tomasz came to Canada in 1985. He worked in the private sector as a consultant for 8 years and in 1993 he joined PSPC formally known as PWGSC as a Mechanical Engineer with Architectural and Engineering Services, RPB. He became Manager of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering team in 2009. In this role, Tomasz contributed to the ESAP feasibility study. Following the 2009 boiler explosion at Cliff plant, Tomasz led the Temporary Boiler Plant team from concept to commissioning. Since then, Tomasz has been responsible for leading a diverse team including technical advisors with specialist experience in DES, and for shaping the project development process and delivering a Validation Workshop, which supported the development of the ESAP business case. His extensive knowledge and experience are significant assets for the project. In his role as Senior Program Director, Tomasz is accountable for the project’s strategic direction, operational leadership, stakeholder relationship and engagement, the project’s governance structure as well as the project risk management.
Cara MacMillan
Halcyon Consulting Group
Cara MacMillan is an innovator, author and keynote speaker. Cara holds a BA from Carleton University, an MBA from Athabasca University, the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate from Concordia University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Strategy and Innovation at Capella University. Passionate about protecting our climate and nature, Cara works in promoting the adoption of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy by public and private firms as a means of differentiation and industry leadership. As cofounder of Halcyon Consulting Group, as one of Canada’s Women for Nature, as a Climate Reality Leader, and as a SheEO Activator, Cara works everyday to live her passion.
Josh Hendry
Principal Consultant, Anthesis Group
Josh is a Principal Consultant with Anthesis Group, a specialist global consultancy founded on the belief that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand. Josh has over 12 years of experience in product and corporate sustainability strategy development and program implementation. Working with numerous Global 500 companies and industry associations he has had a particular focus on enhancing alignment between material producers and the downstream users of these materials. He works extensively with the mining and metals industry on fostering sector-wide collaboration and alignment with stakeholder expectations related to the use of metals in various downstream sectors. He has also provided guidance on responsible sourcing to organizations at various stages of the supply chain related to production/sourcing of several metal commodities as well as palm oil and seafood products.
Trevor Gilbert
Manager, Sustainability at KingSett Capital
Trevor Gilbert is the Manager, Sustainability at KingSett Capital. Trevor has over 10 years' experience in the sustainability and environmental field including managing LEED-EB projects that achieved Platinum and Gold certifications, implementing comprehensive building scale energy reduction strategies, designing and installation of PV and wind systems, and monitoring, analyzing and reporting on portfolio wide energy and environmental data. Trevor was formerly an energy and sustainability specialist at Energy Profiles Limited.
Jeanne Medland
Director of Sustainability at KingSett Capital
Jeanne is the Director of Sustainability at KingSett Capital and is responsible for the sustainability initiatives and green building activities across KingSett’s commercial real estate portfolio. Jeanne has over 15 years’ experience in the sustainability and environmental field including Environmental Assessments, sustainability standards and certifications and Green Building design (LEED AP, BOMA BESt, BREEAM).
Fin MacDonald


Sustainability Analyst at Morrison Hershfield
Fin MacDonald is a Sustainability Analyst with Morrison Hershfield Limited in Ottawa. Fin specializes in existing building operations and leads Morrison Hershfield’s LEED EB:O&M assessment team. To date he has been involved with over 100 LEED assessments. Fin also manages LEED EB:O&M projects and has several certified projects at each of the various certification levels. Fin also works extensively in the field of greenhouse gas quantification and verification. He has performed work for three of the big five Canadian banks, and also serves on the technical advisory group for the Ottawa region’s Carbon 613 GHG reporting program.
William R MacGowan, P.Eng.,CEM
Director, Smart Building Digitization
for Cisco’s Industry
William MacGowan is the Director, Smart Building Digitization for Cisco’s Industry Transformation Business Division in Canada. William has extensive experience within the AEC (Architects Engineers Constructors) Space and is intimate in the design, implementation and operation of dynamic building systems. William has been intimately involved with the progress of open data communication standards and converged base building networks. William has deep knowledge in the areas of Converged Building Systems, Enterprise Integration and the Delivery of High Performance Business Value. William is an honors graduate of the Queens University Electrical Engineering Program and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the American Energy Engineers (AEE) Association. William resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Andrew McAllan,
MBA

Head of Real Estate Management
at Oxford Properties Group
Andrew McAllan is the Head of Real Estate Management at Oxford Properties Group. In this role, Andrew oversees all the leasing, managing and operating activities for Oxford’s Canadian real estate portfolio, consisting of approximately 50 million square feet of office, retail, multi-residential, industrial and hotel assets. Andrew has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, and joined Oxford in 1996. Prior to Oxford he held senior positions at Shipp Corporation and Dennis Commercial Properties. Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), BOMA Canada National Advisory Council, and is Chair of the Board for the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) and is also an active member of NAIOP and REALpac. Andrew holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Milla Craig

Leading expert in the field of
sustainability and sustainable investing
Milla is a leading expert in the field of sustainability and sustainable investing. With over 15 years of experience in institutional equity with major Canadian financial institutions, Milla has worked very closely with senior management and investor relations teams of Canadian publicly-listed companies, together with financial analysts and portfolio managers of many of Canada’s pension and investment funds.

Milla has also been actively involved in the development of sustainability strategy and management, stakeholder engagement and the reporting of sustainability strategies for a variety of Canadian organizations during her role at Deloitte as Leader – Sustainability, for the Quebec Region.

As the Founder of Millani Perspectives, Milla is now bringing her unique knowledge and practical approaches on sustainable Investing to many of Canada’s largest asset managers, asset owners and corporations, as an independent strategic advisor and consultant, industry analyst, workshop leader and speaker.

Milla is the Co-Founder and an active board member of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) and was part of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Financial Sector review. Milla also leads the Water Committee and sits on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum’s Montreal Chapter. Milla was also recently honored as the top in the consulting category for Canada’s 2017 Clean 16 awards.
David Chernushenko
Ottawa City Councillor
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.
Bruce Lazenby

Head of Business Development at
the Regional Group of companies
Bruce is the Head of Business Development at the Regional Group of companies. He also advises select other businesses and sits on private and not-for profit Boards. From 2011 to 2016 as the Founding President and CEO of Invest Ottawa, Bruce was responsible for designing and implementing job creation strategies for Invest Ottawa, and the City of Ottawa’s as the independent economic development agency. During that time he worked with over 1000 technology start-ups which raised over $300m in venture capital and debt and created over 4,700 jobs. He also led the efforts to: 

• Create two Centres of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research worth more than $150m over the next five years;
• Raise $30m in grants to build the Innovation Centre; and 
• Win a $9m grant from the Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Plan to build a new programme to help start-ups in collaboration with Sir Terry Matthews.

Prior to joining Invest Ottawa, he was Chairman of the Ottawa Software Cluster for six years and Vice President in Canada for Corum Group Ltd. – the world’s largest software M&A advisory firm. Bruce was also a Chair and executive coach with The Executive Committee – a global network of 15,000 chief executives in 16 countries. Before that he held senior technology executive positions including six years as CEO with FreeBalance Inc. an enterprise software company where he raised millions of dollars in venture capital and debt financing, and helped grow the company by 300 per cent while moving into new international markets. He successfully used the World Bank, IMF, USAID, CIDA as levers to gain success in these new markets.

Bruce is a frequent speaker at knowledge-based executive events across North America. In 2005, he was voted Canada’s Private Sector Technology Leader by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and in 2016 he received Canadian Community Innovation Leadership Award by the same organization.

Bruce and his wife Diane have been married for 33 years and have two sons and a daughter.
Nicholas Reichenbach
Founder & CEO
Flow Water
A serial Canadian start-up, investor and consumer internet & product entrepreneur, Nicholas has built a robust track record, creating and building multiple businesses that have disrupted consumer package goods, digital distribution , social media, entertainment and hospitality industries ; Flow Water ( A socially responsible & sustainable water company), Rabbit (a leading social video chat platform backed by Google Ventures, CrunchFund and other leading VCs), GuestDriven (a leading start-up in hospitality/hotel SaaS with clients such as Thompson, Hyatt & Intercontinental), Magmic Games (Voted top 10 mobile social game & app publisher having produced over 300 games from Guitar Hero mobile to NewYork Times Crosswords) and Bplay ( a direct-to-consumer mobile content storefront that powered At&t, Verizon (Alltel), U.S. Cellular, Rogers Wireless and R.I.M Blackberrys, worldwide). Earlier in his career, Nicholas produced music concerts across North America, founded one of the first ringtone publishing companies and invested and operated numerous startup’s in disruptive new media & mobile technologies in US, UK, Sweden and Canada.
Jay Smith
Environmental Studies Program Coordinator & Academic Advising Coordinator, Algonquin College
Jay Smith has been with Algonquin College since 2011, currently as Faculty and Program Coordinator and Academic Advising Coordinator. Mr. Smith’s passion for teaching and lifelong learning are modeled by his example: he expects to complete the Masters of Adult Ed. program at St. Francis Xavier University in 2016. An engaged volunteer of the Climate Reality Project, Mr. Smith is a dynamic sustainability advocate and speaker, currently serving as a mentor within the organization. With an optimistic and positive attitude, and the belief Canada can be a global leader in sustainability, Jay works tirelessly through his classes and his example to inspire students to learn, stand with their convictions, take risks, and change their futures.
Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs at Canada Green Building Council - CaGBC
Mark Hutchinson has worked with the Canada Green Building Council for the last eight years. As Vice President of Green Building Programs, he oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. He also participates in the LEED International Roundtable and the LEED Canada Steering Committee. Mark oversees the development and application of new certification programs, and is currently working on the development of the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings program.
Shannon Gorman
National Director of
Community Affairs for TELUS
A leader in corporate philanthropy, Shannon Gorman is the National Director of Community Affairs for TELUS, responsible for delivering the company’s innovative community investment strategies. Shannon leads a team of 15 Community Investment personnel across Canada and Internationally. She is responsible for 12 Canadian and five International Community Boards, which engage community leaders in allocating funds to address local needs. Shannon was instrumental in TELUS being the first Canadian company to be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the most philanthropic corporation in the world. Shannon recently developed a ground-breaking tri-sector partnership between the Provincial Governments of BC and Alberta and multiple charitable partners that enables single parents on income and disability assistance to obtain low cost, high speed internet access through TELUS. This innovative program called Internet for Good, also included access to a refurbished computer and digital literacy training and music programs that will assist youth and their parents in actively participating in the digital economy. Prior to joining TELUS, Shannon was a senior executive with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation for more than 13 years, where she played a key role in raising more than $30 million to increase cancer survivorship in Ottawa. Shannon holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and has certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from both Harvard Business School and Boston College. She is currently a candidate in the Masters of Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership with Carleton University’s Public Policy and Administration Program and was recently appointed a Professor in Practice in the Institute for the Study of International Development in the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. Shannon is a popular speaker in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and development. Shannon has served as a director on many boards of both local and national charities including; the Ottawa Humane Society, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Foundation, and Canadian Women in Communications & Technology. Shannon enjoys volunteering her time at the Ottawa Mission and Youville Centre where she recently developed a mentorship program. Shannon resides in Ottawa with her husband Mike their three children and four grandchildren.
Nuno Duarte
Vice President, Professional Services, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS)
Nuno is responsible for all capital planning and building condition assessments, commissioning and re-commissioning, energy and sustainability initiatives as well as for broadening Brookfield GIS’ engineering offerings in support of increasing the value we can offer clients. Nuno is a mechanical engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering from Ryerson University and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario. Nuno has spent over nineteen years integrating mechanical design and project management skills to successfully develop innovative solutions for clients in a variety of sectors.
Ian Capstick
Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst
and MediaStyle Founding Partner
Ian Capstick is founder of the democratically organized communications firm MediaStyle, a certified B Corp with a mission to get the means of communications production into the hands of people who need their voices heard on the national stage. He has worked for Cabinet ministers and opposition members in the House of Commons, including some of Canada’s most colourful and influential political minds from both the New Democrats and Liberals. Ian is passionate about creating social change through communications. An experienced media coach, political tactician and engaging speaker, he is widely quoted in Canada’s media. He is a regular on CBC News Channel’s Power & Politics and is a go-to source for comment on the changing world of communications. His opinion work has been published in the Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail and PostMedia newspapers across Canada. He has been featured on CTV National News, CBC’s The National and was on Global’s national election coverage team in 2011. Ian has testified at Canadian Radio Television Commission (CRTC) hearings and been an invited guest to the Rideau Roundtable. He has served as a judge in many communications and video contests. Ian was on the boards of directors for Forum for Young Canadians and Ottawa’s LGBTQ Village committee. He is a longtime and active advisor to LeadNow.ca and helped create the governance structure for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Ian was recognized in 2016 as one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 for his contribution to the community. In 2017, Ian is studying at the University of Pennsylvania Centre for Social Impact Strategy in their Executive program and helping produce to several incredible integrated-digital and transmedia projects including Becoming Canadian for Canada 2017, CBC's year-long project to mark Canada's sesquicentennial.
Julie Damaren
Communications and Sustainability
Responsible at IKEA Group
Julie has been with IKEA since 2015, currently as Communications and Sustainability Responsible based in Ottawa. She leads and supports the implementation of IKEA’s People & Planet Positive global sustainability strategy in the Ottawa store and local market. Julie works to optimize communication in all facets. She takes pride in working closely with co-workers, customers and the community to realize IKEA’s vision of a better and more sustainable everyday life for the many people.
Steve Beauchesne
CEO/Co-founder
Beau’s Brewing Company
Steve Beauchesne is the CEO and co-founder of Beau’s Brewing Company, a family run, employee owned independent Canadian craft brewery. Since its start-up in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 100 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing and packaging design, sustainability and business practices, and has raised more than $1 million for charity, community and independent arts. Steve certified Beau's Brewing Co. as Canada's first-ever B-Corp brewery, founded February 1 as International Gruit Day and successfully lobbied to have some of Canada's old beer laws changed to recognize the rights of craft brewers. Steve is Vice Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association, and a frequent presenter at craft brewing, culinary, and sustainability seminars and events. Steve was chosen as Canada’s 2016 DesignThinker of the Year (Applied Arts Magazine), and he was in the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” in 2015; in 2013 Steve was recognized by the United Way with a Community Builder of the Year Award. Steve holds a B. Commerce degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University, and his kids think he's a bit of a goofball.
Scott Demark
MBA, P.Eng, LEED-AP
Partner, Windmill Development Group
Scott is the Partner in the Windmill Development Group responsible for project implementation. An engineer by training, Scott has worked as a sustainability consultant, green educator and project manager since joining the Windmill Group in 2008. Scott assembles the design and construction teams, facilitates the integrated design processes, and executes projects through a dedicated group of Project Managers. The most recent residential projects have been Cathedral Hill in Ottawa and Arch Lofts in Toronto, and recent mixed-use project are The Eddy in Ottawa and The Plant in Toronto. Much of the past few years has been dedicated to master planning and approval stages of the Zibi project in Ottawa/Gatineau on the former Domtar Lands. Scott is a passionate environmentalist, who strives to improve the performance of each successive project. He and his family are steadily decreasing their own carbon footprint by living centrally in a near-passive house.

SCHEDULE


May 10, 2017 • Ottawa Conference and Events Centre

THE ECO AGENDA
7:15
Doors open
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

7:15-8:00
Networking Breakfast
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

7:50
The Charette-Dreaver Family Dancers
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

8:00
Opening In”flux”
Bernie Myers - Vice President, Eastern Canada, Morguard Investments
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

8:05
Facing Climate Change
Dianne Saxe - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, will provide an overview of her 2016 greenhouse gas (GHG) Progress Report, Facing Climate Change. The Commissioner will summarize recent climate science on the urgent threat climate change poses to our planet and our province; Ontario's current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and what the provincial government is doing to reduce emissions. Although Ontario has taken important steps, including putting a price on most Ontario GHG emissions, much more needs to be done, both by the government and by all Ontarians.

8:40
How do we Growth Hack Ottawa?
Bruce Lazenby, Andrew McAllan, William R MacGowan, David Chernushenko
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Bruce Lazenby, Head of Business Development at the Regional Group of companies (moderator)
Andrew McAllan, Head of Real Estate Management at Oxford Properties Group
William R MacGowan, Director, Smart Building Digitization for Cisco’s Industry
David Chernushenko, Ottawa City Councillor

“Hacking” was a term created to mean inappropriate ways to access computers. Since that definition, “hacking” now means crazy and outrageous ways of doing things to disrupt the conventional. For example Growth Hacking is often used in tech companies to find crazy ways to grow quickly – new and disruptive. Can hacking shape our city?

In Ottawa our tech sector is the hottest in the country and as a result unemployment is almost zero.  So what can we do to Growth Hack Ottawa, create efficiencies and cut our carbon footprint and make sure that every person who should be living and working in Ottawa is? What do we need to look like as a city to be “crazy” attractive?

9:30
Breaking Down Silos – the need to re-think how we plan our Cities
Dennis Fotinos - Executive Chairman, North America, Enwave Energy Corporation
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

There is hardly a city anywhere in North America that does not identify Sustainability as one of the guiding principles behind their respective land planning objectives. However, upon examination of actual practice, the evidence suggests that environmental considerations play a relatively minor role in what, where and how buildings are constructed in our cities.

To achieve Ontario’s 2050 carbon reduction goals of 80% below 1990 levels, we will have to rethink how we plan our cities and the role of energy generation and consumption in each and every community. Current LEED Platinum Standards will have to become the baseline and not the goal if we are to reduce GHG emissions from the Buildings Sector in Ontario. “Master Planning” will have to include comprehensive energy strategies that disregard fiefdoms and cross over boundaries of City Departments, Agencies Boards and Commissions to eliminate the need for fossil fuel generated energy in our communities.

10:10
Networking Break - Morning Refreshments
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

10:30
The Carbon Impact Initiative
Andrew Bowerbank - Global Director of Sustainable Building Services EllisDon Corporation
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

The Carbon Impact Initiative (CII) was launched in 2016 to stand as the defining industry-led action plan with the resources needed to respond to provincial and federal climate change objectives. The CII is unique in that it is managed by a Consortium of industry leaders from some of the largest and most influential companies across Canada’s buildings, energy, and infrastructure sectors. The CII is a systems approach to establishing a low-carbon built environment in Canada, bringing proven industry expertise to designing and constructing hyper-efficient buildings and green infrastructure, integrating innovative smart/clean energy technologies, adopting low- carbon materials, conserving resources, and exploring ways to retrofit and adapt existing building stock to meet new performance targets.

11:10
Concurrent Session A:
Balancing a company’s social, environmental, and financial responsibilities
Candace Labelle - Managing Director, DXC Foundation
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Balancing a company’s social, environmental and financial responsibilities, or “Triple Bottom Line”, is a critical component of successful business practices. Through globally recognized as important by C-Suites, many social or environmental investments are overlooked or refused funding – even with positive projected ROIs. Though stakeholders and reasons vary for these overlooked investments there is one consistent element: how we consider and manage risks. In this presentation, we will explore how the concept of risk management as the starting point for successful integration of the triple bottom line into business. Through a lens of risk mitigation, Ms. Labelle will help identify the true needs of our decision makers, as necessary to create positive and sustainable change.

11:10
Concurrent Session B:
Buildings and the climate change imperative
Mark Hutchinson - Vice President, Green Building Programs
at Canada Green Building Council - CaGBC
Venue: Theatre 110

There is increasing recognition that investments in new and existing buildings are amongst the most cost effective responses to climate change, with strong financial returns and significant potential for new jobs. Regulations and policies specifically targeted at the building industry are being developed, at a time when the green building industry itself is maturing. This session will explore the role of buildings in climate change strategies, addressing the true potential for buildings to contribute to GHG reductions, and the hurdles to realizing this potential. The CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings initiative, which aims to redefining how building performance is assessed, will be introduced.

Brought to you by the Ottawa Chapter CaGBC

11:10
Concurrent Session C:
Sustainability in the ICT Sector – from data centres to drone deliveries
Josh Hendry - Principal Consultant, Anthesis Group
Venue: Theatre 201-202

The ICT sector is highly innovative and responsive to consumer trends, making it well positioned to advance sustainability performance within the industry and throughout its complex supply chains. With attraction and retention of top talent a key focus for the industry - sustainability is becoming a differentiator. Josh Hendry of Anthesis Group will explore leading examples from a range of ICT companies (e.g., Cisco, Salesforce, HP, Amazon) to explore ICT's support and development of renewable energy production and responsible sourcing programs and the environmental and social performance impacts and benefits of the “Internet of Things”, drone technologies and autonomous vehicles.

12:00
Networking Lunch - Greening the Capital
Blair Patacairk - Managing Director of Investment and Trade, Invest Ottawa
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Improving the well-being of everyone can only be accomplished through joint action and initiatives to drive new clean technologies within the retrofits and new builds moving forward in Ottawa. This presentation focuses on the challenges of clean technology growth in Ottawa and includes an overview of how all three levels of government are collectively working to support the clean technology ecosystem. Highlights of the innovative projects that are taking place here in Ottawa such as green buildings, and Canadian innovations abroad which are modernizing our industrial landscape and improving our collective sustainability will also be provided.

1:10
Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference
Cara MacMillan, Nicholas Reichenbach, Jay Smith, Milla Craig
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Cara MacMillan, Halcyon Consulting Group
Nicholas Reichenbach, Flow Water
Jay Smith, Algonquin College
Milla Craig, Millani Perspectives

Is your business strategy, your Human Resource management strategy, your marketing strategy and your investment portfolio ready for the next wave?

Join Cara MacMillan, Nicholas Reichenbach, Jay Smith and Milla Craig as they discuss Corporate Social Responsibility as a growth strategy to attract top talent, top customers and capital. Cara MacMillan is an expert in strategy and innovation. Nicholas Reichenbach is CEO of Flow Water – Canada’s sustainable water company. Nicholas will discuss the sustainability as a key customer demand and his entrepreneurial commitment to building sustainable companies. Jay is a Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Studies at Algonquin College. He will share the strategic direction of education, and what top students are looking for in employers. Milla Craig is a recognized international leader in Socially Responsible Investing. Milla will discuss why institutional and consumer investors are demanding both financial and societal returns for their portfolios.

1:40
Trumped? Global Sustainability in an eraof protectionism –
Why thematics m atter for long term capital
Martin Grosskopf - Vice-President and Portfolio Manager,
Sustainable Investing AGF Investments Inc.
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Have recent geopolitical events threatened the global trend toward sustainability? We will review recent geopolitical events and argue that we remain in the midst of multi-decade shifts within economic sectors, and therefore thematic investing remains an essential tool for investors to benefit from long term trends in sustainability.

2:20
Networking Break - Afternoon Refreshments
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

2:35
Concurrent Session A:
Raising the Bar - Getting Class A performance out of Class B properties
Jeanne Medland, Trevor Gilbert, Fin MacDonald
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Jeanne Medland, Director of Sustainability KingSett Capital
Trevor Gilbert, Manager, Sustainability KingSett Capital
Fin MacDonald, Sustainability Analyst, Morrison Hershfield

Learn how to unlock the potential of Class B properties through sustainability. Maximize the property’s economic, environmental, and long term potential by knowing where you stand within the market, what you can do, and what you can do better. The presentation will investigate how to add value and improve leasing and market perception through energy, carbon, water efficiency and green certification. The presentation will also explore “future proofing” a property through continuous process refinement, collecting and analyzing feedback, and preparation for increasingly stringent government environmental policies.

2:35
Concurrent Session B:
From Biomass to Landfill Gas – Future of Zero Carbon Heating and Cooling
Tomasz Smetny-Sowa, Scott Demark
Venue: Theatre 110

Tomasz Smetny-Sowa - Senior Program Director, Energy Services Acquisition PWGSC
Scott Demark - Partner, Windmill Development Group

Leading European Cities have developed a thermal platform to allow them to give preference to carbon neutral heating and cooling sources for the majority of their buildings. In Ottawa and Gatineau, Windmill Development and the Government of Canada are looking at carbon neutral sources for downtown buildings. Come and learn more about how biomass, bio-oil, green natural gas, energy from waste, waste industrial heat and even solar and wind power can transform district energy into the killer app in the fight against climate change. Leave with a better understanding of the pros and cons of each of these alternative energy sources and how district systems will make it easy for public, private and high density residential units to become low carbon buildings.

2:35
Concurrent Session C:
IKEA – Our Sustainable Future
Julie Damaren - Communications and Sustainability Responsible at IKEA Group
Venue: Theatre 201-202

Sustainability at IKEA is based on our vision and business foundations. That means putting people first, helping the many make a difference without leaving their home, and creating positive changes within our community. Our People & Planet Positive strategy has enabled us to put words into action and move closer to our vision of a better everyday life for the many people.

Brought to you by EnviroCentre-Carbon613

3:30
Keynote Presentation: Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth
Jonathan Wilkinson - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, MP
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

4:10
Fire Side Chat - Measuring Social Impact: profit working for people
Ian Capstick - Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst and MediaStyle Founding Partner (moderator)
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

Ian Capstick, Social Entrepreneur, Political Analyst and MediaStyle Founding Partner (moderator)
Nuno Duarte, Vice President, Professional Services, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS)
Shannon Gorman, National Director of Community Affairs for TELUS
Steve Beauchesne, CEO and co-founder of Beau’s Brewing Company

If climate/thought leaders from business went on a camping trip or gathered at a cottage what would they talk about around the campfire that evening?

Yes, we all have heard the term “fireside chat,” we are planning on bringing this to extreme reality with a truly Canadian twist. As part of the Rideau Heritage Route, we will be hosting the participants in Royal Rideau Chairs sitting around a campfire, “Bubba Mugs” in hand. The screen behind will feature iconic Canadian wildness videos and imagery that has been provided by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). The audience will experience firsthand what climate leaders would talk about during a warm Canadian evening with friends gathered around a fire. An idyllic Canadian scene without the mosquitoes.

5:00
Royal Rideau Chair Patio Set Draw
Drop your card in the bowl - for a chance to win one of two Royal Rideau Chair Patio Sets

Networking Cocktail
Venue: Main Hall (118 ABCD)

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