Bright Business Conference & Awards 2019

*Agenda subject to change

Inspiring Action for an Efficient Future
Halifax Convention Centre
October 23, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks: William Lahey, Board Chair, EfficiencyOne, Stephen MacDonald, CEO, EfficiencyOne

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.

Remarks: The Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines, Province of Nova Scotia

8:35 - 9:35 a.m.

Celebration Breakfast & Bright Business Awards Ceremony
Emcee: Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director, Neptune Theatre

9:45 - 10:35 a.m. Main Plenary: Green Schools Nova Scotia E-Mission Challenge

9:45 - 10:35 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 107: Demand Response and Smart Homes: The next era of energy efficient technologies - CaSA is a Canadian company that's disrupting the electric utilities industry. Learn how they're implementing demand response using smart electric water heaters, heat pumps, EV chargers and more and the future of energy efficient appliances. Speakers: François Cartier, Lead, Strategic Projects, Green Ontario Fund, Board of Advisors CaSA. Martin Fassier, CEO and Co-Founder CaSA

Room 108: Efficient Health Care: Exploring the Eskasoni Health Centre - Since opening in 2018, the Eskasoni Health Centre has won awards for being one of the most energy efficient new buildings in Nova Scotia. Representatives from the Centre will share the importance of having a state of the art health care centre part of the Mi’kmaq community, built with energy efficiency top of mind. Speakers: Sharon Rudderham, Director, Eskasoni Health Centre 

Room 109: Effective Engagement Strategies for Building a Culture of Efficiency - When it comes to lowering energy costs for businesses, facilities, manufacturers and institutions, the behaviour and habits of employees and building occupants are crucial. This interactive session will share the best resources and strategies on how to effectively engage employees and work together towards an energy efficient and low carbon operating business. Speaker: Chad Gilless, Principle Stillwater Energy

10:35 - 10:55 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:05 - 11:55 a.m. Main Plenary: Green Schools Nova Scotia E-Mission Challenge

11:05 - 11:55 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 107: Enhanced Energy and Conservation Management - The future of energy management involves a holistic approach. This session will explore how businesses can take advantage of data and energy insights to target areas of conservation, lowering operating costs and reducing emissions. Speaker: Aleks Poldma, Solutions Design, Team Lead, Enviro-Stewards

Room 108: Hiring for the Future: Meeting the needs of the evolving energy efficiency industry. With new and continued investments in energy efficiency programs from federal and provincial governments, the industry in Nova Scotia is expected to grow. Learn how diversifying the workforce can help secure skilled and trained professionals to help businesses succeed in the energy efficiency industry. Speakers: Derek Peters, Mi'kmaq Energy and Mines Advisor, Arylene Reycraft, Executive Director Techsploration

Room 109: Brewing up Energy Savings: How Canada's largest brewery became the most sustainable - Explore Labatt Breweries energy efficiency and renewable energy story, why it was important for the organization to make upgrades and switch to more renewable energy sources and efficient technologies. Speaker: Wade Keller, Director of Corporate Affairs, Atlantic Canada, Labatt Breweries of Canada.

12:05 - 12:45 p.m. Main Plenary: Green Schools Nova Scotia 'E-Mission' Gallery Walkthrough

12:05 - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

12:45 - 1:50 p.m.

Keynote Address

Søren Hermansen - Speaker, Author and Award-Winning Sustainable Energy Innovator.

Hear from the Director of the Energy Academy on Samsø, an island to the west of Copenhagen that is home to more than 4,000 people. In 1997 Søren initiated the transformation of Samso’s energy sourcing, creating an island that not only meets its own needs with clean self-generated electricity, but also sells its surplus energy to the Danish national grid. TIME magazine boldly named him one of the world’s 10 largest ‘environmental heroes’! His work has been covered by CNN, CBS, The Observer, The New Yorker and on the Netflix docuseries 'Islands of the Future.'

1:55 - 2:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:25 - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 107: Low Carbon Buildings: The future of building codes and performance. Learn how building performance influences key issues like energy supply and demand, peak power, water consumption, carbon emissions and other connected issues. It will also explore emerging building standards and codes, and the national movement towards net-zero ready buildings and facilities. Speakers: Karen Daniels, Senior Analyst, Buildings and Efficient Equipment, Nova Scotia Department of Energy. Joe Rogers, Building Code Coordinator, NS Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrew Pride, Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, Codes Canada

Room 108: Smart Cities and Energy Efficiency -A discussion of how cities will be planned in the future, and the key role energy efficiency plays. Speakers: Søren Hermansen, Director Samso Energy Academy, Greg Goubko, Energy Finance and Development Coordinator, Town of Bridgewater, Dr. Alexandre Pavlovski, CEO Green Power Labs 

Room 109: Efficiency in Canada: How to be proactive champions of the industry - Join Efficiency Canada for this interactive workshop, exploring key cross-country trends in the energy efficiency sector, the hurdles we face, and the ways we can continue to promote and communicate the industry's value to Nova Scotia's economy. Speaker: Corey Diamond, Executive Director, Efficiency Canada 

3:25 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Amelia Warren - Customer Experience & Partnerships , EfficiencyOne

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Business Over Beer: Not Your Typical Networking Event
Join the conversation and meet with a friendly group of like-minded individuals in a fun and informal setting.