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Below is the agenda from the 2018 conference. 

Bright Business Conference & Awards 2018
The Good Things Efficiency Brings
Halifax Convention Centre
October 16, 2018

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.


8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome: William Lahey, Board Chair, EfficiencyOne

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Remarks: Ben Jessome, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Lucasville

8:30 - 9:35 a.m.

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

9:35 - 10:35 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 106: Canada’s Energy Outlook: Our Nation’s Energy Efficiency Landscape - From coast to coast, efficiency programs are on the rise, benefiting our economies and helping reduce emissions. Learn about each province’s unique approach and focus on best practices from across Canada. Speaker: Genevieve Gauthier, National Director, Econoler

Room 107: Maximum Building Performance Through Energy Efficiency - One of the largest new projects under way on Halifax’s waterfront is the Queen’s Marque development. Hear how this iconic mixed-use complex, designed to platinum LEED standard, is enhancing performance and reducing operating costs with energy efficiency. Speaker: Scott Armour McCrea, Chief Executive Officer, The Armour Group Limited

Room 109: The Intersection of Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency - Breathe easy Nova Scotia. More and more research shows the links between energy efficiency and healthy living. We’ll look at this benefit more closely and how it can help our customers. Speakers: Charley Cormany, Executive Director, Efficiency First, California. Catherine Lee, Jackson Outcome Broker, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

10:35 - 10:55 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:55 - 11:55 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 106: Introducing Efficiency Canada: The National Voice for an Energy Efficient Economy - Meet Efficiency Canada. They’re here and ready to help advance energy efficiency research and policy across Canada. And they’ll share how they plan on doing it. Speaker: Brendan Haley, Policy Director, Efficiency Canada

Room 107: The Journey Continues: The Path to Net-Zero Energy Homes - How is Nova Scotia prepared to make Net-Zero energy homes the new building standard in Canada? Attend this session to hear success stories and see how we’re overcoming barriers in Net-Zero construction. Speakers: David Gallaugher, Architect, Solterre Design. Philip Dennis, Professional Engineer, Certfied Passive House Designer, Owner, Gaspereau Building Science. Karen Daniels, Senior Analyst, Buildings and Efficient Equipment, Nova Scotia Department of Energy

Room 109: Going Solar: The State of Solar Energy and its Potential - The future of solar is bright in Nova Scotia. Learn about the opportunities, potential and impact solar is having in our province and beyond. Speakers: Wayne Groszko, Lead Research Scientist, Nova Scotia Community College, Board member Solar Nova Scotia. Lyle Goldberg, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager – Nova Scotia, Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Christie Chaplin, Chair, Solar Nova Scotia

11:55 - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

12:45 - 1:55 p.m.

Keynote Address

Jeff Reading, Innovation Partnerships, ATCO Innovation Team
Actions Matter: The Good Things Efficiency Brings - 
What are the options after all the lightbulbs have been changed? There’s no doubt, Nova Scotia is a leader in energy efficiency. But now we’re at a turning point. The low-hanging fruit has been picked. It’s time to innovate further, and continue building a better world through efficiency. Jeff Reading shares ideas of how to innovate in a changing world and stay on top of our customer’s needs.

1:55 - 2:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Room 106: Innovative Financing Tools for Energy Efficiency - Energy efficiency upgrades shouldn’t break the bank. Learn how innovative approaches to financing can make energy efficiency more accessible and affordable. Speakers: Andy Frank, Founder and CEO, Sealed

Room 107: Getting it Right: A More Energy Efficient Alberta - In its first year, initiatives launched by Energy Efficiency Alberta resulted in $330 million in savings for Albertans. Attend this session to discover how they achieved these impressive results, lessoned learned along the way and plans for the future. Speaker: Darlene Crowell, Vice-President, Market Communications & Engagement, Efficiency Alberta

Room 109: The Good Things Efficiency Brings Communities - First Nations communities and Municipalities are determining their own energy futures. In this session, learn how First Nations and Municipalities are pushing innovative energy agendas and making their communities better places to live. Speakers: Samantha Peverill, Senior Lead, Atlantic Services, QUEST. Sheena Parris, Clean Energy Development Coordinator, Nova Scotia Department of Energy. Tammy Feltmate, Director of Sustainable Communities, Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Eric Christmas, CEO, Virtual Nation

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

A Toast to the Industry

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Business Over Beer: Not Your Typical Networking Event
During this interactive networking event, experts will be providing free advice on a range of topics related to energy efficiency. Join the conversation and meet with a friendly group of like-minded individuals in a fun, informal setting.