Below is the agenda from 2017. Check back Summer 2018 for the 2018 Bright Business agenda.

Bright Business Conference & Awards 2017

The Good Things Efficiency Brings
World Trade and Convention Centre
October 17, 2017

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Registration & Networking

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Stephen MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, EfficiencyOne

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Celebration Breakfast & Bright Business Awards Ceremony
Emcee: Jeremy Webb

Remarks: The Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Minister, Department of Energy
Introduction: William Lahey, Board Chair, EfficiencyOne

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
Room 1: Working with First Nations on Energy Efficient Projects: The Secret to Success - First Nation citizens have traditionally lived in close association with the land and continue to rely on this relationship for their livelihoods, physical and spiritual well-being and cultural fulfillment. Learn how to overcome the technical and non-technical challenges currently facing First Nations in implementing energy efficiency projects on reserves and traditional lands. Speakers: Chief Bob Gloade, Chief at Millbrook First Nation. Chief Sidney Peters, Chief at Glooscap First Nation.

Room 2: How to Build Efficiency into your Project - Where to look for energy efficiency when you’re expanding or building new equipment for your facility. Efficiency at the design stage. Speakers: Chad Gilless, Principal, Stillwater Energy. Natalie Leonard, Certified Passive House Consultant & Founding Partner, Passive Design Solutions.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Room 1: Light and Health: What We Know and Don’t Know in Applying the Research -  Discover the non-energy benefits of energy efficient lighting and the affect colours have on an individual’s mental health. Speakers: Monali Mujumdar, Senior Analyst Technology Assessment Service, E Source. Jeremy Snyder, Director of Energy Programs & Director of the Lighting Energy Alliance, Lighting Research Center.

Room 2: Increase Occupancy with Energy Efficiency - An in-depth look at the commercial and residential real estate markets, where energy efficiency is responsible for playing a key role in increased occupancy and rental rates. Speakers: James Dwyer, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Press Realty. Lara Ryan Regional Director, Atlantic Chapter Canada Green Building Council.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Address
Mike Rogers, President, OmStout Consulting
Cold Drinks and Hot Showers: Building Value for Efficiency


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Room 1: How to Win Business Through Customer Service – The Power of the Referral - According to a study conducted by Nielsen, 83 percent of respondents say they trust recommendations of family and friends. Learn best practices on customer service so that your customers become your strongest ambassadors. Speakers: Don Webster, President/Owner at Annapolis Valley Air Management. Carrie MacDonald, Director of Client Service and Innovation, Thinkwell Shift. Roxanne Tate, President, Tate Engineering Inc.

Room 2: The Good Things Efficiency Brings - Learn from case studies that showcase the non-energy benefits that come from completing energy efficiency projects. Notable examples include increased productivity, revenue and improved brand image. Speakers: Samantha Peverill, Lead Nova Scotia Services, QUEST. Pierre Langlois, President, Econoler. Andy Selig, Coordinator of Operations, South Shore Regional School Board.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Room 1: Learning the Efficiency Language - Join Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Business Development Managers as they take a deeper dive through a panel discussion, highlighting their experience at closing projects in multiple verticals. Panelists: Sarah Mitchell, Business Development Manager, EfficiencyOne. Michael Archibald, Business Development Manager, EfficiencyOne.  Kaelan Keys, Business Development Manager, EfficiencyOne. Donald Dodge, Business Development Manager, EfficiencyOne.

Room 2: How to Easily Build an Energy Model - Hear from three experts using different energy models to discover what options are currently available and how each can lead to success. Speakers: Jordan MacDonald, President, ThermalWise. Reno Roy, Owner, Director of Operations, RJ Roy Energy Management Services. Peter Bassett, Owner, Energy Performance Services (EPS/Canada) Inc. 

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:00 - 4:10 p.m.

A Toast to the Industry
Natalie Irwin, Manager of Partner Experience, EfficiencyOne

4:10 - 5:00 p.m.

Business Over Beer: A Panel Discussion with Leaders In Energy Efficiency - Enjoy a cold sip while leaders from some of the most innovative energy efficiency companies around the world reveal the challenges they face, consumer trends they’re keen to tap into, drivers of innovation across the market and the pressures surrounding our industry.

Moderator: Stephen MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, EfficiencyOne

Panelists: Benjamin Grunfeld, Managing Director Energy, Navigant
                 Monica Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Alberta
                 Ersilia Serafini, President and CEO, Summerhill Group
                 Senator The Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados