The Connecting Communities – Building Futures conference was successful in providing networking and learning opportunities for participants from across Ontario. The overall goal of the conference was to provide useful information that will help to drive change and lead to the development of demonstration projects.
The call for creating working groups formed by local champions was answered, and space is still available for those who are interested in driving sustainable change and developing local economic opportunities. We are looking for those individuals who are interested in policy advocacy and/or assisting with identification and development of bioenergy installations. Please email “I want to be a champion!" to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome and Overview
Session A: Problems to Opportunities - Connecting the dots
Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) Sustainability: Drivers for Effective Policy
Dr. Tat Smith, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto and Associate Leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 43
Mobilizing Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains
Ross MacLeod, Owner, MacLeod Agriculture Enterprises
Agricultural Biomass: A Northern Ontario Perspective
Session B: Opportunities to Solutions - Exploring the options available
Suchy, Owner, Canadian Biomass Energy Research Inc.
Biomass Fuel: More Smiles Per Hour Than Any Other Fuel
Rick Hopp, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen BioHeat Ltd.
Biomass Heating Systems for Residential Applications
Bruno Zrno, Biomass Engineering Coordinator, Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc.
John Stephenson, Project Manager, FVB Energy Inc.
Biomass Boilers for Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial Applications
District Heating Systems for Communities
Sesson C: What You Need to Know - Navigating through the planning process...
Dawn Lambe, Community Liaison, Biomass Innovation Centre
Bioenergy Project Approvals: Navigating the Labyrinth
Harry French, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Sustainability Services
Financial Incentives for Biomass Heat and Power Projects
Session D: Who’s Doing It? and How We Get There Building support for biomass in the Blue Sky Region and beyond
Megan Smith, Project Manager, Biomass Innovation CentreDr. Jamie Stephen, Managing Director, Torchlight Bioresources Inc.
Building a Biomass Roadmap for the Blue Sky Region of Ontario
Future Initiatives for the Biomass Innovation Centre
The BIC plans to pursue several initiatives over the coming months to promote and build a robust bioeconomy for Ontario. These projects include policy advocacy for bioenergy regulations, development of a web based learning portal, delivery of community workshops focused on design seminars, developing new partnerships with like-minded organizations, and assisting in the development of demonstration projects throughout the region.