* Program schedule is subject to change.

All sessions will take place at the Shaw Conference Centre. Room locations to be confirmed.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Time

Program Details

5:30 – 7:30pm

Registration & Networking Reception

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time

Program Details

8:00 – 8:30am

Registration

8:30 – 9:00am

Conference Opening / Welcome

Steve MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Laura Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

9:00 – 10:00am

Keynote Presentation

Moderator: Steve Price, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Services, Alberta Innovates

Thomas Homer-Dixon, Chairman, Global Systems, Balsillie School of International Affairs

10:00 – 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:30am

Plenary Panel – Opportunities for Innovators Today and Tomorrow

Global leaders will explore how the energy sector can transition to a lower carbon future and the opportunities that exist for innovators who can help the sector meet decarbonization goals.

Speakers to be confirmed

11:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch

12:00 – 12:45pm

Innovation Showcase

12:45 – 2:00pm

Breakout Session #1

STREAM A: Biological Resource Optimization

STREAM B: Opportunities for Innovators

STREAM C: Building and Financing Innovation

STREAM D: Growing a Clean Tech Business

STREAM E: Technical Abstract Presentations

STREAM A

1.1– Technology Development to Measure and Enhance Sustainability in Biological Systems

What technologies can be used to measure or enhance sustainable practices in biological systems?

Moderator: Susan Wood-Bohm, President and CEO, Wood-Bohm and Associates

David Layzell, Director, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative

Cameron Carlyle, Assistant Professor, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta

Alison Sunstrom, CEO, GrowSafe Systems Ltd

STREAM B

2.1 – Finding The Sweet Spot for your Technology

How do you find the right market/fit for a new technology? When is it time to change course?

Moderator: Chris Reid, Director, Institute for Breakthrough Energy and Emission Technology (IBET)

Joel Cherry, President, R&D Amyris Inc.

Zoe Kolbuc, Director Stakeholder Engagement, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Iggy Domagalski, CEO, Tundra Process Solutions

STREAM C

3.1 – Financing and Funding Models to Advance Innovation

How can innovators access funding to optimize and commercialize technology once it has been proven at the demonstration scale?

Speakers to be confirmed

STREAM D

4.1 – Digital Solutions for Advancing Clean Technology

Why are data, sensors and other measurement tools the next big thing in meeting GHG emission reduction and other environmental targets? How are they being applied?

Moderator: John Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta

Kevin Lo, Vice President, Pason Systems

Remi Schmaltz, CEO, Decisive Farming Corp.

Gandeephan Ganeshalingam, Chief Innovation Officer, GE Canada

STREAM E

Biological Resource Optimization Technical Presentations

Speakers to be confirmed from Call for Abstracts

2:00 – 2:15pm

Short Break – Room Change

2:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout Session #2

STREAM A: Biological Resource Optimization

STREAM B: Opportunities for Innovators

STREAM C: Building and Financing Innovation

STREAM D: Growing a Clean Tech Business

STREAM E: Technical Abstract Presentations

STREAM A

1.2 – What’s New in Biomaterials, Biochemicals and Bioenergy

What are the new biomaterial, biochemical and bioenergy products and technologies, and how can they provide an environmental benefit?

Moderator: Warren Mabee, Associate Professor and Department Head of Geography, Queens University

Jonathan Curtis, Scientific Director, Lipid Chemistry Group, University of Alberta

Dan Madlung, President and CEO, BioComposites Group

Bernhard Seifried, Senior Research Scientist, Ceapro Inc.

STREAM B

2.2 – Carbon Conversion Technologies and Opportunities for Alberta to Lead

What are some of the leading carbon conversion technologies that will move us toward Alberta and world climate change goals? Where are the opportunities for researchers and innovators as Alberta advances development of these technologies?

Moderator: Mark Summers, Executive Director, Technology and Innovation at Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Apoorv Sinha, CEO, Founder, Carbon Upcycling Technologies

Harold Krenkel, Manager, Processing Technologies, InnoTech Alberta

Issam Dairanieh, CEO, Global C02 Initiatives

Robert Niven, CEO & Founder, CarbonCure Technologies

STREAM C

3.2 – Governments as Customers for Innovations

How can you target governments as a first market or first customer for new technology? What are governments looking for and where are the best opportunities?

Moderator: David Lynch, General Manager, Research and Development, Enerkem

Kevin Turner, Regional Director, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Western Region, Public Services and Procurement Canada(PSPC)

Sandy Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

STREAM D

4.2 – Jumping Over the Gaps and Barriers to Adopt New Technologies

What are the pinch points or bottlenecks that slow the development and adoption of new technologies and what are the solutions?

Moderator: Rus Matichuk, Vice President, Rohit Capital, Rohit Group

David Bressler, Professor, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta

Rebecca Boudreaux, President & Board Director, Oberon Fuels

STREAM E

Opportunities for Innovators Technical Presentations

Speakers to be confirmed from Call for Abstracts

3:30 – 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00pm

Plenary Panel – What Does the Marketplace Want?

What clean tech challenges are confronting Alberta’s biggest industry sectors? How can the research and innovation community better understand and address market needs?

Speakers to be confirmed

5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time

Program Details

8:00 – 8:30am

Registration

8:30 – 8:45am

Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45am

Plenary Panel – Advancing Innovation around the World

What solutions have been effective in driving clean technology innovation around the world? Can we apply lessons from other jurisdictions to find complete solutions that will advance technology more quickly in Alberta and Canada?

Speakers to be confirmed

9:45 – 10:15am

Networking Break

10:15 – 11:30am

Breakout Session #3

STREAM A: Biological Resource Optimization

STREAM B: Opportunities for Innovators 

STREAM C: Building and Financing Innovation

STREAM D: Growing a Clean Tech Business

STREAM E: Technical Abstract Presentations

STREAM A

1.3 – Biological Solutions for Transportation Products, Policy and the Future

What are the policies or incentives that have been successful in encouraging a move to lower carbon transportation fuels?

Moderator: Warren Mabee, Associate Professor and Department Head of Geography, Queens University

Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel & Environment, WestJet

Dawn Fenton, Director, Sustainability & Public Affairs, Volvo

STREAM B

2.3 – Exploring Solutions for Transforming the Power Grid

What policy and technical barriers need to be addressed to transform Alberta’s power grid and maximize adoption of renewable energy and other technologies that can reduce GHG emissions? Where do co-firing technologies, material switching and co-gen fit into the electricity system? Where are the best opportunities for researchers and innovators?

Moderator: Heather Campbell, Procurement Development Manager, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Kate Chisholm, Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations, Capital Power

Dan Chapman, Director, Business Development and Projects, NRStor Inc.

STREAM C

3.3 – Policy Driving Innovation

How is Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan creating opportunities for complementary programs that support climate goals? What opportunities are there for innovators as a result of policy initiatives, like the oilsands GHG emissions limit and output-based allocations?

Moderator: Eric Denhoff, Deputy Minister, Climate Change Office, Government of Alberta

Don Roberts, CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd.

Adrian Banica, EIR Business Development, TEC Edmonton

STREAM D

4.3 – Building A Stronger Business

Advancing innovative technology requires tremendous attention and sometimes the business side of your operations needs additional support. How do you know when it is time to bring in help from the outside? How soon do you need to start looking for your first customer? How do you determine when it’s time to start looking for funding?

Moderator: Jane Halford, Co-Founder, BOLT Transition, and President, Halford Consulting Inc.

Joe Martini, Director, GE Innovation Centre, Zone Startups Calgary

James Szarko, President & CEO, Botaneco

Tim Haig, CEO, Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

STREAM E

Building and Financing Innovation Technical Presentations

Speakers to be confirmed from Call for Abstracts

11:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch

12:00 – 12:45pm

Innovation Showcase

12:45 – 2:00pm

Breakout Session #4

STREAM A: Biological Resource Optimization

STREAM B: Opportunities for Innovators

STREAM C: Building and Financing Innovation

STREAM D: Growing a Clean Tech Business

STREAM E: Technical Abstract Presentations

STREAM A

1.4 – What’s Creating Biobuzz – Feedstocks and Conversion

What are some of the leading technologies to address methane emissions and where are the best opportunities for Alberta’s innovators to advance technologies that will have a growing global market?

Moderator: Christine Murray, Director, Agricultural Technologies, Alberta Innovates

Amy Taylor, Chief Operations Officer, Green Analytics

Paolo Mussone, Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair, NAIT

STREAM B

2.4 – Exploring Cleantech Directions – State of the Industry in Alberta

This panel of experts will share their views, perspectives and learnings from the latest survey results and their participation in the 2018 Cleantech Directions Report, which focuses on advancing innovation in Alberta.

Speakers to be confirmed

STREAM C

3.4 – Accessing Investments to Scale Up Technology in Canada’s Oil Sands

Given the magnitude of investment required to scale up GHG-reducing technologies in Canada’s oilsands, how can researchers and innovators advance technologies for the sector? How can innovators de-risk technology for the oilsands? Why are some technologies able to attract investment and scale up?

Moderator: Dave Collyer, President, Collyer Business Consulting Inc.

Joe Kuhach, CEO, Nsolv

Craig Stenhouse, Manager, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Cenovus Energy

STREAM D

4.4 – Gaining Public Acceptance for New Technologies

Innovation is not always readily accepted. What are some approaches companies have taken to garner public acceptance for new technologies or business practices they have developed or introduced?

Speakers to be confirmed

STREAM E

Growing a Clean Tech Business Technical Presentations

Speakers to be confirmed from Call for Abstracts

2:00 – 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30 – 3:30pm

Plenary Panel – Where Money and Ideas Meet

What are the new, innovative funding approaches under development and how we can leverage global efforts to fund clean tech in Alberta?

Speakers to be confirmed

3:30 – 3:45pm

Closing Remarks