* Program schedule is subject to change.

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

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Monday, November 6, 2017


Program Details

5:30 – 7:30pm

Registration & Networking Reception


Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Program Details

7:30 – 8:30am


8:00 – 8:30am


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 - SEEING THROUGH COMPLEXITY: Innovating in a world under stress

What are the risks and opportunities that will affect how societies, communities, and companies innovate in coming years? The talk will pinpoint a set of linked large-scale stresses that will powerfully shape innovation pathways in the next decade—including climate change, the energy transition, rapid urbanization, chronic low growth, and political instability. It will also identify some likely areas of technological breakthrough that will create genuine and perhaps surprising opportunities for innovation.

Moderator: Steve Price, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation, 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 – Where Money and Ideas Meet

Learn new, innovative funding approaches under development and how to leverage global efforts to fund clean tech in Alberta.

Moderator: Brenda Kenny, Vice Chair, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Kristina Williams, President and CEO, Alberta Enterprise Corp.

Tony Van Bommel, Senior Managing Partner, BDC Capital, Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Fund

Leo de Bever, Chairman, Nauticol Energy

Lally Rementilla, Chief Financial Officer, Quantius

11:30am – 12:00pm


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


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, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta

Alison Sunstrom, CEO, GrowSafe Systems Ltd


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, Vice President, Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Iggy Domagalski, CEO, Tundra Process Solutions


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?

Moderator: Bruce Edgelow, Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, Amnius Capital Partners

Nate Glubish, Investment Manager, Yaletown

Marty Reed, CEO, Evok Innovations

Terry Freeman, Head of Investments, ATB Capital

Chris Johnstone, Director General, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED)


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


5.1 – Bioindustrial Development and Biological GHG Emissions

Moderator: John Zhou, Vice President-Clean Energy, Alberta Innovates

Next Generation of Landfill Diversion: Transforming Solid Waste into Zero-Carbon Oil using Hydrothermal Liquifaction
Presented by: Jerry Kristian, Co-Founder, NULIFE GreenTech

Valorization of Biofuel Byproducts
Presented by: Shawn Samborsky, Project Director, KBL Environmental Ltd.

Canola Based Spray Foam insulation
Presented by: Mehr Nikoo, Lead Process Engineer, Oleofoam Inc.

Yield-based Nitrous Oxide Emissions as affected by Nitrogen Fertilization in Wheat: Application Timing and Fertilizer Types
Presented by: Shakila Ekanayaka Mudiyanselage, Graduate Student, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

The Road to Carbon Neutral Beef – Large Scale Demonstration Pilot of the Clean Cow Compound
Presented by: Tanya Maynes, Sustainability Specialist, Viresco Solutions

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


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.


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


3.2 – Governments as Customers for Innovation

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

Soumya Ghosh, Director, Smart City, City of Edmonton


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

Stephen Kaufman, General Manager, Corporate Technology, Suncor


5.2 – Industrial Processes and Energy Efficiency

Robust Model Predictive Control of an Energy-efficient HVAC System
Presented by: Mehran Mehrandezh, Professor, University of Regina

Conversion of Waste CO2 to Value Added Products Using Renewable Energy
Presented by: Beatriz Molero-Sanchez, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary

Effect of Acid Hydrolysis Reaction Conditions on CNC Isolation from Enzymes-treated Wood Pulp
Presented by: Dawit Beyene, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta

Carbon UpCycling Technologies - Making CO2 Green
Presented by: Mark Montemurro, CEO, Carobon Upcycling Technologies Ltd.

EPI Refinery Cryostrip
Presented by: Jose Lourenco, President, Expansion Power Inc.

3:30 – 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00pm

Plenary Panel – What Does the Marketplace Want?

Discover what clean tech challenges are confronting Alberta’s biggest industry sectors and how the research and innovation community better understand and address market needs.

Moderator: Kathleen Sendall, Corporate Director, Enmax Corporation / Board Chair, Emissions Reduction Alberta

Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Linda Coady, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enbridge

Michael Crothers, President and Canada Country Chair, Executive Vice President, Oil Sands, Shell Canada

5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Program Details

7:30 – 8:30am


8:00 – 8:30am


8:30 – 8:45am

Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45am

Plenary Panel – Opportunities for Innovators Today and Tomorrow

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

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


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

Jack Saddler, Task Leader, IEA Bioenergy Task 39, Liquid Biofuels, University of British Colombia


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.


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, Executive Chairman, Illusense

Meera Nathwani-Crowe, Manager, Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)


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.


5.3 – Reducing GHG Footprint from Fossil Fuels

Moderator: John Zhou, Vice President-Clean Energy, Alberta Innovates

Newly patented - In-Pipe Turbine Generator (IPTG)
Presented by: Bruce Kaiser, President, Tazman Turbinz

Membrane Technology Assessment Program (MTAP) at NAIT’s Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability
Presented by: Hamed Mahdavi, Water Technology Development Engineer, NAIT

Advanced Catalysis and Process for Green Chemicals Production
Presented by: David Lynch, Research & Development Manager, Enerkem

Demonstration of Near Zero Emission Well Control System
Presented by: Calum Chisholm, CEO, SAFCell

Myths of Collaboration
Presented by: Bryan Helfenbaum, Manager, Technology, Devon Canada

11:30am – 12:00pm


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


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

Kevin Vessey, Professor, Plant Biology, St. Mary's University


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.




Moderator: Lisa Wichmann, Publisher and Manager, Cleantech Canada

Sheila Schindel, VP Sustainable Energy Solutions & Strategy, R.I.I. North America Inc.

Kent Madsen, President, Madsen’s Custom Cabinets

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


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

Juan Benitez, Senior Specialist, Strategic Partnerships, Cenovus Energy

Geoff Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Acceleware Ltd.


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?





Moderator: Vic Adamowicz, Professor, University of Alberta

Judith Sayers, Board of Directors, Clean Energy BC

Doug Beever, Senior Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Agrium

Veronica Bliska, Councillor, Municipal District of Peace No. 135


5.4 – Low-Emitting Electricity Supply

Emissions Reduction Potential from Micro Combined Heat and Power
Presented by: Imad Khaled, Senior Engineer, Research & Innovation, ATCO

Development of LEAP-WEAP integrated model for assessment of water and GHG footprints for Power Generation Sector
Presented by: Ankit Gupta, Student, University of Alberta

Waste Heat Recovery Power Generation
Presented by: Colin Duncan, Director of Business Development, Ormat Technologies Inc.

Pressurized Combustion of Hydrogen and Oxygen for Low-Cost, Zero-Emissions Energy Storage
Presented by: Rebecca Hollis, Business Development Manager, Clean Energy Systems Inc.

Edmonton's Electric Vehicle Strategy
Presented by: Howaida Hassan, Senior Environment Project Manager, City of Edmonton

2:00 – 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30 – 3:30pm

Plenary Panel – Advancing Innovation around the World

This session will focus on solutions that have been effective in driving clean technology innovation around the world. You will learn how to apply lessons from other jurisdictions in order to find complete solutions that will advance technology more quickly in Alberta and Canada. 

Moderator: Celine Bak, President, Analytica Advisors

Laura Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

Oryssia Lennie, Board Chair, The Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (ARIAC)        

3:30 – 3:45pm

Closing Remarks