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2014 Program Schedule

* Please note this schedule is subject to change.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Media conference announcing the CCEMC Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists : Innovative Carbon Uses

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grand Challenge Finalists' Dinner: A Celebration of Innovation, Co-Hosted by Alberta Innovates - Technology Future, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions, and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

Featuring remarks from:

Minister Diana McQueen, Minister of Energy

Mayor Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

Eric Newell, Chair, CCEMC

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.


7:50 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome remarks

Moderator: Allan Gregg, Chairman, Decima Research

Featuring remarks from:

Eric Newell, Chair, CCEMC

8:15 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

The Big Picture: Global Population Growth, Energy Demands, Energy Sources & Climate Change

Keynote speaker: Tom Rand, Managing Partner, MaRS Cleantech Fund I L.P.

Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists Presentations

The winning technologies will be presented throughout the day on Wednesday. Check the final program for detailed information regarding titles, speakers, and time slots.

Location: Salon 8, 5/6

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Keynote speaker: Thomas Stocker, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

9:55 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Municipal Sustainability - Call to Action to Address the Climate and Energy Challenges Facing Cities

Keynote speaker: Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The Leap: How To Survive & Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Keynote speaker: Chris Turner, Author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Innovation Into Action : Harnessing Science and Technology

Lunch Keynote speaker: Jeremy Rifkin, Author of The Third Industrial Revolution, How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists Presentations

The winning technologies will be presented throughout the day on Wednesday. Check the final program for detailed information regarding titles, speakers, and time slots.

Location: Salon 8, 5/6

12:55 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Greetings from the Province

Minister Robin Cambpell

1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.  Networking Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Future Tense: 2050 is just around the corner, so it's time to get real

Keynote speaker: Clive Mather, former President and CEO, Shell Canada Ltd.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel: The Game Changers


Andrew Ference, Captain of Edmonton Oilers & Founder of the NHLPA's Carbon Neutral Challenge 

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

Denys Resnick, Vice President Strategic Changes, NineSigma

Simon Olivier, Vice- President Growth,Market Strategy and Business Development, GE Canada 

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sustainability Networking Reception, Hosted by COSIA

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Opening remarks

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The Green Race in a resource and carbon constrained world

Keynote speaker: Bjorn Stigson, Chairman, Stigson and Partners AB

Concurrent Sessions

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Panel: Collaborating to Create Markets and Solve Problems: How innovators are working with customers to build clean technologies

Hall D

Moderator: Celine Bak, President and CEO, Analytica Advisors


Jim Schubert, Director Business Planning and Central Operations, Waste Management Services, City of Edmonton

Tim Cesarek, Senior Vice President, Business Development, North America, Enerkem

Brett Henkel, VP Operations, Inventys Thermal Technologies Inc.

Joe Jones, CEO, Skyonic

Alberta Municipalities - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future

Salon 4

Moderator: Simon Knight, President and CEO, C3


Simon Farbrother, City Manager, City of Edmonton

Peter Vana, General Manager of Development Services, Parkland County

Rob Coon, Chief Commissioner, Strathcona County

Kim Fowler, Director of Planning Services, City of Red Deer

Les Quinton, Parks and Recreation Manager, Town of Black Diamond


10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Financing Vehicles to Fuel Cleantech Development

Hall D

Moderator: Dave Bryan, Managing Partner, PwC Edmonton


Leo de Bever, CEO, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

Jean-Michel Gires, Venture Partner, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Rocco Vita, Director, Business Development, Enbridge

Topic: Energy Innovation in Cities: "Greenovating" Boston

Salon 4

Speaker: Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston 

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Politics, Climate, Innovation: the North American Policy Landscape 

Keynote speaker: Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones

Concurrent Sessions

Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists Private Meetings

Private sessions for the Grand Challenge Finalists to meet with knowledge experts.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Entrepreneur Success Stories & Lessons From The Edge

Salon 3

Moderator: Russel Matichuk, President, Sumex Capital Inc.


Adrian Banica, CEO, Synodon Systems

Steve Petrone, Founder and CEO, Quantiam Technologies Inc.

Zero Emissions: Where Will the Next Wave of Emission Reduction Innovations Come From?

Salon 8

Moderator: Celine Bak, President and CEO, Analytica Advisors


Eddy Isaacs, CEO, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

Wayne Hillier, Director, GHG, COSIA

Zoltan Tompa, Director Partnerships, SDTC

Raphael Bouskila, President and Chief Platform Officer, CoPower

Topic: Reaching Climate and Energy Goals through Collaboration: Portland’s Sustainability Story

Salon 4

Speaker: Andria Jacob, Senior Manager, Clean Energy Program, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Navigating the Alberta Innovation Ecosystem


Salon 5/6

Dr. Randy Yatscoff–Executive Vice-President, Business Development, TEC Edmonton

Henry Kutarna–Vice President, Investment and Market Development, Innovate Calgary

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

Concurrent Sessions

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Role of Governments: Policy Actions to Transform Energy Systems and Drive Innovation

Salon 8

Moderator: Bob Fessenden, Fellow of the Institute of Public Economics, University of Alberta


Peter Kujawinski, Consul General of the United States of America (Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories)

Stephen Lougheed, CEO, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures

Deputy Minister Grant Sprague, Department of Energy, Government of Alberta

Topic: From Idea to Commercialization – What it takes to make it

Salon 5/6

Pamela Freeman,Chief Operating Officer,TEC Edmonton

Henry Kutarna, Vice President,Investment and Market Development,Innovate Calgary

 Topic: Energy Innovation in Cities: How Cities Lead in Implementing 

Salon 4

Speaker: Sean Pander, Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Putting Big Ideas into Practice

Keynote speaker: Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development 

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Closing remarks

Mayor Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

Eric Newell, Chair, CCEMC



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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


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