Presenters Include:


Now What? Dialogue on Implications for Business from COP15

Time: March 24, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

Following the COP15 meeting in Denmark, uncertainty continues to surround climate change policy at the international level.  Nevertheless, business leaders must push forward with short- and long-range planning decisions.  How is the lack of concrete outcomes from COP15 affecting business strategies in key sectors? How are businesses assessing the ongoing climate change policy efforts at international, national, and regional levels and factoring those assessments into their planning?

Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Daniel T. Hendrix, President & Chief Executive Officer, Interface Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA
David Parker, Vice President, Sustainability, Teck Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Graeme Sweeney, Executive Vice President, CO2, Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd., London, UK
Daniel J. Gagnier, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Rawdon, QC, Canada

Reducing Carbon Emissions: High-quality Standards for Success

Time: March 24, Wednesday 15:30 - 17:00

In cooperation with Eco Canada

Businesses worldwide are under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. Companies that use transparent, trusted, and accredited methods for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions stand to gain an advantage while reducing their risks. Companies need to understand the roles of governments, accreditation and verification bodies, and registries in this process to ensure that emissions reduction projects deliver real results. Understanding the impact of international standards such as ISO 14064 is also important in terms of how your organization can gain a competitive edge in the market place.  Find out how you can help your company improve its performance and competitiveness by using accredited verification of projects to ISO 14064 standards.

Robert Page, Chair, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 207 on Environmental Management & Chair, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, Calgary, AB, Canada (Moderator)
Grant Trump, President & CEO, ECO Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada
Stefan Janhager, Senior Program Officer, Greenhouse Gas Accreditation Program, Standards Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Isabelle Landry, Program Manager, Greenhouse Gas Verification Program, Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), Québec, QC
Dave Schwass, Senior Advisor, Environment, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Calgary, AB, Canada
Laura Lapp, Manager, Regulatory Development and Implementation, Climate Action Secretariat, Victoria, BC, Canada

Update on North American Carbon Trading Initiatives

Time: March 24, Wednesday 15:30 - 17:00

Province of BC

Sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Regionally, Canada and the US continue to develop carbon trading regimes.  How might cross-border trading of allowances and offsets work? How will the various schemes operate in an integrated North American economy and what are the implications and opportunities for businesses operating in North America?

Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Janet Peace, Vice President, Markets and Business Strategy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Arlington, VA, USA
Tim Lesiuk, Executive Director & Chief Negotiator, Business Development, Climate Action Secretariat; Chair, Western Climate Initiatives Offsets Subcommittee, Victoria, BC, Canada
Henry Derwent, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association, Geneva, Switzerland
Michael A. Mehling, President, Ecologic Institute, Washington, DC, USA; Berlin, Germany
Oliver Bussler, Senior Manager, Environmental and Emissions Portfolio, Capital Power Corporation, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) & Clean Coal Technologies: Update on Innovation

Time: March 25, Thursday 08:30 - 10:00

Considered by many as the most important technology challenge for the future of energy, CCS and clean coal technologies are being tested around the world. Although some technologies appear promising, at present no commercial scale CCS plant has been put into operation. Pioneers involved in the real world testing of CCS and clean coal technologies will explain how the stage is being set for emission-free fossil fuel power plants.

Gary Weilinger, Vice President, Strategic Development and External Affairs, Spectra Energy Transmission, Calgary, AB, Canada (Moderator)
Ajay Badhwar, Strategic Marketing Manager, Oil and Gas Power & CO2, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, USA
David Lewin, Senior Vice President, IGCC Development, Capital Power Corporation, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Nick Otter, CEO, Global CCS Institute, Canberra, Australia
Dennis Welch, Executive Vice President, Environment, Safety & Health, and Facilities, American Electric Power, Columbus, OH, USA
Judy Fairburn, Executive Vice President, Environment and Strategic Planning, Cenovus Energy, Calgary, AB, Canada

Driving the Clean Transportation Economy: Natural Gas at the Intersection of Emissions, Economics and Energy

Time: March 25, Thursday 10:30 - 12:00

Westport Innovations

Sponsored by Westport Innovations

The growth in greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicle transportation has become an increasingly urgent issue for regulators, policy makers, and fleet operators. The movement of goods and people will remain a growing source of emissions until new technologies and solutions are found. All energy sources need to be considered as the world transitions to a low carbon economy. Natural gas as a vehicle fuel delivers economic, environmental, and emission reduction benefits and will enable us to bridge to renewable transportation fuels. In North America, the energy security benefits of natural gas are sizeable, with new shale sources available and renewable biogas technologies moving beyond demonstration projects. This panel will introduce you to the economic opportunities and emission reduction benefits derived from the construction of fuelling infrastructure and deployment of natural gas-powered, heavy-duty vehicles for transportation.

David R. Demers, Chief Executive Officer, Westport Innovations Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada (Chair)
Claude Robert, President & CEO, Robert Transport, Boucherville, QC, Canada
Eric Marsh, Executive Vice President, Natural Gas Economy, EnCana, Denver, CO, USA
Randall Jespersen, President & CEO, Terasen, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Innovative Policies for Effective Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

Time: March 25, Thursday 13:30 - 15:00

British Consulate-General Vancouver

Sponsored by the British Consulate-General Vancouver

CCS is an emerging technology with the capability to divert atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power generation and from industry by 90 percent. The technologies involved in CCS are not novel, but have not yet been demonstrated together as a chain or at the scale necessary for widespread commercial use. Canada and the UK have both committed to demonstrating CCS on a commercial scale but we need to ensure that the necessary policies and regulatory framework are in place for this to happen. Moderated by Mr. Anthony Cary, British High Commissioner to Canada, a panel of Canadian and UK CCS experts will discuss how to develop an effective policy and regulatory framework to enable the implementation of wide-scale CCS.

Anthony Cary, British High Commissioner, British High Commission, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Rob Seeley, General Manager, Sustainable Development & Manager, External Affairs, Shell Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada
Stefan Bachu, Ph.D., P.Eng., Distinguished Scientist, CO2 Geological Storage, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (formerly Alberta Research Council), Edmonton, AB, Canada
Matthew Webb, Ph.D, Head of International Coal and CCS Policy, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK
Mike Fernandez, Director, CCS and Climate Change Policy, Alberta Energy, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Graeme Sweeney, Executive Vice President, CO2, Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd., London, UK

Low Carbon Shipping

Time: March 25, Thursday 13:30 - 15:00


Sponsored by ecoFREIGHT

With a focus on shipping, this session will examine initiatives and options for shippers to select the best environmentally-friendly transport options for their goods, as well as profile companies who are on the leading edge of environmental performance.

Catherine Higgens, Director General, Environmental Affairs, Transport Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Harry J. Haney III, Associate Director, Logistics Operations, Kraft Foods, Inc., Northfield, IL, USA
Stephen Blank, Co-Chair, North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council, New York, NY, USA
Ken Johnston, President, Novex Couriers, Richmond, BC, Canada
Helmi Ansari, Sustainability Director, Frito Lay Canada, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Voluntary Carbon Markets: Opportunities and Risks

Time: March 26, Friday 08:30 - 10:00

The market for voluntary offsets is growing, and numerous companies and institutions have or are working towards “carbon neutrality” through the purchase of these offsets. As calls for more accountability and standardization increase, what will these new expectations mean for businesses?

Linda Coady, Vice President, Sustainability, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moderator)
Mustapha Ouyed, Project Director, Climate Change, Golder Associates Ltd., Montréal, QC, Canada
D. Scott MacDonald, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Carbon Trust, Victoria, BC, Canada
Robert Falls, Chief Executive Officer, ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
James Tansey, Co-Founder & President, Offsetters; Executive Director, Centre for Sustainability and Social Innovation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada