GLOBE 2012 Program

Tuesday, March 13
7:00 – 9:00
Wednesday, March 14
8:30 - 10:00
Opening Plenary: Building a Greener Economy through Innovation - TBA

It has been said that innovation will be one of the most important drivers of a greener economy. Innovation in the 21st century requires a new blueprint - one that topples the top-down approach and engenders collaboration among companies, governments, and communities. The GLOBE 2012 Opening Plenary will focus on innovation and its role in driving sustainability. Join an elite roster of business and government leaders at the Opening Plenary which will set the stage for GLOBE 2012.

John Wiebe, President & CEO, GLOBE Group, Canada (Moderator)
Christy Clark, Premier, Province of British Columbia, Canada (Welcoming Remarks)
Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington, USA (Welcoming Remarks)
Jim Weigand, President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
Steve Williams, President & Chief Operating Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada
John Kitzhaber, Governor, State of Oregon, USA
10:00 - 10:30Break
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 - 12:00
Reporting that Matters: Emerging Best Practices for the Future of Corporate Reporting
Location: TBA

If it is true that we manage what we measure, then it is vital that we measure what matters.  Focusing on economic value alone is increasingly unlikely to be the best guide to achieving superior risk-adjusted returns over the long-term.  Find out how leading businesses are now also taking full account of social, environmental, governance, and cultural drivers of tomorrow's value; and learn about the outcomes of new research which takes a systems view of how to reform corporate reporting.

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Tony Manwaring, CEO, Tomorrow's Company, UK (Moderator)
Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project & Board Director, The International Integrated Reporting Council
Edward Madzy, Director of Product Regulations & Product Stewardship, BASF Corp., USA
Alan McGill, Partner Sustainability & Climate Change, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, UK
Mary O'Malley, Vice President of Environment & Sustainability, Prudential Financial Inc., USA
New Developments in the Smart Grid Sector
Location: TBA

With billions of dollars being invested globally into Smart Grid technology, the industry is rapidly diversifying its product and service offerings that include advanced metering, demand response, home/building energy management, distribution grid management, and grid interconnection and monitoring. This session will explore new developments in the smart grid sector including regulation, security risks, infrastructure bottlenecks, innovative partnerships, and emerging technologies.

Bruce Dudley, Senior Vice President, The Delphi Group, Canada (Moderator)
Jim Burpee, President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association, Canada
Eric Deschenes, Vice President of Infrastructure Business, Schneider Electric, Canada
Annabelle Lee, Technical Executive - Cyber Security, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA
Gary Murphy, Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering & Infrastructure, BC Hydro, Canada
Sustained Growth and Sustainability: Re-engineering the Economic Model
Location: TBA

The current economic model appears increasingly unsuited to deliver sustained growth and development. As such, long-term sustainability objectives have moved up the policy agenda in recent years. How are new ecological economic models filtering into traditional ways of doing business? How can investors who desire short-term rewards be encouraged to support projects with longer-term horizons? How can business and finance leaders, policy-makers, and regulators work together towards a new economic model?

Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group, Switzerland (Moderator)
Yannick Glemarec, Executive Coordinator, Global Environment Facility & Director of Environmental Finance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USA
Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics, Canada
Matthew Kiernan, Founder and Chief Executive, Inflection Point Capital Management, Canada
Pierre Ouillet, Vice President of Finance, Resources & Operations, University of BC, Canada
Green Visionaries: Designing and Building Eco-friendly Cities from Within
Location: TBA

How can nature-inspired approaches help solve our green building challenges and ensure true triple bottom line outcomes? As the bar is raised by escalating concerns about climate change, along with evolving green building codes, targets, and minimum standards, environmentally-conscious developers and others are facing challenges and opportunities. Learn about the concepts being applied in products, buildings, and cities around the globe to create more liveable, sustainable, and resilient urban spaces.

Jeanette Southwood, Global Sustainable Cities Leader/Principal, Golder Associates Ltd., Canada (Moderator)
Teresa Coady, Principal & President, B+H BuntingCoady Architects, Canada
Ann Edminster, Net-zero Energy Building Consultant & Chair of the Trilateral Green Building Task Force, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), USA
Mike Kontranowski, Senior Market Manager, Dow Building Solutions, USA
Thomas McKeag, President & Founder, BioDreamMachine, USA
Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease, UK
12:00 - 1:30Break
Concurrent Sessions
1:30 - 3:00
Supply Chains in the 21st Century: Transparency, Standards & Responsible Sourcing
Location: TBA

More than ever, organizations are integrating social and environmental considerations into their purchase decisions in order to address increasing costs, reduce risk factors, adapt to changing regulations and new industry standards, and align corporate values with business practices. Find out how organizations are considering product life cycles across the entire supply chain in order to plan, design, and implement sustainable procurement practices and policies that meet or exceed the evolving expectations for social and environmental performance, responsibility, and transparency.

Coro Strandberg, Principal, Strandberg Consulting, Canada (Moderator)
Carlo Dal Monte, Director of Energy, Catalyst Paper Corp., Canada
Jim Hartzfeld, Managing Director, InterfaceRAISE, USA
Jan Spencer, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Procurement & Continuous Improvement, Kimberley-Clark Corp., USA
Bob Willard, Sustainability Author & Speaker, Sustainability Advantage, Canada
Carbon Frustration: What's Next for Climate Policy?
Location: TBA

With no significant successor to the Kyoto Protocol in sight and a lack of coordinated climate policies in North America, what can be expected in the future for compliance and pre-compliance schemes, national and sub-national frameworks, and regulatory approaches for managing greenhouse gas emissions? Hear from policy experts andclimate and energy leaders about what's coming next in this update on climate policy.

Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Canada (Moderator)
Terry Lake, Minister of Environment, Government of British Columbia, Canada
Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment & Parks, Government of Québec, Canada
James Goldstene, Executive Director, California Air Resources Board, USA
Henry Derwent, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Switzerland
Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Green Infrastructure Integration in Cities: The Key to Success?
Location: TBA

For many, quality of life depends significantly on the quality of installed infrastructure and the efficiency of its operation in our cities. With aging roads and outdated transportation networks, challenges to water access and quality, and uncoordinated energy systems in many urban centres around the world, what's the best way forward to ensure reliable infrastructure development in a capital-constrained world?  How can an integrated approach that involves sustainability and land-use planning, greater use of green technologies, and public policy and coordination across departments and jurisdictions increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of infrastructure development?

Mira Shenker, Executive Editor, ReNew Canada Magazine, Canada (Moderator)
Ron Aitken, Vice President of Transit & Rail Systems, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Canada
Brian Castelli, Executive Vice President for Programs & Development, Alliance to Save Energy, USA
Paul Lander, Principal, Dakota Ridge Partners & Chair, ASLA Water Conservation Network, USA
Robert Ouellette, Founder & Editor, MESH Cities, Canada
Efficient Water Use by Corporations
Location: TBA

The efficient use of water is of central importance to long-term corporate success and sustainability. Hear from corporate leaders and industry experts on how they are successfully managing their operations for increased efficiency and the sustainable use and reuse of water.

Andrea Moffat, Vice President of Corporate Programs, Ceres, USA (Moderator)
Suzanne Blanchet, President & CEO, Cascades Tissue Group, Canada
Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability - Global Public Policy Group, PepsiCo Inc., USA
Drew Zieglgansberger, Senior Vice President, Cenovus Energy Inc., Canada
3:00 - 3:30Break
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 - 5:00
Climate Adaptation: Building Resilience through Risk Management and Insurance
Location: TBA

How should companies and governments be preparing for the rising risks from a changing climate? What financial tools are available to help build long-term resiliency and what insurance products exist to buffer against the risks? This session will explore ways that the public and private sectors can work together to address climate change adaptation opportunities and risks.

Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo & Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project, Canada (Moderator)
Sarah Potts, Los Angeles City Director, Clinton Climate Initiative / C40 Cities Leadership Group, USA
Mark Way, Head of Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re North America, USA
Robert Wesseling, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Sovereign General Insurance Company, Canada
Jeff Williams, Director of Climate Consulting, Entergy, USA
Building Blocks for a Sustainable Economy Dialogue
Location: TBA

Better technology, infrastructure, and policy are all essential to building a cleaner economy, especially at the municipal level. This Dialogue will explore how the private and public sectors see these elements working together as the building blocks of a sustainable economy, and how smart business strategies and government policies can accelerate the process.

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy & Co-Founder, The Delphi Group, Canada (Moderator)
David Kepler, Executive Vice President of Business Services, Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Information Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
Charles Rate, Executive Vice President, SNC-Lavalin & President, SNC-Lavalin Operations & Maintenance, Canada
Don Roberts, Vice Chairman, Wholesale Banking & Managing Director, Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc., Canada
Sustainable Consumerism: What's Driving Demand for Today's Eco-friendly Products and Services?
Location: TBA

Today's consumers are more selective, better informed, and expect companies to be doing more for their communities and the environment.  What are the factors shaping the evolving consumer demand for eco-friendly products and services? How can companies effectively communicate with and sell to consumers who are taking environmental and social considerations into account when making their purchasing decisions? How can companies position themselves favourably based on their environmental and social performance while avoiding the risks of overstating their achievements?   

Anthony Watanabe, President & CEO, The Innovolve Group Inc., Canada (Moderator)
Ben Packard, Vice President of Global Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company, USA
Andreas Souvaliotis, President, AIR MILES for Social Change, Canada
Gabe Wing, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Herman Miller, USA
Brian Zeiler-Kligman, Director of Sustainability, Canada's National Brewers, Canada
9:00 – 11:00After Hours Cocktail & Dessert Reception
Thursday, March 15
7:15 – 8:15
Concurrent Sessions
8:30 - 10:00
Driving the Corporate Sustainability Agenda
Location: TBA
Sponsored by

Who's driving your sustainability agenda forward? Implementing sustainability across an entire organization requires an extensive skill set: a deep understanding of environmental issues, an ability to develop longer-term, innovative strategies, and an ability to implement "green" solutions that span the length, breadth, and depth of the company. Hear from the "Chief Sustainability Officers" of some of the world's largest organizations as they discuss the diverse strategies and tactics required for driving their corporate sustainability agendas forward.

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Director, Interface Inc., USA (Moderator)
Tony Manwaring, CEO, Tomorrow's Company, UK (Moderator)
Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa, USA
Judy Fairburn, Executive Vice President, Environment & Strategic Planning, Cenovus Energy Inc., Canada
Linda Fisher, Vice President of Safety, Health & Environment & Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont, USA
Scott Wicker, Vice President of Corporate Plant Engineering & Chief Sustainability Officer, UPS Inc., USA
Energy Efficiency and Alternative Power: Innovative Approaches for Business
Location: TBA

As new technologies emerge and become increasingly cost competitive, many companies are taking aggressive steps to improve their energy efficiency and find new, alternative forms of energy to power their business operations. How are companies financing these shifts and what is the ROI on the efforts? Hear from companies who are minimizing the business risks surrounding a reliance on fossil-fuels by adopting innovative approaches to energy efficiency and power use.

James Tansey, CEO, Offsetters & Executive Director of ISIS Research Centre at UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada (Moderator)
Michael Patterson, Principal Engineer, Intel Corp., USA
Christopher Smith, Director of Sustainable Operations Practice, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
John Viera, Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Ford Motor Company, USA
The Clean Technology Continuum: Financing Innovation from Early-Stage Through to Commercialization
Location: TBA

Clean technology represents a diverse range of products designed to greatly reduce or eliminate negative ecological impacts and promote the responsible use of natural resources. How are innovative clean technology companies getting their products from the test bench to the marketplace? This session will explore the financial angle to the clean technology development continuum, from early stage through to commercialization, and will explore some of the biggest emerging opportunities in the clean technology sector.

Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group, USA (Moderator)
John Coburn, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation, Canada
Françoise Faverjon-Fortin, Vice President of Infrastructure and Environment, Export Development Canada
Sally Gutierrez, Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
David Harris Kolada, Vice President of Corporate & Market Development, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Access to Water: Improving the Supply of a Critical Resource
Location: TBA

Around the world, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and other industries are in direct competition with urban populations for access to water. How can better management and stronger governance lead to improved access for all users? How are improved technologies, infrastructure investments, and information-based solutions helping to improve the supply of this critical resource?

Nicholas Parker, Chairman, Cleantech Group & Chairman, Corporate Knights, Canada (Moderator)
Laurent Auguste, President & CEO, Veolia Water Americas, USA
Samir Brikho, Chief Executive, AMEC, UK
Jane Pagel, President & CEO, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Canada
Chris Sacksteder, Global Strategic Marketing Manager, Dow Water & Process Solutions, USA
Peter Williams, Distinguished Engineer & Chief Technology Officer - Big Green Innovations, IBM Corporation, USA
10:00 - 10:30Break
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 - 12:00
Energy Dialogue: Collaboration & Innovation for the 21st Century
Location: TBA

The global energy sector is undergoing a fundamental transformation due to technological innovation, supply fluctuations, and changing economic, regulatory, social, and political landscapes. Collaboration and innovation will play critical roles in this transformation that will result in energy companies of the 21st Century working together to achieve a cleaner energy future. Find out how in this special Energy Dialogue.


Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, Government of Canada (Keynote)
Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Canada (Moderator)
Lars Christian Bacher, President and CEO, Statoil Canada Ltd., Canada
Eric Marsh, President, Encana Natural Gas Inc. & Executive Vice President, Encana Corp., USA
Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Canada
James Rogers, Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy, USA
The Role of Property Valuation in Driving Sustainability
Location: TBA

Property valuations and appraisals are crucial in establishing a sound economic baseline for the entire economy.  However, is the sustainable value of a building reflected in its market appraisal and what is the role of the valuator in determining this? This session will explore the issues and provide an update on the links between sustainability and valuation, education, and relevant standards and practices.  In particular, panelists will provide participants with a better understanding of how valuation is playing a key role in the evolution of the financial community, property markets, appraisal professionals, and the wider private sector.

Philip Parnell, Partner, Head of Real Estate Management & Valuation, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, UK (Moderator)
David S. Bunton, President, The Appraisal Foundation, USA
Sarah Sayce, Head of School of Surveying & Planning, Kingston University, UK
Lawrence Waterfall, Vice President of Valuations, Bentall Kennedy LP, Canada
Theddi Wright Chappell, Senior Managing Director & National Practice Leader, Cushman & Wakefield Inc., USA
Product Stewardship and Innovative Packaging: Striving for Zero Waste
Location: TBA

Product stewardship programs such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are encouraging organizations to be increasingly accountable for products at the end of their lifecycle in order to minimize waste and reduce toxins entering into the environment. What is the role for the retail sector in this more holistic approach? How are these companies striving to minimize waste? This session will discuss how leading organizations are addressing environmental concerns through innovative packaging and stewardship practices that are designed to cut costs and reduce waste.

Eric Olson, Senior Vice President of Advisory Services, BSR, USA (Moderator)
Elisabeth Comere, Director, Environment & Government Affairs, Tetra Pak Inc., USA
Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council, USA
Charlene Wall-Warren, Sustainability Leader, BASF North America, USA
12:00 - 1:30
Concurrent Sessions
1:30 - 3:00
Responsible Mining: Does Sustainability Performance Pay?
Location: TBA
Sponsored by

The global mining industry has made substantial strides in the last decade to address environmental and social issues and to internalize sustainability efforts into operations.  Getting ahead of regulation, mining companies have often worked together to put in place sustainability programs that demonstrate they are managing concerns, with the added benefit of improving reputations.  But do these programs really add tangible value to the companies who participate and to the environment?  This session assembles mining industry leaders to address the fundamental question: Does sustainability performance pay off?

Pierre Gratton, President & CEO, The Mining Association of Canada (Moderator)
George Greene, Chair, Stratos Inc., Canada (Moderator)
Dina Aloi, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Goldcorp Inc., Canada
Craig Ford, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Inmet Mining Corporation, Canada
David Parker, Vice President of Sustainability, Teck Resources Ltd., Canada
Robert Walker, Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance Services & Ethical Funds, NEI Investments, Canada
Alan Young, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canada
Next Generation Biofuels: Driving the Development of a Lower Carbon Economy
Location: TBA
Sponsored by

Worldwide biofuel production continues to grow as new uses are found within the heat, power, and transportation sectors. As such, 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel from algae, are set to take an increasing share of the global energy mix. But what are the risks and impacts of a greater use of biofuels in terms of pricing, access to feed stocks, and overall reductions or increases in greenhouse gas emissions? What technologies are set to capitalize on the opportunities?  This session will explore the role that next generation biofuels will play in driving the development of a lower carbon economy.

Nigel Warren, Senior Trade Commissioner, Australian Consulate General and Trade Commission, USA (Moderator)
Geoffrey Bell, CEO, Microbiogen, Australia
James Collins, President, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, USA
James Dack, Vice President, Stern Brothers & Co., USA
Marie-Hélène Labrie, Vice President of Government Affairs & Communications, Enerkem Inc., Canada
Roundtable: Is Sustainable Retail an Oxymoron?
Location: TBA
Sponsored by

The sector-wide shift from viewing sustainability as a cost centre to recognizing it as an opportunity to reduce risk, improve relationships with customers and employees, and spur business growth and innovation is gaining momentum.  Potentially a key way to differentiate in a competitive market and build brand value, are retailers finally recognizing the merits of a sound sustainability plan in ensuring long-term business success? Or is the overarching need to reduce consumption simply at odds with the very foundation of retailing?  Find out as leading retailers discuss how and why sustainability is being incorporated into their companies on their paths to a better business model.

Andrea Bolger, Head of Business Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada (Moderator)
Diane Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada, Canada
Tyler Elm, Vice President of Business Sustainability, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Canadian Tire Corp., Canada
Clint Mahlman, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs Ltd., Canada
Esther Speck, Vice President of Business Sustainability & Community, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada
3:00 - 3:30Break
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 - 5:00
People Power: Improving Performance through a Corporate Culture of Sustainability Leadership
Location: TBA

Are you making the most of your most important asset? Leaders and managers who inspire and engage their employees are more likely to realize the full potential of their workforce, unlocking hidden talent and maximizing business performance. Hear from companies who are successfully using their leadership in sustainability initiatives to attract, motivate, and retain talent, and as a result, are improving company sales and overall performance.

Ann Duffy, Principal, The Ann Duffy Group, Canada (Moderator)
Simon Herriott, Vice President of Global Consulting Solutions, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
Erin Meezan, Vice President of Sustainability, Interface Inc., USA
Jean Oelwang, CEO, Virgin Unite, UK
Brigitta Witt, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, USA
Natural Gas: Fueling the Future
Location: TBA
Sponsored by

Is natural gas the bridge to a carbon-free energy future? Natural gas is affordable, abundant, accessible, and can reduce emissions from the built environment and the power generation and transportation sectors. Hear how natural gas solutions are being deployed for economies that need greater energy security, affordable pricing, and better air quality. Panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges for natural gas as a fuel source for powering a cleaner energy future.

Sam Shaw, Vice President of Natural Gas Policy Development, Encana Corporation, Canada (Moderator)
Dick Brown, Founder and President, Ferus Inc., Canada
David Demers, CEO, Westport Innovations Inc., Canada
Terry Lake, Minister of Environment, Government of British Columbia, Canada
Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Water, Government of Alberta, Canada
Lights, Power, Action: Energy Management and the Growth of Smart Cities
Location: TBA

Meeting the growing demand for power while curbing greenhouse gas emissions will require a fundamental transformation of how we produce, deliver, and use energy - especially in growing urban centres around the world. Find out how leading companies in this space are working with municipal leaders to manage the efficient demand and "smart" supply of energy in cities. 

David Helliwell, CEO, Pulse Energy, Canada (Moderator)
Judy Dorsey, President & Principal Engineer, Brendle Group, USA
Rich Feldman, Pacific Northwest Regional Manager, ECOtality North America, USA
David Graham, Deputy Director of Policy, City of San Diego, USA
9:00 – 11:00After Hours Cocktail & Dessert Reception
Friday, March 16
Concurrent Sessions
8:30 - 10:00
Corporate Responsibility in the Digital Age: Leveraging New Media to Advance Sustainability and Reputation
Location: TBA

More and more, digital and social media tools are being leveraged as platforms for innovation and information sharing as a means to advance creative products, services, practices, and technologies, as well as to inform customers and stakeholders about current sustainability initiatives. In fact, Gallup reports that organizations who have optimized their online engagement have outperformed competitors by 26% in gross margin and 85% in sales growth.  This session will discuss the impact that new media is having on the way companies engage with their customers and how corporate leadership on transparency, responsibility, and sustainability directly impact both reputation and the bottom line. Learn how digital and social media tools can advance your sustainability initiatives and deliver positive results for both your business and the environment.

In Cooperation with Weber Shandwick Canada

Andrew Lane, Senior Director of Digital Communications, Weber Shandwick Canada (Moderator)
Craig Applegath, Principal, DIALOG Architecture & Design, Canada
Josh Henretig, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Matthew McDermott, Editor - Business, Politics & Energy,, USA
Environmental & Social Risk Management: What Your Bank Wants to Know
Location: TBA

Banks are increasingly incorporating social and environmental factors in their screening of corporate clients, and the reasons for these actions and the implications for businesses can vary widely depending on the financial institution. Screening for environmental and social risks for project finance is reasonably developed. However, as more banks enact new policies and procedures that require evaluation of a client's environmental, social, and governance performance before advancing corporate loans, how are these policies being implemented and what are the implications for the broader business community?

Toby Heaps, Co-founder & President, Corporate Knights Inc., Canada (Moderator)
Andy Broderick, Vice President of Community Investment, Vancity, Canada
Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group, Switzerland
Arnaud Cohen Stuart, Manager of Business Ethics, ING Groep, the Netherlands
Sandra Odendahl, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada
Innovative Approaches to a Smaller Corporate Carbon Footprint
Location: TBA

The private sector is moving ahead with carbon reduction strategies despite uncertainties in the policy landscape, with businesses taking innovative approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their entire supply chains.  Find out what tools, tactics, and innovative partnerships are being developed to help cut costs, improve performance, and shrink the corporate carbon footprint.

Robert Falls, Chairman, ERA Carbon Offsets Ltd., Canada (Moderator)
Sylvain Cuperlier, Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Dole Food Company Inc., Germany
Cindy Drucker, Director of Global Sustainability, SC Johnson, USA
David Hill, Vice President of Natural Gas Economy Operations, EnCana Corp., USA
Normand Pellerin, Assistant Vice President, CN, Canada
Laurent Tainturier, President, BASF Canada
Burning Issues for Tomorrow's Cities: Community Energy & Waste-to-Energy Systems
Location: TBA

As municipalities look to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of their sustainability planning initiatives, innovative methods for heating and powering our built environment are emerging from biomass and waste sources. How are city planners, developers, and technology experts addressing the issues around access to feed stocks, emissions and particulate matter, and public health and safety in order to ensure a place for these technologies?

Nancy Knight, Associate Vice President, Campus and Community Planning, University of BC, Canada (Moderator)
Peter Heusser, Process Technology & Consulting, I.C.E. AG, Switzerland
Franz Neubacher, Principal & Chief Engineer, UV&P Environmental Management & Engineering, Austria
Paul Sellew, CEO, Harvest Power, USA
Douglas Stout, Vice President of Energy Solutions & External Relations, Fortis BC, Canada
10:00 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 12:00
Town Hall: Energy Infrastructure - The Environment and Economy Debate -

Energy resources are a huge Canadian competitive advantage and a major economic driver. Getting these energy resources to markets requires pipelines and electricity infrastructure with potentially dramatic environmental and social impacts, such as on Aboriginal communities.  Whether it's Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, or new large-scale electricity generation and transmission, grappling with the sustainable development of energy infrastructure is a critical business and environment issue. This special session will provide an opportunity to hear from key players engaged in the discussion on the development of energy infrastructure in North America.

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy & Co-Founder, The Delphi Group, Canada (Moderator)
Dave Collyer, President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canada
Larry Innes, Aboriginal Leadership Initiative, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Canada
Phil Fontaine, President, Ishkonigan Inc. & Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Gord Lambert, Vice President of Sustainable Development, Suncor Energy, Canada
Gord Ritchie, Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets, Canada
12:30 – 2:30Awards Lunch
Concurrent Sessions
3:00 - 4:30
Spotlight on Dubai
Location: TBA

Dubai has emerged as a leading regional commercial hub for the Middle East with state-of-the art infrastructure and a world-class business environment.  Hear about the latest opportunities arising from the recently launched government strategy "Green Economy for Sustainable Development", and a first-hand account of Dubai's drive for sustainability through green infrastructure in energy, water, transportation, buildings, public and business support services.

Essa Al Maidoor, Assistant Director for Engineering & Planning, Dubai Municipality, UAE
Mohamed Abdulla Al Ali, Director Planning & Business Development & Head of Power Conservation Committee, Roads and Transport Authority, UAE
Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO, Dubai Foreign Investment Office (FDI), UAE
Saeed Ghubash, Director, EnPark, UAE
Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), UAE
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