Carbon Economy Summit

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Expert speakers and stakeholders at this one-day event will break down the most compelling challenges and opportunities for business and government as the economy shifts toward lower-carbon products and supply chains. The agenda includes keynote speakers, along with concurrent breakout sessions to highlight manufacturing, supply chain and transportation.

June 6, 2012

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St
Toronto, ON
M5V 2W6

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7:30 am – 8:15 am
Breakfast Presentation
Innovation in Canada’s oilsands
Speaker: Alan Fair, Former Manager of Research & Development with Syncrude and Executive Director of the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium (OSTC)—part of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance)

8:30 am
Keynote: Preparing Your Business for Climate Change

Municipalities and businesses are assessing risk to supply chains, energy infrastructure and business continuity. Hear about practical, meaningful and cost-effective approaches to adaptation strategies for businesses.
Speaker: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Project, Canada.

9:15 am
Voluntary and Mandatory Regulations

From Quebec’s new cap and trade system to corporate calls for a carbon tax, this panel will provide a practical overview of carbon policy shifts in Canada and a look-ahead to expected requirements for business.
Moderator: Katie Sullivan, Canadian and Finance Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in Toronto.
Speakers: Gray Taylor, Counsel & Co-Chair of Climate Change & Emissions Trading, Bennett Jones; Luc Robitaille, Corporate Director Environment, Holcim (Canada) Inc.; Bruce Dudley, Senior Vice-President with Delphi Group; Dirk Forrister, Incoming President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association

10:30 am
Networking Break

10:45 am
Breakout Sessions begin (Choose one)
Session A: Product Life Cycle and Corporate Value Chain
Learn about leading industry standards and approaches to assessing the environmental and carbon footprint of products, from raw materials, to manufacturing and disposal. Benefits include reduced costs, improved efficiencies and less lead time, along with an enhanced corporate brand. You will also learn about leading standards for developing corporate carbon footprint across an organization’s value chain.
Moderator: Katie Altoft, Vice-President of Advisory Services, Carbonzero.
Speakers: Etienne Boaknin, Global Strategy Advisor and Director of Business Development with Quantis; Hicham Elhalaby, Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability at Rogers Communications Inc.

Session B: Energy Management
The Ontario Power Authority has set up conservation incentive programs for industrial and commercial facilities. Learn the best ways to access these incentives while optimizing your energy management policies for cost and environmental benefits. This session will identify the most common areas of waste, along with proven, accessible ideas for conservation.
Moderator: Derek Wong, Founder, Carbon49
Speakers: Craig Haney, Director of Marketing, Energent Incorporated; Tom Markowitz, energy expert and founder of, a carbon emissions trading information web site.

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12:00 – 1:15 pm
Luncheon Keynote: Sustainability in action at PepsiCo Foods Canada
As a supply chain professional with years of experience in manufacturing, food processing and pharmaceuticals, Helmi Ansari will share insight on how sustainability is improving PepsiCo Foods Canada’s bottom line—and how the strategies can work for your business.
Speaker: Helmi Ansari, Director of Sustainability and Org. Capability with PepsiCo Foods Canada.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions resume (Choose one)
Session C: Carbon, cost and competitive edge
From travel to lighting to paper, companies that set out to cut costs often end up reducing carbon as a byproduct. Hear from manufacturers and commercial companies who started with a mandate to curb expenses and boosted their sustainability performance in the process. The results? Enhanced brand, new customers and less risk.
Moderator: Rick Huijbregts, Vice-President of Smart +Connected Communities with Cisco Canada
Speakers: Paul Rak, Owner of energy management firm VeriGreen and manufacturing company VeriForm Patrick Coyne, Director of Sales and Marketing with The Lowe-Martin Group

Session D: Transportation Savings
A panel discussion featuring a carbon offset cooperative saving costs for members, a sustainable transportation company, a transportation buyer and a representative from the federal government’s FleetSmart program. Hear practical strategies for reducing emissions in transportation and ensuring your shipping partners support your sustainability goals.
Moderator: Lou Smyrlis, Editorial Director, Transportation Media with Business Information Group.
Speakers: George Stedeford, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative; Lynda Harvey, Senior Manager in the Transportation Energy Use Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency; Norm Sneyd, Vice-President, Business Development, for Bison Transport in Mississauga Ontario; Susan Moore, Director of Sustainability with Lakeside.

2:45 pm
Networking Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Green and the Power of Social Media

How do sustainable companies communicate their messaging to green-weary consumers, internal employees and investors? For some companies, social media—and honest stances—are proving to be the key. Still, there are pitfalls to avoid!
Moderator: Debbie Baxter, VP CSR and FM / Chief Sustainability Officer, LoyaltyOne
Speakers: Debbie Dimoff, of Client Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers; Liza Horowitz, Strategy and Partnerships, Leapfrog Sustainability Inc.; Wendy Reed, Co-Chair of the Marketing and Advertising Law Group at Heenan Blaikie, LLP.; Liz Kohn, Director of Communications, Artscape

4:00 pm
Keynote: Are Ontario's green energy policies taking us in the right direction?
Margaret Wente, award-winning columnist for Canada’s largest daily newspaper, The Globe & Mail

4:45 pm