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June 6, 2012

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

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Dr. Blair Feltmate
Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability Practice,
University of Waterloo

Dr. Feltmate is Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability Practice with the University of Waterloo. He is also Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Project, Canada; Chair of Pollution Probe; Co-Chair of WeatherWise, City of Toronto; Co-Chair of, Greening Greater Toronto; Senior Advisor for the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association; Board member, Duke of Edinburgh Awards; Member, Ontario Securities Commission’s Environmental Reporting Advisory Committee; and Board Member of Sustainable Hamilton.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feltmate was Director of Sustainable Development, Ontario Power Generation, and before that he was Vice-President of Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal.

Margaret Wente
Columnist - The Globe & Mail

The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente is among the best-read (and most controversial) columnists in Canada. She is responsible for starting dinner-party debates on subjects as diverse as the decline of men, climate change, and the trouble with higher education.

Margaret has been a full-time columnist with the Globe since 1999. Before that she was the editor of several leading business publications, including Report on Business. She has won a variety of journalism awards, and is the author of two books, An Accidental Canadian and You Can’t Say That in Canada.

Margaret grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and came to Canada with her family in 1963. She received a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and an MA from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto and Creemore with her husband, Ian McLeod.

Gray Taylor
Co-leader, climate change and emission trading practice, Bennett Jones

Gray Taylor is co-leader of the climate change and emission trading practice at legal firm Bennett Jones in Toronto. His practice focuses on climate change and related corporate issues affecting businesses in Canada and abroad.

Gray acted on commercial arrangements and transactions in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere in the world for over a decade and a half before turning to climate change and environmental issues. As a result, he brings an understanding of business realities, practices and goals to his climate change and emission trading practice.

Gray is a past chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), a director of IETA and the co-Chair of IETA’s Canadian Working Group.

Debbie Baxter
VP CSR and FM / Chief Sustainability Officer, LoyaltyOne

Debbie Baxter, is VP CSR and FM / Chief Sustainability Officer with LoyaltyOne, the owners and operators of Canada’s AIR MILES Rewards Program. Debbie was hired by LoyaltyOne in 2009 to lead its transformation from sustainability laggers to leaders. Under Debbie’s leadership, LoyaltyOne has launched Canada’s largest solar rooftop panel installation, achieved an 8% carbon emissions reduction per employee, won numerous recognition awards, including Canada’s Greenest Employers, The Green 30 and Hewitt Associates 50 Best Places to Work in Canada, and was ranked in the Top Ten for Canada’s most influential brands by Ipsos.

Prior to joining LoyaltyOne, Debbie was trained by former US Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore to help raise public awareness of the impact of climate change. Debbie is a member of Partners in the Project Green steering committee, the Greening Greater Toronto taskforce and sits on the board of both the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Stewardship Ontario.

Luc Robitaille
Corporate Director of Environment, Holcim (Canada) Inc.

Luc Robitaille is the Corporate Director of Environment with Holcim (Canada) Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Holcim of Switzerland, selected for the past three years as leader of the materials and construction supersector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. He has been the chair of the environmental committee of the Cement Association of Canada since 2006.

George Stedeford
Chief Executive Officer,
Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative

George Stedeford is Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative, a Prince George, BC-based initiatve focused on fuel, carbon and cost savings for transportation. He is a Certified General Accountant and has been involved with the forestry and bioenergy industries in both financial and operational roles. As a member and Past President of the Prince George Air Improvement Round Table [PGAIR], he is quite active in the area of particulate and chemical emissions awareness.

Etienne Boaknin
Global Strategy Advisor and Director of Business Development with Quantis, a Life Cycle Assessment consulting firm.

Etienne specializes in environmental strategy, life cycle assessment, and supply chain management. He has counselled large corporations in multiple industries in bringing life cycle management into their business practices. He previously worked with McKinsey & Co where he developed expertise in climate change, supply chain management, strategy, operations, and organizational issues across several industries including metals and mining, pulp and paper, aeronautics, financial institutions and the social sector.

Debbie Dimoff
Vice-President, Client Services
with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto

Debbie Dimoff is a Vice President of Client Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a focus on developing integrated customer and employee experiences online, on mobile and on social media. She has launched many a digital transformation in her time – from one of Canada’s first direct bank, mbanx to online dating at Lavalife. Debbie has also led initiatives in green procurement for a public private partnership coalition, Toronto Region Research Alliance and Greening Greater Toronto. She is also a Board Director for Social Enterprises Development Innovations (SEDI).

Katie Sullivan
Canadian and Finance Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in Toronto.

Katie joined the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in 2010, and currently serves as the organization’s Canadian & Finance Policy Director. In this role, Katie co-leads IETA’s efforts to further enhance members’ ability to engage in constructive climate policy dialogue across North America. She also leads IETA’s Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) working group activities and engagement worldwide.

Hicham Elhalaby
Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability at Rogers Communications Inc. in Toronto.

Hicham is the Senior Manager of Environment and Sustainability at Rogers Communications Inc. He is responsible for the Environmental Management System (EMS) and environmental compliance at Rogers. This includes regulatory permits, trainings, sites remediation, carbon footprint and environmental assessments. He is also co-managing the Environmental Steering committee focusing on energy, carbon reduction, communications, transportation and solid waste. He worked with Rogers’ supply chain to assess the impact of MacLean’s magazine from news production, publication and distribution, to end life. He was also a contributor to the new global standards by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for greenhouse gas accounting and reporting for both the corporate value chain and product life assessment.

Prior to Rogers, Hicham was the manager of the climate change group at Pinchin Environmental. He also instructed the ISO 14064 part 1 course at Pinchin Environmental and at the Sustainability Learning Centre. He led the development of GHG inventories for national and multinational companies. Hicham also has extensive international project management experience related to environmental and GHG reduction projects. He was the project manager of the CIDA-funded Climate Change Initiative fund and the Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Lynda Harvey
Senior Manager in the Transportation Energy Use Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency

Lynda Harvey Is a Senior Manager in the Transportation Energy Use Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency. Lynda is responsible for strategic planning, program expansion, industry awareness and partnership development for the commercial and institutional fleet sector.
In addition to strong relationships within the transportation sector, Lynda brings to FleetSmart over 30 years of business and program development as well as marketing experience in transportation, in Canada and internationally. She was also the ‘driver’ in the development of the Memorandum of Understanding between NRCan’s FleetSmart and the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership both programs working towards the harmonization of transportation energy efficiency efforts between governments.


Derek Wong
Founder, Carbon49

Derek Wong is the founder of Carbon49, a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses. Widely read in Canada and around the world, the blog shares best practices on how to use sustainability as a business strategy to build the future of healthy enterprises. Formerly a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Derek is a recognized expert at Siemens Sustainable Cities, Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series, ShareGreen by Walmart, and a member on the advisory board of Sustainable Business Forum. Derek holds a Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering degree and is a CSA certified greenhouse gas professional.


Craig Haney
Director of Marketing, Energent Incorporated

Craig Haney is the Director of Marketing for Energent Incorporated. Craig hosts training sessions, webinars, and presentations helping customers and energy professionals understand the cost savings and efficiency opportunities of energy management. Prior to joining Energent, Craig held a variety of sales and marketing positions in technology companies. His specialization is being able to communicate complicated technology to industry professionals, in ways that are informative and easy to understand.


Wendy Reed
Co-Chair of the Marketing and Advertising Law Group at Heenan Blaikie, LLP.

Wendy Reed co-chairs the Marketing and Advertising Law Group at Heenan Blaikie, LLP. She has practised exclusively in this area of law for over 25 years. Her area of focus is now primarily on green marketing issues. Ms Reed has been listed numerous times in the "Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada", published annually by Lexpert/American Lawyer Media.


Susan Moore
Director of Sustainability with Lakeside

As Director of Sustainability, Susan Moore drives Lakeside's environmental initiatives. Within two years of launching the Vision Green program in November 2007 she provided the leadership that delivered a 50% reduction in the company's carbon emissions. In addition, by aggressively targeting major carrier partners to join the EPA SmartWay program, Susan drove a jump in Lakeside's miles hauled by SmartWay Certified Carriers to 50% over the past four years.


Norm Sneyd
Vice-President, Business Development, for Bison Transport in Mississauga Ontario.

Throughout his career, which spans over 40 years in trucking, Norm Sneyd has been involved in various aspects of the industry, including truckload and household moving. Aside from a variety of roles within the companies he worked, Norm has sat on a number of industry boards, and various committees and panels relating to the trucking industry.


Katie Altoft
Vice-President of Advisory Services, Carbonzero

Katie Altoft is an expert in carbon management and organizational sustainability, a subject she teaches as a Professor of Environmental Management at the Centre for Environmental & Geomatics at Niagara College. For 15 years Katie has worked in a variety of roles in government, consulting and not-for profit leadership. With the Canadian Standards Association, she led the Canadian Advisory Committee for the ISO Climate Change Standards, as well as the public consultation process for several of the greenhouse gas quantification protocols for Natural Resources Canada.


Tom Markowitz
energy expert and founder of, a carbon emissions trading information web site.

Tom is a Professional Engineer (Chemical) who worked for the Government of Ontario for 30 years as an energy and environment project manager and senior policy adviser. Tom's portfolio included energy in buildings, industrial energy audits, planning, monitoring, renewable energy and emissions trading. Tom is currently active with Professional Engineers Ontario, Cogeneration Canada, Sustainable Technology Development Canada, and his emissions trading information website,


Bruce Dudley
Senior Vice-President Delphi Group

Bruce is a senior consultant with Delphi's Sustainability Services where he leads activity in the mining and pharmaceutical sectors. He offers high-level strategic advice to corporations on various aspects of sustainable development planning and execution as well as program design and implementation. Bruce also leads Delphi's public services area. His role is focused on the environmental policies of government and the application of smart regulation and non-regulatory ideas to effect change in corporate and public behaviour.


Alan Fair
Former Manager of Research & Development with Syncrude and Executive Director of the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium (OSTC)

Alan Fair, former Manager of Research & Development with Syncrude, is Executive Director of the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium—part of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering. During his 32 years at Syncrude, Alan held several different engineering and operations management positions within the mine, extraction and technology areas. Throughout his career, Alan has been involved in many aspects of reclamation and mine closure, including a key role in the development of various oil sand tailings technologies.


Patrick Coyne
Director of Sales and Marketing with The Lowe-Martin Group

Pat has been with Lowe-Martin since 2003 and brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his role as director of sales and marketing. Pat leads the company’s environmental steering committee and has been the driving force behind Lowe-Martin's use of 100% renewable electricity, its sustainable forestry initiatives, carbon management program and recognition by the printing industry as "Canada's Most Environmentally Progressive Printer” in 2011.


Paul Rak
Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
owner of both a manufacturing company and an energy management firm

Paul Rak is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and has been an owner of both a manufacturing company and an energy management firm for the last 14 years. Winner of the 2009 Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Environment Business Excellence Award and the Yellow Pages Make It Real Sustainability Award. VeriForm is a Cambridge, Ontario based metal fabricating company that, like most such companies, was too busy with the day-to-day activities necessary to fill orders and develop new customers. High energy costs were just part of the business until Paul decided to take a look at a few simple, yet promising, ideas to reduce costs.


Helmi Ansari
Director of Sustainability and Org. Capability with PepsiCo Foods Canada

Helmi is a consumer packaged goods industry professional with expertise in operations management, sustainable corporate and supply chain transformation, and organizational capability. He has also experience from having worked in manufacturing supply chains in over a dozen food and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants across North America with leading companies. Currently, Helmi is Director of Sustainability and Org. Capability with PepsiCo Foods Canada where he is responsible for leading the company’s agenda on environmental sustainability and organizational capability for operations.


Rick Huijbregts
Vice-president of Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice.

Prior to joining Cisco, Huijbregts was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also cofounder and CEO of Edificium Inc. and consulted for international clients AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands; a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands; and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.


Liza Horowitz
Strategy and Partnerships
Leapfrog Sustainability Inc.

Liza is a sustainability financial and communication strategist. As the spokesperson for overall sustainability initiatives, she works with clients to communicate their environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives among audiences globally. She headed up the sustainability practice for a national communication agency and held senior positions in the financial, retail and commercial real estate industries, She introduced the first modular greenroof panel to Canada in 2005. Her research on global sustainability programs led to the implementation of a sustainability certificate program at a Toronto university. As a LEED AP, she worked with real estate developers incorporating sustainable building practices into their development plans. She has been invited to speak for Leapfrog, National Green Build, Greening Government and the Carbon Economy Summit. She is member of the WeatherWise Partnership (WWP); former leadership group for the Canadian network for the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and a 2012 judge for the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants (CICA) sustainability reporting awards. She is near completion on her Master of Science in Environmental Studies.


Dirk Forrister
Incoming President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association

Dirk Forrister is Incoming President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Principal and Founder of Forrister Advisory, independent consultancy specializing in climate change, clean air and clean energy policy and markets. Until late 2010, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Previously, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration. His experience includes serving as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund; and legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper, the author of two early climate change laws. Forrister serves as an honorary Fellow with IETA, as well as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.


Liz Kohn
Director of Communications, Artscape

Liz has over 17 years’ experience in the non-profit arts sector working as a communicator, marketer, producer and educator. She joined the Artscape team in 2001 and has overseen all marketing and communications initiatives from capital development projects to programming, education and community relations activities.

In addition to these roles, she has also been responsible for the development of four Artscape websites and the introduction of social media as a key component of Artscape’s community building activities.


Lou smyrlis
Editorial Director of the Transportation Media properties with Business Information Group

Lou is the Editorial Director of the Transportation Media properties with Business Information Group, Canada's largest publisher of business magazines. These properties include Canadian Transportation & Logistics, Fleet Executive, Truck News, Truck West as well as several online newsfeeds, directories, newsletters and the award winning Web TV show, Transportation Matters. Combined, these properties have a circulation of more than 150,000 providers and buyers of transportation services across Canada.
Lou has been reporting on transportation issues for over 20 years and is a winner of several writing awards. A frequent speaker on industry issues he is a leading authority on industry trends having pioneered several industry research projects.