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Who Will Be There? All-Energy Canada Trade Show and Conference Toronto #AllEnergyCA


Hello energy enthusiasts, I’m coming back after a long hiatus.  I’m back – back in an All-Energy mood.  Spring is here and the sun’s warmth reminds me how the clean energy landscape in Canada keeps growing – sometimes quickly, sometimes slow. But still growing.

My media creds now official for All-Energy Canada (April 9-10, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto) I get to enjoying supporting several organizations, including the show’s associates. ‘Nuff said.


Here’s an advance on some of the exhibitors & speakers:

Biomass Innovation Centre

The BIC was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry.

Working with organizations and individuals to:

  • Identify biomass supply opportunities in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
  • Support projects that transform biomass into fuels and high-value products.
  • Develop market capacity and demand for bio-fuels and bio-refinery products.

Services include education, technical marketing, advocacy and research that spans from the forest to the marketplace. They focus on bridging the information gaps between knowledge and application and are dedicated to educating the industry as a whole.

Fronius Canada

Their technology boasts (solar) “… year-round autonomous energy supply involving photovoltaics was previously only possible by having environmentally-damaging diesel generators to fall back on. Fronius has found a new solution – the Fronius Energy Cell. In future, the energy cell can be used to convert excess energy into hydrogen for storage, converting it back into useful power when needed.”

Chiefs of Ontario

“The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.  Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, they uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.   Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

  • Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario
  • The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations
  • The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario”

STEEP Building Systems Canada:

An Ontario based manufacturer of energy efficient structural panels, will display their building product. STEEP panels have been used in scores of large and small buildings built across urban and rural southern Ontario with this quick, durable and cost effective construction technique.

Working with Far North Developments, STEEP Canada will also demonstrate how the construction benefits of STEEP panels can be integrated with renewable energy and storage technology. This approach makes STEEP panel buildings suitable for use as housing, schools and offices in rural, resource based communities and remote First Nation locations.

More speakers (International):

DR. WOODROW (WOODY) CLARK II (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Clark Strategic Partners/Nobel Peace Prize recipient

A noted lecturer and senior advisor to governments worldwide, Dr. Woodrow Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Professor Bassim Abassi from Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, to discuss the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Mediterranean basin (case study).

Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Political at the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

More speakers (Canada):

William Lahey, Chairman of Efficiency Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss consumer demand management and saving energy.

Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director of Marine Renewables Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be providing an overview of the Canadian marine energy market.

Matt Jameson, Director of Economic Development from Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada.

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes, Quebec, to discuss their leading role in community energy projects.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Trade Show part is free but you should register.  Please visit by clicking => All-Energy and come out.

Lots of companies to connect with, pose questions, get answers, network and support All Energy in Canada.


Sustainability in Canada 101 – Part 1



You may already be familiar with the terms ‘sustainability’, ‘sustainable’ & ‘sustainable development’ and if not, it is important to become familiar with them now. These words are becoming some of the most important buzz words you have ever heard. And it is very important to note at all times that technology & science are walking hand in hand with sustainability.

Definitions Under the Federal Sustainable Development Act of Canada

  • “sustainability”“sustainability” means the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely.
  • “sustainable development”“sustainable development” means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

The FSDA was implemented in 2008. There are many reasons why this Act came into law, including Agenda 21 & the United Nations and the North American Free Trade Agreement. along with the entire ideology & desire of saving the environment.

Why is this Important?

“Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. It is about improving standard of living by protecting human health, conserving the environment, using resources efficiently and advancing long-term economic competitiveness. It requires the integration of environmental, economic and social priorities into policies and programs and requires action at all levels – citizens, industry, and governments.”

The FSDA is guided by the “precautionary principle”:

means the principle that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation

In a nutshell, the sustainable development model is designed to change the way we perform our activites, in our working & everyday lives.  We have clearly seen some of these goals introduced into our society which really started with the basic concept of recycling.  Now we are into the information technology & renewable, sustainable & clean tech energy age.

Our working lives are as important to us as are our everyday lives.  Right now, businesses, companies, plans, designs, infrastructure, you name it, are all adapting the sustainable development model.  Much of the concepts in this model revolve around technologies and how their uses “protect & enhance” our environment.

Our work, functions, tasks, duties, responsibilities are and will be affected by sustainable development.  It is here that it is important to think about what the possibilities could be in the near future & even later, so that whatever regulations, laws & expectations & technological economies according to the sustainable development model are introduced, our working lives are also able to “protect & enhance”.  This does require considering expanding our personal skill levels & knowledge.

Everything is being and will eventually be evaluated for ‘sustainability’.

sustainable future

I Want to Know More About Sustainable Development.

As we have seen in Canada in places like B.C. & especially in Ontario, with its Green Energy & Economy Act, the use of energy producing technolgies has increased massively. A focus has been placed on solar, wind, water & biotechnologies, but it does not stop there.  Infrastructure around us is being redesigned & recreated, and as the bridges, roads, electrical grids etc. change, it’s all based on technology that for now, we are calling “environmentally friendly”, “renewable”, “cleantech”.  It’s all really part of sustainability.

The best way to start is at the beginning. Becoming familiar with documents such as Agenda 21 & the North American Free Trade Agreement will help but be warned, they are long! Understanding Ontario’s Green Energy & Economy Act is a great benefit because this is law and we must be responsible enough to understand it so that we may best move forward.

Becoming familiar with the Ontario Power Authority’s website is also important for a number of reasons.  The OPA shapes the way energy looks in Ontario by creating plans & goals for energy & influences the energy laws that can & do change the way we act in our lives, working & personal.  All of the rules & applications for the Feed-In-Tariff (& MicroFIT) & Standard Offer Program are there as well.

In Part 2 of Sustainability in Canada 101, we’ll explore what the “precautionary principle” means. Or at least try to. I am always open to learning more, so if I’m not getting it, I hope one of my knowledgeable readers might intervene with good info.

And do some homework, because it will help you to understand. Sort of.

But what do I know?

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