Renewable Industries Canada thanks all participants for making the 2016 forum our most successful event yet!




The Renewable Industries Forum was held in Ottawa on November 28 and 29, 2016, and brought together government, industry and academia experts to address Canada’s priority in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Speakers and attendees addressed challenges and opportunities of the renewable and bio-based sector, as they play an increasingly integral role in combating climate change.

This forum was designed to engage participants in critical and lively discussions on transitioning Canada to a thriving low-carbon economy, through furthering the role of renewable fuels and bio-based products.




The Renewable Industries Forum was built upon the previous successes of RICanada’s 2016 Speakers Panel Series, bringing together Canada’s leading renewable experts, scholars and business leaders. Whether you are a stakeholder in the industry or someone who wants to learn more about the world of renewable fuels and bio-based products, this forum provided ample opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, thought-leaders and change makers who deeply care for Canada’s future.




Join RICanada in helping Canada transition to a thriving low-carbon economy.



Agenda & Speakers


NOVEMBER 28, 2016


3.30pm-5.30pm – Ontario Room Foyer: Level 3
→ Sign in to enjoy all the privileges of our event, including spontaneous, informal conversations with industry leaders, a keynote address and informative panels discussing issues related to Canada’s renewables industry.


RICanada welcome reception: Together for a thriving low-carbon economy

5.30pm-7.00pm – Ontario Room: Level 3
→ Meet fellow attendees, ahead of the formal program which begins the next morning including industry leaders and government officials.


NOVEMBER 29, 2016


7.30am-8.30am – Governor General I: Level 4
→ Breakfast is Served!


Opening remarks

8.30am-8.45am – Governor General II: Level 4
→ RICanada’s President Andrea Kent welcomes attendees to the Forum and provides an outline of the day’s agenda.


Panel I – Climate Change: Public opinion, policy, and climate change. What Canadians are Saying and Why It Matters.

8.45am-9.45am – Governor General II: Level 4
→ More and more, Canadians’ attitudes, views and beliefs regarding the environment and climate change are intensifying. Our expert speakers will share their observations on current trends as well as the role public opinion can have in helping address one of the most significant policy challenges (and opportunities) facing governments today.

Dr. David Coletto (CEO, Abacus Data)
Paul Vieira (The Wall Street Journal)
• MP Will Amos (Member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development)

– Moderator: Andrea Kent is President of Renewable Industries Canada.


Keynote address: MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change



10.15am – 10.30am: Break


Panel II – Public Policy Workshop: What it Takes to Reduce GHG emissions and de-risking investment for renewable fuels.

10.30am-11.30am – Governor General II: Level 4
→ Canada is moving ahead on carbon pricing, but other policies will be needed to reduce transportation sector GHGs and develop fossil fuel alternatives across the economy. Experts from business, industry and academia will discuss what policy options best complement carbon pricing, and what governments need to do next.

Dr. Warren Mabee is a Professor of Public Policy at Queen’s University, specializing in the fields of renewables with a focus on liquid fuels.
Sandy Marshall, a chemical engineer, is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.
Dr. David Bressler is a Professor at the University of Alberta, where he is also the Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network, which coordinates the development of applied technologies in the area of biomass conversion.

– Moderator: Don O’Connor is President of S&T2, and a recognized sector expert specializing in calculating the lifecycle GHG emissions of biofuels.


11.30am – 11.45am: Break


Panel III – The future of the renewables industry and Canada’s low-carbon economy.

11.45am-12.45pm – Governor General II
→ The consensus is that climate change and environmental decline is largely the result of human behaviour. Most Canadians agree that the response should seek to protect the environment without stifling economic growth. Three members of the Senate of Canada will explore how governments and policymakers should address this complex challenge and seek to identify the tools needed to build an effective, adaptive and innovative low-carbon economy.

Senator Paul Massicotte, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

• Senator David M. Wells

• Senator Diane Griffin

– Moderator: Catherine Cobden is President of Cobden Strategies Inc., offering strategic support to clients in the areas of sustainability leadership, innovation, federal policy and regulatory issues.


Lunch, keynote address, and closing remarks.

12.45pm-2.15pm – Governor General I: Level 4
→ Enjoy a sit-down lunch along with a keynote address from Dr. Mark Jaccard, and closing remarks to be delivered by the Chair of the Board of Directors of RICanada.

About our keynote speaker: Dr. Jaccard is a professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. He has published over 100 academic papers, most of these related to the design and application of energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. For his research, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008. He has contributed to several major processes and assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (93-96 and 2010-2012), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1995-2001 and 2007-2009), Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (2006-2009), British Columbia’s Climate Action Team (2007-2009), and the Global Energy Assessment (2008-2012). In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for top policy book in Canada.


Student Central – CEO networking event

2.15pm-3.45pm – Governor General I: Level 4
→ Meet fellow Student attendees, and RICanada’s Board Members over afternoon snacks and refreshments. Our Board Members will be pleased to talk about the industry, and answer any career related questions students may have. Toronto-based design company Pixel Dreams will animate the session, and will contribute their extensive expertise in designing engaging and intelligent communication that translates ideas into action.




Thank you to all of our partners. You made the 2016 Forum possible!

Canada’s premier renewable and bioeconomy forum provided partners with access to industry leaders, so that, together, they create Canada’s low-carbon economy to the benefit of all Canadians. It provided opportunities for brand visibility and the fostering of strong connections with Canada’s bioeconomy leaders. Download our 2016 Partnership Package today! We hope to see you involved with our 2017 event.


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Our 2016 Partners








Students participation



Thank you to the students who attended the Renewable Industries Forum 2016. Your passion for change was greatly demonstrated during your discussions with our Board of Directors.




Renewable Industries Forum

November 28-29, 2016

Renewable Industries Forum at the Western Ottawa

The Westin Ottawa

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