Renewable Industries Canada is gearing up for its most exciting event yet!




The Renewable Industries Forum is back for a second year in Ottawa on October 16 and 17, 2017 and is bringing together government, industry and academia experts to address Canada’s priority in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

With the development of the Federal Clean Fuel Standard and many provinces putting climate change and GHG reduction on the top of the priority list, these conversations have never been more important.

The agenda, speakers and attendees will address the challenges and opportunities of the renewable and bio-based sector, as they play an increasingly integral role in combating climate change.

This forum is designed in a way 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 Annual Renewable Industries Forum was built upon the previous successes of RICanada’s 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




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


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

5.30pm-7.30pm – Drawing Room
→ Meet fellow attendees, including industry leaders and government officials, ahead of the formal program which begins the next morning.





→ Sign in to enjoy all the privileges of our event, including spontaneous, informal conversations with industry leaders, keynote address, and informative panels discussing issues relating to Canada’s renewables industry.



7.30am-8.30am – Adam Room

→ Breakfast is served!


Opening remarks

8.30am-9.00am – Adam Room

→ Jim Grey, Chair of Renewable Industries Canada and CEO of IGPC Ethanol Inc.


Keynote Address

→ Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change



Panel I – Bringing the Public with You: Building Public Support for Effective Climate Change Action

9.00am-10.15am – Adam Room


→ William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac
→ Hon. Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington—Halton Hills
→ Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Strathcona and NDP Environment Critic


→  Shawn McCarthy, Global Energy Reporter, Globe and Mail


10.15am – 10.30am: Refreshment Break


Panel II – The Federal Landscape: 30 megatonnes & Renewable Fuels

10.30am-11.45am – Adam Room


→ Cam Carruthers, Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada
→ Ruth Talbot, Deputy Director, Strategic Policy, Natural Resources Canada
→ Tom Rosser, ADM, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
→ Hon. Paul Massicotte, Senator for De Lanaudière, Quebec and Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources


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


Lunch & Keynote Address

11.45pm-2.00pm – Drawing Room

The Millennials are coming! How generational changes can impact public affairs and politics in Canada.

→ Dr. David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data


Panel III –The Provincial Landscape: Leadership or Patchwork?

2.00pm-3.15pm – Adam Room


→ Xavier Brosseau, Directeur, Approvisionnements et biocombustibles, Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles / Director, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (Quebec)
Michael Rensing,  Director, Low Carbon Fuels, Renewable Energy Development Branch, Ministry of Energy and Mines (BC)
→ John Storey-Bishoff, P.Eng. Director, Climate Change Compliance Alberta Climate Change Office (Alberta)


→ Scott Lewis, Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations and Strategy at BIOX Corp 


Panel IV – The Emerging Renewable Fuels Trade War

3.15pm-4.30pm – Adam Room


Douglas Dias, Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Risk Officer for Greenfield Global Inc
Peter Clark
, President, Grey, Clark, Shih and Assoc.
Brian Kingston
,Vice President Policy, International and Fiscal Issues, Business Council of Canada


→ Andrea Kent, Vice President, Government and Public Relations at Greenfield Global Inc


Closing Remarks

4.30pm – 4.45pm – Adam Room

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Let’s build our low-carbon future together!

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


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Renewable Industries Forum

October 16-17, 2017

Fairmont Château Laurier

1 Rideau Street Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1N 8S7  |   Reservations: 1 (866) 540-4410 or click here

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