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Wednesday, November 9 • 10:30 - 12:00
Clean Energy & Climate Action in Non-Metropolitan Areas: Insights and Action / Énergie propre et action climatique dans les régions non métropolitaines : réflexions et actions

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Organized by, Regional Innovation Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Janice Larson, Executive Director

Clean energy research and development of clean technologies are essential to advance Canada’s ambitions for environment, the economy, and our innovation ecosystem. British Columbia has proven strengths in development of clean energy and technologies, and a track record for action to address climate change.  There is significant expertise and demonstrated cleantech and climate action leadership throughout the province, notably in BC’s regional post-secondary institutions and their collaborations with industry, community and First Nations.

This panel of leaders in BC’s cleantech/climate action ecosystem will share their experiences developing and deploying cleantech and climate action solutions for local and global markets. The panelists will offer insights on the challenges and opportunities in working in clean energy development in non-metropolitan areas. They will speak to the importance of clean technology development for communities of all sizes for Canada to realize the ambition to develop a more innovative and inclusive economy.

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Janice Larson

Executive Director, Regional Innovation Initiatives, BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
As Director for Renewable Energy Development in BC’s Ministry of Energy from 2001 to 2011, Janice Larson was instrumental in the development of the BC Bioenergy Strategy, the BC Energy Plans (2002 and 2007), the BC Clean Energy Act (2010), and the BC Climate Action Plan. Janice has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation, focused on strategic planning, regulatory and economic... Read More →

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Andrew Hay

Vice President, Education, Okanagan College
Dr. Andrew Hay serves as Vice President, Education at Okanagan College, an institution with many connections to the cleantech industry and specialized instruction in Sustainable Construction Management. The latter program is housed within The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, named earlier this year by Corporate Knights magazine as the... Read More →
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Neil Huff

Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
As Managing Director of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Neil Huff leads Western Canada’s first clean technology accelerator, launched in March 2013, as a not-for profit corporation to foster the growth of small and medium size businesses in the development and commercialization of viable technology solutions to create and produce energy more efficiently and responsibly. Funded by the BC Innovation Council and... Read More →
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Michael Mehta

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences,, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues. His recent work focuses on community resistance, resiliency and social innovation with a particular emphasis on citizen science. He was co-founder and coordinator of Help the Kelp Project and was co-founder and Director of community-based electrical non-profit society GabEnergy... Read More →
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Rehan Sadiq

Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Engineering,University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)
Recently appointed to lead the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Rehan Sadiq is an internationally recognized expert in environmental risk analysis and decision making, sustainability and life-cycle thinking, water supply systems, and asset management of civil infrastructure systems. Prior to joining UBC in 2009, Rehan worked in the NRC’s Urban Infrastructure Program for 7 years. He has... Read More →
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Harriet Waterman

Industrial Technology Advisor-IRAP, National Research Council
Currently, Harriet is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council IRAP Program in Kingston, Ontario. IRAP has a long history of providing excellent technical and business advisory services related to research and development, including strategic intelligence and customized solutions to business needs. Through IRAP’s comprehensive services, clients are better equipped to perform research and development, commercialize... Read More →
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Guido Wimmers

Program Chair, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design,, University of Northern British Columbia
Dr. Guido Wimmers leads the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Sustainable and healthy design and engineering practices are at the program core. For the past 100 years, steel and concrete construction has dominated large building construction; it has only been in the last few decades that the industrial construction... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
Room 210

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