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April 12, 2013 • CEEA’s First Annual Conference

Exploring Best Practices for Achievable Energy Efficiency Ideas

Who’s attending?

Expect to find key government officials, and the NGO and business leaders who work regularly on energy efficiency and conservation issues.

Our Goals

  • Develop a White Paper
    We’re building a collaborative platform to discuss national and global best practices. This will help us develop a white paper on the most effective and realistic ideas in Canada to fuel conservation, and expand energy efficiency programs.
  • Release National Survey Results
    CEEA’s first annual survey explores Canadian attitudes towards conservation, and the personal measures they’re willing to implement.

Why attend?

The Thought Leaders Forum gives you, and your organization, the opportunity to shape the direction of energy efficiency advocacy in Canada. Help us keep it at the forefront of issues facing governments and businesses.


L'Ordre du jour dans le français

7:00 to 10:30
  Breakfast at the Green Living Business Forum with CBC’s host of Power & Politics, Evan Solomon.
10:30 to 11:00

CEEA's Thought Leaders Forum Registration and Coffee Break

11:00 to 11:15

Opening Remarks and Introductions
With Don Newman; Gary Johnson, CEEA Chair; Elizabeth McDonald, CEEA President

11:15 to 11:45

Energy Efficiency and Canadians, Survey Results
Presentor: David HerleAlex Swann, The Gandalf Group

11:45 to 12:05
  The Economics of Energy Efficiency in Canada
Presentor: Carol Buckley, Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
12:10 to 1:30
  Keynote Luncheon
with Hon. Tom Roper, President, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) A global perspective on energy efficiency and best practices around the world
1:30 to 2:45
  Interactive Breakout Sessions
Our audience members and experts discuss strategies to include in a future white paper.

The Role of All Levels of Government
Moderator: Tim Weis, Professional Engineer and Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency Policy, Pembina


  • Julia Langer, CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
  • Bonnie Rose, President of CSA Standards
  • Len Farber, Senior Advisor, Norton Rose
  • Andrew Pape-Salmon, Senior Specialist - Energy, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
  • Allan Crandlemire, CEO, Energy Efficiency Nova Scotia
2:45 to 3:00
3:00 to 4:15
  Interactive Breakout Sessions
Our audience members and experts discuss strategies to include in a future white paper.

Communicating the Energy Efficiency Message
Moderator: Brett James, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group


  • Emma Berndt, Manager, Market Development and Regulatory Affairs, Opower
  • Kaz Flinn, VP Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank
  • Laurie Simmonds, President & CEO, Green Living Enterprises

The Built Environment
Moderator: TBD


  • Darryl Neate, Director of Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group
  • Jay Nordenstrom, Executive Director, NAIMA Canada
  • Peter Love, President, Energy Services Association of Canada
  • Alison Minato, Vice President, Sustainability, The Minto Group

Training and Education for Energy Efficiency
Moderator: Michelle Branigan, Executive Director, Electricity Human Resources Canada


  • Gary Johnson, Professor, Centre for the Built Environment, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Warren Heeley, President, Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
  • Brisette Lucas, VP, Government Relations & Policy & Chief Privacy Officer, Electro-Federation Canada
  • Bryan Young, Manager, Training Programs, Ontario Power Authority

Transportation and Energy Efficiency
Andrew Bowerbank, President, Bowerbank & Associates


  • Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug'n Drive Ontario
  • Gordon Reed, Director of Customer Solutions and Sustainability, UPS Canada
  • Neetika Sathe, Senior Marketing Manager, Nissan LEAF, Nissan Canada Inc. (TBD)
  • John Mulrooney, Director, Smart Grid Technologies, PowerStream Inc. (TBD)
4:15 to 4:30
  CEEA White Paper Development
With Don Newman and Brett James
4:30 to 5:30
  Closing Reception
  CEEA Annual Meeting—Members Only

*Please note that not all speakers are confirmed.


The Honorable Tom Roper

Tom Roper has been involved in environmental policy at all levels – local to international.

After 21 years in the Victorian Parliament (Australia), he has been an active board member of the Washington DC-based Climate Institute, Global Urban Development and Greenfleet (Australia), and an advisor to government, business and NGO’s on sustainability issues. He provides briefings on climate change developments and green building issues to governments at all levels.

Active on many fronts, he is Project Director of the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative which provides assistance to Small Island States seeking to introduce renewable energy and energy efficiency measures; a contributor to the Pacific Power Association; and an Observer in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) SE Asia and Pacific Advisory Committee. Appointed to the Board of RenewablesSA by the Premier, Mike Rann, he is a Senior Fellow of Melbourne University’s Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society, the Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Chair of the NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Stakeholders Advisory Committee and of the Commonwealth Government Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Roundtable. He’s a Member of the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure and an Honorary Life Member of the Metropolis Association.

During 10 years as a senior Government Minister his portfolios included Treasury, Planning and Environment, Health, Transport, Aboriginal Affairs, and Employment and Higher Education. He was the Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Assembly. Tom Roper currently lives in Melbourne after 11 years overseas in Ottawa, London, and New York.


Don Newman

Don Newman, Chairman of Canada 2020's Advisory Board, is a highly respected Canadian journalist and award-winning broadcaster. He is widely known and well-recognized for his incisive, balanced coverage, high journalistic standards and in-depth knowledge of politics, public policy and current events. Over his forty year career, he has reported from Ottawa and every Canadian province, as well as from Washington, London and the United Nations.

For two decades, he served as Senior Parliamentary Editor of CBC Television News as well as anchor and host of a daily politics program and special live broadcasts on its all-news network. A Member of the Order of Canada he was recently made a life member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. He is also a recipient of a Gemini award for lifetime achievement in public affairs broadcasting, the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national affairs, the Public Policy Forum’s Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, and has received honorary degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Winnipeg.

He is now a Senior Columnist with iPolitics.ca, a media commentator on political and public affairs issues, and a sought-after public speaker, emcee and panel moderator.


Don Newman











Session Moderators


Brett James

Brett James has been a principal of Sussex Strategy Group since 2000. Brett provides clients with strategic counsel on major business issues, informed and intelligent guidance on their government interaction and communications advice to leverage public opinion on issues affected by government decisions.

Carol Buckley

Carol Buckley is the Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada which is delivering a suite of over $1 billion in energy efficiency and alternative transportation fuel programs in all sectors of the economy. Ms. Buckley has significant experience in the development and implementation of programs using regulatory, financial and information instruments.

Carol Buckley

Gordon Reed

Gordon Reed is Director of Customer Solutions and Sustainability at UPS Canada.Throughout the 27 years with UPS Canada, Gordon Reed has taken on many responsibilities. He has dedicated years of his career with UPS in different departments from Business Development to Marketing. Gordon has also spearheaded several large special projects around the world, currently he works directly with some of UPS’s largest customers in Canada and manages a talented solutions team. Additionally, Gordon is active in his community, he dedicates his free time to Scouts Canada.

David Herle

A principal panelist on CBC's The Insidersand a principal partner with The Gandalf Group, David Herle has been a nationally recognized leader in public opinion analysis, strategic advice and communications strategies for nearly two decades.

Currently, Mr. Herle is most active advising private sector clients about brand image and reputation management in virtually every sector of the economy.

David Herle

Darryl Neate

Darryl Neate is Director, Sustainability at Oxford Properties Group - one of Canada’s leading commercial real estate firms with over 50 million square feet of Office, Retail, Industrial, Residential and Hotel property.

He is responsible for Oxford’s industry-leading Sustainable Intelligence program, and has been a driving force behind Oxford’s leadership as the first real estate owner in Canada to publicly report on its sustainability performance and set corporate reduction targets for greenhouse gases, energy, water and waste.

Darryl is active across a range of real estate advisory groups & committees in Canada, teaches the REALpac introductory course on corporate responsibility and sustainability, and is a board member of the Canadian Green Building Council’s Greater Toronto Chapter. He has extensive experience in corporate sustainability programs, project management, training, and international standards development – including the ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Accounting and GRI Sustainability Reporting standards.

He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Alexander Swann

Alex Swann has managed quantitative and qualitative research projects for The Gandalf Group since joining the firm in 2007. He also brings a decade of experience in media relations, public policy, strategic and crisis communications.


Forum Rates

Early Bird Rates — Register by March 15, 2013
  Price/Ticket HST Totals


$520.00 $67.60 $587.60
$620.00 $80.60 $700.60
Rates After March 15, 2013
Member $570.00 $74.10 $644.10
Non-Member $725.00 $94.25 $819.25

All rates include access to the Green Living Breakfast and Business Forum

*Please note that a webcast may be available for the CEEA EE Thought Leaders' Forum. Please check back soon for updates, or contact Laura G. Fracassi, via lfracassi@sussex-strategy.com for more information.

For more information about the event, please contact:

Laura G. Fracassi
Sussex Strategy Group

For sponsorship and registration information, please contact:

Connie Pedersen
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
905.614.1642 ext. 1


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