Conference Agenda
October 16-17, 2012

DAY 1 - Tuesday October 16, 2012


8:00 am - 8:50 am
Registration & Networking Continental Breakfast

  8:50 am - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

Conference Chair Nigel Marsh
President and Conference Chair

  9:00 am - 9:45 am Morning Keynote Address - From A Green Government to a Green Economy

Gordon Miller
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

  9:45 am - 10:15 am The New Sustainability Advantage

Bob Willard
Author & Speaker
The Sustainability Advantage

This presentation will focus on Bob Willard’s New Book on Sustainability Advantage. Learn the latest information on how business leaders are paid to focus on the bottom-line, and they should. They acknowledge that environmental and social concerns deserve attention, but not at the expense of company profit. Surprisingly, many companies are discovering that they can enhance their competitive positioning by behaving more responsibly. This presentation repositions smart, innovative sustainability strategies as a means to achieving existing company/department goals, rather than a separate imperative to worry about.

  10:15 am - 10:40 am

Morning Networking Coffee Break

    Book Signing with Author Bob Willard

Conference delegates may purchase the book
for the special discounted price of $20.00 CAD including taxes.

10:40 am - 11:15 am

Energy Efficient Procurement, ENERGY STAR®, and ecoENERGY for Fleets

Dianna Miller
Office of Energy Efficiency

  11:15 am - 12:00 pm Greening Government: What is it? What will it take?

Michael van Aanhout
Strategies to Sustainability

Greening government has been a topic of conversation for over 20 years. Interest in the topic has grown (and waned) throughout the years and many will say that we still have a ways to go and that Canada has lost a leadership position we once had. Michael van Aanhout will argue that perhaps the end of the hype about greening government is a good thing. Maybe this is what we need to cut out the clutter and focus on what’s really adding value. He’ll present a few examples (national and international) of what has worked in the past and of what’s emerging, not only for greening operations but for integrating sustainability into policies, programs and decision-making.

  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Luncheon

  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm New Initiatives on Staff Engagement
(Panel Discussion)

Take part in an open discussion regarding the challenges and best practices of engaging staff as it relates to greening initiatives.
  • Awards and recognition within the public and private sector what are the advantages and the obstacles
  • Securing buy in from management
  • Building employee motivation
  • Culture change
  • Establishing benchmarks

Donna-Mae Robinson (Panel Moderator)
Manager, Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement
Ontario Public Service Green Office
Ministry of Government Services

Steven Pacifico
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement
Delphi Group

Charlotte Young
Sustainability Engagement and Consensus-Building
Leapfrog Sustainability

Lisa Vanlint
Energy Steward
Energy & Environment Department
University Health Network

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Green Provinces Report Card

Toby Heaps
President and Co-Founder
Corporate Knights

  2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Afternoon Networking Break
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
Risk Management – How to Embed Critical Elements of Environmental and Social Risk into your Government Decision-making

Nelson Switzer
Director and Leader
Sustainable Business Solutions

Philip Jessup
LightSavers Canada
Canadian Urban Institute

LightSavers is a consortium that aims to step up the adoption of LED lighting and smart adaptive controls in certain general illumination applications across the country for municipal and provincial governments, and public institutions.

Using Energy Performance Contracts to Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades:

Perspectives from the Federal Government and Industry Providers Love Energy Consultants

Peter Love
Energy Services Association of Canada

Anne Wilkins
Chief, Federal Buildings Initiative Natural Resources Canada
         Breakout Concurrent Session
     Government Green Report Card

     This workshop will facilitate the initial
     process in creating a Green Report
     Card for Government based on 10
     different criteria.

Workshop Facilitator
Nigel Marsh
President and Conference Chair

Dr. William C. Dennison
Vice President for Science Applications
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Ben Longstaff (Ph.D)
Sub-watershed Planning & Source Water Protection

Toby Heaps
President and Co-Founder
Corporate Knights

James McKenzie
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Sustainable Development Strategies, Audits and Studies

Kari Swarbrick
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Sustainable Development Strategies, Audits and Studies

  4:20 pm Conference Adjourns  


DAY 2 - Wednesday October 17, 2012


8:00 am - 8:45 am
Continental Breakfast

  8:45 am

Morning Opening Remarks

Conference Chair Nigel Marsh
President and Conference Chair

  8:45 am - 9:30 am Morning Keynote Address - The Polluted Public Square

Jim Hoggan
Hoggan & Associates Inc. and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation

In his new book, Jim Hoggan asks social scientists and spiritual leaders why in spite of compelling scientific evidence, are we doing so little to address environmental problems like climate change, collapsing ecosystems, and the rapidly declining health of our oceans? What is preventing us from having healthy public conversations that lead to good public policy solutions? Hoggan suggests that, in fact, the most immediate ecological threat of our time isn’t the threat of global climate change; it’s the toxic public conversations surrounding issues of the environment. A contaminated smog of misinformation and bitter adversarial rhetoric turns too many of us away from collective involvement. Jim’s speech presents the views of some of today's leading thinkers on how we clean up what has become the polluted public square.

  9:30 am - 10:00 am Green Fleet & Transportation Programs

Shelley Tapp
Fleet Accomodations & Customer Services Branch
Ministry of Transportation

  10:00 am - 10:20 am

Networking Coffee Break

  Book Signing with Author Jim Hoggan



  10:20 am - 10:50 am Climate Change: Crisis & Opportunity of Unprecedented Proportion

Jim Harris
Author, Management Consultant &
Professional Speaker

  10:50 am - 11:20 am Kingston’s Sustainability Plan

Mayor Mark Gerretsen
City of Kingston Ontario

  11:20 am - 12:00 pm Greening Police Training Operations in Ontario

Angela McGonigal
Business Advisor
Ontario Police College
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services

Where to start? With 549 student rooms, 13 acres of indoor training space situated on a 168 acre parcel of land, and a food services operation that prepares well over a half a million meals annually, learn about the challenges and opportunities that presented themselves when the Ontario Police College’s newly formed green team took on the task of greening police training operations in Ontario and engaging a transient student population to support the cause.

  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Luncheon
  1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Sustainable Building Design
(Panel Discussion)

  • Performance based solutions
  • Energy and water consumption
  • Innovation within sustainable development buildings
Panel Moderator
Peter Love
Energy Services Association of Canada

Derek Satnik
Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer
Mindscape Innovations

Dan Stone
Project Chair - Board of Directors

Mark Salerno
Corporate Representative Member
National Management Team
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation

    Breakout Concurrent Session
    A New Concept of Enabling Greening
    Government Strategies with Virtual
  • Educating and engaging staff on the importance of greening initiatives
  • The use of social media to create education, public awareness and training
    Jon Wagner
    Managing Director

    Russ Milland

  This session we will go beyond the concepts of telework, telecommuting and webinars to present the dramatic growth in moving to virtual teams and organizations who are distributed across time and space. Learn the business case for a virtual workforce and what organizations are doing today to save time, money, increase employee engagement while contributing to sustainability and greening. The results of the speakers research on the challenges involved and the best practices including the use of collaboration technologies for leading and managing virtual teams and organizations. Attendees will be invited to a subsequent interactive online web-based workshop to experience the new enabling collaboration technologies first hand.

  Building Effective Virtual & Remote Teams Book

  2:15 pm - 2:40 pm Afternoon Networking Break

Book signing with Russ Milland and Jon Wagner
  2:40 pm - 3:10 pm T’Sou-Ke Nation Takes Lead in Solar Project

Andrew Moore
Planner & Facilitator
T'Sou ke First Nation

  3:10 pm - 3:40 pm 3 DEGREES
Why Greening is Important

Lee Norton
Professional Engineer
Mechanical Services for Commercial Buildings
Writer & Editorial Advisor Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine


3:40 pm - 3:45 pm Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes