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Energy Connections 2011/2012 - Sault Ste. Marie

Published by Ilka Guttler

November 07, 2012

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Ontario Government, in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, are hosting Energy Connections workshops at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie on November 7, 2012. The event aims to build awareness and linkages for Ontario’s manufacturers. 

Please Register HERE

8:00am Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30am Welcoming Remarks

Supply Chain Opportunities for Renewable Energy
  • George Mandrapilias, Manager (Acting), Green Energy & Clean Tech, Min. of Economic Development & Innovation 
  • Rob Reid, President and CEO, N-Sci Technologies Inc. (Engineering Consultant)

As the Alternative Energy Capital of North America, Sault Ste. Marie is in a unique position. With large-scale wind, solar, hydro, cogeneration and other renewable energy projects, the community generates about 670 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 300,000 to 600,000 homes across the province. Sault Ste. Marie is a net exporter of energy, which gives area companies an opportunity to serve this growing sector.

This session will discuss emerging opportunities for Ontario businesses in the renewable sector. If you are involved in wind, solar and other renewable sources of power generation, be sure to attend this workshop.


Supply Chain Opportunities for the Smart Grid

  • Jerry Chwang, Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Grid and Network Policy, Ministry of Energy 
  • Kaliyur Sridharan, Growth & Strategy Leader, GE Digital Energy

A Smart Grid is an intelligent electricity infrastructure that uses technology such as sensors, monitoring, communications, automation and computers to improve the flexibility, reliability and efficiency of the electricity system. The Smart Grid Forum estimates that Ontario will invest $390 million per year over the next five years into the development of the Smart Grid, which provides further opportunities for the private sector.

If you are involved in distribution, transmission, communications, consumer technologies and electric vehicles, or if you produce materials that add intelligence and equipment that will permit more efficient connection of solar, wind and other distributed sources of power generation to the grid, be sure to attend this workshop.


Supply Chain Opportunities for  Nuclear Energy

  • Rahim Ladha, Manager, Supplier Relations, CANDU Energy 
  • Mark Zimny, President, Promation Nuclear Ltd.

More than 55% of Ontario’s electricity needs come from nuclear power, which remains one of the cheapest power sources (on a dollar per megawatt basis). The refurbishment and continued operation of Ontario’s 12 nuclear reactors employs about 24,000 people while providing economic benefits to the province in the order of $5 billion in labour, fuel and equipment spending. Put simply, significant opportunity lies here as well.

This session will explore opportunities available for Ontario companies in the nuclear supply chain, both in the province and abroad. If you are involved in metal fabrication, machining and tooling, electrical and instrumentation, or engineering and construction, be sure to attend this workshop.  


Closing Remarks

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Additional Information

Location: Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites
Time: 8:00 am to 11:30 am
Cost: CME Members: $15hst / CME Affiliates / SSM Chamber Members: $18+hst / Non-Members: $20+hst

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