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Monday, July 22 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Energy Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience

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Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, MLA, British Columbia
Paul Manson, CEO, DC Grid Development Corporation

The Pacific Northwest is a global leader in energy innovations and clean technology. This session will explore the latest technology and the best policies to support infrastructure resiliency, clean tech, and renewable energy.

PNWER Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-low Energy Buildings in the Pacific Northwest
PNWER is advancing the development of a “Roadmap” to improve resilience and energy efficiency for new and existing buildings through “net zero” emissions construction targets and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings by 2030.  Efficient buildings encourage job creation, affordability, competitiveness, and resilience. Through consultations with all levels of government and the private sector, the Roadmap will develop market driven strategies to promote energy efficiency including technical research; best
practice sharing; promotion of innovative technologies and construction materials; industry capacity building; and workforce development. Currently, the Energy and Environment Working Group is commissioning research at the University of Victoria to examine synergies in building design and retrofit solutions that advance climate adaptation, resilience, and energy savings objectives. Join the Resilience
Building Network at www.pnwer.org/energy-and-environment.

The connection between infrastructure, energy innovation, and resilient cities
How do we prepare region to take advantage of new energy technologies, adapt to climate stresses, and foster resilient cities? Public leaders and industry experts will examine the connections and interdependencies between infrastructure, energy innovations and resiliency in this panel. Speakers will share their experience with these emerging opportunities as well as explore the role of cities, states/provinces, and the private sector in developing a resilient northwest.

Representative Beth Doglio, Washington (via phone)
Ian Loughran, President, Vereco Homes Inc.
Dwight Fitx Bramble, 
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Estevan
Virginia Wittrock, Climate Research Specialist, Saskatchewan Research Council

Renewable Energy in Northern/Indigenous/Remote Communities 
Remote, indigenous, and northern communities face unique challenges and creative solutions in meeting energy needs for consumers and industry. Each panel participant will showcase the benefits of their project and address the technical, financing, and workforce challenges faced. Participants will discuss the best practices in energy efficiency and resiliency and how can they be applied in the rest of the PNWER jurisdictions

Moderator: Paul Manson, Working Group Co-Chair 

Jenna Gall, Community Energy Project Manager, First Nations Power Authority
David Isaac, President, W Dusk Energy Group
Jessica Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.
Dr. Greg Poelzer, Co-Director SSHRC Energy Partnership, University of Saskatchewan

Action Item Discussion

Hosted by FortisBC, Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Energy
Trust of Oregon, RDH Building Science, Construction Center of Excellence, & BC
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

More information on the working group here.

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David Isaac

President, W Dusk Energy Group
David Isaac, also known as Wugadusk in his traditional name, is a Mi’kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec but was raised in Vancouver within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples. He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment and has previously... Read More →
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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, British Columbia Legislative Assembly
Rick Glumac was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2017. Rick is the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology. Rick served as a city councillor for the city of Port Moody from 2011 to 2017 and has chaired the city's Economic Development Committee, Environmental Protection Committee... Read More →
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Paul Manson

CEO; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, DC Grid Development Corporation
Since 1988, Paul Manson has held executive management positions with several development companies in the natural resource industries, and currently serves as CEO of Vancouver-based DC Grid Development Corporation. Paul is the former President of Sea Breeze Power Corp. and founder... Read More →
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Dr. Greg Poelzer

Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
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Jenna Gall

Community Energy Project Manager, First Nations Power Authority
Jenna Gall joined FNPA in 2017 to develop FNPA’s portfolio in community energy planning, community-scale renewable energy projects, and solar development. Jenna has been working in renewable energy since 2012 and has a wealth of experience in environmental impact assessment, project... Read More →
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Rep. Beth Doglio

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Representative Doglio has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving... Read More →
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Jessica Nixon

Chief Executive Officer, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.
Jessica is the CEO of Cowessess First Nation’s development corporation, Cowessess Ventures Ltd.  Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Regina with a major in finance and economics.  Jessica also holds a Masters of Business Administration... Read More →
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Ian Loughran

Owner, Vereco Homes Inc.
Since completing his Engineering Physics degree in 1995 at the University of Saskatchewan, Ian has enjoyed a diverse and entrepreneurial career. Ian’s experience ranges from working globally in the telecommunications industry to that of an entrepreneur, founding a couple of start-ups... Read More →
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Virginia Wittrock

Research Scientist / Climatologist, Saskatchewan Research Council
Virginia Wittrock is a Climate Research Specialist and Research Scientist, Environment Division, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). She is an experienced expert in climate impact, adaptation and vulnerability assessments; urban, agriculture and forest climatology; hazards... Read More →

Monday July 22, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
Bess Williams Pascoe