Former Toronto mayor David Miller brings sustainability to Durham
DURHAM -Mayors have to deal with the consequences of climate change, so they are leading the way in dealing with it, former Toronto mayor David Miller said. Read more at this durhamregion.com link.
DSEA Networking Breakfast with Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy
The Honourable Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley, was the guest speaker at the DSEA Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 where he addressed economic development themes, such as the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment, as well as the recently announced $2.8 Million of funding from the Smart Grid Fund (SGF) for the ‘Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project’. This Project is collaboration between several DSEA members with the vision of creating up to 29 new jobs in Durham Region.
“To have the Minister of Energy here in Durham Region following the announcement of funding for the ‘Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project’ helps us to see the future of energy for this region,” says Michael Kobzar, Chair of the DSEA. The DSEA networking breakfasts provides the ability for local companies not only to talk to decision-makers, but also discuss relevant issues amongst peers.
The Breakfast Event had several sponsors including Durham Economic Prosperity Conference, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Organization of Candu Industries (OCI), Region of Durham, Siemens Canada, Veridian, Spark Centre and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
A great turnout for the breakfast. This event gave many in the energy sector a chance to meet and discuss issues with Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley. In attendance was Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and CEO, Durham Region as well as many other local mayors and politicians.
Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project
The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) would like to announce that a consortium of DSEA members and other organizations has been awarded $2.8 million from the Smart Grid Fund (SGF) for the ‘Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project’.
Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley on June 8, 2012, made the decision public. Minister Bentley will be speaking about the provincial government’s smart grid and energy policy at the DSEA Breakfast at the Ajax Convention Centre, on June 26, 2012.
The ‘Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project’ is collaboration between several DSEA members, including lead applicant Siemens Canada, Oshawa PUC Networks Inc, Whitby Hydro and, Veridian Connections, Intellimeter, Energent WirelE, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Durham College, City of Pickering and the Region of Durham. The project’s objective is to build a control centre for three utilities to enable interaction, control, dispatching, monitoring, asset condition assessment, and load modeling/control/balancing of their systems. The project will create up to 29 new jobs in Durham Region.
“This is a great milestone and step forward for Durham Region, the DSEA and its members,” says Michael Kobzar, Chair of the DSEA. “This project facilitates collaboration, integration and synergy between a number of organizations, and allows us to accomplish together what no single organization can do alone. The DSEA is proud that the future of Smart Grid will be showcased right here in Durham Region, Ontario’s Energy Cluster”.
The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) is an organization that was established with a focus on building an innovative business community, create opportunities for members and provide sustainable solutions that leverage and build upon the existing strengths within Durham’s energy sector. Its vision is to foster partnerships, provide leadership and establish relationships among communities and all levels of government, business, and education further developing Durham as Ontario’s energy capital.
Smart Grid Projects http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2012/06/smart-grid-projects.html
DSEA Networking Breakfast with Tom Mitchell
Tom Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Power Generation was the guest speaker at the DSEA Networking Breakfast in spring 2012. This event gathered more than 180 attendees and a number of local politicians that came out to hear of the future plans of OPG as well as the lessons learned from the disaster of Fukushima in 2011. Tom Mitchell was also gracious enough to conduct a round table with the event sponsors, so that they could ask specific questions related to their industry/organization.
“As I’ve made clear already, none of our nuclear projects would be possible without community support. That includes the support and partnership of so many of the people in this room. OPG is proud to be a member of the Durham community. We – all of us – have something unique and very special here:
- A strong, established energy infrastructure
- An equally strong transportation sector
- Excellent educational institutions
- An engaged and committed community.
These strengths make this region one of the leading technology cluster in North America.We value Durham. We value your partnership. And we look forward to working with the DSEA and other community leaders in building a Durham that everyone in Canada will recognize, respect and be proud of”.
This event was made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors: Siemens Canada, Voith Canada, Region of Durham, City of Oshawa, UOIT, OPG, and Golder Associates.
Pdf of his speech: Tom Mitchell DSEA-April 2 2012