2012 Globe Conference: The DSEA, in collaboration with the Region of Durham, led a delegation of members at the 2012 Globe Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the Environment in Vancouver on March 14- 16, 2012. The conference was focused on six high-level subjects such as Corporate Sustainability, The Changing of Economics of Energy, Responsible Finance & Investment, Global Emissions Management, Sustainable Cities, The Supply & Demand Nexus and Sustainable Consumption & Retail.
Following the Globe Conference in Vancouver, the Post Globe conference in Toronto brought together hundreds of Canadian and international environmental and clean-tech business for discussion and networking. The Post Globe conference included a tour of Durham Region for a number of foreign delegates, featuring stops at the facilities of several DSEA members.
“DynaCurrent Technologies Inc. had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Globe Conference and luncheon and we were very happy that we did. It presented us with many opportunities such as increasing our international network, as well as meeting potential new partners. As a result we hope to generate quite a bit of new business. We would like to thank DSEA for their support”.
Rob Kelly, CEO - DynaCurrent Technologies Inc.
“Was an exciting event, working with such professionals in the Ontario pavilion, they made it easy for us to meet and mix with a range of international trade professionals and delegates from all over the world. The show allowed us to open up our network of delegates and professionals from around the world and we have been working on deals with China, Beijing and USA that looks very promising. Attending 2012 Globe has given us the tools we needed to easily expand our business outside of Canada.
Thank you for all your help”.
Lorelei Hepburn, President/CEO - Environmental Factor
“This was a great opportunity to join our local associates with excellent Provincial support for an international presence in a World Class setting. We benefited from the research with other exhibitors and networking with current and potential collaboration partners. There were multiple international promotional opportunities that will be followed up in coordination with our existing plans and activities.”
Dave Gregory, Sales Manager - Intellimeter Canada Inc.
Whitby Induction Street Lighting: Utilities Management Solutions Ltd. (UMS) discovered in March of 2011 that The Town Of Whitby, like other cities in Ontario is attempting to reduce their street lighting costs by exploring new lighting technologies. UMS approached the Town Of Whitby in the early spring of this year with an Induction street lighting solution. The Town Of Whitby requested UMS to submit a pilot proposal to replace the lighting on two streets in Whitby, Meadow Cres. and Kendalwood Rd. UMS will be replacing the current 100 watt high pressure sodium street lighting with 70 and 30 watt Induction street lights, giving the town the option to explore two different light tones and wattages. The replacement work is to commence in the fall of 2011. http://www.umsl.ca/
HB White Canada: We at HB White Canada have been awarded (and are currently constructing) an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) of 40 Megawatts of Solar in eastern Ontario. We are thrilled to be a part of the provinces largest contracts to date!
Renewable Energy Management: REM will build and operate a new state-of-the-art waste management facility that will provide an environmentally superior and economically sound solution for total waste management including diversion from landfill and compost via recycling and conversion to renewable energy. A 23 acre site in the Municipality of Port Hope will be the future home of a state of the art waste management technology. “This is a tremendous economic opportunity for the Municipality of Port Hope. The facility when completed and fully operational will employ approximately 70 staff along with the employment opportunities for local trades and businesses through the procurement of the equipment and construction of the facility.
Durham Sustainability: Durham Sustain Ability’s six month We Have the Power campaign – a campaign that encouraged Durham Region residents to pledge to reduce their environmental impact – successfully wrapped-up in March 2010. We are happy to report that over 640 households took the pledge resulting in 1,600 residents taking part in conservation and reduction actions.
Intellimeter Canada: In 2009, Intellimeter Canada has attended trade shows in Toronto, Vancouver, UAE, UK, Turkey and Paris Their newest meter generation the MP636 received Measurement Canada and California Weights and Measures Approval of Type, CSA and UL approval Their cost effective utility meter was completed and ready for market Providing energy information projects with Royal Bank of Canada, TELUS, Ritz Carlton to name a few.
As a member of the SSMWG (Smart Sub-Meter Working Group), an advisory group to the OEB, won a major victory for the consumer when a local utility was identified to be subsidizing their sub-metering program through raised common residential rates. MGM City Center (Las Vegas) is on line with over 4000 meters, Trump Tower Hawaii was completed with ICI metering Pikes Market Place, Seattle is an ICI metered project University of Arizona Skysong installation Renewed our services contract with GTAA Completed the supply of a HUD Energy Star Compliant project in Boston to Spring Well Massachusetts Cavet announced at their LumiSmart launch with Celestica the ICI metering product was chosen as the monitor to be supplied to demonstrate energy savings ICI has partnered with AGSI, PT Systems and a large investment group to lead a 50,000 customer Intelligent Distribution Grid in Asia.
Ajax Pickering Board of Trade: has been recognized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for its Eco-Business program, receiving a Chair’s award for innovation.
The award was presented at the OCC Annual General Meeting and Convention in Windsor Apr. 30 to May 2. The Board of Trade gathered the expertise and knowledge of several qualified members to form an Environment Task Force two years ago to find ways to raise environmental awareness among the Board’s member businesses. The task force developed the Eco-Business program, launched in 2009, to create a way to inspire businesses to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint and recognize them for making that effort. The program identifies practices that can easily be applied by local businesses through a simple template checklist that helps companies evaluate their impact on the environment and their conservation efforts.
Veridian: Veridian reaches 2,500,000 hours, eight year safety milestone On March 15, Veridian announced that the company had amassed 2,500,000 hours worked without a lost-time injury. The milestone required over eight continuous years of work among its 200-plus employees without a single job related injury that resulted in an employee not being able to return to work. Veridian named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers On April 22, Veridian was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2010. The award is part of an annual competition, organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, recognizing employers that blend environmental values into their corporate culture and demonstrate initiative in this area.
Veridian receives prestigious ENERGY STAR award On June 10, Veridian was named ‘ENERGY STAR Utility of the Year – Regional’ for 2010. The award is given by Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency to recognize outstanding success in the promotion of ENERGY STAR qualified products, and thereby helping to educate consumers on saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through smart, energy-efficient choices.
28,000 square foot expansion to Veridian’s corporate office in Ajax
In the coming weeks, Veridian will commence with the construction of a new, two-storey addition to its corporate office at 55 Taunton Rd. E. The building addition will consist of 28,000 square feet, which will accommodate the consolidation of key business operations. Bringing the majority of our staff under one roof will support service improvements and operating efficiencies that will help us better serve electricity consumers in Ajax and beyond. Care has been taken to ensure that the architectural design of the building addition will complement the existing structure and site. It will also include design attributes that will make the building expansion eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDR) certification. LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Durham College: Durham College celebrated the grand opening of Phase 1 of the Whitby campus expansion on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. The event showcased the initial phase of the planned $30 million three-phase expansion, which is designed to support Durham Region as the energy centre Of Ontario and included moving Phase 1 off the traditional electricity grid into a sustainable power environment. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified, Phase 1 of the expansion includes an Incubation Centre developed in partnership with the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT) and the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance and living lab environments including solar water heating, solar cell systems, wind turbines, geothermal technology systems and trombe wall solar thermal collections.
Two new energy programs – Energy Audit Techniques and Renewable Energy Technician – have been introduced as part of Phase 1 of the expansion. Both are designed to train students in the areas of energy utilization and management; efficient and effective energy use; climate control; renewable energy systems; and cost control. Durham College Whitby campus expansion – Phase 2 Phase 2 of the Durham College Whitby campus expansion, currently under construction, is increasing the shop area in the Skills Training Centre to accommodate new programs such as Power Engineering Technology, Sustainable Energy, Biomass Energy and Building Trades and Technology as well as programs focused on the skilled trades sector including Precision Machining, Metal Fabricator, Carpenter, Steamfitter, Construction Millwright and Tower Crane Operator.
Durham College became a member of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) in 2009 and is also involved developing a strategic direction that reflects a new commitment to applied and industry-led research. This includes the Office of Research Services and Innovation, which was also established in 2009 to take manage the college’s new applied research portfolio and existing institutional research functions. One of the college’s key research priorities is renewable energy.
Whitby Chamber of Commerce: Whitby Chamber became an EcoBusiness in April 2010 Whitby Chamber launched an Electronic Magazine called Business Connects March 2010 – one of very few Chambers of Commerce in Canada to provide such an innovative reading format.
City of Pickering: City of Pickering released its comprehensive Measuring Sustainability Report – a ‘living document’ that will help chart the course for the municipality’s sustainability journey. The City of Pickering has set a goal of transforming itself from a suburban community to a sustainable city. To help benchmark the City’s progress, 32 indicators of sustainability have been identified and are being tracked with the help of community partners. The indicators are grouped into five areas: Healthy Environment; Healthy Economy; Healthy Society; Responsible Development and Responsible Consumption.
OPG: OPG just completed a scheduled Vacuum Building Outage on Pickering Nuclear ahead of schedule. The Vacuum Building Outage involved about 7,000 people including 2,200 external industry partner contractors .
Bridgepoint Group: announced the launch of its Greenfield Development Fund I LP, creating a new investment platform that will provide early-stage pre-development funding for Canadian energy and infrastructure projects. With Canada’s infrastructure deficit projected to climb to $1 trillion by 2050, the establishment of the Greenfield Development Fund I LP presents a timely investment opportunity. This private equity fund will seek to raise capital and partner with industry to actively invest in, develop and manage the Fund’s investment strategy will be to acquire equity positions in power generation and social infrastructure projects where a creditworthy government or quasi-government counterparty will assure off-take payments for the power or services to be provided by the facility. By leveraging its extensive industry network, long standing experience and reputation in the industry and trusted relationships with key decision makers, the Fund will actively participate in the management of the projects and seek to maximize its influence on the development process to minimize early stage development risks. As project owners and providers of development capital, the Fund will be in a unique position to have significant influence on the selection of strategic partners and key service providers.
Durham Region Local Training Board: A multi-year Integrated local labour market plan for Durham region has been created as a result of a year long study led by the Durham region local training board. Based on research of the current labour market and economy, and informed by extensive consultation with leaders representing industry, the education and civic service sectors, government, and workers affected by the recent economic downturn, The integrated plan draws attention to a range of issues and needs in the Durhan Region. It outlines a series of recommendations and actions based on evidence to strengthen our labour force and competitive position, some of which have already been advanced since its release last September.
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