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Getting To Net Zero

Getting to Net Zero

Free Webinar Series

What you will learn over the course of this webinar series:

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The third webinar in the Getting to Net Zero series was presented on September 17, 2020 and featured:

Embracing a Net Zero Strategy

Aligning with the Global Movement

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A growing number of organizations are embracing a net zero strategy to align with the global movement in achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To pursue this business model, organizations must navigate through difficult decisions and thought provoking conversations to better understand the adoption of a net-zero strategy.

In this third instalment of our Getting to Net Zero webinar series, we will seek to better understand the challenges and opportunities through a panel discussion with business leaders who are pursuing a net zero strategy by asking:

  • What are the pain points for clients and customers in a low carbon world?
  • What are the sources of increased costs during the transition?
  • How to position a company's products and services in a changing economy?
  • How to understand possible market entry strategies and opportunities?

Our Panel

April Currey

April Currey, MBA, CCXP

Director of Customer Insights and Acquisition, Alectra

Alectra

As the Director of Customer Insights and Acquisition for Alectra, April is responsible for developing marketing and customer outreach strategies and overseeing customer intelligence initiatives. Prior to Alectra, April was a Business Development Specialist with Rodan Energy Solutions and has held several marketing related positions in the consumer products industry. April holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queens University and is a Certified Customer Experience Professional.

During the panel discussion, April will speak to customer challenges and opportunities in pursuing a net zero strategy. Her perspective on the panel will reflect the customer pain points to achieving net zero.

Caroline Karvonen

Caroline Karvonen

Sustainability Manager, Alectra

Alectra

Caroline is responsible for implementing the sustainability framework (AlectraCARES), as well as initiatives such as Smart Commute, greenhouse gas reductions and the annual sustainability report. Her career path has been focused in the environmental and sustainability fields, where she gained experience at the City of Markham, the Ministry of the Environment, Cadillac Fairview, and Alectra. Caroline has a background in geography and urban studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Caroline will speak to how Alectra has achieved their first greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% in just four years, and how the energy company continues to move towards Net Zero over the next 30 years.

Justin Fluit

Justin Fluit

Vice President of Operations, Riverside Natural Foods

Riverside Natural Foods

Justin graduated from Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and spent 9 years in operations consulting with Grant Thornton prior to joining Riverside Natural Foods in 2015.

Justin will speak to the sustainability challenges of moving towards carbon neutral operations and the decisions that must be made to achieve it. He will discuss the complexities of rapid business growth while aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with limited internal expertise and long project payback periods.

This webinar was made possible by:

the co-operators logoNatural Resources Canada logo

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Getting to Net Zero - Episode 2

Business strategy and carbon offsets

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The second webinar in the Getting to Net Zero series was presented on June 25, 2020 and featured:

Patrick Huynh

Patrick Huynh
Director of Carbon & Energy, Maple Leaf Foods

Maple Leaf Foods

In 2019, Maple Leaf Foods became the world’s first major carbon neutral food company.

In his capacity at MapleLeaf Foods, Patrick leads the development and execution of strategic carbon & energy conservation and efficiency projects.

With close to 30 years of experience, Patrick has been active in the field of Environmental Management in the food and glass container industries. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto and is an active member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Stephen Boles

Stephen Boles
Manager of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Sustainability Services, AET Group

As a consultant with AET Group, Stephen has led GHG quantification, verification, or reduction projects for clients in a range of industry sectors including oil and gas, automotive manufacturing, insurance, government (federal, provincial, municipal), food processing, energy utilities, retail finance, and real estate.

Stephen is very active in the development of GHG policies in North America. He served as an expert stakeholder on the working groups commissioned by the Climate Action Reserve to develop waste-related and agriculture-related carbon offset protocols for Ontario's former cap and trade program.

An accredited GHG verifier with the California Air Resources Board, Stephen served on the international working group that updated the ISO 14064 family of GHG management standards.

This webinar was made possible by:

Bullfrog Power logoNatural Resources Canada

Getting to Net Zero - Episode 1

Choices and Possibilities for Business

The first webinar in the Getting to Net Zero series was presented on April 22, 2020 and featured:

Steven Pacifico
Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Epic Investment Services

Epic is a commercial real estate company, comprising over 30M+ square feet of assets under management in office, retail, industrial and multi-family residential classes extending across Canada and the USA.

Steven will be discussing what are some of the key drivers of moving towards Net Zero buildings, some best practices and current steps to set his portfolio on this path, some of the current challenges. He will also discuss how he is preparing his buildings to be more resilient in light of climate change.

Steven Costa
National Solutions Developer, Ameresco Canada

Ameresco, Inc. is a leading independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America.

Listen as Steven outlines a new business model EaaS, (Energy as a Service). Eaas demonstrates, in a step-by-step way, how public and private sector entities can implement a collaborative solution to help alleviate potential financial strain. Steven will present an actual decarbonization demonstration project, JPII Microgrid. JPII is a partnership between the London District School Board and Ameresco to achieve carbon free solutions.

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This webinar was made possible by:

AmerescoNatural Resources Canada