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An action-packed agenda and an impressive speaker line-up have come together for the April 3-4 OGA (Ontario Geothermal Association) Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Mississauga.

hrai14The gala keynote address on April 3 will be delivered by Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen and Chair of the Future Cities project. He will present the Future Cities Canada program – a collaborative initiative that harnesses the momentum for change already in progress in cities via Infrastructure Canada and the $300 million Smart Cities Canada program.

Says Cape: ‘We must find new ways to accelerate innovation to transform cities for the benefit of us all. The time is now - Canada’s governments have committed $750 billion over the next 10 years, sparking private investment that can multiply this sevenfold. Geoff will also present a view of what is happening in other cities around the world and where Canada fits in as a global leader. This work is being led from Evergreen Brick Works, a unique innovation hub with a geo-exchange heating and cooling system that showcases what is possible for the cities of the future.

The conference also includes numerous other great speakers including:

• Brian Urlaub, a 20-year geothermal engineering veteran with MEP Associates, will review the challenges and opportunities of residential community geothermal systems, “the hottest trend in geothermal!”  

• Jeff Ranson, is the GTA Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council, and a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel. He will lead a discussion on what we’ve learned from Zero Carbon buildings to date: the strategies, the business case and what we need to do to accelerate the adoption of Zero Carbon across the industry.

• Fernando Carou is Manager of Community Energy Planning & Low-carbon Energy Systems for the City of Toronto Environment & Energy Division. He will provide an update on exciting new developments with the Toronto Green Standard, which acts as a roadmap to carbon-free buildings in the city by 2030.

• Sergio Almeida, P. Eng. with Geo-Xergy Systems will explore the interplay between the design, implementation and operation of geothermal heating and cooling systems and some of the best practices and innovative solutions used on projects across North America in the multi-family residential, health care, education and hospitality sectors.

These are just a few from a fabulous roster for this year’s event. It will include other government announcements and updates on positive industry developments, innovative funding models, new technologies interesting projects, and a technology fair. Don’t miss the geothermal event of the year, and a chance for everyone to reconnect with friends, relax, and recharge before the busy summer season begins.

HRAI members, OGA members and anyone else interested in geothermal should register now!