CanSIA News Release: Solar Ontario 2012 gathering in London to shine a light on FIT Program
OTTAWA May 3, 2012 - Some 700 delegates from across the country will gather in London May 14-15 for Solar Ontario 2012 Conference and Trade Show,Ontario's largest and most influential solar industry event. Industry experts will connect with government officials and decision-makers to understand the implications of the new Ontario FIT Program and explore opportunities for Canada's growing solar industry in Ontario.
- Last year's keynote luncheon speaker, then Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello, now Director of Business Development and Export Markets, PriceWaterHouse Coopers, returns with her views on the sector in 2012. (May 15 - 12-1 p.m.)
- Welcome reception: The Honourable Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, Government of Ontario (May 14 - 5:30-7:00 p.m.)
- Opening remarks: Joe Fontana, Mayor of London (May 15 - 8:30-9:00 a.m.)
"This will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss the changes underway in Ontario," said John A. Gorman, CanSIA's President. "We have the industry's leading experts discussing the implications of microFIT and FIT 2.0 and everyone will come away with the knowledge they need to make the best of the revised program."
"Corporate support for the conference continues to be outstanding and we would particularly like to thank Hanwha Solar Canada for showing their support for the industry as this year's Diamond Sponsor."
- Ontario's Solar Industry Now and Going Forward - microFIT 2.0 and FIT 2.0
The revamped microFIT and FIT 2.0 Program will impact the Ontario electricity market, offering new opportunities to the solar industry. A look at what outcomes and implications businesses need to understand to survive and prosper in this new environment.
Moderated by Mike Crawley, CEO, International Power Canada, Inc.
Panellists: Chris Benedetti, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group
Jonathan Cheszes, Managing Consultant, Energy Practice, Navigant Consulting
Valerie Helbronner, Partner, Infrastructure and Energy, Torys LLP
Brian Hewson, Senior Manager, Networks & Smart Grid, Regulatory Policy & Compliance, Ontario Energy Board
Doug Urban, Senior Director of Canada, Hanwha Solar Canada
Christian Wray, President and CEO, JCM Capital
(May 15 - 9-10 a.m.)
- Lessons Learned from Projects Implemented to Date
The microFIT and FIT Program 1.0 was one of the most comprehensive solar programs in North America. Learn from industry and project development experts operating in the trenches about how they were able to ensure solar projects reached completion.
Moderated by Doug Urban, Hanwha Solar Canada
Panellists: Michael Dilworth, Director of Project Management & Corporate Development, SunEdison Canada
Carlo Di Gioacchino, President and CEO, NorthGrid Solar
David Brochu, Vice President, Development, East Region, Managing Director, Recurrent Energy
Milfred Hammerbacher, President and CEO, Canadian Solar Inc.
Jacob Sadikman, Associate, Corporate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Azeem Qureshi, CEO, Grasshopper Solar Corporation
(May 15 - 1:15-2:15 p.m.)
A series of Breakout and Focus sessions take an in-depth look at issues including; contract management; the regulatory environment; and connecting, selling, constructing and operating Solar. For all the details, see the Conference Agenda.
An Exposition Space will feature over 75 exhibitors highlighting the latest in solar offerings - an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technology and the people behind it.
The Canadian Solar Industries Association is a national trade association that represents approximately 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future.
Media are welcome to attend and must register online - to obtain the media code necessary please contact:
Sylvie Powell, MédiaLane Communications Inc.