Lower electricity costs, lessen your ecological footprint

Learn about the latest innovations and best practices at Energy Summit 2016.

April 19, 2016   by PLANT STAFF

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Managing energy use is moving up the list of priorities for manufacturers who must deal with rising electricity costs and how their operations impact the environment. Energy Summit 2016 (May 17-18 in Niagara Falls, Ont.) will provide those tasked with using energy more efficiently with the latest developments in the field and current best management practices.

This biennial event’s program, presented by the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), includes workshops and panel experts, four keynotes, plant tours plus an energy exhibitor showcase and trade show.

The theme is “Efficiency Meets Profitability” and the Summit offers a range of session topics covering energy and water saving opportunities, energy procurement strategies, the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard and life cycle analysis.

Day one will be end with CIPEC Leadership Awards dinner, which recognizes Canadian energy management successes and the trailblazers.

The four keynotes will feature:

• Terry Young, vice-president, conservation and corporate relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario. His responsibilities include initiatives such as saveONenergy and the Conservation First Framework.

• Ian Potter, vice-president, engineering, National Research Council of Canada (NRCan). He handles the strategic direction, operation and client key account management for the NRCan engineering division, which includes portfolios in aerospace; construction; automotive and surface transportation; energy, mining and environment; ocean, coastal and river engineering.

• Chris Ragan is an associate professor of economics at McGill University and chair of the Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. He has a five-year mandate on the commission to identify policy options that improve environmental and economic performance.

• Danielle Fong, co-founder, chief science officer, and chief strategist at LightSail Energy. The Berkeley, Calif. company has developed energy storage technology based on compressed air.

Energy Summit 2016 will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls. Click here for registration information.

EMC Canada, a not-for-profit organization based in Owen Sound, Ont., helps Canadian manufacturers compete globally by sharing ideas and best practices.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products. is the federal government ministry tasked with enhancing the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources.

The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) is a partnership between private industry and the federal government that promotes Canada’s industrial energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.

PLANT is an Energy Summit 2016 media partner.

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