UDI Webinar: FortisBC and CleanBC - Roadmap to 2030

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Name: UDI Webinar: FortisBC and CleanBC - Roadmap to 2030
Date: February 9, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions contribute significant impacts to the effects of climate change. Part 2 of our multi-part CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 discussion will explore how we can lower GHG emissions while meeting British Columbia's growing energy needs. Join our panelists to learn how FortisBC and the gas system will support CleanBC's Roadmap to 2030 and what the supports, and incentives might look like for new and existing buildings.
Key Topics of Discussion:

• Renewable gas supply outlook
• Decarbonization solutions for buildings
• Energy Efficiency rebate programs


Michael Geller is a registered planner, real estate consultant, developer, and retired architect with five decades experience in the public, private and institutional sectors. He has had a longstanding interest in sustainable development and serves on the Adjunct Faculty of SFUs Centre for Sustainable Development and School of Resource and Environmental Management. Current projects include planning and approvals for the residential/resort community at Furry Creek, and new developments in the Districts of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Vancouver, Anmore, and Nanaimo. Michael recently served as a judge for an international competition to design a sustainable new city in Sakhalin, Russia. From 1999 to 2006 Michael was president of the SFU Community Trust overseeing the planning and development of UniverCity, a sustainable new community on Burnaby Mountain. He is a past president of the Urban Development Institute and has been honoured as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Life Member of the Architectural Institute of BC. He is active on Twitter and his blog can be found at gellersworldtravel.blogspot.com

James Lota is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. He has over 20 years of project/program management experience. He started his career in high-tech manufacturing where he did research & development, managed start-up manufacturing operations in Asia and Eastern Europe, and earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Project Management. James went on to work with various levels of government, First Nations, land developers and industry to raise capital, design, and construct utility scale alternative energy projects and natural gas transmission pipelines for liquefied natural gas projects. James is now the General Manager of Engineering at the City of Burnaby and is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $300 million and over 500 staff.

Danielle Wensink - With more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Danielle has held progressive leadership roles in the alternative energy and utility sectors. She is proud to lead FortisBC's award-winning Conservation and Energy Management team, delivering energy efficiency programs to electricity and gas customers across British Columbia. Energy efficiency has a long history at FortisBC and plays a key role in the company's goal to reduce customers greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030. Danielle and her team are passionate about contributing to this goal and have nearly doubled gas energy savings and associated carbon emission reductions through their programs since 2018.  They are focused on enhancing energy efficiency and conservation awareness for FortisBC customers throughout the province. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and keeping active with running, yoga and paddle boarding. Danielle lives in the Lower Mainland with her husband and daughter.

Paul Wieringa is responsible for legislation, regulation policies and programs to support all forms of electrical power generation and transmission, clean technologies and natural gas utilities within the Electricity and Alternative Energy Division as Executive Director with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. In 1990, Paul joined the Public Service, Province of British Columbia.  He has held various positions within the Ministry of Finance and Crown Agencies Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (now named the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation). Mr. Wieringa holds a Masters of Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Jason Wolfe has been with FortisBC for 19 years, and is presently the Director of Energy Solutions responsible for the Marketing and Sales efforts of FortisBC including the residential sales team, commercial and industrial account management, and the development of new energy products and services (including new energy technologies for customers).  Jason and his team are also responsible for the Renewable Natural Gas customer program providing low carbon energy to over 10,000 British Columbians.  At the end of 2021, Jason and team submitted a Renewable Gas application to the regulator that, if approved, would provide all new residential customers 100% renewable gas. Jason has previously, overseen the Market Development, Forecasting, and Resource Planning departments, prior to which he spent 4 years in the Regulatory Affairs group.  Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary.

Jonathan Meads (Moderator) - Experienced Chartered Building Surveyor and Senior Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Sustainability, Real Estate Development, Construction, Residential Homes, and Contract Management. Strong engineering professional with a Higher National Diploma and Bachelor's Degree focused in Building Surveying from University of the West of England.
Zoom webinar
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Member Price             $20 + GST
Non-Member Price     $30 + GST

A link to the recorded webinar will be available to those who have registered. The recording will be available for viewing 24 hours after the webinar airs, and can be watched on-demand for 72 hours.

72 hours' notice required. 
Substitutions allowed. 

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