It’s back! The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) Conference is returning in 2022 with a jam-packed agenda full of speakers and presentations. On April 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 4:15 p.m., the geothermal industry will be gathering at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ont.
The OGA’s “Closing the Loop” conference gathers municipal advisors, HVAC/R professionals, consulting engineers and designers, as well as developers, educators, and utilities into one room to network and collaborate on initiatives that will help Canada reach its 2030 and 2050 climate action goals.
“Whether we are talking about commercial or residential buildings in the new build or retrofit sectors, Closing the Loop is about embracing plans and technology that will help all stakeholders meet the 2030 goals and keep the momentum going to reach the 2050 milestone,” reports the association. “Each conference speaker, exhibitor and sponsor have a vested interest in talking about plans, technology and success stories that help Close the Loop in meeting climate action goals.”
As stated, the day will begin with a buffet networking breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., which will immediately be followed by the opening remarks by the president of the OGA, Jess Hunter, technologist at Evolved Thermal Energy Inc.
Several keynote presentations have been scheduled during the day. Jean-Philippe Hardy, managing consultant at Dunsky Energy and Climate, will kick off the day when he discusses “Ground Source Heat Pumps: Playing a Role in Achieving 2050 Net-Zero Targets.”
Martin Luymes, vice president of government and stakeholder relations at the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), will follow after. A tradeshow will allow attendees to check out some of the latest products. Additionally, exhibitor showcase timeslots have been scheduled periodically throughout the day which will highlight the newest innovations.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., Jennifer Burstein, vice president of construction for Collecdev, will be speaking about “Successful Commercial Geothermal Project Analysis — Geothermal in Rental Buildings and Condos.” This will immediately be followed by Gabriella Kalapos, executive director of Clean Air Partnership (CAP). She will be speaking on “Municipal Climate Action Front with CAP.” The OGA suggests municipal advisors and anyone looking to compare or add new opportunities to their climate action plan attend this session.
The next session will be led by Adler Gross, climate change project officer for ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability. For his presentation, he will be focusing on “Leveraging Collaboration between Municipalities and Contractors for Small and Rural Community Climate Action Plans.”
The final presentation will be made by Victor Hyman, executive director of ClimateCare. He will be talking about the “Residential Decarbonization 2030 — How do we Motivate the Unwilling Residential Contractor?” Municipal personnel and residential contractors are suggested to attend.
Lunch will be provided for attendees. The OGA is a not-for-profit organization representing geothermal energy system designers, drillers, installers, equipment manufacturers and distributors.
For more information, please visit www. ontariogeothermal.ca.