Value of Biogas East

Value of Biogas East, March 23rd – 24th, 2017

Draft Conference Program – March 23rd, 2017

12.30-4:00 PM Exhibitor Set Up Time    
12:30-1:00 PM Registration for RNG Workshop for Municipalities
Attendees to check in at the entrance to pick up their nametag and RNG Toolkit. Please note that no lunch will be provided.
12:30-1:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association
1:10-1:30 PM Keynote Speaker:
Federal Opportunities for Biogas and RNG
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
1:30-2:00 PM RNG Policy Landscape
An update of evolving policies and programs relating to RNG developments.
2:00-2:45 PM RNG Toolkit for Municipalities
An overview of RNG tools will be shared, including a financial assessment based on scenarios and policies in development, and a checklist on connecting to the gas grid, applicable standards and guidelines, costs and procedures.
  • Mike Muffels, GHD
  • Brad DeMaeyer, Union Gas
  • Tim Short, Enbridge Gas Distribution
2:45-3:00 PM BREAK    
3:00-3:15 PM Green Municipal Funding
Learn about grant funding initiatives available for biogas and RNG through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Programs
  • Dwayne Hodgson, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
3:15-4:00 PM RNG Case Studies
Municipalities across Canada are interested in developing RNG projects. Hear about their development process and experiences as well as lessons learned from Sweden.
  • Alex Chapman, City of Guelph
  • Gustav Rogstrand, JTI
4:00-4:30 PM Break or Registration    
4:30-5:30 PM Canadian Biogas Association AGM – Update on activities, upcoming priorities, financial statements, elect new Board of Directors members    
5:30-6:00 PM Break    
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
Guest Speaker:
Navigating new administration, policy and U.S. RIN markets.
  • Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council
7:00 PM Networking    

Draft Conference Program - March 24th, 2017

8:00-8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast    
8:30-8:45 AM Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association
8:45-9:15 AM Keynote Speaker:
Canada’s Move to Lower Carbon Fuels - Erin Flanagan, Pembina Institute
9:15-10:00 AM Regional Spotlight: An Industry Snapshot of Canada’s Growing Biogas Sector
Panelists to discuss growth, trends, and policy drivers from industry’s perspective leading to biogas development across Canada
Moderator: Donald Beverly, Gaz Métro
Panelists: Ian Thomson, BC; Johnathon Alcock, AB; Kevin Matthews, ON; Jean-Francois Samray, QC
10:00-10:30 AM BREAK    
10:30-11:30 AM Policy Snapshot: Momentum Builds for Biogas and RNG
Panelist to share government policy and programs helping to support the growth of biogas and RNG markets
11:30-11:45 AM Canadian RNG Consortium
Adi Ayer, Canadian Gas Association
11:45-12:35 PM Technology Showcase: What’s New in Biogas and RNG Equipment and Services Panelists to provide a brief description of their products, markets and services in the Canadian market.
Moderator: Ricardo Hamden, Octaform
11:50-11:55 AM Robert Lems, DMT
11:55-12:00 PM Mike Brown, BIOFerm
12:00-12:10 PM Michael Theodoulou, GE Power, Water & Process Technologies
12:10-12:15 PM Maxime Lemonde, BiogasWorld
12:20-12:25 PM Marieke Kromkamp, Waste Treatment Technologies Netherlands
12:25-12:30 PM Clement Gemayel, Amtrex Technologies Inc.
12:30-12:35 PM Chris Bush, Trident
12:35-1:30 PM
1:00-1:30 PM
Keynote Speaker:
Opportunities for RNG, Cleantech and Innovation in Canada – Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources
  Stream A: Municipal Biogas Opportunities Stream B: Agricultural Biogas Opportunities    
1:30-2:15 PM Moderator:Moderator: Jake Debruyn, OMAFRA
This session outlines how to maximize the benefits of biogas projects factoring in cap and trade markets, carbon pricing, carbon offsets, and low carbon fuel standards. This session outlines how to maximize the benefits of biogas projects factoring in cap and trade markets, carbon pricing, carbon offsets, and low carbon fuel standards.
  • Carbon Protocols and Credits – Mathieu Dumas, Coop Carbon
  • How Cap and Trade Impacts Biogas Development – Michael Berends, Clear Blue Markets
Moderator: Matt Lensink, CEM Engineering
Environmental Power Play for Biogas Recent international conferences have focused the world's attention on the importance of reducing GHG emissions. Learn how agriculture and biogas play important roles in current climate change research and policy discussions.
  • Anaerobic Digestion to Mitigate GHG from Dairy Farms – Kumudinie Kariyapperuma, University of Guelph
  • Agricultural Engagement in the Canadian Carbon Market – Johnathon Alcock, Viresco Solutions
  • Linking Biogas with Healthy Soils and Watersheds – Don McCabe
2:15-3:00 PM Increasing Efficiencies in Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Landfill Biogas
This session outlines how technological advances using anaerobic digestion are improving the efficiencies of wastewater treatment and landfill gas plants. Municipalities can learn how they can take advantage of this improved technology through a number of case studies.
  • Landfill Gas Carbon Dioxide Capture and Use Feasibility Study – Matthew Dickson, Hallbar Consulting Inc.
  • Impact of Hydrolysis Pretreatment on the Degradation of Municipal Secondary Sludge – Jean-Claude Frigon, National Research Council Canada
  • Examining the Trend Towards Centralized Organics Pre-processing and Remote Digestion – Tom Ferencevic, Yield Energy Inc.
Increasing Agricultural Biogas Efficiency
This session outlines how technological advances are improving the efficiencies of agricultural biogas plants. The agricultural community can learn how they can take advantage of this new technology.
  • Small Scale Upgrading - Technical Review, New Innovation Business Models and Potential for Farm Scale Implementation – Gustav Rogstrand, JTI
  • Anaerobic Digesters and Micronutrients - Nutritional Science, Not Rocket Science – David Ellis, Azura Associates International Inc.
  • Optimization of Feedstock Preparation and Feeding Systems - How to Increase a Biogas Plant’s Efficiency – Felix Layher, Vogelsang USA
3:00-3:30 PM BREAK    
3:30-4:15 PM Markets for Biogas in the Transportation Sector
Learn how some municipalities are considering RNG to power their transportation fleets.
  • City of Surrey Case Study SSO to RNG – Robert Costanzo, City of Surrey
  • Municipal RNG to Transportation Fuels – Rob Orpin, City of Toronto
  • Steve McCauley, Pollution Probe
Markets for Biogas in the Transportation Sector
Learn about latest advancements in technology that introduce RNG to power their farm vehicles.
  • Rural Green Energy Project – Nick Hendry, Faromor CNG
  • Fuelling Farm Vehicles – Tim Dykes, Hitech Fuel Systems
  • Biogas Experience in Sweden for Transportation – Gustav Rogstrand, JTI
4:15-5:00 PM Municipal Biogas Development and Experience
This session outlines considerations and opportunities for developing and operating biogas projects at a municipal level.
  • Transforming wastewater to a value added energy opportunity – Frank Gazzola, City of Hamilton
  • Odour Management Solutions for Biogas Facilities – Brandon Moffat, Stormfisher
Agricultural Operators Forum
Learn how common digester issues have been addressed and solutions for maintaining smooth operation.
  • Best Practices for Biogas System Development – Clare Riepma, Riepma Consulting
  • Practical Experiences of Biogas Operations – Travis Woollings, Cornerstone Renewables
5:00-5:15 PM BREAK    
5:15-6:00 PM Keynote Speaker(s):
Our Energy Outlook in A Low Carbon Economy - How biogas to renewable energy and fuels play an important role in reaching environmental targets – Bob Delaney Parliamentary Secretary Ontario Minister of Energy
6:00-7:30 PM Sponsored Power Networking Time    


Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor

Holland Union Gas Limited

Gold Sponsor

DMT Clear Gas Solutions Enbridge

Silver Sponsor

ClearBlue Markets GazMétro

Media Sponsors

Biogas World Biomass Magazine Biogas Channel

Bronze Sponsor

CCI BioEnergy Inc. Walker Environmental
Walker Environmental Bullfrog Power


Faromor CNG Corp.


Biorem Cameron Instruments CEM Engineering GTI xebec GE Water & Process Technologies