Steady growth continues for the Value of Biogas East conference! The 2019 Value of Biogas East Conference held on March 21-22 in Toronto, ON was another record-breaking year for registrations, once again attracting visitors from around the globe.
The conference opened on Thursday, March 21st with a tour of Toronto’s Disco Road Organics Processing Facility – an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that processes up to 75,000 tonnes per year of the City’s household green bin waste. In the afternoon, attendees were invited to participate in the AD Guideline Workshop. The AD Guideline, a first of its kind document in Canada, is an informational guidance document made for industry by industry to assist AD stakeholders in siting, design, approval and operations of AD facilities that process food and organic waste materials in Canada. Attendees broke into discussion groups over the course of the 3-hour workshop to provide targeted feedback on the AD Guideline. We are drawing upon the experience and expertise of stakeholders across the industry to develop the AD Guideline with written feedback welcome by April 11, 2019.
Following the workshop, members of the CBA met for the Annual General Members Meeting, including a year in review and election of our new Board of Directors. The day concluded with a Networking Reception including an optimistic and encouraging speech from Ontario’s Leader of the Green Party, Mike Schreiner. Mr. Schreiner’s words of dedication to our industry were well-received, and his interest in biogas was evident in the conversations he had individually with many attendees throughout the room after he spoke. Following Mr. Schreiner’s remarks, the 2019 Canadian Biogas Industry Awards were presented. The Surrey Biofuel Facility was awarded Project of the Year, and Scott Gramm was awarded Biogas Champion.
Day 2 of this year’s 2019 Value of Biogas East Conference held on March 22nd was full of valuable presentations and networking opportunities. The Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks opened the day with a keynote address focused on the importance of developing Ontario’s clean technology industry, supporting renewable natural gas (RNG) development and diverting food and organic waste from landfill. Inspirations on policy direction from the UK were shared by Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association in a fireside chat with CBA Member Kevin Matthews. Throughout the day, speakers shared challenges, new ideas and advice. Sessions ranged from financing RNG opportunities, technology, and lessons learned from biogas and RNG projects in Canada and beyond.
Overall highlights from the conference included:
Did you hear about the Members Only networking event on Wednesday evening, before the conference began? We met privately over drinks and appetizers, giving members an opportunity to make new friends and form strategic alliances. Looking for an invite? For this and many other benefits, join the Canadian Biogas Association today!