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Program



The 2019 Value of Biogas East conference will be a two-day event held in Toronto, ON on March 21st and 22nd.  Please find a draft program below:

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Toronto Disco Road Organics Processing Facility Tour
Join us for a tour of the Toronto Disco Road Organics Processing Facility. Learn about construction and operation directly from the operators.  Note space on this tour is limited and separate registration is required.  Buses will leave from the conference venue to transport attendees to and from the facility.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Anaerobic Digestion Guideline Workshop
An interactive open space workshop to learn about and provide feedback on CBA’s draft Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Guideline. 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. 

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Break or Registration

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Annual General Meeting
Canadian Biogas Association members in good standing will hear a summary of 2018 achievements, progress and financial review for the Association and updates on 2019 activities and priorities. Members will also acknowledge the voluntary contributions of the past year and elect new Board of Director members.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Networking Reception
All attendees are invited to the 2019 Value of Biogas East Networking Reception.  Connect with industry peers over appetizers and drinks from the cash bar.  The Reception will feature the 2019 Canadian Biogas Industry Awards Ceremony and remarks from Mike Schreiner, MPP and Leader of the Green Party of Ontario.

Mike Schreiner, Party Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
Mike Schreiner, Party Leader of the Green Party of OntarioMike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the MPP for Guelph, the first ever Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature. He was elected in the 2018 provincial election with a resounding 45% of the vote as the Green Party of Ontario won its first ever seat at Queen’s Park. Mike Schreiner became leader of the Green Party of Ontario in 2009. Under Mike’s leadership, the GPO has experienced substantial growth in its voters, fundraising, staff, volunteers and media exposure, reaching its highest support levels in the 2018 election. For close to a decade, Mike has been a leader in Ontario politics. He has led successful policy campaigns to push the provincial government to support small business by increasing market access for local craft breweries and fight climate change by putting a price on carbon pollution.

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Welcome Remarks
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association

8:45 am – 9:05 am: Keynote Speaker: Opportunities for Biogas and RNG in Ontario

Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
The Honourable Rod Phillips was sworn in as Ontario's Minister of the EnvironmentThe Honourable Rod Phillips was sworn in as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on June 29, 2018. Minister Phillips, MPP for Ajax, assumes his current role following a successful business career. Most recently, he was Chair of Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company, and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. The minister is a former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and of Shepell.fgi, a Canadian-based international employee health company. As well, he was volunteer chair of CivicAction, which brings together business, labour and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The minister has also served as chief of staff in the offices of then-Minister of Labour Elizabeth Witmer and former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. Born in Newmarket, the minister has an Honours BA in political science and english from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

9:05 am -9:30 am: Fireside Chat: Applying Lessons Learned from Biogas and RNG Growth in the UK
Charlotte Morton, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Achieving Financing and Expansion Goals for Biogas and RNG Projects
A clear path to securing financing enhances the economic viability and benefits of biogas and RNG systems and co-products.  Learn about financing options in Canada to take projects from planning to operation.

10:15 am - 10:45 am: Networking and Refreshments

10:45 am - 11:30 am: Approaches to RNG Program Across Canada
In recent years, RNG has become a priority for Canadian natural gas utilities. Hear about programs in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Technology Innovation Showcase
Leading into lunch, presenters share their compelling biogas and RNG technologies and research.  The catch? They have 5 slides – and only 1 minute per slide – to capture the audience.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Optimizing AD Systems: Codigestion and Digestate Enhancement
How can you increase methane production, add value to end-products or decrease solids in a digester?  Hear from industry experts on their experience in optimizing AD systems.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Networking and Refreshments

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Ideas into Action: Small-Scale and Municipal Biogas and RNG Projects
Showcasing Canadian projects and beyond, six presenters share their real-world biogas and RNG project success stories.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Closing Remarks

Concurrent Programming: March 21st and 22nd

B2B Power Networking
Make new connections during the event with self-led B2B networking.  Attendees are encouraged to arrange meetings using the Value of Biogas East Whova event app and use the networking stations in the Trinity Ballroom for sit down meetings.

Academic Poster Presentations
Learn about relevant academic research in anaerobic digestion, biogas and RNG from poster presentations in the Grand Ballroom.  Connect directly with researchers from top universities during coffee breaks and lunch and discuss new and innovative developments in the industry.