Value Of Biogas West

Program

Day 1 – Monday, October 16

9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Biogas & RNG Tour
The CBA is offering a facility tour to SkyMar Biogas in Lethbridge, Alberta. Please purchase your tickets here to attend the tour. Note that space is limited and tour registration is separate from the full conference registration.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Members Only Networking Reception
Join your fellow members of the Canadian Biogas Association for a Members Only Networking Reception, located in the Eau Claire Room at the Westin Calgary.


Day 2 – Tuesday, October 17

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration
Sponsored by Scovan

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Welcome to 2023 Value of Biogas West Conference

8:30 am – 9:50 am: What’s New and Exciting: Showcasing New Projects
As North America’s biogas & RNG industries continue to grow, more projects are being developed or are coming on-line. This session will provide insight into some exciting new projects.

  • Alexander Ripley, Danish Trade Council
  • Mathew Dickson, Hallbar Consulting
  • Pulat Isobaev, City of Edmonton
  • Cody Weger, Capital Power
  • John Crandlemire, Catapult Environmental

9:50 am – 10:00 am: Meet the Exhibitors
It takes a community of knowledge experts to build a biogas & RNG project. This quick introduction to our exhibitors will help you identify what products, services, and guidance you are missing.

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Networking and Refreshments

10:45 am – 11:15 am: Fireside Chat – What’s Fuelling Alberta’s Energy Transition?
Biogas & RNG projects continue to develop across Canada, even in the oil and gas rich province of Alberta. This discussion will highlight prevalent activities in Alberta and what is spurring interest in low carbon alternatives.

  • Andrew Lamb, Gowling WLG
  • Michelle Kisil, ATCO
  • Kate Ellis, Ellis Consulting

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: The Good, The Bad & The Dirty: The Importance of Feedstock Pre-Treatment
Feedstock isn’t always clean, easy to handle or simple to digest. Industry experts provide insights into different ways to pre-treat challenging feedstocks to enhance biogas production and maximise potential.

  • Bishnu Acharya, University of Saskatchewan
  • Sam Huang, Tetra Tech
  • Alex West, Lystek International

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm: Meet Our Exhibitors
It takes a community of knowledge experts to build a biogas & RNG project. This quick introduction to our exhibitors will help you identify what products, services, and guidance you are missing.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Presenting Sponsor FortisBC's State of the Union

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Know Your Upgrader: Biogas Upgrading Dos and Don’ts
Upgrading biogas to renewable natural gas is a key component of many landfill and biogas plants. This panel will discuss key learnings and what to consider when selecting upgrading technology.

  • Raphael Le Deley, Prodeval
  • Philip Taschereau, Greenlane Biogas
  • Sergey Baranov, DMT Clear Gas Solutions
  • Behrang Nejad, SYSADVANCE North America Technologies Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Green Municipal Fund
Did you know that funding is available for municipal biogas project through the Green Municipal Fund? Learn about how to access these funds, relevant projects that have received funding, and what to expect in 2024.

  • Katherine Trajan, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Tools and Data for Successful Plant Design
The use of tools and data can enable successful decisions that lead to plant optimization, greater efficiency and profitability. Learn how these can help de-risk biogas plants.

  • Raymond Menard, ACC Wastewater Solutions
  • Céline Vaneeckhaute, Université Laval
  • Amir Akbari, Anessa

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Showcasing Retrofit Projects
As new market opportunities develop, existing facilities are being modified, expanded or retrofitted to take advantage. This session will provide insight into some of these facilities.

  • Anahita Rabii, Anaergia
  • Jessica Tamikado, CEM Engineering
  • Ganesh Rajagopalan, AECOM
  • Julie Flynn, Waga Energy

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Networking Reception
All attendees are invited to the 2023 Value of Biogas West Networking Reception sponsored by Skyline Energy. Join us for a drink and appetizers while connecting with industry peers.


Day 3 – Wednesday, October 18

7:15 am – 8:15 am: Breakfast and Registration
Sponsored by Scovan

8:15 am – 9:00 am: Book and Claim Considerations in Canada
Learn what there is to know about market-based mechanisms and the importance of how to track and trace both your molecules and environmental attributes.

  • Moderator: Richard Laszlo, Laszlo Energy Services
  • Ben Gerber, M-RETS
  • Al Kleinschmidt, Pacific Northern Gas Ltd

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Understanding and Participation in Carbon Markets
Be sure not to miss this opportunity to better understand the importance and nuances of protocols, accounting, credit scores, validation and verification in North America’s carbon markets.

  • Sam Wright, BrightSide Solutions/Anew Climate
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers
  • Jessica Cassidy, GHD
  • Wyatt Catron, 3Degrees

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Keynote Speaker

  • Minister Rebecca Schulz, Environment and Protected Areas for Alberta

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Networking and Refreshments

11:00 am – 11:40 am: Improving the Social Acceptability of Biogas
Despite its many social and environmental benefits, biogas isn’t immune to NIMBYism. Understanding how to improve social acceptability can go a long way to avoiding resistance by local communities.

  • Ryan Hart, BiogasWorld Media Inc.
  • Dave Ellis, Azura Associates

11:40 am – 12:30 pm: New and Emerging Biogas Opportunities
The use of woody biomass feedstock, technology adaptation for production of energies other than biogas, and new business model opportunities are all emerging discussion topics. Join the final session of the day to learn about a variety of biogas related topics.

  • Julie Greer, SixRing Inc.
  • Gareth Stock, Veolia WTS
  • James Ro, ComTech Energy

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Raising Confidence in RNG Workshop
Join us for this roll-up-your sleeves workshop focused on efforts to improve RNG user confidence. Discuss how to put what you've learned at the Conference into action, and trade notes with colleagues on how we can collectively push the RNG industry forward.

  • Roundtable discussion on lessons learned
  • Brainstorming session on industry challenges
  • Actions to help grow the RNG industry

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