Technology Collaboration Programme

October 2015 Workshop – Bright Business Conference – Energy Efficiency: Leading by example, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome to the fourth annual Bright Business Conference. This is an occasion to celebrate achievements by the Nova Scotia business sector, to learn about best practices in energy efficiency here and elsewhere, and to think big about the next big things. Four years after the first Bright Business Conference, there’s no denying energy efficiency’s positive impacts.

With a little help from Efficiency Nova Scotia, Nova Scotians are leading the way nationally. Today, energy efficiency makes up about 7% of our electricity mix. In other words, it has reduced our need for electricity by 7%, that’s enough to power 78,000 homes.

Over 190,000 participants have participated in our program. In 2015, Nova Scotians will save $99 million in electricity costs simply by being more efficient. That’s money families and businesses can spend in other ways.

The conference itself is another example of the growth of energy efficiency. This year, we’re delighted to have speakers and delegates joining us from across Nova Scotia, other parts of Canada, the United States and Europe.


Welcome & Opening Remarks: Donald Dodge, Business Development Manager, EfficiencyOne

Keynote speaker: Danielle Fong, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, LightSail Energy, Inc. (presentation)

Breakout Session: Business Exchange

Room 1: New Commercial Construction Potential in Nova Scotia: The Future of Passive House Designs – presented by Ramzi Kawar, Manager Building Design, Housing Nova Scotia and

Low-Energy MURB Design – presented by Claude Gautreau, Knowledge Transfer Consultant, Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation. 

Room 2: A Look at Energy Efficiency in the European Union: National Policies and Decisions – presented by Dr. Rob Kool, Chair DSM Implementing Agreement, International Energy Agency.

Room 3: Incentives: The Approach and Goal of Market Transformation – presented by Christopher Russell, Visiting Fellow, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Breakout Session: Business Exchange

Room 1: Demystifying Smart Grids – presented by Benjamin Grunfeld, Managing Director, Navigant

Room 2: Championing Community Energy Planspresented by Jim Simmons, Professional Engineer, H. James Simmons P.Eng Consulting Limited and Terry Thibodeau, Coordinator for Renewable Energy and Climate Change, Municipality of the District of Digby.

Room 3: Green Leases: How They Benefit Everyone – presented by Adam Hayter, Program Manager, EfficiencyOne, James McNeil, Managing Principal, JJMcNeil Commercial Inc. and Adam Conter, Senior Sales Associate, McInnes Cooper.

Lunch – Networking

Breakout Session: Business Exchange

Room 1: Large Scale Energy Performance Projects – presented by Ted Loucks, Partner MCW and Tyler Bell, Energy Manager, Halifax Regional School Board.

Room 2: Making Utility Data Accessible: Proactively Manage Energy – presented by David Arkell, President & CEO, 360 Energy and

Making Utility Data Accessible: Proactively Manage Energy – presented by Mike Cadesky, Corporate Procurement Specialist, Samuel, Son and Co.

Room 3: Living Building Challenge: The Seven Secrets of How Nature Designs – presented by Eric Corey Freed, VP, Global Outreach, Living Building Challenge.

Canadian Launch of the Energy Efficiency Market Reportpresented by Tyler Bryant, Project Manager, Energy Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency.

2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report (download)

2015 Bright Business Award Videos

Community Award: Halifax Regional School Board

Engagement Award: Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Innovation Award: Power Strength & Energy Solutions Ltd.

Small Business Award: Truro Nissan

Large Business Award: Intertape Polymer Group

Partnership Award: ARCA Canada

Leadership Award: Ian Storey



Swag Bag
Thinkwell Shift

Econoler Inc.
BMO Bank of Montreal

RRFB Nova Scotia
Chester + Company
Summerhill Group
MCW Custom Energy Solutions
Trinity Inspection Services