Event features top financiers and renewable energy experts to discuss
opportunities for clean
energy initiatives in Canada
TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The top financiers of renewable energy across
Canada will gather in early April at the second annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Canada 2011, on April 5-6, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto -
Harbourfront, in Toronto, Ontario. Registration for the event is open
and the deadline for the early bird offer is fast approaching and will
end on February 25, 2011.
The two-day event will convene an anticipated 200 delegates and industry
leaders from financial institutions and the renewable energy industry
responsible for financing and developing projects across Canada. These
delegates will discuss the opportunities for venture capital, private
equity and project finance in clean energy technology companies.
"We are very excited to be joined by the leaders of new innovative
financing techniques who are making it possible for new renewable
energy projects to access financing," Louisa Pratt, Conference
Producer, Euromoney Energy Events
The conference will feature representatives from top investment
institutions - CIBC, Manulife Financial, RBC Capital Markets, National
Bank Financial - who will speak on project financing and opportunities
in global financial markets that impact clean energy in Canada.
Particular attention will be drawn to Ontario's Green Energy and
Economy Act, which has been in place for more than a year, and how it
has impacted the province's energy sector including the timeline and
criteria for projects being developed.
Conference Program Includes:
Government policy and initiatives: An interactive panel session in which representatives from various
provinces will discuss the latest developments and look at the
prospects for developing renewable energy programs in the future. The
panelists include, British Columbia - Janice Larson, Director,
Renewable Energy Development, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources; Ontario - Susan Lo, Assistant Deputy Minister,
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Division, Ministry of Energy; Quebec -
Mario Gosselin, Deputy Minister for Energy, Quebec Ministry of Natural
Resources; Nova Scotia - Bruce Cameron, Director, Renewable and
Sustainable Energy Division, NS Department of Energy.
The financial perspective from domestic to international: Canadian federal chartered banks and a selection of international banks
will provide answers to some of the current questions facing the
industry about developing renewable energy projects in Canada.
Questions covered include, what are the banks' criteria when funding a
project? The session will be chaired by Lewis T Smith, Partner,
Stikeman Elliott LLP. Panelists for this session include Robert
Nicholson, Managing Director - Energy, RBC Capital Markets; Antonio
Garcia Mendez, Head of Project and Acquisition Finance - Energy,
Santander; Geraint Breeze, Executive Director, Project Finance &
Infrastructure, CIBC; Stéphane Carrière, Managing Director, Dexia
Credit Local S.A.; Bill Harrison, Vice President, Head of Renewables
Structured Finance - North America, BBVA.
Manufacturers' and contractors' perspective: Leading industry executives will discuss the current challenges manufacturers face when operating in Canada, such
as analysing the recent drop in technology prices. Speakers include:
Simon Olivier, General Manager, Power Generation for Canada and N-E
United States, GE Energy; Milfred Hammerbacher, President and CEO,
Canadian Solar Solutions Inc; Nicole Tucker, Senior Manager, Supply
Chain Management, Energy Sector, Siemens Canada Limited; Adam Borgatti,
Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Aecon Concessions; Gareth Brown,
Senior Renewable Energy Consultant, Sgurr Energy.
Demonstrating Available Funding: how developers have ensured access to
financing: Following insight from the major investment banking players and project
financiers in the renewable energy sector, this panel will focus on the
financing of renewable energy projects from a developer's point of
view. This session will be chaired by Iain Watson, Co-Head Clean
Technology Group, Corporate & Investment Banking, National Bank
Financial. Speakers include: Kent Brown, President and Chief Executive
Officer, BluEarth Renewables Inc.; Michael Crawley, President,
International Power Canada Inc; Tony Anderson, Chief Financial Officer,
Northland Power Inc; Donald McInnes, Chief Executive Officer, Plutonic
Power; Vick Dusik, Chief Financial Officer, Run of River Power Inc.
Solar energy: Leading renewable energy experts will explore solar technology and the
criteria required to guarantee financial support, as well as financial
and sustainability drivers amidst the current financial environment.
This session will be chaired by Elizabeth McDonald, President, Canadian
Solar Industries Association. Speakers include: Paul Ghetti, President
& CEO, Solar Income Fund Inc; Natalia Hahn, National Sustainability
Manager, IKEA Canada; Ryan Monteath, National Facilities Manager, IKEA
Canada; Peter Nixon, Vice President, Business Development and
Wind energy: Turning the focus to wind energy, this session will delve into the
investment opportunity of renewable energy, current wind projects
across Canada and the U.S. and how to finance an off-shore wind
project. This session will be chaired by Adarsh Mehta, Chair, CanWEA.
Speakers include: Jeff Jenner, President & CEO, Sprott Power
Corporation; Alejandro Salvador, Chief Financial Officer, Acciona
Energy North America; Uwe Roeper, President, ORTECH Power.
Updating transmission and the grid to ensure energy security: Leading experts will discuss how system needs change with an increase of
solar and wind energy as well as the bankability of geothermal projects
and increased pressure in the demand for grid space. This session will
be chaired by Tania Ensor, Senior Vice President, National Corporate
Practice Lead, Weber Shandwick. Speakers include: Wesley Stevens,
Assistant Director, Navigant Consulting, John McIlveen, Director and
Treasurer, Canadian Geothermal Association.
REFF Canada returns after the successful first event in 2010. The
inaugural event in 2010 was the largest renewable energy conference in
the country. For more information on REFF-Canada 2010 please visit www.reff-canada.com.
About Euromoney Energy Events:
Euromoney Energy Events, part of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC,
is a leading international events company that organises high-profile
conferences for clean energy professionals worldwide. Our diverse
portfolio of events brings together senior delegates from the renewable
energy and cleantech industries with investors, financiers and other
professionals. The Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) series was
launched in 1999 in London, and has since grown into a portfolio of
internationally renowned events that take place annually in seven
cities spanning Europe, the US, Canada, Asia and Latin America. These
include, REFF Wall Street (New York), REFF London (London), REFF India (New Delhi) and REFF Canada (Toronto).
SOURCE Euromoney Energy Events
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