Canadian solar industry shines in Toronto

    OTTAWA, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
will be holding its conference in Toronto this year, the first time ever it
has been held outside of Ottawa.
    The annual event - Solar Conference 2007 is being held Nov. 19 - 21 at
the Holiday Inn on King Street in Toronto, Ontario.
    "One of the things about being in Toronto, and you'll see this reflected
in the agenda, is it's a place where there's a lot of focus on business," says
Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA's Executive Director, noting the event will be well
positioned with solar activity heating up in Ontario leading the way for
business and investment opportunities due to the Province's supportive of
solar initiatives.
    "This unique event offers something for everyone highlighting residential
opportunities, new government programs as well as information about the
industry outside of Canada," she added.
    Media are welcome to attend and encouraged to register in order to
arrange interviews with key participants and attendees.


    Solar Showcase

    Canada's only Solar Showcase - an excellent opportunity to learn about
the latest technology and talk to the people behind it. (Monday Nov. 19 - 7:30
am - 7:00 pm : Tuesday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm)


    - Sunshine Where it Counts: The Business of $olar, moderated by Michael
      M. Peterson, MacMillan Binch Mendalson with panellists: Robert
      Nicholson, RBC Capital Markets, Energy Group; Len Farber, Ogilvy
      Renault, Former General Director of the Tax Policy Branch, Federal
      Department of Finance; John Pak, CIT Financial Toronto; Michael Carten,
      Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd.; Thomas M. (Tom) Rainwater,
      SunEdison. (Monday Nov. 19 - 9 a.m.)

    - Keynote Luncheon Speaker - David S. O'Brien, President and Chief
      Executive Officer, Toronto Hydro Corporation (Monday Nov. 19 -
      12:15 p.m.)

    - Solar: Could it be Canada's lost opportunity? moderated by Sean Moore,
      Gowlings with panellists: Dave Egles, Business Development, Carmanah
      Technolgies Corporation; David Eisenbud, SunPower Corporation; Paul
      Gipe, author, activist, renewable energy expert; and Jennifer Mesquita,
      Associate Real Estate Environment and Urban Development, Gowlings.
      (Nov. 19 - 2 p.m.)

    - Bring on the Sun: Marketing Solar Energy to Canadians, moderated by
      Kevin Shea, Member, Telus Television Advisory Board and the Marketing
      Board of the National Capital Commission with panelists: David Herle,
      The Gandalf Group; Christopher Padfield, Natural Resources Canada;
      Gordon Shields, Net Zero Energy Home Coalition; and Stephanie Thorson,
      Clean Air Foundation/Go Solar Ontario;. (Tuesday Nov. 20 - 9 a.m.)

    - Sunspots: Strides in Solar Research and Development, moderated by Bob
      McDonald, CBC's Quirks and Quarks. Participants: Joseph Ayoub (PV
      research, market and status in Canada); Lucio Mesquita (Is solar
      thermal cooling ready for the market?); Ian Rowlands (Solar PV and wind
      - complimentary resources in the Ontario electricity system); Meli
      Stylianou (Integrating solar technologies in buildings); issues and
      challenges; Joe Thwaites (Building integrated solar thermal) (Tuesday
      Nov. 20 - 2 p.m.)

    Break Out Sessions

    In addition a series of breakout sessions will be held both days. For a
complete listing of conference activities:

    The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a
strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to
service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar
solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the
transition to a solar energy future worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: and to obtain a form to register as media:
Sylvie Powell, MédiaLane Communications Inc., (613) 290-1497,

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