Every fall OSEA organizes and presents the most exciting
and comprehensive sustainable energy industry event of the year, Green
Energy Doors Open, popularly known as OSEA
GEDO. More details about GEDO
2023 will be announced over the coming months, but even
now we can share with you that we plan to include all the following
elements in this year's plans:
An In-Person GEDO Symposium in Toronto
Our Annual Cleantech Industry Competition &
A Post-COVID return to Province-Wide Member
You need to be a currently paid-up OSEA member in
order to participate in these events so now is the best time to
renew your commitment to OSEA by renewing your OSEA membership.
The will be many ways to participate in GEDO 2023
Symposium Speakers and Panelists
Best in Class Contestants
Open House Venue Across Ontario
Event Planning and Hosting Opportunities
Sponsorships and Partnerships
To give you a flavour of some of the elements of our
upcoming GEDO 2023
events, please visit our website to view our GEDO 2022:
Please email us to tell us how you want to participate
in GEDO 2023!
Board Chair Report
We are pleased to welcome Emil Alyev, Andrew Halford, R. Anthony
Warner and Namiz Nusafer to our growing Board of Directors
which meets monthly to develop programs and strategies to serve
our OSEA members.
OSEA is grateful to report the receipt of a
generous sponsorship grant from Enbridge, a company that has long supported OSEA. Enbridge
has actively been pursuing green energy strategies including
through administration of the Canada Greener Homes Grant program,
energy from waste, Renewable Natural Gas initiatives and hydrogen
energy technology development.
OSEA's membership continues to grow but there are
still a large number of newsletter subscribers who have not yet
joined or rejoined OSEA officially through paid membership. If
you are part of the sustainable energy sector, OSEA is your voice
and your ally, and we need you to be become an active member of
our team to better serve our vitally important industry. In
addition we continue to increase the range of the benefits you
can leverage through your investment in OSEA membership. Click
here to make a modest investment in your business and become part
of OSEA today!
OSEA is following the many other new funding and
financing programs for sustainable energy options including the
return of custom retrofit incentives from SaveONenergy.ca and the recently announced Powering
Ontario's Growth that will advance
new clean energy generation from a number of sources, including
solar, hydroelectric and wind..
As Board Chair I attended the following events and
promoted OSEA membership and collaboration opportunities:
OSEA was a sponsor for the Green
Building Initiative (GBI)Sustainable
Building and Decarbonization Symposium on
May 15th. The symposium brought new and existing members of the
GBI and OSEA communities together to share innovative ideas and
learn about new resources to collectively reduce climate impacts
by improving the built environment. At the event GBI
announced that they are developing a new set of Green Globe Programs
for Net Zero Buildings. OSEA has been invited to
participate in this development and bring our Canadian
perspective to this American led initiative so that the programs
will be accepted in both countries. When the drafts of the
programs are issued for public review and inputs, I will solicit
input from our OSEA members. As a symposium sponsor we received
all the presentation slides and can share them with paid OSEA
members by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please joinOSEA and be able to contribute to this major project.
OSEA joined the Building
Accelerator and participated in
its the first partner workshop. Decarbonization offers
opportunities for sustainable energy solutions so please share
your ideas with me so that we can bring them forward as the
activities are being developed.
OSEA also promoted and attended the Autonomous
Vehicle EV and Charging Expo at the Enercare Centre on May 17th in
order to promote electric vehicles and chargers as an important
element of Ontario's sustainable energy sector. We negotiated a
special discount code OSEA members - a further example of how we
are continuing to making OSEA membership ever more valuable to
OSEA also promoted and attended the Retrofit
Canada Conference in Montreal June
13-14. Again for this even we were able to negotiate a special OSEA
member discount code. As OSEA was a promoter, I can share the
link to the presentations with OSEA members. Please join OSEA and
contact me if you want to see the presentations.
OSEA is now a supporter of the Smart
Grid Innovation Network. I had the opportunity to attend their Ottawa
Discussion Roundtable event on June 15th. At this event they
reported on where their smart grid activities are progressing and
how sustainable energy options should be included. We got to tour
the NRC laboratories that are working on battery and energy
storage innovations. We also visited the Centre for Housing
Research that has developed new ways to lower the time and cost
of assessing the energy systems in the buildings in order to
facilitate the challenges of retrofitting the many homes and
buildings to meet the 2050 NetZero goals. OSEA will contribute to
the SGIN work projects and help them get the input from our
OSEA promoted and attended the CanREA Summer Solstice on June 21st in Toronto and is in
discussions with CanREA for new opportunities to collaborate and
promote all sustainable energy options. As well I met the new
Business Development Manager for QUEST and we are also going to
look for collaboration opportunities.
OSEA participated in the Toronto Region and
Conservation Authority (TRCA) Partners
in Project Green (PPG) events
including Financing Retrofit and Net Zero financing and the SaveonEnergy updates that announced the new funding for custom
retrofit solutions and higher incentives for certain areas.
The OSEA application to the Natural
Resources Canada NRCan Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative
Program is under review and
NRCan has advised us that the awards would be
announced this summer. If approved, it would provide
OSEA with 100% non-repayable funding to promote deep retrofits.
This will provide new source of revenue for OSEA and provide
opportunities to all our OSEA members and sponsors that provide
deep retrofit solutions to gain new business.
Last but certainly not the least, OSEA is
pleased to report that the Government of Ontario has announced
the launch of a Plan to
Power Ontario’s Growth. This plan includes the return of renewable energy
options and provides a renewed mission for OSEA and value of
membership. Sustainable energy production and energy efficiency
are now much lower in costs and offer the clean electricity
options that is needed to reduce the dependence of the gas plants
that the IESO has contracted with for a variety of reasons. These
include nuclear refurbishment closures and meeting the
reliability criteria for being interconnected with our
neighbours. We look forward to more details about this initiative
over the coming months.
Please contact us if you are interested in
volunteering to become more active in OSEA. Areas of activity
that we would like to see more support for include:
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Your profile let's us know what your interests are which helps us
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