The ninth Green Energy Doors OpenTM (GEDOTM) 2019 was held Sept. 20 to 29 across Ontario. Activities were organized in two regions: the greater Ottawa area by SmartNet Alliance, and the rest of southern Ontario by OSEA.
OSEA implemented two types of activities: a half-day Launch event on September 20 with educational and networking opportunities; and Doors Open at 14 sites.
GEDO 2019 received strong support from individuals and corporations.
Launch – September 20
The launch event was held Sept. 20 at Ryerson University. It opened with a plenary session featuring Rob McMonagle, Green Sector, City of Toronto, titled: Drivers of Growth for Toronto's Green Industries: Developing a Roadmap for Economic Success.
Focusing on the economic aspects of the green economy including but not limited to sustainable energy, Mr. Monagle explained the role of the Sector Development Office; defined the green sector and its size in Toronto; presented global growth trends of the green sector; suggested some challenges for Canada’s green industries; outlined the steps in developing an industry growth roadmap; and presented current actions and partners in the development of the green economy in Toronto.
Access Mr. Monagle’s presentation here.
The plenary session was followed by a panel on Innovative Sustainable Technologies with:
- Abbas Chagani, Supervisor, Business Development, Enbridge, who presented on renewable natural gas
- Julia St.-Michael, Director, Sustainability Engagement, ENWAVE Energy Corporation, speaking on district energy and thermal storage
- Jeff Ranson, Regional Director, GTA, Canadian Green Buildings Council (CaGBC), who addressed sustainable building technologies, LEED, Net Zero and similar topics
- Gino Di Rezze, President of Groundheat International who discussed geo-exchange.
The panelists brought differing perspectives to the table, sometimes building upon each other’s comments and occasionally respectfully disagreeing or presenting a different take on the discussion point.
The presentations concluded with Dawn Lambe, Executive Director, Biomass North Development Centre outlining the status and challenges of sustainable energy in northern Ontario and offered advice on how to build successful business relationships with indigenous communities.
GEDOTM 2019 Sites
At relatively short notice, OSEA was able to organize 14 sites across southern Ontario, with six sites in Toronto and eight from Sarnia to Peterborough, stretching up to Bruce County. The sites covered a wide range of sustainable energy installations:
- Geothermal for heating and cooling from both deep lake water and well water
- A wind farm
- Low-energy homes
- Sustainable products
- A research lab
and other businesses that use innovative ways to reduce their energy consumption and promote sustainable practices.
GEDOTM continues to resonate with and be supported by the sustainable energy community in Ontario.