23.09.2013

5th Canadian German Conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

On September 23, 2013 the 5th Canadian German Conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings took place in Toronto. Organized by the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc., the conference was embedded in a five-day trade mission. Both conference and business delegation were initiated and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology within the framework of the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. Representatives of six German companies as well as more than 100 conference participants gathered at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and seized the opportunity to obtain information about recent developments related to energy efficiency, to discuss leading technologies and to establish business cooperation.

The one-day conference served as a hub for the transfer of know-how between Canadian and German experts in the field of energy efficiency. Representatives from the industry as well as governmental institutions exchanged their views on public and private initiatives promoting energy conservation in the building sector. Besides seven Canadian and German expert speakers, the German companies’ representatives participating in the business delegation presented their energy saving products to the audience.

After the welcome address given by Stephanie Weckend, Managing Director of the Canadian German Chamber, Regional Office Quebec and Eastern Canada, the following speakers highlighted the current state of energy efficiency regulations in both Canada and Germany, and provided an insight into success stories and financing opportunities. The conference was complemented by a panel discussion on the emerging new topic “smart cities”. All conference speakers are listed below in the order of their presentations:

  • Thorsten Gusek, CEO of energiewaechter GmbH on behalf of Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
  • Edwin Lim, President of ecolibrium strategies, Member of the Canada Green Building Council
  • Johannes Hegger, Project Manager of HHS Planer + Architekten AG
  • Oliver Rahn, CEO of batimet GmbH
  • Peter Hufer, Managing Director of arch+E Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
  • James Clavel, Sales Director Ontario for REHAU AG & Co.
  • Frank Heinlein, Chief Communication Officer of Werner Sobek Group
  • Boris Bonder, Engineering and Technical Support of MIG Material Innovative Gesellschaft mbH
  • Guy Crasnier, Distributor of LUNOS Lüftungstechnik GmbH
  • Wolfgang Müller, International Sales Director of Kroll GmbH
  • Tim Stoate, VP Impact Investing at Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

Panelists:

  • Johannes Hegger, Project Manager of HHS Planer + Architekten AG
  • Jane Welsh, Project Manager Environmental Planning, City of Toronto
  • Kim Storey, Partner at Brown & Storey Architects Inc.
  • Frank Heinlein, Chief Communication Officer of Werner Sobek Group

All participants were highly satisfied with the conference and the trade mission program. The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc. is glad to have contributed once again to the further development of energy efficiency and the bilateral economic relationship between Canada and Germany.

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