Canadian Wind Energy Conference announces keynote speakers

  • October 25, 2016
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October 25, 2016 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and its partner Hannover Fairs (Canada) has announced CanWEA's 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition keynote speakers. Canadian and international wind and renewable energy experts will gather at this year’s event on November 1-3, 2016 at the BMO Center in Calgary, Alberta.

“Every one of our conference speakers is a leader in the wind industry and is dedicated to supporting CanWEA’s efforts to advance wind energy industry policy, communications, and business development objectives,” said Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. “Today, wind energy plays a significant and growing role in delivering clean, safe and affordable energy as Canada’s provinces look to build more diverse, robust, and sustainable electricity systems and position themselves to compete in the rapidly advancing low-carbon economy. Maintaining this momentum will require continued commitments to long-term, aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy framework, along with responsible and sustainable industry practices.”

This year’s conference brings these discussions to the heart of emerging new opportunities for wind in Canada, as the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments make renewable energy a central part of their climate change strategies. Kicking off CanWEA’s 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition are CanWEA Board Chair, Ben Greenhouse, Robert Hornung, and the Mayor of Calgary, His Worship Naheed Nenshi. The session will discuss the challenges and opportunities these provinces face as they work to make the Prairies the next big destination for wind energy development in Canada.  

Additional speakers at this year’s Wind Energy Conference include:

  • The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • The Honorable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
  • Mr. Guy Bruce, Vice-President, Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development, SaskPower
  • Mr. Michael Law, Vice-President, Renewables Development and Sustainability, Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO)
  • And industry leaders representing all segments of the wind energy sector

CanWEA’s 2016 Conference and Exhibition is Canada’s largest wind energy conference, attracting close to 1,500 attendees and well over 100 exhibiting companies from around the world. It’s the place to see wind energy-related products and services, learn industry brand names, network with leading industry decision makers, generate numerous first-rate business leads, and hear from influential utility leaders and policymakers. This year’s program will showcase additional topics covering the status of wind energy in major markets, energy storage, and asset management.

About Deutsche Messe AG

From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company ranks among the five biggest tradeshow organizers in Germany, with projected revenue of 329 million euros in 2015. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). With approximately 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

About Hannover Fairs

Hannover Fairs develops and manages marketing programs at Deutsche Messe events in Hannover, Germany, Canada and the United States, as well as in such key emerging markets as China, India, Mexico and Turkey. Working closely with its clients, Hannover Fairs helps them maintain their competitive position on and off the event floor. The company’s programs reflect the global scope of Deutsche Messe's activities.

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