With a population boom anticipated across municipalities in Canada, key infrastructure like water treatment plants will be under increased pressures. Knowing that only 0.3% of global water resources can be used as clean drinking water, technologies like IoT will play a critical role in replacing outdated systems and meeting the need for clean water sources. Hear from industry experts about who is currently using IoT for wastewater management, how public services can modernize for the future, and why the adoption of IoT solutions is essential for Canada’s ambitions to be a leader in the fight against climate change.

This virtual roundtable is the first in a 3-part series, called “Acting for a Net Zero Future – Now” about the role of technology, innovation, collaboration and the need for ambitious leadership in the race to zero emissions. Series sponsored by Schneider Electric.

Moderated by:
Toby Heaps
CEO, Corporate Knights

Panelists:
Matthieu Bureau
VP Power Systems, Schneider Electric Canada

Bernadette Conant
CEO, Canadian Water Network

Craig Bonneville
Manager, Epcor Gold Bar Waste Water Treatment Plant

Expert Commentator:
Josalyn Radcliffe
Chair, Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group


COVID-19 is affecting everything, including energy usage. Work-from-home practices driven by the pandemic are dramatically increasing energy demand and consumption in our homes, and many of these changes are here to stay. To resist the worst climate impacts, we must limit temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by halving GHG emissions by 2030 and hitting net-zero emissions by 2050. 

Moving forward, homes are expected to be the single largest consumer of electricity and one of the biggest contributors to carbon-dioxide emissions. Our homes must not only be more energy efficient, but also have more personalized spaces with uninterrupted power.  Measuring home energy consumption in real time is no longer a nice to have, it is a need to have. Smart home systems bring sustainability, privacy, security, flexibility, energy efficiency and comfort to all living spaces. Join us to hear solutions to all of these challenges and get a glimpse of what the homes of the future look like.

This the 2nd in a 3-part series called “Acting for a Net Zero Future – Now” about the role of technology, innovation, collaboration and the need for ambitious leadership in the race to zero emissions. Series sponsored by Schneider Electric.

Moderated by:
Toby Heaps
CEO, Corporate Knights

Panelists:
David O'Reilly
VP Secure Power and Home & Distribution Divisions, Schneider Electric

Sonja Winkelmann, EP
Director, Net Zero Energy Housing, Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Jennifer Weatherston
VP Operations, Doug Tarry Homes


The pandemic has dominated nearly every part of our lives. Yet, the fight against climate change remains a constant threat to the health, safety, and sustainability of our world. Fortunately, Canada is making strides to address climate change; pledging ambitious commitments to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45% over the next nine years to accelerate our path for a safe and prosperous net-zero future. But achieving a net-zero future requires every sector of the economy to act. Business leaders have a big role to play, and this is evident considering 81% of employees expect their company to act on climate change. 

In the third and final roundtable of this series, we will focus on the important role of executive leadership in the race to net zero. With a panel of Canadian business leaders, we will hear how they are transitioning to low carbon, prosperous business models, while looking closely at setting targets, cleaning up supply chains, and the question of linking executive compensation to ESG performance.

Moderated by:
Toby Heaps
CEO, Corporate Knights

Panelists:
Adrian Thomas
President, Schneider Electric Canada

Frances Edmonds
Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada

Gord Hicks
CEO, BGIS (Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions)

Rob Simpson
Director, Sustainability, Ivanhoé Cambridge

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