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November 6th-8th

Environmental Workshop

Renewables and the Changing Landscape

Wednesday, November 6th
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Oxford Room, Hyatt 3rd Floor


In a changing world, environmental professionals have to adapt.

Learn about how these changes in regulations, climate, and socio-politics are already impacting environmental management decisions for renewable energy projects. Hear from professionals working in this area — including proponents, consultants, and regulators — about changes taking place in British Columbia, Canada, and around the globe. Updates will be provided on the Fisheries Act, the BC Professional Governance Act, and the new BC Environmental Assessment Act. Climate change will take centre stage as well as renewable energy projects outside of BC.

Join Generate’s annual Environmental Workshop to connect with other leading environmental professionals in clean energy, gain valuable insight, and stay ahead of the curve.

Workshop Leaders

Matt Kennedy, VP Environment, Innergex
Janet Rygnestad, Construction Environmental Management, Ecofish Research

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8:30 am — Welcome, Introductions of Workshop Hosts

8:45 am to 11:30 am — Session 1

Regulatory Update: Federal and Provincial

Moderated by Matt Kennedy, Innergex

Dive into the latest regulatory updates on both a provincial and federal level. This will include changes to the Fisheries Act, the BC Professional Governance Act, and the new BC Environmental Assessment Act.

10:15 am to 10:45 am — Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 am to 12:15 pm — Session 2

Opportunities in a Sunrise Industry

Moderated by Janet Rygnestad, Ecofish

In British Columbia, development of the North East will continue to increase as liquified natural gas exports grows to displace coal across seas. This development must be done with the lowest impact possible, including GHGs. Electrifying this region is paramount to minimizing emissions. Learn how the sunrise industry of renewable energy can decrease the impact of the sunset industry of natural gas and what this means for environmental professionals.


12:15 pm to 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm — Session 3

In a Changing Climate

Moderated by Anitra Paris, CEBC

Learn how environmental professionals are adapting to differing aspects of climate change such as sea level rise, flood risk, species migration, and more. As the climate crisis proliferates, experts must be resilient and forward-thinking in environmental management.


2:15 pm to 2:45 pm — Coffee Break & Networking

2:45 pm to 3:30 pm — Session 4

Beyond BC Showcase

Moderated by Martin Mullany, CEBC

With the crashing price of technology and an urgency to transition off fossil fuels, renewable energy development is exploding across the globe. These projects beyond BC’s borders showcase interesting environmental assessment challenges and the unique approaches required to overcome them.


3:30 pm to 4:00 pm — Closing Remarks from Workshop Hosts

4:30 pm to 7:00 pm — Chair’s Ice Breaker Reception, Hyatt 34th Floor

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