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Business + Policy Forum

April 4, 2023 | 9:00 - 6:30

Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON

123 Queen St. W

Business Conference

Keeping Ontario competitive on the path to Net Zero

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Panels + Speakers

Hear from great speakers and expert panelists about what's needed to grow our industry and how we can compete with the Inflation Reduction Act.

Event Overview

The Business + Policy Forum brings together investment and business leaders, executives from Ontario’s growing environment and cleantech sector, and senior government policy makers to share information, discuss common challenges and explore opportunities for growth. This year's focus is how to keep Ontario competitive on the path to Net Zero

Location is accessible and step-free.

Roundtable Policy Discussions

Off-the-record roundtable talks with Ministry policy staff. Nine roundtables: PFAS, energy, water technology, brownfields, excess soils, environmental infrastructure, resource recovery/waste, red tape reduction, and Bill 23

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Connect with 150+ government and business professionals from across the environment and cleantech industry

Networking Opportunities



April 4, 2023

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8:00 - 9:00

Registration + Networking

Light breakfast served

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote Address: Keeping Ontario Competitive on the Path to Net Zero

Karen Hamberg, Chair of Canada's Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table, Partner at Deloitte Canada

9:30 - 10:30

Morning Panel: How Can Ontario Compete in the Wake of the Inflation Reduction Act?

  • Ajay Kochhar, Co-Founder and CEO, Li-Cycle
  • Colin Guldimann, Economist, RBC
  • Brandon Moffat, Co-Founder and VP of Development, StormFisher
  • Moderator: Michael Bernstein, Executive Director, Clean Prosperity

10:35 - 11:50

Policy Roundtables - Session #1

  • Excess Soils
  • Red Tape Reduction
  • Environmental Infrastructure

11:50 - 12:00


12:00 - 1:15

Lunch + Deputy Minister Fireside Chat

Deputy Minister of Energy Jason Fitzsimmons

With moderator John Wilkinson, former Minister of the Environment

1:15 - 2:30

Policy Roundtables - Session #2

  • Brownfields
  • Water
  • Energy

2:30 - 2:45

Break + Networking

2:45 - 4:00

Policy Roundtables - Session #3

  • PFAS
  • Bill 23
  • Resource Recovery/Waste

4:00 - 4:30

Roundtable Report Back

4:30 - 6:30

Evening Reception

With The Hon. David Piccini,

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Where are we at and Where are we Going With Excess Soils


  • Chris Lompart, Manager, Land Use Policy, Environmental Policy Branch
  • Reema Kureishy, Policy Analyst, Land Use Policy, Environmental Policy Branch
  • Andrew Neill, Senior Review Engineer, Environmental Permissions Branch
  • Lisa Tanaka, Divisional Program Specialist, Drinking Water and Environmental Compliance
  • Paul Welsh, Co-ordinator, Brownfields Prog., Environmental Sciences and Standards Division
  • Michelle Zehr, Manager, Ecological Standards, Environmental Sciences and Standards Division

Overcoming Barriers to Clean Growth


  • Tom Kaszas, Director, Regulatory Modernization Branch, Ministry of Red Tape Reduction

10:35 - 11:50

Excess Soils

Red Tape Reduction

Environmental Infrastructure

2:45 - 4:00


Bill 23

Resource Recovery / Waste

Provincial PFAS Priorities, Policy and Ongoing Research


  • Tim Fletcher, Manager Water Standards, MECP
  • Satyendra Bhavsar, Research Scientist, Biomonitoring and Inland Waters Section, MECP

Bill 23 and the Role of the Environment and Cleantech Industry


  • Jan O’Driscoll, Senior Vice President with Rubicon Strategies
  • Paula Boutis, Aird & Berlis

Resource Recovery Beyond EPR, What's Next?


Charles O’Hara, Director, Resource Recovery Policy Branch MECP

Mary Cummins, Registrar, Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA)



1:15 - 2:30


How to Realize the Potential of Brownfields


  • Adam Leus, Manager Brownfields and Permit to take water, MECP
  • Paul Welsh, Coordinator Brownfields Program, Technical. Assessment and Standards Development Branch, MECPAdam Leus, Manager Brownfields and Permit to take water,
  • Sridhar Sangaraju, Supervisor Brownfields
  • Michelle Zehr, Manager – Ecological Standards
  • Maria Lagarde, Brownfields Program Support
  • Chris Lompart, Manager Land Use Policy


What's Next with Water and Where is it Flowing in Ontario?


Ontario Opportunities and Competitiveness for Clean Energy Investment


  • Steen Hume, ADM Energy Supply Policy Division and Conservation and Renewable Energy Division, Ministry of Energy

Delivering Innovation in Environmental Infrastructure through Collaborative Contracting


  • Chris Loret, Principal at Strategy Corp


Minister David Piccini

The Hon. David Piccini, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, will offer remarks at the event reception.

Karen Hamberg

Karen is Chair of Canada's Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table and Partner at Deloitte Canada. She is the author of the recent report "Scaling solutions: Accelerating the commercialization of made-in-Canada clean technology."

Jason Fitzsimmons

Jason is Ontario's Deputy Minister of Energy. Previously, Jason held the role of Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer with Hydro One.

John Wilkinson

John is the former Ontario Minister of Research & Innovation and Minister of the Environment. He serves on the Board of Directors of Greenfield Global and is President and CEO of Wilkinson Insight Incorporated.

Expert Panel

How can Ontario compete in the wake of the Inflation Reduction Act?

Ajay Kochhar

Colin Guldimann

Brandon Moffatt

Michael Bernstein

Ajay is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Li-Cycle, an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery.

Colin is an Economist at RBC. His work focuses on Canada’s transition to a net-zero economy.

Brandon Moffatt is co-founder of StormFisher Hydrogen, a renewable gas infrastructure developer with a focus on green hydrogen. He is also the VP-Development for Generate Upcycle, Generate Capital’s waste to value platform.

Michael Bernstein is the Executive Director of Clean Prosperity, a nonprofit that works toward practical climate solutions that reduce emissions and grow the economy.


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