Hansjörg Vollmer, CEO of Intech Clean Energy, has vast practical and theoretical experience in the field of renewable energies. He has gained a degree in building services engineering, his masters in mechanical engineering and his PhD in chemical engineering. He is now the director of several engineering companies engaged in the field of renewable energy systems.
His companies have completed over 300 successful projects since 1994, from feasibility studies to the detailed planning and implementation of large-scale photovoltaic systems, off-grid systems, and biomass district heating systems.
Dominik Eberle is a Regional Sales Director for APROVIS Energy Systems GmbH in Weidenbach, Germany. APROVIS is a worldwide OEM supplier for complete exhaust gas systems and fuel gas treatment for CHP plants (reciprocating engines and small turbines). With over 140 employees, APROVIS today supports its customers to improve the overall efficiency of their CHP plants from the initial project planning up to service and maintenance of their plants.
Mr. Eberle graduated from Regensburg, Germany in Mechanical engineering with a focus on Energy Technology and started his 14 years career at APROVIS as a project engineer after an internship abroad. Soon he was appointed as the French market area manager and was responsible for business development in Eastern Europe. He subsequently built up an international team with a focus on market development, especially for the Southeast Asian region. Mr. Eberle heads the international business and partner development for APROVIS and as the Regional Sales Director, responsible for the APROVIS hub-office in Southeast Asia (Indonesia), as well as for the current market development in North America.
Patrick Cousins completed his first complex off-grid project in 1997 when he built a 15-meter sailboat equipped with solar panels and a wind turbine. After returning to Germany he continued to follow his fascination for renewable energy and power systems by working in technical sales and management for various businesses in the industry.
He started his own company for the design and installation of PV systems (off-grid and on-grid) which further deepened his understanding of the electro-technical principles and practices - especially in off-grid systems.
He was also the sales manager at Autarctech GmbH, a German manufacturer of Li-ion battery management systems, providing him with cutting-edge knowledge on the current development of batteries and their capabilities.
Finally, all these experiences lead him to become co-founder and CEO at Ferntech GmbH: A start-up providing remote monitoring and control for all types of off-grid power systems.
Julia Badeda is the Team Manager for the HES (Hybrid Energy Systems) group at ABO Wind AG and helping drive the HES and Battery storage projects for ABO Wind in Canada. Before working for ABO Wind, Julia was working as a research associate for the Institute of power electronics and electrical drives (ISEA) from 2012 to 2017. During the last two years, Julia has headed the department of grid integration and storage systems analysis within the chair of Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer in Germany. This primary focus of this academic research group has been on the integration of renewable energy in the existing and future electricity grids through Hybrid and Energy Storage projects.
In addition, Julia has also gained experiences with diverse testing of batteries in stationary and automotive applications. From May 2017 until December 2019, Julia lead the Business Development for stationary storage systems within the BatterieIngenieure GmbH and was general manager within the company. Since 2019, Julia has been the Team Lead for Hybrid and Battery Storage Systems within ABO Wind AG, where she develops technical and economic solutions for off-grid as wells as grid-tied renewable energy systems.
Michael Riebesecker studied environmental engineering and process engineering at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. With several study visits to Asia and Africa, Mr. Riebesecker worked on projects for renewable, sustainable supply and disposal concepts and neighbourhood developments. As a research assistant at the Chair of Biotechnology in Resource Management at the Bauhaus University, Michael Riebesecker developed an on-shore algae reactor for the use of residual and waste materials on farms for the use of cultivated algae in the energy sector.
As project coordinator and construction site manager, Michael Riebesecker was involved in the construction of the then largest open-space PV plant in Canada with a total of 140MW in 2013. Michael Riebesecker has been in charge of technical sales for MicroPyros GmbH, based in Straubing, Germany, which develops and operates power to gas plants and concepts, for the past 2 years. MicroPyros GmbH focuses on microbiological methanisation, which generates renewable, synthetic methane with green hydrogen through flexible, modular and very robust operation of CO2 or exhaust gases.
Ali Madiseh is Canada Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems and Assistant Professor at Norman B. Kevil Mining Eng. Dept. of UBC, Vancouver. He is also a board member of Canadian Association of Energy Economics (CAEE).
Ali’s research includes large-scale mechanical and energy systems used in mining and petroleum industries. His research focuses on developing novel solutions for maximizing energy efficiency, improving system performance, preventing waste of energy, and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energies. Prior to joining UBC, Ali did his PhD at the mechanical engineering department of McGill University. Ali has more than 37 journal publications which are published in various journals including the Journal of Energy, Applied Energy Journal, Renewable Energy Journal, Applied Thermal Engineering Journal, Heat Transfer Engineering Journal, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences.
Stefanie is a TV-journalist and a graduate of the International Journalism Center of
the Danube University Krems in Austria. She also got a degree in presentation skills
and media techniques as well as an MBA in Economics in Germany. Since September 2018 she has been part of the prestigious global journalism fellowship program of the MUNK School of Global Affairs & Public Policy from the University of Toronto. As a fellow she works on reports together with media partners such as CBC, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She has worked behind and in front of the camera for a number of broadcasting formats over the years. She is also a host and moderator for conferences, trade fairs and panel discussions. An expert on the subject of digitization, she covers topics that include SmartCities, Big Data, cyber security and other issues that influence the tech world.
Before becoming a freelancer, she gained experience at RTL Nord in the news
department, at NDR Hamburg Journal, at ZDF and at Radio Bremen.
The versatile presenter has been in business for over 15 years and has traveled extensively. In addition to her involvement in the TV-sector, she also produces documentaries and reports for radio and moderates at different events.
As of 2019, she is the newly appointed digital ambassador for Hamburg@work in
Canada. Hamburg@work is Northern Germany’s cross-technology digital platform
and network for a new world from and for businesses.
Carsten Bührer is Head of Technology for PNE AG in Cuxhaven, Germany. PNE Group is a German wind power pioneer operating on an international level and it is one of the most experienced project developers of onshore and offshore wind farms. Based on this success, the Group has developed to become a “clean energy solutions provider”.
In his professional career Mr. Bührer gained in depth and hands on expertise in areas of renewable energy industries, electric utilities, and the metals working sector. He successfully implemented new and high-efficiency technologies and applications.
Based on his experience in multiple technology fields his strength lies in the development of customer-oriented solutions with industrial partners in multinational teams.
Carsten Bührer holds a Ph.D. in physics with additional expertise in business administration. His priority fields are in new technology applications for industry and power utility systems. In 2009 he was awarded the German Environmental Award.
Chris Henderson is a Canadian eco-entrepreneur, community leader and environmental innovator. For the past 35 years, he has led and been at the forefront of ground-breaking Canadian enterprises and local/national business, social and ecological initiatives which have global impact and resonance. Chris is a trusted and insightful commentator on economic, environment and energy issues that respect the Planet, and generate enduring outcomes for corporations, communities and Canada. Chris prime current role in advising and equipping Indigenous peoples and communities to develop and own clean energy projects to catalyze social development, economic opportunity and to combat Climate Change. His first book Aboriginal Power was published in 2013.
Chris is the President of Lumos Energy, Executive Director of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, Founder of The Delphi Group and Board Chair of the Globe Series.
Brendan works to advance the mining industry’s understanding of key economic issues, such as taxation, international trade and investment, transportation and infrastructure, energy and climate change, and innovation.
Brendan is also responsible for mining policy and regulation in Canada's North. Brendan is the lead writer and researcher for MAC’s annual Facts & Figures publication.
Prior to joining MAC, Brendan held several federal government positions, including Research Assistant to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Lead Advance to the Prime Minister of Canada, and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Brendan holds two Master’s degrees in Political Philosophy and Energy Management.
Frank Wiedmann, CEO and owner of ZILA, took over the business of ZILA in 2014 together with his brother. The company is designing and manufacturing industrial measurement and control devices.
Mr. Frank Wiedmann graduated from Braunschweig, Germany in measurement and control, before he joined a leading US based automation company. In his career at this company, he has worked in different engineering and sales roles. From 2006 to 2014 he led an international team responsible of Business Development and Systems Engineering in Europe, which gave him the opportunity to work on latest technology to make machines more safe and more efficient. A field of personal activities was machine condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, which became a key topic in the development of his own company.
As Tugliq Energy's Director of Projects and Development, Nicolas Séguin has an extensive background in both technical and managerial expertise. He developed his career for over ten years in the mining sector where he was responsible for developing energy strategy and ultimately holding the position of capital project manager for remote locations. Nicolas' technical portfolio includes experience in the design and execution of electrical transition and production systems.
Nicolas' mining sector experience and passion for clean energy transition are critical pillars in his role at Tugliq Energy in managing the company strategy and project pipeline to develop hybrid and renewable energy solutions for remote, fuel-dependent communities and industries. Tugliq Energy Corp offers its solutions across Canada and Internationally. It has delivered the award-winning Raglan I Project, the first of its kind autonomous industry-scale microgrid project in Arctic Canada which doubled in size through the addition of Raglan II in 2018. Tugliq also develops community-scale projects to ensure robust and resilient clean energy supply from remote regions in Arctic Canada to the Caribbean islands.
Atul Sharma completed his bachelor's in B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from Udaipur, India in 2003 and started working as a project engineer in Life Science and Pharmaceutical where he gathered hands-on experience in designing process and mechanical equipment for greenfield and brownfield projects as well in erection and commissioning of process plants.
In 2012 he completed his M.Sc. in Technology Transfer from Berlin, Germany, and started working as a project engineer for ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH from feasibility study phases for design and engineering of process and mechanical equipment and up to maintenance and after-sales service in powerplant industry in Asia and Europe.
For ERK Eckrohrkessel GmbH he works as head of inquiries on new business acquisition and supports existing operations with licensees (B2B) and operators (B2C) worldwide. He has conducted technical training and managerial seminars for the ERK group and has extensive experience in contract drafting, market development, technology assessment, technical sales, and management in renewables and energy sectors.
Mr. Jacob Irving has served as the President of the Energy Council of Canada since January of 2018. He has over 15 years of experience as an association manager and energy industry professional and is a Political Science graduate from the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Irving started his career in government with the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. Following this, he worked in Cape Town, South Africa as a Project Manager for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament before returning to Canada. Before leading the Energy Council of Canada, Mr. Irving was the President of the Canadian Hydropower Association for nearly ten years and prior to this, he was Executive Director for the Oil Sands Developers Group in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
As President of the Energy Council of Canada, Mr. Irving brings his members and energy stakeholders together to forge a better understanding of Canada’s energy opportunities and issues with the aim to optimally shape an affordable, stable and environmentally-sound energy system for the benefit of all Canadians.
Ryan McEachern is the Managing Director for the Mining Suppliers Trade Association Canada (MSTA CANADA). He has over 25 years of experience working in Canada and internationally in the mining industry for multinational mining, investment banking and global manufacturing and drilling services firms. Ryan holds an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Lakehead University, and hold a designation as a Professional Geologist in Ontario, Canada.
For 39 years, MSTA CANADA has been the national voice for the Canadian mining supply and services sector. The member based non-profit association mandate is to connect members to opportunities to grow their business and achieves this mandate through its three pillars of purpose: 1) Networking, 2) Education & Information and 3) Advocacy.
Michel Carreau is Director for Hybrid & Renewable Power at Hatch. He is a renowned energy expert with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a post-doctorate from Boston University, and more than 30 years' experience. He has managed multidisciplinary teams in more than 20 countries, building project experience in hybrid power, hydroelectricity, wind, solar and thermal power, energy storage, the complete LNG supply chain, and energy efficiency. Michel works directly with mining, ports, industrial companies, and remote communities to develop solutions that reduce energy costs and leave smaller carbon footprints.
Flyn McCarthy is a Principal at SysEne Consulting and leads the development of decarbonization and energy strategies for the world’s largest mining corporations. Flyn excels at understanding and modeling energy and carbon risk and developing energy management and carbon mitigation approaches for large mining operations. As an expert in carbon and energy management, Flyn has worked with all levels of mining corporations to build decarbonization and energy efficiency pathways that engage all stakeholders.
Flyn applies the systems approach to clean technology development and deployment and has been a change agent for energy efficiency and low carbon technology adoption in mining. He has performed the roles of auditor, project manager, energy manager and corporate energy manager. Flyn is motivated and passionate about helping organizations quantify and mitigate carbon and energy risks in this rapidly changing environment.
Gino is the decarbonization lead in Hatch’s Technologies Practice. He has over twelve years of experience in engineering, construction, commissioning, operational support, and project management for mining and metals clients including copper, nickel, lead, and platinum producers. His main areas of expertise include engineering and design of technologies for metallurgical applications. Gino’s current responsibilities include technology monitoring, due diligence, strategic partnerships, IP management, and technology commercialization. He has had key roles on projects for Anglo American, BHP, Glencore, Lonmin, Teck, and Vale among others. He is currently the project manager on an engagement with Vale to decarbonize their Base Metals operations.