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Climate Change 2 Conference: Canadian Technology Development 

2001 October 3-5,  Holiday Inn on King, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 


•  Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Management Essential
•  Canadian Commitment and Solutions
•  Technology Development Needed
•  Potential Synergies Between All Sectors
•  Establish Forum to Explore and Exploit Opportunities 

There is an international consensus that control of atmospheric greenhouse gases is needed and Canada has made a commitment to reduce emissions.  Technology development is an essential component of Canada’s strategy to meet the commitment. Policy to encourage this  is now in the process of being established. We believe there is untapped potential for the development of technology based synergy between the many sectors of our economy which will lead to reduced atmospheric greenhouse gas.  We have thus established a forum to bring together Canadian policy makers, innovators, researchers, and developers who have a stake in technology development. 

We have structured the program to achieve this end, while simultaneously providing a source of science and technology based public information. 

The Conference Organizers

•  BIOCAP Canada Foundation
•  Canadian Hydropower Association
•  Canadian Hydrogen Association
•  Canadian Nuclear Society
•   Integrated Energy Systems (University of Victoria)
•   CRUISE - Carleton U. Research Unit for Innovation on Science and Environment
•   Canadian Society of Agrometeorology - CSAM
•   Electric Vehicle Association of Canada, and
•   Canadian District Energy Association (CDEA)

The conference has been organized by a number of associations, societies, institutes and foundations. These entities represent a wide range of interests from energy supply to agriculture, forestry  and transportation.  

Conference Theme and Structure

•  Nature and Life, Including Humans, Depend on Energy
•  The Conference is Structured to Consider: 


Sources of Energy and Materials


Services Provided by Energy


Sinks and Salvaging of GHG Emissions from Energy Use


Societal Issues

Human energy use is often cited as the root cause of greenhouse gas emissions. We are cautiously optimistic that human use of energy may also be the key to helping control greenhouse emissions. 

We have structured the conference to bring out the role the wise use of  energy can play in helping us to control greenhouse gas through opportunities to create and enhance natures sinks for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. 

The Program

•  Jay Ingram - Discovery Channel
•  Talks From Ministers of Environment and Energy
•  Technical Papers
•   Federal Technology Development Initiatives
•   Alternative Energy Supply
•   Life-Cycle GHG Emissions
•   Agricultural Sinks
•   Forestry
•   Geological Sinks
•    Kyoto Negotiation Status
•    Dave Broadfoot – CBC Royal Canadian Airfarce 

In view of the general controversy on the actuality of climate change, We have commissioned Jay Ingram of the Discovery Channel to address the issue at our opening reception.  

The role of federal and provincial governments is very important and we have invited ministers of energy and environment who are heavily involved. 

Our technical papers cover emissions from energy use as well as opportunities to recover these emissions  from the atmosphere through biological sinking processes. 

Finally we have invited Dave Broadfoot to give us a break from these serious discussions

Sampling of Key Speakers

•  The Honorable David Anderson – Environment Canada
•  The Honorable Ralph Goodale – Natural Resources Canada
•   Stuart Smith – National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
•   Graham Campbell –  Co-Chair of the Former Technology Issue Table
•   Robert Meneley – Canadian Gas Potential Committee
•   James J. MacKenzie, World Resources Institute
•   David Layzell – BIOCAP Canada Foundation
•   Bill Gunter – Alberta Research Council
•   Matthew McCulloch, Pembina Institute
•   Bob Page – TransAlta Corporation
•   Paul Fauteux – Environment Canada
•   Allan Amey – Alberta Climate Change Central 

Sampling of Sponsors


Why You Should Participate? 

We have assembled a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a broad perspective of opportunities for technology development related to greenhouse gas reduction.

The conference is set square in the context of the on-going international negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. The content of the conference includes a good deal of information on the potential for biological and geological sinks as well as nuclear energy and transportation. These technology areas are considered to be significant opportunities for Canada and some figure very prominently in the international negotiations.

We believe this will be a unique opportunity for participants to acquire informed information on Canada’s position with respect to technology development and the on-going negotiations  the Kyoto protocol. Those responsible for setting Canada’s direction on technology development will be in attendance  at  federal and provincial levels. The potential to develop contacts and insight to new  perspectives to support development opportunities is significant. We hope you will be able to attend and look forward to meeting you again in October

Post Conference Supplement

Forty papers were presented at the 2001 conference to supplement the twenty-three papers of the 1999 symposium. Participation totalled about 225 for the two events.  Additional details and most of the papers, presentations and abstracts remain posted at the joint conference-seminar website maintained by the Canadian Nuclear Association. (DRP 04/01/20)


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