2014 Business and Policy Forum a success

The 2014 edition of the Ontario Environment Industry Association’s annual Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum was a great success.  The event, held on April 23 at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, attracted more than 160 attendees from a range of environment firms, financial and investment companies and all levels of government.  Participants were welcomed by opening remarks offered by City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who highlighted the contribution of the Cleantech sector to Toronto’s growing economy, noting that these businesses are driving the renewal of municipal infrastructure and a growing portion of Ontario exports.

The morning offered two panels on the municipal market and the trend towards alternative investment in infrastructure projects.  Representatives from some of Ontario’s leading municipalities offered their perspective on where important markets in water, waste and brownfields are going in the coming years.  And a range of experts in the investment field highlighted the opportunity for environment and cleantech companies to benefit from a range of projects, including large- and small-scale infrastructure renewal and P3 consortia.

The luncheon discussion offered a particular highlight to attendees, as the Deputy Ministers of Environment and Infrastructure sat for a fireside chat on the priorities and challenges that both of their ministries will face in the coming year.  Both Drew Fagan (Infrastructure) and Paul Evans (Environment) stressed their openness to dialogue with industry and their commitment to supporting innovative environmental approaches.

The afternoon roundtable sessions on waste, water, air/approvals, green R&D and Brownfields brought company representatives together with senior ministry officials for collegial and off-the-record conversations that allowed both parties to share concerns and identify areas where they could work together.  The day then concluded with a cocktail reception featuring the Minister of Environment, the Hon Jim Bradley, who reiterated his ministry’s commitment to dialogue and its appreciation of the work done by ONEIA companies.

Please see below for some pictures of the day. For more pictures please CLICK HERE.

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Norm Kelly, Deputy Mayor of Toronto

Panel 1 - Municipalities

Panel 1 - Municipalities

Morning break

Morning panel 2 Alternative Financing

Morning panel 2 Alternative Financing

Deputy Ministers Evans and Fagan and Matthew Mendelsohn

Evening Reception

Minister Bradley

Evening reception


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