Environment Industry Day 2010 at Queen's Park

ONEIA held its tenth annual Environment Industry Day at Queen's Park on May 18, 2010, under the able chairpersonship of Tom Heintzman of Bullfrog Power.  The day began with a briefing breakfast for members who were selected to join teams to meet with MPPs and cabinet ministers.  These meetings then took place throughout the day, allowing Ontario's environment companies to raise our industry's concerns with the province's key political figures. 

The Association was also pleased to host the Deputy Minister of the Environment, Gail Beggs, at a luncheon at the nearby Sutton Place Hotel sponsored by Newalta.  Ms. Beggs gave the 100+ attendees an overview of her ministry's ongoing process to modernize environmental approvals and took several questions from the audience. 

The afternoon saw the Association's joint industry-government roundtables produce productive discussions on such topics as Brownfields regulation, climate change, water and wastewater approvals and air permitting.  These roundtables allow senior government policy-makers to get "real time" feedback from those most affected by their policies, while industry participants can receive vital information and clarify questions they have about existing and future policies.

The evening reception at the dining room at Queen's Park, sponsored by Waste Management, was widely viewed as the "best yet."  Environment Minister the Hon. John Gerretsen was joined by several of his cabinet colleagues, Speaker of the House Steve Peters and a range of government and opposition MPPs.  All attendees checked out a display of wastewater technology offered by Filter Innovations and had time to network and exchange ideas to close out the day.

               


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