Below is a guest post by Lauren Fowler of Durham Sustain Ability about an event taking place in Pickering this November:

Durham Partners in Project Green (DPPG), a program run through Durham Sustain Ability (DSA), provides the support and tools required to guide businesses on their path to sustainability. DPPG supports their business members by helping to develop the business case for sustainability, track their emissions and set reduction targets, access incentives to support sustainability projects, celebrate member success and more!

On November 7th 2017, DPPG is hosting an Energy and Innovation breakfast event with the City of Pickering. This event is relevant to businesses both small and large, who are interested in learning more about the opportunities available to reduce their environmental impact, save money, avoid risk and be leaders in their industry. After all, businesses are realizing that innovating for sustainability is more than a nice to do – it makes financial sense.

DPPG invites you to attend Energy and Innovation to hear from a number of expert guest speakers:

Sarah Petreven, Clean Energy Canada

Ontario’s Climate Action Plan and Cap and Trade

Sarah is policy expert and public commentator on climate and energy issues. With more than 10 years’ experience in public policy and communications, Sarah is a senior policy advisor for Clean Energy Canada, a climate and energy think tank based out of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Focusing her work in Ontario, much of her work involves advocating for effective policies to support carbon pricing, advance clean technology ventures, and increase the availability of clean power solutions in a rapidly changing, climate conscious world.

Mike Oreskovic, Storage Power Solutions

Why Does/Should Energy Conservation Matter to Businesses

30 years of sales and general management in the energy storage, power conversion and renewables business building global distribution networks for companies like Saft, AEG, Emerson and Eaton. Renewable and stored energy supply and service networks for notable companies in North America including Advanced Energy and Saft Battery Group. Power Electronics engineer from Ryerson University. with MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Dana Decent, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

What’s Health Got to Do With It? How the Health Impacts of Climate Change Translate Into an Economic Challenge

Dana Decent is Manager of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), an applied research centre with a national focus at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre establishes best practices to help homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to implement timely solutions that limit the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. As Manager, she directs the Intact Centre’s operational functions and leads research to support the centre’s programs. She is currently leading a study on the health impacts of flooding, where she has talked to over 100 households in neighbourhoods affected by severe flooding.

Sarah Keyes, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Adapting to Climate Change: Business Risks and Opportunities

Sarah Keyes is a Principal at CPA Canada. In this role, she leads research efforts addressing sustainability issues and how they relate to organizational decision-making, reporting and corporate governance. She is a subject matter expert in climate change with a deep understanding of the interconnections between climate change and business strategy, risk and performance. Prior to CPA Canada, Sarah worked as an auditor in Mining & Extractives at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an energy consultant at MNP.

Register for Energy and Innovation here

About the Author

Wendy Chiavalon is the Editor-in-Chief of The Local Biz Magazine. She lives in Ajax with her family. She loves watching Pixar movies, salsa dancing, road trips and of course, baking and eating cakes (who wouldn’t)?! In her spare time, she doubles as a cake decorator, baking and decorating cakes and other goodies for special occasions. You can check out some of her work at and follow her on Facebook at