HVACR Climate Change Story:

Technology, Transition and Talent


Sunday (Afternoon)

Boat Tour: Rideau Canal and Ottawa River or Brewery Tour: Three breweries and pubs or Museum Tour: Canada Museum of Nature

Sunday (Evening)

Conference Kick Off: Westin’s TwentyTwo banquet facility; Annual Report; Speaker: Chris Turner

Monday (Morning)

Panel: Climate Change

Coffee Crawl: Thursty Pedaler or Walking Tour: Historic Highlights

Panel: Technology or Refrigerant


Monday (Afternoon)

National Gallery of Canada or Electric & Regular Bike Ottawa Tour or Aerial Park and Mountain Coaster

Monday (Evening)

Dinner: Parliament Banquet Facility

Tuesday (Morning)

Food Tour: Taste of the Byward Market or Walking Tour: Historic Highlights

Keynote: Bruce Lourie


Divisional AGMs


Tuesday (Afternoon)

Sit-in Government Question Period

Tour: CanmetENERGY

Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Influential Environmental Policy Expert, Innovative Environmental Leader, Entrepreneur

Bruce Lourie is known for convening collaborative efforts among businesses, NGOs and government. He has played a pioneering role in connecting environmental issues to human health, most notably with his leadership in the effort to phase out coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in North America. Bruce is the co-author of two bestselling books (including the internationally-acclaimed Slow Death by Rubber Duck), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He has received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University’s top alumni recognition, and Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.

Bruce is a former Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator and of the Ontario Power Authority. He is a founder of several for-profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, one of Canada’s leading energy efficiency consultancies, the Clean Economy Fund, the Sustainability Network and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. Bruce has served on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, energy and health policy issues, holding a B.Sc. in Geology, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. examining risk and environmental policy.

Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Expert on Sustainability, Climate Change, Cleantech and the Global Energy Transition

The global economy is undergoing its greatest transformation since the dawn of the industrial age, shifting from an energy regime built on fossil fuels to one run by clean, renewable power. Chris Turner has been documenting this transition for almost 20 years: he will draw on his bestselling books on energy and sustainability, distill years of field research and present a concise case for real optimism about the better world emerging from the pursuit of climate solutions. Chris will explain where energy transition leads, what our energy future looks like, and what it means for the strategic decisions of businesses and organizations like HRAI in this new economy.

Chris Turner is an award-winning author with several bestselling books. The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands won the National Business Book Award, and his previous books on climate solutions, The Leap and The Geography of Hope, were both National Business Book Award finalists. Turner’s writing on energy, climate and technology has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and many other notable publications. He has won 10 National Magazine Awards, among other distinctions. As a speaker and communications strategist, Turner’s clients have included the Canadian Climate Institute, Natural Resources Canada, TD Bank, Compugen, Shaw Industries, the Canadian Institute of Planners and Siemens Energy.