Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

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The Plaza,

Westin Toronto Airport

950 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON M9W 5N4

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Sadia Zafar
905-602-4700 ext 265 

Manufacturers Division Symposium

Emerging Opportunities and Challenges for Heat Pumps and Alternative Refrigerants in Canada

Registration Open to
Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Contractors and Associates


8:00 am – 8:30 am
Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Flammable Refrigerants
Xudong Wang / AHRI

Xudong Wang, Director of Research, AHRI will provide an overview of the flammable refrigerants and the process of implementing them. He will also summarize the US industry’s research effort to address challenges of using flammable refrigerants. These activities include A2L refrigerants testing and potential ignition sources assessment. 

9:00am–10:00am: Federal ODS/Halocarbon Regulations Revised: What Does This Mean for Refrigerants in the Future? 

Philippe Chemouny/ECCC

On October 18, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) published the final revisions to the federal ODS and Halocarbon Alternatives regulations concerning control of HFCs. These changes include a phase down schedule for HFCs and newly established global warming potential (GWP) limits for refrigerants used in specific type’s refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Philippe Chemouny, program manager and a policy advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada will review the key changes to the federal regulation and provide information to attendees on what these changes will mean to refrigerants used in these systems as the compliance dates begin to take effect in 2020.

10:00am –11:00am: Pan-Canadian Framework / Space Heating - Road Mapping Exercise

Debbie Scharf/NRCan

In August 2017, federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers released a market transformation strategy for space heating technologies that outlined aspirational goals for energy performance in the short-, medium- and long-term. This strategy will help deliver on government commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, as outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework. Debbie Scharf will provide an overview of that building strategy, energy performance goals for space heating and an ongoing a road mapping exercise with stakeholders to overcome market barriers for these technologies.

11:00am–11:15am BREAK

11:15am – 12:00pm: Cultivating the Multi-Family Heat Pump Retrofit Market

Devon Calder/The Atmospheric Fund

Multi-family housing is a large and growing share of the housing stock in Ontario. Heat pumps are a key technology for unlocking deep greenhouse gas emission reductions in this important sector. The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) has been working with the IESO and Natural Resources Canada to assess the potential for accelerating heat pump retrofits in Ontario’s multi-family housing sector. This presentation will outline TAF’s findings to date including an assessment of key market barriers and opportunities to unlocking the retrofit market potential in Ontario and a progress update on TAF's ongoing and upcoming heat pump retrofit demonstration program work.

Devon Calder is Heat Pump Researcher for The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), aaward-winning public agency dedicated to addressing climate change and air quality in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - LUNCH  

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Decarb Heat–European Heat Pump Association  

Laure Meljac /NIBE 

Laure Meljac is a Regional Manager International Affairs at NIBE since January 2017. Laure is the Chair of the European Heat pump certification scheme (Heat Pump KEYMARK) and she is active in the European testing standard working groups for heat pumps.  

Laure has a PhD in chemical engineering. After her thesis, she worked 18 months as a researcher before joining the heat pump industry.

During the next 10 years she worked for a company in the heating and ventilation industry in France where she was in charge of product certification and conformity to European regulations.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: NRCan Activities to Advance Cold Climate Heat Pump Adoption

Debbie Scharf/NRCan 

Debbie Scharf will provide an overview of Natural Resources Canada’s current activities to advance cold climate heat pump adoption in Canada, including standards development, testing capacity and demonstration projects. 

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Update on Ontario GreenON Rebates

Evelyn Lundhild /Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

 The Symposium will be immediately                                                   followed by the OGA Conference 2018

Registrants of the Symposium will be eligible for member rate at the OGA Conference.

For more information, visit http://www.ontariogeothermal.ca/