Inaugural ENEX event a success
Energy Excellence 2008 (ENEX08) was launched this year by CLB Media (publisher of Energy Management and Green Business) and its project partners the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium to offer commercial and industrial facility managers, maintenance managers and engineers a two-day event in which to learn more about how best to manage their energy use.
By Rob Colman
The event was held at Stage West in Mississauga, Ont., on September 23rd and 24th and featured 17 speakers dealing with such issues as incentive programs, new technologies, maintenance and energy management best practices, and carbon management. About 100 attendees benefited from hands-on and interactive sessions, as well as a trade show that featured the newest in energy management technologies and management services.
Both speakers and delegates at the event indicated that not enough is being done to improve energy management practices. And yet, there are companies leading the way and making a difference. Doug Dittburner, chief engineer and energy team leader at Molson Coors Canada’s Toronto Brewery was on hand to explain how his team is making a difference at the brewery.
And Jean George Ghannoum, assistant manager of energy at Ivaco Rolling Mills was able to explain how his company has managed to save substantial sums of money by developing effect energy management practices. Yet even Ghannoum insists he can’t be complacent on energy management issues – maintaining a good energy management program is still a challenge.
During the afternoon session of day two at the event, attendees were able to roll up their sleeves and share amongst each other the challenges they face in managing their energy use. This interactive session provided specific takeaways for each attendee.
If you weren’t able to attend ENEX this year, visit www.energyexcellence.ca to watch a video round-up of the event, and to find out more about ENEX09.