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Invest in your energy future at ENEX08

Energy has been the top-of-mind issue for industry over the past few years, and managing energy use is becoming even more critical as costs rise and profit margins narrow. But getting the critical information your business needs can be a challenge.

To help industry manage this challenge, the editors and publishers of Energy Management, Green Business and PEM Plant Engineering and Maintenance magazines and Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) have joined forces to create Canada’s leading energy management & efficiency conference and exhibition.

ENEX08 (Energy Excellence 2008) is an innovative learning and networking conference and exhibition focused on world-class best practices in energy management and efficiency. The inaugural ENEX event is being held September 23 & 24, 2008 at Stage West Hotel & Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

July 24, 2008  By  Rob Colman

A hands-on experience
ENEX08 will feature keynote speakers, expert presentations, ‘bear pit’ working sessions, case studies and a half day of technical training on energy management, measurement and efficiency. This two-day event will welcome 100-200 key industry leaders and decision makers operating, managing and maintaining Canada’s small, medium and large manufacturing firms, as well as institutions and commercial business.

Participants at the event will include senior managers and owners, plant managers, engineers and maintenance managers; directors of engineering, production and operations, as well as facility managers, technicians, purchasers, and anyone involved in controlling, monitoring or reducing energy use in their facilities.

We are bringing experts from industry and government together to share energy management best practices, explain where to find the financial support to make critical energy management investments, and what new technologies are being developed that will help them thrive in the future.

Beyond the speakers, however, are opportunities for attendees to interact with industry experts one-on-one through technical demonstration sessions on the afternoon of the first day, and bear pit sessions in which attendees can share their pain points amongst each other and get critical feedback from their peers. This is a conference that focuses on the most critical take-away of any conference – the networking opportunities.


“Energy has been on the front burner for EMC members for some time and ENEX08 is a key component of our manufacturing initiative, said Al Diggins, President and General Manager of EMC. “This inaugural event is designed not only to teach participants about improvement opportunities, but also how to open the door to incredible networking and peer learning resources, as well as the strategies, programs and technologies that can be engaged to deliver significant energy cost savings and efficiencies.”

“The combined forces of both organizations will be actively marketing and promoting this event to our respective audiences, resulting in a mass media campaign to promote awareness and ensure this event is a big success for all parties,” says Frank Shoniker, group publisher of Energy Management, Green Business and PEM Plant Engineering and Maintenance.

Conference highlights
Day One of ENEX will open with a keynote address by Peter Love, Chief Conservation Officer for Ontario, who will provide an update on how the OPA’s efforts are changing energy demands in Ontario.

The opening panel discussion deals with “Identifying your energy pain points: cost, consumption, conservation and lowering your environmental footprint.” Panel members include Peter Rowles, vice-president, energy efficiency for Energy Advantage, and David Arkell, president of 360 Energy.

This first panel will be followed by case studies of Canadian companies that have made a difference through effective energy management. Moderated by Michael Burke, Director of the Industrial Programs Division of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the session will include a presentation by, among others, Doug Dittburner, chief engineer and energy team leader at the Molson Coors Canada Toronto Brewery.

The afternoon will feature four technical training sessions showcasing energy efficient technologies. The session will be moderated by Ken Bannister, the author of Energy Reduction Through Improved Maintenance Practices.

Day Two highlights include a presentation by Sean Brady, director of demand response and industrial programs at OPA, who will provide more information on the effective application of the OPA’s programs, and offer a few of the success stories established in the last few years.

This will be followed by a session on breakthrough technologies – a panel discussion that will include introductions to three technologies that can make a difference in your energy use today. Panelists include Victoria Hollick, vice-president of operations at Conserval Engineering; Tony Verelli, president of Cleanfield Energy; and Gerry Gill, chairman and CEO of Legend Power.

Interactive ROI
What are the energy trends in manufacturing today? Scott Rouse of Energy@Work will explain in his state-of-the-industry event.

Rouse’s presentation will lead into the last session of ENEX08, during which delegates will break into smaller groups for an interactive peer-to-peer session led by moderator Chet Metcalf. Attendees will share information about best practices and help develop their own takeaways about what they can do to improve the energy performance at their own facilities. 

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