2015 International Remote Renewables Workshop
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Location: Explorer Hotel, Katimavik A & B conference rooms

Registration and breakfast 7 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome ceremony and remarks 8:30 - 9:15 AM
Host and Content Provider: Pembina Institute, Dan Wong (City of Yellowknife), Chief Sangris (Yellowknives Dene First Nation)
Format: Plenary, welcome message
Audience: All delegates

Welcome message including conference information, what to expect, and a summary of pre-conference activities. Chief Edward Sangris (Yellowknives Dene First Nation) will open the conference with a prayer. Introduction includes an ice-breaker group activity.

What motivates us to do this work? 9:15 - 10 AM

Panelists will share a story or two that illustrate their motivation(s) to address the energy challenges in remote communities. Additional time is allocated to plenary discussion where participants are invited to share their stories.

Moderator: Linda Todd (Arctic Energy Alliance)
Format: Plenary with panel presentations and discussions, Q&A
Sean Magee (Bullfrog Power)
Ian Loughran (First Nation Power Authority)
Jen Hiscock (NRCan)

Networking break 10 - 10:30 AM

Stories of success, challenge and perseverance 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Moderator: Wade Carpenter (Government of Northwest Territories)
Format: Plenary with panel presentation and discussions, Q&A
Will Gatton (ABB)
Carl Brothers (Frontier Power)
Ian Flood, Geraldine Byrne (NWT Power Corp)

Panel speakers address questions regarding stories of success, emphasizing their challenges, and lessons learned. Questions examine goals, breakthroughs, challenges, local economic development success and failures, and systemic barriers to success.

Lunch with Intro to Systems Change Framework 12 - 1 PM
Lunch Guest: Aaron Barter (Advanced Energy Centre/MaRS)

Lunch followed by an introduction on how to approach systems change in a renewable micro-grid context, hosted by MaRS. The framework addresses policy and regulatory, solutions, and market capacity aspects of systems change.

Part 1: Developing innovative technical solutions at the project level 1 - 2:45 PM

Moderator: Simon Dyer (Pembina)
Format: Plenary with panel presentation, facilitated group discussions
Kyle Edginton (Canadian Solar), Brian Walmark (NCC)
Dennis Meiners (Intelligent Energy systems)
David Mall (SAFT Batteries)

Panelists include community, industry, government and technical experts. Topics of panel discussion include: getting the scale of projects right from small to medium, application of smart systems and energy storage, energy efficiency, troubleshooting, integration of renewable energy into diesel generation systems, and how to build local’s technical capacity. Systems change framework is used to facilitate group discussions.

Networking break 2:45 - 3:15 PM

Part 2: Local capacity and capturing socio-economic benefits for community energy projects 3:15 - 5 PM

Moderator: Dave Lovekin, Pembina Institute
Format: Panel, facilitated group discussions
Magdalena Muir (Arctic Institute)
Gillian Aubie-Vines (Coastal First Nations)
Vickie Francisco (Tlicho Government)

Panelists (community, industry, governance, technology experts) are asked to explain how their work involves innovative solutions that are cross-cutting in terms of local economic development, cultural and environmental benefit, capacity building, and addressing the top priorities of remote communities. Panel convener will ask panelists to address similarities and differences in perspectives. Systems change framework is used to facilitate group discussions.

Day 1 wrap up and closing summary 5 - 5:30 PM

Host: Pembina Institute
Format: Closing message

Closing message with a summary of day’s events and key discussion points.

Evening event
Social evening with The State of Research in Remote Microgrids 7 - 10 PM

Presenters: Robert Cooke (POLAR Knowledge Canada), Dan Ton (U.S. Department of Energy)
Format: Evening networking wine-and-cheese session, presentations
Location: The Prince of Wales Heritage café
Audience: All delegates welcome

The evening will primarily be a social networking event giving delegates a chance to meet new colleagues.

Presentation may will include insights from POLAR Knowledge Canada current research and also insight from the U.S. Department of Energy and their work on energy access, affordability and acceptability in Arctic communities.

Evening session will also include drumming for a local First Nation group.

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