Wednesday April 10, 2019

William Glesby Centre,

Portage La Prairie

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Sustainable Energy on the Farm and Home

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This day will include the following;

Efficiency Manitoba

Colleen Kuruluk | CEO for Efficiency Manitoba

A high level overview of Efficiency Manitoba

Colleen Kuruluk, a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business with majors in Marketing and Finance, is a highly respected authority and advocate for energy efficiency.

Previous to her current role as CEO for Efficiency Manitoba, Colleen worked at Manitoba Hydro for nearly 23 years where she ended her career as Manager of Power Smart Marketing Programs leading a large, multi-disciplinary team responsible for the research, design, and marketing of Energy Efficiency programs to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Additional contributions to the field include Colleen supporting energy efficiency in the building code, having served on the former Manitoba Building Standards Board as Vice Chair and the seat for Energy Efficiency for the past 10 years. Most recently she was appointed to the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, that will be focusing on energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings as well as renovations, at the national level.


Brad Crass | Executive Director at the Galileo, Inc.

A discussion on Biofuels and its application in Rural Manitoba

Brad is passionate about the environment and local Community Economic Development using methods of Energy Sovereignty and Food Security validated by science-based research and a self-sustaining business model. Galileo, Inc. is a Not-for-Profit specializing in the establishment, production and promotion of an organic renewable energy-dense liquid fuel as a substitute for non-renewable fossil fuels.

Earth Energy (Geothermal)

Gerard (Gerry) Paradis / Owner Paradise Geothermal

The inner working on Geothermal Energy and what you need to know.

Gerry started in plumbing and heating trade after high school graduation in 1981. Obtained his Red Seal Plumber and Refrigeration Mechanic certificates. He took over Paradise Plbg. And Htg. Ltd. From his father in 1985 which is also the year that he worked on his first heat pump installation in Winnipeg for an acquaintance. Gerry has been involved in over 900 heat pump installations and has designed thousands in residential, commercial, ice rinks, curling rinks, numerous churches, community halls and credit unions. Gerry is also a founding director of the MGEA (Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance) and is the current Vice-President.


Dr. Eric L. Bibeau | Associate Professor, P.Eng

Is energy storage right for you and what is the latest in technology improvements with various storage options.

Distributed Renewable Energy Research

The promotion of cost-effective energy sustainability, conservation and innovation is one of the most important scientific areas of our time required to address climate change. An important objective is to research and develop renewable energy technologies at the distributed scale. Eric’s research actively pursues renewable energy opportunities and encourages the development and demonstration of cost-effective energy applications that have environmental, social, and economical attributes. His research encourages collaboration to achieve renewable energy applications that are based on scientific and sound economic analysis.


Alex Stuart | Executive Vice President, Sycamore Energy Inc.

Solar energy on the farm and the viability in a market like Manitoba

Alex Stuart is an expert in the design and development of custom renewable energy systems. By using innovative approaches to a customer's energy needs, it is possible to save the customer considerable amounts of money. Energy sources come in many shapes and sizes, and it's certainly not one size-fit-all. It's been exciting to be part of the Renewable Energy sector for the past 8 years, watching it grow and develop. The current piece of technology that Alex and many others are watching is the development of energy storage technology, and the differences between community storage and individual storage.

Financing Clean Energy Solutions

Jamie Arbuckle, Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada

Jamie Arbuckle was born and raised in Winnipeg, and grew up actively involved in Agriculture with both of his parents involved in the industry. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in AgriBusiness, and has spent the past three years with Farm Credit Canada, providing financing solutions tailored to his individual customers. He started his career in Yorkton, SK, made a move to Morden, MB, and is now a Relationship Manager out of FCC’s Portage la Prairie office.

Stay tuned for key presentations on funding strategies. The day will be topped off with panel discussions on the above topics and the future of sustainable energy in Manitoba.

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