Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Climate Disruption

 We are becoming increasingly aware that the technologies we have used to keep the lights on is pushing us over the edge. This series is intended to look at the various resources and methods of generating and distributing energy including new technologies.

Series Coordinators: Art Grady and Cheryl Kryzaniwsky

Series Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
Transportation: Trains, Planes and Automobiles
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This lecture will give an overview of the various modes of transportation and assess them for their value in balancing energy needs with the goal of reducing climate disruption.

 

 

About the lecturer 

Dr. Peter Frise

Professor of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at the University of Windsor.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s  and Carleton and has worked in the petroleum industry in West Africa, Canada and the United States.

Dr. Frise’s industrial career includes working as a Schlumberger oil well wireless data logging engineer in Nigeria, an R & D engineer in hydraulics and as a design group leader in processing.

Academics include: Carleton University, Loyola  Marymount University (Los Angeles) , Windsor University where he held the Chrysler Canada /NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Mechanical Design and founded Canada’s first University program in Automotive engineering in 1998.

2000-2016 Dr. Frise founded and led AUTO21, Canada’s National Automotive Research Program and largest research network.

As a volunteer he has served on numerous boards including the Project Review and Industrial Advisory Committees; Board of National Research Council of Canada (2006-2010); Defense Advisory Board of Canada (2007 – present).

In addition he has been involved in the Yves Landry Foundation, Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and of Engineers Canada.

Currently he is consultant to a number of firms in Automotive and manufacturing sector and advisor  on R & D, technical issues and business development strategies.  He restores old cars and motorcycles and lives in Windsor, ON.

Title:
Energy Production with Traditional Resources
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This lecture will explore the present and future technologies of the traditional resources of coal, oil, natural gas, hydrogen and nuclear.  There will be an examination of how Ontario uses traditional resources to effectively, efficiently and safely keep the lights on.

 

About the lecturer 

Frank Saunders

Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs

Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, where he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. He completed his time with Ontario Hydro Nuclear with four years of organizing and performing nuclear plant safety evaluations on behalf of Ontario Hydro and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). In this role, he performed inspections of North American and international plants.

After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.  

In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including safety, environment, security, regulatory relations and oversight.  Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.

Prior to his more than 25 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer. Currently, Frank holds the position of Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs with Bruce Power

Title:
Renewable Resources
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This lecture will examine the generation of energy utilizing hydro, solar wind, geothermal and wave action.  What will they cost? How safe and efficient are they and can they be used in tandem with traditional resources?

 

 

About the lecturer 

Dr. Michael Dang

Dr. Dang holds a PHD in electrical engineering from Manchester University in England.  After moving to Canada he worked as a consultant in Montreal until joining Ontario Hydro in 1988.   Dr. Dang retired in 2013 and currently lectures at McMaster University and at Mohawk College.  He publishes technical papers and is a consultant with various energy organizations.

                                               

Title:
Reducing Energy Consumption: Is it possible?
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

Can we reduce our need for energy?  How can we make it more efficient? This lecture will look at specific examples of savings such as energy friendly architecture and building materials.   How do we use our grid effectively and efficiently and what future technologies are being considered to reduce energy consumption.

 

 

About the lecturer 

Frank Saunders

Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs

Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, where he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. He completed his time with Ontario Hydro Nuclear with four years of organizing and performing nuclear plant safety evaluations on behalf of Ontario Hydro and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). In this role, he performed inspections of North American and international plants.

After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.  

In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including safety, environment, security, regulatory relations and oversight.  Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.

Prior to his more than 25 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer. Currently, Frank holds the position of Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs with Bruce Power

Title:
Energy Stakeholders: Who They Are
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

What is the role of government, industry, educational institutions and consumers in creating partnerships to keep the lights on and reduce climate disruption.

This lecture will unpack the importance of an integrated approach.

 

About the lecturer 

James Scongack

James Scongack is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Environment for Bruce Power and is responsible for environmental and waste management, Indigenous and community relations, communications, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations. In his role he has also the executive lead for the Site Lease with the Province and Isotope development.    Prior to his role in Corporate Affairs, James held the role as Executive Assistant to Bruce Power’s President & CEO from 2006-2011, while managing various company initiatives including new-build development projects and environmental reviews in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

More recently, James was part of the Bruce Power team which successfully negotiated a long-term commercial framework with the Province of Ontario, extending the life of the facility to 2064 enabling the $13 Billion life extension program. He also served as executive co-host for the 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency OSART Mission.

James sits on the Board of Life Labs, Canada’s largest independent provider of laboratory services. He is also is a Generator Representative for nuclear and co-chair on the Independent Electricity System Operator Stakeholder Advisory Committee.   He has an Executive MBA from London’s Ivey Business School and a Chartered Director through the DeGroote Business School Directors College. James also holds a Masters Degree from the University of Guelph College of Management and Economics in Leadership and a BA (Hons) and has completed Master’s-level Project Management certification through York University’s Schulich Business School.    James and his wife Jenny and daughter Aubrey live in Port Elgin, Ontario where he grew up.

Title:
Wrapping It Up: Where Do We Go From Here?
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

Dr. Tom Rand author of “Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit” and “Waking the Frog” will join us this morning via video conference to address the increasingly urgent issue of the destructive use of fossil fuels and the development of adaptable and renewable technologies.   He will outline what society needs to do to accomplish this challenging task.

This lecture will allow for an extensive Q&A period for BALL members.

 

About the lecturer 

Tom Rand

Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MSc in philosophy of science from the University of London / London School of Economics and an MA and PHD from the University of Toronto.   Tom is the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit.

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Tom Rand started his career as a software renegade in high school and went legit in 1991 when he founded Voice Courier Inc to service the emerging interactive voice response market.

Tom now focuses efforts on carbon mitigation and is active in Cleantech venture capital and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations.

Tom speaks publicly about the clean energy because it is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low=carbon economy.

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is a regular contributor to Canada’s leading op-ed pages and is a regular contributor on CBC’s On the Money.

Tom Rand says:  “clean energy is like the silicon chip in 1960 or the internet in 1990-just much, much bigger”.