ClimateWise Events

ClimateWise holds numerous events throughout the year. These events not only offer great learning opportunities, but also the opportunity to connect, confer, network and collaborate with other ClimateWise members and sustainability experts.

Past Events

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What does a PC government mean for green business?

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

After fifteen years, there is a new party governing Ontario. Would it be business as usual under Premier Doug Ford? Join ClimateWise for a non-partisan, in-depth panel discussion on how sustainability in the business sector can be affected by the provincial election results.


Joe Mulhall, Immediate Past President - Canadian Union of Skilled Workers

Keith Brooks, Program Director - Environmental Defence

Laura Zizzo, Founder and CEO - Zizzo Strategy

Peter Howard, Vice President - Pond Technologies

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

ClimateWise Evening of Recognition

General Motors Canadian Technical Centre, 5-8pm

Awards season is upon us and ClimateWise is recognizing our members for their sustainability achievements. This year, our event is held at the brand new GM Canadian Technical Centre. The facility focuses on next-generation technological innovation and solutions for environmental sustainability.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, cash bar available.

Stay tuned for more event information.

Information and registration

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Global Adjustment Webinar

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with Energy@Work, is hosting a workshop on Global Adjustment (GA) to address the charge on your electricity bill.

GA was established by the Ontario government in 2005 to cover the cost of providing adequate generating capacity and conservation programs for Ontario. Recent regulatory changes allow commercial consumers (Class “A” with peak demand greater than 1MW) to choose how GA is charged, allowing them to be billed based on their consumption during the top five peak demand hours. While this creates an opportunity for companies to save money by implementing strategies to reduce or offset their load during these peak hours, it has also created some confusion in the industry.

What You Will Learn:

  • Overview of Global Adjustment
  • What are the components and costs?
  • What are the processes involved?
  • What should be the Class A / Class B strategy?
  • Case studies to demonstrate costs and benefits

Global Adjustment is relevant to any commercial customer who pays the spot market price or who has signed a contract with a licensed electricity retailer. The best choice for customers depends on numerous factors, which will be outlined in this webinar.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ClimateWise at Aurora Green Drinks

Aurora Royal Canadian Legion, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

ClimateWise is joining the Aurora chapter of Green Drinks to deliver a special presentation on Building Energy and Water Reporting. Offices, industrial, and retail buildings account for 19% of Ontario's total greenhouse gas emissions and this is your opportunity to learn about how reporting can help reduce your overall emissions.

The presentation will highlight the Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use regulation, where you will learn the following:

  • Assess how much energy and water your building uses
  • Identify ways to reduce energy and water use, thereby reducing costs
  • Compare usage with similar buildings
  • Measure reductions and improvements over time

Register here

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Green Commercial Vehicle Program Webinar

2:00pm - 3:00 pm

Special Guest: Michael Brewer, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Transportation Ontario

The commercial transportation sector is the second largest source of transportation greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province. The Green Commercial Vehicle Program aims to reduce GHG emissions from the commercial transportation sector by shifting to low-carbon fuels.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation launched the modernized Green Commercial Vehicle Program in December 2017. The program will offer rebates for businesses buying low carbon vehicles and devices. Register today to learn how you can take advantage of this incentive.

Register here

Read the press release

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Energy and Water Reporting Seminar

Vaughan City Hall, Multipurpose Room, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Did you know that offices, industrial and retail buildings account for 19% of Ontario's total green house gas (GHG) emissions? The Government of Ontario is seeking to reduce building emissions is through the Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use regulation.

The goal of the regulation is to help:

  • Assess how much energy and water your building uses
  • Identify ways to reduce energy and water use, thereby reducing costs
  • Compare usage with similar buildings
  • Measure reductions and improvements over time

On February 13, 2018, join us for the opportunity to learn about building reporting. It will be a fast paced, interactive session where we answer your questions and collaborate with your peers.

A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Register here

Monday, January 22, 2018

Climate Change and Energy Benchmarking

In partnership with Faith & the Common Good

Special guest: Dr. Diane Saxe, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner

Join ClimateWise and Faith & the Common Good for an informative webinar to discover why it is essential for faith communities to respond to the climate crisis.


7:00pm Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement
7:10pm Keynote Address — "Climate Change Now" with Dianne Saxe
7:40pm Benchmarking Program — Donna Lang, Toronto Animator, Faith & the Common Good
8:00pm Toronto Hydro Incentives — Jacob Rothberg, Program Associate, Conservation and Demand Management
8:10pm Enbridge Gas Incentives — Jeff Blunt, Energy Solutions Consultant, Energy Conservation
8:20pm Q & A and Wrap up

Register here

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Smart Green Program for Manufacturers

Special Guest: Louise Rubletz, Director of the SMART Green Program at Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

Ryan Ram, Technical Advisor, SMART Green Program at CME

The SMART Program encourages investments in technology and improved manufacturing processes. Learn how small and medium sized manufacturers can reduce their green house gas emissions and receive up to 50% non-repayable grants. This includes incentives for upgrading your processing equipment and enhancing its energy efficiency.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum

Aurora Cultural Centre

The inaugural York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum is coming! ClimateWise Business Network is hosting an evening to discuss emerging trends in sustainability. Find out what is to come in Ontario as we look towards 2030. A panel of experts will discuss their successes, challenges, and outlook for the future of environmental sustainability.

Special guests: The Hon. Chris Ballard (Ontario's Minister of Environment and Climate Change), Simon Guan (General Motors), Jordann Thirgood (Mowat Energy), Paul Sommerville (Mowat Energy) Dr. Karine Rashkovshy-Tomas (Brain Power)

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, cash bar available.

Find out more

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Driving to Sustainability

Special Guests: Mark Goody, Manager of Electric Vehicle Programs at FleetCarma
Bruce Winchester, Executive Director of Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

Drive into the world of green vehicles! Learn how incorporating electric, hybrid or natural gas vehicles in your fleet can benefit your organization. Our guest speakers will discuss how you can take advantage of government incentives for green vehicles. The Green Commercial Vehicle Program, a rebate-based program, is currently in review by Ontario's Ministry of Transportation.

Special guests:

Mark Goody, Manager of Electric Vehicle Programs at FleetCarma

Bruce Winchester, Executive Director of Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Green Building Study Tour: The Bill Fisch Centre

Special Guest: Denis Poncelet, York Region Project Engineer

The Bill Fisch Centre in York Region Ontario

The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre was constructed to progress York Region's commitment to sustainability and being global leaders in forest management. With a goal of achieving The Living Building Challenge - the world's most prestigeous performance standard for green buildings, it maintains net-zero energy use and net-zero water use. The Centre has achieved LEED platinum and Petal certification since its construction.

Denis will provide an overview of the building's green features, opportunities and challenges including lessons learned during building construction and operations.

Setting a sustainability target in business

Members-Only Workshop

On Thursday, June 29th, ClimateWise will be hosting a members-only workshop that focuses on how a business can set a carbon emission reductions target, what a relevant target is for your organization, and how to setting a target can help inform your sustainability work.

ClimateWise First Annual Evening of Recognition

Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, North York ON

4 pm to 9 pm

Please join us on Wednesday May 31st as we showcase and celebrate sustainability leadership at our first annual Evening of Recognition! We're thrilled to announce our special evening will be held at the brand new Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in North York!

ClimateWise Webinar on Global Adjustment

What is the Global Adjustment charge and how does it affect your business

10:am to 11:am

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with the IESO and Energy@Work, is hosting a workshop on Global Adjustment (GA) to address the charge on your electricity bill. Join us for an improved understanding of GA and the steps you need to take before the June 15th deadline.

Funding Energy Efficiency Projects

Free Lunch Seminar

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 12:noon to 2:pm

Vaughan City Hall, MPR Room

New funding is available to subsidize the cost of energy efficiency projects. This event will help business owners and financial managers understand the business case for energy efficiency and sustainability, and learn how to fund their projects.

ClimateWise Breakfast Seminar

New Reporting Regulations for Ontario Large Buildings

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 8:am to 10:am

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Ontario's mandatory Building Benchmarking and mandatory Energy and Water Reporting regulations will be in effect as of 2017. Learn from experts about the new regulations and how building owners can benefit from reporting.

Free ClimateWise webinar

Assessing Your Facility's Energy Performance

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — 10:am to 11:30am

ClimateWise Business Network is hosting a webinar on Assessing Your Facility's Energy Performance. On Wednesday December 14th at 10:am, learn from Energy@Work, Technosim and PowerStream how Existing Building Commissioning (ECBx) and energy audits can drive deeper cost savings in your facilities.

Free ClimateWise webinar

What does Cap and Trade mean for your business

Thursday, October 27, 2016 — 10:am to 11:30am

Ontario's Cap and Trade legislation comes into effect in January 2017. ClimateWise is hosting a free webinar that will provide an overview of the legislation and a discussion of it's impacts on Ontario business. The webinar will include guest speakers and examples of businesses using carbon pricing to their advantage.

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