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    2014 OCEPP Engineering and Public Policy Conference: Getting Engineering to the Policy Table


    7:30 to 8:15 a.m. I Breakfast

    8:15 to 8:30 a.m. I Welcome
    Bernard Ennis, P.Eng., Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Policy and Professional Affairs, Professional Engineers Ontario

    8:30 to 9:15 a.m. I Keynote address
    Does an election year offer unique opportunities to launch or expedite public policy initiatives? With municipal elections being held across Ontario this fall, and the possibility of a provincial election, engineers and policy specialists may have more advantages to get traction than in non-election years. This address will also focus on some of the board’s policy work in such areas as transportation and infrastructure, including the strategies used and outcomes.
    Carol Wilding, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade

    9:15 to 10 a.m. I Keynote address
    Governments have been steadily moving away from values-based policy to policy that is based on evidence. What constitutes evidence in the eyes of government and regulators? What can engineers bring to the table and how can they benefit from this change in direction? This address will include examples from policy work on the new Niagara Falls tunnel and air quality modelling and emission trading regimes in the U.S.
    Stephan Schott, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University

    10 to 10:15 a.m. I Break

    10:15 to 11:45 a.m. I Presentation and discussion - Exploring Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan
    Perspectives on the province’s energy strategy are as diverse as the energy options themselves. Central to the discussion are ensuring an optimal energy mix, how much businesses and consumers are willing to pay, and what policies would be conducive to a dependable and sustainable energy system. The session will include an outline and analysis of the plan, examine why some features are or are not the best options for the province, and allow time for questions from participants.
    Gary Thompson, P.Eng., C.Eng. (U.K.), Supervisor Generation Planning and Transmission Capacity, Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, and Member, OCEPP Advisory Board
    Serge Imbrogno, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Energy (invited)
    Warren Mabee, Associate Professor, Queen’s University

    12 Noon to 1:15 p.m. I Lunch
    Award presentation: 2014 OCEPP Student Essay Competition Winners

    1:15 to 2:30 p.m. I Presentation and Open Forum - Going forward from the Elliot Lake Inquiry
    When part of the roof of Elliot Lake’s Algo Centre Mall collapsed on June 23, 2012 it took the lives of two women and injured several other people. A few weeks later the Ontario government set up a formal inquiry to investigate the cause of the tragedy and to review relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws. The inquiry was also charged with taking recommendations on measures to prevent a recurrence of this failure. Following an overview by Chris Roney, P.Eng., who represented Professional Engineers Ontario at one of the two inquiry roundtables, conference participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and give their views.
    Presenter and moderator:
    Chris Roney, P.Eng., President, Roney Engineering Ltd.

    2:30 to 2:45 p.m. I Break

    2:45 to 4 p.m.I Presentation and workshop - Heating up in the Ring of Fire
    Why is there an infrastructure deficit in Ontario’s north? Should infrastructure be developed only after commitments for large-scale projects have been secured? Ontario’s Ring of Fire offers a relevant case study. Following a brief overview of some of the key issues regarding the Ring of Fire, conference participants will brainstorm in small groups. At the end of the workshop a representative from each table will briefly summarize key points from their discussion.
    Vic Pakalnis, P.Eng., President and CEO, MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian University Christine Kaszycki, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ring of Fire Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

    4 to 4:15 p.m. I Closing remarks
    Bernard Ennis

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    LocationSt. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, 150 King Street West, Toronto, OntarioSt. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, 150 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 4B6 (Map)
    Date & Time

    Friday, May 30, 2014
    7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, 150 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

    Time in 1401492600
    RegisterPlease click here to register.
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