December 14, 2017 (Toronto, Chicago, Hannover): The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and Hannover Fairs (Canada), Inc. today announced that the Solar Canada 2017 Conference and Exhibition, held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre from December 4-5, continues to be Canada’s largest and most important solar power event.
With Canada emerging as a leader in clean and sustainable economic growth powered by renewable energy, Solar Canada 2017 expanded on an established tradition of attracting industry experts and thought leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to solar power. Some of the high profile speakers at this year’s event included the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada; the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy; Terry Young, Vice President, Policy, Engagement and Innovation Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO); and the Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta.
“With Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, we can tackle climate change without leaving working people behind’, proclaimed Premier Notley. “So let’s go solar. Let’s go renewable. Let’s make sure our energy industry is part of the climate solution — one that will help all of Canada to prosper.”
Building on the Premier’s enthusiasm, next year’s event will take place in Calgary, Alberta from June 20-21, 2018.
“Many future opportunities in the renewable energy sector can be found across Canada, with the most significant in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan”, said Larry Turner, President of Hannover Fairs. “In recognition of western Canada’s leadership, and for the first time ever, the Solar Canada Conference and Exhibition will take place in Western Canada in June 2018.”
Next year’s event aims to build on the unmistakable buzz that surrounded Solar Canada 2017 created, in part, by the addition of the Gowling WLG Theatre which featured a number of progressive sessions focused on the shift towards consumer-driven demand for energy from renewable sources. Positioned as a new education stream (“Residential, Commercial and Industrial” ), these sessions were available, free of charge, to all event attendees. These sessions were well attended, resulting in “standing room only” throughout the event.
“Gowling WLG were delighted to participate as one of the Gold sponsors at Solar Canada,” said Thomas J. Timmins, Chair, Global Renewables Practice, Gowling WLG. “Solar Canada is Canada’s largest solar energy industry conference; all of the key industry thought leaders are there and the programming is terrific.”
As in previous years, the event also featured a thriving expo hall that brought together the entire solar industry supply chain, designed to encourage business development.
“Solar Canada was a very successful show for us,” pronounced Chris Meechan, Manager of Business Development and Sales for Quadra Power, the event’s Presenting Partner. “We formed important new connections and business development leads, reaching our expected return on investment on the very first day. We are delighted with the leads generated and look forward to continuing our relationship with Solar Canada.”
Finally, a number of networking events provided opportunities for attendees to connect with colleagues and industry stakeholders.
“Solar Canada 2017 cemented for me the fact that the market conditions for solar energy technology across Canada have never been stronger,” said John Gorman, President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association. “Accelerating emphasis on decarbonization, digitization, and consumer empowerment is connecting the dots between solar energy and the solutions of the future that we need to power our lives, businesses, and communities.”
For media enquiries, please contact Erin Seegmiller, CanSIA Communications and Administrative Coordinator, at ESeegmiller@cansia.ca or call 613-736-9077 ext. 221.
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. Learn more at www.cansia.ca. Like CanSIA Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc.
Hannover Fairs (Canada) Inc. is a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, one of the world’s largest and most active trade fair companies. Based in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe employs a staff worldwide of approximately 1,200 and maintains a network of 62 sales partners, subsidiaries and branches that cover more than 100 countries. Deutsche Messe annually produces more than 100 trade fairs and conferences worldwide, including Energy at HANNOVER MESSE and Canada’s premier solar energy event, Solar Canada Conference & Exhibition. Visit www.messe.de for more information.