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Program 2022 – Green Tech Festival
Program 2022 – Green Tech Festival

Program 2022

Green Tech Festival

green tech, energy of the future, green hydrogen, solar energy, electric cars, Montreal

Thanks to our conference presenter RECYC-QUEBEC

The Société québécoise de récupération et de recyclage. The reference for everything related to the responsible management of residual materials in Quebec. Its mission: To lead Quebec to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover residual materials in a circular economy perspective and to fight against climate change.


The perfect opportunity to network and seize business opportunities in the various cleantech sectors, taking advantage of the presence of several organizations and companies in ecological transition. Entrepreneurs and the general public are welcome!

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10h : Press conference with the honorary president and his guests (in French only)

Friday – 10h (in French only)

Press conference with the honorary president and his guests :

  • Daniel Melançon, Honorary President 2022
  • François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation
  • Éric Filion, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Customer Experience, Hydro-Québec
  • Sonia Gagné, President and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC

Sonia Gagné was appointed president and CEO of RECYC-QUEBEC in January 2018. She previously held the position of Vice President Operations Performance since 2016. In this capacity, she notably oversaw the continuous improvement of operations and customer service in addition to playing a key role in positioning the Company as a true leader in waste management in Quebec. From 2012 to 2015, she worked on various mandates for the Crown corporation as a senior consultant in organizational development.

Prior to joining RECYC-QUEBEC, Ms. Gagné accumulated over 25 years of experience as a consultant in business process optimization, training and facilitation, both in Quebec and abroad, with private and public organizations. She was also a lecturer at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

Over the course of her career, Ms. Gagné has developed strong skills in concerted action and mobilization of various stakeholders around common ambitions, by promoting an approach that integrates processes and human aspects.

Ms. Gagné holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychosociology from UQAM. In 2020, she obtained the designation of Certified Corporate Director (CCD), the university certification in corporate governance from the College of Directors of Laval University.

In addition to her role at the helm of RECYC-QUEBEC, she is also involved as a member of the board of directors of the Espace de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR) and the Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD). She also served on the board of the Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CARA) from 2017 to 2019.

Daniel Melançon, Honorary President 2022
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation
Éric Filion, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Customer Experience, Hydro-Québec
Sonia Gagné, President and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC

11h : Chief Innovator for Quebec at the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (in French only)

Friday – 11h -11h30 (in French only)
Luc Sirois, Executive Director of the Quebec Innovation Council


Luc Sirois holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a leader and entrepreneur recognized in Quebec and around the world for his creative approach to innovation and for his involvement in digital technology in Quebec, investing in numerous startups and non-profit organizations focused on youth, health, science and education.

He co-founded the health innovation movement Hacking Health as well as a digital health gas pedal and venture fund. He is co-founder of Resonant Medical, now Elekta Canada, a pioneering radiation oncology company. He has also worked as a vice-president at TELUS Health, Telesystem and Nightingale in connected health, and as a manager in strategic consulting at McKinsey and Company in their Montreal, Toronto, Zurich and Paris offices. He was until recently Executive Director of Prompt, an organization that facilitates the creation of R&D partnerships between companies and the public research community to improve Quebec’s competitiveness in the ICT market.

In August 2020, he was appointed strategic advisor to the Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation to lead the new model for the valorization of public research and to oversee the implementation of this structure that will provide services to all players in this field in Quebec. In December 2020, he was appointed Chief Innovator of Quebec and Director General of the newly created Quebec Innovation Council.

Luc Sirois, Executive Director of the Quebec Innovation Council


12h30 : Panel on energy in Quebec (in French only)

Friday – 12h30 to 13h30 (in French only)
Energy Inaction in Quebec

While we regularly hear about the energy transition, the reality of the energy situation is quite different. Consumption is not changing, structuring investments are too timid and both regulations and pricing do not correspond at all to the imperatives of a decarbonized world. For the transition to happen, we need to talk about change and shake up the status quo.

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, University of Montreal

Pierre-Olivier Pineau (Ph.D. HEC Montréal, 2000) is a full professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at HEC Montréal and has held the Chair of Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is a specialist in energy policy, particularly in the electricity sector.
He has published numerous articles on the energy sector, most of which explore the links between energy and certain aspects of sustainable development. He regularly appears in the media to analyze energy news. He has produced various reports for government and public agencies. He has been a member of the Quebec government’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change since April 2021.He is a researcher and Fellow at the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO). Prior to HEC Montréal, he was a professor at the University of Victoria (BC) from 2001 to 2006.

Hugo Séguin, COPTICOM (virtual presence only)

Hugo Séguin has been active in the environmental community for over 20 years, notably with Greenpeace, Équiterre, Ecojustice, Climate Action Network International and the Réseau Action Climat, which he chaired. He is a consultant with COPTICOM, a Fellow of CERIUM and teaches at the University of Sherbrooke. He has just published Lettre aux écolos impatients et à ceux qui trouvent qu’ils exagèrent, published by Écosociété.

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Université de Montréal

Hugo Séguin, COPTICOM

13h30 : Residential and industrial Solar Energy Panel (in French only)

Friday – 13h30 to 14h30 (in French only)
Residential and Industrial Solar Energy

Discover below the four guest speakers for this panel of experts hosted by Patrick Goulet!

Patrick Goulet, Énergie Solaire Québec

Retired after 30 years of service to Hydro-Quebec in the Equipment Group, member of ESQ since 2004, he took over the presidency of the organization in 2017. Constantly on the lookout for the latest renewable technologies, Patrick likes to share his discoveries with the general public.


Yves Poissant, Canmet

Yves Poissant is a specialist in solar photovoltaic technologies and has been a research manager at CanmetÉNERGIE, Ressources naturelles Canada for over 20 years. Trained as a scientist, Yves obtained a Ph.D. in physics (2001) from the École Polytechnique de Paris where his research focused on the development of amorphous silicon-based solar cells.

He now manages a portfolio of research and demonstration projects related to solar photovoltaics (PV) covering :

– large-scale integration of PV into electrical distribution networks
– integration into Nordic stand-alone grids
– Performance evaluation of PV systems and solar panels;
– development of performance and safety standards for PV systems.

He is co-chair of the Canadian committee TC 2303 and a member of the international committee IEC TC82 on PV systems standards and represents Canada on the IEA PVPS international collaboration committee on photovoltaic systems.

Yves lives with his family in his own grid-connected solar home in the Montreal area and runs, in part, on solar electricity.


Martin Lambert, Écosolaris

Lambert leads the Laurentian company he founded in 2008. He and his team have participated in several large-scale renewable energy projects in Quebec and abroad. In 2016, he acquired a manufacturing company in hot water heating products, and in 2019, he developed his own exclusive line of innovative products for the off-grid market. His products are now sold in Canada, the Caribbean, and several African countries. In addition to running his company, Mr. Lambert acts as an expert consultant in solar energy and storage to NGOs and various organizations on off-grid solar systems.


Mike Perreault, Rématek

President of Rematek Energy since 2017. The company is a leading provider of renewable energy systems in North America. It offers turnkey services for engineering, procurement and installation of systems. They are also a wholesaler/distributor of products such as solar panels, wind turbines, inverters, batteries and accessories.


Jérémy Boucher, VadimUS

Jeremy has over 5 years of experience in the installation, retrofit and maintenance of low and medium voltage electrical equipment. He has successfully completed a number of engineering projects for commercial, industrial and institutional clients. In recent years, he has managed teams of up to 40 people. 

Jeremy is an engineer, having completed an electrical engineering degree at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. He also obtained certification for StarDust Solar training for solar panel and battery installations in July 2019. He is a co-founder of the company vadimUS. 

Yves Poissant, Canmet

Martin Lambert, Écosolaris

Jérémy Boucher, VadimUS

Mike Perreault, Rématek

Host : Patrick Goulet

14h30 : Circular Economy Panel (in French only)

Friday – 14h30 to 15h30 (in French only)
Circular Economy

Learn more about the topics that will be discussed during this expert panel moderated by Scott McKay, Strategy and Policy Advisor at SMK Environnement Stratégique.

Theme 1 : Achieve Your GHG Reduction’s Goals Through Circular Economy Model
Annie Levasseur, ETS Montréal

Annie Levasseur is a professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Construction Engineering at the École de technologie supérieure and holds the Canada Research Chair on Measuring the Impact of Human Activities on Climate Change.

She is also the scientific director of CERIEC, the Centre d’études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire and a member of the advisory committee on climate change of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. She is a process engineer by training and worked for eight years in the petrochemical industry before reorienting her career towards academia.

In addition to her research on environmental impact modeling, she teaches life cycle analysis and the integration of environmental and sustainable development aspects in engineering projects.


Theme 2 : The Circular Gap Report and Actions to Accelerate the Transition to the Circular Economy
Étienne Angers, RECYC-QUEBEC

At RECYC-QUEBEC for nearly 10 years, Étienne has contributed to the development of numerous projects and worked on several programs encouraging greener practices for Quebec organizations.

Over the past 5 years, he has helped the province shine in the field of the circular economy by participating in a variety of initiatives: calls for projects, stakeholder committees, various partnerships and events on the subject.

Most recently, in collaboration with Circle Economy, he actively worked on the publication in May 2021 of the Quebec Economy Circularity Index report, the first of its kind outside of Europe, at the regional level and in French. He sees the circular economy as a privileged path towards a waste-free Quebec!


Theme 3 : Le Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI)
Jennifer Pinna, Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI)

Passionate about innovation in all its forms, Jennifer has quickly established herself as an ambassador for the circular economy in Quebec. A graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in environment, she has been developing circular thinking at the Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle for over 12 years. The CTTEI’s growth is consolidated by major investments in emerging green technologies, such as its new pilot-scale hydrothermal oxidation laboratory, unique in Canada. Circular economy also rhymes with operations optimization!

Pragmatic and enthusiastic, Jennifer also leads Synergiequebec.ca, a unique network that brings together some twenty territorial symbioses throughout Quebec. This living laboratory brings to light 1001 solutions and mechanisms to facilitate the transition to a circular economy. Better yet, Synergie Québec shares its success stories and their environmental, economic and social benefits, with supporting figures. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reclamation of residual materials, savings! Curious to see more?

Annie Levasseur, ÉTS Montréal

Étienne Angers, Recyc-Québec

Jennifer Pinna, Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle

Host : Scott McKay

15h30 : Transforming Mine Tailings Into "Green" Hydrogen (in French only)

Friday – 15h30 to 16h (in French only)
Transforming Mine Tailings Into “Green” Hydrogen

Cerro de Pasco Resources has recently incorporated a German company to develop a technology for the large-scale conversion of mineral waste contained in its Quiulacocha mine tailings site in Peru into “green” hydrogen. The Company’s vision is to move Cerro de Pasco from being an iconic case of environmental devastation to a showcase of “green” mining, with enormous environmental, social and economic benefits.

Guy Goulet, Ressources Cerro de Pasco

Guy Goulet, a geological engineer, graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1986, has been active in the mining sector for over 30 years. He has listed, financed and managed several mining companies since 1995. He has been the driving force behind many innovative projects, such as Lithos Corporation, the first company in the lithium sector, and H2O Innovation, the largest municipal water treatment company in Canada.

After restarting the Zgounder mine in Morocco from 2008 to 2016, Guy Goulet undertook an ambitious project to clean up one of the world’s largest mining environmental disasters: the Cerro de Pasco site in Peru. His publicly traded company even plans to produce green” hydrogen from mine tailings.

Guy Goulet, Ressources Cerro de Pasco

16h : Green hydrogen Panel (in French only)

Friday – 16h to 17h (in French only)
Green Hydrogen

Discover below the four guest speakers for this expert panel hosted by Patrick Goulet!


Bruno Pollet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (virtual presence only)

Bruno G. Pollet (Google Scholar h-index 47, # citations > 9,000, > 210 publications) is a professor of chemistry at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He is also deputy director of the Recherche sur l’Hydrogène (IRH), responsible for scientific development and partnerships, assistant professor of renewable energy at the Université norvégienne des sciences et technologies (NTNU), member of the “NTNU Team Hydrogen” (the largest hydrogen R&D cluster in Norway), extraordinary professor of hydrogen energy at the Université de Western Cape (South Africa), and chairman of the Green Hydrogen Division of the Association internationale pour l’énergie hydrogène (IAHE).

He serves on several industry associations and boards as well as editorial boards of international journals (Elsevier, Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer & Wiley). He has edited more than 18 books and published more than 25 book chapters in the field of hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells, sonochemistry and sonoelectrochemistry. He has also given more than 200 presentations at various international events.


Daniel Charette, Charbone

Daniel Charette is a renewable energy veteran and entrepreneur who has managed numerous sustainable energy businesses for over 30 years.
Early on, when the Canadian wind energy industry began to be seen as a viable solution, he became a renowned leader in the renewable energy markets. Daniel has held highly strategic leadership positions and contributed to the growth of companies such as Neg Micon A/S, Vestas A/S, Brookfield Renewable Partners, AAER, Pioneer Wind Energy Systems, NRG Systems, Leader Resources and Moventas.
Today Daniel is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding member of CHARBONE Corporation. Daniel has served on various boards and association councils, including the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) Board of Directors for nine years, the Association Québécoise des Producteurs d’Energie Renouvelable (AQPER) for two years and the Latin Wind Energy Association (LAWEA) for three years.
Stéphane Pipon

Mr. Stéphane Pipon has nearly 30 years of experience in strategic consulting in innovation, regional economic development and business development. A man of passion, he has developed over the years networks of trust in the political, economic and private sectors. It is on the basis of genuine relationships that he advises today’s leaders in the deployment of disruptive technologies related to the energy transition and green hydrogen applied.

He pays particular attention to GHG reduction in the fields of logistics transportation and sustainable mobility, ports and maritime, manufacturing 4.0, agriculture and food processing, and urban and rural territories. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ESG UQAM and is involved in several social causes related to health, religion, sports, politics and technology.


Marie Lapointe, Hydrogène Québec

With more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Lapointe holds a degree in engineering and has successfully held various positions in plant management, strategy and marketing at Niobec, Rio Tinto Alcan and Rio Tinto Fer et Titane. She previously held the position of CEO of Aluquébec, Quebec’s aluminum transformation cluster.

Passionate about business development, stewardship and collaboration, Ms. Lapointe brings her dedication to the growth of the Canadian hydrogen sector in collaboration with private and public partners.


Frédéric Delrieu, Nordresa

Frédéric Delrieu graduated in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France and has worked in the automotive and transportation industry for 25 years, in France, South Korea and Canada.

His career in electromobility started in 2011 in the Electric Vehicle Program Department of Renault Automobiles where he contributed to the launch of the Zero Emission range by developing its charging ecosystem and battery leasing management.

Since 2016 in Montreal, Canada, he was Electromobility Product Manager at Nova Bus (Volvo Group) where he led the electric bus projects in North America, before joining in 2019 the electric truck integrator Nordresa (acquired by Dana) as Projects Director where he led the development of the Azetec hydrogen-powered truck.

Since 2021, he has been a consultant in electromobility and transportation electrification.

Bruno Pollet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Daniel Charette, Charbone

Stéphane Pipon

Marie Lapointe, Hydrogène Québec

Frédéric Delrieu, Nordresa

Host : Patrick Goulet

17h : RechargÉco, a vision of the reimagined service station (in French only)

Friday – 17h to 18h (in French only)
RechargÉco, a vision of the reimagined service station

RechargÉco, a network of 100 fast charging stations owned by the charitable organization Earth Day Canada, is created in 2020.
Located in the parking lots of 50 participating IGAs, the RechargÉco is a visionary system that will offer its users a unique experience.

Pierre Lussier, Earth Day Canada

For almost 30 years, Pierre Lussier has been setting up innovative projects focused on environmental action.

Through his numerous actions with Earth Day Canada, a charitable organization whose mission is to help people and organizations reduce their impact on the environment, Pierre Lussier has set up various programs that benefit the preservation of the environment, in addition to organizing the Canadian component of the largest participatory environmental event in the world: Earth Day (April 22).

Pierre Lussier is now particularly involved in sustainable and electric mobility issues and continues his environmental initiatives through RechargÉco, a network of fast charging stations located throughout Quebec and New Brunswick.

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Pierre Lussier, Earth Day Canada

18h : The Building Envelope Panel (in French only)

Friday – 18h to 19h (in French only)
The Building Envelope

Discover below the topics that will be discussed during this expert panel led by André Bourassa, consulting architect at Bourassa, Gaudreau and Associates.

André Bourassa, Bourassa, Gaudreau and Associates.

An architect for 40 years, André Bourassa has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ordre des architectes (OAQ) for more than 20 years. He was president from 2005 to 2013, elected four times.With many accomplishments as president of the OAQ, he has been the voice of the organization in various public interest issues related to architecture: sustainable development, energy efficiency, use of wood in construction, wind power development, etc.

It was also under his presidency that the idea of a national architecture policy emerged and that the OAQ committed itself to intervene in the public debate on behalf of quality architecture. In his practice as an architect, the issues of sustainable development have occupied a prominent place. He was the instigator of the Rendez-vous des éco-matériaux, a France-Quebec event held since 2015. He was also a consultant for the City of Victoriaville during the creation of the “Victoriaville habitation durable” (VHD) certification program.

Since 2021, André Bourassa is a special advisor in the firm Bourassa Gaudreau et Associés architectes, founded with his wife and partner Micheline Gaudreau.
The conferences and training sessions he has offered on various building topics have earned him a certain notoriety.


Theme 1 : Better Understand the full Life Cycle Carbon Impact of Thermal insulation

To fully understand the carbon impact of thermal insulation, you need to look beyond its contribution to building energy efficiency. Learn more about their carbon impact through the full life cycle that includes procurement, production, transportation, installation, use and end of life of the materials.

Pierre-André Lebeuf, Soprema


With a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Université Laval and a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainable development from Université de Sherbrooke, Pierre-André Lebeuf has been Project Manager – Sustainable Development for the company SOPREMA (Canada) since May 2018.

In fact, he is at the origin of the company’s sustainable development approach in Canada. In addition to being responsible for quantifying impacts, Pierre-André oversees the development of targets and strategies dedicated to improving the company’s practices. He contributes to several projects, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), waste reduction, life cycle analysis of products and the integration of recycled content in products


Theme 3 : Brique Recyc – The new technology to recycle brick

Brique Recyc is a new technology, signed by Maçonnerie Gratton, which can clean bricks without percussion directly on site, making 99.5% of them ready for reinstallation. Excellent opportunity to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and build in a sustainable way.

Tommy Bouillon, Brique Recyc

Native of Ste-Luce, curious and manually skilled, I worked as a mechanic, discovering my talent to solve problems with the best possible solutions. This motivated me to pursue my studies in aeronautics.

President and founder of Gratton Masonry, since 2007. Will lead Maconnerie Gratton to obtain the Eco-responsible Level 1 Certificate in 2021. Vice-president of the Association des Entrepreneurs en Maçonnerie du Québec for 2 years and founder and president of Brique Recyc.

Brique Recyc is the result of 2 years of research on the brick recycling machine, work made possible with the support of RECYC-QUÉBEC, PME MTL, Synergie Montréal.

We have fully appreciated to hear about the new brick recycling technology in La Presse, Le Devoir, Les Affaires, Le Journal Métro, ICI RDI Économie, CBC News, Daily Commercial News etc.


Alexandre Bélisle, Norbec

Alexandre Belisle, Director of Research and Development and Technical Services joined the Norbec team 15 years ago, after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Having grown up within the organization, he has actively participated in Norbec’s rapid and steady growth by holding multiple strategic roles ranging from key project management to continuous improvement. In recent years, Alexandre has been primarily involved in the implementation of a well-defined innovation management structure when the product development department was created. Being active in these different roles has allowed him to expand his knowledge of Insulated Metal Panel products, from manufacturing to installation.

Alexandre is a graduate of UQAM in Business Administration. Currently a member of the MCA IMP committee, he participates in numerous projects in North America for the refrigerator/freezer and architectural divisions.
Today, Alexandre’s mandate is to manage Norbec’s growth through innovation and to offer the company’s clients the best possible technical support throughout the life of the projects.

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Pierre-André Lebeuf, Soprema

Tommy Bouillon, Brique Recyc

Alexandre Bélisle, Norbec

Host: André Bourassa

A presentation of the AERMQ.

19h : Canada’s renovation wave (virtual conference)

Friday – 19h to 20h > Virtual conference only.
Canada’s renovation wave: opportunities for retrofit clean tech on the road to net zero. 

A renovation wave of decarbonization retrofits over the next 20 years could create up to 200,000 long-lasting well-paid jobs, generate more than $48 billion in economic development each year, create significant savings in healthcare costs, and pay for themselves twice over through increased tax revenue. But for this to be realized, we need more streamline ways to design, procure, finance, and deliver building retrofits.

This presentation will summarize key insights from six deep retrofit demonstration projects in their design stage, as well as the market development strategies developed by members of the Reframed Initiative in B.C. (https://reframedinitiative.org/).

Tom-Pierre Frappé Sénéclauze, Pembina Institute

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze is the regional director of British Columbia at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. Until 2022 he served as director for buildings and urban solutions at the Institute.

Through fact-finding, convening, and coalition building, he facilitates the development and implementation of policies to reduce carbon pollution and energy waste from homes and buildings. 

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Tom-Pierre Frappé Sénéclauze, Pembina Institute

20h : Vélovolt: the potential of the electrically assisted bicycle as an alternative to the car-solo (conference in French only)

Saturday – 20h to 21h  > Conference in French only.
Vélovolt: the potential of the electrically assisted bicycle as an alternative to the car-solo

Transportation is one of the most GHG-emitting sectors in our province. At a time when travel must be more carbon efficient, Équiterre and the ACGDQ present the potential of the electric-assisted bicycle as an alternative to the solo car and the importance of involving the professional community in the development of this new mode of transportation.

Aline Berthe, Association des Centres de gestion et déplacements du Québec

Aline holds a master’s degree in environment from the Sophia Antipolis University in Nice, France. She worked for 5 years in a consulting firm Étude Environnement near Avignon.

Established in Quebec since 2005, she works within the Centres de gestion des déplacements (CGD) for a more sustainable mobility in the employment poles of the metropolitan area. Since 2017, she has been the director of the CGD métropolitains: MOBA, Voyagez Futé and the CGD Est de Montréal and Lanaudière. She is also president of the Association des CGD du Québec (ACGDQ).

Agnès Rakoto, Équiterre

Agnès Rakoto’s career path is at the crossroads of transportation and community. After working in France, notably on the implementation of the tramway in the city of Reims, she arrived in Quebec in 2013. A year-round cyclist, she joined the team of Cyclo Nord-Sud, an NPO that revalorizes bicycles, and became aware of the essential role of bicycles in sustainable mobility. Agnès will join Équiterre in 2021 to lead the Vélovolt project and continue to take action in favour of a softer and more sustainable mobility.


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Aline Berthe, Association des Centres de gestion et déplacements du Québec

Agnès Rakoto, Équiterre


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11h : Electrical Conversion (in French only)

Saturday – 11h to 12h (in French only)
Electrical Conversion

With the goal of complete electrification of its vehicles by 2030, Taxelco wants to convince its current drivers to convert their vehicles to electric. We will discuss the issues and solutions related to the electric conversion of the cab industry.

Frédéric Prégent and Julie Geoffroy, Taxelco
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Taxelco is the largest cab dispatcher in Quebec, owning the Central Beloeil, Diamond, Hochelaga and Téo Taxi banners.

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Frédéric Prégent et Julie Geoffroy, Taxelco

12h : The Carbon Footprint of a Territory, a New Decision-Making Tool for the Transition (in French only)

Saturday – 12h to 13h (in French only)
The Carbon Footprint of a Territory, a New Decision-Making Tool for the Transition

How can citizens and businesses come together to generate momentum for reducing GHG emissions in their area? How can all emissions be taken into account? How can we measure the ways to take action and how can we have a systemic view of the solutions? A presentation of innovative tools.

Nathalie Berthélemy, Coop Cadet

With a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Nathalie first evolved in the field of business intelligence where she offered consulting services in various sectors for the modeling of performance indicator systems. After participating in two international conferences on climate change, Nathalie obtained a master’s degree in environmental sciences to adapt her skills to the ecological transition.

Since then, she has specialized in environmental impact measurement tools that facilitate the integration of sustainable development principles and their application in various manufacturing and service sectors. Today, as Director of Cadet, Nathalie develops solutions and support adapted to companies and territories in order to propose original, effective and adaptable solutions that simplify the application of rigorous methodologies in the field.

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Nathalie Berthélemy, Coop Cadet

13h : Panel on eco-responsible entrepreneurship in a time of climate crisis (in French only)

Saturday – 13h to 14h (in French only)

Learn more about the topics that will be discussed during this expert panel moderated by Scott McKay, Strategy and Policy Advisor at SMK Environnement Stratégique.

Will green technologies save the planet?

The climate emergency is at the heart of our concerns. We are currently engaged in a race against time to make an environmental transition. It is therefore time to look for solutions. Thus, entrepreneurs are imagining the technologies of tomorrow, those that shape a new way of consuming and living, and that place our planet at the heart of their concerns. So, are we saved?


Animateur : Scott McKay, SMK Environnement Stratégique

Scott McKay has been active in the environmental field for forty years and is a consultant on sustainable strategies and technologies, an author and a teacher. Trained in water technology, science and economics, Mr. McKay holds a master’s degree in environmental science. He was a municipal councillor in the City of Montreal where he held a variety of responsibilities. He then worked in Quebec and internationally with several water-related organizations.
He was a member of the Quebec National Assembly for two terms and has advised mayors of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence cities. Mr. McKay assists various organizations in their environmental market development strategies. He is a part-time member of BAPE and a lecturer in corporate social responsibility at the École des sciences de la gestion (ESG-UQAM).


Samy Benhamza et Théo Fregefond, CAPsolar

CAPSolar develops customized, high-performance solar modules integrated into electric vehicles. Accompanied by dynamic charge controllers, they significantly extend the autonomy of electric vehicles while optimizing the fleet management of mobile companies in an entirely eco-responsible manner.

Theo has an affinity for technology in the largest sense, he has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from integrated circuit design, through digital model development to software design. However, it was through his venture capital experience that he met Samy and decided to go into business for himself. Today, Théo has joined him in the CAPSolar adventure in order to develop products and services surrounding solar mobility and make the sector more sustainable.


Tatiana Estevez, Permalution

Permalution is a Sherbrooke-based startup working in fog and cloud water collection technology. We are disrupting the water industry with our technology: water radar, fog/cloud collectors and our Fog Atlas. These are the only modules on the market that are ready to assemble, fireproof and integrated with an internet of objects system, that can harvest 150-400L of water per day per unit.We are cheaper than desalination facilities, more efficient than rain and safer than groundwater. If fog water is accessible on a global scale, then a substantial new solution to the current challenges of water access, drought and climate change around the world can be counted on.

Tatiana Estevez is the founder and CEO of Permalution, a Canadian women-led cleantech startup working on fog and cloud water harvesting technology and innovation, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Tatiana is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a major in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing and a minor in Arts Administration. She has also acquired extensive knowledge in environmental engineering, alternative agricultural practices (permaculture, aquaponics, biodynamic agriculture) and a certificate in design and 3D printing from Autodesk. Tatiana is also the founder and director of Tech Quiero, an NPO that teaches technology and entrepreneurship to women and girls in Latin America and Quebec.


Fabien Perot, Ocelot

The Ocelot agency helps committed companies to develop their online presence through responsible and sustainable communication. Eco-designed website – Responsible graphics – Digital strategy


Vincent Moreau, Écotech Québec

Vincent Moreau is, since 2019, executive vice-president of Écotech Québec, the clean technology cluster. He previously worked for nearly ten years in the network of Regional Environmental Councils (RECs), where he headed the Montérégie REC before becoming the Executive Director of the Regroupement national des CRE du Québec (RNCREQ).

Oriented towards the search for solutions, he has developed an expertise as a facilitator and conciliator in various environmental files with different governmental stakeholders, local decision-makers, businesses and organizations.

Mr. Moreau has also acted as a strategic advisor to various municipalities and institutions for the development of policies, action plans and consultative approaches in the field of environment, climate change and sustainable development.


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Tatiana Estevez, Permalution Inc

Samy Benhamza et Théo Fregefond, CapSolar

Fabien Perot, Ocelot

Vincent Moreau, Écotech Québec

Host : Scott McKay

A presentation of LOJIQ.

14h : Climate Changes Panel (in French only)

Saturday – 14h to 15h (in French only)
Climate Changes

Learn more about the topics that will be discussed during this expert panel moderated by Scott McKay, Strategy and Policy Advisor at SMK Environnement Stratégique.

Rosa Galvez, Senator

Senator Rosa Galvez specializes in civil and environmental engineering, earning her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at McGill University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. She recently celebrated over 25 years of academic and research success at Laval University, having been a professor since 1994 and serving as Chair of the Department of Civil and Water Engineering from 2011 to 2017.

In 2016, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada on the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following a merit-based selection process. She serves on the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, having chaired the latter from 2017 to 2019. She is also the Chair of the Parliamentary Climate Change Network of ParlAmericas, a network of parliamentarians from across the Americas.

In 2020, she published a white paper entitled, Propelling Forward: A Clean and Supportive Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic, offering a transformative vision for achieving greater collective well-being and solidarity among Canadians.


Eddy Pérez, Climate Action Network

Eddy Pérez joined Réseau action climat in January 2018 after working in Geneva with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is currently the Director of International Climate Diplomacy for Réseau action climat Canada. Eddy Pérez is a lecturer at the University of Montreal and teaches: Climate Change and Justice.

At UN climate conferences, Eddy is responsible for policy drafting, analysis and monitoring of negotiations for the network and represents environmental organizations on the Government of Canada team.

He chairs the G7 working group within the G7 Global Taskforce and is also a member of the Canadian Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Eddy holds a Master of Science degree from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec (INRS).

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Rosa Galvez, Senator

Eddy Pérez, Climate Action Network

Host : Scott McKay

15h : Green Building Panel (in French only)

Saturday – 15h to 16h (in French only)
Green Building

Discover below the topics that will be discussed during this panel of experts!


Frédéric Wiper, Solution ERA

Frédéric Wiper is a graduate of Académie Earthship and co-founded Solution ERA and Oasis with Francis. He is a true solution genius and is passionate about 3D rendering, 3D printers, technology, energy management, and the transition to a solution-based world, among other things. He is on a mission to teach anyone who wants to plan projects effectively!

During the panel, we will talk about the concept of Oasis, natural, self-sufficient coliving green buildings that allow people to share resources and experience a level of comfort unattainable alone in today’s housing market.


Maryse Leduc Architecte

A pioneer in the design of ecological homes, a leader in the design of resort homes in Quebec, the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, a renowned lecturer, and a respected teacher, Maryse Leduc has earned a solid reputation among her peers and clients.
Maryse Leduc began her university studies in 1982 and obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Université de Montréal. She was awarded the Medal of Excellence from the Institut royal d’architecture du Canada (IRAC). At the top of her class, she was awarded a scholarship that allowed her to travel to Europe to study contemporary housing and to complete internships in major architectural firms.
During her travels, she was introduced to ecological architecture and immersed herself in the trends of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is interested in several disciplines that will become an integral part of her approach: baubiology, geobiology, Feng Shui, solar-passive architecture, and green architecture. Her great expertise, combined with her personal values based on a healthy lifestyle, make her a true pioneer of ecological architecture in Quebec.

From 1980 to 1989, she worked for the architectural firm Cardinal Hardy. In 1990, she undertook a master’s degree in the history and theory of architecture at McGill University, and then pursued doctoral studies in planning at the University of Montreal, again on housing.

Benoit Lavigueur, École de politique appliquée


Willliam Murray, Construction Rocket Inc.

William Murray has been working as a general contractor with his company, Construction Rocket Inc., for over ten years. With a special interest in building science, he strives to incorporate the best of new technologies into his projects, which range from passive house construction to renovations and restorations of century-old homes.

A certified Passive House builder, he and his partner and spouse, who is a certified Passive House consultant, completed the Maison des sources in 2017 which was LEED Platinum certified and was the first new construction in Quebec to achieve PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) certification.

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Frédéric Wiper, Solution ERA

Maryse Leduc Architecte

William Murray, Construction Rocket Inc.

16h : Innovation Startup for Tangible Impact: Moving from Idea to Action in the Best Conditions (in French only)

Saturday – 16h to 17h (in French only)
Innovation Startup for Tangible Impact: Moving from Idea to Action in the Best Conditions

The world is changing, that’s the only constant. The environmental imperative is growing. Innovation and technology have great potential to address it. And while words fly, and the written word remains; only action can bring about change. But where to start? The magnitude of the process and the environmental anxiety can be paralyzing.

Through a conference illustrated with concrete examples, ilias Benjelloun, responsible for the open innovation strategy of Desjardins, co-founder of the impact innovation program, Cooperathon, and member of the board of directors of the Regroupement Montréal NewTech, will present opportunities and tangible solutions to move from idea to action in the best conditions.

This conference is aimed at citizens, aspiring entrepreneurs and startups, but also professionals from large organizations aiming to advance their digital transformation while having a positive impact on our society.

Ilias Benjelloun, Desjardins & Montreal NewTech

For more than 10 years, Ilias has been leading the innovation ecosystem on several fronts but with a common goal: to leverage technology to develop ambitious and sustainable innovations for society.
He strongly believes that innovation and agility in large organizations will come through a more symbiotic relationship with startup communities, and he works daily to catalyze the trio of companies/entrepreneurs/researchers to ensure the success of collaborations and the ecosystem as a whole.

Thanks to the contribution of its members, partners and teams, from Montreal to Rouyn Noranda, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Shawinigan and many other cities in Quebec and Canada, it has built a community of more than 10,000 members over the years, supported nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs and organized activities that brought together more than 30,000 participants.

He contributed to the creation of the Desjardins Innovation Lab, the strategy and design of the Coopérathon innovation program, the Datacup competition, as well as the Startup en Résidence gas pedal and more recently La Foundry. He has also been the instigator and strategist behind the Regroupement Montréal Newtech and its various programs including StartupME, Creative Collisions, Connecter l’Intelligence, as well as numerous competitions and hackathon dont ai4good, AI climate Change, ImplementAI, HackCité, PrideHacks and many others since its creation in 2008. Working tirelessly to build real synergies between different organizations sharing the same values, he has contributed to the success of various initiatives led by one or the other for the benefit of all and the Quebec innovation ecosystem.

He has been trying to support and advance diversity since 2015 by propelling initiatives such as Queertech, Technovation, Black en Tech, Startup Mosaic and Les Pitonneux. He strives to educate and inspire future leaders to become allies and promote change, normalize diversity in traditional tech entrepreneurship initiatives, to create a more ambitious, sustainable ecosystem that is more aware that diversity is a real driver of creativity and innovation.

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Ilias Benjelloun, Desjardins & Montreal NewTech

19h : Innovating differently in front of climate challenges (virtual conference in French only)

Saturday – 19h to 20h  > Virtual conference in French only.
Innovating differently in front of climate challenges

Innovation and technological progress are two similar but different notions, and this difference is vital for our future. Given the climatic challenges facing humanity and the radical changes required, it is essential to innovate. To innovate in order to change in depth.

Denis Ghala Garcia, Time for the Planet
After training as an engineer and 10 years as an innovation consultant, Denis and 5 co-founders launched Time for the Planet to detect and deploy 100 innovations to fight climate change on a global scale.
In charge of the innovation part, he has defined a unique process for selecting innovations, based on collective intelligence, to identify those with the highest potential for positive impact on the climate.
Cécile Duranton

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Denis Ghala Garcia, Time for the planet

Cécile Duranton


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10h : Propolis and fresh pollen: an exceptional avenue for our health and for our planet (virtual conference in French only)

Sunday – 10h to 11h > Virtual conference in French only.
Propolis and fresh pollen: an exceptional avenue for our health and for our planet

Apitherapy: an answer for the health of our planet. Fresh Pollen and Propolis: products that have a remarkable impact on our health, harvested by bees without destroying anything, rather multiplying life. The uniqueness of bees and the latest scientific data on the benefits of their products are presented.

Yann Loranger, Happy Culture inc

Yann Loranger works in the field of apitherapy, which values bees and hive products, such as propolis, fresh pollen, royal jelly, raw honey, etc., for their numerous nutritional and therapeutic properties. He works directly with bees, in his apiaries, but also in R&D on different propolis and fresh pollens in partnership with several universities in Quebec.
He has attended many international summits on apitherapy and has organized and given many conferences on this approach across Canada. He is the founder and co-founder of Happy Culture Inc. and Bee-O-Pharm Inc. whose mission is to make high quality apitherapy products available in Quebec and Canada.
He also launched two Youtube channels on apitherapy (in each official language). The French channel is “Happy-Culture Apithérapie”. It presents apitherapy from several angles.


Yann Loranger, Happy Culture Inc

11h : A Five Course Meal of ESG Integration

Sunday – 11h to 12h
A Five Course Meal of ESG Integration

Enjoy a culinary experience of sustainability solutions with a unique assortment of a rich and diverse menu:

– Aperitif:  Canapés of E-S-G with a dash of purpose
– Main course:  Émincé of sustainable integration in its triple bottom line sauce
– Salad: Mixed greens of solutions topped with sizzling resources
– Dessert: Macarons of assorted CHS flavors
– Digestif: Amaretto of challenge to leave you lingering for more


Daniel_Jacob_conférencierWith 10 years’ experience covering corporate finance, operations, marketing and business strategy, Daniel solidified his ability to support companies from strategic planning to operational execution. Having collaborated with over 100 companies who embed sustainability in their core strategy, encompassing Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, Daniel provides a wide array of international insights.

He founded & co-founded three start-ups and is now the founder and principal consultant of Changing Habits Solutions. He helps organizations from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar companies embed sustainability in their strategy with a triple bottom line approach and engages the entire team around the proposed solutions.

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13h : Capturing Canada’s ZEV Moment (virtual conference)

Sunday – 13h to 14h > Virtual conference
Capturing Canada’s ZEV Moment

Canada has so much of what it takes to build a successful Zero Emission Vehicle industry, including an established auto sector, critical minerals and human capital. Now is the time to build a supply chain that will enable all of Canada’s economy to benefit from the transition to zero emission mobility.

Matthew Fortier, Accelerate

As President and CEO, Matthew Fortier is responsible for bringing together key public and private-sector stakeholders to organize and align Canada’s ZEV supply chain.

Mr. Fortier is a recognized public policy leader with over 20 years of experience building meaningful and progressive relationships with Canadian industry and government. He was Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at the Institute of Corporate Directors, where he led content and strategy development on matters of public policy, legislation and regulation, including sustainability, climate change reporting and the future of work. Previously, Mr. Fortier was an executive at Re:Sound and directed policy option development and government relations strategies on Canadian intellectual property issues. He has also held senior corporate and public affairs roles at TD Bank, TD Securities and the Business Council of Canada.

Mr. Fortier began his career in Canadian federal politics as a policy analyst and researcher.

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Matthew Fortier, Accelerate

14h : Social Acceptability : The Communication Challenge (in French only)

Sunday  – 14h to 15h (in French only)
Social Acceptability : The Communication Challenge

Renewable energy projects are relatively new and often not well known. This is the case for biomethanization, which is often confused with other fuels or is simply not known. The conference aims to highlight the challenges of communication in order to promote them and the conditions for success of these projects, in municipal or agricultural environments.

Kim Cornelissen, Coop Carbone

Kim Cornelissen holds a master’s degree in urban studies from UQAM on the development of the biogas sector in Sweden, for which she was awarded the best master’s thesis by the Institut de recherche en économie contemporaine.

Formerly vice-president of the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), Ms. Cornelissen was responsible for demystifying the sector and writing memoirs and conferences on the impact of the production and local use of renewable energy sources, including biomethane in particular.

As a former municipal councillor and director of responsible development in rural areas, she is particularly interested in the communication and adhesion aspects of public biogas production and consumption projects.

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Kim Cornelissen, Coop Carbone

15h : The Advantages of LFP Batteries for Solar Storage (in French only)

Sunday  – 15h to 16h (in French only)
The Advantages of LFP Batteries for Solar Storage

We will highlight all the advantages of LFP lithium batteries for solar storage, and how they differ from conventional batteries. In addition, we will discuss the challenges that switching to lithium can present to the installer.

Yanni Samson, Voltium

Yanni has a degree in computer science, and has been specializing in energy storage solutions for the past few years. Yanni is the founder of Volthium Energy Inc. and his company specializes in the creation of lithium batteries adapted for the Canadian environment..

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Yanni Samson, Voltium

16h : How to Protect and Exploit Your Green Technology (in French only)

Sunday  – 16h to 17h (in French only)
How to Protect and Exploit Your Green Technology 

This conference presented by Me David Durand, DURAND AVOCATS will focus on :– How can green companies protect their know-how? In other words, we will provide an overview of the different ways to protect your intellectual property related to green technologies and how to generate different sources of revenue on your intellectual property;
– The role of the legal community in green initiatives;
Examples of IP use in the environmental sector (case studies)
– Our answers to your burning questions.

David Durand, Durand Avocats

Me David Durand, B.Sc. (Chemistry), LL.L, lawyer and trademark agent, founder of DURAND AVOCATS and is also president of FORPIQ (Forum International sur la Propriété Intellectuelle – Québec). He advises several NPOs in the environmental sector, notably in obtaining trademarks and certification marks, as well as in the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts concerning green technologies.
Mr. Durand also teaches intellectual property at the University of Ottawa and has contributed a chapter on the synergy between investment and intellectual property (MVIP) in a book that is planned to be published in 2022 by Springer.

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David Durand, Durand Avocats

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