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Smart cities guru to speak at Toronto renewable energy show

Toronto will be the centre of the renewable energy universe for a couple of days in April when the All-Energy 2014 conference comes to town. The “multi-stream” event, a one-stop shop for buyers and sellers in the global renewable energy market, will bring together exhibitors and speakers from all sectors of the industry. With its focus sharply on the business of renewable energy, the show promises to showcase the latest technologies as well as the commercial opportunities that exist around the world. In the words of the show’s promotional brochure, “Get ready to meet new contacts, grow your sales and transform your business.”

The program for the two-day event is organized around a number of themes: economic development; the carbon economy; the role of labour; smart grid and smart cities; international trading opportunities. It will have sessions on Powering Prosperity, Finding Money and Managing Risk, Being Smart with Energy, and Near & Far Markets. This is strictly about renewable energy for profit. Organizers expect more than 200 exhibitors and 2,500 renewable energy professionals to attend.

The keynote speaker is to be Dr. Woodrow Clark, economist, author, “specialist in sustainable communities,” and contributing scientist to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Clark’s panel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and his film An Inconvenient Truth. He is the former manager of Technology Commercialization at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the author of eight books on the economics and politics of sustainable communities.

On the buyers side, the show’s promoters say, expect to find developers, investors, planners, engineers, manufacturers, academics, contractors, architects and government strongly represented. They’ll be looking at the latest in biomass, carbon capture and storage, offshore wind, Solar PV, financing and investment and smart grid technologies.

The Toronto event is one of three All-Energy conferences this year. Others are scheduled in Australia and Scotland. The conference takes place at Exhibition Place. There is no charge to attend the trade show.

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