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New Site Visits, Local Government Leaders and Startup Innovators

The team at Renewable Cities is proud to present some exciting developments for Global Learning Forum 2017!


While our program is in constant evolution, download the draft program (PDF).




By attending Global Learning Forum 2017, you’ll have an opportunity to take in site visits in and around Vancouver to learn about cutting edge innovations in urban energy efficiency and renewables.

Tour SFU’s walkable and innovative UniverCity project, which calls “an experiment in suburban urbanism“. Visit the head offices of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, to see how energy conservation and saving money go hand in hand. Learn more about site visit opportunities at Forum 2017.


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Ron Dizy is the Managing Director of Toronto’s MaRS Advanced Energy Centre. His entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets. Prior to joining the Advanced Energy Centre, Ron served as President and CEO of the smart grid company ENBALA Power Networks and as a venture capitalist.


Klaus Hoppe led the City of Freiburg’s energy department from 2001 to 2014 and now directs his own consulting firm, supporting municipalities on climate and energy initiatives. He helped establish Freiburg’s reputation as an energy transition pioneer in Germany by integrating sustainable energy principles into the city and neighbourhood level planning.


Lawrence Orsini is the Principal of LO3 Energy, a New York City-based startup working to enable local energy trading and microgrids based on blockchain technology. Prior to founding LO3, Lawrence served as a director at CLEAResult and Portland Energy Conservation Inc., where he developed energy solutions for Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients.


Debbie Rapheal is the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment and is leading the City’s efforts to realize ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. She works closely with stakeholders and City agencies to advance environmental policies that are inclusive of San Francisco’s diverse communities. With a long career in government, Debbie has also worked for the City of Santa Monica, California.


Malcolm Shield is a Project Manager at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Recently seconded from the City of Vancouver, he oversaw the City’s overall decarbonization work, including Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy and electric vehicle strategy. Malcolm is a Professional Engineer with a doctorate in natural gas combustion from the University of British Columbia.

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