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Nine New Speakers, Scholarships Available, and Vancouver by Bike

We have added a new site visit and nine new speakers to Global Learning Forum 2017. Register now to secure your space and receive a 30% discount.


In order to facilitate access to Global Learning Forum 2017 and ensure diverse participation, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to cover registration fees for eligible applicants. These scholarships are intended for those who would not otherwise have the means to participate and belong to one of the following groups: Canadian municipal staff or elected officials; international municipal staff or elected officials; and developing country government, NGO, or academic faculty/staff.

Apply early as these scholarships are in limited supply.


We’ve expanded our site visit offerings with a new option focused on sustainable transportation. “Vancouver ‘Cycling City’, A Community in Transition” will look at Vancouver’s moves to build support for cycling infrastructure and will be conducted by bike. Other site visits include trips to an advanced energy efficiency program and an innovative low-carbon community.


For more information, visit our speakers page or subscribe to our newsletter.

Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, Co-Founders of Modacity

After selling the family car in 2010, Chris and Melissa embarked upon a “car-lite” lifestyle and founded Modacity, a multi-service consultancy that through their work as writers, filmmakers, photographers and speakers inspires, “healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility.”

April Crawford-Smith, Convenor at Pingala Community Renewables

Based in Sydney, Australia, April is passionate about building empowered, creative, and self-sustaining communities. She works with Aboriginal communities around the country and to unlock the value of community finance in developing community-owned and run solar farms. 

Elizabeth Doris, Principal Laboratory Program Manager for State, Local, and Tribal Audiences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Liz is a leading thinker on local renewables and has over 15 years of program development and management experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy research. She has contributed to over 50 publications and manages a $10 million annual budget at NREL.


Jay Heaman, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Oxford County, Ontario

With three decades of experience working in utilities, Jay is notable for having developed an independent “off grid” energy corridor that allows residents and businesses to meet their own energy needs using energy storage, smart meters, renewable energy, and electric vehicles.

He now leads Oxford’s efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy in electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation.

Gwen Holdmann, Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power

Gwen leads an applied energy research program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has a deep understanding of renewables and project management.

She oversaw the construction of Alaska’s first geothermal power plant and leads by example—living off grid with her husband and three children by generating their own power.



Alexandre Louis, Vice President of AddÉnergie

With 15 years of experience working with SMEs, Alexandre has led several machine to machine (M2M) solutions and data transmission projects and is currently a Vice President at AddÉnergie, a Canadian leader in smart charging solutions for EVs.


Dale Mikkelsen, Vice President of UniverCity

Dale develops cutting edge energy efficient and low-carbon communities, including SFU’s innovative “UniverCity”, a living lab.

He has nine years of board experience at the International Living Future Institute and was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver’s Athlete’s Village, built for the 2010 Winter Olympics.



Elizabeth Sheehan, President of Climate Smart

Elizabeth brings 20+ years of experience working with private sector, philanthropic and government partners to scale up innovative business-focused programs with economic and environmental impact. Currently, she leads Climate Smart Business Inc., a social enterprise that supports SMEs to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints.


Scott Sinclair is the President & CEO of SES Consulting

Scott Sinclair, President of SES Consulting

Scott is an expert in energy efficiency engineering, including HVAC, heat recovery, building automation, data analytics, and lighting systems. For the past dozen years he has consulted on a wide variety of efficiency projects in university, healthcare, institutional, office, and industrial facilities.

For more information, visit our speakers page or subscribe to our newsletter. Secure your space at Global Learning Forum 2017 by registering now.