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Conference: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations

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Renewable Cities’ conference will advance knowledge on how national and subnational governments can collaborate with cities to accelerate clean energy market transformations.

Date: Wednesday, May 29 – Thursday, May 30, 2019
Location: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Map)
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Globally, cities are responsible for 75 per cent of energy consumption and an equivalent share of greenhouse gas emissions. A growing number of international bodies—including the IPCC, IEA, OECD and the Global Commission on Climate and Economy—have recognized not only the pivotal role of cities, but underscored the need for stronger collaborative governance. To successfully enable the clean energy transition, shared policy frameworks between local and senior levels of government are necessary.

The Clean Energy Ministerial, taking place May 27–29, 2019, will attract energy ministers, policy-makers and sectoral leaders from the world’s largest economies to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With this global expertise gathered in Vancouver, there is a unique opportunity to deepen knowledge on the critical role of local governments and their relationships with senior governments in accelerating the clean energy transition.

Building on international precedents, Renewable Cities will facilitate a deep dive into practical senior-local government collaboration and provide a venue to transcend traditional silos through facilitated dialogue. Over the 1.5-days, this conference will convene plenaries and breakout sessions with an emphasis on expert and peer learning.

This page will be updated as additional information is available.


For more information, see the detailed agenda page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1:30 p.m. – Registration opens
3:00 p.m. – Plenary: Welcome and Opening Address—From Cities and States to Cities with States
3:30 p.m. – Plenary: Net Zero Buildings in B.C.—Collaboration, Innovation and Market Transformation
5:00 p.m. – Networking

Thursday, May 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Plenary: Collaborative Governance: Precedents and Prospects
10:20 a.m. – Parallel breakout sessions:

Zero emission transport

10:20 a.m. –Plugging in the City: State-City Electric Vehicle Charging Networking Rollout

1:45 p.m. –Zero Emission Bus Routes

Renewable natural gas & organics

10:20 a.m. – Organic Waste Management Sustainability and Renewable Natural Gas Productivity

1:45 p.m. – Renewable Natural Gas Generation from Municipal Solid and Liquid Waste

Integrated land-use, transportation and housing planning

10:20 a.m. – Cutting Congestion, Kilometres, Carbon and Cost: Integrated Land Use and Transportation

1:45 p.m. – Hidden Housing Solutions: Integrating Affordability and Climate Action

4:00 p.m. – Closing Address: Catalyzing Collaboration
5:00 p.m. – Reception


For more information, see the speaker page.

Current speakers include:

  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate at UC Berkeley, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Taylor Bachrach, Mayor of Smithers, B.C. and Chair of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council
  • Alex Boston, Executive Director, Renewable Cities
  • Adriane Carr, Councillor, City of Vancouver
  • Roland Cordero, Director of Maintenance and Vehicle Technology, Foothill Transit
  • Jennifer Davison, Senior Policy Analyst, Electricity and Alternative Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Government of BC
  • Kim Ellis, Principal Transportation Planner, Portland Metro
  • Fiona Famulak, President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Chris Frye, Senior Policy Advisor, Housing Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
  • Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Public Policy—Canada, ChargePoint
  • Emily Grossman, Policy and Strategy Advisor, Community Services and Housing Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Abla Hanna, Senior Director, Demand Policy and Analysis Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
  • Jennifer Hill, Director of Planning and Land Use Policy, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Province of British Columbia
  • Raymond Kan, Senior Planner, Regional Planning Division, Metro Vancouver Regional District
  • Hyunook Kim, Professor and Chairperson, School of Environmental Engineering, University of Seoul
  • Janice Larson, Director, Tri-University Partnership Office, UBCO VPR Partnerships Office
  • Frankie Lewington, Communications Specialist, Build Small Coalition, Oregon Metro
  • Guillaume Longchamps, Transportation planning advisor, Urban planning division, City of Montreal
  • Andrew Marr, Director of Solid Waste Planning, Metro Vancouver Regional District
  • Zachary May, Director of Building Codes and Standards, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Province of British Columbia
  • Mike McKeever, Senior Advisor to Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • David Miller, North America Regional Director, C40 and former Mayor of Toronto
  • Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
  • Sonja Munnix, Senior Advisor, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Kris Ord, Executive Director, Environmental Standards Branch, Environmental Protection Division, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Atsuhito Oshima, Senior Policy Analyst, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD
  • Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Dom Repta, Senior Sustainability Advisor, TransLink
  • Gregor Robertson, Ambassador, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, and former Mayor of Vancouver
  • Robyn Wark, Team Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro
  • Dana Wong, Public Policy Manager, FortisBC
  • Dan Woynillowicz, Policy Director, Clean Energy Canada

This information will be updated as new speakers are added. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive conference news.



We’re sold out! Thank you to everyone who has registered.

Individual admission

  • Early bird rate (until May 1, 2019): $119 (CAD) plus tax
  • SOLD OUT! Regular rate (May 1, 2019 and on): $169 (CAD) plus tax

Group admission (three or more participants)

  • Early bird rate (until May 1, 2019): $99 (CAD) plus tax
  • SOLD OUT! Regular rate (May 1, 2019 and on): $119 (CAD) plus tax

Admission includes access to conference plenary and breakout sessions as well as refreshments, a reception and lunch. For registration inquiries, email or call 778-782-8851. For information on registration policies, including refunds, substitutions and privacy policies, click here. For media access, please e-mail

Government of Canada employees: Thanks to our partnership with Canada’s Department of Natural Resources, federal employees will receive a 100% fee waiver. Contact Kathryn Sheps ( / (778) 782-9622) to register.


Renewable Cities is a program of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations is a Clean Energy Ministerial 10 / Mission Innovation 4 Complementary Event. If you are interested in partnership, sponsorship or would like to suggest content, please contact Kathryn Sheps, Program Manager, at

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