2018 Energy Innovations Forum Announced

June 18, 2018

News Release



For Immediate Release: June 18, 2018

2018 Energy Innovations Forum Announced for Fredericton - Exploring Opportunities in Digital Energy 

FREDERICTON, N.B. - The Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN), in association with Ignite Fredericton, will present the second annual Energy Innovations Forum, October 1-2, 2018 at the Fredericton Convention Centre.  With New Brunswick laying the foundation for smart grid and smart city leadership on a global scale, this forum will explore new opportunities for local and regional companies in the growing digital energy space. 

The global transformation of the electricity industry is happening at a rapid pace, and it presents a once-in-a-generation export opportunity for Atlantic businesses. The 2018 Energy Innovations Forum will feature innovators, who are creating this new energy future, and it will provide a unique opportunity to spark new ideas and network with regional leaders.

This two day event is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Opportunities NB, in collaboration with the SGIN partners (NB Power, the University of New Brunswick and Siemens).  It will target engineering and ICT professionals; smart energy businesses and vendors; utilities, municipal leaders and planners; policy makers; regulators; NGOs; trades people; and training institutions. 

Day One will focus on ‘evolving energy technologies’ exploring state-of-the-art innovations in energy, new energy transaction models and digitization of the industry. Topics will include: microgrids, community energy trading and blockchain technology, energy storage, and smart energy cities in a low carbon future.

Day Two will encompass ‘energy innovation in practice’ examining the developments, challenges and evolving business opportunities in the smart energy sector. Topics will include: intelligent and resilient grids, lessons in innovation from emerging economies, the new energy consumer, and energy in transition through the regulatory and policy lens.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit energyinnovationsforum.ca

The Government of Canada is providing $125,000 through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) to this initiative, while the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $10,000 through Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB).

“Technology and innovation are key to the future of Canada’s economy,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Our government continues to work with partners to support the development of smart energies and clean technologies that lead to better jobs, better opportunities and a better living standard for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”

“I am very pleased that the Government of Canada, through ACOA, is supporting the Energy Innovations Forum,” says Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton. “This gathering is the perfect opportunity to make connections, to gain further knowledge and insights from national and international energy industry experts and showcase New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada's smart grid industry successes.”
“New Brunswick is becoming a vibrant hub for smart grid technology and development,” said Economic Development Minister Francine Landry, who is also the minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “The Energy Innovations Forum is an important event designed to support leaders who strive to inspire, network and explore new energy opportunities within our province. We look forward to welcoming all of the forum participants to Fredericton this October.”

David Beauvais, SGIN Innovation Officer remarked, “We’re glad to host the EIF 2018 edition featuring global experts in the area of smart grid and smart energy communities. This year, we’re introducing new connected technologies to allow participants to share their knowledge and “Braindate” other participants.  Don’t miss this unique networking experience!”

Larry Shaw, Ignite Fredericton CEO, commented “We are pleased to partner with SGIN again this year as we see tremendous growth potential in this sector. Our Innovation District in Fredericton has become the launch pad for many success stories in digital product development and globally positioned products. ”

Energy Innovations Forum has partnered with Atlantic Business Magazine and their Natural Resources Magazine as its regional media partner.

About Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN)  
SGIN’s mandate is to grow the smart grid ecosystem in New Brunswick, and help technology vendors get their product “Smart Grid Ready” by providing technical support, labs and field trials.

About ACOA 

About ONB
Opportunities NB is a Crown corporation that seeks to attract and support opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs. It provides support services for businesses across the province.

About Ignite Fredericton 
As the community’s economic development catalyst agency, Ignite Fredericton is focused on business growth and attraction, population growth (student retention, immigration, repatriation), and various strategic initiatives to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About Atlantic Business Magazine and Natural Resources Magazine


Media Contacts
Brent Staeben, Director-Business Development, NB Power, 506-471-3514, bstaeben@nbpower.com
Laurie Guthrie, Economic Development & Marketing Specialist, Ignite Fredericton, 506-444-4686, laurie.guthrie@ignitefredericton.com
Ann Kenney, Senior Communications Officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3687, ann.kenney@canada.ca