Value of Biogas Conference & Forum

March 22-23, 2016
Woodbine Convention Centre, Toronto

The Canadian Biogas Association’s conference has evolved to become Canada’s premiere biogas event.

As a national organization, we will cover key topics affecting our industry across the country. With important keynote speakers to engaging panels, we will discuss important developments in the Ontario market, such as carbon pricing and climate change policy, key challenges such as feedstock, and address developments in renewable natural gas (RNG) across the country. There will also be an opportunity for great networking among peers and industry representatives.

Day one will showcase a half-day biogas system operators’ forum, followed by the association AGM and an evening of networking. Day two will be geared to new municipal and agricultural biogas developers, and will feature a wide range of current topics. See the draft agenda below. Policy makers and various stakeholders will also want to attend to find out how biogas can be a solution to their waste, energy and sustainability needs. The conference will close with a networking reception.

Registration Information

Registration is now open for the Value of Biogas Conference & Forum. You have the option of registering for Day 1 (Biogas Operators’ Forum), Day 2 (Value of Biogas Conference), or both. Register today to reserve your spot!

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2016 Conference Program

Agenda – March 22, 2016

Biogas Operators’ Forum
12.30-12:50pm Registration
12:50-1.00pm Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association


Cross-Country Check Up, Research Findings and New Initiatives
Moderator: Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association

Biogas operators will learn about best management practices for operating biogas facilities, as well as findings on digestate research. A new initiative reveals links to environmental sustainability, including biogas, for food processors, distributors, and producers.

  • Biogas Industry Update and Lessons Being Learned, Chris Duke, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Monitoring of Digestate Quality from On-farm Anaerobic Digesters, Anna Crolla, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Farm, Food & Beyond: Our Commitment to Sustainability, Gord Surgeoner



Tips for Success; Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Moderator: Chris Duke, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

A panel of biogas operators will set the stage speaking about their experiences on a variety of operational topics. Hear about what works, what doesn’t and best practices in operating a biogas facility.

  • Carl Frook, Marl Creek Renewables
  • Mark Donnan, Donnandale Farms
  • Rick Schouten, Schouten Corner View Farms
  • Doug Beattie, Veolia Water/CCI Bioenergy
  • Derek Martin, Woolwich Bio-En Inc.



Biogas Operators’ Roundtable

The biogas sector has matured with a desire to share operational experiences in how to manage feedstocks, how to keep good records, and how to manage digestate. Join the discussion, learn from peers, suppliers, and industry experts, and exchange information in a conversational format on individual topics including:

  1. Engine maintenance
  2. Cold weather management
  3. Foaming
  4. Biological management
  5. Odour control
  6. New development and equipment
  7. Digestate management
  8. Record Keeping
4-4.30 pm Break

4.30-5.30 pm

Canadian Biogas Association Annual General Meeting
For members in good standing of the Canadian Biogas Association

Members will hear a summary of 2015 achievements, progress and financial review for the Association and updates on 2016 activities and priorities. Members will also acknowledge the voluntary contributions in the past year and elect new Board of Directors members.

5.30 Networking


Agenda – March 23, 2016

Stream A: Municipal Biogas Opportunities
Moderator: Matt Lensink
Stream B: Agricultural Biogas Opportunities
Moderator: Maria Kelleher
7:30-8:15am Registration

8:15-8:45am Welcome & Introductions
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association

8:45-9:45am State of the Biogas Sector in Canada and the US
Panelists from across Canada to discuss policies, leadership, and other drivers that are leading to biogas development
Moderator:Kevin Matthews
Panelists: AB: Alex Hayes; ON – Paul Taylor; QC – Don Beverly; Maritimes – Kevin Shiell; US - Johannes Escudero

9.45-10.15am BREAK

10.15-11.10 am

Markets for Energy Produced

Biogas producers can sell their energy in the form of electricity or RNG. Municipalities can learn about the new large renewable procurement process in Ontario, and raise issues with the IESO. What policies are driving RNG development in Quebec and California will also be explored.

  • Ontario electricity sales options and procurement – Marko Cirovic, Independent Electricity System operator
  • RNG project economics and drivers in Quebec and comparisons with California - Don Beverly, Gaz Métro

Harnessing Environmental Benefits

Learn about research and survey findings related to greenhouse gas emissions associated with on-farm biogas, as well as carbon offsets and their potential value to you.

  • Carbon Offsets, Michiel ten Hoopen Clear Blue Markets
  • National Survey of Energy Savings, and Environmental Benefits of Agricultural Biogas Production – Andrew VanderZaag, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from a dairy farm with an operational biogas system – Claudia Wagner-Riddle, University of Guelph

11.10 am - noon

Linking Environmental Benefits

This session outlines key elements of cap and trade systems in the Western Climate Initiative, and how its implementation in California has changed the biogas sector. A specific focus on fueling vehicles with RNG illustrates environmental benefits across North America.

  • Options for municipalities in light of changing policies - Aleck Dadson, Strategy Corp
  • Fueling vehicles and realizing environmental benefits - Ry Smith, Change Energy

Financing and Corporate Structures

Understand legal, financial, and tax implications of how to set up your biogas project.

  • Tax laws and biogas projects – Jennifer Running/Allison Henkell, BDO Canada LLP
  • Legal considerations for incorporating biogas systems – Yadira Flores, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
  • Farm property tax matters - Ben Le Fort, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Noon – 1pm LUNCH

1-2 pm

Waste Management and Biogas Solutions

Learn about the merits of anaerobic digestion as a waste management system for a range of organic inputs. A new study examines the GHG impact of the waste management industry, and the implications for municipalities in terms of biogas and waste collection and treatment, vehicle fueling, and landfills.

  • Biogas solutions to manage SSO, MSW, grocery waste, slaughterhouse waste – Tom Ferencevic, Yield Energy
  • Connecting waste management and climate change – Tej Gidda, GHD and Peter Hargreave, Ontario Waste Management Association

Feedstocks and Digestate

Learn about on-going research related to energy crops, data gathered on ICI feedstocks, and benefits to crop yields from digestate.

  • Energy crop and other selected research results – Kim VanOverloop, University of Guelph
  • Updates on ICI as feedstocks – Paul van der Werf, 2cg
  • Digestate Uses And Markets: An Overview – Dave Green, Greenholm Farms

2-3 pm

Evolving Technologies and Markets

Improving the performance and economics of digestion systems, understanding the business case and where systems make money and lose money will be explored. Learn about research into applying treatment to digestate to increase yield and decrease digestate volume.

  • Improving dry batch digester performance - Alex Hayes, Alberta Innovates
  • New opportunities in RNG markets – Ricardo Hamden, Greenlane Biogas
  • Evolving markets and membranes - Robert Lems, DMT Clear Gas Solutions
  • Thermochemical post-treatment of digestate to improve biogas yield – Serge Guiot, National Research Council Canada

Small Scale Projects

A look at opportunities for developing small scale biogas projects, different designs and biogas applications, and how to bring together feasible projects on-farm.

  • Net metering small scale projects, technologies, logistics, regulatory requirements, and standardized grid connection – Jonathan Cheszes, Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc.
  • Options for manure lagoon conversions – Kevin Shiell, Complete Senergy Systems
  • Upgrading options for small scale systems – Dr. Amir Ghasdi, Xebec Adsorption Inc.
  • Economies of Small AD Systems - Current Challenges and Opportunities – Mike Brown, BIOFerm Energy Systems
3-3.30 pm BREAK

3.30-4.30pm Plenary Conclusions

The Value of Biogas and Climate Change
Organic Diversion and Energy Production

Climate change policies from the Ontario government and the impacts on the biogas sector – Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Commissioner

Dianne Saxe Dianne Saxe
4.30-6.30pm Power Networking Time Sponsored by Union Gas



Sponsorship Opportunities

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Please direct all sponsorship inquiries to Stephanie Thorson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 416-489-9388.





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