The Future is Green – The Road to Renewable Energy

Start: Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 13:00

End: Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 14:30

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is hosting a discussion on Nova Scotia’s climate change goals and the impact and opportunities for local businesses. 
The provincial Sustainable Development Goals Act  has aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy, improve air and water quality, and protect ecosystems. Nova Scotia has the most ambitious climate change goals in the country: 

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53% below 2005 levels by 2030 
  • achieve net-zero emissions in Nova Scotia by 2050 

Climate change impacts everyone. Businesses, government, and individuals all play a part in meeting the targets set out.  

The road to renewable energy is long and winding but Nova Scotia is already on track.  Join us to hear from the experts striving to achieve Nova Scotia’s goals in climate change while answering:

How can we ensure we use our Canadian resources in the best way moving forward?
What can local businesses be doing to achieve these goals? 
​What opportunities are available to assist businesses in making an impact?
What local innovation is currently taking place to propel clean tech forward?

Meet Your Panelists 

Peter Gregg, President & Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Power

Peter Gregg is President & CEO of Nova Scotia Power; a role he assumed in October 2020. In his role, Peter is focused on planning for Nova Scotia’s clean energy future while overseeing the delivery of safe, reliable electricity to customers across the province.
Peter is an experienced leader in the Canadian energy sector. Prior to his role at NS Power, Peter most recently served as the President & CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), where he oversaw the operation of Ontario’s bulk electricity system. He was also President and CEO of Enersource from 2014 to 2016, where he was integral in the merger of four of Ontario’s largest local distribution companies to create Alectra Inc., the second largest municipally owned utility in North America. 
Peter currently serves on the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). He is also a member of the Canadian Electricity Association Board of Directors.  


Jennifer Tuck, CEO 
Maritimes Energy Association

Jennifer Tuck is the current CEO of the Maritimes Energy Association.   Jennifer joined the Association in September 2019 after spending almost a decade working for NextEra Energy Canada, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC a leading North American energy company, as its Director of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations.  In that role, Jennifer was responsible for the company’s regulatory and political affairs across Canada.   

Prior to joining NextEra, Jennifer spent over a decade working in the Ontario Government as a political aide to several Cabinet Ministers, including working for several Ministers of Energy.   

Jennifer has a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from Western University in London, Ontario and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.  


Derek Estabrook, Vice President of Business Development
Heritage Gas Limited

Derek Estabrook is the Vice President of Business Development for Heritage Gas, the natural gas distribution utility in Nova Scotia.

Derek’s team is developing and commercializing new technologies to help reduce energy costs and GHG emissions in Nova Scotia, including hydrogen, renewable natural gas, energy efficient building HVAC systems, and combined-heat-and power.

Prior to joining Heritage Gas, Derek worked for 15 years in sales, marketing, product innovation, and business development roles in the food & beverage industry.

Panel Moderator 

Scott Skinner, CEO 
Clean Foundation

Scott has been the President and CEO of the Clean Foundation for the past 5 years. Clean works with our many partners to support the fair transition to the clean low carbon economy through a number of key impact areas including the reduction of energy poverty, support for undeserved communities, protection of the natural environment, action on climate change mitigation and adaption, and by contributing the clean economy labour force.

Scott is the current Chair of the Nova Scotia Roundtable of the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. He also sits on the Federal Sustainable Development Advisory Council as the representative for Nova Scotia, the Advisory Council of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, the board of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, as well as the Board of Wind4All Communities, a Community Economic Development Investment Fund that enables community scale wind energy development. 

Scott has over a decade of experience on topics relevant to the low carbon economy transition including energy efficiency, clean tech, energy policy and high impact program design and delivery. He is also an alumnus of both Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities.

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