econext 2021 conference

Start: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 08:15

End: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 16:15

Join us on October 22, 2021 to explore the vast opportunities that net zero, the energy transition, and finding value from waste are presenting Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is the best opportunity of the year to network with your clean technology and environmental services colleagues in industry, government, and academia.

The conference will feature panel discussions focusing on the following four subjects:


Cleantech Sector Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador

Our province’s technology sector is booming, and among the success stories are businesses that are developing their own products and services that improve our relationship with the environment. In this session you will hear from a cleantech CEO who has seen their company experience rapid growth on an international scale – and see a series of rapid-fire presentations from the next generation of cleantech entrepreneurs.

  • Keynote Speaker – Joshua Green, CEO – Mysa


Technology, Net Zero, and the Environment

Global discussions around net zero have accelerated greatly since the onset of the pandemic. The pursuit of net zero will present industries key to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy with significant challenges, but also with substantial opportunities for the development and application of new technologies. In this session you will hear from leaders in oceans, mining, and oil and gas on what all of this means for their industries and the action that they are seeing taking place.

  • Moderator – Deidre Puddister, Env. & Compliance Manager – Anaconda Mining
  • Jim Keating, CEO – Oil & Gas Corporation of NL
  • Kendra MacDonald, CEO – Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Allan Cramm, VP Innovation – Novamera Inc.


Value from Waste and the Opportunity for Innovation

Newfoundland and Labrador faces obstacles in dealing effectively with its waste streams – at household and industry scales. Our population is small and waste is generated in rural and remote areas. Economies of scale are difficult to achieve, and the environmental impact of transporting waste outside of the province can be substantial. In this session you will hear about why conditions for waste management innovation are ripe in this province, and where the best opportunities for investigation may be.

  • Moderator – Sarah Halliday, Bus. Dev. Manager – Heave Away Waste Management
  • Charles Bown, CEO – Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB)
  • Don Drew, Operation Manager – Newco Metal & Auto Recycling
  • Ben Wiper, Co-Founder and CEO – 3F Waste Recovery


Our Energy Future – Electricity, Renewables, and Hydrogen

The momentum that hydrogen and other clean fuels are gaining globally as solutions to achieve deep emissions reductions present Newfoundland and Labrador with exciting opportunities for the development of its vast cache of renewable energy resources. Using clean energy for the production of clean fuels gives the province a new pathway for development, while electricity generation remains an option. In this session you will hear about what these opportunities are and what the most realistic pathways to clean energy development may be for the province.

  • Moderator – Alex Templeton, Partner – McInnes Cooper
  • Jennifer Williams, CEO – NL Hydro / Nalcor Energy
  • Keith Drover, VP Project Development – Growler Energy
  • Blair MacDougall, Founder and Director – Waterford Energy Services


Your ticket will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Online-only registrants will receive a Zoom link to participate in the conference live. All registrants will have access to conference session recordings on-demand following the event.

Information on tickets being made available to students will be released closer to the conference date.


To ensure the safety of participants from COVID-19, this event will strictly follow public health guidance in place at the time of the event.


Friday, October 22, 2021

8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

The Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, NL


econext Members: $179 + HST
non-Members: $229 +HST
online-only: $90 +HST

Please click here for more information and to view the conference agenda.



The Sheraton Hotel
115 Cavendish Square,
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 3K2