Energy

Lessons learned on the farm in building a battery empire

Born in Picture Butte, Alberta – Canadian Energy CEO, Shawn Sauer opened up a battery shop in Lethbridge with his brother in 1987. With a fiery entrepreneurial spirit and passion for providing unmatched customer service, he has grown Canadian Energy to 20 branches across Canada with a network of over 10,000 distributors nationwide, supplying and supporting batteries, mobile power, and backup power along with renewable and stored energy products and services.


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Decarbonizing Your Business with Dr. Jamie Stephen

This episode with Dr. Jamie Stephen will provide information on the decarbonization solutions that entrepreneurs can consider as they build and grow their businesses. Now more than ever, there are expectations for companies to integrate carbon-conscious decisions into operations. Dr. Stephen will specifically discuss how the forest sector can support the most effective decarbonization efforts that business can adopt.

The efforts that will be focused on include:

  • Building with wood – carbon capture through wood infrastructure
  • Thermal energy – heating buildings sustainably which is the largest climate liability for businesses
  • Bioenergy carbon capture and storage – options for permanent CO2 removal from the atmosphere

Dr. Jamie Stephen is Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources, an energy and resources consulting and project development firm based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He has managed bioenergy and cleantech projects for a broad variety of clients including national and provincial governments, utilities, airlines, manufacturers, investment funds, First Nations, and technology developers. Projects have focused on industrial growth strategies, facility feasibility, technology deployment hurdles, policy options, and investment prioritization.

Originally from Saskatchewan and the UK, he holds a PhD in Forestry (bioenergy techno-economics/strategy) and a Masters in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia and a BSc(H) in Life Science from Queen’s University.

Learn how you can become net-zero at https://www.forestryforthefuture.ca/


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How Schneider Electric commits to Sustainability and positive impact in everything they do with Joe Reele

Joe Reele is Vice President, Datacenter Solution Architects at Schneider Electric, responsible for bringing together the full suite of Schneider Electric products and services to provide unparalleled right sized, innovative and complete solutions for our customers. Joe influences and inspires a large team of highly talented professionals to provide cutting edge designs, innovative solutions and operational models for Mission Critical Facilities/Operations. Joe has an impressive track record of more than 10 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development and growth, project development, operations management, and system engineering strategies. Joe provides strong technical and leadership skills with proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical operational business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to meet the customer’s business objectives.


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Connie Stacey is the Owner of Growing Greener Innovations, talks about the future of energy storage – Edmonton – Canada’s Podcast

Connie Stacey is the Owner of Growing Greener Innovations (GGI), a Canadian energy technology company focused on engineering and manufacturing batteries, battery management systems, and battery energy storage solutions for residential, commercial and industrial customers. GGI holds the patent for stackable battery packs that can be clicked together like LEGO™️ to meet any power demand, without the aid of a technician. It’s this technology that forms the basis of the GRENGINE™️ Power System. In addition to its patented battery technology, GGI is further developing its Smart Switch, a smart battery/grid management system that will address issues such as peak shaving, voltage optimization, load balancing, charge/discharge optimization, and time-of-use, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, lower overall energy use, longer-lived batteries and substantial cost savings for large-scale energy users in high-fee regions.

Recently the company won the first prize of $50,000 from The Forum’s Pitch for the Purse competition. The Forum was previously known as Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.


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