The Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition is Canada’s largest wind-related event, and it took place in Toronto this past October. Next year the event shifts its focus to western Canada and moves to Calgary, which was selected because it is centrally located relative to the country’s western provinces.
From November 1 to 3, 2016, CanWEA’s annual conference will take center stage at the BMO Convention Centre in Alberta. Electricity generation in that province currently produces more than 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Alberta’s newly elected government is currently working on plans to eliminate coal-fired power generation, expand renewable energy sources, and aggressively tackle climate change.
At the same time, the neighboring province of Saskatchewan is expected to set a wind-energy target of 12% of total energy over the next 15 years. Western Canada is dedicated to presenting wind-energy companies with a huge opportunity to help clean up its electricity grid.
“Alberta already generates about three times the national average of electricity from wind power. The province’s new energy strategy includes policies to further develop wind generation in Alberta, which will create more clean electricity and rural economic development,” said Wolfgang Pech, Senior VP at Deutsche Messe. Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s 10 largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. “This opens up the market to competition and makes Alberta an attractive market for international companies that provide products and services in the wind-energy sector.”
“We stage our annual event in different cities across the country to better network with all industry members and government organizations nationwide,” added CanWEA President Robert Hornung. “In the next decade, Western Canada’s electricity sector will see a surge in demand for new, clean and affordable wind power. We chose Calgary for CanWEA 2016 so that our sessions take place where the action is happening.”
CanWEA annually hosts 1,500 delegates and 150 exhibiting companies from 13 countries. More than 95% of delegates seek networking and business development opportunities and 79% make or influence purchasing decisions. Hannover Fairs Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, organizes the CanWEA Annual Conference & Exhibition, in cooperation with the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
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