Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit will explore transitioning to net-zero

On June 29, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council, will welcome hundreds of our region’s most innovative leaders with expertise in climate change and economic adaptivity to the 2022 Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit.

Canada’s Innovation Corridor is anchored by the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area and Waterloo regions – a high-growth economic zone in southern Ontario defined by a dense cluster of advanced manufacturing and technology firms – and its leadership is comprised of local chambers of commerce and boards of trade.

Now in its fifth year, the summit will be focused on the theme of the “Transition to Net-Zero,” and seeks to convene leading employers, organizations and researchers to communicate what actions they are already taking toward transitioning their own operations, as well as identifying what challenges and opportunities are on the horizon for our economy.

As business, political and community leaders, we must ensure that our region is not only prepared and equipped to successfully transition to a lower emissions future, but also establishes itself as a global innovation leader through strong regional collaboration.

Key features of the summit will discuss how decarbonization will affect all areas of our economy, with a particular emphasis on how industry, infrastructure and transportation will be confronted with the challenges and technological opportunities of net-zero. In alignment with Innovation Corridor priorities, the 2022 summit will host a variety of conversations around key topics related to the long-term economic, social, and environmental prosperity of our region, and how we can utilize made-in-Ontario solutions to advance these priorities.

Some of our key programming features include a presentation from ArcelorMittal Dofasco exploring how Canada’s leading flat steel producer will transition its operations away from traditional, emissions-intensive processes into utilizing electricity to significantly decarbonize its operations, as well as a panel discussion where Enbridge will speak to how various forms of energy supply will be critical to shaping our economy’s pathway to net-zero.

Alectra Utilities will also provide an overview of what smart communities will look like in the future as we electrify nearly all aspects of our economy and day-to-day lives, as well as a feature panel by Ontario Power Generation exploring innovations in energy to understand how we will create and meet the energy supply demands of the future.

The summit will also feature two keynote presentations on topics critical to ensuring our region’s collective success in economic transition. Firstly, Pedro Barata, executive director of the Future Skills Center will provide an overview of training and re-skilling our workforce for green jobs of the future, and secondly, the summit will feature Dr. Manuel Riemer, professor & director of the Viessmann Center for Engagement and Research in Sustainability to provide a thought-provoking look into the psychology of sustainability and how collective perspectives and attitudes on sustainability materially affect our ability to solve these societal challenges.

These offerings will help inform our region’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and will ensure that our region is equipped with the technical knowledge on how to successfully pursue net-zero. In doing so, we have the opportunity to foster strong regional collaboration and expand existing partnerships to ensure that the Innovation Corridor region emerges as a global leader in decarbonization and clean technology.

Please visit www.corridorsummit.ca for full programming details, to purchase tickets, and learn more. We look forward to hosting this transformative event to fuel regional climate action and collaboration.

Marie Nash is Interim CEO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

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