ONEIA’s Environment Industry Day – November 18th, 2019

Ontario’s Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks to co-host closing reception of Environment Industry Day on Nov 18 – register now
Enjoy a day of programming and networking, help shape the policies that impact your business and meet the Environment Minister 

The Ontario Environment Industry Association is pleased to invite you to join us for Environment Industry Day 2019 (EID 2019) on November 18.  Representatives of environment and cleantech companies from across Ontario will come to Queen’s Park for an exciting day of dialogue and networking – the highlights of the day will include:

Breakfast pitch presentations featuring innovative companies: This year, EID falls on the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, so we will start the day with a breakfast pitch presentation from a range of innovative companies that are developing the next generation of environmental solutions for Ontario and the world.

Visit to Question Period: Attendees will visit the gallery for morning Question Period to hear the announcement recognizing EID and stay for the daily debate between MPPs.

Networking luncheon on “What’s holding back environment companies?”:  ONEIA will host a networking luncheon with a guest speaker or panel (to be announced) on the issue of barriers to growth in our sector. Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sakaria will deliver remarks.

Afternoon business table discussions: The afternoon will see attendees join discussions about the barriers that are holding back their businesses– and what we can do, together with government, to resolve them.  Discussions will explore such topics as Brownfields/Soil, Waste and organics, environmental consulting, and water/wastewater/stormwater.

MPP and Minister meetings:  ONEIA schedules meetings with MPPs, cabinet ministers and opposition leaders throughout the day. Please note that only ONEIA members can volunteer for these teams and the final selection of who participates in them is determined by the organizing committee to ensure that the teams are representative of our industry.

Reception with the Environment Minister:  Attendees will close the day with a reception co-hosted by the industry and The Hon. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.  This reception will feature dozens of MPPs, senior staff, cabinet ministers and prominent figures from across our industry.

DATE:  Monday, November 18, 2019
TIME:  Morning registration at 8:30 AM, pitch competition starts promptly at 9, followed by a visit to Question Period; luncheon and business table discussions to follow at Hart House, with closing reception from 5:00 to 7:30.
COST:  ONEIA members $245 / not-yet ONEIA members $295

Consider becoming a sponsor of EID for as little as $750 – and all sponsorships include tickets to the event.  To discuss these opportunities, please contact Janelle Yanishewski at [email protected].

Crisis Communication Expert to Present at Hazardous Waste & Environmental Response Conference

The Hazardous Waste and Environmental Response Conference, scheduled for November 25th and 26th, 2019 will have Crisis Communication Expert Suzanne Bernier as a lunch time speaker.  A former journalist and government press secretary, Suzanne is now an international, multi-certified, award-winning and crisis management consultant, trainer, speaker and author, who has helped governments, communities and companies plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters for over twenty years. She was named 2016’s ‘Continuity & Resilience Consultant of the Year – North America’ by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), and had the honor of being a guest speaker at The White House during FEMA’s 2016 Individual & Community Preparedness Awards ceremony.

Throughout her career, Suzanne has been professionally and/or personally involved in helping communities respond, rebuild or recover from numerous crises, including the New Zealand, Manchester, San Bernardino, Brussels, and 9/11 terror attacks, the 2016 Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the H1N1 pandemic, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, the 1998 “Ice Storm of the Century” in Eastern Canada, as well as numerous floods, fires, and severe storms.

More recently, Suzanne has been helping disaster survivors, including terror and mass attack survivors, recover and heal through her volunteer work as Global Ambassador of Stars of HOPE USA, and as an advocate for the San Bernardino terror attack survivors and bereaved families.

Suzanne is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), as well as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), a certified Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), and a certified Crisis Management & Communications Professional
(CMCP) through the International Consortium on Organizational Resilience (ICOR).

Suzanne’s critically-acclaimed book, Disaster Heroes, tells the stories of ordinary men, women and children who have done extraordinary things to help respond, recover and rebuild following some of the world’s most significant modern disasters. She is currently working on several related projects, including a Disaster Heroes podcast, audiobook and documentary series.

The Hazardous Waste and Environmental Response Conference is scheduled for November 25th and 26th, 2019 at Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.  The 2-day conference provides an essential and timely forum to discuss the management of hazardous waste and special materials, soils and site remediation, hazmat transportation, spill response, and cutting-edge technologies and practices.

To register for the conference, visit the Ontario Waste Management Association website at