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Greening your business: Lessons on clean technology adoption in Atlantic Canada

December 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Environmental sustainability is increasingly important for business viability. This is being driven by a combination of government policies to address climate change, supply chain requirements and investor, customer and employee preferences. Atlantic Canadian businesses need to understand the role that clean technology adoption can play in ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of their business.

This session featured a panel of speakers, including some businesses that have adopted clean technology. They shared what technology they adopted, their motivations for adopting, the benefits of adopting, and some of the lessons learned. APEC’s Fred Bergman discussed why clean technology is important and some of the statistics on adoption. Lynn Adams, Director of Energy and Environment Policy, ACOA discussed government supports for clean technology adoption.


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Fred Bergman
Senior Policy Analyst, APEC

Fred is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC). He was previously the Director of the Economics & Statistics Division, Nova Scotia Department of Finance. Mr. Bergman is APEC’s lead on economic impact analysis.

He has provided COVID-19 analysis related to the impact on tourism, restaurants and bars, culture and recreation, and transportation. He also contributed to an assessment of the federal bailout, analysis of working remotely by occupation, and the impact of the pandemic on global value chains. He recently completed an APEC report on the economic impact of COVID-19 on Atlantic Indigenous communities and businesses.

Fred is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University, a Master of Economics degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.

Dion Hanrahan
Vice President, Industrial Business Development, J.D. Irving, Limited
Bio coming soon! 



Marc Schurman
President, Atlantic Grown Organics

Marc grew up on the family farm in Kensington, Prince Edward Island. After high school, he attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and headed home to farm with his father in 1997. In 2008 Marc, his wife Krista and their three kids left the farm and headed out on a life adventure to Mexico and Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. In Mexico, Marc managed a 25-acre greenhouse where he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience in greenhouse management. He also gained an even deeper appreciation for local agriculture and organic production.In 2011, Marc and Krista moved back to the family farm in Kensington and introduced the brand Atlantic Grown Organics to the Maritimes. In 2017 Marc expanded their greenhouse and thanks to federal and provincial government grants were able to purchase two 1,250-kilowatt Australian-made Herz Energietechnik BioFire Boilers, which prevented them from having to use fossil fuels. These boilers are entirely fueled with biomass that would otherwise be scrapped, sustainably sourced oilseed byproducts and wood chips from trees removed during forest thinning, diseased trees, or leftover material from lumber mills. Atlantic Grown Organics is committed to creating a food system that is respectful of the environment, the quality of the products we grow, and the local community we serve.

Lynn Adams
Director, Energy & Environment Policy, AOCA

Lynn Adams is responsible for providing strategic advice and solutions to senior management on complex and sensitive energy policy issues, as well as developing cooperative relationships, consulting, negotiating and engagement with senior officials in industry, provincial and federal departments, municipal governments, communities, and institutions.

Lynn manages a team focused on analytical, research, coordination, and advocacy activities whose work informs federal efforts in support of the development of energy projects in the region.

Host & Moderator 

David Chaundy 
President & CEO, APEC

David was appointed President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) in November 2018. Mr. Chaundy joined APEC in 1999, taking on increasingly senior roles, most recently as Director of Research, in which he was responsible for APECs research projects, its member-only publications on Atlantic Canadas economy, and APECs annual business Outlook conference. He also served as Interim President and CEO from April to October 2018.

Mr. Chaundy has directed research projects on a wide variety of topics including international trade and global value chains, international investment, immigration and labour market issues. His recent projects focused on opportunities for Atlantic manufacturers in the EU; opportunities and mechanisms to reduce regulatory trade barriers among the Atlantic provinces; and policies to promote clean growth and the expansion of clean technology firms in Atlantic Canada.

David is a member of the National Stakeholder Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council. He is a Director of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists and the Atlantic Canada Economics Association. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge and a M.Sc. in economics from the University of York, England.

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