2016 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition Moves To Calgary



September 10, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario – September 10, 2015 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Hannover Fairs (Canada), Inc. today announced that the 2016 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Calgary, Alberta from November 1-3. Calgary offers the perfect location for next year’s event as it is centrally located to Western Canada’s neighbouring provinces, bringing a special focus to Western Canada’s wind energy developments. The CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the oldest and most prestigious wind energy events in the world. Each year, CanWEA hosts more than 1,500 delegates and 150 exhibitors from 13 countries active in Canada’s wind energy market to discuss opportunities, review the latest developments, and facilitate networking.

“As the national wind energy association, CanWEA is committed to hosting Canada’s largest wind energy conference in select cities across the country to better network with all of our industry members and governments across Canada,” said Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. “In the next decade, Western Canada will see important industrial developments and changes in its electricity sector, increasing the need for new, clean and affordable wind power.”

In Alberta, new opportunities are opening for wind energy, such as:

  • More than 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation in Canada are produced in Alberta, presenting a huge opportunity for wind energy to help clean up the electricity grid.
  • Alberta elected a new government in 2015 that is committed to phasing out coal-fired electricity generation, expanding renewable energy sources, and adopting more aggressive actions on climate change.
  • Fall 2016 will be a perfect time to engage the industry on those challenges and seize the expected new development opportunities.

Other Western Canada markets show potential, including:

  • As British Columbia’s industrial sector grows with plans to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, there will be a growing need for new clean and affordable power, such as wind energy.
  • Saskatchewan is working to release a new wind energy strategy in 2015 with an expected wind energy target of 20 per cent of capacity to be achieved over the next 15 years.

“Hosting the 2016 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary will allow these discussions to take place where the action is located,” added Mr. Hornung.

The 2015 CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Center from October 5-7, 2015. This year’s program sessions include an update of the status of wind energy in Canada’s major markets among many other topics of interest to wind power professionals. More than 95 per cent of delegates attend to network and develop business opportunities and 79 per cent are final decision makers or key influencers in purchases. The CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier event for uncovering new wind energy investment opportunities in Canada and will provide the most up-to-date information on wind power across the country.

To learn more about attending CanWEA 2015 this October or next year’s event in Calgary, visit the CanWEA web site at http://canwea.ca/ or contact Walter Willett, Director, HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide Events, at +1 (613) 716-9373 or wwillett@hfusa.com.

Media contacts:

Lejla Latifovic, Communications Specialist
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Direct: +1 (613) 234-8716 ext. 241 or +1 (800) 922-6932 ext. 241
lejlalatifovic@canwea.ca

Kathy Zoeller, Media Relations
Hannover Fairs USA
Direct: +1 (312) 988-9352
kathy@mattsonpr.com

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information on wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation at http://windfacts.ca.

About Hannover Fairs (Canada)
Hannover Fairs is the subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe, one of the world’s largest and most active event organizers.  Hannover Fairs develops and manages marketing programs for world-leading trade fairs, such as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), CeMAT (intralogistics), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry), in Hannover, the US and  key emerging markets as China, India and Turkey. Working closely with its clients, Hannover Fairs helps them maintain their competitive position on and off the event floor.  In 2016, Hannover Fairs is staging five industrial technology trade events in North America. For more information on the North American events, visit www.hfusa.com.