MEIA Info Bulletin – March 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

Save the Date! MEIA Virtual AGM on April 14

2021 is MEIA’s 30th anniversary and we’ll be celebrating in style and physically distanced. Join us on April 14th for our online 30 year celebration and retrospective along with our Annual General Meeting. Visit the MEIA website to register.

MEIA Members! Register for the ManSEA 2021 Conference FREE!
Tuesday March 23, Tuesday March 30 & Tuesday April 6 
7:00 – 8:30 pm CST

The Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association (ManSEA)’s 2021 Virtual Conference – Towards a Sustainable Energy Future is a multi-evening virtual conference highlighting the latest opportunities to use sustainable energy. 

MEIA’s Executive Director Jack Winram will be presenting on April 6 on Supporting the Creation of New Jobs in the Sustainable Energy and Related Fields.

Click here for the full lineup and to register.

Disrupted Tech 2.0 Pitch Competition
Presented by Bioscience Association Manitoba and Manitoba Technology Accelerator

MEIA is proud to support the People’s Choice Award for the upcoming Disrupted Tech 2.0 Pitch Competition! 

On March 10th, 10 companies will present their high-paced pitch deck and tell us how their innovation will change the world and drive revenue. Judges will select one winner who will be awarded a Grand Prize of $5,000 –Companies also have an opportunity to win a $2000 People’s Choice Award, supported by Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA).

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

Monday, March 15-Thursday, March 18 SOLD OUT!
1000 Waverly, Training Room 104

In support of industry during a difficult year, MEIA is pleased to be able to offer this course at a reduced rate to help everyone get back into a safe work environment.

The 4-day HAZWOPER/NFPA 472 course offered by HAZ-MATTERS falls within the recently approved Essential Services mandate across Canada and substantially improves employee hazard understanding at the worksite while empowering a technician level of response competency for employees exposed to any form of chemical hazards.  Delivered by Bart Taylor, a senior HazMat Specialist, this specific course unifies internationally used “Best Practice” techniques employed by Industry, Fire Services, First Responders and CBRNe technicians and provides a clear understanding of the entire process.

Getting to Net-Zero: Manitoba Business Leadership & Opportunities
In Partnership with Climate Smart and the World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Become a climate leader! Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint while achieving the co-benefits of operating savings, productivity efficiencies, brand lift, and improved employee engagement. This seminar will present a blend of what, why, who and how to get to net zero in business. 

  • What does it mean to achieve net zero carbon emissions?
  • Why are businesses around the world (and in Canada and Manitoba) making this commitment?
  • How do businesses measure and manage their carbon footprint?
  • How do businesses get to net zero?

Drawing on Manitoba’s Climate Change & Green Economy Action Plan, we will discuss the role and opportunities for businesses, including indigenous led companies, and clean tech innovators. We will outline the international protocol for GhG measurement that businesses around the world utilize, and explain the Climate Smart Certification process. 

Registration coming soon!

MEIA AGM & 30 Year Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating MEIA’s 30 year anniversary at our virtual Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The celebration will include a panel of MEIA alumni from the past 30 years, an update on MEIA’s present initiatives and programming, networking, and awards!

Visit the MEIA website to register.

To participate in the nomination process you must be an MEIA member. If you would like to purchase a membership, or have not yet renewed your 2021 membership, please contact us at [email protected] or (204) 783-7090 to purchase or renew so that you can participate in the voting and Election of Officers to the MEIA Board of Directors.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you!

Certified GeoExchange Design (CGD) Course
10-week course
Monday, April 12 – Monday, June 14
12:00pm – 1:30pm each Monday
MEIA Members: $1,550
Non-members: $1,750 

This course is being offered through MIEA at a significantly reduced rate. Delivered in a live, interactive online setting where you have the ability to ask questions of the instructor and other participants, the sessions are recorded for students to revisit as needed over the course of the training period. The courses are every Monday at noon for 10 weeks.
Optimizing the first cost and efficiency of a Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system is the basis of the CGD commercial design training course offered by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Click here to register

Intro to Environmental Law
Dates TBD
9:30 am- 11:00 am
MEIA Member: $250
Non-member: $350

This course provides an overview of Environmental Laws in Manitoba, including a brief history and purpose of environmental law; Operation, Compliance and Enforcement; Application and Approval Process; Sectoral Laws; and an Introduction to 5 Key Acts in Manitoba.

Registration coming soon!

Monday, June 7-Thursday, June 10 
1000 Waverly, Training Room 104

In support of industry during a difficult year, MEIA is pleased to be able to offer this course at a reduced rate to help everyone get back into a safe work environment.

The 4-day HAZWOPER/NFPA 472 course offered by HAZ-MATTERS falls within the recently approved Essential Services mandate across Canada and substantially improves employee hazard understanding at the worksite while empowering a technician level of response competency for employees exposed to any form of chemical hazards.  Delivered by Bart Taylor, a senior HazMat Specialist, this specific course unifies internationally used “Best Practice” techniques employed by Industry, Fire Services, First Responders and CBRNe technicians and provides a clear understanding of the entire process.

Member News and Announcements 

ECO Impact 2021 Webinar Bundle
ECO Canada Member Price: Free
Bundle Price: $49

The ECO Impact learning series bundle includes 8 technical webinars featuring 24 industry leaders from across Canada discussing key environmental trends for 2021, including:

  • People, Planet, Profit – Finding the Balance (opening panel)
  • Growing Canada’s Blue Economy
  • Innovation in Canada’s Cleantech Sector
  • Climate Change Adaptation Strategies
  • The Road to Recovery can be Green – Economic Recovery in Canada
  • Futureproofing the Environmental Workforce
  • Digital Skills for Success
  • Canada’s Energy Transition – Where Tradition Meets Innovation

Click here for more information

Introduction to Building Recommissioning (RCx) for Building Owners and Managers

March 11 and 12, 2021

Efficiency Manitoba is partnering with BOMA Manitoba and Natural Resources Canada to offer The Canadian Institute for Energy Training’s (CIET) Introduction to Building Recommissioning (RCx) for Building Owners and Managers course. 

Building recommissioning is the process of testing an existing facility’s systems and equipment to ensure they’re still functioning as designed and intended, and making adjustments as necessary. This process has been proven to reduce operating costs and improve tenant spaces, adding value to real estate assets. The course will provide participants with a practical approach to recommissioning for existing buildings.

The course will also include information about Efficiency Manitoba’s Enhanced Building Operations Program, which can offer both technical and financial support for your recommissioning projects.

Click here to register

Amplifying Voices: Getting involved in Environmental Decisions
Presented by the Manitoba Eco-Network
March 11th, 2021

This webinar is part of the Navigating the Law to Protect the Environment webinar series from the Manitoba Eco-Network.

Click here for more information.

Keeyask Generating Station Produces First Electricity for Manitoba Grid

The first unit at the Keeyask Generating Station went into commercial service on February 16, 2021. Construction of the 695-megawatt station on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba began in 2014.

The first unit is entering service six months ahead of schedule and the project is tracking to meet its control budget of $8.7 billion. When complete, Keeyask will have seven units in-service producing an average of 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, making it the fourth largest generating station in the province. The energy produced by Keeyask will be integrated into Manitoba Hydro’s electric system for use in Manitoba and to meet the utility’s current export commitments. 

The Keeyask Generating Station is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and four partner First Nations – Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation and Fox Lake Cree Nation – known collectively as the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership. Click here for more information.

Manitoba Mineral Development Fund 

The Manitoba Mineral Development Fund’s (MMDF) annual fund provides opportunities for Indigenous partnerships, increased local employment and economic development in Northern Manitoba. Funding is also available for projects outside of Northern Manitoba supporting the mineral development industry.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. MMDF will contribute up to $50,000 towards short term projects and up to $300,000 towards medium- or long-term projects.

If you are part of an Indigenous community, municipality, business or not-for-profit and want to help the North grow, APPLY TODAY at

Telpay 2021 Trees Campaign

Telpay is inviting MEIA members within the City of Winnipeg to join their 2021 Trees Campaign by pledging to the City’s Million Tree Challenge.
As a thank you for pledging, Telpay will send you 100 trees for you to give to staff, customers, or community groups of your choice. The varieties available are Golden Willow, Prairie Skye Poplar, Dogwood, Manitoba Maple, and White Spruce. Plus, they’ll announce your participation on their website and social media channels.
To learn more about this special initiative, contact Louise May at [email protected].

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Seminars
Dates: Throughout March 2021
Venue: These seminars are available for remote participants via webinar (i.e., from a computer, tablet or smartphone). Please choose “Online” at registration. 
Fee: FREE!
For more information or to register, click here.

Attracting & Recruiting New Employees – Wed March 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Best Practices for Termination of Employment – Wed March 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Interactive Business-to-Government (B2G) Workshop – Thu March 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bulletproof Your Business Plan – Tue March 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Building a Strong & Engaged Workplace Culture – Wed March 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Other News and Events

ManSEA 2021 Towards a Sustainable Energy Future Conference 
Tuesday March 23, Tuesday March 30 & Tuesday April 6 
7:00 – 8:30 pm CST
Registration: $15
FREE for Students, ManSEA Members & MEIA Members!

The upcoming Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association (ManSEA) multi-evening virtual conference will highlight the latest opportunities to produce and use sustainable energy. Topics include

  • Solar Energy and Storage Innovations
  • Energy Planning and Public Perceptions
  • Biomass energy for drying grain and heating community and farm buildings
  • Supporting the Creation of New Jobs in the Sustainable Energy and Related Fields
  • The Future of Electric Traction, Implements & Farms “Where Biomass Will Play a Role”
  • Bioenergy New Technologies

Click here to register

Take the BizforClimate Climate Action Pledge

BizforClimate is a new, business-led movement seeking to elevate the attention and resources directed towards solving the climate crisis. Representing a diverse coalition of local business owners and executives, its goals are to promote climate action and advocate for policy directions for a rapid transition to a clean, zero-carbon economy.  
To achieve its mission, BizforClimate invites companies to sign a Climate Action Pledge, which essentially states three things:
1.       Climate change is an urgent problem
2.       Climate action is actually a better path to economic prosperity
3.       Public policy is required to achieve solutions at scale
For more information and to sign the Climate Action Pledge visit:

CME Dare to Compete Conference

March 23 & 24, 2021
8:00am – 4:00pm

The Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters (CME)’s Dare to Compete Conference is back for 2021 in a new, virtual format. As the largest annual events of its kind on the prairies, the Dare to Compete Conference is a can’t-miss opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together, learn from experts, thought leaders and practitioners of operational excellence. Click here to register

Webinar: Bring Financing for Home Energy Upgrades to Your Community
March 24, 2021
12:00pm CST


By offering a local financing program for home energy upgrades, municipalities can help residents improve the performance, comfort, and affordability of their homes, while also supporting local energy professionals and meeting their climate change goals. The Green Municipal Fund (GMF)’s $300 million Community Efficiency Financing (CEF) initiative supports municipalities to create, launch and scale-up innovative financing programs for residential energy projects. 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)’s Community Efficiency Financing initiative is delivered through the Green Municipal Fund and funded by the Government of Canada. Click here to register 

Growing Canada’s Forests Program

The Growing Canada’s Forests (GCF) program is the Government of Canada’s response to its commitment to plant an additional two billion trees by 2030.

GCF is seeking Requests for Information (RFI) from potential future participants interested in implementing or contributing to large-scale single or multiple-year tree planting projects. 
Deadline: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT

They are also accepting Expressions of Interests (EOI) from experienced organizations for early start projects to implement new tree planting projects or add to existing tree planting projects for the fast approaching 2021 growing season. 
Deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT. Click here for more information

Biomass Conference & EXPO

March 16-17, 2021
7:30am – 5:00pm

The International Biomass Conference & Expo unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. The event fosters public and private partnerships that help bioenergy producers and large-scale waste generators identify and assess available production resources and viable technology solutions for improving operational efficiencies and reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to register and for more information

True North Free Trade Forum 
March 23-24, 2021 | Virtual Forum
March 25, 26 & 29, 2021 | Virtual Business to Business Matchmaking Program

This virtual event will allow your to uncover new regional sales opportunities in Canada’s Energy, Life Sciences and Healthcare, and Food and Beverage sectors. You can also address your current and longer-term supply and partnering needs with made-in-Canada products, services and solutions.

Why attend the TNFTF?
Sell | Strengthen your business ties across Canada by participating in the business-to-business matchmaking program with qualified buyers
Learn | Gain business and industry insights and exchange ideas through speaker sessions
Showcase | Your products and services
Connect | Meet business and government leaders through 1:1 virtual networking
Please visit the website at

Recruitment has begun for the B2B program. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias directly at [email protected] 204.285.3349

Canada Launches Net-Zero Advisory Body
The Net-Zero Advisory Body is an independent group of 14 experts from across the country, who will provide the Government of Canada with advice on the best pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The Advisory Body is a key part of the proposed Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act tabled in the House of Commons last fall, which would enshrine Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 into law.

The group’s initial work will include a focus on identifying actions that set a strong foundation for achieving net-zero emissions while also growing the economy and enabling a strong and resilient economic recovery following the pandemic.

The Advisory Body will follow a transparent and inclusive process to engage with and hear from provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, youth, businesses, environmental groups, and interested Canadians. 

Learn more about the Advisory Body’s mandate and membership on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website. Click here to read the announcement.

Webinar: Underoccupied Buildings: Risks to Remember
Presented by Building Owners and Managers Association
Thursday March 18th, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am

As we eventually move away from public restrictions, understanding how to safely re-occupy our workplaces will become more of a priority. Is it just as easy as opening the doors and allowing people back into the office? OR do we need to assess the potential risks our employees and tenants will be exposed to that may have been created over the last year? 
Other potential risks that will be discussed in this session include:

  • Mould: Is it lurking in hidden spaces now?
  • Stagnant water and Legionella risk: Do you actually really need to test?
  • HVAC: Safe vs unsafe start up
  • Building Maintenance: How critical is it really in an empty building?
  • Is there liability in not addressing these potential risks?

Click here to register

The Circular Economy: Navigating for Supply Chain Success

Presented by Supply Chain Manitoba, Manitoba Institute, and CanSustain
Choose 1 session: March 18 / March 25 / April 8 / April 15
10:00 am – Noon

There is something we have all realized throughout the pandemic, SUPPLY CHAINS MATTER. Since supply chains are critical to operations, is yours environmentally and economically sustainable?

The Circular Economy is a model that allows us to realize the maximum value of all resources used while limiting the risk associated with our traditional linear economy and is one of the best ways to use this pandemic to our advantage; reusing materials, and maximizing their value is one of the few ways you can begin.

Presentation includes:      

  • What a Circular Economy is.
  • Guided tools to be used in your organization.
  • Critique your organization’s current model.
  • Identify best practices for the circular economy model.
  • Economic Opportunities.
  • Determine the best environmental and economic opportunities.

Click here to register

Building Resilience Gathering: Innovations & Updates
March 23, 24 & 25
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Prices Vary

Sustainable Building Manitoba’s annual gathering will take place over 3 afternoons and will explore industry innovations and sector updates on things like codes and legislation. Each day will have four 30 minute presentations full of useful and inspiring information. 

Day 1 – ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS CASE (Tue Mar 23 1:30 – 4:30)
Day 2 – PLANNING AND LEGISLATION (Wed Mar 24 1:30 – 4:30)
Day 3 – HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (Thu Mar 25 1:30 – 4:30)
Community planning and social time – Thursday 4:30 – 7:30

Click here for more information and to register.

2020 Insights on Pure-Play Clean Technology Companies Symposium

March 24, 2021
1:30-3:00 pm CST 

This year’s symposium, hosted by Natural Resources Canada, will feature presentations and the opportunity to discuss issues and possible solutions for the collection and dissemination of future clean tech industry data to support sector growth and manage the transition towards a low carbon economy. 

As part of the forum, MaRS Data Catalyst will present findings from the third annual National Cleantech Survey. Findings from the survey will provide a greater understanding of the composition and economic activity of clean tech firms (e.g. size, distribution, technology focus and readiness level). Click here for more information and to register

Webinar: Governing the Blue Economy
Presented by Water Canada

March 17, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

For Canada to have a prosperous blue economy, it takes the alignment of municipal, provincial, and federal policy that can open the door for strong protection of our national water assets.

As the third webinar in the series, this webinar will take a look at existing policy regimes across the country, where new governance structures are needed, and how we influence those government bodies to make the changes needed to ensure the short-term and long-term health of Canadian water. Click here for more information and to register.

MEIA programming is supported by funding provided by The Government of Canada and The Manitoba government.