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About the event

GARDN Conference is the meeting on sustainable aviation in Canada to meet the climate objectives of the tomorrow’s air transport industry.

 Since 2009, the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) has contributed to the development of technologies and processes for quiet, clean and sustainable air transport, including projects on sustainable aviation fuels. These collaborative projects have led to groundbreaking innovations along the supply chain and have helped transform ideas into economic value.

 The event will be an opportunity to learn more about these projects that have transformed today’s industry and identify trends that will allow you to face the challenges of tomorrow. The objective is to better integrate cross-sectoral strengths that accelerate the development of sustainable alternatives to aircraft design, engines, avionic systems and fuels.

 Through dynamic conferences and networking with more than 1000 delegates from the AIAC and key stakeholders from the Canadian Government, research institutes and industries, you will be inspired by these days and meet relevant people with whom to engage in future collaborations.

Previsional program

Nov 13, 20181st Day
8 :00 AMBreakfast (with AIAC delegates)
8 :30 AMGARDN Conference Opening Remarks

·        Sylvain Cofsky, GARDN

9:00 AMPlenary Session 1: Greenhous Gas emission reductions

Moderator: Hayley Ozem, Pratt & Whitney Canada

·        Steve Csonka, CAAFI

·        Brian German, Georgia Tech

·        Fassi Kafyeke, Bombardier

10:00 AMBreak in the ShowCase room (with AIAC delegates)
10:45 AMSky’s the Limit Session 1 (in partnership with NRCAN)
Challenge overview·       Jason Gadoury, NRCan

·       Sylvain Cofsky, GARDN

·       Geoffrey Tauvette, WestJet

10:45 AMBreakout Session 1: Aircraft and Engine Noise Reduction Initiatives

Moderator: Dominique Collin, SAFRAN

·       Laurent Leylekian, ONERA

·       Stephen Colavincenzo, Bombardier

·       Delia Dimitriu, Manchester Metropolitan University

10:45 AMBreakout Session 2: Optimized Navigation Systems

Moderator: Rex Hygate, Esterline CMC Electronics

·        Omer Majeed, Specific Range Solutions (SRS)

12:15 PMLunch in the ShowCase room (with AIAC delegates)
1:30 PMSky’s the Limit Session 2 (in partnership with NRCAN)
Financing and Technology Development:·        Don G. Roberts, Nawitka Capital Advisors

·        Zohrab Mawani, Rising Sun Ventures

·        Rob Pinchuk, Parkland Fuel

1:30 PMPlenary Session 2: Challenge of Noise Today and in the Future

Moderator: Stephen Colavincenzo, Bombardier

·        Dominique Collin, SAFRAN

·        Rebecca Cointin, FAA

2:45 PMBreak in the ShowCase room
3:15 PMSky’s the Limit Session 3 (in partnership with NRCAN)

Feedstock, Sustainability and Technolgoy

·        Steve Conska, CAAFI

·        Pascal Geneviève, Carbon Consult Group

3:15 PMBreakout Session 3: CO2, NOx and NvPM emissions

Moderator: Steven Baughcum, Boeing

·        Anthony Brown, National Research Council Canada

·        Albertus Tjandra, Bell Helicopter

3:15 PMBreakout Session 4: Hybrid-Electric Propulsion

Moderator: Alain Aubertin, CARIC

·        Julie Deslauriers, Movendi

·        Kash Khorasani, Concordia University

4:30 PMSummary of the 1st Day
5:00 PMReception (with AIAC delegates)
6:30 PMDinner (with AIAC delegates)


Nov 14, 20182nd Day
8:00 AMBreakfast (with AIAC delegates)
8:45 AMOpening of the 2nd day

·        Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada (with AIAC delegates)

9:45 AMBreak in the ShowCase room (with AIAC delegates)
10:00 AMPlenary Session 3: Sustainability of Air Transport Systems

Moderator: Michel Dion, BELL

·        Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier

·        Robert Cadieux, Pratt & Whitney Canada

11:00 AMBreakout Session 5: Sustainable Aviation Fuels Operations and Enabling Policy

Moderator : Fred Ghatala, Waterfall Group

·        Marion Town, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

·        Renco Buenis, Sky NRG

·        TBD, Air Canada

11:00 AMBreakout Session 6: Green Supply Chain

·        Russell Stratton, Pratt & Whitney Canada

·        Edouard Clément, AGECO

·        Michel Dion, Bell Helicopter

11:00 AMBreakout Session 7: The Aircraft of the Future

Moderator : Mark Huising, Bombardier

·        Sid Barnejee, Bombardier

12:15 PMLuncheon Reception (with AIAC delegates) and Closing of the Conference
End of the Conference


2:15 PM – 3:00 PMGARDN 10th AGM
3:00 PM – 6:00 PMWorkshop 1 – Canada-Europe Noise Workshop (in parternship with ANIMA)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMWorkshop 2 – Greening the Aerospace Supply Chain

Edouard Clément, AGECO group


November 13-14, 2018


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