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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, 2018 1st Day
8 :00 AM Breakfast (with AIAC delegates)
8 :30 AM GARDN Conference Opening Remarks

·        Sylvain Cofsky, GARDN

·        Frank Des Rosiers, NRCAN

·        Jean Saint-Vil, NCE Secretariat

9:00 AM Plenary Session 1: Greenhouse Gas emission reductions

Moderator: Hayley Ozem, Pratt & Whitney Canada

·        Steve Csonka, CAAFI

·        Brian German, Georgia Tech

·        Fassi Kafyeke, Bombardier

·        Sylvain Larochelle, Pratt & Whitney Canada

10:00 AM Break in the Showcase room (with AIAC delegates)

MoU Signature between AED, CRIAQ, CARIC and GARDN at the GARDN Lounge

10:45 AM Sky’s the Limit Session 1 – The Challenge

Kateryna Derkach, Session Master of Ceremony

Challenge overview

·      Jason Gadoury, NRCan

·       Sylvain Cofsky, GARDN

·       Geoffrey Tauvette, WestJet

·       Teresa Ehman, Air Canada

Supply Chain Discussion:

·       David Bressler, University of Alberta

·       Merlin Preuss, Canadian Business Aviation Association

·        Doug Hooper, Advanced Biofuels Canada

·        Stéphane Marie-Rose, Enerkem

10:45 AM Breakout 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 AM Breakout Session 2: Optimised Navigation Systems

Moderator: Rex Hygate, Esterline CMC Electronics

·        Omer Majeed, Specific Range Solutions (SRS)

·        Dominique Labour, Esterline CMC Electronics

·        Nick Chalkiadakis, Esterline CMC Electronics

12:15 PM Lunch in the ShowCase room (with AIAC delegates)
1:30 PM Sky’s the Limit Session 2- Making the Connections

Financing and Technology Development:

  • Michael Lakeman, Boeing
  • Don G. Roberts, Nawitka Capital Advisors
  • Zohrab Mawani, Rising Sun Ventures
  • Jordan Solomon, EcoStrat
  • Mark Senn, Export Development Canada

Industry / Research Centers Pitches:

  • Jean-Michel Lavoie, Sherbrooke University
  • Tim Haig, FORGE Hydrocarbons
  • Alexandru Iordan, Carbon Consult Group Inc.
  • Monique Manaigre, Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
1:30 PM Plenary Session 2: Challenge of Noise Today and in the Future

Moderator: Stephen Colavincenzo, Bombardier

·        Dominique Collin, SAFRAN

·        Rebecca Cointin, FAA

·        Annie Ross, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

2:45 PM Break in the ShowCase room
3:15 PM Sky’s the Limit Session 3 – Making the Connections

Feedstock, Sustainability and Technology

·        Steve Csonka, CAAFI

·        Pascal Geneviève, Carbon Consult Group

·        Glenn Johnston, Agrisonma

·        Anna Stukas, Carbon Engineering

Industry / Research Centers Pitches:

  • Inder Pal Singh, SBI Industry
  • Mike Cey, AG West
  • Jacques Monnier, CanmetENERGY
  • Patrice Bergeron, BELT
  • Richard Craig, EFS Aviation Fuel Catalyst
3:15 PM Breakout Session 3: CO2, NOx and NvPM emissions

Moderator: Steven Baughcum, Boeing

·        Anthony Brown, National Research Council Canada

·        Albertus Tjandra, Bell Flight

·        Prem Lobo, National Research Council Canada

3:15 PM Breakout Session 4: Hybrid-Electric Propulsion

Moderator: Alain Aubertin, CARIC

·        Julie Deslauriers, Movendi

·        Kash Khorasani, Concordia University

·        Mikael Cardinal, Unither Bioelectronics

4:30 PM Summary of the 1st Day
5:00 PM Reception (with AIAC delegates)
6:30 PM Dinner (with AIAC delegates)


Nov 14, 2018 2nd Day
8:00 AM Breakfast (with AIAC delegates)
8:45 AM Opening of the 2nd day

·        Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada (with AIAC delegates)

9:45 AM Break in the Showcase room (with AIAC delegates)
10:00 AM Plenary Session 3: Sustainability of Air Transport Systems

Moderator: Michel Dion, Bell Flight

·        Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier

·        Scott Hendershot, Pratt & Whitney Canada

·        Marc-André Talbot, Thales

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

Moderator : Fred Ghatala, Waterfall Group

·        Marion Town, Vancouver Airport Authority

·        Renco Beunis, Sky NRG

·        Frank Femia, Air Canada

11:00 AM Breakout Session 6: Green Supply Chain

Moderator : Russell Stratton, Pratt & Whitney Canada

·        Edouard Clément, AGECO

·        Michel Dion, Bell Flight

·        Phil Cole, Marinvent Corporation

11:00 AM Breakout Session 7: The Aircraft of the Future

Moderator : Mark Huising, Bombardier

·        Sid Banerjee, Bombardier

·        Wajid Chishty, National Research Council Canada

·        Rui Marcelino, AlmaDesign

12:10 PM Closing of the GARDN Conference
12:15 PM
Luncheon Reception (with AIAC delegates) and Closing of the Conference
End of the Conference


2:15 PM – 3:00 PM GARDN 10th AGM
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Workshop 1 – Canada-Europe Noise Workshop (in partnership with ANIMA)
Program available here.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Workshop 2 – Greening the Aerospace Supply Chain

Edouard Clément, AGECO group



November 13-14, 2018


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