Established in 1991, ONEIA is the business association representing the interests of the environment industry in Ontario. Our network of thousands of contacts includes key people at environmental technology, product and service companies, law, investment and insurance firms, institutes, universities and governments. Through their innovation and experience in Ontario and around the world, Ontario’s environment industry provides market-driven solutions for society's most pressing environmental problems.
While our industry is diverse, ONEIA provides a place where a variety of companies, entrepreneurs and other organizations in the environment field can come together to work on common concerns, share information and explore business opportunities. Through ONEIA, they can work towards a society that understands and values the contribution that market-based solutions make to our environmental problems.
2013 ONEIA - EARTH RANGERS GOLF EVENT
“GO GREEN ON THE GREEN”
Wednesday, July 17, 2013: The Royal Ontario Golf Club
An afternoon of golf and networking in support of the Association and Earth Rangers
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May 16 Forum highlights business and policy link for Ontario firms
ONEIA's Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum was well-received by more than 160 attendees on May 16. The sold-out event featured business content in the morning and policy roundtable discussions in the afternoon.
Attendees heard in the morning sessions from speakers from a range of companies and investors, including KPMG, TMX Group (home of the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges), Enbridge, RWDI, BDC Venture Capital and Veolia Water. A luncheon "fireside chat" with the Deputy Ministers of Environment and Northern Development and Mines provided candid insight into the priorities of both ministries.
The afternoon saw roundtables with senior industry and government representatives who discussed common issues in the areas of water, waste, brownfields and approvals. The day concluded with a reception co-hosted by the Ontario Minister of Environment and the presentation of the annual Errick "Skip" Willis award to one of the province's most accomplished private sector environmental policy advocates, Robert J. Redhead.
For a copy of the morning slide presentations, visit here.
For some photos of the day's highlights, visit here.
And thanks to everyone who joined us!
Click here to read ONEIA's Earth Day 2013 media release
Environment and cleantech companies "bright spot" in Ontario economy
December 11, 2012 (Toronto): While other parts of the Ontario economy may be struggling, it’s full speed ahead for the province’s growing environment and cleantech sector.
Read the full press release here.
Companies discuss water opportunities at October 9 event
ONEIA was pleased to host a networking lunch and panel discussion on November 9 that looked at Ontario's opportunities in the water field and how we can address them. The Ontario Trade and Investment Centre played host to dozens of companies who first listened to a panel moderated by Brenda Lucas (SOWC) and consisting of Huub Rijnaarts, expert in water technology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, David Henderson, Founder and Managing Director of XPV Capital, and Nick Reid, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the OCWA before gathering for a networking luncheon.
The general consensus from the discussion was that Ontario has all the elements necessary to realize its stated goal of becoming "the continent's water leader" but that more cooperation is necessary between government and industry to make it happen. There was also considerable discussion of emerging global markets, with panelist David Henderson noting that "water is local, but technology is global" and that there is no reason that Ontario cannot export more of its water solutions to other jurisdictions around the world. The event, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, also allowed a visiting delegation of Dutch water and environment experts to meet and network with others in the Canadian water sector.
ONEIA responds to proposed Great Lakes Strategy
Led by its Water Subcommittee, the Ontario Environment Industry Association has responded to the province's proposed Great Lakes Protection Strategy and accompanying Act. While supporting the intent of the initiative, ONEIA expressed concern that the province will have to move ahead and implement the remaining provisions of 2010's Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act if it is to realize the economic goals of the Great Lakes strategy. For a copy of ONEIA's response, click here.
Environment Industry Day 2012 a success
Representatives from more than 100 companies joined ONEIA for the 12th annual Environment Industry Day (EID) at Queen's Park on May 9. The day included a special briefing from the Water Technologies Accelleration Project (Water TAP), a luncheon discussion with the Deputy Ministers of Environment and Economic Development/Innovation and afternoon roundtables with senior officials from a range of ministries. The day then concluded with a reception at the Legislature hosted by the Minister of Environment, the Hon. Jim Bradley.
The minister also participated in a unique photo op that demonstrated the unique environmental robotics technology of ONEIA member Clearpath Robotics. Thanks to our major sponsors Waste Management, Newalta, the Water TAP Corporation, Maxxam Analytics and Monteco Group. For a few photos of the event, please click here ...
Ontario Finance Minister tries for "goldilocks" budget
But what might this mean for environment and cleantech firms?
Minister Bradley addressed Ontario environment and cleantech firms during breakfast on March 22Ontario Environment Minister The Hon. Jim Bradley offered his annual address to a packed house of more than 100 environment and cleantech companies. Read more...
The start of a new era: The Drummond Report and the environment and cleantech sector
Prepare for a major shake-up of the provincial government.An analyis by Alex Gill, the Executive Director of ONEIA.
ONEIA celebrates World Water Day
The Ontario Environment Industry Association joined other organizations and companies around the world in celebrating World Water Day on March 22. In a media release sent to outlets across Ontario, ONEIA noted that "Countries around the world need solutions of every kind with respect to water and Ontario companies are uniquely positioned to help." ONEIA's membership is home to dozens of the province's leading firms in the fields of water purification, wastewater management and treatment, stormwater management, groundwater, and water-related services.
ONEIA was pleased to welcome the Ontario Environment Commissioner Gord Miller at its second breakfast meeting in 2012.
To view the Commissioner's presentation, please click here.
Presentations now available: Tax credits, procurement, grants and networking - all in one place!
Networking and business development - all in one place. Just one of the many things that ONEIA does for its members and the sector.
Presentations presented during the January 26th ONEIA Breakfast are now available. To view, please click here.
2011: The start of a shift in how Ontario views the environment and cleantech sector?
An analysis by ONEIA Executive Director Alex Gill
To read the analysis, click here and feel free to add your comments in our blog or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Gill is the Executive Director of ONEIA and can be reached at email@example.com or through LinkedIn.
MOE discusses approvals reforms with ONEIA members
On October 25, representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) offered an advance look to ONEIA members of extensive changes that are coming to the environmental approvals system on October 31. In a members-only webinar, MOE staffers walked participants through their plans to shift the approvals system into a more streamlined approach.
Click here for a copy of the presentation.
To become an ONEIA member and participate in future members-only briefings, please click here.
ONEIA EBOB discusses post-election landscape
What does a minority Liberal government mean for Ontario's environment and cleantech firms? That was the central question addressed at ONEIA's post-election Environmental Business Opportunity Breakfast (EBOB) on October 20, Attendees from a range of firms listened to a lively panel debate that featured Angie Brennand from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Paul Norris from the Ontario Waterpower Association and Colin Isaacs from CIAL Group. Panelists agreed that the pace of environmental policymaking will slow considerably as the government avoids controversial issues, but agreed that some major issues (e.g. waste diversion, approvals reform, renewable energy) will have to move forward. Colouring the new mandate will be a backdrop of fiscal restraint and economic uncertainty. ONEIA's advocacy committee will address these and other issues in its ongoing work, so stay tuned!
Living in interesting times; what the election result means for Ontario's environment and cleantech companies
Well, that was interesting. All across Ontario, political watchers are waking up this morning to the news that the McGuinty government has been reelected, but with just 53 seats, leaving them one seat short of a majority. This gives Ontario its first minority government in decades.
What will this mean for Ontario’s environment and cleantech sector? Read more... or place a comment on our Blog page.
ONEIA partners with OWMA and others on waste issue letter to party leaders
ONEIA has joined with the Ontario Waste Management Association and five other organizations to jointly write to the Premier and other party leaders to ask for details on their positions with respect to waste diversion, recycling, producer responsibility and related issues. See the response of the Liberals, Ontario PCs NDP and Green Party
Companies discuss new directions in waste policy
A capacity crowd of environmental businesspeople packed the Ontario Trade and Investment Centre on August 25 to discuss where Ontario might go with respect to waste policy. Hosted by ONEIA in partnership with the Ontario Waste Management Association and the Municipal Waste Association, the event featured two European experts in the field - Ton Holtkamp and Herman Huisman. A copy of the presentations is available on ONEIA's Slide Share channel.To view the presentations:
Click here for Ton Holtkamp's presentation.
Click here for Herman Huisman's presentation.
ONEIA elects new board chair
The Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) elected Derek S. Webb, vice-president of Guelph-based Biorem Technologies, as its Chair at a recent board meeting. Read more...
Ontario environment firms optimistic but wary about prospects
Ontario's environment and cleantech companies are largely optimistic about its prospects for the future, but is still wary of possible problems in the form of market demand, regulatory problems and financing, according to the first iteration of the "Environment and Cleantech barometer." The Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) asked companies across the province about such issues as their general outlook, optimism about business prospects and factors that they feel limit their growth.
"This largely reaffirmed what we at ONEIA hear every day in our dealings with companies across Ontario," said Alex Gill, the Association's Executive Director. "We know that our companies are good at what they do and can do well in any market, but factors beyond their control often get in the way."
In the survey, companies cited such issues as regulatory uncertainty, financing and "uncertain market demand" in their opinions on their future prospects.
To see a summary of survey results, CLICK HERE.
And stay tuned as ONEIA regularly reaches out to talk with companies across Ontario about the business of the environment in Ontario.
ONEIA releases "Still Ready to Grow" report at Environment Industry Day 2011
ONEIA continued its tradition of offering common-sense policy advice to the province when we released a landmark public policy document at our 11th annual Environment Industry Day. The "Still Ready to Grow" report offers a straightforward road map that encourages government to adopt pro-growth policies for the environment and cleantech sector. Among its recommendations are stronger support for the modernization of approvals process in the Ministry of Environment, a commitment to green purchasing, and an approach that will encourage winning conditions for all companies and not see government trying to pick winners and losers. To download a full copy of the report, click here...
ONEIA and the environment community mark the passing of Errick (Skip) Willis
It is with great sadness that the volunteers and staff at ONEIA learned today that Errick (Skip) Willis had passed away after complications from cancer surgery. It is difficult to fully sum up the huge contribution Skip made Canada's environment industry and to ONEIA. Read more...
ONEIA analysis: Why do governments persist in picking winners and losers
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ONEIA presents to standing committee about Bill 72: Water Opportunities Act
Alex Keen, chair of ONEIA's Water Subcommittee, and Alex Gill, the Association's executive director, appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government on October 18, 2010 top present our position on the Water Opportunities Act. Read more...
ONEIA and Deloitte release report on growth possibilities of environment industry
ONEIA and Deloitte Consulting have released a landmark report that examined the barriers to growth faced by Ontario environment firms. This widely-read report captures the concerns of firms across the province and has been received by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. More....
27 May 2013 • Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
11 Jun 2013 • Ryerson University Campus, Toronto, Ontario
18 Jun 2013 • Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
17 Jul 2013 • Royal Ontario Golf Club, 6378 Trafalgar Rd Hornby, ON L0P 1E0
15 Sep 2013 • Toronto, ON