Plenary and Panel Sessions

Sam Marcuson and Peter Warrian – Plenary Session


Donald R. Sadoway – Plenary Session


Big Ideas Session – Curated Panel


Hatch – Curated Panel Session


Insurance and Climate Change – Curated Panel 


Plenary Session

Tuesday, August 22, 8:30 – 9:10 | Location: TBD

Presentation title

Abstract coming soon!

Jeff Dahn

Professor Emeritus
Principal Investigator – NSERC/Tesla Canada/Dalhousie Alliance Grant
Dalhousie University

Jeff Dahn is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science and the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University.

He is recognized as one of the pioneering developers of the lithium-ion battery, which is now used worldwide in laptop computers, cell phones, cars and many other mobile devices. Although Dr. Dahn made numerous contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, his most important discovery was the intercalation of Li+ ions into graphite from solvents comprising ethylene carbonate, which was the final piece of the puzzle in the invention of commercial Li-ion battery.

Big Ideas Session

Tuesday, August 22, 13:00 - 14:50  |  Location: TBD

The Big Ideas will be presented in a fast-paced session. Each speaker will have 5-7 minutes to give their pitch and convince the audience. The presenters are encouraged to follow a PowerPoint format inspired by the fast-paced PechaKucha method (20 slides at 15 seconds each).

Sponsored by



Nathan Stubina


Rachel Bridge,


Topic: Recover, Renew, Revolutionize: The New Age of Li-ion Battery Resource Recovery


Curated Panel Session

Wednesday, August 23, 8:00 - 9:10  |  Location: Canadian, Convention Level

Decarbonizing the metals and materials industry

This panel will discuss challenges and progress associated with decarbonizing unique metallurgical operations that may not benefit from large scale industrial and external activity as in other hard-to-abate sectors, such as iron and steel.

After discussing their respective decarbonization drivers, panelists will share insights on how their organizations are approaching the decarbonization of metallurgical processes, from planning to implementation.

Finally, our panelists will share lessons learned to date and key actions to accelerate climate action.


Sponsored by



Gino De Villa


Renata Cardoso

Renata Cardoso is an economist with MBA, with extensive experience in corporate sustainability, climate change strategy and strategic planning in the global mining and metals industry.

Prior to Electra, Renata spent years with Vale, based both at headquarters in Brazil and in Canada, taking leadership roles in Climate Change and Sustainability functions. In her previous role as Low Carbon Manager with Vale Canada, she oversaw the development of a global decarbonization program for the company’s operations.

Now as Electra’s Vice President, Sustainability and Low Carbon, Renata leads the development of the company’s ESG credentials to supply ethical, low carbon materials for the electric vehicles market.

Curated Panel Session

Thursday, August 24, 8:00 - 9:10  |  Location: Canadian, Convention Level

Risks and Opportunities in the Climate Change era from an Insurance Perspective

Join us for an enlightening session that brings together insurance industry experts to discuss climate risk and its downstream effects on those who rely on insurance capital for their operations. We'll start with a 10-minute refresher on insurance, covering important concepts like policy pricing, claims, and how the global trillion-dollar insurance industry operates.

Next, our discussion with insurance experts will focus on the various risks posed by climate change, illustrated with historical examples to highlight their significance. Finally, we'll provide a comprehensive overview of strategies for mitigating climate risks and capitalizing on opportunities presented by proactive preparation.

Our session aims to help position organizations for long term success by providing valuable insights, including a better understanding of climate risks, practical steps to minimize exposure, and access to contacts and tools for further information. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from industry experts and prepare your organization for the challenges and opportunities of climate risk.

Sponsored by


Paul Okrutny

Founder/President, Mitigateway

Paul Okrutny is the co-founder and CEO of Mitigateway, a company that helps insurers improve their loss ratio by better understanding their claim history. He founded Mitigateway after spending over a decade within the insurance industry as an engineer investigating the root causes of property damage claims. Paul is an adjunct faculty at the University of McMaster and a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto.


Raul Munoz

Marsh Mining & Natural Resources, SVP

Raul is Marsh Mining & Natural Resources Practice Leader. In his role, he is focused on helping build capability and drive strategy for the sector. This includes leading key relationships with Marsh’s large portfolio of mining clients, helping them manage, and transfer risk across the entire mining lifecycle, from junior exploration to mine closure. With an in-depth understanding of the industry, Raul leads a practice that proactively addresses the changing risk profile of operating and mining projects. Raul has 20 years of experience holding roles that range from risk engineering, underwriting, broking and client management. Raul is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Alberta.