“The green economy and the clean technology and services which drive it represent a significant path for economic diversification and growth for Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. “This is a particularly exciting year for industry given the priority focus the Federal government is giving the environment and the support of the products and processes which protect it.”

Since its inception in 2012, Newleef has grown from a one day single-room event into a two-day conference attracting hundreds and featuring multiple streams of presentations, panel discussions, professional development segments, and more. It has become the premier event in Newfoundland and Labrador for business-owners, entrepreneurs, environmental professionals, academics, decision-makers, and public servants to converge and discuss green economic growth ideas, opportunities, and issues across many of the province’s sectors – from mining, to forestry, to oil and gas, to the fishery, to energy, and beyond.

Lomond says that the environmental sector is broad and touches on many of Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary industries – and the call for abstracts for the conference reflects that. “Newleef explores business opportunities; presents the latest local research; aims to foster sector innovation; navigates environmental issues with a focus on solutions; highlights the products, services, and activities of organizations operating in the province; and builds sector capacity through the delivery of professional development seminars.”

The call for abstracts for Newleef is a competitive process, says Lomond. “Though we would like to accommodate all of the abstracts we receive, we must make determinations based on the relevance of the submission the conference themes which emerge and the significance of the content to the audience.”

The following themes have been identified as areas of interest for Newleef 2016:

  • Coastal, Ocean, and Arctic
  • Renewable Energy Clean Technology (Products or Services that Increase Efficiency or Decrease Waste)
  • New and Emerging Green Opportunities related to Resource Industries:
    • Oil and Gas
    • Forestry
    • Fisheries
    • Aquaculture
    • Mining and Mineral Exploration
    • Agriculture and Food
  • Waste Management Innovation
  • Green Economic Development Strategy and Policy
  • Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Risk Management
  • Infrastructure, Construction, and Planning

More information on the call for abstracts can be found on the Newleef website at www.newleef.ca.

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. More information can be found at http://www.neia.org.