JAMESTOWN – Retool’22, a conference on climate technologies for manufacturers and the manufacturing industry, will be held October 17-19 at the Northwest Arena.
The event is part of the Retool WNY initiative to encourage business growth and development in climate and clean technology in Western New York.
During the three-day conference, industry leaders will talk about the market opportunities that exist in climate technology, the innovative ideas already being implemented in new business ventures, and the financial and technical resources available to support development. companies. Representatives from secondary and higher education institutions will also discuss new careers and workforce training.
Keynote speakers include Clint Wilder, a bestselling author and analyst who has covered the clean energy and climate technology industries for nearly two decades. He is the co-author of two books: “The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity” and “Clean Tech Nation: How the US Can Lead in the New Global Economy”.
John Ellis, best-selling author, software expert and former global technologist at Ford Motor Company, will deliver a future-focused keynote on opportunities and advancements in supply chain manufacturing and the automotive industry. transport. Managing Director of Ellis & Associates, Ellis is an expert in new and emerging transportation technologies and how they are changing the way cities, airports and transportation authorities manage public spaces.
Guest speakers include Paul Tyno, associate vice president of sustainability technology at NOCO Energy; John Williams, vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and Marnie LaVigne, President and Chief Operating Officer of LAUNCH NY, a 27-county venture capital development organization whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact businesses. and to catalyze the entrepreneurial culture of upstate New York.
Energy expert Dennis Elsenbeck, consultant and head of energy and sustainability at Phillips Lytle LLP, and member of the New York Climate Action Council, will conclude the conference.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a number of breakout sessions addressing opportunities in supply chains, market segments, support resources and market needs. Panel discussions will focus on entrepreneurial climate and cleantech success stories in Western New York, manufacturers who have transformed or built their businesses around sustainable technologies, public and private financing options, and technical resources. available to support innovation and workforce development needs to meet emerging needs.
Panelists include Michael Cummings, COO of SparkCharge, a Buffalo-based portable EV charger maker; Schulyer Poukish, co-founder and CEO of Livingston Energy Group and Lynkwell, which produces EV chargers linked to charging management software; and Bobbie Thoman, sustainability and innovation manager for NOCO Energy’s emerging business team in Buffalo. Thoman works closely with Buffalo River Compost and River Road Research on initiatives related to food waste recycling.
Manufacturing industry representatives include Rob White, president of Dahlstrom Roll Form; Nathan Rizzo, co-owner of Solar Liberty; Curt Lewis, Supply Chain Manager for Siemens Smart Infrastructure eMobility Division, and Carmine Fiore, Regional Sales Manager for New Flyer. The panel will discuss success stories as well as what their companies expect from suppliers to stay competitive in the climate and cleantech sectors.
Carl Williams, co-founder of Sandbrook Capital, a private investment firm committed to building companies critical to transforming global energy infrastructure, and Jack McGowan, representing Buffalo’s Angel Investors Group, will discuss funding opportunities available to entrepreneurs, start-ups and industrialists who are transforming their business model to serve emerging technology sectors.
Technical resources and expertise are made available to Western New York contractors and manufacturers to facilitate manufacturing transitions. Michael Riedlinger, program manager for NextCorps, Inc. will discuss this organization’s work with new product developers with scaling innovations from prototype hardware devices for clean technology applications to mass production.
He will be joined by Jon Jennings, director of business development for the energy market at EWI, the parent organization of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Jennings leads initiatives at EWI in the areas of hydrogen, offshore wind and carbon capture.
The need to transition the region’s workforce to be ready for jobs in sustainable technologies will be the subject of a panel discussion with a number of regional experts, including Holger Ekanger, Vice President of Workforce Development at Jamestown Community College; Dr. Stephen Tucker, president and CEO of the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo; Dr. Craig Clark, Vice President for Economic Development and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alfred State College; and William Smock, director of the WNY P-TECH College and Career Academy, which is part of the Erie2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES system.