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Smart Energy Communities Benchmark – Sharing Results of Five Communities in New Brunswick

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AST

Webinar SEC Benchamrk
Webinar SEC Benchamrk

Smart Energy Communities Benchmark – Sharing Results of Five Communities in New Brunswick

QUEST worked with five communities in New Brunswick to undertake a Smart Energy Community Benchmark. This webinar will provide an overview of the Benchmark tool, share key findings (common areas of strength and common opportunities for improvement), and engage participants in the discussion. The results of this work help inform communities of best practices for implementing their Community Energy Plans and can be used to identify areas for continuous improvement.

The five benchmarked communities include the City of Saint John, the City of Fredericton, the Town of Quispamsis, the Town of Woodstock, and the Town of Florenceville-Bristol. 

This work was made possible with thanks to the NB Environmental Trust Fund. This webinar is scheduled as part of QUEST’s role as FCM Regional Climate Advisor deliverables.

We look forward to your participation!

For more information on the Benchmark, visit the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark webpage.


Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 2:00 PM AST

About the presenters

Emma Norton

Senior Lead, Stakeholder Relations


Emma facilitates two working groups in Nova Scotia: the Buildings Working Group and the Municipal Energy Learning Group. Emma has been working in Nova Scotia’s energy sector for seven years, specifically in the areas of energy efficiency and deep energy retrofits, through the lens of a just transition for workers and communities. Emma has effectively intervened in provincial utility hearings to ensure increasing ambition of demand-side management programs. As the Nova Scotia lead for the international project Smarter Energy Communities in Northern and Arctic Regions of Europe, Emma facilitated knowledge transfer between communities in Canada and Europe who were seeking to reduce their carbon footprint through smarter energy use.

Emma has a certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Building Design from Yestermorrow Design/Building School in Vermont. In 2012, she graduated from the University of King’s College with the University Medal in Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS), and combined honours in ESS and International Development Studies. She holds her levels 1 and 2 in Co-Resolve, Deep Democracy Facilitation.

Eddie Oldfield

Eddie Oldfield

Senior Lead, Projects & Advisory Services


Since 1998, Eddie Oldfield coordinated initiatives focused on local sustainability, GHG emissions reduction, clean energy and efficiency, transportation/fleets, climate adaptation and resilience planning. Eddie Chairs the QUEST NB-PEI Caucus, working to advance Smart Energy Communities, and is Senior Lead, Projects and Advisory Services, QUEST. In this role, he helps deliver regional and national projects and supports FCM Partners for Climate Protection members in Atlantic Canada. Eddie also co-chairs the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)’s Energy and Utilities working group and is a Charter member of the OGC Smart Cities working group. He led development of innovative web-based map services & distributed spatial data infrastructure, to support decision making including for a cross-border pandemic exercise in 2007. He is a board member of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, and participated in the Resilient Communities Working Group of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Eddie holds a BA (2008), with Interdisciplinary Honours (Sociology, Political Science, Environment, Science & Technology) from St. Thomas University, and owns and operates Spatial Quest based in Fredericton NB.


February 17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AST
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