Greenhouse Canada

Geothermal – Power from the Ground Up
April 12, 2022 at 2:00pm

Date: April 12 & 19, 2022 @ 2pm ET

Webinar description:

As Canada moves towards net zero carbon emissions, greenhouse producers could potentially harness the earth’s energy to heat their operations – no matter where they are in the country. From geo-exchange to deep geothermal, learn about the spectrum of technologies available and whether they make sense for individual greenhouse operations.

Note: This is a two-part webinar series, taking place over back-to-back weeks.


  • Catherine Hickson, PhD, Geothermal Canada
  • John Rathbone, PEng, Rathco ENG

Watch the recordings here:

Part 1

Part 2

About the presenters:

Catherine Hickson, PhD

Catherine Hickson is an experienced geothermal resource development expert and vice-president of Geothermal Canada’s board of directors. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1987 focusing on the subglacial volcanoes of Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia. After working as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) for 25 years, she joined Magma Energy Corp. (later to become Alterra Power Corp.) as VP Exploration and Chief Geoscientist in 2008. She led the company’s exploration and advanced resource assessments globally spending significant time on projects in Chile, Iceland, Italy, Peru and the USA. She continues to work actively in geothermal exploration and development and is President of Tuya Terra Geo Corp., a company that provides geoscience and management services to the industry.


John Rathbone, P.Eng., PMP

John Rathbone is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional who has extensive experience in energy systems, most specifically district energy systems. President of Rathco ENG, John has led local and international teams on the planning, design, and implementation of multiple district energy systems within Canadian jurisdictions. John has experience with pre-insulated piping systems, energy transfer stations, boilers and chillers, heat pumps, heat exchangers, and other various components of a district energy system. He also has experience designing geothermal, wastewater energy exchange, and biomass projects, in addition to leading projects that incorporate large-scale, complicated systems and include numerous engineering disciplines. He is currently licensed as an engineer in the Provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Contact him at

Interested in learning more about geothermal work or getting involved in its development in Canada? Not-for-profit organization, Geothermal Canada, welcomes new members to take part in knowledge transfer, information exchange, and the promotion of geothermal innovations through regular educational events and more. Learn more here.