Trading in the Old for the New - what the future holds for us?

As utilities face the challenge of modernizing their grid - some take time tested routes while others recognize that they need to adapt to changing paradigms.

This distinguished panel brings together utility leaders to discuss their grid modernization ideology in the times of advanced technology, falling costs of renewable energy technologies and storage,  and a customer moving towards becoming more independent from the electric grid.

The Trends in Smart Grids will be presented by:

David Lebeter, VP, Field Operations and Safety, BC Hydro
Brian Ketcheson, VP Distribution and Customer Service, SaskPower
Lyla Garzouzi, Director, Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One
Angelo Guimento, Manager - Smart Grid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec
Tom Wasik, VP Asset Management, Alectra

Moderator - Emily Heitman, VP Energy US & Canada, Schneider Electric

6th Annual Consumer Research - Findings and Insights to be discussed at the conference

Utility customers expect and want more services,  lower prices and more control.  To not lose out to in-sector competitors and new market entrants, understanding the customer better has become the most important goal.  

The panel on “the evolving relationship between utilities and the electricity consumer” discusses the findings from consumer research conducted by various utilities and third-parties. The end-goal is to identify what works and what doesn't in keeping customers connected and happy.

Speakers on the Panel:

Lucas Melbye, VP Public Affairs, Maru/Matchbox

George Katsuras, Manager, Conservation & Demand Management, Hydro One 

Lynn Arsenault, VP Customer Service, NB Power

Raegan Bond, VP Conservation and Demand Management, Alectra

Chris Tyrell, EVP & Chief Customer Care & Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro

Full program and speakers announced! Cyber Security Workshop Sep 11 2017

The Cyber Security Workshop will discuss the following themes:


After the Ukraine attack, WannaCry, INDUSTROYER, how do you keep up and how do you protect yourself? How to build a Threat Intelligence Platform - Dina Kamal, Deloitte


How should you protect your critical assets, how do you protect your grid and your equipment's

  • INCIDENT RESPONSE                                                                                                                

Are you ready in case you get hit and are you testing your OT capabilities to respond

- Incident Response concepts and techniques, in addition to testing your OT environment with red teaming exercises - Rob Masse, Deloitte


New Ontario Energy Board regulations and others (NERC), what is the impact and what needs to be  done?

- New Ontario Energy Board regulations and how these might have an impact on other provinces - Jojo Maalouf, Hydro Ottawa


Duncan Stewart is keynote speaker at the Smart Grid Canada Conference 2017

Duncan Stewart is the Director of Technology, Media and Telecom Trends for Deloitte Canada, and is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media & telecommunications trends. He presents regularly at conferences and to companies on marketing, technology, consumer trends, and the longer term TMT outlook. He also works with individual clients (across all industries) in assessing the impact of technological, demographic, and regulatory changes on their business strategies.

Duncan has over 25 years of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, he has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector, and won the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in its inaugural year. In his time as an investor he deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into global TMT markets.

Join Duncan Stewart this year at the SmartGrid Canada Conference!

Bring your spouse to the Smart Grid Canada Conference!

Travelling with your spouse?

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is happening at the same time as our conference from September 7 - 17 2017 across the city. As the world’s most important publicly attended film festival, the TIFF offers you the opportunity to have a family vacation of sorts!

Book your hotels early to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Use the booking link below to access the conference rates at the Chelsea Hotel.

Smart Networks and Smart Cities Panel at the Smart Grid Canada Conference | Sep 11-13 2017

Smart networks are the bedrock of smarter cities

A key technology trend in the coming years is the iincreasing “interconnectedness of life”. Popular research suggests that the overall revenue from residential IoT devices is expected to more than quadruple in the coming 10 years.

The Smart Networks and Smart Cities Panel explores this emerging landscape in which a smart grid, along with IT and OT will provide the foundation for smarter and sustainable cities

Panel members include:


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3rd Annual Cyber Security Workshop | Sep 11 2017 | Smart Grid Canada Conference, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

After hosting 2 cyber workshops in the past year, our most important lesson:  

Cyber security is well developed on the transmission system but less so for distribution applications

There is a need to develop cross-industry best practice for cyber security on distributed platforms.

Cyber Security experts gather on Sep 11 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto as part of the Smart Grid Canada Conference.

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Conference Program Announced! 2017 Smart Grid Canada Conference | Sep 11-13, Toronto

We are  excited to announce the full conference program for the 2017 Smart Grid Canada Conference!

Here is a taste of conference activities and events to look forward to:

  • Keynote plenaries with speakers such as:
    • Anthony Haines, CEO Toronto Hydro
    • Robert Wilhite, Managing Director of Navigant Consulting
    • CEA Distribution Council
  • Smart Cities Panel
  • Breakout Sessions on Grid Modernization and Managing the Utility
  • Cyber Security Workshop
  • Exhibition space to showcase and meet with innovative technology companies
  • Evening networking reception


To see the full conference program and schedule, please visit

Early bird registration closes July 15, take advantage of individual and group rates early.

Bring your spouse with you, the Toronto International Film Festival is happening at the same time!

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