SmartGrid Canada focuses on developing a well-curated program by consulting with our utility, industry and academic members to understand the pressing issues of the year.

 

Monday, September 10

Cyber Security Workshop

 

 


REGISTRATION

7:00 - 18:00


7:00 - 8:00

breakfast


8:00 - 8:15

Room TBC

INTRODUCTION

 

 

88% of the 123 utility clients interviewed by CGI for the 2018 edition of the program “Voice of our Clients”, identified the increase of cyber risks as one of the industry trends that most impact their organization.

Experts from CGI Security and thought leadership companies within the Utility and Cyber Security industries will provide insights on questions raised during the discussions we have with our Utility Clients.

A panel of Chief Security Officers and CIO will share their perspectives on these questions.


8:15 - 8:45

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Workshop Opening Keynote

Welcome participants to the workshop and general perspectives on cybersecurity landscape today.

Speaker : Stan Sims, Chief Security Officer, CGI


8:45 - 9:30

Chief Security Officers and CIO Panel

  • How can a Board of Directors monitor their security posture? What information should the Chief Security Officer report on to rationalize investments in cyber Security?
  • How can a company prepare for forensic investigation in case of a cyber attack? What information collect and store, when data privacy regulation is frequently reinforced?
  • As the need to transform and evolve accelerates, companies are more and more often assembling systems and processes with on the shelve software and hardware components and services, produced by an increasing number of suppliers. How can a company control the cyber risks in this supply chain?
  • Digital transformation and development of Distributed Energy Resources promise major improvement for consumers and network efficiency, while drastically increasing the exposure of Utilities to new threats. As attack vectors multiply and technics get more and more sophisticated, so do threat detection and intelligence progress, leveraging emerging technologies.

9:30 - 16:30

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Presentations

  • Forensic Readiness – Fred Bedrich, CISO, BDC ; CrowdStrike
  • Security of the supply chain - Matthew Yourek, Cyber Security Product & Solutions Manager, General Electric Grid Software solutions, and Eroshan Weerathunga, Lead Cyber Security Engineer, General Electric Grid Solutions - Gary Miller, global Director Cyber Security, CGI ; Dr. Mourad Debbabi, Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies & CIISE Professor, NSERC/Hydro-Québec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security, Concordia University Research Chair Tier 1 in Information Systems Security
  • Threat intelligence in Critical Infrastructure - Paul Smith, Director, Product Research & Strategy, Nozomi Networks


16:30 - 18:00

FREE TIME


WELCOME RECEPTION

18:00 - 20:00

Room TBC


Tuesday, September 11

 

REGISTRATION

7:00 - 18:00


7:00 - 8:00 

Room TBC

Breakfast


WELCOME INTRODUCTION

Robert Wilhite, Managing Director, Navigant

8:00 - 8:15

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Opening Keynote

Claudine Bouchard, Vice-President, Hydro-Quebec - Distribution

 

8:15 - 9:00

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9:00 - 10:15

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Customer Renaissance - Panel

Electric power initially spread in Canada with people in a city or a cooperative getting together, planting poles and stringing conductors to bring the new light to grateful customers. However, as it evolved, the industry became very much driven by engineering constraints. Today, customers are disrupting this model with more and more distributed energy resources. Just like the great thinkers of the Renaissance brought a new era of enlightenment, utilities now have to make connections between arts and sciences, humanities and technology. This panel will bring together forward-looking business customers and utility leaders to exchange on where our collective future may take us.

  • Lynn Arsenault, VP Customer Service, NB Power, confirmed
  • Louise Anne Comeau, VP Customer Development, Emera, Invited
  • Alexandre Pépin-Ross, Project Manager, WSP, confirmed
  • David Héon, Manager Global Facilities, CAE, confirmed
  • Martin Damphousse, Mayor, City of Varennes, confirmed

Moderator: Bruno Lafeytaud, Smart Grid Lead, Accenture


Exhibit Hours

10:15 - 18:30 

Room TBC


10:15 - 10:45

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Break


Breakout Session 1

10:45 - 11:15

Session 1A: Consumer-Driven Potential for New Energy Markets in the Microgrid Sector

Jane Allen, Senior VP Strategy & Innovation, Hydro One

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

Room TBC
New Energy Grid

Session 1B: A Probabilistic Approach to Distribution System Planning

Chad Abbey, Head of Global Consultancy, Smarter Grid Solutions
Awa Marie Ndiaye, Grid Strategic Planning, Hydro-Quebec - Distribution


11:15 - 11:45

Breakout Session 2

Session 2A: Utility Showcase: The Industry’s Best Examples of Customer Engagement

Abhay Gupta, CEO, Bidgely

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

 

Session 2B: Welcome to the Grid of the Future. A RoadMap Towards Utility 2.0

Dan Guatto, COO & VP of Engineering and Operations, Burlington Hydro
Paul McMullen VP Canada Business Unit, S&C Electric

 

Room TBC
New Energy Grid


Lunch Keynote

Jamie Staples, Head of Retail Energy Partnerships, Google

12:00 - 13:15

Room TBC


Breakout Session 3

13:15 - 13:45

Session 3A: Data Sharing Paradigm Shift

Ram Sastry, VP - Enterpise Innovation & Resiliency, AEP
Robert King, President, Good Company Associates

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

Session 3B: The Evolution of the Grid to Multiple Small-Scale DER

Laurent Lenoir, Scientific Leader in T&D Grid Operation, Hydro-Quebec
Claudio Rimada, Energy Automation Engineering Manager, Schneider Electric
Miguel Anjos, Prof. Dept. of Maths. and Industrial Eng., Polytechnique Montreal

Room TBC
New Energy Grid


Breakout Session 4

13:45 - 14:15

Session 4A: Moving from Customer-Utility Relationships to Multi-actor Interactions

Jacqueline Corbett, Associate Professor, Laval University
Vik Tiwana, Research Professional, Laval University

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

Session 4B: Impact of Distributed Generation on Distribution Infrastructure

David Healey, Smart Energy Director, WSP

Room TBC
New Energy Grid


BREAK

14:15 - 14:45


Community Energy - Panel

Our communities can’t function without electricity. It cools, heats and lights our homes and businesses. It pumps our water and keeps fresh the food we eat. It moves subways and trains – and more and more cars. And it powers the technologies that are the foundation of our modern civilization. By implementing smart grid technologies such as microgrids and distributed energy resources, we are making our communities both resilient and sustainable. This panel will bring together some of the influential community, utilities and technology leaders who are partnering to meet our communities’ challenges.

  • Stéphane Guidoin, Acting Director, Urban Innovation Lab, City of Montreal, confirmed
  • Alexandre Prieur, Smart Grid Project Leader, CanmetEnergy, confirmed
  • Fabienne Joly, City of Lac-Mégantic, confirmed
  • Greg Farthing, VP Sales & Marketing, Power, ABB Canada, invited
  • Angelo Giumento, Manager - Smart Grid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec, confirmed

Moderator: To be determined, Schneider Electric

14:45 - 16:00

Room TBC


16:00 - 16:15

break


Leaders’ Views on the Network of the Future - Panel

Our customers and policy makers are expecting much more from the T&D networks: DER integration, better reliability, faster connections, green power, cybersecurity, stringent public safety… Name it! And all this for a low cost. In this panel, we will hear the forethought of key industry leaders on how they see their network architecture and organization evolve with new ways to plan, engineer, implement, operate and maintain the grid.

  • Guillaume Paradis, Distribution Engineering, Hydro Ottawa, confirmed
  • Ivano Labricciosa, President & CEO, Oshawa Power, confirmed
  • Lyla Garzouri, Director, Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One, confirmed
  • Andre van Dijk, VP, Operations, ENMAX Power Corp., confirmed

Moderator: Lawrence Jones, VP International Program, EEI

 

16:15 - 17:15

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Networking Reception

17:15 - 18:30

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Wednesday, September 12

 

REGISTRATION

7:00 - 9:00

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7:00 - 8:00

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Breakfast


DAY INTRODUCTION

Robert Wilhite, Managing Director, Navigant

8:00 - 8:15

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Keynote

Johanne Duhaime, CIO, Hydro-Quebec

8:15 - 9:00

Room TBC


Breakout Session 5

9:00 - 9:30

Session 5A: Creating a Customer-Centric Smart Grid

Marc Lacroix, VP, eMcREY

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

Session 5B: Advanced MicroGrid Integration Strategy

Monty Worthington, Director or Project Development - Alaska, ORPC
Robert Wills, President, Intergrid LLC

Room TBC
New Energy Grid


9:00 - 14:30

Room TBC

Exhibit Hours


Breakout Session 6

9:30 - 10:00

Session 6A: Consumer-Driven Potential for New Energy Markets in the Microgrid Sector

Katrina DiGiovanni, CAO/Clerk, Township of Pelee

Room TBC
New Energy Customers

 

Session 6B: Underground Automation in Montreal

Pascal Paradis, Automation Engineer, Hydro-Quebec

Room TBC
New Energy Grid


BREAK

10:00 - 10:30

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New Utility Business Models - Panel

For a hundred years, the electric utility industry has enjoyed a stable and predictable business model: regulated monopoly with predictable earnings, aiming to serve customers with reliable power at the lowest cost. Not anymore. Distributed generation, low-cost renewable sources and flattening growth are turning this model on its head, often putting customers in the driving seat, challenging the stability of the grid, and stranding generation assets. This panel will discuss some new business models — regulated or not — that utilities are launching and adopting around the world to continue to strive for the next hundred years.

  • David Healey, Smart Energy Director, WSP, confirmed
  • James Sprinz, Senior Associate, Decentralized Energy, Bloomberg, confirmed
  • Ben Grunfeld, Managing Director, Navigant, confirmed
  • William P. Zarakas, Principal, Brattle Group, confirmed
  • Daniel St-Onge, Managing Director, Brookfield Power, confirmed

Moderator: Adriaan Davidse, Partner, Deloitte

10:30 - 11:30

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LUNCH KEYNOTE

Mark McGranaghan, Vice-President Power Delivery & Utilization

11:45 - 13:00

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Balance of Power: Regulations in a Changing World - Panel

A key tenet of electric utility regulations in Canada is prudence: utilities shall only make prudent investment after careful considerations and public scrutiny in order to keep rates low. But now, the electricity industry is transforming like never before. The cost of solar and wind energy and energy storage is coming down at double-digit rate. Customers have ever greater expectation to power their digital life and computerized businesses. In this panel, utility and regulatory leaders will exchange perspectives on how we can best balance the power of customers, utilities and other stakeholders for the greater good of our society.

  • Seung-Yoon Lisa Lee, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Hydro One, confirmed
  • Mark Kolesar, Vice Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission, confirmed
  • Louis Legault, Chair, CAMPUT, confirmed
  • Chris Watts, Director, Regulatory Affairs, S&C Electric, confirmed
  • David O'Brien, Director, Navigant, confirmed

Moderator: Francis Bradley, COO, Canadian Electricity Association

13:00 - 14:15

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Conference Closing and Passport Prizes

14:15 - 14:30

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