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

Seymour Room

During last year’s cyber security symposium, presentations and panels were made to inform on various subjects, such as details on the Ukraine cyber-attack, cyber security views from other industries and upcoming market tendencies with a potential impact on smart grids. Moving towards the next symposium, we will be looking at getting into more details and discuss 4 specific subjects:

  • Regulations – New Ontario Energy Board regulations and others (NERC), what is the impact and what needs to be done?
  • Threat intelligence – After the Ukraine attack, WannaCry, INDUSTROYER, how do you keep up?
  • Incident response – Are you ready in case you get hit and are you testing your OT capabilities to respond?
  • Cloud security – Should you be using cloud, have you established your strategy?

7:00 - 8:00


8:00 - 8:15

Seymour Room

Opening and welcome

Welcome participants to the session - Chuck Filewych, SmartGrid Canada

8:45 - 10:00

Threat Intelligence

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

9:45 - 10:00


10:00 - 12:00

Securing the grid

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

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:15

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 - Andrew Samsonoff, Invinsec

14:15 - 14:45




15:30 - 16:00

Closing and summary of the day

Tuesday, September 12


7:30 - 8:30 

Mountbatten Salon


8:30 - 9:15

Mountbatten Salon

9:15 - 10:30

Mountbatten Salon

Intersection of Smart Networks & Smart Cities: What are the Opportunites?

Some utilities are going forward with initiatives toward the implementation of micro-grids. At the same time, municipalities are looking at introducing technologies that will make them more efficient, and for some, less utility dependent. What are the impacts, can it be done, what are the drivers, is the technology mature enough?
Moderator: Christopher N. Evanich, Manager of Microgrids, S&C Electric Company
Bob Currie, CTO, Smarter Grid Solutions
Angelo Giumento, Manager, SmartGrid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec                  
Neetika Sathe, Director, Emerging Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions                              
Mark Feasel, VP, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric                                     
Will Agate, CEO,  NetZeroMicrogridSolutions
Jim Baxter, Director - Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto

10:30 - 11:00

Mountbatten Lane


9:15 - 18:30 

Mountbatten Lane

Exhibit Hours

Breakout Session 1

11:00 - 11:20

Session 1A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
Moving Toward the Self-Healing Grid - Integrating Advanced DMS Applications to an Existing System.

Moderator: Angelo Rizzo, Systems With Intelligence

Jeff Mocha, Director of Smart Grid & Asset Management, Oakville Hydro
Daniel Nechay, Product Manager, Survalent

Session 1B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
Residential Solar Storage - A Real-Life Case Study of the Values and Challenges of Large Scale DER Penetration.

Moderator: Peter Warren, CGI

Vikram Singh, Manager, Smart Grid Technologies, Alectra Energy


Breakout Session 2

11:25 - 11:45

Session 2A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
Challenges in Securing Utilities in the Age of IoT.

Moderator: Angelo Rizzo, Systems With Intelligence

Mihir Kapadia, VP Engineering, N-Dimension Solutions

Session 2B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
Shifting our Culture – Utility of the Future.

Moderator: Peter Warren, CGI

Sherry Thomson, Chief Human Resources Officer, NB Power

Lunch Keynote

MC - Robert Wilhite, Managing Director (Energy), Navigant Consulting
Speaker - Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada

Please join Duncan Stewart, Research Director for Tech, Media & Telecom at Deloitte Canada, and co-author of Deloitte Global's annual Predictions report. Duncan will take you through the 2017 Predictions, as well as offer a sneak peek of some 2018 topics. Machine learning, 5G, cyber-security, biometrics and the device habits of millennials are just some of his topics - all with a focus on utility and Smart Grid applications.

12:00 - 13:00

Mountbatten Salon

12:00 - 13:00

Mountbatten Salon


13:00 - 13:45

Mountbatten Salon

The Evolving Relationship with Electricity Consumers

With utility customers seeing the cost of generating their own power going down while their rates go up, how can the utilities keep their customers connected and happy. At the same time, during the past few years, multiples outages affected their well being. What do you intend to do?
Moderator - Lucas Melbye, VP Public Affairs, Maru/Matchbox
George Katsuras, Manager, Conservation & Demand Management, Hydro One Networks
Lynn Arsenault, VP Customer Service, NB Power
Raegan Bond, VP, Conservation & Demand Management, Alectra Utilities
Chris Tyrell, Executive VP and Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro

13:45 - 14:15

Mountbatten Lane


Breakout Session 3

14:15 - 14:35

Session 3A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
North Bay: Canada's First Community Microgrid.

Moderator: Paul McMullen, S&C Electric 

Todd Wilcox, President and CEO, North Bay Hydro

Session 3B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
Blockchain – A revolutionary and highly disruptive Technology for Future Energy Transactions?

Moderator: Ashvin Bapat, GE 

Reena Suri, General Manager, India Smart Grid Forum

Breakout Session 4

14:40 - 15:00

Session 4A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
Using MILES to Find and Prevent Outages.

Moderator: Denis Chartrand, DistSmartNet 

Jean-François Veilleux, Project Engineer, CIMA+

Session 4B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
Regulatory Compact at the Dawn of the Smart Grid Age.

Moderator:  Ashvin Bapat, GE 

Michael Walsh, Principal and International Managing Partner, Midgard Consulting Inc.
Lindsay Thompson, Consultant, Midgard Consulting Inc.

15:00 - 15:30

Mountbatten Lane


Insights From Our New Partners For An Evolving Grid

The customer wants more choices, cheaper energy bills, no outages, more control, more green; what does these New Kids intend to bring to the table? What are the business drivers? Do these news players plan to do business with utilities, cities or directly with the customers.
Moderator:  Robert Wilhite, Managing Director (Energy), Navigant Consulting
Iuliana Calin, Lead, Eenrgy Partnerships, NEST Labs
Michael Schwartz, Senior Advisor, Hydro One
Gregor Taljan, Energienetze Steiermark, Austria                                                                                   Pierre Fitzgerald, Utility Engagement Practice- North America, Ericsson

15:30 - 16:45

Mountbatten Salon

Networking Reception

17:00 - 18:30

Mountbatten Lane

Wednesday, September 13


7:30 - 8:30

Mountbatten Salon


Keynote - Smart Grid program of the Federal Government

The 2017 Federal budget announced $2.2 billion in support for the Clean Technology Sector, including $822 million for Phase II of NRCan’s Green Infrastructure Program . The Green Infrastructure Program will deliver on the goals stated within the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. As part of this, Natural Resources Canada will be leading its first targeted Smart Grid Program, with $100 million in funding for deployment and demonstration projects..
Speaker- Jennifer Hiscock, Natural Resources Canada

8:30 - 9:00

Mountbatten Salon

Executive Panel - New Business Model: Evolution or Revolution

Utilities are starting to see electricity demand flatten or fall. New entrants are offering additional renewables and demand response capacity. What is the game plan for utilities over the next five years? Do they see new entrants as complementary players or competitors. How will they handle stranded assets. How to make the customer understand the situation? How do they make the regulator aware of their situation?

Moderator: David Owens, former Executive Vice President of Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Andre van Dijk, Vice President, Operations, EMMAX Power Corporation                            
Mark Henderson, SVP, Alectra Solutions                    
Martin Huang, VP System Operations, Hydro One   

9:00 - 10:00

Mountbatten Salon

9:15 - 14:00

Mountbatten Lane

Exhibit Hours 

10:00 - 10:30

Mountbatten Lane


Breakout Session 5

10:30 - 10:50


Session 5A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
Smart EV Charging & DER integration using predictive analytics for a workplace charging.

Moderator: Angelo Rizzo, Systems With Intelligence

Tamer Abd El Shahid, Power Systems Sales Engineer, Schneider Electric
Daniel Carr, Manager, Smart Grid Projects, Alectra Energy

Session 5B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
Utilities new customers in town: The prosumer and self forming NanoGrid.

Moderator: Peter Warren, CGI

Marc-Andre Forget, CEO, Ossiaco
Daniel Fletcher, CDBO, Ossiaco

Breakout Session 6

10:55 - 11:15

Session 6A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
The Sun for a Penny.

Moderator:  Angelo Rizzo, Systems With Intelligence

Benoit Marcoux, Executive Advisor, System Reliability & Sustainability, S&C Electric Canada Ltd

Session 6B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
The Data Driven Utility

Moderator: Peter Warren, CGI

Mischa Steiner, CEO, Awesense Inc.

Breakout Session 7

11:20 - 11:40

Session 7A: Grid Transformation (Seymour Room)
Integration of alternative energies on isolated grid systems for remote mining and communities

Angelo Rizzo, Systems With Intelligence

Michel Carreau, Director Hybrid Power, Hatch Ltd.

Session 7B: Utility Management Strategies (Stevenson Room)
The Role of Microgrids in Grid Modernization Initiatives

Moderator: Peter Warren, CGI

Sima Seidi, Principal Consultant, Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources, Tetra Tech Canada Inc.

CEA Distribution Council - Trends in Smart Grid Implementation

Many utilities are thinking of hardening their network the old way while others are taking advantage of the new technologies being available today; cost going down, solar/storage/EMS at the customer level. Others are looking at ways to make customers more energy autonomous and, hence, less depended on the utility. By doing so, the usual business model of utilities is being reviewed. On the other hand, what are utilities doing to get costs of operation down. Recruitment wise, do they still have problems?

Moderator: Emily Heitman, VP Energy US & Canada, Schneider Electric
David Lebeter, VP, Field Operations and Safety, BC Hydro
Brian Ketcheson, VP, Distribution & Customer Services, SaskPower
Lyla Garzouzi, Director, Distribution Asset management, Hydro One
Angelo Guimento, Manager - Smart Grid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec
Tom Wasik, VP Asset Management, Alectra

12:15 - 13:30

Mountbatten Salon

13:30 - 13:50

Mountbatten Salon

Conference Closing and Passport Prizes

13:50 - 14:00

Mountbatten Salon

Canadian Smart Grid Action Network Meeting (Closed Door)

14:00 - 16:00