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

REGISTRATION

7:00 - 18:00

Room: Montreal Foyer 11th

7:00 - 8:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th

breakfast


Cyber Security Workshop

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.


8:00 - 8:30

Room: Montreal AB 11th

Workshop Opening Keynote

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

Speaker: Stan Sims, Chief Security Officer, CGI


8:30 - 9:30

Room: Montreal AB 11th

CHIEF SECURITY OFFICERS AND Chief Information OFFICERS 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 the 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 techniques get more sophisticated, how does threat detection and intelligence advance and leverage emerging technologies?

Speakers:
Ed Boris, CTO Group Information Technology, SNC Lavalin Group
Fred Bedrich, Chief Security Officer BDC
Stan Sims, Chief Security Officer, CGI

Moderator: James Menendez, CGI US Federal Cybersecurity practice lead


9:30 - 10:00

Room: Montreal Foyer 11th

Break


10:00 - 11:30

Room: Montreal AB 11th

Developing a Comprehensive Cyber Risk Management Program

Key legal, technology and insurance considerations that are essential for your cyber preparedness

As the sophistication of cyber adversaries continues to evolve, it is essential to proactively address the cyber risks faced by the utility and energy industries.

Gain an understanding of innovative programs being developed at the intersection of cybersecurity and cyber insurance and how to integrate those programs into your overall cyber risk management program.

What happens if my environment gets compromised?  Learn what you can do in advance to prepare for what may seem to be inevitable, as well as how to best leverage legal, forensic and insurance resources if it does happen.

Understand why cybersecurity has to be a board room topic, including guidelines for board members to meet their fiduciary obligations to their companies and shareholders.

Speakers:
Serge Bertini, Vice President of Sales, CrowdStrike
Charlie Groves, Global Director of Business Development, CrowdStrike
Julie Himo, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Raz Ghanaghounian, Global Head of Cyber Insurance, AIG


11:30 - 13:00

Room: Montreal AB 11th

Lunch


13:00 - 13:45

Room: Montreal AB 11th

CYBER SECURITY AT THE AGE OF BIG DATA AND ADVANCED ANALYTICS

With the traditional models of security management being stretched to their limits of effectiveness, we must find a new way. The consequence of not getting security right is just too great.

The new way is a big data and advanced analytics approach. The appropriate collection of larger and more diverse data sets improves visibility and allows for deeper analysis and identification of things that most matter. Better correlation with threat intelligence further enhances detection. Through automation and orchestration, scarce and skilled analysts can focus on effective response and proactive hunting.  Future machine learning and ultimately AI are enacted for even greater effectiveness.

Through iterative stages organizations can quickly realize the benefits of improved visibility, detection and response while better enabling a much needed alignment of traditionally disparate environments of IT, OT and Cloud.

Speaker: Gary Miller, Director, Cybersecurity, CGI


13:45 - 14:30

Room: Montreal AB 11th

THE CYBER TUG OF WAR AFFECTING GRID CONTROL SYSTEM VENDORS

Utilities are undergoing an unprecedented Digital Evolution due to Distributed Energy, Electric Vehicles, increased regulations, and more. Similarly, vendors are needing to adapt to not only offer products & solutions for these areas, but also having to evolve their cyber security practices.  As a vendor of EMS, DMS, OMS, DERMs, GIS and other control center systems, GE will share some of the challenges facing vendors and how the industry is adapting to them, both now and in the future.

The presentation will cover Supply chain cyber security risk management, Vendor risk management and procurement controls and regulation, Secure Software Development Life Cycle, Product Cybersecurity Incident & Vulnerability Management - Cyber security incident response and public disclosure of known vulnerabilities related to the products, Verification of software integrity and authenticity of all software and patches, Vendor remote access.

Speakers:
Matthew Yourek, Cyber Security Product & Solutions Manager, General Electric Grid Software Solutions
Eroshan Weerathunga, Lead Cyber Security Engineer, General Electric Grid Solutions


14:30 - 15:00

Room: Montreal Foyer 11th

Break


15:00 - 15:45

Room: Montreal AB 11th

SMARTER CYBERSECURITY STRATEGIES FOR A SMARTER GRID

Smart cities. Smart networks. Smart homes. At every level, people, communities and the (critical) infrastructure that supports them are turning to an endless web of interconnected devices to streamline and improve the way things work. While the same is true for SCADA and industrial control systems behind our municipal power supply, it is different in that there is exponentially higher risks associated with expanding interconnectivity.
 
This session will outline key considerations for an effective substation SCADA security strategy and show how new technologies are answering the call for better coordination between stakeholders on the ground and SOCs. We will illustrate these advancements with three use case scenarios illustrating Real time visibility with passive network modeling, immediate process anomaly detection with process anomaly monitoring, Accelerated incident response with AI-enabled correlation, Rapid remediation, with integrations into SIEM.

Speakers:
Ken Dohan, Director of Sales, Nozomi Networks
Kirsten Turnbull, Pre-sales Engineer and Technical Consultant, Nozomi Networks


15:45 - 16:30

Room: Montreal AB 11th

MEASURING AND MONITORING THE SECURITY OF IEC 61850 SUBSTATIONS

Speaker: 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


WELCOME RECEPTION

18:00 - 20:00

Room: Grande Place 8th


 

Tuesday, September 11

REGISTRATION

7:00 - 18:00

Room: Montreal Foyer 11th


7:00 - 8:00 

Room: Montreal ABC 11th

Breakfast


WELCOME INTRODUCTION

Robert Wilhite, Managing Director, Navigant

8:00 - 8:15

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Opening Keynote

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

 

8:15 - 9:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


9:00 - 10:15

Room : Montreal ABC 11th

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
  • Louise Anne Comeau, VP Customer Development, Emera
  • Alexandre Pépin-Ross, Project Manager, WSP
  • David Héon, Manager Global Facilities, CAE
  • Martin Damphousse, Mayor, City of Varennes
  • Luke Seewald, Director Customer & Metering Services, London Hydro

Moderator: Bruno Lafeytaud, Smart Grid Lead, Accenture


Exhibit Hours

10:15 - 18:30 

Room: Grande Place 8th


10:15 - 10:45

Room: Grande Place 8th

Break


Breakout Session 1

10:45 - 11:15

Session 1A: Value Creation for Utilities: How Maine and Ontario are enjoying the benefits of Energy Storage today

Oscar Araujo, Senior VP, Global Project Development, Convergent Energy + Power

Room: McGill 8th
New Energy Grid

 

Room: Ste-Helene 8th
New Energy Grid

Session 1B: A Probabilistic Approach to Distribution System Planning

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

Leesa Lee, Vice-President, Bidgely

Room: McGill 8th
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 Canada Ltd

 

Room: Ste-Helene 8th
New Energy Grid


Lunch Keynote

Jamie Staples, Head of Retail Energy Partnerships, Google

12:00 - 13:15

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Breakout Session 3

13:15 - 13:45

Session 3A: Data Sharing Paradigm Shift

Robert King, President, Good Company Associates

Room: McGill 8th
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: Ste-Helene 8th
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: McGill 8th
New Energy Customers

 

Session 4B: Impact of Distributed Generation on Distribution Infrastructure

David Healey, Smart Energy Director, WSP

Room: Ste-Helene 8th
New Energy Grid


BREAK

14:15 - 14:45

Room: Grande Place 8th


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
  • Alexandre Prieur, Director, Renewable Energy Integration, CanmetEnergy
  • Fabienne Joly, City of Lac-Mégantic
  • Adrian Thomas, VP-Building, Schneider Electric
  • Angelo Giumento, Manager - Smart Grid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec

Moderator: Brett Stein, Director of Sales, Sentient Energy

14:45 - 16:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


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
  • Ivano Labricciosa, President & CEO, Oshawa Power
  • John Barnick,Director Business Development, ABB Network Control
  • Lyla Garzouri, Director, Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One
  • Andre van Dijk, VP, Operations, ENMAX Power Corp.

Moderator: Lawrence Jones, VP International Program, EEI

 

16:15 - 17:15

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Networking Reception

17:15 - 18:30

Room: Grande Place 8th


Wednesday, September 12

 

REGISTRATION

7:00 - 9:00

Room: Montreal Foyer 11th

 


7:00 - 8:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th

Breakfast


DAY INTRODUCTION

Robert Wilhite, Managing Director, Navigant

8:00 - 8:15

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Keynote

Johanne Duhaime, CIO, Hydro-Quebec

8:15 - 9:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Breakout Session 5

9:00 - 9:30

Session 5A: Creating a Customer-Centric Smart Grid

Marc Lacroix, VP, eMcREY

Room: McGill 8th
New Energy Customers

 

Session 5B: Advanced MicroGrid Integration Strategy

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

Room: Ste-Helene 8th
New Energy Grid


9:00 - 14:30

Room: Grande Place 8th

Exhibit Hours


Breakout Session 6

9:30 - 10:00

Session 6A: Barbarians at the Gate or How to Stop Worrying and Love Your Customers

Benoit Marcoux, Private Practice

Room: McGill 8th
New Energy Customers

 

Session 6B: Underground Automation in Montreal

Pascal Paradis, Automation Engineer, Hydro-Quebec

Room: Ste-Helene 8th
New Energy Grid


BREAK

10:00 - 10:30

Room: Grande Place 8th


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
  • James Sprinz, Senior Associate, Decentralized Energy
  • Ben Grunfeld, Managing Director, Navigant
  • William P. Zarakas, Principal, Brattle Group
  • Faisal Bakhteyar, Senior Director, Business Development, Brookfield Renewable

Moderator: Adriaan Davidse, Partner, Deloitte

10:30 - 11:30

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


LUNCH KEYNOTE

Mark McGranaghan, Vice-President Power Delivery & Utilization

11:45 - 13:00

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


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
  • Mark Kolesar, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission
  • Louis Legault, Chair, CAMPUT
  • Chris Watts, Director, Regulatory Affairs, S&C Electric Company
  • David O'Brien, Director, Navigant

Moderator: Francis Bradley, COO, Canadian Electricity Association

13:00 - 14:15

Room: Montreal ABC 11th


Conference Closing and Passport Prizes

14:15 - 14:30

Room: Montreal ABC 11th