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 11
Cyber Security Workshop
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?
8:30 - 8:45
Opening and welcome
- Welcome participants to the session - Chuck Filewych, SmartGrid Canada
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
8:45 - 10:00
Securing the grid
How should you protect your critical assets, how do you protect your grid and your equipment's?
Planning for the Future: Cyber-Secure Utility Microgrid at Amerenn, Darrell Massie, IPERC Address patch management in an OT/IT environment, Adam Gauci, Schneider Electric
Equipment protecting substations, TBA, SubNet
10:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:15
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 - TBA
- Perspective of Public Safety Canada, TBA, Public Safety Canada
15:30 - 15:45
Community of Practice (CoP) mandate and next steps
Closing and summary of the day
15:45 - 16: 00
Tuesday, September 12
Opening Keynote - Host Utility
8:30 - 9:15
9:15 - 10:30
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: Gerard Peets, DG, Smart Cities Challenge, Infrastructure Canada
Bob Currie, CTO, Smarter Grid Solutions
Angelo Giumento, Manager, SmartGrid & Technology Solutions, Hydro-Quebec
Neetika Sathe, Director, Emerging Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions
TBA, Schneider Electric
TBA, General Electric
TBA, City of Toronto
Breakout Session 1
11:00 - 11:20
Session 1A: Grid Transformation
Moving Toward the Self-Healing Grid - Integrating Advanced DMS Applications to an Existing System
Session 1B: Utility Management Strategies
Residential Solar Storage - A Real-Life Case Study of the Values and Challenges of Large Scale DER Penetration
Vikram Singh, Manager, Smart Grid Technologies, Alectra Energy
Breakout Session 2
11:25 - 11:45
Session 2B: Utility Management Strategies
Shifting our Culture – Utility of the Future
Session 2A: Grid Transformation
Challenges in Securing Utilities in the Age of IoT
Mihir Kapadia, VP Engineering, N-Dimension Solutions
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
13:00 - 13:45
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 - TBA
Stacey Kinley, VP Strategy and Development, Maru/Matchbox
George Katsuras, Manager, Conservation & Demand Management, Hydro One Networks
TBA, Hydro-Quebec Distribution
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
Breakout Session 3
14:15 - 14:35
Session 3A: Grid Transformation
North Bay: Canada's First Community Microgrid
Todd Wilcox, President and CEO, North Bay Hydro
Session 3B: Utility Management Strategies
Blockchain – A revolutionary and highly disruptive Technology for Future Energy Transactions?
Reena Suri, General Manager, India Smart Grid Forum
Breakout Session 4
14:40 - 15:00
Session 4B: Utility Management Strategies
Regulatory Compact at the Dawn of the Smart Grid Age
Michael Walsh, Principal and International Managing Partner, Midgard Consulting Inc.
Matt Good, Senior Consultant, Midgard Consulting Inc.
Session 4A: Grid Transformation
Using MILES to Find and Prevent Outages
Jean-François Veilleux, Project Engineer, CIMA+
Troy Martin, Project Director, CIMA+
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.
Hannah Bascom, Head, Regulated Energy Partnerships, Nest
Michael Schwartz, Hydro One
TBA, Mercedes Energy
TBA, Google X
15:30 - 16:45
Regulatory Issues in Canada
Francis Bradley, COO, CEA
17:00 - 17:20
17:00 - 18:30
Wednesday, September 13
Keynote - Smart Grid program of the Federal Government
Within the 2017 Federal budget, the Government announced multiple investments in green infrastructures. Lead by Natural Resources Canada, under the National Program Funding, initiatives are underway, from Emerging Renewables to Smart Grids deployment. This program could be a game changer for the industry.
8:30 - 9:00
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: Lawrence Jones, EEI
David Vincent, Director Business Development - Hydro-Quebec Distribution Mark Henderson, SVP, Alectra Solutions Martin Huang, VP System Operations, Hydro One
9:00 - 10:00
Breakout Session 5
10:30 - 10:50
Session 5B: Utility Management Strategies
Utilities new customers in town: The prosumer and self forming NanoGrid
Marc-Andre Forget, CEO, Ossiaco
Daniel Fletcher, CDBO, Ossiaco
Session 5A: Grid Transformation
Smart EV Charging & DER integration using predictive analytics for a workplace charging
Pratap Revuru, Smart Grid Solution Architect, Schneider Electric
Daniel Carr, Manager, Smart Grid Projects, Alectra Energy
Breakout Session 6
10:55 - 11:15
Session 6B: Utility Management Strategies
The Data Driven Utility
Mischa Steiner, CEO, Awesense Inc.
Session 6A: Grid Transformation
The Sun for a Penny
Benoit Marcoux, Executive Advisor, System Reliability & Sustainability, S&C Electric Canada Ltd
Breakout Session 7
11:20 - 11:40
Session 7B: Utility Management Strategies
The Role of Microgrids and Energy Storage in Grid Modernization Initiatives
Session 7A: Grid Transformation
Integration of alternative energies on isolated grid systems for remote mining and communities
Michel Carreau, Director Hybrid Power, Hatch Ltd.
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, Hydro One
Angelo Guimento, Hydro-Quebec
Mike Matthews, VP Distribution, Alectra
12:00 - 13:15
Conference Closing and Passport Prizes
13:15 - 13:30
Canadian Smart Grid Action Network Meeting (Closed Door)