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

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

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

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 - 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


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

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

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

Michel Losier, Director, Customer & Community Relations, NB Power
Sherry Thomson, Chief Human Resources Officer, NB Power

Session 2A: Grid Transformation

Challenges in Securing Utilities in the Age of IoT

Mihir Kapadia, VP Engineering, N-Dimension Solutions

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

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.
Moderator: TBA
Hannah Bascom, Head, Regulated Energy Partnerships, Nest
Michael Schwartz, Hydro One
TBA, Mercedes Energy
TBA, Enernoc
TBA, Google X
TBA, Ericson

15:30 - 16:45

Regulatory Issues in Canada
Francis Bradley, COO, CEA

17:00 - 17:20

Networking Reception

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.

Speaker: Jennifer Hiscock, Natural Resources Canada

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   
TBA, SaskPower
TBA, Fortis

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

Sima Seidi, Principal Consultant, Microgrids, Smart Grid and Distributed Generation, Tetra Tech Canada Inc.

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)

14:00 - 16:00