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.

Conference Program

DAY 1 - Sep 11

09:00 - 5:00: CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP

DAY 2 - Sep 12

MC - ROBERT WILHITE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAVIGANT CONSULTING

08:30 - 09:15: KEYNOTE - HOST UTILITY

  • INTRO - EMILY HEITMAN, VP ENERGY US & CANADA -SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
  • SPEAKER - ANTHONY HAINES, CEO, TORONTO HYDRO

09:15 - 10:30: INTERSECTION OF SMART NETWORKS & SMART CITIES: WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES

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?

  • SMARTER GRID SOLUTIONS*
  • ANGELO GIUMENTO, MANAGER - SMART GRID & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, HYDRO-QUEBEC
  • SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC*
  • DAVID LEBETER, VP - FIELD OPERATIONS AND SAFETY, BC HYDRO
  • CITY OF TORONTO*
  • MODERATOR: GERARD PEETS - DG, SMART CITIES CHALLENGE, INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA

11:00 - 11:20: BREAKOUT SESSION 1

11:25 - 11:45: BREAKOUT SESSION 2

12:00 - 12:30: LUNCH KEYNOTE

  • MC - ROBERT WILHITE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAVIGANT CONSULTING
  • SPEAKER - DUNCAN STEWART, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, DELOITTE CANADA

Duncan is the Director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada, and is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media & telecommunications trends.

12:30 - 01:45: 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 ?

  • STACEY KINLEY, VP STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT, MARU/MATCHBOX
  • HYDRO ONE*
  • HYDRO-QUEBEC DISTRIBUTION*
  • SASKPOWER*
  • LYNN ARSENAULT, VP CUSTOMER SERVICE, NB POWER
  • ALECTRA*
  • YEYE ZHANG, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS, NEST
  • TBD, TORONTO HYDRO

02:15 - 02:35: BREAKOUT SESSION 3

02:40 - 03:00: BREAKOUT SESSION 4

03:30 - 04:45: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: HOW NEW ENTRANTS WILL CHANGE THE INDUSTRY

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
  • TESLA*
  • MERCEDES ENERGY*
  • ENERNOC*
  • GOOGLE ENERGY*
  • ERICSON*
  • MODERATOR: ACCENTURE*

05:00 - 05:20: REGULATORY ISSUES IN CANADA, CEA*

05:00 - 06:30: NETWORKING RECEPTION

DAY 3 - Sep 13

08:30 - 09:00: KEYNOTE: NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA

09:00 - 10:00: 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?

  • HYDRO-QUEBEC DISTRIBUTION*
  • HYDRO ONE*
  • SASKPOWER*
  • FORTIS*
  • NB POWER*
  • MODERATOR : LAWRENCE JONES, EEI

10:30 - 11:15: BREAKOUT SESSION 3

11:30 - 12:15: BREAKOUT SESSION 4

12:15 - 01:30: 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?

  • DAVID LEBETER,VP, FIELD OPERATIONS AND SAFETY, BC HYDRO
  • TED ELLIOTT, VP DISTRIBUTION, SASKPOWER
  • LYLA GARZOUZI, DIRECTOR OF DISTRIBUTION ASSET MANAGEMENT, HYDRO ONE
  • HYDRO-QUEBEC*
  • NEWFOUNDLAND POWER*
  • NB POWER*
  • MIKE MATHEWS, VP DISTRIBUTION, ALECTRA
  • FORTIS ALBERTA*
  • NS POWER*
  • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES POWER CORPORATION*
  • JACK SIMPSON, DIRECTOR, GENERATIONA AND CAPACITY PLANNING, TORONTO HYDRO
  • Moderator, EMILY HEITMAN, VP ENERGY US & CANADA -SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

1:30 - 1:45: CONFERENCE CLOSING & PASSPORT PRIZES

2:00 - 4:00: CANADIAN SMART GRID ACTION NETWORK MEETING (CLOSED DOOR)

 

* Invited.