Speakers

Leonce Fraser

VP Services & Projects, Schneider Electric

Leonce Fraser

Léonce Fraser has been active in the electric industry for over 37 years, in various management and leadership roles in Canada and France. He holds a bachelor degree in engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal, an MBA from HEC Montréal, and an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management. Among other assignments in the industry, he has been Chairman of the Board of the Association de l’Industrie Électrique du Québec (AIEQ), and he currently sits on the Advisory Board of Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University in Toronto.

David Murray

President, Hydro-Quebec Distribution

David Murray

David Murray took office as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in September 2016. This Hydro-Québec division provides a secure supply of electricity to the Québec market by means of a distribution grid comprising more than 112,000 km of lines. The division has 6,000 employees serving 4 million customers throughout Québec.

David Murray was previously Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies at Hydro-Québec since October 2015. In this capacity, he was responsible for activities related to information and telecommunication systems.

Mr. Murray has over 20 years of experience in large corporations, having worked for Bombardier, Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce. A dynamic and inspiring leader, he has played a pivotal role in bringing about organizational changes through the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems and other technological tools designed to increase efficiency and productivity.

Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, David Murray held a number of strategic management positions at Bombardier Aerospace, where he contributed to the creation of Bombardier Business Aircraft. From March 2014 to September 2015, he served as Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Learjet 70/75 programs and the Learjet plant in Wichita, Kansas. An executive member of the Aeronautical Industries Association of America and representative of the General Aviation Manufacturing Association, he also oversaw Bombardier’s relations with Kansas government authorities.

He sits on the board of directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal and of Caisse Desjardins Hydro.

Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (1992) from HEC Montréal.

Robert Wilhite

Managing Director, Energy, Navigant

Robert Wilhite

In his role as a Managing Director in Navigant's Energy practice, Rob supports the firm's growth in utility client activities and senior-level client relationships. Since starting his career more than 30 years ago, Rob has worked exclusively in the energy industry and brings a unique combination of technical knowledge and business strategy experience.

On a global basis, Rob has often advised energy clients in achieving increased efficiency in utility operations, grid automation, and technology strategy and implementation. He also supports utility strategies seeking new revenue growth and business expansion. In addition to utilities, Rob has also developed growth and market entry strategies for competitive retail energy firms, equipment suppliers, private equity firms, and industry policy groups.

In external roles, Rob has served as an officer for the Global Smart Grid Federation, as a Board Director for the GridWise Alliance and for Utilimetrics. In 2011, he was invited to participate in a private session on the smart grid and energy, as part of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Rob was also recognized as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the U.S. by Consulting Magazine in 2009 and identified in 2012 as one of the Networked Grid 100 Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid by Greentech Media.
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Bill Ash

Strategic Program Manager, IEEE Standards

Bill Ash is Strategic Program Manager for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). He received his BSEE from Rutgers University School of the Engineering. His background is in the RF industry as he worked as applications engineer on wireless communications systems. Bill has been with IEEE-SA for over 10 years working with standards development groups covering technologies such as RF emissions, distributive generation and the National Electrical Safety Code®. He is currently leading the smart grid strategy and implementation for the IEEE-SA.

Ronnie Belmans

Executive Director, Global Smart Grid Federation

Ronnie Belmans received his MSc degree in electrical engineering in 1979 and a PhD degree in 1984, both from KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1989 he added a Special Doctorate from the KULeuven and in 1993 a ‘Habilitierung’, from the RWTH, Aachen, Germany. Currently, Ronnie Belmans is full professor at KU Leuven, teaching techno-economical aspects of power systems, electrical energy and regulatory affairs, among others. His research interests include smart grids, security of energy supply and the techno-economic aspects of the liberalization of the electricity market.

Within Belgium, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronnie Belmans is vice president of the KU Leuven Energy Institute as well as cofounder and CEO of EnergyVille, a research collaboration in Genk specializing in energy in smart cities and buildings, in cooperation with VITO and imec. Ronnie Belmans is also honorary chairman of the board of directors of ELIA, the Belgian transmission system operator.

Francis Bradley

Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Electricity Association

Francis directs CEA’s day-to-day operations, oversees our Councils, Committees and Task Groups, and operates CEA’s security activities. A frequent speaker on security issues and restructuring of the electricity industry, he was a co-author for 5 years of the annual North American Electric Industry Outlook published jointly by the Washington International Energy Group and CEA.

John O'Neill

Project Manager, Canadian Standards Association

John O'Neill

John O’Neill is a Professional Engineer licensed in the province of Ontario and an IEEE member in the Power Engineering Society with more than 35 years industry experience in a variety of fields.

Since May 2000 John has been a Senior Project Manager with the CSA Group based in Toronto, Ontario. John works with utility and manufacturer technical experts from across Canada to develop standards related to electrical utility distribution & transmission systems and equipment as well as electromagnetic compatibility. He also is the administrator of several Canadian Mirror Committees to IEC in the area of utility distribution and transmission equipment and systems.

Past career activities include:

• Technical direction and administrative support to technical committees in the preparation of engineering guidelines and best practices for an electrical utility industry association.
• Certification of information technology, office equipment, and other electrical equipment to Canadian Electrical Code Part II safety standards.
• Applications engineering in the manufacturing sector.

Alexandre Prieur

Smart Grid Projects Engineer, CanmetENERGY, Natural Ressources Canada

Alexandre Prieur is a Smart Grid projects leader at CanmetENERGY, an energy and science research laboratory of the federal department of Natural Resources Canada. His research activities focus on the application of flexible resources and renewable energy integration into Smart Grids. Prior to joining CanmetENERGY in 2009, he worked for 10 years within the private sector, in the telecommunication industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in telecommunication and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering that involved applying Smart Grid concepts to load control. Alexandre is now leading projects on grid integration of renewable and Smart Grid standardization.

Jean-Luc Audoin

Business Development , InnovEE

Jean-Luc Audoin

Jean-Luc Audoin works for InnovÉÉ in Business Development for both Transportation Electrification and Electrical Energy. He has an MBA specialized in Management of High Tech Companies and a background in the electrical power industry. Jean-Luc has has worked on transit electrification, integration of renewable energy sources into off-grid power networks and energy storage while employed by Électricité de France, Envitech Energy and Siemens.

Mary Powell

President and CEO, Green Mountain Power

Mary Powell

Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.

Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy. GMP is the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.
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Aaron Snyder

Director of Technology Service, EnerNex

Aaron Snyder



Aaron F. Snyder obtained his B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1997) in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, and his Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (1996) and Diplôme de Docteur (1999) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in Grenoble, France. As the Director of Technology Services at EnerNex, he consults in Smart Grid technology for numerous utility and other clients, specializing in testing, metering, and consumer issues. For three years he was the deputy project manager for the NIST SGIP Administrator, and was the technical champion for five of the twenty SGIP priority action plans. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the UCA International Users Group, and participates in standards development activities at national and international levels. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Aside from his varied engineering experience, Aaron is an accomplished percussionist who leverages his almost B.A. in Music (Performance) by performing with the Tennessee Wind Symphony, the latest in a long stream of ensembles stretching from Virginia, to France, to North Carolina, to South Carolina, and Tennessee. He has studied at Virginia Tech, the Conservatoire Municipal du Centre de Paris in Paris, France, and the Conservatoire National Regional de Grenoble, in Grenoble, France.

Originally from the state of West Virginia he now resides in Tennessee, and is fluent in both English and French.

Alain Raymond

Industrial Engineer, Hydro-Quebec Distribution

Alain Raymond

Industrial Engineer, Hydro-Quebec Distribution
Alain Raymond has more than 29 years of experience in industrial engineering. He worked for 14 years for various manufacturing industries. He founded his own industrial engineering consultant firm and managing it for over 6 years before joining Hydro-Quebec in 2001.
Alain managed many productivities projects in the province of Quebec’s and abroad in France. His objective is, with the cooperation of the personnel of Hydro-Quebec Distribution, to significantly increase the productivity by implementing appropriate industrial engineering techniques
He hold a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières with a specialisation in project management and productivity.

Chad Abbey

VP Power Systems, Smarter Grid Solutions

Chad Abbey

VP Power Systems, Smarter Grid Solutions
Chad Abbey holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University in the field of power engineering. He has spent roughly 13 years working in the power industry in the integration of renewable energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage and Smart Grid technologies. He previously worked at the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute and prior to that at CanmetENERGY, a Canadian federal research lab. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers and has given numerous industry courses on subjects related to the integration of distributed energy resources, advanced distribution systems, and modelling of power electronic-based systems using EMTP-RV.

Presently he leads the North American Power System Analysis group at Smarter Grid Solutions as VP Power Systems, helping drive industry leading projects at major North American utilities in the area of distribute energy resource integration and active network management. He is involved in international working groups and standardization efforts, most notably the CIGRE C6 Study Committee, the IEEE 1547 series of applications guides, and IEEE 2030.7.

Eric Cantin

Senior Project Manager – Energy, CIMA+

Eric Cantin is an electrical technologist with over 18 years of experience in power generation and distribution design. He manages the Energy team in the Ottawa area. His competences have permitted him to realize various studies and design projects in: renewable energy, substations, site development, airports, normal and emergency power distribution, pumping stations, water treatment plants, updated automation processes and controls.

In his current position, Mr. Cantin is responsible for interdisciplinary project management & coordination, construction supervision and in-house training. In recent years, he has been heavily involved in small to large scale renewable projects. Since 2011, Mr. Cantin has presented yearly renewable energy presentations to Carleton University students enrolled in the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering program.

Jennifer Reeves

Senior Product Manager – Distribution Solutions, GE Grid Solutions

Jennifer Reeves

Senior Product Manager – Distribution Solutions, GE Grid Solutions
Ms. Reeves is a Senior Distribution Solutions Product Manager for the Grid Solutions business at GE Energy Connections, specializing in outage and damage assessment management solution offerings. Ms. Reeves has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and a Masters of Technology Management and Certificate in Leadership from the University of Denver in Colorado. She joined General Electric in 1998 as an Implementation Architect and has over 20 years of experience in software implementations and solution delivery. In her 18 years with GE, she has held various roles such as implementation architect, project manager, solution delivery operations manager and has worked with numerous utilities on software implementations that support the continuous quest of increasing situational intelligence in the distribution operations center.

Bill Bennett

Director, Distribution Operations, Hydro-Ottawa

Bill Bennett

Mr. Bennett has more than 33 years of experience in the electricity distribution industry in the areas of distribution system planning, design, construction and operation. He has also been a member of the management negotiating team for Collective Agreement negotiations in 2004 and 2013. And played a key role in the utility Rate Applications of 2006, 2008, 2012 and working now on the submission for 2015.

Prior to the creation of Hydro Ottawa, Mr. Bennett spearheaded Ottawa Hydro's introduction of change management in preparation for the new electricity industry market.

Bill holds an Honours bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Bill's has four children, and enjoyed many years coaching a variety of sports including hockey, baseball, and football. His eldest daughter has just completed Osgoode Law School, and played varsity hockey while doing her undergrad at Queen's. He oldest son, an avid outdoorsman, is finishing an Actuarial Science degree at the University of Calgary. Another daughter is finishing 4th year at Concordia and is a women's rugby all-star. And his youngest son started at Canisius College in Buffalo in the fall of 2014 on a NCAA Div 1 men's hockey scholarship.

Charlene MacMullin

Manager of Capital & Technical Programs, Nova Scotia Power

Charlene MacMullin

Charlene MacMullin is the Manager of Regulatory Strategy at NS Power. Charlene has an MBA from St. Mary’s University, a BSC in Engineering and Physics and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Nova Scotia. Charlene has 16 years of T&D utility experience and has worked as a field engineer, distribution planner, within system control operations, T&D Capital management and has been responsible for the operation of the transmission system at NS Power. I am the mother of two little boys, ages 8 and 6.

Tony O'Hara

CTO & VP Engineering, NB Power

Tony O'Hara

Tony O'Hara was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering in November, 2014. In this role, Tony is responsible for Engineering, Information and Operational Technology, Project Management Office, Asset Management, Distribution System Operations and the NB Power System Operator.

Tony has been with NB Power for 25 years and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Distribution, Transmission, Project Management, and System Operations.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick as well as a member of the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Guillaume Paradis

Manager, System Planning, Toronto Hydro

Guillaume Paradis

n his current role, Guillaume oversees the planning and development of capital investments for the distribution system, the street lighting system, and the metering infrastructure across Toronto Hydro’s service territory. His team is currently managing the deployment of automation solutions for the secondary networks and the 27.6kV distribution system across THESL’s service territory and developing smart meter data applications. Over the last few years, Guillaume has actively participated in justifying and defending the need for non-traditional investments in technology before regulatory bodies while emphasizing the unique opportunity currently offered to electric utilities to evolve business practices in support of the long-term sustainability of system investments.

Alain Sayegh

Director, Distribution Standard and Network Planning, Hydro-Quebec

Alain Sayegh

Alain has more then twenty years of experience in the energy and manufacturing sector. He has been with Hydro-Quebec since 2002 in various capacities including Laurentides and Off-grid networks director and Distribution business process Director.

Chuck Steele

Division Manager, Distribution Engineering and Construction, Manitoba Hydro

Chuck Steele

Division Manager, Distribution Engineering and Construction, Manitoba Hydro
Chuck Steele 30 years of professional experience in varied engineering and business management roles. Certified as both; a Professional Engineer and a Chartered Professional Accountant. Currently responsible for one of the largest utility engineering and construction organizations in North America accountable for the planning, design and construction of all Natural Gas and Electrical Distribution facilities in the province of Manitoba. Has previously held senior utility management positions in Property Management, Transmission and Distribution Engineering and Energy Marketing.

Andre van Dijk

VP Operations, Enmax

Andre van Dijk

Andre van Dijk is the Vice President, Operations at EMMAX Power Corporation. Andre has over 25 years’ experience working in electrical utilities, having spent time in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors of the industry, with an emphasis on the transmission and distribution sectors.


Andre is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta and in South Africa, and as a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom. He holds the degrees B.Eng. (Elec) and MBA (Exec) as well as a Diploma in Datametrics (Computer Science and Information Systems). He joined the SmartGrid Canada Board of Directors in 2014.

Dan Boucher

Director, Utility Market Segments, Schneider Electric

Dan Boucher

Dan Boucher has more than 20 years of experience in energy and automation markets while working with some of the globe’s largest international companies in this sector, on a national, North American and global basis.
Dan’s responsibilities have included general management and strategic development overseeing sales and marketing, engineering, operations, project management and acquisitions. He has also led a number of initiatives to grow businesses including utilities, electro-sensitive users and mass markets. Currently, Dan is employed with Schneider Electric as the Utility Segment Director in Canada.
Dan is a Professional Engineer, acquiring his Engineering degrees at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal and a PMP degree with the Project Management Institute in Newark Square, PA. He is also a member on boards of directors for energy-based companies.

Nicolas St-Germain

VP Zone Execution Center, Schneider Electric

Nicolas St-Germain

Nicolas obtained a B.Eng. degree (1990) and M.Eng. (1993) degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. He also holds a MBA from McGill university (2005).

He has been with Schneider Electric for more than 10 years In his current role, he is based in Calgary and he oversees the engineering and project activity for Schneider Electric Canada nationally. He was previously VP Engineering for Schneider Electric’s Project and Engineering Center in Grenoble France and before that was Engineering Director for Schneider Canada Services based in Mississauga, Ontario

Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2005, he has worked as a design engineer, engineering consultant and as an engineering manager.

Nicolas is a member of IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

Neetika Sathe

Chair, Board of Directors, NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network

Neetika Sathe

Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream Inc. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities.
Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada, responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.
Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of smart grid, microgrid, energy storage, clean energy, electric mobility and next generation utilities. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring young talent.
She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including Chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network.
Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

Pierre Fitzgerald

Global Utilities Industry Lead North America, Ericsson

Pierre Fitzgerald is currently lead in North America for the Global Energy & Utilities practice. He brings over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology and Communications industry, having led sales, delivery and consulting teams in different sectors such as the Energy and the Utility space, Governments, Transportation and the Manufacturing industries.
Pierre held various management and consulting roles with major organizations in the Information Technology and Communications Industry in Canada and joined Ericsson in 2012.

With experience which spans in operations and management, in both private and public sectors, he worked with clients over the years to bring expertise in many areas, such as Strategy and Corporate Development, Organizational Transformation and Management, including involvement in building smart metering program for large utilities.

Pierre is now part of the Ericsson Global Utility Team with a focus on working and supporting the Ericsson teams dealing with Energy & Utilities organizations in North America.

Dr. Jayant Kumar

Smart Grid Program Director, GE Grid Solutions

Dr. Jayant Kumar is the Global Director of Smart Grid Programs at GE Grid Solutions. He leads the corporate innovation projects and research initiatives and strategies across multiple business units and product lines including Smart Utility Control Rooms, Electric Substation and Distribution Automation Systems, Electric Market Systems, Microgrids, and Smart City. In his role, he also serves as the steering committee member for the corporate growth initiative committee as well as partnership initiatives to develop smart utility – microgrids – smart city solution. During his recent engagements, he has served as program director for a number of innovation projects including The Philadelphia Navy Yard Smart Mini-City Microgrid Project and US Department of Energy (DOE) led multi-million multi-year initiative for Integrated Smart Distribution Utility Project in partnership with Duke Energy.
Dr Kumar has over 20 years of experience in the utility industry and has authored several papers in the area of energy systems risk analysis, microgrids, smart city, power system modeling and systems operation for electric industry. His research and project domains include electric grid resilience, electric market systems, energy system economics & optimization, smart city/community, microgrids, substation and distribution automation technology. .Dr. Kumar represents United States for IEC WG 21 for Distributed Energy Resource (Renewable generation such as solar and wind, energy storage, electric vehicle and demand response) integration and interoperability.. Dr Kumar chairs IEEE Demand Response Working Group Committee. Dr. Kumar has received numerous invitations for his expert advice and assistance to a number of activities led by US DOE, USTDA, USEA and others. In his various roles at GE, Dr. Kumar has innovated new business models, engineering algorithms and products while managing several multi-million dollar projects.

Bruce Orloff

Associate Partner, IBM Energy & Utilities

Bruce Orloff

Bruce Orloff is an Associate Partner and the Canadian Utilities Solution Leader in IBM’s Global Business Services Energy & Utilities practice with over 27 years of experience in the energy, utilities and telecommunications industries. He has extensive knowledge and experience managing, developing, selling and implementing advanced solutions in competitive electricity and telecommunications de-regulated markets in North America, Sweden and Australia. Some of his main achievements include implementation of leading edge advanced metering and smart grid solutions in Ontario and overall project management and technical lead on the deployment of a multi-million dollar optical fiber network across North America.

Bruce is also one of the founding members and past board member of SmartGrid Canada, a national organization dedicated to promoting a more modern and efficient electricity grid for the benefit of all Canadians through education, collaboration, promotion, and action.

Bruce is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Smart Grid and has also published articles and presented at key industry conferences.

Benoit Marcoux

Regional Director, S&C Electric Canada

Benoit Marcoux

With 35 years in energy and telecoms, Benoit (Ben) Marcoux has sold, financed, designed and managed systems, programs, services and organizations. His passion is how digital technologies transform entire industries and he has been accompanying clients in this tortuous journey throughout his career.

He graduated in Electrical Engineering and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences and an MBA.

Eric Fillion

VP Customer Care, Hydro-Quebec

Eric Fillion

Éric Filion is Vice President – Customer Services at Hydro-Québec. He is responsible for customer services for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial customers (small, medium and large-power customers), and the advanced metering infrastructure. Since stepping into this role, he has brought a new perspective to Hydro-Québec’s customer service business practices.

Previously, he was Vice President General Manager for Bombardier Business Aircraft. During his 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Eric held several positions in operations, engineering, industrial production, procurement and logistics, product development and customer relations, including a two-year international assignment in the UK. He has implemented several Lean Transformations that have resulted in significant business performance improvements.

Stacy Kinley

VP, MARU

Stacy Kinley

Stacey is Vice President at MARU/VCR&C – the world’s leading provider of Insight Community technology and solutions. With more than 15 years of marketing, communications and public opinion research experience working with some of North America’s biggest brands and organizations, Stacey and her team have built Insight Communities and comprehensive research programs for energy sector clients including Direct Energy, the IESO and Epcor as well as leading organizations across a variety of sectors such as Aeroplan, Rogers, Metrolinx, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Her strong background in brand and marketing research allows Stacey to bring fresh insights and methodological rigour to public sector and not-for-profit projects. Stacey’s mission is to provide well-informed, strategic, data-driven guidance and insights that are rooted in sound research practice.

Michel Losier

Director of Customer and Community Engagement, NB Power

Michel Losier

Michel is the Director of Customer and Community Engagement for New Brunswick Power Corporation. He also a member of the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.
Michel has a broad exposure of the utility sector with extensive experience in customer service and community relations, corporate reputation and media relations. He served as Regional Manager in Customer Service and Managing Director of Corporate Communications. Most recently, Michel was the Program Director of the award winning “PowerShift Atlantic” project; focused on collaborative and innovative solutions, engaging customers and leveraging new smart grid - energy storage technologies to better integrate renewables such as wind in the Maritimes. This was a new experience for customers as they played an active role in renewable integration. Michel has been actively engaged in the ongoing utility sector transformation with a “customer centric” focus. He is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on the topic of Smart Grid transformation. Most recently, he presented at Grid Edge 2015 as NB Power received an award as a GTM Top 20 Disruptor in the utility industry. As well, NB Power has recently received the Smart Grid Canada “2015 Innovation Award” for Canadian Utilities.
Michel is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.
New Brunswick Power is focused on a comprehensive “Reduce and Shift Demand” strategy working with Siemens on Smart Grid solutions for our customers.

Neetika Sathe

VP Corporate Development, PowerStream

Neetika Sathe

Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream Inc. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities.
Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada, responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.
Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of smart grid, microgrid, energy storage, clean energy, electric mobility and next generation utilities. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring young talent.
She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including Chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network.
Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

James Sprinz

Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

James Sprinz

James is an Associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance within the Energy Smart Technologies team, where he leads analysis of digital energy globally.

James’ research areas include smart grid and metering, demand response, home energy management and utility retail strategy. He has written extensively about topics, such as the interplay of telecoms and smart grid, network regulation, and utility business models and downstream services. James regularly speaks at industry events and advises technology vendors, utilities, investors and policy-makers on activities within these and related areas.

James holds an MSc in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London and an MSci in Physics & Philosophy from Bristol University.

Christian Perreault

Senior Advisor, Esstalion Technologies Inc

Christian Perreault

Mr Perreault is currently Senior Advisor for Esstalion Technologies Inc., prior to which he held the position of Administrative Manager. Esstalion Technologies Inc., is a joint venture between Hydro-Quebec and Sony Corporation. He has been with Hydro-Quebec for some 27 years.

Since joining Hydro-Quebec in 1989, Mr Perreault held several engineering positions within Hydro-Quebec's Distribution. Prior to his current position, Mr Perreault was head of the Smart Grid Department; among his positions he was responsible for various engineering projects including the CATVAR Project (Volt and Var Control Project).

Mr Perreault received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989, and a Master's degree in Engineering Management in 1999, both from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.

Shuvo Chowdhury

Smart Grid Project Lead, PowerStream

Shuvo has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mechatronics from the University of Toronto. At PowerStream, Shuvo serves as a project manager and technical lead on SmartGrid Projects. His particular focus is in utility grid and residential scale microgrids that incorporate battery energy storage systems and their accompanying Energy Management Systems. He has a keen interest in electric vehicles, their charging infrastructure and the integration of EVSE’s into microgrids.

Prior to joining the SmartGrid team at PowerStream, he was employed by Quanta Technology. In his capacity as senior engineer at Quanta Technology, he worked on R&D & pilot projects for a number of North American Utilities such as SDG&E, Xcel Energy and National Grid.

Tim Gibson

Vice President, Digital Grid and Sales, Siemens Canada

As the Vice President of Sales and Digital Grid for the EM Division, Mr. Gibson is responsible for Siemens’ Smart Grid activities in Canada and all sales activities for the Energy Management Division. Between 1999 and 2009 Mr. Gibson held a variety of roles in Siemens IT Outsourcing Division, Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

In 2009 Mr. Gibson became the head for Transmission & Distribution Services in Canada. In the T&D Services role he was responsible for all Canadian solutions in the areas of substation equipment installation and repair, electrical system planning software (PTI), training, consulting and
Smart Meter integration for Siemens’ Canadian clients.

In October 2011, Mr. Gibson was appointed to the role of Vice President, Smart Grid for Siemens Canada. Siemens is a global leader in the Smart Grid industry and provides a full range of Smart Grid products and solutions to electrical utilities.

In 2014, Mr. Gibson was appointed to the role of Vice President, Energy Management Sales in addition to his Smart Grid responsibilities.

Mr. Gibson currently sits on the advisory board of The Advanced Energy Centre of MaRS, and the board of the Ontario Energy Network.

George Katsuras

Manager, Business Integration & CDM, Strategy & Conservation, Hydro One Networks

George Katsuras has been in the utility industry for over 25 years working for Ontario Hydro, the IESO, and Hydro One. His work experience includes conservation, pricing and regulatory affairs. He is currently working for Hydro One’s Conservation and Demand Management team and is responsible for the planning and development of pilots that test new EE/DR technologies that help Hydro One customers achieve bill savings by reducing or shifting their electricity consumption.

Julien Marin

Senior Account Executive, Clevest

Julien Marin is a Senior Account Executive for Clevest and works closely with electric, gas, and water utilities in Eastern Canada and South-Eastern United States. Prior to joining Clevest, Mr. Marin worked with several large corporations including General Electric, SNC-Lavalin and L-3 Communications. Through regional and global roles, Mr. Marin has earned a respected and strong track-record in working with clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Parag Parikh

Network Control Solution Executive, ABB

Parag Parikh is an Utility Solution Executive with ABB Enterprise Software. Parag has nearly 25 years of experience in Electric Transmission & Distribution OT and IT system development and solution consulting. Parag provides expertise to improve utility business process, distribution grid reliability and operational efficiency using the OT/IT systems such as Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).

Parag holds MS in Electrical Engineer with focus on Power System from New Mexico State University. He has published numerous technical papers and presented at various industry conferences.

Troy Martin

Project Director - Energy , CIMA+

Mr. Martin, P.Eng. has 25 years of experience in the power utility business. With a degree in Electrical Engineering (specializing in power systems) and a broad background in distribution, transmission and substation projects within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, his career has progressed from technical roles (planning and design), including field assignments (substation and distribution operations) , to senior leadership positions (regulatory hearings, consulting) . Having worked for Atco Electric, the City of Kelowna and FortisBC for the majority of his career, he is now applying his knowledge and experience as a consultant for the past 7 years.

Mario Tremblay

Electrical Equipment Expert - Research Direct, Hydro Quebec - Research Institute

Mario Tremblay

Mr. Mario Tremblay is a Researcher at the Hydro-Quebec – IREQ institute since 1989. He was involved for many years as a Power Quality specialist and more specifically in the design of measurement equipment in this domain. Since 2001, he is leading investigations for the development of power quality applications for maintenance and fault location in distribution networks.
Mr. Tremblay received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sherbrooke University in 1987.

Christopher Evanich

Application Director of Microgrid, S&C Electric Company

Application Director of Microgrid, S&C Electric Conpany
Chris Evanich is the Applications Director of Microgrids for S&C Electric Company. This position is focused on the global support of S&C's medium voltage switching, protection and energy storage products into Microgrids.
Prior to joining S&C, Chris spent 10 years with Thomas & Betts as the Senior Engineer specializing in Distribution Overhead and Underground Protection and Control Equipment.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is an active member of the IEEE including participation in the Standards Association and being an IEEE PES Scholar Mentor.

Greg Thompson

General Manager, Utility DSM solutions, Schneider Electric

Greg Thompson

General Manager, Utility DSM solutions, Schneider Electric
Greg currently manages a Cloud DSM Software business servicing Utilities and their customers in the areas of Customer Engagement, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency using cloud-based software and services, while connecting with grid-aware customer facilities.

Greg brings 20 years of experience in the software and energy spaces. This included the role Chief Architect for Schneider Electric’s global EcoStruxure program which provides active energy management architectures and solutions for organizations in various market segments. He played a key role in the development of a new category of solutions in the energy marketplace – “enterprise energy management”, which provides enterprise-wide energy business intelligence for commercial and industrial companies.

With a degree in electrical engineering, a rich background in software, and a deep experience in delivering customer solutions, Greg brings a unique set of experiences to apply to today’s energy opportunities.

Hachem Mortazavi

Post-doctoral student, École de Technologies Supérieure (ÉTS)

Hashem Mortazavi received his B.Sc and M.Sc degree with honor in electrical engineering from Ferdowsi University Mashhad, Iran, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Quebec University (École de technologie supérieure), Montreal, QC, Canada in 2016. After graduation, he was a post-doctoral fellow in GREPCI lab at ETS. Currently, he is the manager of the transmission system technical office at Khorasan regional electric company, Mashhad, Iran. He became senior member of IEEE at 2016.
His research interests are smart grid, renewable energy integration and generation protection coordination.

Laurier Demers

Engineer, Hydro-Quebec Distribution

Laurier Demers

Laurier Demers is an engineer at Hydro-Québec Distribution Smart Grid group since 2011. His past work includes contributing to the implementation of Volt-VAR control and developing tools for the reliability analysis of cellular links used in distributed automation. Laurier's main interest lies in applying data analytics techniques to discover actionable insights from Hydro-Québec's various sources of data. Specifically, his current work focuses on improving the efficiency of business processes such as the health monitoring of underground assets. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University.

Daniel Fournier

Senior Engineer, Hydro-Quebec Distribution

Daniel Fournier

Daniel Fournier holds a bachelor's degree in physics engineering from Polytechnique of Montreal. He also holds a M.Sc. and Ph. D. in Energy from INRS University.
Daniel Fournier was a researcher at IREQ for 14 years and has been a HQD engineer for 11 years. He is presently an engineer at Hydro-Québec Distribution Smart Grid group since 2010.

He is currently in charge of a project concerning the introduction of wireless communication in the underground Distribution network for M2M and smart maintenance systems.

Alexandre Bouffard

Researcher, Hydro Quebec - Research Institute

Alexandre Bouffard holds a B.Eng. in computer engineering from McGill University and a M.Sc. in computer science from Université de Montréal. Since 2006, he has been working as a researcher at Hydro-Québec's research institute (IREQ) on topics such as semantic interoperability, smart grid IT architecture, knowledge representation and analytics. Alexandre is the technical lead in IREQ's smart grid data integration lab.

Bob Seney

VP & CTO, Logimethods

Bob Seney is currently Vice President and Chief Technology Office at Logimethods. He’s an IT professional with over 20 years of IT related experience specializing in enterprise and system architecture, software engineering, systems analysis with subject matter expertise in SOA, BPM, CEP, ESB/EAI, B2B, Real Time BI and B2C.

With over 18 years of Architecture experience, Bob is a recognized expert relating to Business Process Management, Service Oriented Architecture and Design, Event-Driven Architecture and was an early adopter and thought leader to Business-centric design.

Rudi Carolsfeld

EVP, Awesense

Christian Patenaude

Executive Director, IEPE

Christian Patenaude

Fluently bilingual with extensive experience in project management, customer service and marketing for high-tech products.

Experienced in global markets, managing multicultural and multidisciplinary teams through a highly technical, solution-driven mindset, coupled with commercial and strategic vision in a framework of growth, profitability, customer satisfaction and alignment of human capital.

Broad skills base includes finance, energy saving solutions, utilities & facilities management, energy management systems, power transmission & distribution SCADA products & solutions, data communications & networking, IEC 61850 substation & process bus, MV & HV primary equipment, energy & distribution management systems, telecommunications, IT systems, access control, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), power conditioners, HVAC systems and high tech product development & marketing.

Mark McGranaghan

VP Power Delivery and Utilization, EPRI

Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI's research involving technologies, systems, and practices for power delivery systems from the generator to the plug and for the devices and technologies that use the electricity.

From 2003 to 2010, McGranaghan was Director of Research in the Distribution and Smart Grid areas for EPRI. Priorities during this period were restructuring of the distribution research program, coordinating EPRI research in the smart grid area with government and industry efforts, creating the smart grid demonstration initiative, and increasing the technical strength of the EPRI research team.

Prior to joining EPRI, McGranaghan was Vice President at Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003), where he helped develop a new business area around power quality and power system studies into a world leader.

From 1978 to 1988 McGranaghan was a Manager at McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He managed studies for the utility industry and internal studies for application of McGraw-Edison products (power transformers, circuit breakers, arresters, distribution switchgear, capacitors) and directed a wide range of power system studies.

McGranaghan has Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Master of Science, Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Toledo, and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities (IEEE, CIGRE, IEC). He is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board and he is the Vice-Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.
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