President and CEO, Hydro-Quebec
Éric Martel took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in July 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s strategic objectives. Mr. Martel immediately set out four priorities for Hydro-Québec: proactive communication, sustained growth of the company’s activities, and improving customer service and productivity.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Martel worked at Bombardier from 2002 to 2015. He held several senior management positions, including that of President, Bombardier Business Aircraft, where he managed some 12,000 employees throughout the world. He also served as President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. Under his leadership, the Customer Services team expanded its international footprint, generating significant and sustained growth in revenue as well as improving customer satisfaction survey results. He also headed several operational activities.
During his career at Bombardier, Mr. Martel succeeded in implementing a solid quality culture throughout the organization, particularly in the course of his duties as Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation.
Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various high-profile international companies in the aerospace manufacturing sector, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce, as well as for Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.
Éric Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1991) from Université Laval. He has been actively involved in Centraide of Greater Montréal since the early 2000s.
Managing Director, Energy, Navigant
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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Project Manager, Canadian Standards Association
Manage the development of CSA and National Standards of Canada related to electricity distribution and transmission systems and equipment. (Canadian Electrical Code Part III)
Provide administrative and technical support to Technical Committees developing Power Engineering & Electromagnetic Compatibility standards.
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.
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.
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.
Director, Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Program, NRCan
VP Power Delivery and Utilization, EPRI
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.
- See more at: http://www.epri.com/About-Us/Pages/Mark-F-McGranaghan.aspx#sthash.XryBmDHm.dpuf
Director, Distribution Operations, Hydro-Ottawa
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.
VP Operations, Hydro One
An experience Executive with a diverse background in all aspects of
Transmission and Distribution utility operations recognized both in North America and Internationally.
Specialties:Published papers and presented internationally on subjects of Effective Asset Management, HV Power Transformer Specifications, Life Cycle Costing, Health Indices and Risk Management, Mobile Unit Substations.
Principal Director, Procees & Coordination, Hydro-Quebec Distribution
Manager of Capital & Technical Programs, Nova Scotia Power
CTO & VP Engineering, NB Power
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.
Andre van Dijk
VP Operations, Enmax
President and CEO, Green Mountain Power
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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Vice President – Public and Government Affairs, Hydro-Quebec
A native of Québec, Mtre Desgagné holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Université Laval. He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1992, the year in which he joined the Montréal law firm Grondin, Poudrier, Bernier, where he specialized in commercial and civil litigation.
He then joined the Québec government, working for the Ministère de la Métropole (1996) and the Office of the Premier of Québec (fall 1997), where he became Deputy Chief of Staff.
After joining Hydro-Québec in 2001, he held several management positions within the Groupe – Affaires corporatives et secrétariat general in the areas of public affairs, the environment and government affairs. In 2007, he was named Senior Director – Strategic Planning, a position he held until his appointment in May 2013 as Vice President – Public and Government Affairs. In this capacity, he is also responsible for coordinating Hydro-Québec’s initiatives related to the electrification of transportation, including roll-out of the Electric Circuit.
In 2007, Mr. Desgagné received the Arista award from the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal for his achievements in the Young Manager of the Year category.
Actively involved in the community, he is vice-president of the 2011–2016 Fondation Hôpital Pierre-Boucher fundraising campaign and also serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of TM4 Inc., a Hydro-Québec subsidiary which develops and manufactures electric motors.
Director Energy Storage and Conversion, Hydro-Quebec
SmartGrid Canada has conducted its third annual survey of Canadian consumers on smart grid. At this panel, our research firm will unveil the results to the industry and Terry Young of the IESO will moderate a discussion with industry leaders on their reactions. The panel will provide insights into what Canadians think about smart grids and smart meters and provide recommendations to the industry on how they can engage consumers in the coming year.
This marque panel of senior utility executives from across the country will discuss their vision for smart grids in Canada. This panel is an excellent opportunity for the industry to hear firsthand from some of its key leaders. This moderated discussion will explore the business and strategic issues that utilities face in making their smart grid transformation. These leaders will also discuss the opportunities that smart grid can provide the modern utility, be it new revenue streams from enhanced services or increased load from the propagation of electric vehicles.
In industry and financial media, there is a growing chorus of pundits that are predicting the "death of the electric utility". The combined disruptive technologies of solar photo voltaic generation at grid-parity, along with demand response aggregation and energy storage, will force electric utilities to change their business model. Technology and telecommunications firms, with deep balance sheets, are exploring how to leverage these disruptive technologies to steal some of the revenue that typically flowed to the utility. How can utilities navigate this change in the coming years and what will the utility of the future look like? This panel will discuss the validity of these challenges and the role of innovation and smart grid in managing this evolution.
A session of companies from outside the industry that are looking to enter/disrupt the normal utility paradigm.