Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

The Ontario Energy Challenge
June 14-15, 2016 | Toronto, ON, Canada

Overview

“The Ontario Energy Challenge” will be a conference with a difference.  As a conference participant, you will not only hear from an outstanding roster of energy experts; you will also be engaged with the Conference Steering Committee and our speakers in developing recommendations to be submitted to the Ontario Government on what should be incorporated into the Ontario Long Term Energy Plan.

The Long Term Energy Plan will have an impact not just on the energy sector in Ontario – electricity generation, transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and utilization and transportation fuels.  The Plan will also have a major impact on the Ontario economy and jobs in the province.
By attending the Ontario Energy Challenge, you will be part of an informed discussion about what should go into the Long Term Energy Plan with knowledgeable people from across the energy spectrum.  What do you know or think about:

  • Ontario’s position in the energy world;
  • the role of conservation and demand management;
  • the real potential of storage;
  • the impact of the electrification of the transportation sector;
  • the threat of cyber attack on the electricity grid;
  • the reality of cap & trade;
  • the implications of the rise of distributed generation & micro-grids and
  • the changing role of women in the energy sector.

These are the provocative issues which the Ontario Energy Challenge will tackle.

Can you afford not to be there?  Are you up to the Challenge?

Steering Committee:

David J. McFadden, Q. C.
Counsel, Gowling WLG
Chairman, Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Board FENGATE
Capital; Director, Energy Council of Canada
Chair, Ontario Energy Association

Steve Baker
President, Union Gas Ltd.

Elisabeth (Lisa) M. DeMarco
Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Thomas J. Timmins
Partner, Gowling WLG

Chris Tyrrell
Executive Vice-President & Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Agenda

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Welcoming Remarks from EUCI

Dr. Victor Pogostin, Programs Director, Canada

9:05 – 9:25 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by the Chair

David J. McFadden, Q. C., Counsel, Gowling WLG; Chairman, Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Board FENGATE Capital; Director, Energy Council of Canada; Chair, Ontario Energy Association

9:25 – 10:30 a.m. :: Ontario’s Energy System in the World Energy Context

Colin Andersen, Chair, Energy Council of Canada, and Member, World Energy Council

Barry K. Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: PANEL: Does the Integration of CDM & DSM into the LTEP and Local Regional Plans Work?

Under the principles of “Conservation First”, CDM and DSM has been embedded into Long-term Energy Plan (LTEP) and other Local Regional Energy Plans (LREP). These programs are considered a critical component of the plan(s) and will contribute to the deferral of expensive generation, infrastructure renewal and ease future rate pressures.

This session will explore among other things, if this strategy is working, the various approaches, technologies, barriers, solutions, policy challenges,  economics, customer perspectives and stakeholder opportunities, etc.

Session elements:

  • Energy planning and expectations
  • Who should make the investment and why?
  • Programs/ tools
  • Market response – Customer appetite / penetration
  • Customer value / understanding
  • DG/DE – CHP, DR, Special Rates, Storage, RE
  • Electric / gas collaboration
  • Policy
  • Cost effectiveness – price / rate impacts
  • Business case / case studies
  • Stakeholder benefits
  • Challenges / solutions
  • LSEs
  • Cap and trade implications

Moderator:

Chris Tyrrell, Executive Vice-President & Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Panelists:

Jim Baxter, Director of Energy and Environment Office, City of Toronto

Jack Simpson, Director – Generation & Capacity Planning, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd.

Joe Toneguzzo, Director, Transmission Integration, IESO

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon   & Keynote Lunch Presentation: Cost of the Energy Industry Transformation

Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario Auditor General

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: PANEL: Potential for Storage in Meeting Ontario’s Energy Demand

Electricity grids around the globe have been forced to match supply and demand on a just in time basis for the last 100 years.  Energy storage technologies are experiencing significant growth in terms of technology maturity and deployment at scale, at the same time that electricity markets are searching for “flexibility” solutions in their transition to lower carbon supply mixes. Canada also has a cluster of energy storage start-up companies with technology that, once proven at home, have the potential for exports to the world.

This session will explore how energy storage creates value and solves problems at all levels of the electricity system, from bulk grid peaking capacity applications, to TX and DX infrastructure optimization, and behind the meter for resiliency and cost benefits to consumers.

Moderator:

Jason Rioux, Vice President, NRStor Inc.

Panelists:

Eric Murray, President & Chief Executive Officer, Temporal Power Ltd.

Atul Mahajan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC)

Mark Tinkler, Senior Energy Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Future of Electrification of Transportation – Impact on the Electricity System

The transportation sector is responsible for the highest percentage of GHG emissions in Ontario.  Ontario’s electricity sector is approaching net zero emissions.  Ontario’s electricity sector is therefore likely to play an increasingly important role in meeting the growing demand for low-carbon transportation options and the electrification of transportation. Our investment in the now functional smart grid is assisting LDC’s in their integration of electric vehicles, but the opportunities and work are just beginning.

This session will discuss electrical transportation technologies in Ontario, the opportunities and changing demands they are likely to create for our electrical grid and policy challenges for electricity market participants and regulators.

Moderator:

Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Panelists:

Cara Clairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Plug’nDrive

Neetika Sathe, Vice President Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.

David W. Paterson, Vice President Corporate & Environmental Affairs, General Motors Canada, and Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2016

5:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns for the Day

DAY 2 AGENDA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Opening Remarks by the Chair

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. :: PANEL: Cyber Security – The Hidden Threat to the Electricity System

The Ontario electricity grid, like similar grids around the world, are subject to sustained cyber attack.  Who is doing it and why is it happening?  This is an important challenge which is seldom recognized or discussed.

This session will feature two speakers who understand the threat and are actively engaged in dealing with it.

  • How the increased interconnectivity and interdependence of IT systems is impacting cyber security
  • Prevention vs. resilience – it needs to be both
  • What the IESO and industry is doing to address the threat
  • State of the Union – how is the broader energy sector dealing with the cyber threat and what are the unique risks?
  • A Paradigm Shift – the movement away from prevention and defense to detection and response

Cyber Intelligence = Actionable Intelligence

Moderator:

David J. McFadden, Q. C., Counsel, Gowling WLG; Chairman, Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Board FENGATE Capital; Director, Energy Council of Canada; Chair, Ontario Energy Association

Panelists:

Doug Thomas, Vice-President of Information and Technology Services, and Chief Information Officer, IESO

Carl Hayes, Vice President, Business Development, Stratejm Inc.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Cap and Trade – Threat or Opportunity for Ontario’s Energy System?

The Paris Agreement on global climate change made history with 192 of 196 United Nations member states taking on nationally determined emission reduction targets.  But the challenges of achieving those targets through a variety of national and provincial GHG measures is significant.

The Panel will consider Canada’s Paris obligations in the context of operating and proposed GHG emission reduction regimes and the opportunities and challenges for the natural gas and electricity sectors.

Moderator:

Elisabeth (Lisa) M. DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Panelists:

Mark Isherwood, Vice President, In-franchise Sales and Marketing & Customer Care, Union Gas Limited

David Butters, President, APPrO

Malini Giridhar, Vice President of Business Development, Enbridge Gas Distribution

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

Rosemarie Leclair, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy Board

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Preparing for Relentless Change – The Regulatory, Economic and Reliability Implications Arising from Distributed Generation and Microgrids

Ontario’s power sector must pivot to meet a tsunami of rapid, relentless and continuous change: change presented by the advent of cost-effective distributed and highly distributed generation, the roll-out of reliable microgrid technology and the birth of the ‘electricity internet’. What do these disruptive changes mean for traditional distribution, transmission and generation utilities and their owners?  How do we prepare our province to remain economic and competitive in a 100% solar + storage + smart grid world? What happens to the traditional regulatory compact as things change? Where do the opportunities lie to lever Ontario’s technological and industrial strengths to gain a footing in the new electricity industries which are being created? What will the solar/storage disruption mean for the over-all design and reliability of our system and for the economics of electricity within the province?

The panel will provide an interactive discussion with industry thought leaders to explore these issues and provide guidance on the regulatory, economic and reliability implications arising in an era of relentless technological change.

Panelists:

Thomas J. Timmins, Partner & Leader Renewable Energy and Energy Storage, Gowling WLG

Gordon Kaiser, Arbitrator & Counsel, Energy Arbitration Chambers

Jim MacDougall, President, Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. :: Women in Energy – Managing Innovation and Change in the Energy Sector

In the corporate world, organizational politics and the development of influencing skills is an important component of leadership and is vital for a woman’s career advancement. The ability to effectively influence your organization, your peers, and your management, starts with solid and productive work relationships for a female in a male dominated industry.

In this panel, you will hear senior level energy executives discuss their strategies for developing political savvy and effective influence as well as their personal outcomes.

Moderator:

Debora Merril, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy

Panelists:

Jane Albert, General Manager, Haldimand County Hydro Inc. and General Manager of Woodstock Hydro Services Inc.

Elisabeth (Lisa) M. DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: Round Table Discussion: Recommendations for Inclusion in the New Long Term Energy Plan

Members of the Steering Committee will join with conference participants and speakers to consider our recommendations as to what should be in the new Long Term Energy Plan for Ontario based upon ideas discussed during the course of the conference.  This is why the Ontario Energy Challenge is a conference with a difference.  By participating in the conference, you can have a potential impact on the future direction of Ontario energy sector.

Moderator:

David J. McFadden, Q. C., Counsel, Gowling WLG; Chairman, Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Board FENGATE Capital; Director, Energy Council of Canada; Chair, Ontario Energy Association

Panelists:

Program Speakers

5:15 p.m. :: Closing Remarks by the Chair and Conference Concludes

Speakers

Atul Mahajan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC)

Barry K. Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association

Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario Auditor General

Cara Clairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Plug’nDrive

Carl Hayes, Vice President, Business Development, Stratejm Inc.

Chris Tyrrell, Executive Vice-President & Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Colin Andersen, Chair, Energy Council of Canada, and Member, World Energy Council

David Butters, President, APPrO

David J. McFadden, Q. C., Counsel, Gowling WLG; Chairman, Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Board FENGATE Capital; Director, Energy Council of Canada; Chair, Ontario Energy Association

David W. Paterson, Vice President Corporate & Environmental Affairs, General Motors Canada, and Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2016

Debora Merril, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy

Doug Thomas, Vice-President of Information and Technology Services, and Chief Information Officer, IESO

Elisabeth (Lisa) M. DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Eric Murray, President & Chief Executive Officer, Temporal Power Ltd.

Gordon Kaiser, Arbitrator & Counsel, Energy Arbitration Chambers

Jack Simpson, Director – Generation & Capacity Planning, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd.

Jane Albert, General Manager, Haldimand County Hydro Inc. and General Manager of Woodstock Hydro Services Inc.

Jason Rioux, Vice President, NRStor Inc.

Jim Baxter, Director of Energy and Environment Office, City of Toronto

Jim MacDougall, President, Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc.

Joe Toneguzzo, Director, Transmission Integration, IESO

Malini Giridhar, Vice President of Business Development, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Mark Isherwood, Vice President, In-franchise Sales and Marketing & Customer Care, Union Gas LimitedÂ

Mark Tinkler, Senior Energy Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions

Neetika Sathe, Vice President Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.

Rosemarie Leclair, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy Board

Thomas J. Timmins, Partner & Leader Renewable Energy and Energy Storage, Gowling WLG

Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Location

Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West
Toronto, ON Canada M5J 1E6

To reserve your room, please call 1 416-368-2511
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

 Or book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/eucijune2016          

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ROOM RATE:

The room rate is $CAD 229.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

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