Day 1 - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair

Nicole Risse
Executive Director
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

9:15
KEYNOTE: Developing Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

Bob Delaney
Parliamentary Assistant, Minister’s Office
Ministry of Energy

Minister of Energy, Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario (invited)

  • Hear an update from Ontario’s Ministry of Energy on the soon-to-be-released Long-Term Energy Plan
  • How did the consultation process go? What can consumers expect to see, and how will changes affect the energy sector?
  • How does the Ministry plan to win back public trust around the issues of electricity prices?

9:45
KEYNOTE: Collaboration and Cooperation: The Key to Balancing Consumer and Utility Needs

Brian Hewson
Vice President, Consumer Protection & Industry Performance
Ontario Energy Board

  • With so much attention on rising electricity prices, explore how the Ontario Energy Board balances the needs of utilities with the needs and interests of consumers
  • What new initiatives, projects, and focus will the OEB have in the coming years, and what are the major challenges ahead?

10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
10:45
PANEL: Reacting and Adapting to Energy Prices and Rates

Colin Anderson
President
Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario (AMPCO)

Jim Brown
Vice President, Hydro Operations
EnWin Utilities Ltd

Tim Christie
Director, Energy Supply Policy Division, Electricity Policy, Economics and System Planning Branch
Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario

Moderator

Brady Yauch
Executive Director and Economist
Consumer Policy Institute

  • Hear from stakeholders as they discuss and analyze the impact of Ontario’s rising electricity prices
  • How are they adapting in this current environment and preparing for climate change initiatives?
  • What have the rising costs meant for residential and large-scale consumers?
  • How do stakeholders work together to achieve the lowest possible price of electricity and improve the public impression of the electric industry?

11:45
PANEL: Challenge of Change for Utilities: Innovating through Tough Times

Vince Brescia
President & CEO
Ontario Energy Association

Nicholas Ingman
Director, Market Operations
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Ammar Nawaz
Senior Protection Engineer
Hydro One

Mark Henderson
Senior Vice President, Energy Solutions & Services
Alectra Utilities

  • What elements of the current power environment have LDCs most worried? What are they doing to combat these challenges?
  • Explore how utilities are innovating for reliable, clean energy while also meeting customer expectations
  • What role do regulatory agencies play in supporting innovation within the industry?

12:45
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
2:00
PANEL: New Projects and Next Steps for Nuclear Power in Ontario

Neil Alexander
Principal Consultant
Bucephalus Consulting

Jerry Hopwood
President
University Network of Excellence if Nuclear Engineering (UNENE)

Frank Saunders
Vice President, Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs
Bruce Power

Adrian Nalasco
Director, Energy Supply Policy Division, Nuclear Supply
Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario

  • Learn updates on the Canada’s largest clean energy project: Darlington Nuclear Power Plant refurbishments
  • Hear about what is new in the global nuclear power industry and Ontario’s place in it
  • What are the opportunities for Ontario in the next 5-10 years?

3:15
PANEL: Plugging into Vehicle Electrification

Cara Clairman
President & CEO
Plug’n Drive

Neetika Sathe
Director, Emerging Technologies
Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

France Lampron
Director, Transportation Electrification
Hydro-Québec

Moderator

Nicole Risse
Executive Director
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

  • Discuss and analyze plans and projections for the push to increase electrified vehicles in the province
  • Could the ushering in of more electric vehicles potentially impact electricity prices?
  • What are environmental and system impacts of increased electrification?

4:30
Closing Remarks

Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8:00
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair

Charles Keizer
Partner
Torys LLP

9:15
KEYNOTE: Exploring Supply and Demand: The Future of the Ontario Market

Michael Lyle
Vice-President, Planning, Legal, Indigenous Relations and Regulatory Affairs
IESO

  • Hear from the IESO and learn what can be expected for the Ontario market with a short-term and long-term picture of the industry
  • Explore Ontario’s supply and demand, and impacts on the grid
  • What impact will these forecasts have on power developers, generators, and utilities?

9:45
Powering Ontario: The Next Generation

John Gorman
President and CEO
CanSIA

Jack Simpson
Director, Generation & Capacity Planning
Toronto Hydro

Milosz Zemanek
Partner
Torys LLP

Moderator:

Paul Sommerville
Executive Director
Mowat Energy

  • In response to the supply and demand outlook, engage in a discussion with generators and power developers in Ontario and explore what the rising electricity prices means for corporate development
  • How are organizations adapting to the current environment?
  • In light of the suspension of LRPII, how does the province plan to stay engaged with renewable developers? How are developers dealing with the uncertainty?

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
PANEL: First Nations and Remote Community Engagement

Ken Nakahara
Director, Energy Networks and Indigenous Policy
Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario

Tim Lavoie
Vice President, Corporate Services and Indigenous Relations
FortisOntario Inc

Margaret Kenequanash
Chair
Wataynikaneyap Power

Ian Brodie-Brown
Director, Business Development
AurCrest Gold Inc.

Chief Isadore Day
Ontario Regional Chief
Chiefs of Ontario

Moderator

Nicole Risse
Executive Director
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

 

  • Gain insights on challenges and concerns around First Nations and remote community engagement
  • Explore initial outcomes from the Provincial Government’s pledge to help indigenous communities address climate change
  • Examine future implications and opportunities for sustainable energy supply and transmission in remote locations

12:15
CASE STUDY: Anatomy of an LDC Merger

Dan Pastoric
Vice President, Strategic Growth & Utility Development
Alectra Utilities

  • Given what we know, what are the initial findings of the consolidation of PowerStream, Horizon, Hydro One Brampton, and Enersource?
  • How is the consolidation viewed by employees?
  • What is the outlook for customers and will there be cost savings?

1:00
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
2:00
Welcome to Newtonia: Experiential Learning in a Time of Energy Transition

James Larsen
Director, Business Development, Advanced Energy Centre
MaRS Discovery District

Kathleen Gnocato
Lead, Utility Transformation Program
Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS

  • Examine how an immersive strategy exercise is allowing executives to build stakeholder empathy by experiencing their perspectives first-hand
  • Explore what behaviors, strategic decision making and business models are required for decades of energy transformation
  • What can be gleaned from this experience in relation to Ontario’s own long-term energy transition?

2:30
Infrastructure Repairs and Upgrades: Managing Cost and Reliability

Andres Mand
Manager, Regulations Consumer Protection & Industry Performance Division
Ontario Energy Board

Brett Smith
Manager, Distribution and Grid Modernization, Strategic, Network and Agency Policy Division
Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario

Matthew McGrath
Supervisor, Maintenance & Reliability Planning
Hydro Ottawa

Moderator

Sandy Thompson
Managing Principal
SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

  • How do utilities square reliability issues with the need to invest in aging electricity infrastructure?
  • How could potential privatization play into this conversation, and what are potential impacts?
  • What will this mean for prices and rates?

3:30
Networking Refreshment Break
3:45
PANEL: Thought-Leaders Roundtable

Neil Alexander
Principal Consultant
Bucephalus Consulting

Nicholas Ingman
Director, Market Operations
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Dan Pastoric
Vice President, Strategic Growth & Utility Development
Alectra Utilities

Moderator

Charles Keizer
Partner
Torys LLP

Not on the agenda? Not a problem! This is your chance to have your specific questions answered by Ontario energy experts. Members of our speaker faculty will be available to revisit some of days’ sessions, refer back to unanswered questions, and delve into issues brought to light during this interactive panel discussion.

4:30
Closing Remarks

Conference Concludes