Day 1 - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chair
9:15

KEYNOTE

LTEP 2017 in Action!
9:45
One Year In: Lessons Learned and the Next Phase of the Market Renewal Initiative
10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
From the Front Lines — Looking Across Borders
10:45
Alberta’s Capacity Market Transition
11:30
Hydro-Québec, A Natural Ally in the Energy Transition
12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:30

C-SUITE PANEL

Navigating and Framing the Evolving Utilities Landscape
2:30
Seeing is believing: Industrial Revolution 4.0
3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

CASE STUDY

Embracing Innovative Utility Technology
3:45

PANEL

Election 2018 — Perceptions, Prospects, Progress!
4:45
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chair
9:15

KEYNOTE

Ensuring a Sustainable, Cost-Effective and Balanced Energy System
9:40
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
10:20
Networking Refreshment Break
10:35

PANEL

Building and Growing Community Involvement for Enhanced Electricity Service Delivery
11:35
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:30
The Role of Electricity in Canada’s Clean Growth Future
2:15
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
2:55
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

PANEL

Talking Tech — Exploring Disruptive Innovation in Energy
4:30
Closing Remarks from Conference Chair and Conference Closes

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

Augusto Patmore
Energy Sector Leader- GTA
KPMG

9:15

KEYNOTE

LTEP 2017 in Action!

Carolyn Calwell
ADM (Acting), Strategic, Network and Agency Policy Division
Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario

The 2017 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) is underway, with the notion of conveying fair and affordable choices. This opening session will highlight:

  • Key insights on the new LTEP and what we can look forward to
  • Stakeholder engagement and its impact on future
  • Updates to the Affordability Trust Fund

9:45
One Year In: Lessons Learned and the Next Phase of the Market Renewal Initiative

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

Barbara Ellard
Director- Markets
IESO

  • Considering new market design mechanisms and signaling among other approaches to strengthen the plan
  • Incorporating capacity into the existing market structure. How much of a role will capacity have on the restructure?
  • Analyzing the roles of generation, transmission and distribution in new market format
  • Ensuring flexibility in market system operations to accommodate for disruptive changes

10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
From the Front Lines — Looking Across Borders
10:45
Alberta’s Capacity Market Transition

Miranda Keating Erickson
Vice President Markets
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Capacity markets are an important adjunct to wholesale markets. This session will showcase features of the NE and PJM capacity markets that make them successful; and address the new challenge of whether and how to build in carbon or other environmental objectives alongside the reliability objectives of the capacity markets.

11:30
Hydro-Québec, A Natural Ally in the Energy Transition

Éric Martel
President and CEO
Hydro-Québec

12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:30

C-SUITE PANEL

Navigating and Framing the Evolving Utilities Landscape

Ysni Semsedini
CEO
Festival Hydro Inc.

Teresa Sarkesian
President and CEO
Electricity Distributors Association

Moderator

John Sherin
President
Cornerstone Hydro-Electric Concepts Inc.

  • What are the new challenges involved in consolidating utility companies?
  • Incorporating enhanced performance based regulation to support market utilities in Ontario
  • Transforming the utility business model to account for greater consumer interests
  • Understanding the impact of LDC mergers on consumers and maintaining the balance of electricity prices

2:30
Seeing is believing: Industrial Revolution 4.0

KPMG in Canada and our alliance partner, Finger Food Studios (FF), are excited to share how emerging technology, such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), can enable industry-wide transformation in the Canadian energy market. We will present use cases which will illustrate how disruptive technologies are transforming adjacent industries, and how the principles can be applied to the complex business problems and services Canadian energy providers are already beginning to face.

3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

CASE STUDY

Embracing Innovative Utility Technology

Kathleen Gnocato
Manager, Product Design
Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District

  • Trends and key drivers of energy sector transformation
  • Cutting through the Noise and Developing Resilient Strategies
  • Lessons learned from other utility markets – case studies of innovation in action

3:45

PANEL

Election 2018 — Perceptions, Prospects, Progress!

Chris Benedetti
Principal
Sussex Strategy Group

Brandy Giannetta
Ontario Regional Director
Canadian Wind Energy Association

Mike Van Soelen
Managing Principal – Toronto
Navigator

Get a panoramic overview of the pre-election status quo! Learn about Ontario’s political party representation and their views on how to reshape tomorrow’s power landscape for producers and consumers.

4:45
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chair

Augusto Patmore
Energy Sector Leader- GTA
KPMG

9:15

KEYNOTE

Ensuring a Sustainable, Cost-Effective and Balanced Energy System

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

Ontario’s power sector is moving towards an enhanced clean and green environment. What are the regulator’s perspectives on maintaining sustainability and affordability within the energy sector to promote climate change mechanisms? What are the initiatives to protect consumers while maintaining the balance between supply and demand of electricity in the industry?

9:40
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
10:20
Networking Refreshment Break
10:35

PANEL

Building and Growing Community Involvement for Enhanced Electricity Service Delivery

Sara Monture
Executive Director
Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario

John Kim Bell
President
Bell & Bernard Limited
Business Advisor and Negotiator
Michipicoten First Nation

AJ Esquega
Mashkawiziiwin Energy Projects Coordinator
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek-Gull Bay First Nation

Moderator

Michael Classens
Manager, Energy Support Programs
Independent Electric Systems Operator

  • Encouraging community engagement to create and deliver services specific to electricity demand
  • Assessing the challenges involved and how to overcome them
  • Best practices in establishing and advocating customer relations
    • Continuously educating people in system operations
  • Exploring new planning initiatives and connecting with Indigenous communities to foster engagement

11:35
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:30
The Role of Electricity in Canada’s Clean Growth Future

Sergio Marchi
President and CEO
Canadian Electricity Association

2:15
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
2:55
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

PANEL

Talking Tech — Exploring Disruptive Innovation in Energy

Ryan Zade
Assistant Manager - Distribution and Grid Modernization
Ministry of Energy

Atul Mahajan
President & CEO
Forum Vostro Energy Services Inc.

Moderator:

Augusto Patmore
Energy Sector Leader- GTA
KPMG

  • How to integrate tech into the power system to enable day-to-day operations in the electricity market
  • Opportunities for distributed energy source and further energy storage techniques including battery and pump storage
  • Enabling a smooth transition to a smarter, micro grid. How does the micro grid increasingly impact generators and consumers?
  • Economic implications of grid management and energy storage
  • Promoting flexibility in technological integration
  • Asset management as it pertains to transmission lines and distribution systems
  • A focus on day-to-day challenges – cost, maintenance, optimizing asset life cycles

4:30
Closing Remarks from Conference Chair and Conference Closes