Day 1 - Tuesday, October 5, 2021

10:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
10:15

PANEL

The Renewable Electricity Act – Achieving Emissions and Renewable Electricity Targets by 2030
11:00

AUDIENCE POLLING

Energy Only Market: Unpacking Real World Practical Applications and Clarifications for Operators
11:30
Keynote Address – Reducing Emissions and Developing Affordable Energy
12:00
1:1 Networking
12:15
Lunch Break
1:00

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON CORPORATE PPA'S

Part 1: How Corporate PPA’s are Driving Economic Growth – Exploring Pricing Advantages and Disadvantages in the Renewable Energy Sector
1:30

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON CORPORATE PPA'S

Part 2: How Corporate PPAs are Driving Economic Growth – CASE STUDY DEEP DIVE
How Amazon, Labatt’s, Shell, RBC and other Major Players are Structuring their Corporate PPAs – Responding to the Renewable Electricity Act
2:15
Meet & Greet with the Speakers Open Session and Break
2:45

Roundtable

Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats
3:15

Case Study

How to Structure an Indigenous Energy Partnership Project and Best Practices for Engagement
4:00
Assessing Your Company’s Global Footprint: How ESG is Changing the Dynamics of Power Finance
4:45
Closing Remarks and Day One Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 6, 2021

10:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
10:05

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 1: Developing Energy Storage Solutions as the Key to Renewables
10:35

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 2: The Role of Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy – Creating a Hydrogen Power Hub in Alberta
11:30
Break
11:45
The Challenges of Meeting the COP Paris Agreement – Energy Transition
12:15

LIVE AUDIENCE OPEN DISCUSSION FORUM

Women in the Power Sector
12:45
Lunch Break
1:30

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 3: Carbon Conversion Solutions in Transforming Emissions
2:15

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 4: Exploring Small Modular Nuclear as a Viable Part of the Supply Mix
3:00
Break
3:15

POLLING: Panel

Demand Side Management and How the Evolution of Distribution Systems will Disrupt Distribution
4:15
Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Tuesday, October 5, 2021

10:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs

Sharleen Gatcha
Vice President, Business Development
Hardline Engineering Ltd.
Founder & CEO
Women+Power

Breanne Fox
Director, Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

10:15

PANEL

The Renewable Electricity Act – Achieving Emissions and Renewable Electricity Targets by 2030

Matthew Davis
Director, Regulatory
Capital Power

Christophe Owttrim
Senior Business Partner, Clean Technology
Emissions Reduction Alberta

Chris Joy
Vice President- Business Operations
ENMAX Energy Corporation

Moderator:

Sharleen Gatcha
Vice President, Business Development
Hardline Engineering Ltd.
Founder & CEO
Women+Power

  • Addressing questions over how to achieve the 30% target by 2030 set in the Renewable Electricity Act
  • Assessing Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Act within the context of the Federal Net-Zero Emissions Act and plans to move to a net-zero economy by 2050, including constraints, limitations, and long-term system-level planning
  • Views on electrification and meeting potential demand growth
  • What are the expected future changes to the market?

11:00

AUDIENCE POLLING

Energy Only Market: Unpacking Real World Practical Applications and Clarifications for Operators

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

Delegates will be invited to benchmark with speakers and participants during live anonymous interactive polling.

  • Reviewing federal policies on emissions, project development, project approvals and what follows for Alberta
  • Evaluating uncertain demand and the short-and-long term effects of revenue volatility during COVID-19
  • Highlighting Market Related Initiatives currently underway at AESO
    • Clarification on market power and market power mitigation
    • Evaluating changes to the price floor/ceiling and shortage pricing
    • Assessing current regulatory challenges

11:30
Keynote Address – Reducing Emissions and Developing Affordable Energy

Dale Nally
Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity
Government of Alberta

Initiatives to reduce emissions, create jobs, and develop affordable energy in Alberta

12:00
1:1 Networking

Make new connections, face-to-face. Troubleshoot top pain points and share breakthrough strategies using an interactive virtual feature that will introduce you to fellow industry leaders for a quick conversation.

12:15
Lunch Break
1:00

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON CORPORATE PPA'S

Part 1: How Corporate PPA’s are Driving Economic Growth – Exploring Pricing Advantages and Disadvantages in the Renewable Energy Sector

Panel:

Rebecca Nadel
Director
Business Renewables Centre Canada

Evan Wilson
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Moderator:

Breanne Fox
Director, Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

Under a corporate renewable PPA, a company or institution agrees to purchase electricity directly from a green energy generator. Power generated on the site feeds back into the grid, offsetting the amount of electricity consumed by that company.

  • Exploring recent power purchase agreements with corporate buyers and the role that ESG has played in these decisions
  • Opportunities for these electricity projects to contribute to decarbonizing the grid and provide developers with greater financial certainty
  • Path to net zero – role of corporate PPA’s to achieve renewable goals
  • Exploring how Alberta can maintain its advantage in corporate PPA’s; what are the opportunities in other provinces?

1:30

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON CORPORATE PPA'S

Part 2: How Corporate PPAs are Driving Economic Growth – CASE STUDY DEEP DIVE
How Amazon, Labatt’s, Shell, RBC and other Major Players are Structuring their Corporate PPAs – Responding to the Renewable Electricity Act

Panel:

Grant Arnold
CEO
BluEarth Renewables

Ryan Laverty
Manager Energy Origination and Development
TC Energy

Dale Ronsky
Director, Energy Marketing & Origination
Capital Power

Moderator:

Breanne Fox
Director, Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

A close look at corporate deals in renewable energy power projects and what this means for Alberta’s power sector, contribution to the economy, job creation and decarbonizing the grid.

  • Assessing customer response from projects already in development
  • What is the impact on customers and shareholders?
  • Update on commercial operations, timelines, construction
  • Update on the BluEarth Renewables Hand Hills Wind Project and their PPA with Shell
  • The latest on TC Energy’s role in the Claresholm solar farm
  • Update on Capital Power’s Enchant solar project

2:15
Meet & Greet with the Speakers Open Session and Break

Enjoy a unique face-to-face virtual meet and greet with some of the speakers you’ll be hearing from during the conference. This is your chance to gain exclusive access to the expert faculty and get to know one another in a more casual format. Delegates are encouraged to turn on their camera as this session will not be recorded.

2:45

Roundtable

Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats

Leah Michalopulos
Director, Government Relations
Canadian Electricity Association

Eóin Cooke
Vice President, Security & Information Services
AltaLink

In light of recent cyber attacks on pipeline infrastructure in the US, this session will focus on Canada’s cyber security improvements and plans for protecting energy infrastructure.

3:15

Case Study

How to Structure an Indigenous Energy Partnership Project and Best Practices for Engagement

Jason Schulz
Executive Director, Strategic Advisory Services
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN)
President
ACFN Green Energy

Clayton Stafford
Senior Partner, 3NE (Three Nations Energy) Project Manager
Greenplanet Energy Analytics

Walk through a practical case study to illustrate the mechanisms of a new renewable energy partnership, how this is a least-cost option for Alberta consumers, lowers the carbon footprint, and provides benefits to the community including:

  • Skills development
  • Job growth
  • Reduction of fossil fuels

4:00
Assessing Your Company’s Global Footprint: How ESG is Changing the Dynamics of Power Finance

Patrycja Drainville
Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Scotia Capital Inc.
Scotiabank

Bill Gilliland
Partner
Dentons Canada LLP

  • How are energy companies addressing the issue of net-zero emissions to further their climate targets and ESG? (examples locally and internationally)
  • Examining the increased focus on ESG in the energy sector, trends on the horizon (disclosure, regulation, deeper integration of ESG across financial ecosystem); How has the pandemic been a factor?
  • How can government help to align policy for low carbon investment? What policies are elevating disclosure and integration of ESG?
  • What is the role of sustainable finance to attract capital?

4:45
Closing Remarks and Day One Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 6, 2021

10:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
10:05

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 1: Developing Energy Storage Solutions as the Key to Renewables

Biju Gopi
Manager, Operations Engineering and Market Support
AESO

  • The latest on energy storage and dispatchable renewables as the province transitions towards 30 per cent renewables by 2030, and if they are needed, how they should be procured
  • Integration of energy storage into the AB market (impacts on consumers and competition)
  • Where we are and lessons learned from other jurisdictions
  • Overall implications of growing DER (distributed energy resources) technologies connecting to the distribution grid and how distribution utilities will need to look at how the two-way flows of power will affect planning, modelling etc.
  • Highlights from TransAlta’s WindCharger utility scale lithium ion battery storage (Pincher Creek)

10:35

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 2: The Role of Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy – Creating a Hydrogen Power Hub in Alberta

Dr. David Layzell
Energy Systems Architect
The Transition Accelerator

Brodie Chalmers
Manager, Hydrogen System Planning, Canadian Utilities
ATCO

  • The role of hydrogen in a net-zero economy and plans for new hydrogen technologies
  • Recent plans for Canada’s first hydrogen hub in Edmonton and funding to develop a local hydrogen economy; timeline and next steps
  • Exploring how to best produce and sell hydrogen
  • Highlights from the Suncor – ATCO partnership for world-scale clean hydrogen project Alberta to produce 300,000 tons clean hydrogen, capture the emissions, refine, process, and produce steam for electricity

11:30
Break
11:45
The Challenges of Meeting the COP Paris Agreement – Energy Transition

Robert Ohmes
Division Manager, Strategic Business Planning
Becht

This presentation will address Operations, Tactical, and Strategic decisions in the energy sector to reduce CO2 and other GHG emissions. The discussion will address basic energy efficiency analysis, carbon capture sequestration, hydrogen production as a furnace fuel source, within the context of reliability of operation. The shifts in the energy transition must address infrastructure investment, population centers, as well as consumer adaption and viability to sustainability within achievable metrics. Last but not least are the considerations of resource utilization from minerals mining and water resources that vary differently from region to region.

12:15

LIVE AUDIENCE OPEN DISCUSSION FORUM

Women in the Power Sector

Sharleen Gatcha
Vice President, Business Development
Hardline Engineering Ltd.
Founder & CEO
Women+Power

Aisha Bukhari
Vice President and Executive Board Director
Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

Join delegates and speakers for an open discussion and Q & A session. Delegates will have the opportunity to turn on their camera as this session will not be recorded. Themes to be discussed:

  • Boosting female workforce momentum in the power sector
  • Developing strategic alliances to get noticed and hired
  • Managing and capitalizing on generational diversity
  • Assessing the training requirements for the electricity sector

12:45
Lunch Break
1:30

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 3: Carbon Conversion Solutions in Transforming Emissions

Renee Hjorth
Commercial Manager, Commercial Management, Canada West
Capital Power

Jason Switzer
VP, Growth & Capital
Foresight Canada

  • Commercial application of carbon conversion technologies to enable near-zero emissions from natural gas generation
  • How will the federal tax credit for capital invested in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) projects work?
  • Highlights from Capital Power’s Genesse Carbon Conversion Centre
  • How can emissions capture be funded through storage or selling carbon for commercial use like cement?

2:15

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

Part 4: Exploring Small Modular Nuclear as a Viable Part of the Supply Mix

Dr. Jeff Griffin
Vice President Science and Technology
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Ken Darlington
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation/USNC-Power Canada

Robin Manley
Vice President, New Nuclear Development
Ontario Power Generation(OPG)

Moderator:

Fred Dermarkar
President and CEO
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited(AECL)

  • Assessing the potential for the development of small modular reactors as part of the power generation supply mix
  • How are SMR’s (less than 300MW) competitive with other low-carbon forms of energy?
  • What is the potential for SMR’s in on-grid, off-grid communities, and in oilsands and mining?

3:00
Break
3:15

POLLING: Panel

Demand Side Management and How the Evolution of Distribution Systems will Disrupt Distribution

Jesse Row
Executive Director
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

Jeanie Chin
Supervising Engineer, HVDC & FACTS
ATCO

Tonja Leach
Executive Director
QUEST

Jennifer Lefevre
Manager, Grid Innovation
ENMAX Power

Moderator:

Jana Mosley
President
ENMAX Power

A look at how distribution systems will change over the next several decades given rapid technology changes that are expected – in particular with distributed generation, EVs and smart grid technologies.

  • How new technologies will disrupt the traditional utility model – batteries, solar, micro grid
  • New developments in grid innovation and distributed energy management technologies
  • Exploring barriers to innovation through the Innovation Sandbox Project and why the project is needed in Canada
  • The future of DSM and what it would look like

4:15
Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes