David Butters
President, APPrO

David Butters is President of APPrO. He comes to APPrO from Hill & Knowlton in Toronto, where he was Vice President, Public Affairs, and Director of their Canadian Energy Asset Group. He has been active in the sector as Secretariat to the Stakeholders Alliance for Competition and Customer Choice. His professional background also includes work for Bruce Power, TransAlta, AECL, Fortis, Toronto Hydro, the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario, and as Chief of Staff to a federal cabinet minister. Mr. Butters also has an extensive background in advertising and marketing communications.

Sean Conway
Hydro One Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy

Sean Conway joined the Centre for Urban Energy as a Distinguished Research Fellow in February 2012. As one of the longest serving Members of the Ontario Legislature, Conway has had an active interest in Ontario's energy debate for over 30 years. Among his responsibilities at the Centre for Urban Energy, he provides strategic advice in the building of the Centre; fosters relationships with external partners in government, business, labour and community organizations; authors position papers on energy matters; assists with the development and delivery of various undergraduate, graduate and certificate courses and programs; mentors students and assists with their transition to an energy sector that requires many new recruits.

Conway served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and is a Public Policy Advisor with the national law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. He is also a public affairs analyst on various television and radio programs.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and Queen's University, Sean Conway entered the Legislature in 1975 and served until his retirement in 2003. During that time, he was a member of several Select Committees on Energy. From 1985-1990, he served as Minister of Education in the Government of Premier David Peterson. Upon leaving the Legislature, Conway received the Churchill Society Award in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy.

Dan McGillivray, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Toronto Hydro Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy
Dr. Dan McGillivray brings more than 30 years of experience to Ryerson's Centre for Urban Energy having worked as managing director of two centres at the Ontario Centres of Excellence - the Centre for Energy and the Centre for Earth and Environmental Technologies. Dan has held several executive positions including: managing director, academic relations, technology transfer partnerships and corporate development, director of business development and technology transfer. He has also worked as an environmental consultant, university professor, physical oceanographer and president and CEO of Environmental Software Consultants Inc. In June 2011, Dan founded Proxima Innovation, a management consulting business offering innovation services and executive coaching to leaders in the energy and environment sectors.

Dan received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Toronto, specializing in earth and environmental sciences. He joined the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University in August 2011 as the Toronto Hydro Distinguished Fellow and on August 1st, 2012, he was appointed Executive Director of the Centre.

Dan is a member of Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (DMZ) Steering Committee and Zone Leaders Committee, the George Brown College Innovation Advisory Board and has served as a Director on the Boards of the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (now called the Bloom Centre for Sustainability) and the Ontario Environment Industry Association. He was also an active member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum until the Spring of 2011. In May of 2012, Dan received his Masters Certificate in Energy Sector Leadership from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He was appointed Co-Chair of the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards Committee in September, 2014.

At the Centre for Urban Energy, Dan is focusing on energy innovation, entrepreneurship and education. He is managing the iCUE, an innovation incubator/accelerator for new energy businesses. He is teaching a course on Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship as part of CUE's Certificate in Energy Management and Innovation. As CUE's executive director, Dan is responsible for: business development, communications, strategic planning, international partnerships and the commercialization of CUE research.

Shawn Cronkwright
Director of Renewables Procurement in the Electricity Resources group, OPA
Shawn is the Director of Renewables Procurement in the Electricity Resources group of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). In this role, he is responsible for all procurement activities related to renewable generation resources, including the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs. His previous roles at the OPA included managing the competitive procurement processes for new natural gas-fired facilities in the northern York region and southwest Greater Toronto Area, combined heat and power facilities, and biomass-fired combined heat and power.

Prior to joining the OPA, Shawn worked for Siemens Power Generation where he held progressive field service and project management roles at generation facilities throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. Shawn’s experience includes gas and steam turbine maintenance, balance of plant, as well as nuclear refurbishment outage planning.

Shawn is a professional engineer and project manager with over 14 years’ experience in various roles in both the private and public sectors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston and holds the Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.
Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco
Partner, Norton Rose
Lisa DeMarco is recognized as a Canadian expert, and has over 15 years of experience in the law relating to emissions trading, the Kyoto Protocol and the evolving area of environmental finance. She represents several leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas and electricity matters before regulatory agencies and the Ontario Energy Board.

She also assists leading Canadian and international mining and energy companies on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure and business strategy.

Ms. DeMarco is one of the leading carbon transaction lawyers in the international market, having worked for investment banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China and Russia. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development of energy and GHG emissions policy and law throughout Canada and in various countries around the world.

She was appointed to the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, which provides advice on climate change strategies and policies, as well as scientific and economic research to the premier of Ontario.

Ms. DeMarco successfully completed the admission exams for the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2011.

Ms. DeMarco is also involved in legal education and training.
Colin Andersen
CEO, Ontario Power Authority
Colin Andersen is Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable, cost-effective supply of electricity for Ontario. He leads the organization in its efforts to coordinate province-wide conservation initiatives, plan the electricity system for the long term and procure clean supply resources.

Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Mr. Andersen held a variety of senior financial and policy positions in the Ontario Public Service, including Deputy Minister of Finance, Revenue and Policy; Secretary of Treasury Board; Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority; and Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation. 

Mr. Andersen has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

He is Chair of the Energy Council of Canada and a member of the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue of QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow.
Shane Freitag
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Shane Freitag is the Toronto Regional Co-Chair of the Electricity Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and a senior partner in the Toronto office. Shane's practice focuses on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters arising from the resource and infrastructure sectors including electricity, gas and water. He has acted as counsel for various renewable and non-renewable electricity projects, district energy projects and other infrastructure projects with a particular focus upon the underlying key project agreements and regulatory approvals. He has also acted for numerous clients with respect to the physical purchase and sale of natural gas and electricity, and financial products, hedges and swaps.
 
Prior to joining BLG, Shane was assistant general counsel and general counsel of large utilities in Ontario and Alberta, and was heavily involved in the restructuring of the electricity industry and utilities in those jurisdictions. 
 
Shane has lived and practised law in Northern Canada with a focus upon resource law issues.


George Vegh
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulation practice, where he provides advocacy and advisory services to private and public sector clients. George’s main focus is on regulatory and wholesale market governance in the energy sector.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, George was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board.

George is a leader in the energy sector, having served as Chair of the Ontario Energy Association and the IESO Market Forum. He also led a number of industry initiatives, including Task Forces on Distribution Rate Regulation, Infrastructure Renewal, Distributed Generation, and Transmission Connection for Renewable Generation. He currently serves on the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.

George is an Adjunct Professor of Energy Law at the University of Toronto Law School, the School of Public Policy & Governance, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he is also the Program Director for the Masters Program in Energy and Infrastructure Law.

Robert Silver
Crestview
Robert Silver is a Partner at Crestview. He most recently served as President of Dynamic Policy Consulting, Ontario's leading Public Policy and Government relations firm focused solely on the province's energy and infrastructure sectors.

Robert was recently named as one of 2010’s international political “rising stars” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. He was the only Canadian who received the honour. Robert serves as the Ontario representative of the Canadian-America Business Council and was recently named a member of the prestigious Banff Forum.

An active federal and provincial Liberal, Robert was a senior policy advisor to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty from 2003-2005 and also acted as Gerard Kennedy's National Policy Director during the 2006 Liberal Leadership Campaign.

In addition to running Dynamic Policy Consulting, Robert writes a regular blog for The Globe and Mail that focuses on national, provincial and local political and policy issues. Robert is also a regular contributor on television and radio commenting on a wide-range of issues for the CBC, CityTV amongst other outlets.
Robert is the co-owner of Toronto's leading city-focused website (Torontoist) that he purchased with two partners in early 2009.

He received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he won two North American and two Canadian National Debating Championships
Linda L. Bertoldi
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Linda is the National Leader of BLG's Electricity Markets Group.  Linda has extensive experience in the power sector including project structure, project development, project finance and mergers and acquisitions with respect to waterpower, natural gas, cogeneration, district energy, distributed generation, wind, solar and other renewable technologies. Linda provides strategic advice on regulatory developments and represents developers, lenders, equity providers, large industrial and commercial consumers and industry stakeholders. Linda advises Ontario municipalities and municipal electric utilities on mergers, divestitures, governance and corporate and financing structures, and assists the private sector on restructuring and commercialization of water, wastewater and infrastructure projects.

Linda has been recognized by Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in Canada®, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for her work in the areas of electricity and corporate mid-market law.  Linda was recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada® as the 2012 Toronto Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year. She was the only Canadian named as a "Groundbreaking Lawyer" by Public Utilities Fortnightly. 

Stephen Somerville
Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc., VP
Stephen is a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. CPV is a U.S. based greenfield development, asset management and transaction execution company focused on the North American power generation market. CPV’s Canadian headquarters are located in downtown Toronto.

Stephen oversees all of the company’s natural gas fired generation and natural gas pipeline as well as wind development activities in Canada and is responsible for all government/public relations activities in the country.

Stephen is a key member of the team developing over 1,600 MW of natural gas fired generation in Ontario, as well as developing the assets from the recently acquired wind development portfolio of Interwind (formerly known as SkyPower), a Toronto-based renewables development company. This portfolio stretches across Canada, with wind development projects in seven provinces.

Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development, acquisitions, "Requests For Proposals", and monetizing the "green" attributes of renewable energy facilities owned and/or operated by The Probyn Group. Stephen was also part of the successful bid team for the 99 MW Erie Shores wind project in Ontario. He also played a significant role in the August 2006 Renewable Energy Generation Limited ("REG") acquisition of AIM PowerGen Corporation, a leading Canadian wind project developer.

He represents CPV on the Board of Directors of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (formerly, IPPSO) and was a participant in the IPPSO Taskforce on Distributed Generator. He is a member of following APPrO Committees: Renewable Generation, Ontario Power Authority Procurement Policy Working Group, Supply Mix and Climate Change. Stephen was also the 2005 through 2009 APPrO Conference Chair.

Stephen is a member of the Canadian Wind Association ("CanWEA") and is a member of following CanWEA committees: Tax policy, federal government and Ontario caucus, Green Energy Act – pricing and transmission sub-committees

He is also a past member of the European Wind Energy Association ("EWEA") and a past member of the Solid Waste Association of North America ("SWANA") - landfill gas division.

He is a past member of the Toronto Board of Trade Electricity Task Force.

He also served as a member of the Renewable Portfolio Standard implementation-working group and of the Canadian Electrical Association Taskforce - "Capital Cost Allowances (CCA) Rates For The Electric Power Industry".

He received his Honours degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA degree from The University of Toronto.


Jason Rioux
Vice President, NRStor Inc.
Jason Rioux is a high output leader and entrepreneur in the energy sector. As the Vice President of NRStor Inc., and the President of Workbench Corp., he is taking this to the next level in delivering high performing energy projects with global reach.

He is leading the development of grid-scale energy storage projects with NRStor Inc., founded under Northwater Capital, one of the largest venture capital firms in Canada.  These energy storage projects cover a broad set of emerging technologies including high power flywheels, numerous battery chemistries, and compressed air energy storage.

Jason has niche expertise in gas and power interface and commercial matters. He has a proven track record in the development and operational stages of all forms of energy projects, especially when it comes to carving new paths through Ontario's complex energy market, contracting, regulatory, and policy environments.

Jason was previously the Director of Business Development for Thermal generation projects at OPG. He led a wide variety of business development initiatives, including the repowering of coal plants to natural gas (3,300 MW), new gas fired generation development, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and biomass generation development, partnership management of joint venture CCGT facilities – Brighton Beach and Portlands Energy Centre, advanced biomass research and development, and working with First Nations on capacity building, project development, and partnerships.

Jason served as Commercial Manager of the Portlands Energy Centre, a 550 MW natural gas fired generation station located in downtown Toronto. He developed and led the commercial organization of this $730 million facility, with responsibility for all gas and power trading activities. A unique aspect of this commercial operation was the complex gas management challenge of contracting and operationalizing all new short notice gas services over Enbridge, TCPL, and Union Gas utilities.

Prior to these roles, Jason held many positions at OPG, in the areas of business development, strategic planning, and within hydroelectric, nuclear, and coal fired plant operations.
Jason holds an MBA from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a Governor General’s Award for academics.

Ted Leonard
VP - Markets, CFO & Treasurer, IESO

Ted Leonard is Vice-President - Markets, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In this capacity, he is responsible for market evolution and sector policy analysis, all financial management aspects of the organization, including corporate and market accounting, and the credit risk and settlement of the wholesale electricity markets. He also chairs the IESO’s Pension Management Committee.

 

Mr. Leonard has been with the IESO from its formation in 1999. Previously he held the positions of Director - Finance, Corporate Controller and Manager - Financial Systems and Support.

 

Prior to his current role he worked in progressively senior finance roles within the electricity sector since 1996. Before joining the IESO, Mr. Leonard was with Ernst & Young LLP.

 

Mr. Leonard is a native of Sudbury, Ontario and is Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Laurentian University (B. Com.).

Darryl Yahoda
Director of Clean Energy Procurement, Electricity Resources, OPA
Darryl Yahoda is the Director of Clean Energy Procurement in the Electricity Resources division at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
 
He is a professional engineer with ten years of experience in the North American energy sector.
 
Darryl started his career in the energy sector with Union Gas Ltd., managing research projects and supporting demand side management activities.

In 2007 Darryl joined the OPA and over the years has managed various procurement initiatives including: CHP/CESOP, EFW and HCI.

Darryl earned his a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degree in mechanical engineering, with a focus on thermodynamics, heat transfer and energy conversion from the University of Waterloo.

Valerie Helbronner
Torys LLP, Partner, Infrastructure and Energy
Valerie Helbronner is a partner in Torys LLP's Infrastructure and Energy Practice. She has provided legal and strategic advice on energy and infrastructure projects across Canada and internationally. A focus of Valerie's practice has been on project development, financing and operation of renewable energy projects, including run-of-river hydro, wind and solar. Valerie has worked extensively with projects involving aboriginal interests and issues, including the duty to consult and accommodate. Valerie has also advised on numerous restructuring projects, including in Ontario, Russia, Hungary, South Africa and the Balkans.
 
Valerie is a member of the Ontario Power Authority’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, has served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s Ontario Caucus and has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Waterpower Association since 2011.
Ching-yen Chen
Partner, InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

Ching-yen Chen, Partner
Ching-yen Chen is a highly experienced investment banking, financing and advisory professional with more than 10 years of specialized expertise in the infrastructure sector, including acquisitions, divestitures and capital raising.  At InstarAGF, he is responsible for leading the origination of investment opportunities and managing transaction and financing processes.
Ching-yen’s experience spans public and private market transactions, both greenfield and brownfield opportunities, with an aggregate deal value of over $20 billion. Most recently, he acted as a financial consultant on a variety of advisory and financing mandates for infrastructure companies and projects.  Prior to forming his consulting practice, Ching-yen was a Senior Vice President at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. within the infrastructure advisory practice where he led the execution of several marquee transactions, including the value realization of assets within Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership, a private fund; the proposed $10 billion sale of assets of New Brunswick Power to Hydro Quebec; and Borealis Infrastructure’s $2 billion hostile takeover of Teranet Income Fund and subsequent $1 billion 50-year extension of the land registry and writs agreement.
Ching-yen was also formerly a Director at CIBC World Markets within the Power & Utilities Global Investment Banking division, where he was responsible for investment banking advisory services, equity and debt financings and M&A transactions.  Notable transactions included providing fairness opinions on the $5.25 billion refurbishment agreement for the Bruce Power nuclear facility and the formation of some of the largest local electricity distribution companies in Ontario.  
Ching-yen holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, with options in Statistics and Management Science.  He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Hon. Bob Chiarelli
Minister of Energy
A well known figure in Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on March 4, 2010 in a byelection in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. Bob was previously MPP for the riding of Ottawa West from 1987 to 1997, and he served as the parliamentary assistant to the Chair of the Management Board in 1987-88. Bob was appointed Minister of Transportation in October 2011, in addition to the role of Minister of Infrastructure which he held since August 2010. MPP Chiarelli currently serves as Ontario's Minister of Energy.

Bob also served as the Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton and was later elected Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. He has been a champion of public transit, including clean light-rail expansion, and helped build over $150 million in new recreational and health care infrastructure in Ottawa neighbourhoods. A strong financial manager, Bob ensured Ottawa maintained its Triple-A fiscal rating under his leadership.

Bob Chiarelli has been a passionate community advocate all his life. Born and raised in Ottawa's Little Italy as the youngest of seven children, Bob earned his law degree at the University of Ottawa and set up a community-based legal practice. Always actively involved in his community, Bob worked to modernize the refugee claim process and give low-income Ottawa residents better access to affordable housing.

During his break from political life, Bob remained actively committed to his community, serving as Vice-Chair of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Member of the Board of Peace Camp Ottawa, and as a fundraising volunteer with Citizen Advocacy. He was also a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.

Bob and his partner, Randi Hansen, live in Ottawa. He enjoys spending time with his adult children and two grandchildren.
 
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James Harbell
Stikeman Elliott LLP, Partner & Chair
Law Practice
Jim Harbell is a partner in Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office and co-chair of the firm’s Energy Group, head of the firm’s Toronto Real Estate Department, and senior member of the firm’s Public-Private Partnerships/Infrastructure Group. Additionally, he sits on the firm’s Partnership Board. He is a certified Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He has appeared before various levels of courts and regulatory agencies including the Ontario Municipal Board, Environmental Review Tribunal, Ontario Energy Board and various municipal councils and committees.
Mr. Harbell has considerable expertise in independent development and power project finance, as well as the environmental and municipal law areas. He has acted for developers requiring regulatory approvals for power plants and transmission lines, contractual negotiations with utilities, steam hosts and major power consumers.  For municipalities, public agencies and private investors and developers, Mr. Harbell provides strategic advice in a broad range of matters involving real estate development, mergers and acquisitions in the energy and infrastructure areas, regulatory approvals and related project finance matters. He is listed and recognized in Chambers Global’s The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Professional Activities
Mr. Harbell is past co-chair of the ABA/SEER Task Force on Environmental Policy and Co-ordination.  He was chair of the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the ABA Business Law Section (2003-2006), a member of Council (2000-2003) of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association, a chair of the Environmental Transactions, Audits and Brownfields Committee of the Section, and chairman (1991-92) of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario.
Mr. Harbell has been involved in many community initiatives such as being a member of the Board of Governors of St. Clement’s School, past Clerk at Rosedale United Church and was a former Board Member of the Evergreen Foundation.
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1982), University of Toronto (Trinity College 1977-1979).
Bar Admission
Ontario, 1984.

Bruce Campbell
IESO - President and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Campbell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) since May 1, 2013, overseeing the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system − one of the most diversified, reliable and efficient markets in the world.

Mr. Campbell was instrumental in preparing Ontario’s power system for the integration of Ontario’s growing investment in renewable wind and solar generation. Under Mr. Campbell’s direction the IESO has introduced innovative technologies such as storage into the power system and is actively pursuing more competitive, cost-effective solutions to meet future power needs.

In addition, Mr. Campbell represents Ontario on several international fronts. He serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Member Representative Committee and on the Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations which supports sustainable and reliable electric power delivery to millions of consumers across the continent.
 
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo, Mr. Campbell is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.
 
On January 1, 2015, Mr. Campbell will assume responsibility as CEO of the merged Independent Electricity System Operator, which is integrating with the Ontario Power Authority.  In its new mandate, the IESO will be responsible for both real-time operation of the Ontario electricity system and market as well as long-term energy planning and procurement, and the promotion of a conservation culture in the province.

David Teichroeb
Business Development, Emerging Technology, Enbridge Inc
David has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas and power generation sectors.  He is responsible for evaluating and developing new business investments involving emergent technologies.  This includes distributed generation, fuel cells, energy recovery to power, hydrogen, electricity energy storage and other renewable technologies.

Before joining Enbridge in 1993, David worked in the diesel power generation industry.  He provided engineering and technical services to a varied customer base that included Canada Steam Ship Lines, the Canadian Coast Guard, and John Deere.  

David graduated from Niagara College, mechanical engineering technology, and he is a graduate of the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, IL, as a Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant.  He serves as a Board of Director, and Vice Chairman, for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association.

A.J. Goulding
London Economics International LLC, President
In his role as president of London Economics International LLC, A.J. Goulding manages a growing international consulting firm focused on finance, economic, and strategic consulting to the energy and infrastructure industries. Based in Toronto, A.J. has over 17 years of detailed Ontario market experience, and is currently involved in engagements from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. In addition to serving as a sector expert in electricity and gas markets, his responsibilities include project management, marketing, budget and financial control, and recruiting. A.J. also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on electricity market design and regulatory economics.
 
With over twenty-three years of experience in evolving electricity and natural gas markets, A.J.’s diverse background enables him to work effectively in both emerging markets and OECD countries. A.J. has worked extensively on evolving electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater markets throughout the world. Recently, A.J. led an evaluation of potential future electricity market designs in Ontario. In Ontario he has also led engagements involving performance-based ratemaking for Ontario electricity and gas LDCs and exploring capacity-market design issues. He has led engagements evaluating large hydro feasibility in several Canadian provinces, and has advised stakeholders in Alberta regarding market design and power purchase arrangements.
 
A.J. began his career performing natural gas market analysis for a large DC-based energy consultancy. Later, he lived in New Delhi, India, advising the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on electric power sector restructuring in India. A.J. also served as business development associate for Citizens Power LLC, a top ten US wholesale power marketer, before moving to London Economics International, where he has held roles of progressively increasing responsibility


Ken Schisler
Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, EnerNOC

Ken Schisler is Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at EnerNOC. His role at EnerNOC marries three of his professional passions: entrepreneurship, public policy and unleashing the incredible potential for demand side management in energy markets.

 

Prior to joining EnerNOC in 2007, Ken served for 13 years as a member of the Maryland General Assembly, rising to become Minority Whip. At the time of his election in 1991, Ken was 21 years old, the constitutional minimum age. He was and is the youngest legislator ever elected in Maryland, at least in Maryland’s post-colonial history where records are reliable. In 2003, he was appointed by the Maryland Governor and confirmed by the Senate to become Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission where he served for 3 ½ years. During his tenure at the PSC, he served as Vice Chairman of the FERC Joint Board on Economic Dispatch for the PJM Interconnection and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Prior to service on the PSC, he was also an attorney in private practice in Maryland in addition to his service as a legislator.

 

Schisler earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Salisbury State University, and earned his JD with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ken and his wife Amy have three beautiful daughters. In his free time, Ken loves spending time with his family and doing almost anything involving the outdoors.

Jason Chee-Aloy
Power Advisory LLC, Managing Director
Jason Chee-Aloy joined Power Advisory LLC in September 2010.  Power Advisory LLC is a leading management consulting firm specializing in electricity market analysis, business strategy, generation and transmission procurement, policy development, regulatory and litigation support, contract management support, market design
and project feasibility assessment and technical due diligence.  Mr. Chee-Aloy is presently acting for multiple Canadian and non-Canadian clients with business and policy interests in Ontario, across Canada, and in the United States, within the areas of generation development and investment opportunities, transmission development, market assessment and intelligence, business strategy development, and policy development. 

Prior to joining Power Advisory LLC, Jason was the Director of Generation Procurement at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) from August 2005 to August 2010.  Mr. Chee-Aloy was responsible for procuring electricity generation through direct negotiations, standard offer programs and competitive processes.  During those five years, the OPA procured over 15,000 MW of generation, representing an approximate value of over $25 billion. 

Mr. Chee-Aloy led the development, consultation and implementation of North America’s first comprehensive Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff Program including delivery of program rules, contracts and pricing.  This Program successfully launched on October 1, 2009 resulting in nearly 60,000 applications totalling over 20,000 MW to date.  In December 2009, Jason received the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s 2009 Solar Industry Leader of the Year award.

Prior to joining the OPA, Mr. Chee-Aloy worked for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from November 1999 to July 2005 where he was closely involved with restructuring Ontario’s electricity sector through development and implementation of market design and market surveillance initiatives. 

Mr. Chee-Aloy has also worked as an Energy Economist, in the public and private sectors, analysing competitive electricity and natural gas markets.

Mr. Chee-Aloy holds an M.A. in Economics and graduated from York University and the University of Toronto.
Rosemarie T. Leclair
Ontario Energy Board, Chair & CEO

Rosemarie T. Leclair was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) on April 6, 2011.


Ms. Leclair has spent almost 20 years in the municipal public sector. Her roles during that time included 15 years with the City of Ottawa, where she held several senior positions, including five years as Deputy City Manager of Public Works and Services. In 2005, Ms. Leclair joined the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies (Hydro Ottawa) as President and CEO. She has also served as a Special Advisor to the Province of Ontario.


Ms. Leclair has served on the Board of Directors for various energy associations along with the United Way/Centraide Ottawa. She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors, was twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2007 and 2010), and was recognized as an Honoured Champion by the United Nations Association in Canada on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 2009.


Ms. Leclair earned a degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa and became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1985.

Cliff Hamal
Navigant Economics, Managing Director and Principal
Cliff Hamal is a Managing Director with Navigant Economics and specializes in economic analysis of issues pertaining to the electricity industry, including market design, competitive strategy, power contracting, project valuation, market behavior evaluation, market power assessment and damages analyses.  For thirty years he has been involved in a wide variety of engagements, as an economic consultant since 1989 and in technical roles involving power system operations in prior years.  He has worked on market design and strategy issues in the Ontario market continuously for nearly fifteen years.  A particular focus of Cliff’s efforts has been the development of electric capacity markets and what might be done to improve them.  He writes about them frequently on his blog, www.BiCapApproach.com, which also contains information about a new approach to the resource adequacy problem.

 

Cliff testifies regularly on economic issues pertaining to the electricity industry and has offered expert evidence before the Ontario Energy Board, the Alberta Public Utility Commission, U.S. FERC, other regulators, courts and arbitration panels.  Cliff has a BS in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Will Stewart
Navigator, Managing Principal
Will Stewart is a senior strategic consultant who has led project teams on complex files in a broad array of sectors for a wide variety of clients. A regular speaker and strategist on the energy sector, Will is a Principal of both Navigator Ltd and Ensight Canada. He has provided strategic planning, research and communication advice to many of the leading firms in the energy sector, as well as government, trade association and not-for-profit clients with interests in the industry. Will is also a skilled advocator at both the federal and provincial government level, winning significant victories for clients in financial services, health care, education and the arts. He has demonstrated expertise in qualitative research, media relations, campaign planning and reputation management and recovery.
 
Among the projects of which he is most proud are the successful creation of a New Nahanni National Park, four times its previous boundaries; the transformation of Maple Leaf Gardens into a multi-use commercial, sport and education centre within Ryerson University; and the successful defence of Interac Association, a Canadian electronic payments system in transition. In each case, it was his leadership that helped move stalled or threatened projects to success.
 
Will served as Chief of Staff in several portfolios to Ontario ministers responsible for energy, social services, and children, as well as the Government Whip and House Leader. Will is a respected media commentator on politics, public policy and social media, appearing regularly on CTV’s PowerPlay, CP24’s LeDrew Live, Focus Ontario, among many others. Will was honoured to be chosen by the Hill Times as a member of its Top 100 Lobbyists. In 2012, Will was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian public policy.

Ian Mondrow
Partner, Gowlings

Ian Mondrow is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, practising with the Business Law Group in the area of energy regulation and policy.

Ian has represented electricity generators, transmitters and contractors, energy retailers and natural gas and electricity consumers before the Ontario Energy Board, The National Energy Board, and in other Canadian regulatory forums. Ian advises clients on a variety of matters in the natural gas and electricity sectors, including energy policy, regulatory policy and processes, rates and tariff matters, and facilities, compliance and licensing issues.
Prior to joining Gowlings, Ian practised at a prominent national firm, served as special advisor to the chair of the Ontario Energy Board, and was vice-president, government and regulatory affairs with a major integrated energy retail and solutions company.
Jim MacDougall
Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc., and Ryerson's Centre for Urban Energy
Jim MacDougall is a professional electrical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector.  Jim is the President of Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc. helping clients navigate the FIT program and Large Renewable Procurement in Ontario. 
Notably, Jim spent over five years at the Ontario Power Authority developing and launching the Clean Energy and Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program and Feed-in Tariff Programs.   Prior professional experience includes:
-    The Ontario Energy Board as Market Compliance Manager
-    Toronto Hydro Energy Services as, Marketing Manager in the development and delivery of energy retailing offers
-    The Ontario Ministry of Energy as Policy Advisor developing options for market deregulation;
-    and Consulting overseas in Eritrea and Sierra Leone

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Electrical Engineering, 1981-1985 from his Alma Mater at Queen's University.  In 2010 he was awarded the Canadian Solar Industries Association Solar Public Servant of the Year, and now sits on the CanSIA Board of Directors. 

Aleck Dadson
Ontario Energy Board, Executive Advisor
Aleck Dadson joined the Ontario Energy Board in December 2007 as Chief Operating Officer after an extensive career in the energy sector in North America and Europe. He is currently leading the Board's review of the Energy East project.
 
Aleck is a lawyer by training and, until 1997, was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, practicing primarily in the area of energy regulation. He has served as Special Counsel to the OEB regarding bulk power rates of the former Ontario Hydro and as a member of the first Technical Panel of the IESO.
 
Aleck is a graduate of Oxford University, University of Toronto Law School and Yale Law School.
Mark J. Rodger
Senior Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
J. Mark Rodger is a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  He is also the Toronto regional leader of the Energy Markets Group.  He specializes in the commercial, regulatory and government relations components of the electricity and natural gas sectors, and infrastructure renewal.  Mr. Rodger has experience in all aspects of electricity sector restructuring.  For the past 24 years he has served as counsel to a broad range of stakeholders including municipal, provincial, and national governments, large industrial, institutional and commercial energy consumers, local distribution companies and their municipal shareholders, transmitters, generators, energy retailers, out-of-province electricity importers and energy regulators.

Mark also has extensive corporate governance and utility M&A experience, including the first ever long-term lease involving an Ontario distribution utility.  He also has broad commercial and regulatory experience in renewable generation and electricity conservation and demand management including program development and smart meter implementation initiatives. Mark has been recognized for many years (including 2014) in the edition of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for Energy: Power, and recognized by PLC Which Lawyer? in the Energy and Natural Resources Multi-Jurisdictional Guide. For the past decade he has also been named one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by Lexpert®/American Lawyer because of his expertise in the electricity field.



Mary Hemmingsen
Partner, KPMG LLP
Background

Mary Hemmingsen is National Sector Leader for Power and Utilities and a Partner in our Advisory Services practice.  Mary brings over 20 years of senior experience, conceiving, structuring and implementing complex power service, asset acquisition and Infrastructure investment/development arrangements, as well as well as leading business process improvements and delivering financial and operating results.

Mary’s expertise includes a unique blend of experience and skills in both strategic and operating roles and across all aspects of the utility and power sector including lead roles in operations, finance, procurement and development.

Professional and Industry Experience
 
Prior to joining KPMG, Mary held senior executive positions with Brookfield Power and Utilities Group.  Mary activated an aggressive corporate strategy to improve revenue security and advance business development interests backed by long term contracts.
 
Mary built relationships with government and others as well as active engagement in informing and negotiating the processes, frameworks, structures and terms of long term supply and asset development arrangements.

Mary advised on the process and terms framework and inputs and submissions towards final award for  a $700 million infrastructure redevelopment as well as development of structure for a $1.7 billion consortium infrastructure development.

Representative Industry Experience

Mary held Executive and Corporate Finance positions at BC Hydro as well as served  in the role of Chief Procurement Officer, including establishing the supporting organizational structure and recruitment of senior management team in Vancouver, British Columbia. In this role, Mary:

established a new multi-skilled business unit, providing sophisticated cross-company procurement, supply chain management and purchasing services for over $1 billion annual spend.

Realized supply chain value as a strategic business enabler; and delivered bottom line and efficiency improvements; reduced costs and improved supply cycle times with increased quality of supply and service.

Led a management team and 750 union and non?union employees overseeing a multi?disciplinary head office  and regional offices, encompassing customer care and operations, marketing and sales, demand and supply planning, finance and human resources in a 900,000 km2 area representing 1.8 million customers and $3.5 billion in
revenues.
 
Established enterprise wide power planning, activated utility supply development and acquired non- utility energy supply, improving process elements to define alternatives, risks and overall transparency as well as contract structures to execute on plan.  Led numerous power planning and contracting processes, including achieving regulatory approval of a Long Term Acquisition Plan of $10 billion+, related infrastructure of $10
billion+ and other supply agreements totaling over $20 billion.  Conceived and led implementation of associated long term supply procurement arrangements.
Paul Grod
President & CEO, Rodan Energy
Paul Grod is President & CEO of Rodan Energy, a leading smart grid company delivering integrated solutions to North America’s largest energy consumers, distributors and power producers.  Rodan Energy provides metering, power systems monitoring and engineering services.  As a leading demand response provider, Rodan manages a large and diverse portfolio of distributed energy resources in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Prior to founding Rodan in 2003, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and most recently practiced corporate finance and M&A law with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.  He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. 

Gordon E. Kaiser, FCIArb
Kaiser Arbitration
Gordon Kaiser acts as an arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial contracts with particular reference to energy, telecommunications, construction, project finance and intellectual property.  He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years.

Mr. Kaiser practiced law as a partner in a national law firm for over 25 years specializing in energy, telecommunications, competition law and intellectual property. He has appeared in the courts in ten provinces as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Kaiser has served as a sole Arbitrator, Chairman and Party Nominee in arbitrations on power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, project finance and the construction of power plants. He has mediated disputes on long term pricing in agricultural products, natural gas distribution and electricity transmission.

He is a panel member at the London Court of International Arbitration, Energy Arbitration Chambers in Calgary, the Canadian Transportation Agency in Ottawa, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London England, the JAMS Global Engineering and Construction panel in Washington, DC and the Independent Electricity System Operator in Ontario.
Mr. Kaiser was a Visiting Professor at University of Toronto Law and Economics Program for one year and served as an Adjunct Professor for over 20 years at three universities, Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School.

He is a board member at the Energy Bar Association, Washington, DC and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Dallas. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and a Managing Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly.

Mr. Kaiser received the National Leadership Award from the Canadian Association of Public Utility Tribunals. He was named Energy Lawyer of the Year by the Energy Law Forum and was recognized as one of Canada's leading arbitrators and mediators by Chambers Global 2014.

Barry Chuddy
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chuddy is Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., a holding company owned by the City of Guelph and the sole shareholder of wholly-owned subsidiaries Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc. Mr. Chuddy also serves as President of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Envida Community Energy.

Mr. Chuddy has over two and a half decades of industry experience. Prior to joining Guelph Hydro Inc. in 2009, Mr. Chuddy served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Power Corporation, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Enersource Hydro Mississauga, and held senior positions with TransAlta and Emera Inc.

Mr. Chuddy was an inaugural board member of the Independent Electricity Market Operator (now the IESO) in Ontario, where he chaired the IESO's Audit Committee, is a past board member of the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario (now APPrO) and, prior to a merger with the International District Energy Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian District Energy Association. Currently, he serves on the Canadian Forum of the International District Energy Association and the Board of Directors of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Chuddy received the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in early 2013.

Barbara Ellard
Ontario Power Authority, Director, Policy and Analysis
Barbara Ellard joined the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in 2005 as Manager of Generation Procurements. In 2009, she took on the role of Director of Policy & Analysis in the Electricity Resources Group. She is responsible for dealing with a variety of strategic and policy issues that affect supply procurements and contracted resources such as carbon mitigation policies and IESO market related initiatives. In addition, she
is responsible for the Green Energy Act Support Programs, namely the Community Energy Partnerships Program, the Municipal Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program and the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Programs, which includes the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund and the Aboriginal Transmission Fund.

Prior to joining the OPA, Barbara was an Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, working on numerous energy supply initiatives and procurements. Prior to her work at the Ministry, Barbara worked for a public policy consulting firm, where she led and executed public policy projects for private, not-for-profit and public sector clients in the energy, environmental, health care and financial sectors. 

Barbara graduated from the University of Toronto, where she earned both a Master of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree
Bala Venkatesh, Dr.
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson
Dr. Bala Venkatesh is both founding academic director and head of the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University. He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He specializes in electric power systems with interests in transmission and distribution systems, renewables, energy storage and smart grids. He works with several companies such as Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, Ontario Power Authority, Schneider Electric, eCamion, Temporal Power, Electrovaya and New Brunswick Power. In total, his extramural funding is over $10 million. In the last two decades, he has worked on over 30 consulting and research projects in India and Canada.

With a Ph.D. from Anna University (India), Dr. Venkatesh is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. Currently a Ryerson professor, he has also taught at the University of New Brunswick, Multimedia University (Malaysia) and Anna University since 1994.

Dr. Venkatesh has extensive journal publications to his credit and has supervised over 50 MASc and PhD theses.

David D. Hay
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Mr. Hay joined CIBC in 2010 as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc.  In his role, Mr. Hay focuses on senior relationships for CIBC with particular attention to power and utility clients and on Infrastructure.  Among other assignments, Mr. Hay has been responsible for transactions including the sale by Borealis of its stake in Express Pipelines, for GDF Suez in the selldown last year of its Canadian Renewables business, and for Cameco in its sale of its interest in the Bruce B Nuclear Power Station to Borealis.

Mr. Hay was the CEO of New Brunswick Power Corporation for six years ending January 2010.  Mr. Hay and his team, using various private sector management techniques, executed a turnaround of the corporation.  He was appointed by a conservative government and renewed by a subsequent liberal government.  Focus was on operations, HR and financial performance.  A ten percent reduction in headcount, introduction of Balanced Scorecard methodology and other techniques turned four years of losses ($156 million) into five profitable years ($285 million).  A failed fuel deal with Venezuela was rehabilitated through a $338 million settlement with the Chavez government.  HR focus on “people at their best” resulted in a Top 100 Employer designation for three years and a zero lost time accident record over a 12 month period.

Prior to NB Power, Mr. Hay ran his own consulting company, Delegate Incorporated which orchestrated the IPO financing for Star Choice Communications, and the TSX public takeover of Champion Road Machinery by Volvo.  From 1984 to 1996 Mr. Hay worked for Merrill Lynch in Toronto and London England with the bulk of his career spent in European Mergers and Acquisitions ending up as Managing Director.  On his return to Canada, Mr. Hay was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions.

A lawyer by training, Mr. Hay started his career at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt in Toronto, was a Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Ontario and taught part time at both the University of Toronto and University of New Brunswick.

John A. Gorman
President & CEO - Canadian Solar Industries’ Association (CanSIA)
John is President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries’ Association (CanSIA) and brings to the organization over 20 years of professional involvement in the sustainable infrastructure sector. Prior to joining CanSIA, he served as Senior Vice President, Empower Energy Solutions - an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.

John’s role as the Canadian Designate on the International Energy Agency's Executive Committee (PVPS) provides him with a global perspective on energy matters. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations including one of the nations largest electric utilities.
His family and Ottawa-based home are proud participants in Ontario’s microFIT program.

Daniel W. Allegretti
Vice President in Exelon Corp.'s State Government Affairs group
 As a Vice President in Exelon Corp.'s State Government Affairs group, Dan Allegretti is responsible for legislative and regulatory matters across the northeast.  Dan has over twenty years experience in the electric power industry and while at Exelon and Constellation he has directed a team of internal and external professionals to shape the development of electricity laws and regulations in the northeast.  At the state and provincial level Dan has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative and regulatory bodies.  At the federal level, he has served as Constellation’s Director of Wholesale Energy Policy and has participated in a variety of proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Dan has also been an active participant in several regional transmission organizations, particularly New England where he served two terms as the elected Chair of the New England Power Pool.

Other industry leadership positions Dan has occupied include Board seats on the  Northeast Power Coordinating Council, the Independent Power Producers of New York, the New England Power Generators Association, the Retail Energy Supply Association, the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, the Electric Power Generators Association of Pennsylvania and the Electricity Markets Investment Group of Ontario, as well as being a Member Representative on the New York ISO Management Committee and on the Ontario IMO Markets Advisory Council and being named by Governor John Baldacci in 2007 to serve on the Maine Energy Council. Outside Constellation Energy, Dan has worked as an Independent transmission project developer and as a practicing attorney.  Dan holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Colby College and currently resides with his family in Bow, New Hampshire.
Jim Hogan
Electricity Distributors Association, Chair
Jim Hogan is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Entegrus Inc., which is a progressive and entrepreneurial local distribution company in South-western Ontario. Entegrus serves approximately 40,000 customers in sixteen communities over a large geographic area. Mr. Hogan has been with Entegrus since 2001 after working in leadership positions in a number of utility companies in the gas, water, electrical and cable television sectors. He has a Certified General Accountants Designation and an MBA from the University of Windsor. Jim also recently obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).
Anthony Haines
President & CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation
Anthony Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in Canada. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, including 15 years in various senior roles in the natural gas industry.
 
Mr. Haines is currently the Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association and has been a member of the Board since 2006.  Mr. Haines serves as the Public Sector Chair for the United Way of Greater Toronto's Cabinet and is actively involved with charities throughout Toronto.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee for the Pan Am Games, Toronto 2015.

Peter Fraser
Vice President, Industry Operations & Performance, Ontario Energy Board
Peter Fraser is Vice President, Industry Operations and Performance at the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), the energy regulator in the province of Ontario, Canada. This Division focuses on the Board’s interface with industry, including the Board’s regulations, licensing, and the reporting, assessment and audit of utility performance.

Prior to joining the OEB in 2004, Peter worked for six years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France, as senior electricity policy advisor and spent nearly nine years as energy policy advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Energy. Peter holds master’s degrees in physics from Queen’s University and in environmental studies from York University and a BSc in physics from the University of Toronto.

Preston Swafford
Chief Nuclear Officer, President & CEO, Candu
Preston Swafford was named Chief Nuclear Officer, President & CEO of Candu Energy in March 2014. He leads a team of 1,200 highly skilled employees who design and deliver state-of-the-art CANDU® reactors, carry out life extension projects, provide plant life management programs and tools, and offer operation and maintenance services for existing nuclear power stations across Canada and in key international markets.

Prior to his appointment with Candu, Preston spent seven years at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he most recently held the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Nuclear Power Group. In that position, he was responsible for managing the company's nuclear fleet and providing stable power from six nuclear operating units.

Preston joined TVA in 2006 as Senior Vice-President, Nuclear Support, before being appointed Executive Vice-President, Fossil Power Group, a year later. He has also held high-level positions at Exelon Corporation, including that of Senior Vice-President, Exelon Energy Delivery-Operations and Technical Service.
Preston has been certified as a Senior Reactor Operator on a U.S.-designed light water reactor. He has served as a member of the Nuclear Safety Review Board (NSRB) for the Ginna nuclear power plant in Rochester, New York, and as Chairman of the NSRB at the Bruce Power site Ontario. He also serves as a member of the recently formed international advisory group to the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI).

Preston holds a Master's of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Preston is a classic car aficionado. When not relaxing at his vacation home in Missouri, he enjoys restoring classic cars.
Peter MacLeod
Principal and Cofounder, MASS LBP
Peter MacLeod is one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. He is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. He writes and speaks frequently about the citizen's experience of the state, the importance of public imagination and the future of responsible government. He is also a director of Wellesley Institute for Urban Health, and co-founder of the Wagemark Foundation.
Dan Cloutier
President, Power Ecosytems Inc.
Dan Cloutier- President of Power Ecosystems Inc. and has significant expertise in incubating high-growth technology-based companies. Dan was a member of the management team that successfully took Vicom Multimedia public in 1995, and he served in senior management and executive capacities with Datacat of Houston which was sold to Fisher Scientific. Dan’s first involvement with combined heat and power solutions was as a volunteer Board member of Cardel Place where Dan spearheaded pursuing the first Gold Leed designation in Alberta about a decade ago.
 
Power Ecosystems exclusively distributes Ener.G and Yanmar cogeneration systems in Canada. Collectively, with these partners, we have over 6,000 commercial building cogeneration installations throughout the world. Power Ecosystems has been installing these systems in Canada since 2006, we are the Canadian under 1MW market share leader with installations completed for the likes of Atco, Enmax, Melcor, the cities of Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon as well as Oxford Developments and Cadillac Fairview.

Paul Isaac, ing., P. Eng.,
Electrical Engineer & Principal, HH Angus & Associates
Paul Isaac, ing., P. Eng., is a senior electrical engineer and a principal at HH Angus and Associates, one of Canada’s largest and oldest independent engineering firms. He is currently responsible for the medium voltage distribution and generation back-up systems at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. HH Angus and Associates are the mechanical and electrical engineers and security consultants for the new 3.5 million  ft2 complex, which is the largest P3 healthcare project in North America.
 
Paul is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in his field, with a global speaking portfolio, including to the IEE in England following the design of the 50-storey Canary Wharf office tower, as well as conferences in the US on high resistance grounding for healthcare projects.  He speaks not only to electrical industry audiences, but also to organizations such as Enbridge on natural gas as a fuel for emergency power. Paul’s design for the first Combined Heat and Emergency Power (CHeP) system in Canada was honoured with a CEO award in 2007.    

Shawn McCarthy
Global Energy Reporter, Globe and Mail
Shawn McCarthy is the global energy reporter for The Globe and Mail, working in the paper’s Ottawa bureau for the Report on Business.
 
In that role, Mr. McCarthy covers the energy sector, including oil and gas, electricity generation, renewable energy and demand side issues. He deals with major economic trends at a national, continental and international level, with a particular focus on federal policy and environmental regulations. He also covers environmental issues such as climate change and the debate over hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Among other stories, Mr. McCarthy has covered Ottawa’s review of the proposed CNOOC acquisition of Nexen; the federal government’s changes to environmental approval process for major resource projects, and the rapidly changing dynamics in North American oil and gas production. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for his coverage of the energy sector in 2009.
 
Prior to assuming the energy beat in 2006, Mr. McCarthy served as The Globe’s New York correspondent for three years, with responsibility for business, politics and human interest stories, including the aftermath of 9/11. While there, he covered several high-profile corporate fraud trials including Enron in Houston and Martha Stewart. He was also part of The Globe’s team covering the 2004 U.S. election campaign.
 
Mr. McCarthy served as the parliamentary bureau chief for The Globe and Mail from 2000 to 2003, and prior to that, wrote on finance and economic policy, including the previous Liberal government deficit battle in the 1990s. He has worked as a business reporter for the Toronto Star and for The Canadian Press. He began his journalism career in Alberta, working briefly for the Calgary Sun and at Ted Byfield’s Alberta Report magazine.
 
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. McCarthy attended the University of Alberta as a foreign student and attained a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He met his wife, Karen, at the UofA and never went home, though he remains an ardent Phillies and Eagles fan. He also has a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University, and completed the Canadian Securities Course. He has four grown children.
   
     

Bernd Christmas
Cassels Brock, Partner
416 860 6599
bchristmas@casselsbrock.com
Education: LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1991
Call to the Bar: Ontario, 1993; Nova Scotia, 1996
Associations: Canadian Bar Association; Law Society of Upper Canada; Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; Indigenous Bar Association  

Expertise

Bernd Christmas is a partner in the Aboriginal Law Practice and a proud member of the Mi’kmaq community of Membertou.  The primary focus of Bernd’s practice is Indigenous economic development. As former Chief Executive Officer of the Membertou Band of Nova Scotia and the Membertou Corporate Division and as a negotiator for several First Nations bands, Bernd brings a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives as well as extensive experience on national and international boards and commissions to Cassels Brock.

Bernd was the first Mi’kmaw to become a lawyer in Canada. Prior to joining Cassels Brock he worked at a large national firm to expand their Indigenous practice before going on to found The Bernd Christmas Law Group, offering advice and assistance to First Nations, industry and government organizations in various aspects of regulatory matters and policy setting.

In 2003, he was appointed by Prime Minister Chrétien to the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation. From 2000 to 2002, he was one of three Canadian commissioners to the International Commission for the Conservation of Tuna. He is a former member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and of the executive committee organizing the Governor General’s Conference on Leadership and Diversity. He has been a Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Keltic Petrochemcials Inc.

Bernd is currently a Director on the board of Investors Group and the Indigenous charity Outside Looking In.

Francois Poirier
President, Energy East Pipeline Project, TransCanada
As President, Energy East Pipeline Project, Francois Poirier has overall responsibility for the Energy East Pipeline Project. The Energy East Pipeline will extend approximately 4,600 km from receipt points in Alberta and Saskatchewan to provide Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and Bakken crude oil access to refineries in Eastern Canada and to export markets.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Poirier spent 25 years in investment banking, consulting, and as a Corporate Director. Most recently, he was President and Head, Investment Banking and Capital Markets, for Wells Fargo Securities Canada, Ltd., where he had overall responsibility for the firm’s investment banking practice in Canada. Previously, Mr. Poirier was Group Head, Power and Pipelines Investment Banking, at J.P. Morgan Securities, in New York. In that capacity, he was a financial advisor for clients on several acquisitions and divestitures of energy infrastructure assets including pipelines, power plants, gas and electric utilities.

Mr. Poirier was an Independent Director of Capital Power Income LP from 2007 until 2011, and is Past Chair of the Toronto North Food Bank.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Operations Research from the University of Ottawa.

Chris Benedetti
Principal, Head, Energy and Environment Practice, Sussex Strategy Group Inc.
Chris Benedetti is a Principal with Sussex Strategy Group, and Head of its Energy and Environment Practice.  With experience in both federal and provincial governments, Mr. Benedetti provides an in-depth insight and expertise into various policy development and political processes, and brings to Sussex an extensive background in strategic communications and public affairs.

 

Mr. Benedetti has advised a diverse range of domestic and international clients.  Over the past 15 years he has led client efforts related to energy-related policy, regulatory and procurement matters.  His clients have included equipment suppliers to manufacturers and developers, in solar PV, wind generation, biogas, waterpower, thermal (gas-fired) and nuclear generation.  These clients have successfully developed over 4,000MW of generation, as well as expansions of transmission and distribution infrastructure.  Mr. Benedetti has helped clients not only better understand the policy and political imperatives that are the basis for decisions surrounding system planning and procurement, but have also assisted in working with government and its agencies to amend policies where and when warranted; in complying with various rules and requirements; and in liaising with affected local stakeholders and communities.

 

While managing the interests of several high-profile public and private sector clients, Mr. Benedetti also serves as Advisor on the Program Advisory Committee for the Certificate in Sustainability Programme at Ryerson University.  He has also served as a Director and Vice President of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy; President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada; Chair of the Recycling Council of Ontario; and Senior Advisor to the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business.

 

Mr. Benedetti has also held several positions in the federal government with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as a political advisor within the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.  He holds a BA in law and a BA (High Hons.) in political science from Carleton University, and an MA in political science (International Relations) from McMaster University and the University of Bath, England. 

 



Wayne Ross
President, Coral Rapids Power
Wayne Ross has been involved in the development of the New Post Creek project for several years, starting in 2005 when the corporation was formed to act as President for some time on the Board of Directors. Wayne was part of the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and TTN Grievance Committee in 2007 that worked to resolve the past grievance and develop the partnership that has led to this project.

Wayne is a member of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation, and has worked in the natural resources sector for many years. Wayne was a Central Control Room Operator at the DeBeers Victor Mine project, and previously at the Barrick Gold Holt-McDermott Mine. Wayne has also been active in the community through his work conducting interviews for Traditional Ecological Knowledge with the Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre, and his participation on the TTN, Ministry of Natural Resources, and Tembec Advisory Committee.
 
Wayne was also part of the Detour Gold and DeBeers Impact Benefits Agreement Negotiating Teams

Ian Potter, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Engineering and Business Management, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Ian Potter was appointed NRC's Vice President, Engineering in May 2011 and is also Vice President responsible for NRC's Business Management Support.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Potter was Chief Operating Officer at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). During his 10 years at AITF and its predecessor, the Alberta Research Council (ARC), Dr. Potter held several leadership and management positions in energy, environment, greenhouse gas technology and human resources.

Before joining ARC, Dr. Potter was a senior research engineer with C-FER Technologies of Edmonton and served as an officer in the British Royal Navy. He was also an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Calgary and a marine engineering officer with Shell Tankers (U.K.).

Dr. Potter currently serves as First Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Association for the World Petroleum Council. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicles Systems, board member and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and board member for C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.

Dr. Potter received his Bachelor of Engineering in marine engineering from the Royal Naval Engineering College (Plymouth, U.K.), and Masters and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary.

Manfred Klein
Consultant
Manfred Klein is now an independent consultant on environment and industrial energy issues.  He retired in 2013 after 33 years in the Canadian government, most recently with six years at the Gas Turbine Labs of the National Research Council.  Prior to this, he spent 16 years with Environment Canada, involved in EA assessments with balanced solutions to emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases. There he worked with industry and government to develop improved taxation incentives, as well as National Emission Guidelines for Gas Turbines, with  new energy-output based environmental standards to promote cogeneration and district energy with system reliability. Prior to that Mr. Klein was with the National Energy Board for 11 years dealing with natural gas pipeline and compressor station regulatory work.   He is a former Chair of the IAGT Industrial Gas Turbine Applications Committee and the ASME/IGTI International Gas Turbine Environment Committee, and a past member of CGA's environmental R&D group, CEPEI.    (Bach. Mech. Engineering 1980,  Carleton University)
Dr. Landis Kannberg
Lead Manager, Pacific Northwest
Dr. Kannberg is the Lead Manager for Energy Storage and Renewable Integration in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  He successively managed programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Compressed Air Energy Storage and subsequently Thermal Energy Storage.
 
In 2002, he was the inaugural national laboratory manager of the Advanced Communications and Controls Program for DOE, which became a Presidential Initiative, GridWise, in 2004. He has served as a technical advisor to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (on Infrastructure Protection), and provided support to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force on Electric System Reliability.  
 
He served as co-director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a joint research institute with Oregon State University from 2004-2009. 
 
From 2009 through October 2010, Dr. Kannberg served as Chief Technology Officer of Battelle-Korea before returning to PNNL. 
 
He was a contributor to the recently issued DOE Grid Energy Storage Strategy. 
 
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University and his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.
Richard King
Partner, Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal Law, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Richard King practises energy, Aboriginal and environmental law. Richard’s Aboriginal law practice focuses on consultation and accommodation of Aboriginal groups regarding large natural resource projects (primarily in the energy and mining sectors). He assists clients with advice on the duty to consult, the preparation of Aboriginal consultation policies and reports, and negotiating and developing impact benefit agreements. He has been extensively involved in the Ontario energy sector for many years and advises clients on commercial and regulatory matters related to power project development, power trading and utility regulation. He also advises clients on power transmission and generation projects in Ontario and regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board in project approval and rate regulation matters. Richard’s environmental practice focuses on the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, as well as toxic substance regulation and product stewardship matters.

Jennifer Hiscock
CanmetENERGY research labs at Natural Resources Canada
Jen Hiscock works with the CanmetENERGY research labs at Natural Resources Canada on smart grid development and the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources. She represents Canada as a national expert in the IEA - International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), and facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration on smart grid projects in Canada as Manager of the Canada Smart Grid Action Network. With engineering and business degrees, Jen studies the dynamics of innovation surrounding the technology and policy development of smart grid and distributed energy resources. Located in Toronto, she collaborates with her provincial counterparts across the country and utility and industry partners to advance smart grid and distributed energy projects.
Ken Nakahara
Director of the Energy Networks and Partnerships, Ministry of Energy
Ken has held a number of roles since joining the Ministry of Energy in 2004 and is currently the Director of the Energy Networks and Partnerships branch where he leads policy development on issues such as transmission network expansion, energy innovation including smart grid and energy storage, and First Nation and Métis energy policy and partnerships.  
 
Ken has contributed to a wide range of ministry initiatives, including the 2013 Long Term Energy Plan, the energy conservation framework in the Green Energy Act, the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel, and economic development opportunities around Ontario’s smart grid industry.  Prior to joining the Ministry, Ken worked at the Ministry of Environment and at Toronto Hydro. 
 
Ken has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a B.Sc. in environmental science from the University of Toronto.

Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.
Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development at PowerStream Inc.  She is responsible for implementing PowerStream’s strategy to become a premier integrated energy services provider.  Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading edge business opportunities.

Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.
During her career span, Neetika has held various positions in Corporate Development, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Planning and Finance. 

Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

Peter Wallace

Peter Wallace is Ontario Visiting Fellow with the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015.  His career in the Ontario Public Service preceding this appointment spanned over 30 years, most recently heading the Ontario Public Service as Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council.  Mr. Wallace has served in many senior executive positions in government, including as Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasure Board, Deputy Minister of Energy, and as Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet with responsibility for Policy in Cabinet Office.  He holds a BA (Honours) in Political Economy and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Toronto
Carlos Silva
Executive Vice President, Operations, ENBALA Power Networks
Carlos Silva leads Enbala’s Operations functions and is responsible for asset enablement and operation of Enbala’s multi-service, integrated grid software platform (GOFlex™). 

In his role at Enbala, Carlos draws on his extensive experience as an operations executive, developing and deploying high tech energy intensive process equipment solutions in the environmental sector.

Carlos has a proven track record in building motivated teams and implementing effective processes aligned with business strategy, objectives, and values in fast growing entrepreneurial companies such as ZENON Environmental and other well-established companies, such as GE.

Jonathan Duguay-Arbesfeld, Msc., CFA
Vice President, Capital Markets at Casgrain & Company Limited
Jonathan is Vice President, Capital Markets at Casgrain & Company Limited. Casgrain is the largest Canadian-owned independent investment dealer that specializes in the fixed income market. In 2008, Jonathan was given the mandate to expand the firm’s footprint in the project finance sector. As such, Jonathan has led all project financing mandates on behalf of Casgrain which, to date, includes 15 financed projects where the firm acted as underwriter, agent or syndicate member. Jonathan also produces a monthly infrastructure newsletter that is distributed to over 800 individuals globally. Jonathan is a CFA charter holder and has an MSc from the John Molson School of Business.
Cory Jones
Member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the President of Neegan Burnside Ltd.
Cory Jones is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the President of Neegan Burnside Ltd., an aboriginal owned engineering firm.  Cory's personal journey has included time spent as a structural engineer, project manager, contract administrator and business manager for First Nation projects throughout Ontario and Manitoba over his 17 years in the engineering industry.  Under Cory's guidance, Neegan Burnside brings experience in working with remote and not so remote First Nation communities, and works to find solutions that make sense for their clients, while considering the social and economic impacts and benefits with the community.  
Mark Schembri
Vice President, Supermarket Systems and Store Maintenance for Loblaw Properties Limited
Mark Schembri (Representing: Consumers) is Vice President, Supermarket Systems and Store Maintenance for Loblaw Properties Limited.  Mark has worked with Loblaw for 28 years and is currently responsible for facility maintenance for the 37M square ft real estate portfolio that supports the retail business throughout Canada.   He also supports all aspects of energy management and energy procurement including new store design standards for refrigeration, lighting and HVAC.  Mark is an active member of the Independent Electricity System Operation, Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Ontario Power Authority’s, advisory Council on Conservation.
Jim Greenberger
Executive Director, National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt)
Jim Greenberger is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt), a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America.  Mr. Greenberger co-founded NAATBatt in 2008. 
NAATBatt’s mission is to support the business objectives of its members by promoting the use and development of advanced electrochemical energy storage technology in North America and around the world.  NAATBatt focuses primarily on vehicle traction batteries and grid-connected electricity storage.  But NAATBatt also supports its members working in maritime, oil and gas, robotics, consumer and defense applications.  NAATBatt is the leading networking organization for executives of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America.
NAATBatt sponsors programs, publications and initiatives concerning advanced electrochemical energy storage technology.  NAATBatt committees are working on initiatives to harmonize emerging standards applicable to advanced battery systems across multiple applications and to educate the public about safety issues involving advanced batteries.  NAATBatt recently incorporated Kilofarad International, a trade association promoting ultracapacitor technology, into NAATBatt. More information about NAATBatt and its programs can be found at:  www.naatbatt.org.
Prior to leading NAATBatt, Mr. Greenberger practiced law in Chicago for more than 25 years, most recently as a partner at Reed Smith LLP, where he led its cleantech practice group.  He writes a weekly column on technology and policy issues in the NAATBatt Advanced Battery Weekly and regularly blogs on the Energy Collective.

Brian Topp
Partner, Kool Topp & Guy Public Affairs
Brian Topp is one of Canada’s most successful New Democrat strategists. “A key figure in the NDP’s rise over the past decade,” according to Maclean’s magazine. Brian is a Partner in this firm. He previously was Executive Director and CEO of ACTRA Toronto, a professional union in the film and television industry. Before that he was Senior Vice President at Credit Union Central of Canada (CUCC), the national office of Canada’s credit union system. He also served as Vice President (Government Relations) for CUCC, representing the credit union system during a successful round of discussions over reform of banking legislation. Under the leadership of Premier Roy Romanow, he served as deputy chief of staff in the Premier’s office of the Government of Saskatchewan.

Brian served as national campaign director for the New Democratic Party of Canada in two federal elections under the leadership of NDP Leader Jack Layton. He played a senior national campaign role in four other federal campaigns as well as in five provincial ones. He has served in numerous other roles in his party, including a stint as its national president. He was a candidate to succeed Jack Layton as Leader of the New Democratic Party, coming second in that race with 43% of the vote on the final ballot.

He is chair of the board of Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union; a director at ROI Fund, part of a $1.4 billion venture capital fund family; and a director at Pinewood Toronto, a major film and television studio.

Married with two teenaged children, Brian was born and raised in Montreal; graduated from McGill University in history and political science; lives in Toronto; and is fluently bilingual.

Jim Redford
Director of Business Development & Upstream Regulation, Union Gas Limited
Jim Redford is the Director of Business Development for Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy company.  Jim has over 25 years of natural gas industry experience in engineering, project management, business development and sales roles.  He is responsible for the growth and development of the Union Gas storage and transmission assets and for NEB and FERC regulatory matters related to Union Gas business.  Jim is also responsible for the operation of three affiliate storage and transmission companies in Ontario.

From 1997 to 2001, he served as Project Manager and Construction Manager with Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline in Halifax.  

Jim is a graduate in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Cam Carver
CEO, Temporal Power Ltd.
Cam Carver is the CEO of Temporal Power Ltd. He brings more than 15 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and management consultant specializing in clean technologies. Cam is a co-founder of Temporal Power and has led the company in private financings and government awarded grants. He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Energy Storage Alliance, Ontario’s energy storage industry group and also sits on the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Council. Cam holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Ben Kaun
Senior Project Manager, Energy Storage, EPRI
Ben Kaun has 10 years experience in energy storage RD&D. He is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Energy Storage Program of EPRI.  He manages EPRI’s Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a deployment-oriented public, technical forum with a mission to facilitate safe, reliable, cost-effective energy storage systems.  Ben works collaboratively with industry to develop analytical tools and methods to understand the value of energy storage in different contexts.  This includes a widely referenced analysis to inform the stakeholders of the CPUC energy storage proceeding.  He also serves on the board of the Energy Storage Association, the national U.S. industry trade association.  Prior to EPRI, Ben worked with Tesla Motors and other early stage companies to develop novel technology, test, and commercialize advanced batteries for vehicle electrification.  Ben earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. 

Shawna Peddle
Senior Project Manager,Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Group, Stantec
Shawna is a Senior Project Manager in Stantec's Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Group, based in Guelph, Ontario. She has 15 years of experience in managing and undertaking federal and provincial environmental assessments in the energy, water and waste, transportation, mining, and industrial sectors. During this time, she has developed and implemented dozens of public and Aboriginal consultation programs, and has facilitated workshops and Community Liaison Committees  involving numerous diverse stakeholders. Recently, Shawna has focused on the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process, managing REA applications for over 15 wind projects in Ontario. This experience has contributed to a reassessment of how we consult in the energy sector towards developing positive relationships with neighbours and regulators.

Shawna holds a B.Sc. (Honours Biology and English) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and an M.Sc.F. (Forestry) from the University of Toronto. She has also received a Certificate in Environmental Management from Lakehead University, and a Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public participation (IAP2). 

John D. Vincent
Head of Project Finance, Sun Life
As Head of Project Finance, John has established Sun Life’s reputation as a leader  in North America the areas of financing of infrastructure including public  private  partnerships  and  independent power projects; and built a team  to  support  these  initiatives. Sun Life is considered a cornerstone
investor  and   an  innovator  and incubator of new deal structures in this
sector.  The  investment  portfolio  includes  infrastructure  ( hospitals, bridges,  roads,  courthouses,  water  distribution  and  collection etc.), private  power  (gas  co-generation, wind, solar, biomass, and hydro), long term  concessions  and  other special purpose facilities, and is one of the largest  of its kind in Canada.  The group is also looking to jurisdictions such as the UK, Europe, and Australia for deal flow going forward.

John  and  his team oversee a portfolio of over $6 billion and invests over
$1  billion  in  new  projects  annually contributing to Sun Life's overall
Private  Fixed Income program of over $4 billion.   He is an expert in long
term  project financings, who has had portfolio management responsibilities in  private  placements  and  corporate  banking  and  has  structured, and restructured,  invested  in  and  managed  a  variety  of  types of private
financings.   John has represented Sun Life as a board member, a trustee or
officer of a number of entities in which Sun Life has an investment in.

Mr.  Vincent  holds a MBA from the University of Toronto, and a B.S.c. from the  University  of  Western  Ontario, is a CPA, CMA and holds the FCIS and Acc. Dir. designations.

Steve Clark
Senior-Vice-President, Canadian and Eastern U.S. Gas Pipelines, TransCanada
Steve Clark oversees all of TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline assets in Canada and the northeastern United States, including the NGTL System, the Canadian Mainline, Foothills System and TransCanada’s interests in, the Trans-Quebec & Maritimes Pipeline, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System and Iroquois Gas Transmission System.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Clark was Vice-President, Commercial West, providing commercial leadership for TransCanada’s Alberta, B.C. and Foothills Systems. Previously, he was Director, Sales & Marketing – Gas Transmission West and Vice-President, Western Business Development, where he was responsible for developing pipeline business opportunities in western North America.

Mr. Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1981. He also holds an MBA from the University of Calgary, which he completed in 1992.
Kyle Walker
Director, Power & Utilities Group, RBC Capital Markets Global Investment Banking

Kyle Walker is a Director in the Power and Utilities Group within RBC Capital Markets Global Investment Banking.  Kyle’s primary focus is providing power and utilities clients advice and transaction execution on M&A, equity and debt financings.  He also advises financial sponsors that invest in the sector.  Kyle has worked on a broad range of assignments since joining RBC Capital Markets in 2005.

 

Kyle holds a B.A. (Statistics) from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Rob Harvey
Director, Energy Storage, Hydrogenics

Rob Harvey is Director, Energy Storage of Hydrogenics, a leading hydrogen cleantech company which designs and builds electrolysers and fuel cell power modules.   In his business development role for energy storage, Rob works closely with utilities, regulators and developers to promote the adoption of Power-to-Gas in North America.

 

As a former Principal with PHB Hagler Bailly and energy consultant with Oliver Wyman, Rob worked with several leading North American electric utilities in the areas of scenario-based planning, business model analytics and change management.  He also has experience with startup ventures in waste-to-energy and biogas CHP through developing business plans and engaging project stakeholders.

 

Rob graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BASc. in Systems Design Engineering and has a MBA from Regent University in Virginia.  Rob serves on the Board of Energy Storage Ontario.