Hon. Glenn Thibeault
Minister of Energy
Glenn Thibeault was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2015 as the MPP for Sudbury.

He is a strong advocate for supports for persons with developmental disabilities, and for quality services for families struggling with autism. Thibeault is also a champion for greater retirement security, enhanced consumer protection measures and significant investment in the Ring of Fire.

As a director with the United Way, he led many successful campaigns in support of community development. He has also been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as with minor hockey and football leagues.

Thibeault was born and raised in Sudbury, and is a graduate of Cambrian College. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Yolanda, and their two daughters.

Kris Aksomitis
Director, Power Advisory LLC

Kris Aksomitis joined Power Advisory LLC’s newly opened Calgary office as a Director in April 2016. He has over 15 years of experience, and his expertise includes electricity price forecasting, market policy development, carbon policy, and electricity market rule development. Prior to joining Power Advisory, Kris was the Manager of Market Analysis at TransAlta where he developed long term market forecasts for a range of jurisdictions, provided due diligence for potential asset acquisitions, supported commercial and regulatory analysis, and provided in depth analysis on the impact of Alberta carbon policy to TransAlta’s fleet. 

Prior to TransAlta, Kris was Program Manager in the Market Design group at the AESO.  His work included developing wind integration proposals for the Alberta market, altering the structure of the operating reserve market, developing demand response services and examining the market price cap for potential changes.  During his time at the AESO he conducted stakeholder consultations, developed demand response products, created ISO market rules, worked with system controllers to implement new rules and was a key resource interfacing between internal and external groups.  Prior to the AESO, Kris worked at the Alberta Utilities Commission in the Markets group as a Senior Analyst.

Kris has an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary with a focus on competition theory. 

 

Travis J. Allan
Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Travis J. Allan is a partner at DeMarco Allan LLP. Travis advises on M&A, corporate finance and climate change matters including carbon credit development and sale, renewable energy, climate policy and a variety of regulatory matters including energy and privacy. Travis has experience advising clients on international and domestic transactional, environmental and First Nations law. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the linkages between climate change, energy, land use planning and transportation. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, a contributing editor to the International Energy Law Review, the chair of Project Neutral, the co-chair of the Climate Change Lawyers Network and a former governor of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. 

Neil Alexander
Principal Consultant, Bucephalus Consulting

Dr. Neil Alexander restarted his consultancy business, Bucephalus Consulting in October 2016 following two and a half years as Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that, he served in a number of senior executive roles in the Canadian nuclear industry, including: President and General Manager of Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada,  President of the Organization of CANDU Industries, and Vice-President of Business Development with SNC-Lavalin Nuclear.

With a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Birmingham (UK), Dr. Alexander and a lifetime in the nuclear industry Neil has been a long-term and active promoter of its benefits as a sustainable approach to managing some of the world’s most significant environmental challenges.

Chris Ball
Corpfinance International Limited (CFI), Executive VP
Christopher Ball brings over 35 years of domestic and international lending experience to the position of Executive Vice President of Corpfinance International Limited (CFI) and President of CFI Capital Inc., the equity funding arm of the CFI Group of Companies.

Due to the diversity of his professional experience and his commitment to future focused initiatives, Chris has become CFI’s infrastructure and energy business specialist.  In addition to his work in the increasingly important infrastructure and energy sectors, Chris is responsible for managing CFI’s structured loan portfolio, where he has advised and organized debt financing for over 100 projects throughout North America.

Prior to joining CFI, Chris held various managerial positions within the Canadian and International Banking community.

Chris is an Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., one of Canada’s well known public power and utilities trading companies.
Linda L. Bertoldi
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
I am a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (“BLG”), a major Canadian law firm, and am the national chair of our firm’s Electricity Markets Group. BLG is very involved in the electricity sector across Canada and represents a broad spectrum of electricity sector participants. My practice focuses on providing advice to generators, lenders, equity investors, agencies, utilities, large users and distributors.
 
I have been involved in Ontario’s IPP sector since the late 1980’s when Ontario Hydro first started offering power purchase agreements to independent power producers. I negotiated some of the early NUG contracts and participated in the modifications necessitated by market opening in 2002, and the numerous changes in public policy and direction in Ontario which have taken place since then. My colleagues at BLG and I have participated in all of the Ontario and Québec competitive procurements, in the FIT program and in procurement processes and generation projects across Canada as well as project financings and prospectus offerings for generation projects for numerous clients. We have an in-depth understanding of Ontario’s distribution sector and the role it plays in the development of policy and regulation.
 
I have been involved with APPrO for the past 15 years and have served as a director for a number of years. APPrO has an important role to play in advocating for the interests of its members and providing through leadership to governments and other sector participants in this period of continuing change and challenges.
 
I would like to continue as a director of APPrO as I believe my history in the electricity sector and understanding of the views and needs of its participants enable me to provide sound advice and to assist with the work of APPrO as the pre-eminent voice of generators in Ontario. Actively involved with the work of APPrO, I have, and continue to, provide insight and advice on legal and regulatory issues and assist in the preparation of numerous position papers, correspondence with government and its agencies and APPrO advocacy efforts without charge to APPrO. BLG has been a major supporter of APPrO events, including the annual conference and banquet as we believe APPrO has contributed in a major way to the Ontario electricity sector over many years. If re-elected, I will continue to be a very active and engaged member of the APPrO board.

 

Tim Biggs
Vice President, Business Development, Temporal Power Ltd.

Tim Biggs is the Vice President of Business Development for Temporal Power Ltd. Prior to joining Temporal Power he worked as a Business Development leader for Black & Veatch and WorleyParsons. He brings over 20 years of Sales, Marketing and Project Delivery experience in the Energy, Power, Nuclear, Infrastructure, and Oil & Gas industries. Tim leads all business development, sales and marketing activities and initiatives for Temporal Power around the globe. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Certificate in Management (C.I.M.) from the Canadian Institute of Management. Tim is also a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Patrick Brown
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Patrick Brown was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario on May 9, 2015.  He ran on a platform of Party renewal, promising to grow the Party to over 100,000 members from every walk of life and every corner of the province.  A bigger Party, firmly rooted in every neighbourhood of every community in Ontario, is key to reconnecting the PC Party with the people of the province before the next provincial election.

Also critical, is reshaping the Party to give members a stronger voice in setting its priorities; and growing, training and nurturing a powerful, province-wide network of candidates, riding associations, volunteers and activists ready to compete and win in 107 ridings whenever the next election is called.

One of three children in a close family, Patrick often credits his parents with teaching him the values and principles – including his work ethic – that have guided his career.  His interest in politics began while growing up in Toronto.  He served as a Vice President on the executive of the PC Party of Ontario and also served two terms as President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF).

Patrick was first elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003 with 72% of the vote.  In 2006, he beat an incumbent Liberal cabinet minister in the federal election and became the Member of Parliament for Barrie.  He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011, each time increasing his share of the vote.

In 2011, Patrick was named Chair of the GTA and Central Ontario Caucus. This role allowed him to grow strong relationships with business and community leaders across Ontario.  He was also Chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association and has made 15 trips to India, building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Patrick has worked hard to build partnerships with people, groups, corporations, governments and organizations – both at home and abroad – establishing connections that allow him to better serve his constituents and to rebuild Ontario as Premier.  As a result, Patrick was named an honorary citizen of Gujarat by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patrick is also one of two honorary firefighters in the Province of Ontario, a testament to his commitment to working with the men and women who keep Ontarians safe.

An alumnus of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, Patrick studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his LL.B from the University of Windsor. Prior to his first election, Patrick ran a law practice in downtown Barrie. Functional in French, Patrick also attended l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières for extensive French studies.

As a marathon runner and an avid hockey and tennis player, Patrick has combined his passion for sports and public service to make Canada and Ontario a better place to live and work.  Patrick’s dedication to enhancing healthcare access has seen him help raise nearly $2 million dollars for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and charities, including JDRF, Autism Ontario, ALS Canada, Busby Street Centre, Talk is Free Theatre, and The Bill Wilkins Scholarship

JoAnne Butler
Vice President, Market & Resource Development, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Ms. Butler is currently Vice President, Market & Resource Development at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and was the Vice President, Electricity Resources at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).  Through amendments to the Electricity Act, the operations of the IESO and the OPA were merged on January 1, 2015, bringing together real-time operations of the grid with long-term planning, procurement and conservation efforts.  Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Ms. Butler was president of TransAlta Mexico, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, including supporting business development and contracting activities as well as the ongoing operation of the company’s two Mexican electricity generating plants.  Prior to moving to Mexico in 2001, she was TransAlta’s general manager for western operations in Calgary and was responsible for the operation of four new generating stations.

Ms. Butler also worked in the oil and gas exploration sector with Amoco Corporation for 21 years, and in her last assignment as general manager for engineering and construction and Chief Engineer, she led support teams for construction and operations in Canada and internationally. Expatriate roles included temporary assignments in Egypt and Tunisia, and a five-year assignment in the United Arab Emirates.

Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. She was an executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for her six years in Mexico, including a two-year term as its president. She has a Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation from the Director’s College and is currently a Board member of the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) of Ontario and the Association of Power Exchanges (APEx).  In 2013, Ms. Butler was one of the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Leaders category.

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.

Joan Byng
Manager, Cap & Trade Design & Implementation, Union Gas

Joan Byng, is the Manager of Cap & Trade Design & Implementation at Union Gas.  In her 26 years at Union Gas, Joan has held a variety of roles in the areas of reporting and forecasting, project management, gas supply, regulatory and capacity management.  She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP designation) and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s school of business, with distinction.

Mark Cameron
Executive Director, Canadians for Clean Prosperity

Originally from British Columbia, Mark lives in Ottawa, Canada and has worked in public policy roles in government, business and consulting for over 20 years.

He has worked in several MPs and Ministers offices, including working in the Office of the Prime Minister as Director of Policy and Research and Senior Policy Advisor from 2006 to 2009. He has also worked for Ontario Power Generation, BlackBerry, and as a consultant on energy and environmental issues, most recently heading the energy practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Mark has long been engaged in the environmental policy debate in Canada, and serves on the advisory board of the Pembina Institute and the steering committee of Sustainable Prosperity.

Why Mark joined Clean Prosperity

"Canadian businesses, governments, and citizens can no longer afford to pit the environment and the economy against each other. For Canada to succeed, economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability need to go hand in hand. I’m excited to join Canadians for Clean Prosperity to help reconcile the environment and the economy, starting with pricing pollution so we can lower taxes on everything else."

Bruce Campbell
IESO - President and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Under Mr. Campbell's leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system and market as well as long-term energy planning and procurement, and the promotion of a conservation culture in the province.

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 his 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 assumed responsibility as President and CEO of the merged Independent Electricity System Operator, which integrated with the Ontario Power Authority.

Adam Chamberlain
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Adam Chamberlain is a Partner and national leader of BLG’s Aboriginal and Team North Groups. He is called to the Bars of Nunavut, Ontario and Yukon and is certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law. 
 
Adam has a broad practice that includes issues ranging from Climate Change (emissions management and cap and trade regulation), to Aboriginal relationship building to permitting and approvals and regulatory compliance. He acts as environmental assessment (EA) counsel on an array of infrastructure projects including energy, mining, waste and water projects and is active with EAs in a variety of Canadian jurisdictions. 
 
Involved in climate change matters for the last decade, Adam has advised clients on offset and related agreements, international initiatives and strategic corporate climate change planning. He has a unique, pragmatic approach that results in strategic solutions for various types of projects. 
 
Adam supports and represents industry organizations in various sectors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, the Gordon Foundation and Georgian Bay Forever. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

 

Sunita Chander
Ministry of Energy

Sunita Chander has worked for the Ministry of Energy for nine years. She has worked in various divisions within the Ministry and has worked on a number of projects,  including the phasing out of coal in Ontario’s electricity system, the negotiation and implementation of the Green Energy Investment Agreement, the Long Term Energy Plans, and more recently, the three pieces of legislation:  Bill 112 (Strengthening the Ontario Energy Board Act), Bill 135, which provides a new planning framework for the energy sector, and Bill 13, the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act.

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.
Bob Chow
Director, Transmission Integration, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Bob is with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). His current position there is Director, Transmission Integration, responsible for the on-going planning of Ontario’s bulk and regional transmission systems. He also oversees connection assessment in IESO’s resource procurement processes.  He was on the OEB team that developed the formalized regional planning process in 2013.

Bob has over 42 years of experience in the power industry, mostly in the transmission area. His long career includes years with the IESO, the Ontario Power Authority, Ontario Hydro, Hydro One and the Alberta Electric System Operator. Bob has played a major role in many major transmission projects over the years, including the Bruce to Milton and EW Tie projects in Ontario, and the Edmonton to Calgary project in Alberta.

Bob obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Keyvan Cohanim
Chief Commercial Officer, Opus One Solutions

Keyvan is Chief Commercial Officer of Opus One Solutions a software engineering and solutions company transforming the way utility grids, cities, communities, and homes interact in the Energy Internet. His experience spans over 25 years of sales, marketing, strategy and business management experience in large and small organizations in the energy and information technology sectors. Prior, Keyvan was EVP, Sales and Marketing for Enbala Power Networks, a demand side management solution for utilities and energy markets.  And, as VP Strategic Alliances at Bullfrog Power, Keyvan introduced several renewable energy offerings and partnerships to consumers and commercial businesses.  He has also led a diverse and successful career in the IT sector in North America which included executive roles with IBM Americas.  Keyvan holds an Honours Mathematics (Computer Science) degree from the University of Waterloo.

 

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.

Rob Coulbeck
VP Energy Management, Goreway Power Station

Mr. Coulbeck as VP of Energy Management is responsible for the commercial operations of Goreway Power Station. The Goreway energy management group optimizes natural gas supply, transportation and storage contracts while managing their CES contract obligations and participation in the IESO wholesale markets. He has over 25 years of electricity industry experience with a strong focus in ISO/RTO Wholesale Electricity Markets, power grid management, generation portfolio optimization, energy trading and demand-side management

Mike Crawley
Executive Vice President, Development – Northland Power Inc.

As Executive Vice President, Development, Mike is responsible for leading Northland Power’s global development activities.  He joined the company in July 2015.

Mike is an accomplished executive who has played a prominent role in the development of the Canadian independent renewable power sector.  Mike was previously CEO of AIM PowerGen, where he led the company’s growth from initial concept to one of the largest independent renewable power developers in Canada.  During his tenure, he oversaw more than $1 billion in project financings and the eventual sale of the company to GDF Suez Canada, where he served as President.

Mike has previously served on the board of directors of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, and the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.  He has served on the board of directors for Clean Energy BC, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Instar AGF Infrastructure Fund.

 

Aaron Dobbin
Vice President, StrategyCorp

Aaron Dobbin is Vice President at StrategyCorp, a Toronto and Ottawa based company which specializes in advising clients operating in highly-regulated or highly-scrutinized contexts – including public affairs and government advocacy, strategic communications, and management consulting services. Highly strategic and experienced in managing complex issues, his extensive career has spanned diverse and dynamic public policy environments across Canada.  Aaron’s key areas of focus at StrategyCorp are energy, infrastructure, financial institutions, the sharing economy, information technology and natural resources. 

 

From 2003 until 2011, Aaron held a variety of positions in the Office of the Premier of Ontario as Senior Advisor and Acting Chief of Staff to the Premier, Director of Policy and Research, and as a policy advisor on financial, energy and economic development issues. Aaron was involved in energy related files ranging from electricity procurement, nuclear refurbishment, conservation programming, Ontario’s initial engagement with WCI, and the development of Ontario’s long term energy plan.  Aaron’s government experience also includes working as a public servant in Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Federal Treaty Negotiation Office in Vancouver.

 

Aaron holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, coupled with a B.Ed. from the University of Windsor and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Guelph.

Dan Dolan
President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)
Dan Dolan has served as President of the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA) since the fall of 2011. NEPGA is the trade association representing 80% of the installed generation capacity in New England, approximately 26,000 megawatts. As President he is the principal spokesperson and oversees all activities for the largest trade association representing competitive electric generating companies in New England. Dolan leads a staff that represents the membership on electricity market rules development and expansion of wholesale electric competition and is a frequent speaker at legislative and regulatory hearings as well at industry conferences.

Dolan had previously worked at the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), the national trade association representing competitive power suppliers, including generators and marketers. He departed as Vice President of Policy Research & Communications where he was responsible for coordinating research, reports, studies and analysis as well as directing communications and state advocacy for the organization. Dolan also oversaw the development of energy trading policy including spearheading EPSA’s activities in the development and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform Act. 

Dolan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in international business from Goucher College. He currently is a Board Member of Goucher College’s Alumni Association and is a past Chairman of My Sister’s Place, the oldest shelter and advocacy group for victims of domestic violence and their children in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he lives there now with his wife and two daughters.

Patrick Duffy
Partner, Stikeman Elliot

Patrick Duffy is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott. Mr. Duffy has a project development practice that includes environmental permitting and litigation, energy regulation, and aboriginal engagement. He has considerable experience dealing with environmental assessments and other regulatory approvals in a variety of sectors, including renewable and non-renewable electricity generation, electricity transmission, mining, transit and transportation, aggregate quarries, and waste management.

Mr. Duffy is an experienced advocate and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, all levels of courts in Ontario and a variety of administrative tribunals, including regular appearances before the Ontario Energy Board, the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Ontario Municipal Board. Mr. Duffy has acted for both provincial and municipal governments and many of his cases involve administrative or public law issues.

Mr. Duffy has developed an expertise in public procurement processes. He has been involved in all stages of public procurement processes in a number of sectors on both the customer and bidder side. He has helped draft the terms of a public procurement, assisted proponents in responding to procurements, and represented proponents in procurement related-litigation.

Mr. Duffy is recognized by both the 2015 Chambers Global's The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business and the 2016 Chambers Canada guide in the area of Energy: Power (Regulatory) Law.


Dwight Duncan
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
Dwight Duncan is a senior strategic advisor at McMillan LLP, one of Canada's most respected law firms. He also advises a number of other businesses and is a Special Advisor to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS).

Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Duncan had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years.

During his time as a Member of the Ontario Legislature he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, Chair of Cabinet, Government House Leader, Minister of Energy, Minister of Revenue, Minister of Government Services and Opposition House Leader. He delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario's tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes.

Mr. Duncan played a leadership role in formulating the Province's response to the economic recession of 2008.

As Finance Minister he lowered corporate and personal taxes, eliminated the capital tax and created the harmonized sales tax (HST).

During his tenure the Government of Ontario invested record sums in infrastructure, healthcare and education to lay the foundation for improved productivity and a more prosperous economy.

Mr. Duncan oversaw a number of large commercial transactions on behalf of the Province. These included lease extensions with Teranet, the re-organization of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario's first P3 highway projects, and the financial restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Mr. Duncan also had Ministerial responsibility for the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Energy Board, Hydro One, and Ontario Power Generation.

Prior to his election to the Legislature he served for 6 years as a municipal councillor in the City of Windsor and worked for eight years as the chief administrative officer at Brentwood, a highly regarded addiction treatment centre.

Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and MBA (University of Windsor) as well as a B.A. (Economics –McGill University).

Mr. Duncan has received a number of awards and distinctions including a honourary doctorate from the University of Windsor (2013) and recognition as one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life Magazine (2012).
Nicolas Girod
Head of Trading & Research, ClearBlue Markets

Nicolas is an expert in Cap & Trade compliance strategy, offset procurement, trading strategy and carbon trading.  He has over a decade of experience in the commodities markets having worked in risk management, research, trading and brokerage. In his previous role, Nicolas was responsible for the compliance position of Vattenfall, a Swedish power company who had the 2nd largest position in the EU-ETS, being short 95 million tonnes. Currently, Nicolas works for ClearBlue Markets as the head of trading and research providing his expertise to Ontario compliance entities.

Mabel Fulford
Senior Associate, ICF

Mabel is a Senior Associate at ICF, working in the Energy & Carbon Markets group in Toronto. Mabel’s primary focus is on climate policy advisory and analytical services. She is ICF’s technical lead on Ontario Cap and Trade, including allowance supply and demand modeling and the impacts of policy design on natural gas and electricity demand. She has extensive experience in greenhouse gas quantification and verification. Mabel also works on energy efficiency projects for large utility clients and is skilled in regional energy modeling. 

 

Mabel has a strong academic background in global energy systems, combining technical, economic and policy subjects. She holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering (McGill University), MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures (Imperial College London) and MASc in Chemical Engineering (University of Toronto), and has supplementary certificates in ISO 14064 and Advanced Building Recommissioning (NRCan).

 

Dan Goldberger
CEO, Perpetual Energy Solutions Corp.

Dan has over 32 years of diverse professional experience in banking, real estate development, energy efficiency, electricity issues management and natural gas R&D and commercialization.

 

Today, Dan is CEO of Perpetual Energy Solutions Corp., a new company creating a unique "turnkey service” offering ground source heat pump systems installations in buildings. Dan’s role with Perpetual Energy Solutions Corp. is to drive revenues through business development, while overseeing corporate operations and government relations.

 

Dan began his career in Corporate Finance as Assistant Vice President with the CIBC, in New York City from 1984-89.   Dan later retuned to Toronto  as Vice President of The Magnolia Group focusing on commercial real estate development from 1989-1992.  Dan was later hired as Director of Green Buildings for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives from 1992-97, and also served as a City of Toronto appointee on the Board of the Toronto District Heating Corp. (now “Enwave”) for three years while supporting Toronto's Deep Lake Water Cooling project.  From mid-1997-2012, Dan worked as a Senior Advisor to the Canadian Electricity Association where he worked on strategic electric utility issues ranging from improving tax treatment to regulatory issues for wholesale power trading. In 2012, Dan was appointed as Executive Director for Energy Technology & Innovation Canada, a Canadian Gas Association initiative specializing in  gas utility technology R&D and project management.  While at ETIC, Dan oversaw approximately 30 natural gas innovation projects totalling over $17M, and helped to create a pre-commercial SDTC-CGA gas technology fund.

 

Dan’s Education includes an Honours BA from York University in Toronto, a Masters Degree in International Affairs specializing in International Finance, from Columbia University in New York City and a Diploma in Real Estate Finance, New York University.

 

 

Reena Goyal
Lawyer, Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO)

Reena is a lawyer at the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO). At the IESO, Reena pursues an expertise in energy law and regulation, including managing complex dispute resolution matters primarily involving electricity markets and long-term natural gas and renewable energy supply contracts. Prior to joining the IESO, Reena worked for a number of years as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with two major national law firms and a litigation boutique, appearing before various provincial tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario.

Reena has a Master in Laws (L.L.M.) in Energy and Infrastructure Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.  She also holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Toronto Law School, and an Honours BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Ethics, Society and Law from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Robyn Gray
Sr. Associate in Energy & Environment Practice, Sussex Strategy Group

Robyn Gray is a Senior Associate in the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex.  Robyn provides counsel and strategic advice to a number of clients in the environment sector, particularly related to regulatory permitting and approvals, resource recovery, and climate change policy. Robyn also works with clients on issues related to energy supply, transmission, and related permitting and approvals.
 
Robyn was a senior consultant at a leading public affairs firm in Australia, providing strategic counsel to a number of domestic and international clients.

Previously, Robyn worked on both the provincial and federal levels of government in a number of ministerial offices.

Robyn has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, where she specialized in climate change policy. She also holds an Honours BA in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, as well as a Certificate from RMIT University (Australia) for speechwriting.

Robyn is a CSA-certified GHG Inventory Quantifier, and has earned her certificate in GHG Inventory, Accounting and Reporting from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Board Director of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, as well as a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative.

Sarah Griffiths
Director Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC Inc.

Sarah is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at EnerNOC Inc., a leading provider of energy intelligence software and demand response solutions, where her primary responsibilities include market and governmental affairs in Ontario, Alberta and New England.  Sarah has over 15-years’ experience in North American electricity issues in both the private and public sectors, including working for a Minister of Energy and at a leading Ontario utility.

Sarah actively participates in several power-sector committees and associations, such as the IESO’s Market Renewal and Demand Response working groups, the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and the New England Power Pool Participants Committee.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours in politics from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the London School of Economics, specializing in network regulation

 

Jason D. Hammerschmidt
Information Security Officer, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Jason maintains the confidentiality, integrity and availability of IESO’s information and technology systems.  He is an organizing member & speaker of Building a Community of Practice in Smart Grid Cyber Security, U. of Toronto & Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC), co-chair of IESO’s Cyber Security Forum for Market Participants, representative of the Joint Operational Resilience Management (JORM) program from Bank of Canada, technical advisor to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and author for RCMP’s Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team.  He is currently working closely with the OEB in their development of Protecting Privacy of Personal Information and the Reliable Operation of the Smart Grid in Ontario initiative.  Jason has been a panelist at many conferences, is a Gartner Research Circle member, maintains his ISO/IEC accredited Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation and is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).  Prior to joining the IESO, Jason held positions with Halton Police, Symcor, TorStar and AECL.

Gordon Kaiser
Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS Resolution Centre

Gordon Kaiser is a Arbitrator and Mediator practicing in Toronto and Washington DC at the JAMS Resolution Centre. His practice involves domestic and international disputes in energy, infrastructure, regulation and technology. He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years. Prior to that he was a partner in the Gowlings law firm for 25 years where he appeared in the courts of five provinces as well as the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Mr. Kaiser has advised both regulators and utilities. The regulators include the Ontario Energy Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Commissioner of Competition, the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator and the Competition Tribunal. The utilities include Toronto Hydro, Union Gas, Bell Canada, Hydro One, PowerStream, London Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, AltaLink and EPCOR.

 

Mr. Kaiser has mediated settlements in the energy and technology sector, including disputes on multi-year rate plans between public utilities and their major customers and long term contracts for the pricing of gas, electricity and wireless data. He has advised the Alberta’s Utility Commission and the Ontario IESO on settlements under the Market Rules and the Attorney General Canada on settlements under the Competition Act.

 

Mr. Kaiser has arbitrated disputes dealing with the construction of transmission and pipeline facilities, power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, the construction of power plants and wind and solar interconnection. He is a member of the JAMS Global Engineering and Construction panel in Washington DC, the Independent Electricity System Operator panel in Toronto, the ICC Canadian arbitration panel in Ottawa and the London Court of International Arbitration.

 

Mr. Kaiser has served as a Adjunct Professor at Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and a Managing Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Arbitrators by Chambers Global.

 

Mr. Kaiser is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Mr. Kaiser has served on a number of corporate boards including subsidiaries of Bell Canada and AltaLink, Alberta’s largest electricity transmitter. He currently serves on three nonprofit boards.

 

Paul Kariya
Executive Director, Clean Energy BC
Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC.  Prior to this he was Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation.  Kariya has also worked in the public sector both federally (Indian Affairs and Fisheries and Oceans) and provincially.  He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation, Fisheries Renewal BC and Executive Director of the BC Treaty Commission, which was established by Canada, BC and First Nations.  Paul holds a BA (Hon) from UBC and a MA and PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts.  Paul serves on the board of trustees of A Rocha International (Christians in Conservation) and is affiliated with several other not for profit organizations. Between 2005 – 2010 Paul was a Commissioner representing Canada on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
John Kousinioris
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, TransAlta Corporation
John Kousinioris is responsible for directing TransAlta’s legal affairs, government relations, regulatory compliance and corporate secretarial matters.

Prior to joining TransAlta, John was a partner and co-head of the corporate commercial department at Bennett Jones LLP. He has over 25 years of experience in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, and has represented clients in some of Canada’s largest public offerings and merger transactions.

John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Business Administration degree from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Richard Laszlo
Director, Research & Strategic Initiatives, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Richard Laszlo is the Director of Research & Strategic Initiatives for Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST), where he is working to promote Smart Energy Communities across Canada. Some of the highlights of Richard’s work with QUEST include: Chair of the Ontario CHP Consortium and Alberta CHP Working Group, representing over 130 energy leaders from 70 organizations committed to moving combined heat and power policies and projects forward; lead on Resilient Pipes and Wires, examining energy distributor actions and government policies in response to extreme weather events; and, co-director of Getting to Implementation in Canada!, an initiative aimed at helping communities implement their Community Energy Plans. 

 

To his own astonishment, Richard has now been working on energy and climate policies and programs for nearly 15 years with a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations and has facilitated and spoken at dozens of workshops and events across Canada. Before joining QUEST, he authored Pollution Probe’s Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, and contributed to the development of the Ontario Ministry of Environment’s Renewable Energy Approval under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. He has a Bachelor of Engineering Physics, Queen’s University in Kingston (2002), a Master in Environmental Studies (MES 2005), York University in Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Business and Environment, York University (2005).

 

Travis Lusney
Power Advisory LLC, Director
Travis Lusney joined Power Advisory LLC in 2011.  Travis is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) with 10 years of experience working in both the commercial and regulated areas of the electricity sector.  He is a knowledgeable industry leader with a focus on generation development, market valuation, policy analysis, business strategy, and risk assessment.  Travis is a former distribution and transmission planner with extensive expertise in power system planning and resource integration.

Mr. Lusney provides clients with a unique perspective into the integration of power system resources with existing transmission and distribution networks through project risk assessment and strategic planning.  He has advised clients through connection capability assessment, procurement mechanics, power system resource requirements and due diligence as part of strategic development and acquisitions, with an emphasis on both renewable and conventional generation resources.  Travis acts for Canadian and non-Canadian clients throughout Canada and the United States.

Prior to joining Power Advisory, Mr. Lusney held the position of Senior Business Analyst of Generation Procurement at the Ontario Power Authority, where he was responsible for management and development of the Feed-In Tariff program. In his previous role of Transmission Planner in Power System Planning at the Ontario Power Authority, Mr. Lusney was actively involved in regional transmission planning, bulk system analysis and supporting system expansion procurements and regulatory procedures.  Travis also worked for Hydro Ottawa Limited as a Distribution Engineer responsible for reliability analysis, capital budget planning, power system planning, and project management.

Travis has an MSc in Electrical Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering, both from Queen’s University.

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. 

Ahmed Maria
 Senior Manager, Connections & Registration, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

He manages the Connections & Registration department, which is responsible for assessing and approving all new or modified connections to the IESO controlled grid.  This includes completing system impact assessments (SIA), registering new facilities and reviewing the results of commissioning tests to determine if the new facilities connecting to the grid meet the IESO’s requirements for connection.  His department is also responsible for authorizing organizations to participate in the IESO administered markets. 

 

Ahmed has 11 years of experience with the IESO, where he has held a range of engineering and management positions, predominantly within the power system assessments groups.

 

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Photonics) and an MBA from the University of Toronto.  Ahmed also has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from the University of Waterloo and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.

 

Éric Martel
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec

Éric Martel took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in July 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s strategic objectives.

Mr. Martel set out four priorities for Hydro-Québec: proactive communication, sustained growth of the company’s activities and improving customer service and productivity.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Martel worked at Bombardier from 2002 to 2015. During that time, he acted as President, Bombardier Business Aircraft, where he managed some 12,000 employees throughout the world. He also held the position of President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft at Bombardier. Under his leadership, the Customer Services team expanded its international footprint, generating significant and sustained growth in revenue as well as improving customer satisfaction survey results.

During his career at Bombardier, Mr. Martel succeeded in implementing a solid quality culture throughout the organization, particularly in the course of his duties as Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation. He also held a number of operational senior management positions.

Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various high-profile international companies in the aerospace manufacturing sector, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce, as well as for Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

Éric Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1991) from Université Laval. He has been actively involved in Centraide of Greater Montréal since the early 2000s.

Stephen McComb
Director, North American Environmental Markets, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Stephen McComb is the Director for the North American Environmental Markets at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). In this role McComb is responsible for business development and sales for emissions and renewables markets.  

 

Prior to ICE, McComb was the Manager of Business Development for Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) contracts and Senior Economist with the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE). In this role, McComb was responsible for product research, design and generating participation and trading in the REC contracts. Prior to CCFE, McComb was responsible for developing the CCX offsets program where developed new participation and spearheaded the development of new offset methodologies for ozone depleting substance (ODS) destruction, composting, small scale combined heat and power, sustainable rangeland management, energy efficiency and hydro power. 

 

Prior to the joining the CCX/ICE companies McComb was as an analyst with Ontario Energy Board where he focused on case management and analysis of regulatory applications for new energy infrastructure and demand side energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. 

 

McComb has an honors B.Sc. in Economics from Dalhousie University and a M.A.Sc. in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University.

 

Gaurav  Mittal
Vice-President, Private Debt Investments 

Gaurav has over 21 years of credit evaluation, risk management and auditing experience. He heads Great-West Life’s Private Debt Investments team in Toronto. He joined the company in 2002 after completing his MBA. Prior to this he worked as an auditor in India, Middle East and Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of New Delhi and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Western Ontario. He earned his Chartered Accountant designation in India in 1996 and Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004.

 

Great-West Life, along with its subsidiaries Canada Life and London Life is one of the leading providers of long term financing to power generation projects in Canada. Its Private Debt Investment team manages a portfolio of $8 billion, which includes over $2.5 billion of investments in more than 70 power generation projects across Canada. 

 

Paul Murphy
Chair, Advisory Board, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS Discovery District

Paul has been involved with the planning and operation of the Ontario and North American electric system for over 35 years and is currently Chair of MaRS Advanced Energy Centre’s Advisory Board.    The Advanced Energy Centre is a ground breaking public-private partnership focused on driving economic growth and sustainable job creation by helping to deploy leading technologies at home and exporting our energy technology and expertise to international markets.

 

Prior to this, Paul was President and CEO of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, responsible for directing the reliable operation of the Ontario power system and for administering the competitive electricity market.  

 

While with the IESO, Paul was the founding Chair of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.  The Forum brings together members from the utility sector, industry associations, non-profit organizations, public agencies and universities to propose a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it.

 

Paul has a BSc in Applied Science from Queen’s University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario

 

Jeff Norman
Vice President, Business Development, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Jeff co-founded the Algonquin Power Venture Fund in 2003 and served as President until it was acquired by Algonquin Power Co. (APCo) in 2008.
 
Jeff joined APCo in 2008 to form the business development team and was appointed to the Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. executive team in 2015.  Since 2008 the business development team has secured over 1GW of commercially secure renewable energy projects.
 
Jeff has over 23 years of experience and has reviewed the economic merits of hundreds of renewable energy projects located throughout North America.
 
Jeff holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a Certified Professional Accountant / Chartered Accountant.
Jon Norman
Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Brookfield Renewable

Jon Norman is Vice President, Commercial Development at Brookfield Renewable.  Operating one of the largest publicly-traded, purely renewable power platforms globally, Brookfield Renewable is managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc., a global asset manager with over $250B of assets under management. Its renewable energy portfolio totals approximately 10,700 MW of hydroelectric and wind generation, diversified across 15 power markets in North America, Latin America and Europe. 

 

Mr. Norman joined Brookfield to help lead their commercial development in power and utilities across North America.  His career spans 15 years in consulting and government focused on infrastructure and energy.  He previously held executive positions with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, leading transmission and distribution policy, as well as policy development for Ontario’s feed-in-tariff program, coal replacement, and negotiations on interjurisdictional energy trade and climate change.  He has also worked in senior consulting roles and as a project manager for major environmental infrastructure projects. 

 

Mr. Norman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in infrastructure and economics from the University of Toronto, where he has also served as an adjunct professor of engineering and public policy.  

 

David Nussbaum
Director of Evolution Markets U.S. Carbon Markets Group

David Nussbaum is the Director of Evolution Markets U.S. Carbon Markets Group, working with Evolution Markets’ industry-leading carbon markets brokerage group. Mr. Nussbaum provides both professional brokerage services and strategic counsel in the U.S. carbon markets.  His clients range from commodity trading companies, financial institutions, carbon offset project developers and hedge funds.

Mr. Nussbaum has a particular focus in the North American carbon markets, namely California's AB32, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the Western Climate Initiative.  In these markets Mr. Nussbaum's analysis of supply and demand, regulatory changes and other policy trends serve as business opportunities for his clients.

Previously, Mr. Nussbaum was at Prebon where he provided professional brokerage services in physical east power, Cinergy, TVA, and Entergy delivery points.  His clients consisted of utilities and power marketers such as Cinergy, PGE&T, Mirant, and Aquila.  

Mr. Nussbaum also worked at Bloomberg Tradebook where he was integral in launching the first on line electricity trading platform called Powermatch.  His main focus was brokering west power into Mid-C, PV, SP, NP and COB but was also responsible for selling energy analytics on the Bloomberg terminal.  He covered companies such as Dynegy, Calpine, NRG, AEP, Cargill, and Constellation.  

Mr. Nussbaum has extensive knowledge in the physical electricity markets, as well as working with companies in the utility energy sector.

 

Bob Oliver
Principal, Tech-K.O., Inc.

  Working at the intersection of vehicle technology and public policy, Bob specializes in assisting private companies, government and not-for-profit institutions advance practical solutions for decarbonizing transportation energy use. While serving as Pollution Probe’s transportation programme manager and later its CEO, Bob led the production of the organization’s influential body of published research on advanced vehicles and fuels.

  Bob has served on numerous committees and advisory groups, including the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s advisory group on North American integrated sustainable freight transportation strategy, the Steering Committee of the Canadian Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap, the Ontario Energy Board Chair’s Advisory Roundtable, the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, and Metrolinx’s New Mobility Thought Leader Panel.

  Bob is a professional engineer and lives in Toronto.

 

Mark Passi
Energy Manager, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations
Mr. Passi is Energy Manager for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore company. Mark has accountability and responsibility for all Ontario operations with respect to electricity and natural gas. Mark is chairman of the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO), a director with the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA),  former chair and current member of the Ontario Mining Association Energy Committee.

Mark Passi is a member of IESO's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing the sector of consumers.

Mark has been a member of several IESO committees, Hydro One Customer Advisory board and a member on the Trans Canada Tolls Task Force. Mark has and MBA and BSc. from Laurentian University.

Andrew Pietrewicz
Director Resource Integration Power Planning, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Andrew Pietrewicz is the Director of Resource Integration within the Power System Planning group at Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator.  His team’s areas of focus include long-term electricity demand forecasting and resource adequacy assessment as well as integrated power system analysis and plan development.

 

He is a member of the World Energy Council’s Global Energy Scenarios Study Group, World Energy Council Programme Committee and is the former Chair of the Energy Council of Canada’s Studies Committee.

 

He earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto.

 

Ruby Rai, CIPP/C, CRM
Cyber Underwriting Specialist Financial Lines, AIG Canada

Ruby leads the complex Cyber and Technology risk portfolio for AIG Canada. She actively participates in public forums to promote AIG’s expertise in cyber insurance and guides the team to stay ahead of the evolving cyber risk market.

Ruby has over 10 years of insurance experience which includes being a financial lines broker and spearheading national cyber practice at a tier 1 brokerage in Canada. In her previous role as a broker, she advised clients in assessing their cyber risks and finding the right solutions for cyber risk transfer.

Ruby is a certified Information Privacy Professional and also holds her CRM designation.

J. Christopher Reid
CEO of Energent & Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Rodan Energy
Chris is responsible for the overall sales growth and marketing strategy of the Rodan Energy Solutions business in the industrial, commercial, institutional and utility sectors.

Prior to joining Rodan Energy/Energent, Chris was with ANSYS, Inc., a global leader in engineering modeling and simulation software. Chris has held a variety of senior management roles, including VP Business Development, VP Global Marketing, and VP/GM, Fluids Business. Chris has also held several senior management roles at CFX, SNC Lavalin Profac and Honeywell International.

Chris has a BASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Brian Rivard
Principal, Energy Practice, Charles River Associates (CRA)
Brian Rivard is a principal in CRA’s Energy Practice specializing in energy market design, market analysis and market monitoring matters.  Since joining CRA in the summer of 2015, Dr. Rivard has assisted several Canadian and US clients on matters related to asset valuation, market rule compliance and market manipulation. He has assisted in the preparation of testimony on litigation and regulatory matters.
 
Prior to joining CRA, Dr. Rivard was the Director of Markets at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario.  While working at the IESO, Dr. Rivard was responsible for providing analysis of the impacts of changes to the IESO Market Rules or Market Design, government policies, and other industry initiatives. For almost 15 years at IESO, he helped support the development of market-based approaches to managing Ontario’s electricity system needs.

In addition, Dr. Rivard spent six years as a senior economist with the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has written articles for various publications such as the Canadian Competition Record, Antitrust Law Journal, and the Journal of Economic Theory as well as chapters included in Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy and Payments Systems in the Global Economy: Risks and Opportunities.
 
Judah L. Rose
Managing Director, ICF International

Judah L. Rose joined ICF in 1982 and currently serves as a Managing Director of ICF International. He co-chairs its Energy Advisory and Solution Line of Business. Mr. Rose has approximately 35 years of experience in the energy industry including in electricity generation, fuels, environmental compliance, planning, finance, forecasting, and transmission. His clients include electric utilities, financial institutions, law firms, government agencies, fuel companies, and Independent Power Producers. Mr. Rose is one of ICF’s Distinguished Consultants, an honorary title given to three of ICF’s 5,000 employees, and has served on the Board of Directors of ICF International as the Management Shareholder Representative.
 
Mr. Rose frequently provides expert testimony and litigation support. He has provided testimony in over 128 instances in state, federal, international, and other legal proceedings. Mr. Rose has testified in over 24 states and provinces, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in numerous court settings and internationally.  Mr. Rose has supported the financing of tens of billion dollars of new and existing power plants and is a frequent counselor to the financial community in restructuring and financing.  Mr. Rose has also addressed approximately 100 major energy conferences, authored numerous articles published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, the Electricity Journal, Project Finance International, and written numerous company studies. He has also appeared in TV interviews.
 
Mr. Rose received a M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and an S.B. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Duncan Rotherham
Vice President & Director of ICF's Consulting operations

Duncan Rotherham is a vice president and director of ICF’s consulting operations in Canada. Since 1969, ICF’s 5,000 employees have been serving government, major corporations, and multilateral institutions from more than 70 offices worldwide. Over the last 19 years Mr. Rotherham has provided a wide range of energy and environmental services to both government (provincial and federal), industry and financial institutions.

Of relevance to this panel he has been involved in the design, implementation and analytics related to carbon policy and energy markets around the world and over the last 18 months has been deeply involved in Ontario’s cap and trade program

 

Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Corporate Development & Smart grid Technologies, PowerStream Inc.
Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream Inc.  Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and 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.

Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of smart grid, microgrid, energy storage, clean energy, electric mobility and next generation utilities. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring young talent.
She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada. 

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

Dianne Saxe
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO)
Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues.

Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario's energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada's top environmental law boutiques.

A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Dianne is recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Some of her numerous tributes and honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.

Dianne has traveled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.

Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario.

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.


Robert (Bob) Stasko
Science Concepts International
Robert (Bob) Stasko is a business development professional with a large body of experience in the electricity sector. He is also an energy technology specialist who has worked in a wide range of management positions involving R&D, product development, market assessment and project implementation. He has also worked with the Ontario government to assist in the development and delivery of major energy policy and project initiatives. Bob has been responsible for managing technology research and demonstration projects in both national and international environments and most recently was a co-founder of an industry association, Energy Storage Ontario (ESO).  At present he is focused on the broader energy technology arena through his position as CEO of Science Concepts International
Mark Tinkler
Sr. Energy Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions
Mark has been working with Customized Energy Solutions (CES) since 2012. Established in 1998, CES assists clients in managing and staying ahead of the changes in the wholesale and retail electricity and natural gas markets. Serving hundreds of clients throughout North America, CES offers best-in-class hosted energy market operations platforms and services, including Energy Storage market studies and analysis. Mark provides reporting and analysis services for the Ontario Electricity Market and for Canada in general. He also provides expertise and client support in Emerging Technologies focusing on energy storage, distributed resources, renewables, demand response and smart grid. Mark recently coordinated CES’s efforts as lead consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Energy Storage Initiative (ESI), and the release of its “State of Charge” report in September 2016.
 
Mark worked for Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation for 29 years in various technical and management positions. Since 2005 he has offered strategic consulting services to the energy sector regarding emerging energy options and technologies. He also initiated a major energy storage demonstration program in Toronto in collaboration with multiple sponsors, and has been the author of numerous reports and presentations on energy storage and distributed generation. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Canada (ESC), formerly Energy Storage Ontario.

Mark holds a B. Eng degree from McGill University in Montreal and an M.A.Sc degree from the University of Toronto.

Peter Tabuns
MPP, NDP Toronto-Danforth

Peter Tabuns has a long record of change. First winning a by-election in 2006 and representing Toronto-Danforth ever since.
Peter contributes fresh new ideas at Queen’s Park on job creation while fighting climate change; keeping people safe from toxins; and integrating new Canadians into our economy. Peter is leading the change to a new energy economy, in part thanks to his experience as executive Director at Greenpeace Canada.


Peter is presently the NDP’s critic for Energy, The Environment and Climate Change and as such was honoured recently to represent the Legislature at conferences in London and Paris.

Pierre Tremblay, MBA, BSc, P Eng., FCAE
Strategic Advisor, AECOM
Pierre Tremblay is a Strategic Advisor to AECOM, appointed to help the company expand its nuclear business capabilities. As the former Chief Nuclear Operating Officer for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Ontario's largest power utility, and past President of Canadian Nuclear Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of OPG, Pierre has a unique and rich store of nuclear power experience upon which to draw.

Pierre’s nearly 40 years of leadership experience is derived from a diverse set of portfolios including business development, operations, regulatory affairs, performance assurance, human reliability, training, maintenance, and waste management. His nuclear power experience is grounded in driving performance and maintaining relationships with clients, community and regulatory authorities. He is a thought leader, community oriented citizen and recently inducted fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Based in Ontario, Pierre serves as a key partner to AECOM; helping the company to achieve its nuclear power business goals.

Pierre holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman Business School, University of Toronto with a major in Corporate Finance. He also received a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queens University.






John A. D. Vellone
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

John Vellone is a partner in the Toronto office and is a member of the Electricity Markets and IT Groups. He practises corporate/commercial and regulatory law with a focus on energy law and matters relating to the Ontario electricity sector. John specializes in the corporate/commercial and regulatory components of electricity markets and infrastructure revitalization.

John is on the executive of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, is an executive member of YPE (Young Professionals in Energy) of Toronto, and is a member of the Board of ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc. (which is developing a 500kW biogas electricity generation facility at the Toronto Zoo).

 

Jeff Veltri
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Temporal Power Ltd.
Jeffrey Veltri is the President and CTO of Temporal Power Ltd., as well as the inventor of Temporal Power’s proprietary flywheel system. He brings more than 15 years of experience as a Professional Engineer, specializing in Product Design and Development. Jeff holds a number of patents and has created valuable IP for numerous clients in the Industrial, Medical, Defense and Clean Tech sectors. Jeff holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and is a member of ASME and Professional Engineers Ontario.

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