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.

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.

 

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. 

 

Michelle Branigan
CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Recognized as a HR leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. ensuring they have the tools, resources and research needed to meet current and future workforce needs. She has led the organisation since 2010, having first led several key initiatives as senior project manager, including the renowned labour market research program.  Michelle has been instrumental in supporting the advancement of women and minorities in the sector by spearheading a number of influential diversity programs and initiatives including:  EHRC’s Connected Women Mentorship Program , The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry, and the EnAbling Change program from which an online portal was developed to support the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities in the sector. 

 

Michelle has over 20 years of experience in project management, human resources development, recruitment, and curriculum development and evaluation, both in Canada and Ireland. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient  of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) 2015 Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual. 

 

Joanne Butler
Vice-President, Market and Resource Development, IESO.

JoAnne Butler is Vice-President, Market and Resource Development at the IESO.


Previously, Ms. Butler was president of TransAlta Mexico, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business. 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. In her last assignment as general manager for engineering and construction, she led support teams for construction and operations in Canada and internationally. She is currently a Board member of the Ontario Shores Centre for Medical Health Sciences in Whitby, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, and the Association of Power Exchanges.


Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in civil engineering from Queen's University in Kingston.

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.
Ron Dizy
Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS Discovery District

Ron is the Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District. The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) collaborates with a diverse set of partners to foster the adoption of innovative energy technologies in Ontario and Canada, and leverage those successes and experiences into international markets. Under Ron’s leadership, the Centre is convening energy players in a unique way. At the AEC, Ron and his team provide a forum in which energy players can speak openly, think deeply, ask the hard questions and co-create innovative solutions to complex, system-wide challenges. In doing so, the Centre is helping energy systems become more cost effective, reliable and resilient to change and opportunity.


Ron was previously the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks, a smart grid technology company that offers grid optimization services to utilities and system operators to increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the power system.
Ron is viewed as a thought-leader on innovation opportunities that lie within the evolution of the modern power system. Based on his well-respected perspective on the smart grid, he was recruited to the executive committee of the board for the Ontario Energy Association and the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid. He was also elected chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.


Ron’s entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms.  Ron holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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.

Dr. Karen Farbridge
President, Karen Farbridge and Associates

As President of Karen Farbridge and Associates, Dr. Karen Farbridge has over twenty-five years of experience leading community innovation. She has a diverse background successfully managing complex, multi-stakeholder policy environments to deliver results. Through her consulting practice, she is committed to the creation of smart, sustainable and resilient communities.

 

Her experience includes seventeen years in municipal politics, eleven as the mayor of Guelph, Ontario. Karen is a thoughtful change agent who can effectively challenge status quo thinking and approaches to provoke new conversations and inspire innovation.

 

She is well connected in the municipal and community energy sector in Canada currently serving with the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and as a partner with the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP).  She is also a highly-respected speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks, to a diverse range of audiences both locally and internationally, on matters of current urban interest, including sustainability, engagement and community energy.

Peter Gregg
President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Peter Gregg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Under Mr. Gregg’s leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system and market, the province’s energy planning and procurement, and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts across the province.

Mr. Gregg is an experienced leader in Ontario’s electricity sector. As the President and CEO of Enersource from 2014 to 2016, he was integral in the merger of four of Ontario’s largest local distribution companies to create Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., the second largest municipally-owned utility in North America. Prior to this, Mr. Gregg served as COO at Hydro One Networks, overseeing effective power distribution across Ontario. Throughout his career, he’s been recognized for his leadership abilities and in 2015 and 2016 received the Ontario Energy Association’s “Leader of the Year Award”.

Mr. Gregg currently serves 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.

Mr. Gregg received a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.

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.

Glenn Jager
President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer

Glenn Jager is the President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  Glenn was appointed to this position in April 2015.  Prior to this appointment, Glenn was Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO), appointed in November 2013.

 

Glenn is also President of Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), a wholly owned subsidiary of OPG providing technical management and field services to the Nuclear Industry and Power Sector.  Glenn reports directly to President and CEO Jeffrey Lyash.
Prior to his appointment as CNO, Glenn was the Senior Vice President at Pickering Nuclear. Appointed to this position in August 2011, Glenn was responsible for the strategic direction, planning and execution required to achieve nuclear production targets at Pickering, while focusing on safety and reliability.

Glenn joined OPG (formerly known as Ontario Hydro) in 1981 as a System Engineer at Pickering. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within OPG as, Shift Manager, Reactor Projects Manager, Outage Manager, Maintenance Manager, and a two year secondment to the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta as a Team Manager in Plant Evaluations. Upon his return from WANO, Glenn was appointed Director of Operations and Maintenance at Pickering Nuclear, and then as Site Deputy Vice President at Darlington Nuclear.

Glenn has been licensed as a Shift Manager at Pickering and a Duty Manager at both Pickering and Darlington Nuclear stations. He is a graduate of the University of Western in 1981 with a BESc in Electrical Engineering.

Glenn and his family are long time residents of Bowmanville, Ontario.

Greg Lyle
Managing Director of Innovative Research Group Inc.

Greg is the founder and Managing Director of Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE), a national public opinion research and strategy firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  As a former Principal Secretary to Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon, Greg has built a career at the intersection of public opinion, communications and public policy. 

 

INNOVATIVE has a strong track record in areas of interest to APPrO having worked extensively in the electricity sector with generators, transmission companies and government agencies.  INNOVATIVE has looked at such topics as EMF, NIMBY, private public partnerships, conservation, time of use, relationships with first nations and generation preferences.

David J. McFadden
Gowlings
Mr. McFadden is Chair of Gowlings’ National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group. He acts for a broad range of clients involved in infrastructure development and in power generation, distribution, sales and financing.

He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as a member of the Electric System Working Group, which was part of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and much of the Northeastern United States in August 2003. The final report of the Task Force, issued in April 2004, set out a blueprint to enhance the reliability of the North American electricity grid.  The U.S. Energy Policy Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in August, enacts many of the key electricity reliability recommendations made by the Task Force.

In June 2003, Mr. McFadden was appointed to the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force. The Task Force, which issued its final report in January 2004, provided a comprehensive strategy to meet the future energy demands of the province.

Since October 1996, he has been Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, a broad coalition of business and energy-related organizations including the Association of Major Power Consumers, Association of Exporters and Manufacturers, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario, the Ontario Energy Association and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.

Over the years, Mr. McFadden has been active in Canada-U.S. affairs.  He served as the founding President of the Canada-U.S. Business Association from 1989 to 1993.  In December 1988, Mr. McFadden was appointed one of Canada's members of the binational dispute settlement process created under the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement to review and settle disputes arising from the application of Canadian and American trade law. He was reappointed in January 1992.

Recently, Mr. McFadden has been recognized in Lexpert's 2005 Guide to the Leading 100 Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada; was listed in the “Consistently Recommended Energy–Electricity Corporate” section of the 2005 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; and was “recommended” in the Energy section of Public Law Company's Which Lawyer Yearbook, 10th ed., 2005 (formerly Global Counsel 3000).

Timothy John Murphy
Co-Chair, Aboriginal, Government Relations, Project Finance, Infrastructure and Energy, McMillan LLP

Tim Murphy's practice focuses on transactions with a public component with a particular emphasis on project finance, infrastructure, energy and public private partnerships. Tim also brings extensive experience in the public sector. Formerly Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Tim provided strategic advice and direction to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and to senior levels of the public service. His public sector experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister of Canada, as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

 As a lawyer, Tim has advised national and international clients in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices generally. Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in Project Finance by Who's Who Legal, the Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert and IFLR 1000. Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance

Francisca Quinn, M. Sc.
Founder and Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners Inc

Francisca is the Founder and Managing Partner of Quinn & Partners Inc. Over the last fifteen years she has worked with leading Canadian and international companies and investors on climate change and sustainability strategies.  Her Canadian clients include significant institutional investors, public and private companies, of which her team has supported many over multi-year mandates. In 2014, Francisca was recognized as a Clean50 honouree for her contributions to clean capitalism in Canada.

Francisca started her consulting career in 1995 with Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consultancy, where she specialized in growth strategies and organisational design for Fortune 500 companies. Her personal engagement on the climate change issue brought her to the Carbon Trust in London in 2002, where she worked with FTSE companies on carbon emissions reduction and global investors on identifying risks and opportunities from climate change.

At WSP, which she joined in 2008, Francisca built a successful corporate sustainability advisory practice, serving sustainability leaders in primarily the real estate, retail, hospitality, construction and transportation industries. As Managing Partner at Quinn & Partners, Francisca leads a recognized consulting team whose mission is to advance sustainability in business and capital markets. The team supports organizations to design and execute sustainability leadership strategies to enhance organizational reputation, manage risks, realize efficiencies, identify business opportunities and ultimately create more resilient, futureoriented businesses. Quinn & Partners became a B Corp in 2014 to reinforce its commitment to positive environmental and social impacts and company values.

Francisca has spoken on sustainability and climate change-related topics to business and investor audiences and she advised the FTSE Index Group on climate change criteria in its development of the FTSE4Good and index products. She has spoken at real estate and investor conferences and contributed to Corporate Knights Magazine, Ethical Corporation and various industry publications.

Francisca has a deep personal engagement in environmental issues and champions a low carbon lifestyle. She is a board member of No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment; an arts organization that uses art and design to bring awareness to environmental concerns.

Jan Vrins
Navigant, Global Energy Practice Leader

Jan Vrins leads Navigant’s Global Energy Practice. He advises executives on developing and operationalizing their strategies and achieving sustainable excellence and increased shareholder value. This covers enterprise and operational strategy, go-to-market and product development strategy, operating model design, organizational (re)structuring, business process improvement, business transformation and change management, performance management, post-merger integration, and technology strategy and implementation.


Navigant’s Global Energy practice provides consulting and research services for energy companies, government organizations, NGO’s and Foundations, large corporations, product manufacturers, technology companies, and investors in areas including climate strategies and policies, energy policy and implementation, sustainability, market structures and pricing, business and operational strategy, go-to-market and product development strategy, business models and partnerships, energy efficiency and demand side management, emerging technologies, renewables, urban energy and distributed energy resources, transmission, and grid modernization.
Since joining Navigant (in 2014), Jan has guided his team to develop thought leadership, solution offerings, and capabilities to support clients as the energy industry experiences major transformation. With over 1000 consulting projects each year in Energy, Navigant is at the forefront supporting their clients to navigate the energy transformation opportunities and challenges. Navigant has one of the largest energy consulting teams globally focused on the energy transformation with over 600 management consultants.


Jan Vrins has co-developed an industry leading framework, The Energy Cloud, which helps organizations understand climate change, new opportunities in the energy market, policy and regulatory changes, changing customer needs, new technologies, strategic options, and emerging business models. He also has developed a Utility of the Future model that helps clients understand the trends in the market, potential strategies, underlying integrated business processes and business models, aimed at further improving their commercial and operational performance.


Prior to Navigant, Jan held multiple global energy industry leadership roles at Accenture, KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint. His energy industry experience includes investor‐owned and government-owned utilities and Oil and Gas companies in Europe, North America, South America (including Brazil), and the Middle East. Jan has authored various publications and presented at leading industry conferences, on topics like Energy megatrends and tipping points, Utility of the future and emerging Business Models, and Sustainable Excellence and Business Transformation. With extensive consulting experience (25+ years) in the energy sector and a history of growing businesses in diverse, global markets, Jan is considered a global (thought) leader in the energy consulting industry.

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