Advance Conference Program as of November 12, 2018 (Details subject to change)
Innovation and Disruption – Solving for X
The 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Centre
November 12 and 13, 2018
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario
The Ontario power industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Technology is reshaping the range of services that can be delivered at the grid edge and creating boundary-shattering opportunities for new types of players to operate in the electricity space. The IESO Market Renewal Process will be making critical choices in the months ahead, choices in which market participants need to have a clear voice. The new political landscape in Ontario impacts everything from the emission regime to planning processes. LDC initiatives are raising questions about what should be regulated and what can be market-driven. No one can afford to overlook the effect new technology and public policy is having up and down the value chain. Join your colleagues at APPrO 2018 to hear the latest on policy directions, business strategies, regulatory intentions, and partnership opportunities.
Don’t miss APPrO’s timely engaged discussion on key topics like:
* IESO Market Renewal
* The Ontario government’s new policy priorities
* OEB modernization
* The new aggregators
* The realistic vision for DER: Frameworks for DER development that truly help the grid and all customers
* Financial strategies for managing in a rapidly changing market
* LSEs and future LDC business models
* Where emission markets are going
* How Canadian energy companies and consumers are preparing for the era of local energy networking
• Presented in association with the Power Networking Centre, featuring exhibit and networking opportunities highlighting the latest developments in technology, finance and business impacting the power sector.
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In the Power Networking Area:
Monday, November 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. Daybreak Coffee
Daybreak Coffee host TBA
Location: Inside the Frontenac Ballroom
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
Stephen Somerville, H2O Power LP, Conference Chair
Robert Ethier, Vice President, Market Operations, ISO New England Inc.
9:00 am Setting directions: What generators are concerned about
Brief overviews from key players: What are the most critical issues decision-makers will need to face in the next 18 months? How should generators, other market participants, regulators and policy makers prepare for technology changes, public policy choices, and customer relationship evolution, among other developments ?
Linda Bertoldi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP: Moderator
Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)
Evan Bahry, President, IPPSA
David Butters, President, APPrO
9:30 am Technology change: The implications for business, regulation and public policy
Impact of IR4 technologies on the energy sector (distributed ledgers, cryptocurrencies, AI, etc.) What’s ahead for the power industry, and which forces of change are most likely to shape the agenda? Are DERs, de-carbonization, and re-electrification the most critical trends, or are more subtle changes underway?
Paul Murphy, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS, Moderator
Neetika Sathe, Vice President, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.
Steve Gilchrist, President, Cinergex Solutions Ltd.
Sarah Simmons, Power Advisory LLC
Sarah Griffiths, Enel X
Brief opening comments followed by interactive discussion addressing areas like the following:
What developments are most likely to disrupt the business in your view?
What can be done to improve governance and the value proposition for consumers?
How to value non-emitting capacity in the markets of the future.
What qualities will characterize the companies who succeed in the years ahead?
What principles and systems are necessary to properly accommodate the growth of DERs?
What key issues are emerging from the Market Renewal process and what should suppliers being doing about them?
How can the system be customer-driven if different groups of customers are saying different things?
How should regulators design rules for LDC involvement in new markets?
What are the preferred options for responding to the public policy priorities of the current government?
What changes would institute more accurate signals on the long term value of capacity and alternative revenue streams for capacity-related services?
10:15 am Networking Coffee Break
11:00 am Keynote: Peter Gregg, President and CEO of the IESO
11:15 am Regulation – Keeping up with the pace of change
Heading into a period of rapid change, critical questions need to be addressed:
- Are the existing regulators properly structured to deal with rapid and possibly fundamental change ahead, and if not, what changes are needed to make sure they are able to instill confidence throughout the industry?
- Does the system require more robust protection against costly political intervention? If so, what mechanisms are viable in the Ontario context?
- Are the road maps tabled by the existing agencies going in the right direction, or is a more fundamental rethink necessary?
Moderator: Steven Kim, TransAlta
George Vegh, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Brian Rivard, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre
AJ Goulding, London Economics
12:00 pm Lunch in the Networking Centre
Lunch host TBA – click here for information on how to sponsor this event.
12:30 pm APPrO Annual General Meeting
Location: The Bay Room - Members only
All the following sessions take place in the Frontenac Ballroom unless otherwise noted.
1:00 pm The OPG refurbishments: Prospects for the industry and the economy
Jeffrey Lyash, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation
1:20 pm Realistic options for reducing Ontario electricity costs in the short, medium and long term
Keith Sones, Vice President, National Business Development, Valard Group
1:35 pm Questions and discussion
1:40 pm The North American Electric LDC: What will it look like in 2025?
The role and function of North American electricity distributors will change dramatically over the next decade. What is driving those changes? Can the regulators adjust?
Moderator: David McFadden, Chair of Toronto Hydro and Vice Chair of the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario
Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro
Joseph T. Kelliher, Executive Vice President, NextEra Energy, former Chairman of FERC
Gordon Kaiser, CEO of the Alberta Market Surveillance Administrator and former Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board
3:00 pm Networking Coffee Break
Hosted by KPMG
Parallel breakout session:
3:00 pm Actualizing new business concepts in the power sector
Top experts active in leading edge energy business innovation outline the prospects in their respective areas and field questions about where business and technological changes are heading.
Moderator: Jayesh Shah, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation
Paritosh Gambhir, KPMG: Blockchain applications in the power industry
Derek Lim Soo, Peak Power: DERs as an answer to urban supply challenges
Jonathan Frank, CoPower, Responding to new consumer expectations
Location: Queens Quay rooms next to the Networking Centre
3:30 pm Carbon policy and gas-fired power generation
The outlook for supply, deliverability and new applications. Federal carbon policy and the impacts on gas-fired power generators.
Moderator: John Vellone, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Current projections for supply and demand of natural gas for power in Ontario and bordering jurisdictions:
Duncan Rotherham, ICF International
Federal carbon policy and the impacts on natural gas generators:
Jennifer Murphy, Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Carbon Compliance, Enbridge
Prospects for increased penetration of Natural Gas in the Supply Mix:
Chris Shorts, Union Gas
Plenary co-sponsors: Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas
4:30 pm The range of viable market mechanisms for incenting rational economic behaviour in emission reduction
Lisa DeMarco, DeMarco Allan LLP
Moderator: Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail
Parallel breakout session:
3:45 pm Speed Mentoring
Hosted by WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) with Assistance from ENGIE - Inaugural Industry Diversity Sponsor
Back by popular demand: A unique opportunity for mentors to share knowledge about the Ontario power sector and for mentees (students & developing professionals) to learn about the energy sector from an experienced professional.
Location: The Bay Room, adjacent to the Networking Centre
5:00 pm Reception in the Power Networking Centre
Hosted by TransCanada
6:00 pm Annual Canadian Power Banquet Dinner
Hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Northland Power
Location: Frontenac Ballroom
7:00 pm Banquet Keynote:
Hon. Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) Woman of the Year Award: Recognizing and celebrating outstanding women working in Canada's power sector
Hosted with assistance from ENGIE - Inaugural Industry Diversity Sponsor
The Hedley Palmer Award
8:00 pm President's Mixer
Hosted by Stikeman Elliott LLP
Location: Power Networking Area outside Frontenac Ballroom
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
8:00 am Daybreak Coffee
Location: Pre-function area inside Frontenac Ballroom
8:30 am Opening session
Keynote speaker: Dawn Farrell, President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation
9:00 am IESO Market Renewal – A directional update
How does the proposed MR high level design impact business prospects for market participants? How has the Market Renewal project changed in recent months? What additional opportunities to improve the market are becoming apparent? New options becoming available to improve network optimization and grid visibility considering the proliferation of DERs. How the experience of technological, consumer and policy disruption in other sectors can help electricity market participants prepare for change in Ontario.
Moderator: Glenn Zacher, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Barbara Ellard, Director of Markets & Procurement, IESO
Jason Chee-Aloy, Power Advisory LLC
Joshua Wong, Opus One Solutions
Judy Chang, The Brattle Group
10:15 am Networking Coffee Break
Hosted by Morrison Park Advisors
10:45 am Bringing down the cost of electricity – Duelling propositions
Reducing electricity cost is the number one shared priority. This session will be an opportunity to test competing propositions, to see which are expected to yield the greatest savings. Speakers will build from APPrO’s online discussion hosted on LinkedIn in which members of the industry will share all manner of suggestions on how costs can be better controlled. For example, should Ontario:
Change the supply mix?
Get out of energy planning?
Provide more optionality in reliability levels?
Institute cost checks on new policies?
Creative operational or contracting strategies?
Try other new ideas ?(You fill in the blank!)
Mike Richmond, McMillan LLP (Moderator)
Ben Grunfeld, Navigant Consulting
Emily Thorn Corthay, Chair of the Energy Task Force, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Teresa Sarkesian, President and CEO of the Electricity Distributors Association
Ahsan Upal, Burns & McDonnell Canada
1:00 pm Powering the bottom line: Diversity solutions for Canada’s energy sector
The business case for inclusion and diversity
Progress report on the EHRC Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
Bridging the compensation gap
Michelle Branigan, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
Joanna Osawe, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Nicolle Butcher, Vice-President, Strategy and Acquisitions, OPG
Kathy Lerette, Alectra Utilities
Moderator: Reena Goyal, IESO
Hosted by McCarthy Tetrault
1:30 pm Current issues in CHP development in Ontario
Update on the CHP market, including growth opportunities, micro-CHP and new technology
- The policy case for CHP in Ontario: Affordability, Efficiency, Resiliency, Sustainability
- Investing in CHP and distributed energy resources
- Profiling customer energy efficiency
Moderator: Richard Laszlo, QUEST Associate and President, LES
Alex Jerome, InstarAGF
Ron Cocking, Toromont
Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager, 3M
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2:30 pm Networking Coffee Break
3:00 pm Managing change in Ontario’s new political landscape
Are our systems for policy-making up to the challenge of a rapidly changing energy industry?
What can be done to reduce electricity rates?
Where does energy planning need to go?
When is it appropriate to subsidize electricity rates?
What are the most important energy choices that the government will have to face in the coming year?
What viable principles are on offer for improving governance in the sector?
Moderator: Sean Conway, Gowling WLG and the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University
Opening presentation on results of recent public opinion research: Jason Lockhart, Innovative Research Group Inc.
Mike Richmond, McMillan LLP
Alex Callahan, Ontario NDP
Dan Moulton, Crestview Strategy
4:30 pm Conference Conclusion
All program details are subject to change without notice.
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Thanks to all the following APPrO 2018 sponsors:
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
CES - Customized Energy Solutions
Enbridge Gas Distribution
EPS AB Energy Canada
Fasken in association with Demarco Allen
IESO - Independent Electricity System Operator
Morrison Park Advisors
Ontario Power Generation
Power Advisory LLC
Sussex Strategy Group
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Canadian Clean Energy Conferences
DEC - Decentralized Energy Canada
EDA - Electricity Distributors Association
EHRC - Electricity Human Resources Canada
EFC - Electro-Federation Canada
ESC - Energy Storage Canada
IPPNY – Independent Power Producers of New York
IPPSA – Independent Power Producers of Alberta
OEA - Ontario Energy Association
OEN - Ontario Energy Network
OWA - Ontario Waterpower Association
QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
WiRE- Women in Renewable Energy
YPE - Young Professionals in Energy
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