Advance Conference Program as of November 12, 2018 (Details subject to change)



APPrO 2018

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.



Program overview:

(Click on any of the links below for details)


Day 1:

Opening keynote and generator panel on plans and priorities

Energy industry transformation panel

Keynote with Peter Gregg, the CEO of the IESO

Regulatory update / Keeping up with the pace of change

Keynotes with Jeffrey Lyash, the CEO of OPG, and Keith Sones, VP, Valard

The LDCs of the future

New business ventures - Innovation in action

Current market issues for natural gas - as it affects the power system

Economic options for emission management

The Hon. Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, APPrO 2018 banquet dinner and award presentations


Day 2:

Keynote with Dawn Farrell, CEO of TransAlta

Market Renewal

Driving down costs in the power system

The Power of Diversity

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Market Update led by QUEST

Political Issues Panel


In the Power Networking Area:

Speed Mentoring

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Market Update led by QUEST



Monday, November 12, 2018


8:00 a.m.        Daybreak Coffee

Daybreak Coffee host TBA

Click here for information on how to sponsor this event


Location: Inside the Frontenac Ballroom


8:30 a.m.         Opening Remarks

Stephen Somerville, H2O Power LP, Conference Chair


8:40 am           Opening keynote

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

Hosted by CES - Customized Energy Solutions


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


Breakout Sponsor: KPMG



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


Special presentation:

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.

For more details see this link. To register, see this link.

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

Daybreak Coffee host TBA – click here for information on how to sponsor this event

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


12 noon           Lunch in the Networking Centre

Hosted by Power Advisory LLC


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



Parallel program organized by QUEST, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow:


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


To register for this session only, please sign up through Eventbrite at this link.



2:30 pm          Networking Coffee Break

Coffee host TBA – click here for information on how to sponsor this event


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

Brookfield Renewable

CES - Customized Energy Solutions

Enbridge Gas Distribution


EPS AB Energy Canada

Fasken in association with Demarco Allen

Gowling WLG

IESO - Independent Electricity System Operator


McCarthy Tetrault

Morrison Park Advisors

Northland Power

Ontario Power Generation

Power Advisory LLC

Sussex Strategy Group

Tetra Tech


Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stuart Olson

Union Gas




Supporting Organizations:

Access Intel

Canadian Clean Energy Conferences

DEC - Decentralized Energy Canada

EDA - Electricity Distributors Association

EHRC - Electricity Human Resources Canada

Electricity Today

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

RTO Insider

Solar Media

WiRE- Women in Renewable Energy

YPE - Young Professionals in Energy



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