Hon. Greg Rickford
Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines


Greg Rickford was elected as MPP for Kenora-Rainy River in June 2018 and sworn in as Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs.


Instilled with the values of hard work and public service from a young age, Greg has earned degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, and an MBA from Laval University. Those values brought Greg to the remote First Nations communities of Northern Ontario as a young man where he worked as a nurse and lawyer. Greg’s experience led him to understand the issues and opportunities that face the Kenora-Rainy River riding. As a federal Member of Parliament, Greg made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his core goals.


He was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding. In 2013, Greg was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). In 2014, he was promoted to the Minister of Natural Resources while retaining his responsibilities for FedNor. Previously, Greg had served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor).


Between 2015 and 2018, Minister Rickford practiced law and served as a strategic advisor to a number of companies and organizations specializing in natural resources, indigenous affairs, health, and legal matters. Greg and his wife Janet have two daughters, Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate.

Robert Ethier
Vice President, ISO New England

As Vice President, Market Operations, Robert Ethier is responsible for the administration of the wholesale electricity markets in New England. Dr. Ethier previously served as Vice President, Market Development, and before that, as the Director of Resource Adequacy and Director of Market Monitoring. He also led the ISO’s efforts to implement the initial Forward Capacity Auction. Prior to joining ISO New England, Dr. Ethier consulted for Stratus Consulting Inc., and Hagler Bailly Consulting, Inc. He has authored papers on electricity price volatility, electricity auctions, and asset valuation, including papers in The Energy Journal, Land Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Dawn Farrell
President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation

Dawn Farrell is President and Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta Corporation, a director of TransAlta Corporation, a director of The Chemours Company and a member of the Trilateral Commission. She also sits on the boards of The Conference Board of Canada and the Business Council of Canada and is a member of The Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.

Dawn has 30 years of experience in the electric energy industry, having held a number of senior management positions at TransAlta and BC Hydro. Her business experience spans a variety of areas in finance, business development, strategic planning, commercial operations, energy marketing and sustainable development. Her past directorships include the Calgary Stampede, Mount Royal University Board of Governors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust Fund, Mount Royal University Foundation and Vision Quest Windelectric.

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB). She has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).

From 2008-2009, Dawn served as Co-Chair of the Government of Canada’s Wind Technology Roadmap Industry Steering Committee. In 2012, she was appointed to the Alberta Energy Deputy Minister’s Electricity Advisory Group. She also served on the Canadian Federal Government’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards headed by the Honourable Rona Ambrose.

Dawn is an active supporter of the community. Today, she serves as a Community Champion for Momentum, a Calgary organization that partners with people living on low incomes and inspires the development of local economies, and in 2013, she joined Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson to serve as Co-Chair of Calgary’s 2013 United Way Campaign.

She spends all of her personal time with her husband Brendon and her family.

Peter Gregg
President and Chief Executive Officer, 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. He is on the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Energy Network, the Canadian Electricity Association and the Electrical Safety Authority, where he chairs the Audit Committee.

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.

Jeff Lyash
President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation Inc.(OPG)

Jeff Lyash is the President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG). OPG is one of the largest electrical generating companies in Canada with a diverse fleet of nuclear, hydroelectric, gas, biomass and renewable generating stations.


Lyash was formerly the President of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.  Prior to joining CB&I, Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Duke Energy.  He led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company's 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programs.  Before the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Progress Energy. In this role, he oversaw Progress Energy's diverse 22,000-megawatt fleet of generating resources including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric stations. In addition, he was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations.


Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981, joining Progress Energy in 1993. Before assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Energy Supply, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Florida, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery Florida, and Vice President of Transmission. He also held a wide range of management and executive roles in Progress Energy's nuclear program, including Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Site Operations.  Before joining Progress Energy, Lyash worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a number of senior technical and management positions throughout the northeast United States and in Washington, D.C, receiving the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987.


Lyash earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, and was honored with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator Licence from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.


In 2018, Lyash was appointed Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an international nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI’s membership represents more than 1,000 organizations in 35 participating countries. 

Keith Sones
Vice President of National Business Development, The Valard Group

Keith has over 25 years of experience in the electrical power industry, including senior roles in executive leadership, project management, operations as well as health and safety. At BC Hydro, his innovative work in Construction Safety earned him the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Safety Professional of the Year award. As a senior leader, Keith managed the operations and construction divisions of FortisBC, prior to leading several important transmission and substation projects to accommodate an expanding power system. His knowledge of the industry and certification as a Project Management Professional play an important role in his ability to understand and fulfill customers’ requirements. As the president of Allteck Line Contractors, Keith was instrumental in fostering new customer relationships, overseeing significant corporate growth and expanding company operations across Canada.

Keith is a project management professional. He’s spent years convincing the public that infrastructure projects should be built in their neighbourhood. He has also spent years convincing management and employees that safety training could be fun and save lives. Keith likes telling stories that make a point and he’s a regular contributor to Electric Industry Canada’s website/newsletters.

From a personal standpoint, Keith’s hobbies include standup paddle boarding, cycling, history and hearing the rumble of an American V8! He’s been married for 30 years to wife Rosanne and they have two grown children (Keith says “All three are smarter than me”).

Linda Bertoldi
Senior Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Linda Bertoldi is the Chair of the national Electricity Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She has been actively involved in the power sector since 1987, with a focus on corporate transactions, project finance, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.  She advises developers, lenders and investors in power projects across Canada including wind, solar, hydro, biomass, natural gas, cogeneration and district energy projects. Linda has extensive experience advising municipal electric utilities and their owners on governance, financing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Linda is a leading lawyer in the electricity sector recognized by Lexpert®, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada, IFLR1000 and other organizations for her extensive expertise. She was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and is a recipient of the Hedley Palmer Award.

Michelle Branigan
CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Michelle Branigan is CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada, Canada’s leader in Human Resource and workplace solutions for the Electricity and renewable energy sector. Michelle has been instrumental in supporting the advancement of women and minorities in the Electricity industry. She has spearheaded a number of influential programs including, Connected Women Mentorship Program for Women, The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry, EnAbling Change online portal and program, to support the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities in the electricity sector, along with a host of other programs that support diversity in the Electricity sector. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, the 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.

Nicolle Butcher
Vice President, Strategy & Acquisitions, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Nicolle has over 20 years of energy experience in both the electricity and natural gas sectors. In her current position of Vice President, Strategy and Acquisitions, Nicolle is currently accountable for articulating OPG’s long term strategy including a growth and innovation strategy and driving strategic business functions such as energy trading, acquisitions, commercial contracting and market affairs. As part of the innovation strategy, Nicolle is accountable for developing a roadmap for OPG to support understanding and adoption of changing technologies and business models and driving further electrification using Ontario’s clean electricity resources.


Prior to taking on the strategy role, Nicolle held a wide range of roles including leading a corporate wide business transformation, development of the Portlands Energy Centre and establishing a lease for the Bruce Nuclear plant.


Nicolle currently sits on the Board of Directors of Portlands Energy Centre. Nicolle holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Business Valuator.


Nicolle earned a Certified Project Manager designation from Stanford University and has earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jason Chee-Aloy
Power Advisory LLC, Managing Director

Jason Chee-Aloy is an senior energy professional with over 20 years of experience in regulated and competitive energy markets.  Mr. Chee-Aloy has been the Managing Director of Power Advisory LLC since September 2010.  Power Advisory LLC is a leading electricity management consulting firm specializing in market analysis, business strategy, generation, transmission and energy storage development and procurement, policy development, regulatory and litigation support, contract management support, wholesale market design, project feasibility assessment and technical due diligence.  Power Advisory LLC has offices in Boston, Calgary, and Toronto.  Mr. Chee-Aloy is based in the Toronto office and is presently acting for multiple Canadian and non-Canadian clients with business and policy interests across Canada and the United States, within the areas of generation development and investment opportunities, transmission development, energy storage development, market assessment and intelligence, business strategy, wholesale electricity market design, and energy 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.  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 wholesale electricity market through development and implementation of market design and IESO 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.

Contact Information:

Power Advisory LLC
55 University Ave., Suite 605, P.O. Box 32
Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5J 2H7
Telephone: 416-303-8667
Email: jchee-aloy@poweradvisoryllc.com
Web : www.poweradvisoryllc.com

Judy Chang
Principal, The Brattle Group

Judy Chang is an energy economist and policy expert with a background in electrical engineering. She has 20 years of experience in advising clients in transmission, resource, and strategic planning.

She specializes in evaluating the economic benefits of proposed transmission projects, assessing the regulatory and financial risks associated with renewable/clean energy resources and energy storage, and leading utility executives, stakeholders, and board members, in making strategic business decisions. Ms. Chang’s recent planning engagements have involved the development of future energy market scenarios, and leading utilities and grid operators in making market design or investment decisions that are necessary to balance national or regional policy directions and customers’ evolving preferences. Relatedly, she has led transmission system planners, market design experts, and associated stakeholders in improving market design and system planning using a scenario-based approach.

Ms. Chang has served as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings and litigation settings. She has submitted expert testimonies to arbitration panels and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Canada on topics related to transmission access, transmission pricing, renewable energy development, contract disputes, and power market designs. Her recent experiences involve economic and policy analyses associated with widening regional electricity markets, evaluating the potential impact of integrating renewable energy onto power systems, evaluating the value of proposed transmission projects, and advising companies and governments on energy and environment policies.

Ms. Chang holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Davis. She is a Director of The Brattle Group, a founding Director of New England Women in Energy and the Environment, and a former Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco
Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP
Lisa DeMarco is a lawyer with over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. She represents several governments and leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline, and energy storage matters before various regulatory tribunals, including the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board. She has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and lectures regularly. Ms. DeMarco also assists leading Canadian energy companies on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, cleantech development and finance, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure, clean energy finance, and sustainable business strategy. She is ranked by Chamber’s Global as one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers and regularly attends and advises on United Nations Climate negotiations. She is ranked and repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, Expert Guide, International Who’s Who, and Chambers Canada as a leading energy (oil and gas) and environment lawyer.
Ms. DeMarco has advised multilateral development banks and energy companies ondeals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China, Russia, California, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development and drafting of energy and greenhouse gas emissions policy, regulation, and law throughout Canada, and in various countries around the world. She was appointed to the Premier of Ontario’s now completed Climate Change Advisory Panel, Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force, and Climate Action Group. Ms. DeMarco is a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation, the Advanced Energy Centre, and a former member of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee. She is currently on the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review. She is a graduate of the Western University (BSc. Hon. 1990), the University of Toronto (MSc. 1992), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (LLB 1995) and the Vermont Law School (MSEL, summa cum laude 1995). She is called to the bar in Ontario and England.
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 25,000 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. He was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to advise the Governor on transportation needs and challenges out to the year 2040.

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 remains active in Goucher College’s Alumni Association. Dolan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Family ACCESS, a center for comprehensive education and support services for over 100 years, which empowers and strengthens families through a set of integrated programs focused on literacy, consulting and child assault prevention. He is also 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.

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.

Barbara Ellard
Director of Markets & Procurement, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Barbara Ellard is the Director of Markets & Procurement at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). In this role, she is responsible for assessing and evolving Ontario’s electricity markets, developing new market mechanisms and procurement options to help manage system needs. As part of her responsibilities, Barbara plays an important leadership role in the IESO’s Market Renewal Program.

Prior to her current role, Barbara was Director of Policy & Analysis at the Ontario Power Authority, where she was responsible for dealing with a variety of strategic and policy issues that affect supply procurements and contracted resources. In addition, she was responsible for a number of support programs that enabled community involvement in renewable energy and transmission projects. Barbara worked on a number of energy supply procurements while at the OPA and also in a prior role at the Ministry of Energy.

Barbara graduated from the University of Toronto, where she earned both a Master of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.

Jonathan Frank
Managing Director & Head of Projects, CoPower

CoPower is a capital solutions provider for clean energy generation and energy efficiency projects. Our solutions include equity, construction, and debt financing for project developers, engineering firms, building owners or independent power producers.

Jon is a member of the corporate management committee and leads the company’s clean energy project investment strategy, business development, and project finance activities. Jon has been involved in a wide range of clean energy technologies across Canada including solar energy, energy efficiency retrofits, geothermal heating, and cooling, renewable natural gas, microgrids and energy storage.

Over his career Jon has worked at companies like SunEdison and RESCo, has consulted with industry-leading real estate companies and is one of the founding executives of Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy and has served as Co-Chair of the National Board of Directors leading initiatives including a charity solar project in Nepal and Canada’s first national mentorship program for renewable energy professionals. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s “GameChanger” Award for Emerging Solar Leader.

Paritosh Gambhir
Partner, KPMG LLP

Paritosh is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Financial Services Practice, and specializes in banking and asset management, serving a wide range of clients from the largest Schedule 1 banks in Canada to smaller trust companies, fintech companies, hedge and mutual funds. He is also the Audit Innovation Leader for the GTA, as well as one of the leads for our Blockchain technology solutions. He also leads Blockchain for KPMG Canada.  Paritosh joined KPMG in Canada in 2004, and was previously with KPMG in Zambia.


Relevant Professional and Industry Experience
Paritosh has experience in servicing large financial institutions globally, helping clients meet the challenges of an ever-changing environment. As one of the engagement partners on Canada’s five largest financial institutions he has been very involved in some of the challenges and issues facing the financial services industry during the most recent financial crisis. Paritosh’ s clients include large Banks, including Schedule 1, 2 and 3 banks in Canada and Banks abroad. His experience includes personal and commercial banking, credit risk, securitizations and wealth management. He has also been involved with the Bank’s securities offerings in Canada and the US.


Paritosh has also been previously involved with the audit of Canadian-based custodian, CIBC Mellon Trust Company, and also with the audit of Canada’s primary securities clearing agency, Canadian Depository for Securities Limited.


Paritosh has years of experience with investment funds, including Canadian reporting issuer funds, in particular exchange traded funds, pooled funds, hedge funds, U.S. and offshore hedge funds and private equity funds. He has also served as lead partner for several asset management companies, and various fund complexes using fintech solutions to generate returns.


Paritosh has also been involved with many proposals with respect to investment funds and other entities investing in crypto currencies/digital assets, and is currently the lead in the firm for any assurance related discussions, including with risk management and department for professional practice. These discussions include risk assessment, accounting and audit related matters with respect to such investments.


Paritosh is also the lead audit partner at KPMG Canada assisting the advisory practice with offering Blockchain technology solutions to clients in Canada and is involved in prospective initial coin offerings.


Paritosh is also the GTA Audit Innovation Leader, and is responsible educating Partners in the audit practice in the GTA around the new technologies that are disrupting the industry. The role includes keeping abreast of new technologies, understanding the impacts they are having on our clients, including regulatory, and the impact they would have on the audit and accounting profession.


Other Activities
- Member of the OSC Fintech Advisory Committee
- Member of the Operations Committee, Canadian ETF Association
- Member of the Token Alliance, Chamber of Digital Commerce
- Member of the Portfolio Management Association of Canada
- Treasurer, Youth Challenge International
- Previous roles: Board of Director, Private Capital Markets Association, and taught the CFO course in Fall 2015 for exempt market dealers

Steve Gilchrist
President, Cinergex Solutions Inc.

Steve Gilchrist, President of Cinergex Solutions Inc., is both a business leader in the energy sector and an influential figure in provincial politics. Elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1995 and 1999, he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment and Energy. Recognized for innovative policy development abilities and strong analytical skills, he was appointed as the first Commissioner of Alternative Energy in 2002 and served as the Government Lead on the Select Committee on Alternate Fuel Sources in 2001. In total, he served as a member or Chair of 6 Legislative Committees.

As President of Cinergex Solutions Ltd., Mr. Gilchrist has led the marketing of a wide range of products, including hydrogen products, geothermal plants, and energy-efficient lighting, while assisting numerous agencies with government relations and technical consulting. He has provided, for example, strategic planning and technical advice in the field of waste management to companies and governments in Africa, South America, Asia and the Caribbean.  For the Canadian Hydrogen Energy Company Ltd. (CHEC), he served as Vice-President of Government Affairs and International Sales from 2003 to 2008.

For Green Power Technologies, Inc. he served as Vice-President & Director, CEO/Chairman (Canada) from 2008 to 2016, leading the adoption of advanced non-thermal waste processing technologies designed to maximize the recovery of recyclable materials and the conversion of organic waste into a usable biomass.

Mr. Gilchrist has been recognized by the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) as a leading authority on regulatory excellence and served as Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of Skypower Inc., the largest Canadian wind & solar company, from 2004 to 2011. He also served as President of the PC Party of Ontario from 1992 to 1994 and as Director of Organization and Election Readiness from May 2015 to March 2018.

Sarah Griffiths
Director, Enel X

Sarah is a Director with Enel X, an Enel Group Company which is the global leader in demand-side flexibility services. Her primary responsibilities include market and governmental affairs in Ontario and Alberta.  Sarah has over 15-years’ experience in both Canada and the United States and has worked in 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, and the AESO’s Capacity Market Design Working Group. She has also been a member of the New England Power Pool Participants Committee and currently is a member of the IESO’s Technical Panel.  Sarah 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.

A.J. Goulding
President, London Economics International LLC

In his role as president of London Economics International LLC, A.J. Goulding manages a growing international consulting firm focused on finance, economic, and strategic consulting to the energy and infrastructure industries. In addition to serving as a sector expert in electricity and gas markets, his responsibilities include project management, marketing, budget and financial control, and recruiting. A.J. also serves as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on electricity market design and regulatory economics while also supervising graduate workshops.

A.J.’s diverse background enables him to work effectively in both emerging markets and OECD countries. In North America, A.J. has been articulate in describing market relationships between wholesale power marketers, merchant plants, aggregators, and the existing investor owned utilities. In emerging markets, A.J. has considerable experience dealing with the challenges of mixed private and public ownership, difficulties in creating credit-worthy distribution and retail entities, and the realities of line losses, unreliable fuel deliveries, and politicized labor relations. A.J. has worked on every continent except Antarctica.

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

Reena is a lawyer at the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO). In her many roles at the IESO to date, including in Regulatory Affairs, Market Assessment and Compliance, Legal Services and previous Special Advisor to the CEO, Reena applies her expertise to contribute to a range of enterprise-wide matters including providing strategic legal advice and supporting the market rule amendment process. 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. Reena is a Steering Committee member with Women in Energy Canada (WIECan) and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada In-House Corporate Counsel Roundtable.

Andrew Hejnar
Energy Manager, 3M Canada Company

Andrew Hejnar is 3M Canada Company’s Energy Manager with more than 15 years of experience in leading sustainability initiatives at 3M. 


Hejnar’s focus on improving energy performance and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at 3M’s manufacturing facilities and commercial buildings across Canada and around the world enabled 3M to achieve the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard.


Hejnar was recently named Energy Manager of the Year for 2018 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). In 2017, Hejnar was named one of Canada’s Clean 16 as an outstanding contributor to clean capitalism in Canada.


Hejnar holds Masters Degree in Energy Management, has Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, he is Professional Engineer of Ontario, Certified Practitioner in Industrial Energy Management Systems and SEP Performance Verifier. He has also completed industry certificates including the Advanced Certificate in Facilities Management and Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, and has achieved Certified Carbon Reduction Manager accreditations.

Alex Jerome
Vice President, InstarAGF

Alex Jerome brings more than 10 years of direct investment experience to InstarAGF, including the evaluation, execution and ongoing management of global infrastructure investments in the transportation, utilities, communications and energy infrastructures sectors. Alex joined InstarAGF in November 2015.


He most recently served as Vice President of Kindle Capital Management Inc., an independent investment firm formed in 2009 to lead and manage groups of Canadian institutional investors in global syndication and co-investment opportunities in the infrastructure sector. In this role, he was responsible for the development of Kindle Capital’s direct investment strategies, the analysis, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities and managing investor relationships and reporting. Over the past five years, he helped build a diversified portfolio of global infrastructure investments valued at over $550 million, including investments in 407ETR, Anglian Water Group, Arqiva, Broadcast Australia, and Colonial First State’s Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund. Prior to joining Kindle in 2010, Alex served as an Analyst, Private Investments with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, supporting the evaluation of global investment opportunities, such as the acquisition of Puget Sound Energy and Skype Inc., with a primary focus on financial modelling and due diligence.


Alex holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University

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.


Hon. Joseph T. Kelliher
Executive Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, NextEra Energy, Inc..

Joseph T. Kelliher is executive vice president – federal regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for managing federal regulatory matters for NextEra Energy and its principal subsidiaries, NextEra Energy Resources and Florida Power & Light Company. He has held this position since May 2009.


Previously, Mr. Kelliher served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2005 to 2009. A hallmark of his chairmanship was efficient implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the largest expansion in FERC regulatory authority since the 1930s. This law gave FERC a new mission to assure reliability of the interstate power grid, granted the agency strong enforcement authority for the first time and expanded FERC authority in other areas. Chairman Kelliher pursued a series of reforms to promote competitive wholesale power and natural gas markets, improve FERC economic regulation and strengthen the U.S. energy infrastructure.


Mr. Kelliher has spent his entire professional career working on energy policy matters, serving in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. These include senior policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, majority counsel to the U.S. House Commerce Committee and positions with private corporations, trade associations and law firms.


Mr. Kelliher earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law.


NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is one of the largest electric power and energy infrastructure companies in North America and a leader in the renewable energy industry. NEE has two principal businesses, FPL and NEER. FPL is the largest electric utility in the state of Florida and one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. FPL’s strategic focus is centered on investing in generation, transmission and distribution facilities to continue to deliver on its value proposition of low bills, high reliability, outstanding customer service and clean energy solutions for the benefit of its nearly five million customers. NEER is the world's largest operator of wind and solar projects. NEER’s strategic focus is centered on the development, construction and operation of long-term contracted assets throughout the U.S. and Canada, including renewable generation facilities, natural gas pipelines and battery storage projects. NEE has consolidated revenues of approximately $17.2 billion, operates approximately 46,790 megawatts of net generating capacity and employs approximately 14,000 people in 33 states and Canada as of year-end 2017.

Kathy Lerette
Senior Vice President, Business Transformation, Alectra Utilities

Kathy Lerette is 35-year engineering and operations professional of the energy industry. Kathy currently serves as Senior Vice President, Business Transformation at Alectra Utilities – the second largest municipally-owned electric utility in North America created through the merger of Enersource, Horizon Utilities, PowerStream and Hydro One Brampton. As a Senior VP, Kathy ensures the successful delivery of any merger integration plans.  Previously, Kathy served as VP Utility Operations for Horizon Utilities, where she oversaw all aspects of Engineering, Construction & Maintenance, and Supply Chain Management divisions.  She provided leadership for the continuous improvement culture and initiatives that drove increased levels of performance in Horizon Utilities’ operations.

Kathy is also the Vice-Chair of the Electricity Human Resources Canada Board of Directors, and is an influential and well-regarded voice for removing barriers that contribute to underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She works tirelessly as an advocate for the transformation of the energy sector, ensuring opportunities are created for young women seeking a career that may have otherwise be seen as unattainable.

About Alectra’s Family of Companies

Alectra’s family of energy companies distributes electricity to nearly one million customers in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Area and provides innovative energy solutions to these and thousands more across Ontario. The Alectra family of companies includes Alectra Inc. (Mississauga), Alectra Utilities Corporation (Hamilton) and Alectra Energy Solutions (Vaughan).

Derek Lim Soo
CEO, Peak Power Energy

Derek is a high energy executive that possesses over fifteen years of business experience in the Cleantech/Energy sector.  He has held various senior leadership roles encompassing business development, capital raise strategies, mergers and acquisitions, technology development and overall executive management.


Prior to founding Peak Power, Derek was Senior Vice President at AGI and Vice President for Canada for Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation. Derek has also served as Global Vice President for a solar technology company - Stirling Energy Systems, a private equity backed portfolio company that was funded by a $300M investment by NTR PLC.  Prior to SES, Derek worked for the General Electric Company in numerous senior sales roles, and held various senior positions across GE's energy business.

Jason Lockhart
Vice President, Innovative Research Group

Jason Lockhart is a Vice President at Innovative Research Group and leads the electricity practice.  Over the past 14 years, he has provided strategic advice and research to some of the country’s largest power producers, transmission companies and distributors as well as industry associations, governments and regulatory bodies.

Jason has extensive experience in designing and executing research programs that respond to a wide range of challenges in the energy sector – particularly in the areas of NIMBY, infrastructure siting, conservation program evaluation, public consultation, consumer protection, communications testing, and brand assessment.

Shawn McCarthy
National Business Correspondent, The Globe and Mail

Shawn McCarthy is an Ottawa-based, national business correspondent for The Globe and Mail, covering a global energy beat. He writes on various aspects of the international energy industry, from oil and gas production and refining, to the development of new technologies, to the business implications of climate-change regulations. Recent coverage includes how the energy industry is coping with the climate change challenge; international energy supply and demand; the development of massive shale gas deposits in North America, and the renewable energy technology.


Mr. McCarthy took up the role of global energy reporter after a three-year stint as Globe and Mail correspondent in New York City. There, he covered U.S. corporate stories, including the collapse of Enron and Martha Stewart's insider trading trial, as well as general U.S. news and features. He also covered international political stories at the United Nations, and contributed to The Globe and Mail's U.S. coverage, including the 2004 presidential election.


Prior to his assignment in New York, Mr. McCarthy was The Globe's parliamentary bureau chief, serving as chief political writer and leading a team of 10 reporters. He joined The Globe in 1997 as a senior writer on government finances and economic policy.


Before joining The Globe, he worked at The Toronto Star and Canadian Press as a business reporter, and at the Alberta Report magazine as a senior editor and reporter.


He completed a master's degree in journalism at Carleton University, and a bachelor of arts in English at the University of Alberta.

David J. McFadden, Q.C.
Counsel, Gowling WLG

David McFadden is Counsel in Gowling WLG having served previously on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.  He has acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, transmission, marketing and financing of energy.
David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro Corp., 407 International Inc. and PCI Geomatics Inc.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cricket Energy Holdings Inc.


David is Vice Chair of the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario of the IESO, a member of the Advisory Board of MaRS Advanced Energy Centre and a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy. He also is a member of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association, having served previously as Chair of the Board.


David is on the Board of Governors of York University and chairs the Board’s Governance and Human Resources Committee.  David received an Honorary Doctorate from York University in 2012.


He previously served as Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade and continues to serve as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee. As Chair, David launched the Board of Trade’s focus on energy and infrastructure development and renewal in the Greater Toronto region.
David was the Chair of Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. 2004-2010 and in that position led the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Energy which has supported energy innovation across Ontario.


David has also served as Chair of the Stakeholder’s Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, was a member of the Canada-US Electric System Working Group which investigated the massive blackout in August 2003, co-led an investigation team into the 2006 nationwide blackout in Jamaica, was a Member of the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004) and served on the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel (2012).


David was named the Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2013.

Dan Moulton
Senior Consultant, Crestview Strategy

Dan Moulton joined Crestview Strategy in January 2017 after five years with the McGuinty and Wynne Governments at Queen’s Park. During his time at the Government of Ontario, Dan served as Director of Communications to the Minister of Energy, as well as senior legislative and issues advisor to the Minister of Finance.


In these roles, he provided strategic leadership on some of the most challenging files in the government, including the 2013 and 2014 minority government budgets, the Hydro One initial public offering, the announcement of refurbishment at Bruce and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations, an electricity trade agreement with Quebec, and the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan.


A native of Woodstock – Ontario, Dan also served as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in Oxford County for the 2014 General Election.


He holds an Honors degree in Political Science from Huron College at Western University, as well as a Master’s of Science in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.


Jennifer Murphy
Climate Policy & Compliance Sr. Advisor, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Jennifer is the Climate Policy and Compliance Sr. Advisor for Enbridge Gas Distribution.  Her primary responsibilities include development and implementatJion of climate related policies and strategies, oversight of the greenhouse gas inventory, and working to identify greenhouse gas abatement opportunities.  Jennifer has over 15-years’ experience in the environmental field, working in areas such as hazardous waste management, spill prevention and response, chemical management and environmental management systems.  For the past 7 years she has been primarily focused on air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, and implementation of climate related policies.  Jennifer is currently the Chair of the Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation, a non-profit organization for environmental and greenhouse gas emissions research in the natural gas transmission and distribution sector. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph.  

Paul Murphy

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


Joanna Osawe
Chair, Executive Director & Founder, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

Joanna Osawe is the Chair, Executive Director & Founder of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-profit organization which encourages and supports women to enter this dynamic field. WiRE is inclusive and educates on all renewable and emerging energy technologies with chapters in St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Vancouver and Kamloops. WiRE is expanding internationally with its first WiRE International Launch in Istanbul, Turkey with the Canadian Embassy. WiRE regularly organizes educational field trips (open to All), monthly networking meetings, an awards recognition program, student mentoring and bursaries, communications and engagement initiatives. Joanna also works at DMC Power as the Global Business Development Manager – Major Projects at DMC Power Inc.


The first time Joanna saw wind turbines operating on the landscape, she immediately developed a passion for the energy sector and began the natural progression to building her career in this sector. Joanna has worked on the renewable development side, P&C (protection and control), SCADA and is now working for DMC Power in supplying connectors for the Substation and Transmission segments.


Joanna has been a panelist and moderator in numerous conferences on renewables and/or gender forums. She is a strong believer in working together towards sustainability and the advancement of women, with at the helm the involvement in organizations of like-minded people with the same passion to help create more educational and professional opportunities for women.


Joanna attended Western University studying Languages, Graduating with an Honours BA, Joanna has used her language skills on a focused, 15+ year management career at leading renewable and energy sector companies in Canada and the United States. By carrying complex projects through many stages she has seen firsthand the vital role renewable energy and emerging technologies serve in moving the Canadian, American and Global energy mix forward.

Brian Rivard
Adjunct Professor & Director of Research, The Ivey Energy Policy & Management Centre

Brian Rivard is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Research for the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, in the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. His area of expertise and study is electricity market design and regulation. Brian has experience as an energy consultant, most recently as a Principal at Charles River Associates. He also worked for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as Director of Markets. While working at the IESO, Brian was responsible for providing analysis of the impacts of changes to the IESO Market Rules, 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, Brian spent six years as a senior economist with the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has written articles for various publications such as the Energy Journal, 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. He has also provided expert testimony before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Ontario Energy Board. He received his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Duncan Rotherham
Vice President and Managing Director of ICF's Canadian operations

Duncan Rotherham is Vice President and Managing Director of ICF's Canadian operations - with a team of over 60 staff in Canada and offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Regina and Calgary - and 20 years experience in the energy industry. ICF partners with commercial (utility, oil and gas, power, industry, financial services and law firms) and government (federal, provincial municipal and international) clients to design and implement policy, programs, provide professional services (environmental compliance, planning, finance, forecasting) and technology solutions in the areas of energy, environment and sustainable value creation.


Teresa Sarkesian
President & CEO, Electricity Distributors Association (EDA)

With more than 25 years of experience in policy development and advocacy, developed through positions in both the public and the private sectors, Teresa Sarkesian serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Distributors Association, the trusted and vital source for advocacy, insight and information for Ontario's local electricity distributors.


Teresa first joined the EDA in 2009 as Vice President, Government and Member Affairs. In this role, she spearheaded an industry response to sector review, achieved legislative change for greater scope expansion for local electric utility businesses, and facilitated greater flexibility in design and delivery of conservation initiatives by local utilities.


Teresa was appointed President and CEO of the EDA in 2016. Under her leadership, the Association has produced a vision paper and roadmap plan to allow LDCs to enable distributed energy resources to connect to the grid and to take a greater role as network operators. In 2018, the association launched its innovative Power of Local Hydro campaign, a government and public relations program designed to effectively position and promote the local hydro utilities that supply safe, reliable power to more than five million customers across the province.


Ms. Sarkesian holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.
Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Advanced Planning at Alectra Inc.  Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge, green, innovative technologies and disruptive business models. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in Canada.
She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including serving as Chair on the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and Vice Chair of National Electricity Roundtable. 
Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

Jayesh Shah
Interim Vice President, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation

Jayesh Shah is Interim Vice President at Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, Oshawa, Ontario. Jayesh has Master’s degree in Engineering and Master’s degree in Business Administration.


Jayesh’s 25+ years of experience in planning, management, delivery, operation, and maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution systems provided him with the abilities in managing the overall picture and provide solutions for increasingly complex and evolving needs of today’s power system industry. Jayesh is knowledgeable in conceptualizing and implementing custom solutions for cutting-edge power distribution technologies such as smartgrid and microgrid involving various sources of generation such as renewable, combined heat and power, and energy storage. Recently, Jayesh is involved in planning and managing district energy systems, combined with distributed energy resources, to create self-sustained grid-connected communities. Jayesh also offers Smartgrid graduate course at Ryerson University.

Chris Shorts
Director Storage & Transportation, Marketing and Utilization, Union Gas Limited

Chris Shorts has been with Union Gas for 32 years.  In his time at Union Gas, he has held roles of increasing responsibility in regulatory, industrial marketing and sales, product and service development, finance, gas supply, customer billing and operational support, and business development and upstream regulation.  He has recently assumed his current role as director of storage and transportation, marketing and utilization.

In his tenure at Union Gas, he has been involved with the launch of retail energy marketing as a result of deregulation, creating the rules and governance of marketing to end users and the sales and marketing of unbundled gas services to large industrial  and power generation customers.  He also led the gas supply team through a major restructuring of Union Gas’ gas supply and upstream transportation portfolio and gained approvals for a major pipeline project to serve growing southwestern Ontario needs.

In his current role as director storage transportation, marketing and utilization, Chris and his team are responsible for the strategic marketing and sales for Union Gas’ storage and transportation services (S&T) including Dawn’s storage assets and the Dawn-Parkway transmission system across southern Ontario.  Dawn is an ever-growing and important natural gas storage and trading hub and is currently the second largest physically traded hub in North America.  Dawn serves the Ontario, Quebec and US Northeast markets including large local distribution customers (LDCs), industry, power generators, as well as S&T marketers across North America.   Chris’s group also provides market analysis and intelligence in these markets and participates in industry strategic development work. 

Chris is a graduate of the University of Windsor and worked in the financial services sector before joining Union Gas in 1986. 

Sarah Simmons
Manager, Generation and Emerging Sectors, Power Advisory LLC

Sarah has more than 10 years of professional experience in the electricity sector and has worked with large-scale and distributed generators, electricity distributors and transmitters, industrial load customers, and emerging technology providers.  Sarah is well-known for her work at the Ontario Power Authority as a core member of the team that developed and launched of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in 2009.


She contributed to the development the rules, contract and application processes that governed the FIT program, and she lead the development of the microFIT program.  In addition, she supported consultation efforts working directly with regulators, utilities and other stakeholders on the integration of the FIT and microFIT programs in Ontario’s electricity system.


Prior to joining Power Advisory, Sarah was a member of the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group.  In this role, she provided expert advice on matters related to government policy, power system planning, impacts of carbon pricing policy, emerging trends in the electricity sector, permitting and approvals, procurement of resources and contract negotiations.  Sarah was also Government Affairs Manager for SunEdison Canada helping to navigate the policy, planning and procurement of solar generation across the country.  While at SunEdison Canada, she was responsible for regulatory affairs, government relations, market protection and market expansion. 


Sarah has a Master’s Degree of Environmental Studies focusing on electricity pricing policy from the University of Waterloo. She has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, majoring in environmental monitoring and analysis with an area of emphasis in development and stewardship. 


She currently volunteers as a member of the Advisory Committee for Women in Renewable Energy, an organization which strives to advance the role and recognition of women working in the energy sector across Canada. In 2012, Sarah was recognized by the Canadian Solar Industries Association as a leader in the sector, receiving a GameChanger award from the President for her contribution as Chair of the Ontario Solar Photovoltaic Caucus. 

Emily Thorn Corthay
Chair, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ (OSPE’s) Energy Task Force

Emily Thorn Corthay is Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ (OSPE’s) Energy Task Force as well as an elected Director of the Board and a member of OSPE’s Audit & Finance committee.  Emily is also President of Thorn Associates, an energy and carbon management consulting corporation, and past Director of Energy Optimization and Management at Hatch Ltd., a 10,000 employee international engineering consulting firm.  With over 15 years of experience in energy engineering, people and project management, and client relations, Emily is one of 5 Canadian instructors for the Certified Energy Manager course, and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Emily is a recent Laureate of the RelèveTO Young Professional Award. 

Ahsan Upal, P.Eng. PMP
Regional Manager of Business Development, Burns & McDonnell

Ahsan is the national business development leader with Burns & McDonnell, an EPC engineering firm specializing in all aspects of power generation, transmission and distribution, storage and renewables as well as in pipelines, aviation and water with nearly 7,000 people working in 42 offices globally.
Ahsan has 17 years of experience in engineering and projects leadership roles with an electrical transformer manufacturer, major electric and oil/gas pipeline utilities and consulting firms executing major infrastructure projects in power, pipelines and utility telecommunication networks.
Ahsan worked with AltaLink managing transmission projects in northern Alberta, with Enbridge leading development and execution of Canadian pipeline expansion projects and then consulted with the AESO on the 500kV Fort McMurray West Transmission project before joining Burns & McDonnell four years ago.
Ahsan is an electrical systems engineer and the national chair of Industry at IEEE Canada.
Ahsan is an active member of the Canadian Electricity Association and other industry organizations where he actively participates in energy policy and emerging energy sector trends discussions.

John 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 was recognized as a 2017 Lexpert® Rising Star, in the 2018 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy - Electricity) and in the 2019 editions of Chambers Canada (Energy – Provincial Regulatory) and Best Lawyers in Canada (Energy Regulatory Law).


John is on the executive of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, 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).


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