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.

Richard Dicerni
Chair, OEB Modernization Review Panel

Mr. Dicerni started his career with the federal government in 1969. In the 1970s and 1980s, he held a number of executive positions in the federal public service including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare; and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In 1992, he joined the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy. In 1995, he assumed the position of Deputy Minister, Education and Training.


Mr. Dicerni served as President of Ontario Power Generation between 2003 and 2005.


He rejoined the Canadian Government as Deputy Minister of Industry where he served from 2006 to 2012. He was named Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service on October 15, 2014 and served until April 16, 2016.


He was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017.


Mr. Dicerni’s speaking engagement at APPrO 2018 is subject to final confirmation.

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.

David Butters
President & CEO, Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)

David Butters has been APPrO’s president and chief executive officer since April 2004.

Mr. Butters has an extensive background in government, government relations, and corporate and advertising communications.

Prior to joining APPrO he was Vice President, Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton Canada, with responsibility for their national energy practice. He was also Chief of Staff to the Hon. Tom Hockin in the Mulroney government.

He sits on Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing Ontario generators, and is a member of the IESO’s Market Renewal Working Group and the Ontario Energy Board Chair’s Advisory Roundtable. He is also a Director of the Churchill Society.

Mr. Butters is a graduate of York University in Toronto.

APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 20 independent power producers in Ontario, and over 100 suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from co-generation, hydro-electric, gas, nuclear, wind energy, waste wood and other sources. APPrO’s members currently produce about 50% of the electricity made in Ontario.



Brian Bentz, MBA, FCPA, FCA, CET
President and CEO, Alectra Inc.

Brian is the President and CEO of Alectra Inc., the largest municipally-owned utility by customer base in Canada.
 
Alectra Inc., through its regulated utility, Alectra Utilities Corporation, provides power and related services to almost one million electricity customers in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. Alectra Inc. also provides innovative energy solutions to consumers through several unregulated subsidiaries including Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

While Brian played a major role in the creation of Alectra through a merger of three Ontario electric utilities  and the  acquisition of a fourth, his expertise in utility consolidations was also demonstrated on several occasions in his previous position as the President and CEO of PowerStream.

His leadership was instrumental in the growth of that utility from its creation following the merger of three local electricity distribution companies in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan in 2004. He was also a driving force in the acquisition of Aurora Hydro in 2005, the 2009 merger with Barrie Hydro and the 2012 partnership with the Town of Collingwood in the ownership of Collus PowerStream.

Brian has assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. He currently serves as Chair of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Brian is also on the Board of Directors of Collus PowerStream, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) and is a member of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Advisory Committee on Innovation. Previously, he served as Chair of the OEA, Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (MEARIE) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Stakeholder Advisory Committee as well as Vice-Chair of Collus PowerStream and Board member of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).

Brian has been recognized on several occasions for his industry leadership. In 2017, he was presented with the LDC ‘Leader Award’ from the MEARIE Group and was a co-winner of the OEA ‘Leader of the Year’ Award in 2016.  In previous years, he received the ‘Chair’s Citation’ from the EDA, the Electricity Human Resources Canada ‘Leader of the Year’ Award, the ‘Game Changer’ Award from the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), as well as recognition as a ‘Clean50’ and ‘Clean16’ Champion for leadership in sustainability advancement.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian has an MBA (McMaster) and a honourary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College). He is also a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant  as well as a Certified Engineering Technologist (Electrical/Electronics).

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.

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.

Kathleen Spees
Principal, The Brattle Group
Dr. Kathleen Spees is a Principal at The Brattle Group with expertise in designing and analyzing wholesale electric markets and carbon policies.  Dr. Spees has worked with market operators, transmission system operators, and regulators in more than a dozen jurisdictions globally to improve their market designs for capacity investments, scarcity and surplus event pricing, ancillary services, wind integration, and market seams.  She has worked with U.S. and international regulators to design and evaluate policy alternatives for achieving resource adequacy, storage integration, carbon reduction, and other policy goals.  For private clients, Dr. Spees provides strategic guidance, expert testimony, and analytical support in the context of regulatory proceedings, business decisions, investment due diligence, and litigation.  Her work spans matters of carbon policy, environmental regulations, demand response, virtual trading, transmission rights, ancillary services, plant retirements, merchant transmission, renewables integration, hedging, and storage.
 
Kathleen earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Iowa State University.  She earned an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


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.

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 of Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC Inc.

Sarah is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at EnerNOC Inc., 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.

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. 

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.

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”).

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