APPrO 2018 Wrap Up

Thanks for Participating




Thank you to all our delegates and guests for participating in APPrO 2018 – the 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre Toronto on November 12 & 13.


As always, your presence enhances the discussion, and intensifies the opportunities for solid business connections! Check out our list of attendees at the link provided below.

If you didn't manage to join us this year for the industry’s leading power event spanning all generation technologies, we’re happy to report that over 400 delegates convened to hear the industry's top experts pinpoint the key issues facing the industry and to connect with leading industry actors and potential partners. This year’s supporters included many of the power industry’s leading edge sponsors and partners! Check them out in our Power Networking Guide. And read on to see what you missed at APPrO 2018!

As those who attended can attest, networking opportunities abounded - from the various host events in the Power Networking Centre, including networking coffee breaks and delegate reception - to the Annual Canadian Power Banquet dinner and post-banquet President’s Mixer.



Program Highlights


Here's a taste of some of the interesting things that we covered in this year’s two day program:



Day 1


Opening keynote with Robert Ethier, Vice President, Market Operations, ISO New England Inc.






Energy industry transformation panel



Keynote with Peter Gregg, the CEO of the IESO





Regulatory update / Keeping up with the pace of change




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







The LDCs of the future



New business ventures - Innovation in action






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



Economic options for emission management




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





Congrats to Stephen Somerville shown below with the Hedley Palmer Award.





And to Meredith Adler who took home WiRE's WOTY - Woman of the Year Award for 2018





Day 2:


Keynote with Dawn Farrell, CEO of TransAlta



Market Renewal




Driving down costs in the power system






The Power of Diversity





Political Issues Panel



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










The Annual Canadian Power Banquet Dinner sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais and Northland Power was another great success!







The President’s Mixer, sponsored by Stikeman Elliott provided a sweet knosh, a nightcap and a final opportunity to connect and regroup before Day 2! Definitely becoming a tradition.




The Networking Reception, sponsored by TransCanada, was also a great success as the first opportunity to unwind and prepare for the rest of the evening’s activities!




The ever popular Speed Mentoring program presented in conjunction with WiRE Canada is now in its 4th year at the APPrO Conference. Mandated to connect seasoned professionals with industry up and comers - Speed Mentoring continues to enjoy great success.







Other opportunities for networking were provided by the sponsored Networking Coffee Breaks (Thanks to Customized Energy Solutions and Morrison Park Advisors) and Buffet Lunches (Thanks to Power Advisory LLC) - all providing more valuable opportunities for connecting with colleagues, clients (current and prospective) and competitors!

















 What our delegates are saying about the APPrO Conference:

“The APPrO conference was a wonderful opportunity to network with important industry officials and to catch up with some old friends.”

~ Steve Gilchrist, President of Cinergex Solutions, former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment and Energy.


“The APPrO conference has always managed to pull a very relevant and engaged audience.”

~ Neetika Sathe, Vice President, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.


Every year the WiRE Speed Mentoring at APPrO grows and grows and this year was another success!  We cannot thank APPrO enough for the ongoing support.  This year's WiRE Woman of the Year Award was celebrated and applauded as it has been in previous years!  The Gender Diversity and Inclusion panel was a success and the feedback was overwhelming with support!  Thank you APPrO for all that you do!

~Joanna Osawe - WiRE Chair, Executive Director & Co-Founder.


APPrO is such a professionally run and well thought out conference - it is outstanding every year - fantastic range of topics!

~ Jim Redford, Vice President, Business Development, Storage & Transmission, Union Gas


BLG is proud to support APPrO's annual conference and I strongly recommend it to all electricity markets stakeholders.
~ Linda Bertoldi, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


APPrO has an admirable roster of top level execs and very informative panels. 

~Evan Bahry, Executive Director, IPPSA – Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta


Media and Social


Sean Mallen's blogs:


On Minister Rickford’s speech

On pricing

Social posts:









To see more and get connected:












APPrO Company Page


David Butters


Jake Brooks

Carole Kielly






Thanks to our generous sponsors, without whom we would not be able to provide such an excellent event!









Click here to view the APPrO 2018 Power Networking Guide, including details for our sponsors and partners.


Find photos and bios for our esteemed speakers here


Find out who attended - view or download the attendee list.

Check out the final program here.

Visit the APPrO 2018 website

Delegates can still access presentations on to the PowerConnect app.

Save the dates for APPrO 2019: November 21 & 22, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in downtown Toronto.
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