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

The Honourable Greg Rickford was elected to the Ontario Legislature as the MPP for Kenora—Rainy River on June 7th, 2018, and currently serves as the Minister of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines, as well as Minister of Indigenous Affairs Ontario.

Before coming to Queen’s Park, Minister Rickford represented the people of Kenora—Rainy River in Ottawa as the Member of Parliament.

During his seven year federal term, he was appointed to Cabinet where he served as Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, Minister of Natural Resources, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.  Among other positions and committee memberships, Minister Rickford belonged to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Committee and the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women.

At both the federal and provincial levels, Minister Rickford has served the people of Ontario and Canada by building relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders—listening and giving voice to their concerns.

Greg, his wife Janet and their two young daughters, live in Keewatin Ontario. He has lived and worked in many capacities in northern Ontario throughout his professional career. He has owned his own business, and holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and an MBA from Université Laval.

Today, Minister Rickford is keen on delivering on the commitment to make life more affordable and businesses more prosperous through the ministries he oversees.

Dan Balaban
Founder, President and CEO, Greengate Power

Dan is the Founder, President and CEO of Greengate Power, a leading Canadian renewable energy company. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Dan is an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful business ventures.


Dan currently leads the Greengate Power team, which has been successfully developing renewable energy projects of unprecedented scale for more than a decade. To date, Greengate Power has developed close to 600 MW of operating or near operating wind energy projects in Alberta and Ontario, including the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, which is currently the largest operating wind energy project in Canada. These projects represent well over $1 billion of investment and provide a clean source of power to more than 250,000 homes. Greengate Power is also currently developing the 400 MW Travers Solar Project in Alberta. With a capital cost of approximately $500 million, it is expected to be the largest solar energy project in Canada and one of the largest in the world upon its anticipated completion in 2021.


Prior to starting Greengate Power, Dan was the Founder, President and CEO of Roughneck.ca, a leading provider of software solutions to the Canadian oil and gas industry. Prior to his tenure with Roughneck.ca, Dan worked as a management consultant with EY and PwC. Dan was a Senior Manager with PwC, where he was a key member of the firm’s management consulting practice.


Dan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is currently a member of the board of the Pembina Institute, and has formerly served in the roles of Chair of the Calgary JCC, national First Vice President of JNF Canada, and board member of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta.


Dan has received recognition for his business and community accomplishments, named one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2015, selected as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2010 and 2013 by Alberta Venture magazine, a winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies in 2012, and named one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2009.

Jan Buijk

AB Energy Canada Ltd.

Jan Buijk is the CEO of AB Energy Canada Ltd., a Canadian company that is specialized in providing energy solutions with best in class gas engine technology for clean energy projects such as CHP, biogas and other gaseous fuelled power generation applications. 

Over the past 25 years Jan has had engineering, project management and direct sales and marketing responsibilities for many of the reciprocating gas engine based CHP, district energy, and other distributed generation projects currently in operation in Ontario and across Canada.

Jan received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, where he also wrote a thesis on the use of landfill gas for power generation applications.

Jan is a director of APPrO, a former director of OSEA and CDEA, and holds a director position with the Decentralized Energy Association of Canada.

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.

Michelle Branigan
Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Recognized as a HR leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. ensuring they have the tools, resources and research needed to meet current and future workforce needs. She has spearheaded a number of influential programs including EHRC’s labour market intelligence research studies and  The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry. 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.

Jason Chee-Aloy
Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC

Jason Chee-Aloy is a senior energy professional with over 22 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, distribution, 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 and distribution 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: [email protected]
Web : www.poweradvisoryllc.com

Cara Clairman
President & CEO, Plug’n Drive

Cara Clairman is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.


Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving non-profit, recognized as a leader in the EV space. This year Plug’n Drive's Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre was selected as Canada's 2019 Top Project by the Clean 50 Community.


Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm.


She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University.


Cara is the 2017 recipient of the Women in Renewable Energy’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. She is currently driving the 100% electric Tesla Model 3.

Stephen Costello
Partner & Senior Director, CIMA+

Stephen Costello is a partner and senior director with CIMA+, and has over 30 years of utility stations, protection and control, and distribution engineering experience. Stephen has held positions at Westinghouse, Waterloo North Hydro, Norfolk Power, and owned Costello Utility Consulting for 12 years prior to merging with CIMA+ in July of 2019. Costello/CIMA+ acted as the Owners Engineer for North Bay Hydro Distribution for the Community Energy Park Microgrid project.

Mitchell Davidson
Executive Director, StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy & Economy

Mitchell Davidson is the Executive Director of the StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy, a new venture designed to contribute to thought leadership on important public policy issues in Ontario and Canada.


Mitchell brings a unique cross-section of public policy experience and political expertise from his nearly six years at Queen’s Park, culminating as Executive Director of Policy to the Premier of Ontario. In government, Mitchell served as the government’s lead policy architect, including responsibility for the 2019 Budget and 2018 Fall Economic Statement.


Prior to that, Mitchell was the policy lead and co-author of both recent Ontario PC Party Platforms – The Plan for the People and The People’s Guarantee.


Mitchell hails from the small town of Oro-Medonte, Ontario and holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters of Arts in political science from the University of Western Ontario.

Johnathon de Villier
Research Analyst, Navigant Research

Johnathon de Villier is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Digital Technologies Service. De Villier leads the Energy Blockchain research service, which covers the evolution of distributed ledger technologies and their intersections with key trends, from transactive energy and the Internet of Things to future mobility and the smart home. In addition to blockchain, de Villier conducts ongoing research on microgrids and their role as part of an efficient and resilient grid system. His work focuses on the strategic implications of these technologies for utilities and other stakeholders transitioning to a digital and distributed future.

Prior to joining Navigant Research, de Villier studied the effects of wildfires, climate change, and insect pests on the health and recovery of Western forests at the United States Department of Agriculture. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College

Ron Dizy
Chief Commercial Officer, Spark Power

Ron is Spark Power’s Chief Commercial Officer with over 25 years of experience in the technology and advanced energy sectors. Ron’s role is to drive growth at Spark Power through best-in-class sales, marketing, and business development. He is leading the development of a richer set of offerings that bring cost-effective, customer-centric solutions to market that address cost, quality & reliability, and power sustainability.


Prior to joining Spark, he was the SVP of Partnerships at MaRS where he was responsible for helping utilities around the world find ways to adopt innovation at scale, to help them survive in a world being rapidly changed by technology, customer preferences, and regulation. His previous career experience also includes:


•    Founding Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District
•    President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks
•    Founder & Managing Partner of Altera System Corp.
•    Partner at Celtic House Venture Partners ($500M venture fund)
•    Founding member of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan venture capital team where he was responsible for sourcing and managing investments across the technology sector in Canada and in the United States.


An active participant in the advanced energy sector, he is frequently sought out by government, agency, and utility organizations to offer his pragmatic perspective and lend his deep and varied experience.  He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. 


Ron holds a BASc, Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. 

Bob Dodds, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Vice Chair, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Dr. Dodds was appointed Vice Chair of the OEB in November 2018 and then Acting Chair in May 2019. Bob has worked in executive and operational roles in the private and regulated utility sector in the US and Canada which included electricity generation (using fuels such as water, wind, wood waste, municipal wastes, landfill gas and natural gas), electricity distribution, drinking water treatment and distribution and wastewater treatment. 


Bob also has over 40 years experience in the mining and gas pipeline construction sectors in corporate management (private and listed companies), engineering, design and operation, health and safety policies, First Nations agreements and environmental protection policies.


Bob holds BASc. and MASc Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Bob was born, raised and spent much of his professional career in Northwestern Ontario.

Neva Espinoza
Director, Enabling Technologies and Advanced Generation, EPRI - Electric Power Research Institute

Neva Espinoza is a director in the Generation Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She is responsible for the cross-sector enabling technologies and advanced generation research areas, which include instrumentation and controls, water management technologies, materials and repair, cyber security, carbon capture technologies, and renewable generation. These R&D areas focus on new and innovative technologies to support increased flexibility, digital capabilities, emerging technologies in the electric generation sector.

Espinoza joined EPRI in January 2012 with more than 10 years of operational and engineering experience in the power industry. Prior to EPRI, Espinoza was the operations manager at NRG’s Arthur Kill Power Station, where she was responsible for establishing and managing the safe and reliable operation of the plant. Previously, she worked at Exelon as a systems engineer, a member of the Engineering Response Team, and an operations supervisor. She was the lead test and system engineer of the first hollow fiber filtration system commissioned in the United States.

Espinoza began her career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), where she ensured safe operation of naval nuclear propulsion plants, trained staff operators and students to support fleet manning, and coordinated maintenance and testing of plant systems.

Espinoza received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and master of business administration degree from Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Officer Nuclear Power Program and held a senior reactor operators license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Chuck Farmer
Director, Resource Planning, Independent Electricity System Operator

After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Chuck joined the gas industry focusing on the residential and commercial markets. In 2005, Chuck was appointed as the Director for Market Knowledge and Demand Side Management at Union Gas. 


In 2006, Chuck joined the Ontario Power Authority, which merged with the IESO in 2014.  Chuck has held senior roles in Conservation, Corporate Relations and in Power System Planning.


In his current role as Director, Resource Planning, Chuck leads the planning of Ontario’s electricity system with a focus on assessing the adequacy of electricity supply to identify system needs and the options to meet them.

Dr. Ahmad Faruqui
Principal, The Brattle Group

Dr. Faruqui has over 40 years of experience working on issues related to customer engagement, including rate design, load flexibility, distributed energy resources, demand forecasting, and electrification.


In his research and consulting career, Dr. Faruqui has worked for over 150 clients on five continents, and has published more than 100 papers on energy topics in peer-reviewed and trade journals. His work has been cited in The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes, and he has appeared on NPR and Fox Business News. He has provided expert testimony, appeared before commissions, and presented to governments across the globe. 


Dr. Faruqui has taught economics at three universities over a seven-year period and has delivered guest lectures at a dozen more universities, including MIT, Northwestern, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.


Demand forecasting in a rate case filing, Xcel Energy Minnesota

Provided expert witness testimony to support Xcel Energy’s test year sales forecast. Analyzed the effects of three factors on the sales forecast: the weak economy, energy efficiency programs, and codes and standards and concluded sales growth was going to take place at lower rates than those observed historically.

AMI business case filing, Ameren Illinois

Retail electric rates, Public Service Company of New Mexico

Change of rates for residential customers, Westar Energy

Christopher Fralick
Chief Operating Officer, Renewable Generation, OPG

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer of Renewable Generation at OPG, responsible for leading a team of 1,300 dedicated staff in the safe, reliable and efficient operation of a 10,000 MW fleet of 66 hydroelectric and two thermal generating stations across Ontario. He has a passion for employee engagement and communication.

In his previous role as Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Chris was responsible for leading the preparation and management of the largest ever rate application before the OEB (Ontario Energy Board), totalling recovery of $24B over a 5 year term including the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Program and OPG’s first Incentive Rate Making (IRM) framework for its Hydroelectric and Nuclear assets.

Prior to Regulatory Affairs, Chris was Regional Vice President for OPG’s Northwest Operations where he was responsible for the one of a kind conversions of Atikokan Generating Station (GS) and Thunder Bay GS from coal to biomass.

Chris holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BASc in Environmental (Chemical) Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Chris currently serves as Director on the Board of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) and previously served 5 years on the Board of Governors of Confederation College, including two years as Chair.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and participating in marathons and triathlons.

Matthew Gibson
Vice President, Energy, Sussex Strategy

Matthew has over a decade of experience as a trusted voice within provincial, federal and North American governments.  Previous to his arrival at Sussex, Matthew led the government relations team for Union Gas, Spectra Energy and, more recently, Enbridge Inc. in Ontario and Eastern Canada.


Before moving to the private sector, Matthew worked for then Ontario Minister of Energy, the Honourable John Baird, and former Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader and now Mayor of Toronto, John Tory. He was also Executive Assistant to several Progressive Conservative House Leaders.


Matthew is a well-recognized leader in politics and  regulated sectors. He has spearheaded many legislative, policy and planning initiatives and has led teams that have achieved unique results across the country while working closely with host municipalities and Indigenous communities. Matthew has also been involved in advancing trade with the United States and multiple projects, policies and proceedings on both sides of the border.


Active in his local community, Matthew has been involved in multiple charitable organizations. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he has also received certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor.


Matthew serves clients in the energy and natural resource sectors domestically and globally to both analyze the complex government and regulatory environment, as well as serve the firm’s broader government relations clients.

[email protected]

Alif Gilani
Head of Engineering, Siemens Canada & Head of Operations & Project Management, Digital Grid Systems Segment.

Area of Responsibility

Alif Gilani is the Head of Engineering of Siemens Canada’s Energy Management Division and the Head of Operations & Project Management for the Digital Grid Systems Segment.


Mr. Gilani is responsible for all engineering, innovation and development of Energy Management activities in Canada. He reports directly to the head of the Energy Management Division and works with various business unit heads as well as heads of key support functions of sales, strategy, business excellence and communication within the division.


Prior to his current roles, Mr. Gilani was the Technical Lead Manager for the Energy Automation Division in the Lower Gulf Region Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman & Yemen.


Mr. Gilani has over 12+ years of experience in the areas of protection, control and substation automation and has executed a multitude of projects with varying complexity in a number of countries leading multinational and multicultural teams. In addition to this, Mr. Gilani leads the research and development team within Siemens Canada’s Digital Grid Systems segment on the prototyping of a low cost microgrid controller system. He heads all Microgrid projects within Siemens Canada from a project management, base design development, configuration and testing perspective.


He is a professional engineer and holds a serves as a member and contributes to IEEE, CIGRE and the National Electricity Roundtable (NER).


Mr. Gilani received a Bachelor of Science (Engineering from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2001 and a Masters of Engineering (from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa.

Peter Gregg
President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Peter Gregg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Under Mr. Gregg’s leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electricity system, ensuring affordable electricity is available when and where people need it. The IESO also operates the wholesale electricity markets, plans and prepares for Ontario’s future electricity needs, delivers energy efficiency and demand management programs, provides data, information and advice to facilitate informed decision-making, and works with partners to foster innovation in support of system cost effectiveness and reliability.
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 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 the delivery of sustainable and reliable electric power to millions of consumers across the continent. In addition, he is on the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). Mr. Gregg is Chair of the Electrical Safety Authority as well as the Ontario Energy Network. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Canadian Electricity Association.
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. 

Sarah Griffiths
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Enel X

Sarah is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Enel X 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 Design Advisory Group and the Demand Response Working Groups, and is currently a representative on the Technical Panel. Sarah also has been a member of AESO’s Capacity Market Design Working Group and the New England Power Pool Participants Committee. 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.

Gordon Kaiser
Chief Executive Officer, Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta

Gordon Kaiser is the Chief Executive Officer of the Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta. He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years. Prior to that he was a partner in a major Canadian law firm 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 mediated a number of major settlements in the energy sector. He advised the Alberta Utilities 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 also arbitrated major disputes in the energy sector. He is a member of the ICC Canadian arbitration panel in Ottawa, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Swiss Arbitration Association.  He acted for the Commissioner of Competition in the Petroleum Products Inquiry and in a number of civil proceedings across Canada. He also acted as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Canada in a number of criminal prosecutions under the Competition Act.


Mr. Kaiser has served as an Adjunct Professor in Competition Law at Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly. He is the editor or author of six books including: Competition Law in Canada, Corporate Crime and Civil Liability, and Energy Law and Policy. He has served on a number of corporate boards and currently serves on three non-profit boards.

Kathleen Kauth
Director of Transactive Energy, Peak Power

Kathleen Kauth is the Director of Transactive Energy at Peak Power, a Toronto-based software start-up focused on leveraging big data and machine learning to optimize distributed energy resources and energy use for its customers. Previous to Peak, Kathleen was the Director of Partnerships for the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS. While there, she worked with large energy companies to help them develop their innovation capacity. Kathleen originally got her start in cleantech at a solar development and project aggregation firm, Blackstone Energy Solutions, based in Toronto. She has also passed all three levels of the CFA program. Additionally, Kathleen is an Olympic bronze medalist, playing for Team USA in Torino 2006. She is also a World Championship gold and silver medalist with team USA.

Anouk Kendall

Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC)

Anouk Kendall is the founding President of Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC) and is one of North America’s leading authorities on Decentralised Energy (DE). Her 25 plus years of dedication to resource management, energy efficiency and clean energy in Europe and North America has positively impacted the growth of global DE markets.  Anouk is an accomplished energy professional that also proudly serves as a peer reviewer for the  Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund, a Board Member of the Green Building Technology Access Center at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Len Kula
COO & VP – Planning, Acquisition and Operations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Leonard Kula is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations at the IESO. In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the reliable and efficient province-wide power system both today and in the future. This includes planning, market design, resource and transmission procurement, real-time operations and engineering, and the Market Renewal Program.
Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Vice President, Market and System Operations (2016-17), Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).
Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.
Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario

Kelly S. Lail
VP, Business Development & Commercial, Capital Power

Kelly S. Lail is Vice President, Business Development and Commercial for Capital Power Corporation. He is responsible for business development and growth through green field developments and acquisitions and divestitures. He is also responsible for commercial management of Capital Power’s non-coal operating assets portfolio in Canada.

Kelly’s experience spans directing system operations, resource and energy planning, power (hydroelectric and natural gas) and natural gas pipeline projects development, asset acquisitions and divestitures, M&A, financing and negotiation of Joint Ventures. Kelly led deal structuring and negotiations of Capital Power’s interest in the Shepard project, Genesee 4 and 5 project, the Veresen thermal portfolio acquisition, the Gorway acquisition and the divesture of CPLP and Capital Power’s two hydro assets. He has presented to the Board of Directors; made formal appearances before regulatory agencies; held meetings with municipal councils and officials, industry and aboriginal groups; and participated in meetings with the Provincial Treasury Board, Cabinet and the B.C. Legislature and the Canadian Senate.

Prior to joining Capital Power/EPCOR in 2006, Kelly was with BC Hydro for 14 years and with TransAlta for six years. While at BC Hydro, Kelly served as the head of Resource Management, Business Development and Energy Plans, and Investments divisions.

Kelly is also an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold high-tech startups and he has been active in real estate development.

Kelly is a graduate of University of British Columbia in applied science in electrical engineering. He attended the University of Calgary for graduate business courses and has completed the Ivey School of Business Western Executive Development Program. Kelly is the past member of the Board of Northwest Power Pool, director of three privately held profitable businesses and is a past founding member of a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity.

Kelly enjoys skiing, running and improving his golf game. He has been married for 33 years to Vee who is a physician and together they have an 21 year old son studying at UBC.

Margaret Kuntz
Manager, Market Affairs, Eastern Canada Power, TC Energy

Margaret Kuntz is the Manager of Market Affairs, Eastern Canada at TC Energy (TCE).  She has over 17 years’ experience in the Ontario wholesale electricity and natural gas markets.  Since joining TCE in 2002, Margaret has been involved in a cross section of functions, including energy trading, asset optimization, contract negotiations, project management, regulatory and market affairs, and the integration of new or acquired assets in the Ontario market. 

Margaret has spent the last 10 years monitoring emerging regulatory, market affairs, market rule development in Ontario and managing TCE’s position to preserve the value of its generating assets.  She has also played a key role in contract negotiations and project execution of the Halton Hills Hydro connection. Margaret is a past member of the IESO’s market renewal working group (MRWG); IESO Governance and Decision-Making Advisory Group; and, currently a member of the Market Development Advisory Group (MDAG).

Margaret is a graduate of the University of Toronto and in her spare time, she enjoys being a hockey mom to her two daughters.

Brad Lavigne
Principal & Vice President, Western Canada, Counsel Public Affairs Inc.

With over 16 years of political communications experience and public policy expertise at the federal and provincial levels, Brad is recognized as one of Canada’s top political strategists and campaigners.
Brad was the chief architect and national campaign director for the New Democratic Party’s 2011 historical breakthrough that elected it to the Official Opposition with over 4.5 million votes and over 100 seats.
He is the author of "Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP".
Brad served as Communications Director and National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada as well as Director of Communications and later Principal Secretary to the Hon. Jack Layton. 
In his home province of British Columbia, Brad served as an advisor to two Premiers, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance and Executive Assistant to the Minister for Advanced Education Training & Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Brad appears regularly as a public affairs commentator in the media, including weekly appearances on CBC News Network’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon.
In 2013, Brad joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Vice-President in the Ottawa Public & Corporate Affairs group.  In 2014, Brad was named one of Canada's Top 100 Lobbyists by The Hill Times.
Brad received his Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec. 

Richard Laszlo
Senior Associate, QUEST

Richard has been working on energy and climate policies and technology for nearly 20 years with a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations and has facilitated and spoken at dozens of events across Canada.

As a Senior Associate at QUEST, Richard Chairs the Ontario CHP Consortium and Alberta CHP Working Group, representing over energy leaders from over 100 organizations committed to moving high efficiency combined heat and power and low carbon thermal policies and projects forward.

Richard’s research and advocacy work with QUEST includes Getting to Implementation in Canada! an initiative aimed at helping communities implement their Community Energy Plans and Resilient Pipes and Wires, examining energy distributor actions and government policies in response to extreme weather events.

Richard and his team at Laszlo Energy Services (LES) provide customized energy and carbon policy, strategy and communications expertise to gas, thermal and electric utilities, real estate property managers and developers, technology and service providers, and government clients.

Richard is the proud author of Pollution Probe’s first Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, and contributed to the development of the Ontario’s Renewable Energy Approval under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act.

Michael E. Legatt, PhD
Founder and CEO of ResilientGrid, Inc.

Michael E. Legatt, PhD is Founder and CEO of ResilientGrid, Inc., whose mission is to empower critical infrastructure operations to continually strengthen resiliency and reliability. Dr. Legatt has PhDs in both Energy Systems Engineering and Clinical Health Psychology/Neuropsychology. He has used the integration of these fields in his approach to building software solutions and management techniques which focus on optimizing human performance in complex technical operating environments.

ResilientGrid has been selected by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as the software platform for Situational Awareness for NERC, FERC, and the Regional Entities (SAFNRv3). This deployment will facilitate shared situational awareness, providing a geospatial view of the bulk power system, and improved communications capabilities among those entities responsible for the reliability and resiliency of the bulk power system.

Prior to founding ResilientGrid, Dr. Legatt spent a decade as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), where he led the development of the Macomber Map® software system, which supports ERCOT and Southwest Power Pool operators in maintaining situational awareness and emergency preparedness.

Dr. Legatt presents regularly at energy industry and government events about the impact of organizational culture and the importance of optimizing human-computer interaction within complex socio-technical systems, and he has contributed to several articles, research projects, and books on the subject.

It was the 2003 blackout in the Northeastern United States which sparked his interest in the psychology of critical infrastructure management. He provided emergency communications as an amateur (ham) radio operator during the event, and was recognized with a commendation from Westchester County, New York for his participation.

In 2018 Dr. Legatt was honored as one of the U.S. Army’s “Mad Scientists”, by Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), for his work focusing on the future of situational awareness and common relevant operational pictures. In 2016 he became a Certified Performance Technologist. He holds a patent for a neuropsychological instrument measuring
 visual attention.

Greg Lyle
Managing Director, Innovative Research Group Inc.

Greg is the founder and Managing Director of Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE), a national public opinion research and strategy firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver.  As a former Principal Secretary to Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon, Greg has built a career at the intersection of public opinion, communications and public policy. 


INNOVATIVE has a strong track record in areas of interest to APPrO having worked extensively in the electricity sector with generators, transmission companies and government agencies.  INNOVATIVE has looked at such topics as EMF, NIMBY, private public partnerships, conservation, time of use, relationships with first nations and generation preferences.

Jim MacDougall
President, Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc.

Jim MacDougall is a professional electrical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.  Jim is the President of Compass Renewable Energy Consulting Inc. helping clients navigate renewable energy solutions Ontario and across Canada.
Jim spent over five years at the Ontario Power Authority (now IESO) developing and launching the Clean Energy and Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program and Feed-in Tariff Programs.   Prior professional experience includes:
-    The Ontario Energy Board as Market Compliance Manager
-    Toronto Hydro Energy Services as, Marketing Manager in the development and delivery of energy retailing offers
-    The Ontario Ministry of Energy as Policy Advisor developing options for market deregulation;
-    and Consulting overseas in Eritrea and Sierra Leone

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Electrical Engineering, 1981-1985 from his Alma Mater at Queen's University.

Tilo McAlister
Director of Project Development, Distributed Energy Resources, T&T Power Group

Mr. Tilo McAlister develops Prime Power, Peak Shaving, and Cogeneration projects at T&T Power Group, a high-growth energy infrastructure firm headquartered in Ontario.  Offering engineering, design, manufacture, commissioning, and long-term service of behind-the-meter power systems, T&T Power Group leverages expertise in the multitude of disciplines that are critical for successful power generation and distribution projects. 

Tilo has over a decade of cross-industry experience in sales, operations and business development and has enjoyed a steep career trajectory where technology and relationships meet. Among other accolades, Tilo recently accepted the North American Distributor of the Year Award from Siemens’ engines division on behalf of his team at T&T Power. Tilo is also an engaged member of the Ontario CHP Consortium, and in his free time hones his talents in the art of photography with a focus on the natural world.

Josh McCall
Fundamental Analytics Director, BP North America Gas and Power

Josh McCall is currently a Fundamental Analytics Director at BP, based in Houston.  Josh joined BP in September 2008. 

Josh’s team is responsible for generating long-term views on North American natural gas, natural gas liquids, coal, and power markets, including basin deliverability, market consumption, infrastructure developments, competing fuels and regulatory trends.

Josh McCall holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Uni-versity of Oklahoma.  Josh is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. 

BP currently markets and trades approximately 22 billion cubic feet per day across North America.

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Ian A. Mondrow
Partner, Gowling WLG

Ian Mondrow leads Gowling WLG’s energy regulation and policy practice in the firm’s Toronto office. Ian has been working in energy for 30 years, much of that in the private practice of law, but including four years in a senior management and policy role as VP, Government & Regulatory Affairs at Direct Energy where he engaged heavily in matters of market design and energy policy and legislative structure, and a year as Special Advisor to the (then) Chair of the Ontario Energy Board, Howard Wetston.
Ian represents electricity generators, transmitters and distributors, natural gas shippers, competitive energy services providers and large electricity and natural as consumers before the Ontario Energy Board, the National Energy Board, and in other Canadian regulatory forums. Ian has advised government agencies and non-government organizations on energy policy and energy sector design and legislation in various national and international jurisdictions. Ian’s areas of expertise include:
Energy policy and legislation
Regulatory policy and processes
Rates and tariff matters
Facilities applications
Compliance and licencing issues
Ian is a member of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, a federally incorporated non-profit organization that was formed to provide a platform for open public dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to challenges of the energy sector.

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.


Frederick Morency
VP Field Services, Schneider Electric Canada

Graduated from Laval University in Quebec City with a degree in Electrical Engineering and specialized in Electromechanical and Power distribution.  In 1997 he began his career with Schneider Electric in the Field
Services organization based in Montreal.


In 2001 he moved to Grenoble, France where he joined the Power Monitoring and Control organization as the Business Development Manager for the Asia Pacific. In 2005 as part of the acquisition of Power Measurement (Victoria, Canada) he was responsible to transfer Power Measurement commercial distribution channel to Schneider Electric’s front offices around the world. In 2006, he took the European Business Development Manager role for the Power Monitoring and Control until June 2009. During this period from 2001 to 2009 Frederick have been working on Business Development plans in over 40 countries around the world gaining a vast and deep exposure of international business and commercial practices.


In 2009, Frederick became the Program Manager of EcoStruxure corporate initiative with-in Strategy and Innovation organization. This was the beginning of a very Strategic program and at same time the beginning of Technology revolution for Schneider-Electric. During that period he was exposed the company Technology & Cloud strategy and the development of Schneider-Electric solutions for Key account customers and strategic segments.


He joined the Building Business organization in March 2012 as the Director of Offer Marketing for the Room controller and Web BMS solution based in Montreal, Canada. And at the beginning of 2013, he was appointed as the VP of Small Building Systems Line of Business with Schneider-Electric Building Division and he was the President of Viconics Technologies following the acquisition of SCL Elements. He gained a lot of exposure in development of IoT technologies in the field of Smart Thermostat and Cloud Based Building management system.


Since the beginning of 2017, Frederick was appointed as VP of Field Services for Schneider-Electric Canada. In that role, he can leverage all his field, market and technology knowledge at the service our Schneider-Electric customer in Canada. Frederick is leading the transformation of our Field Services offer with the intend to position Schneider-Electric has the best business partner help our customer to keep their Energy Safe and Reliable.

Paul Murphy
Chair, MaRS Energy Board

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 the MaRS Energy Board.  The Board provides strategic advice to help MaRS propel innovators to achieve gains of global proportions with economic, social and environmental benefits.

Paul also Chairs the Board of Elexicon Energy, the fourth largest municipally owned electric distributor in Ontario.  Elexicon was formed by the merger of the former Veridian Connections and Whitby Hydro.
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 which proposed a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examined its many components.
Paul has a BSc in Applied Science from Queen’s University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario

Jon Norman
President & COO, Hydrostor Inc.

Jon Norman is President & COO of Hydrostor Inc. Jon is a professional engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the power industry, environmental sector, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, most recently as VP responsible for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid networks policy development in Ontario as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.

Jason Moretto
President, Envest Corp.

Jason Moretto is the President of Envest Corp., an independent power producer providing distributed energy systems to government and industrial customers in North America.  Mr. Moretto is a seasoned energy developer and finance professional with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, securities and infrastructure development.  His background includes roles as a corporate finance executive for a global bioenergy firm, president of an energy development firm, as a director, president and chief financial officer for a number of Canadian and U.S. public companies, and in investment banking.  He has been a member of the board of directors of a number of publicly-traded and private corporations, most recently serving for MES Group (2019), Envest Corp. (2014-2019), Canadian Biogas Association (2012-2014), Seacliff Energy (2010-2014) and the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission (2005-2007).  Mr. Moretto is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Jim Redford
Vice President, Energy Services, Enbridge Gas Inc., Chatham, ON

Jim Redford is Vice President, Energy Services for Enbridge Gas Inc.


In this role, Jim is accountable for the strategy, planning, procurement, optimization and supply of natural gas for Enbridge’s Ontario utilities system including the safe transport of gas supply across the company’s pipelines and within its distribution systems. Jim is also responsible for developing and maximizing energy sales and development for the combined utility’s storage and transmission business.


Jim was appointed Vice President of Business Development, Storage and Transmission for Union Gas in 2016. Over two years, he led long-term storage and transportation sales and marketing, as well as business development activities and upstream regulation, gas supply and carbon credit acquisition, product and service development, customer support and gas control and nominations.


Jim has previously served as Director of Business Development and Upstream Regulation for Union Gas, as well as Project and Construction Manager with Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline in Halifax, bringing natural gas to Maritimes communities. He has over 29 years of natural gas industry experience in engineering, project development, business development and sales roles.


Jim is a graduate in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
A proud father of three, Jim lives in Chatham, Ontario, with his wife, Marian, and their two youngest children.

Jeff Richardson, BSEE, PE
Senior Vice President, Nuclear Projects, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Jeff Richardson is the Senior Vice President of Nuclear Projects at Ontario Power Generation. He has responsibility for all aspects of the 4-unit refurbishment of Darlington Nuclear Generating Station to prepare the plant for 40+ additional years of low-cost, safe, reliable power generation. Jeff joined OPG in 2018 in his current role.


Jeff was previously responsible for the creation and management of the Major Projects group for Entergy Nuclear responsible for overall planning, business case development, financial modeling, investment approvals and implementation of all major projects within the Entergy nuclear fleet.


He previously served as director of the nuclear power uprate initiative at Entergy as well as Alliance Director for Nuclear responsible for developing, implementing & managing fleet-wide vendor partnerships & relationships. Additionally, he worked in the business development function responsible for valuation of plant acquisitions, asset leasing and license renewal projects. He also served as project director for corporate re-engineering efforts to consolidate regional operating entities and an effort to spin-off merchant nuclear generating assets into an independent company.


He spent the first nine years of his career with Entergy in engineering and project management at the 2-unit pressurized water reactor station, Arkansas Nuclear One.


Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas (USA), Jeff received the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas (1991) and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. Married to Trisha for almost thirty years, that have two daughters, both attending university in the US (Molly - University of Alabama Graduate School of Engineering and Macy - Millsaps College double-major in neuroscience & classical studies). His interests include endurance sports (running, cycling, triathlon), music, travel, and reading. Jeff and Trish reside in Toronto, Ontario.


Prior Positions Held/Company/Number of Years Position:
•    Director, Major Projects - Entergy    2014-2018
•    Director, Power Uprates - Entergy    2009-2013
•    Director, Special Projects - Entergy     2007-2009
•    Director, Corporate Alliances - Entergy    2005-2007
•    Manager, Business Development - Entergy    2000-2005
•    Supervisor, Design Engineering - Entergy    1998-2000
•    Engineer, Entergy (Design; SyE; Mntc; Mods/Proj)    1991-1998

Mike Richmond
Co-Chair, Power & Energy Law Group, McMillan LLP

Mike is sought out for his widely respected expertise, legal and professional advice in the electricity and renewable energy sectors.


Having focused on power generation projects for almost 20 years, Mike provides experienced commercial, regulatory and financing advice to purchasers, developers, investors and lenders of power projects, with a particular focus on solar, wind and gas-fired generation, as well as energy storage solutions.


Mike has acted on energy projects in respect of project acquisitions, site and rooftop leases, EPC contracts, equipment purchases and warranties, connection agreements and disputes, regulatory licenses and approvals, market rule compliance, project financings and dispositions. He has played a role in the development of over 700 solar and wind projects to date. He has also provided substantial advice in relation to a variety of power purchase agreements for projects across Canada, as well as electricity wholesale and retail contracts, and provided policy advice related to market design and operation.


Mike benefits from a unique background which allows him to understand and draw on the perspectives of regulators, governments, utilities and shareholders in advancing his clients’ interests: he has previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Counsel to a Parliamentary Caucus, Corporate Director of Toronto Hydro, and most recently as a Member of the National Energy Board.

Michael Ruszkowski
Senior Program Manager for Enabling Technology Group in the Generation Sector, Electric Power Research Institute

Michael Ruszkowski is the Senior Program Manager for Enabling Technology Group in the Generation Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute. Previously he held the position of Senior Program Manager for the Operations & Maintenance Group, Principal Project Manager and Program Manager for the Balance of Plant Systems and Equipment (P-104) program, and senior technical leader within this program.


Ruszkowski has more than 14 years of experience within the power industry. He has held positions in operations, engineering, and the environmental, health and safety departments in nuclear and fossil generation. From 2013 to 2015, he was an operations shift supervisor at the NRG Indian River Coal-fired power plant.


Ruszkowski worked at Exelon’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant as a member of both the Engineering Response team and the Operations department. He also worked for Consolidated Edison Company in their corporate Environmental Health and Safety group.


Ruszkowski received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in chemistry from Villanova University. He was certified as a senior reactor operator at the Oyster Creek power plant in 2011.

Teresa Sarkesian
President and Chief Executive Officer, 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 (EDA).
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 and achieved legislative change for greater scope expansion for local electric utility businesses. Teresa was appointed President and CEO of the EDA in 2016.
In her current leadership role, Teresa has directed the development of robust government and member relations programs, including a detailed vision of a transformed, customer-centred industry: "The Power to Connect: Advancing Customer-Driven Electricity Solutions for Ontario,” as well as a follow-up “Roadmap to a Brighter Ontario,” which identifies policy options and a implementation plan for establishing a positive business environment for local hydro utilities and the province over the next 15 years. Under her leadership, the EDA has also been a key influencer on some of the most significant energy-related regulatory reform in a generation.
Teresa 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, GRE&T Centre, Alectra Inc.

Neetika Sathe is Vice President of the Alectra Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) where she leads innovation projects in the energy industry.

Through Neetika’s direction, the GRE&T Centre is Alectra's latest step to be at the forefront of exciting industry changes to make energy innovations come to life by identifying, evaluating, developing and accelerating emerging, green, clean, and customer-friendly energy solutions across Alectra's service territory.

Previously, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada. Neetika’s career path has seen her hold various positions in Corporate Development, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Planning and Finance. 

Neetika serves on the board of several industry associations such as Electric Mobility Canada, and serves as Chair on the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and Vice Chair of National Electricity Roundtable.

Neetika holds a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, and an MBA from McMaster University.

Jack Simpson
Director, Business Development, Ontario Power Generation

Jack is Director, Business Development with Ontario Power Generation and has over 30 years power sector experience in generation, transmission, distribution and energy services. He has worked for Toronto Hydro, Ameresco and SNC Lavalin in various engineering and management capacities. His most recent projects include public charging networks for electric vehicles, battery energy storage for light rail transit and integrated electric bus systems for transit. Jack has a BSc. in Nuclear Physics from University of Waterloo, a BEng. in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University and an MEng. in Power Engineering from University of Toronto. Jack is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario.

Katherine Sparkes
Director of the Innovation, Research and Development team, IESO

Katherine Sparkes is the Director of the Innovation, Research and Development team within the IESO where she is responsible for driving initiatives in support of grid modernization and the removal of barriers to private sector investment in solutions that support the reliability, adequacy and affordability of Ontario’s electricity supply.  Her team works with partners across the energy sector and beyond to understand emerging technologies, services, practices and policies that will help meet Ontario’s current and future electricity needs.  Katherine previously held various leadership roles in Conservation and Demand Management leading the design of award-winning Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs. Katherine has worked in the consulting and non-profit sectors and taught at the Energy & Infrastructure Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Katherine is an Urban Planner by training.

Stephen Somerville
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, H20 Power

Stephen has worked for 18 years in the power industry, including all types of natural gas fired generation, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas.
Stephen leads and executes H2O’s growth strategy; he is responsible for the acquisition, development and financing of hydroelectric projects across North America.


Previously, Stephen was a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. where he was responsible for the development of all CPV’s natural gas-fired power generation development projects (and associated natural gas pipeline and transmission lines) and large scale wind projects, across Canada.


Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development and acquisitions.


Stephen has experience working with the OPA, the IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and is a member of the Board of both the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”) and the Ontario Water Power Association (OWA).


Stephen has also been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2018.


Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Glen Spry
CEO & President SensorSuite Inc.

Glen is an energy markets specialist with over 23 years of sales, marketing and business development experience derived from a diverse industry background, including advertising and media, environmental fuel technologies, and—most recently—the utility energy sectors of New Zealand, Australia and Canada.  Glen is now applying his deep knowledge of distributed energy resource business models to the IOT Energy Eco-system, enabling an interconnected network of distributed energy technologies.

Joshua Wong
President and CEO of Opus One Solutions
Joshua is the Founder and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a leading software engineering and solutions company empowering the electricity grid to transform into a platform model for a digitalized, decentralized and decarbonized energy economy. His thought leadership and industry insights has enabled utility transformation in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Areas of focus include integrated distribution planning (IDP), distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS), microgrid management, and transactive energy systems.

Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a grid-scale energy storage provider. Moreover, Joshua was head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, where he led the policy, strategy, regulatory, business, and engineering development of Toronto’s smart grid infrastructure, including Toronto’s 25-year smart grid roadmap.

Joshua is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Masters of Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and completed executive programs from MIT Sloan, IMD Business School and Harvard Business School.

Glenn Zacher
Partner & Co-Chair, Toronto Energy Group, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Mr. Zacher is a partner in the litigation and energy sections of Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office and he is Co-Chair of the Toronto Energy Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and energy regulatory law. Mr. Zacher’s energy regulatory practice includes advising and representing public agencies and private sector companies (generators, marketers, transmitters) before the OEB, NEB and in appeal and review proceedings before the Ontario Divisional Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He also acts for energy clients in complex commercial litigation disputes. Mr. Zacher’s expertise has been recognized by numerous publications, including Chambers Global’s The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers. In addition, he was awarded Energy Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation in 2016 and 2018.

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