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

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

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

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

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

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
CEO

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.



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: jchee-aloy@poweradvisoryllc.com
Web : www.poweradvisoryllc.com

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. 

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.



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.

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
President

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.

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.

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.

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.

Justin Rangooni
Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada

Justin Wahid Rangooni is the new Executive Director of Energy Storage Canada, the only national voice for energy storage in Canada today. Justin is a lawyer with over a decade experience in the energy sector starting with being a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Minister of Energy and then as a the Ontario Policy Lead for the Canadian Wind Energy Association and most recently Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs at the Electricity Distributors Association. Justin holds a Honours BA in Economics & Political Science from the University of Toronto as well as a Law Degree from the University of Western.

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.

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
Energy Markets Specialist

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 focused on applying his deep knowledge of distributed energy resource business models, renewable energy, storage (the bacon of energy) and customer aggregation as the industry transitions to an interconnected network of distributed energy technologies.

Susan Uthayakumar
Country President, Schneider Electric Canada

Susan has been with Schneider Electric for the past 14 years working in both the U.S. and Canada. She is currently the Country President for Canada responsible for the entire operation of Schneider Electric Canada. Previous to this role, she worked in a variety of roles including leading National Sales; leading the Building Business Unit in Canada, Finance leadership roles in the U.S. and Canada and leading Acquisitions for North America. In her tenure with Schneider, Susan has been a key player in transforming the company from a product manufacturer to a specialist in energy management and efficient technologies. Prior to this, Susan led Strategy and Mergers & Acquisition projects globally with McCain Foods Limited, an international leader in the frozen food industry employing over 20,000 people and operating 57 production facilities in six continents with annual sales of $6 billion. Susan also held positions of increasing responsibilities with Deloitte, a global advisory firm. Susan holds Board positions with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Electrical Federation of Canada, France-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, and Building Energy Innovators Council.

Susan has an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a focus on international business practices. In addition, she holds a Master of Accounting (MAcc) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.

Susan has also completed the Women’s Senior Leadership Program and Executive Scholar Certification from the Kellogg School of Management, as well as the Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations.

Susan’s interests include travelling and experiencing the diversity offered by different cultures, theatre, and reading.

About Schneider Electric: Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.

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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