Agenda 2016


8:00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

David D. Hay
Managing Director, Delgatie Incorporated
Former Vice Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc.
Former President and CEO of New Brunswick Power

9:05 | Keynote Presentation – What Does the Future Hold for Ontario’s Energy Policy

Bob Delaney
MPP (Mississauga—Streetsville)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy

A discussion on policy decisions and initiatives impacting the energy sector that have recently been announced including: energy conservation, renewable energy procurement, nuclear refurbishment and local distribution company (LDC) consolidation along with information about the next iteration of the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan.

10:05 | Nuclear Update – Darlington and Bruce

Richard Horrobin
Vice-President, Commercial Services
Bruce Power

Meg Timberg
Vice President, Project Assurance and Contract Management
Ontario Power Generation

  • Meeting the transformation challenges in Ontario’s electricity sector
  • Benefits of nuclear refurbishment
  • Project Status: Darlington and Bruce
  • What steps have OPG and Bruce Power taken to collaborate and learn from one another?
  • What are the challenges and what are we doing about them?

10:50 | Networking Refreshment Break

11:10 | The Evolution of LDCs

Mark Henderson
Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer
PowerStream Inc.

Jim Hogan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Entegrus Inc.

  • Can we cope with a hybrid of a regulated and unregulated system?
  • Updating business practices to ensure continuous growth in a changing market
  • How to facilitate more decentralized asset portfolios, introducing conservation programs, and revenue decoupling
  • Current and emerging rate plans and rate structures, including the OEB Commercial and Industrial rate design
  • Changing your business model to ensure a smooth transformation into a cost effective utility

12:35 | Networking Luncheon

1:35 | Governance, Social License, and the Energy Industry

Mary Anne Aldred
General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Services & Strategic Policy
Ontario Energy Board

Marc Leblanc
Commission Secretary
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

  • How do we make decisions for the public interest?
  • Current processes, will they be resilient in the future?
  • Is the regulator being undermined?
  • Ensuring public monies for infrastructure are well spent

2:35 | Networking Refreshment Break

2:55 | The Consolidation of Utilities

Murray Elston
Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel

Ken Goodwin

  • Current mergers: Where are they? What are the practical effects? What were the challenges? Are there any plans to do more?
  • What the province is doing to incentivize consolidation, and prevent negative outcomes of mergers

3:55 | Summation and Conference Concludes for the Day


8:30 | Continental Breakfast

9:00 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

David D. Hay
Managing Director, Delgatie Incorporated
Former Vice Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc.
Former President and CEO of New Brunswick Power

9:05 | Innovation – Investing in Energy for Economic Development

Colin Andersen
Energy Council of Canada
Member, World Energy Council

Paul Grod
Rodan Energy

Paul Harricks
Gowling WLG

Dr. Ron Oberth
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI)

  • Enacting new policies and regulations to support industry researchinto electrification and storage
  • Commercialization and costs trends for electrification and storage
  • Expanding research innovation for nuclear power in Ontario – current and future benefits
  • Creating economic development mandates federally, provincially, and in LDCs
  • Enabling market mechanism to encourage innovation in distributed energy resources (demand response, storage, distributed generation) while reducing overall costs to energy consumers
  • Attracting investments into Ontario energy – has anything come from Trudeau’s efforts in Davos?

10:35 | Networking Refreshment Break

10:55 | Public Perceptions, the Energy Industry, and the Future

Greg Lyle
Founder and Managing Director
Innovative Research Group

Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Corporate Development & Smart Grid Technologies
PowerStream Inc.

Chris Tyrrell
Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer
Toronto Hydro Corporation

  • How do we improve public perception of Ontario’s energy industry?
  • What LDCs need to do & how government can complementtheir efforts
  • Exceeding customer expectations as the key to success
  • Understanding the evolving nature of customer relations in a distributed generation world
  • Investing in mutually beneficial infrastructure for distributed energy resources
  • Walking the fine line between the old and new, and between customer and system benefits

12:15 | Networking Luncheon


1:15 | Moving Forward in a Low Carbon World

John Barrett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

John A. Gorman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Solar Industries Association

Bob Huggard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Energy Association

Michael Lyle
Vice-President, Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs

Alex Wood
Executive Director
Ontario Climate Change Directorate

  • Paris Climate Talks, COP 21 – emission innovation for clean energy
  • Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan and the changing supply mix
  • What can we learn from the global community to ensure thesmooth transition?
  • What is new in Cap & Trade and Capacity Sharing regulations
  • Effects of new policies on electric utilities
  • What regulatory and policy decisions are needed to hit goals
  • Is Ontario a model for low carbon energy? Can we export this model?

2:45 | Where do We Go From Here?

David J. McFadden, Q.C.
Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson
Chair of the Board, Fengate Capital
Chair of the Ontario Energy Association

3:30 | Summation and Conference Concludes