Smart Energy Conference Agenda

Registration Opens at 7:30 AM Each Day

8:30–9:15 am


Room B Schneider Workshop Session- User Cases: Community Microgrids

Andy Haun and Pratap Revuru


9:15-9:45 am

Network Cafe Break

9:45-10:30 am

Room A Siemens Workshop Session- Introduction to Siemens Power Academy- Eric Drummond & Steve Flogeras

Room B Stewart McKelvey Workshop Session-  Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements – Sadira Jan

Room C Springboard Workshop Session: Leveraging Funding

Kevin Buchan- Director- Office of Innovation and Community Engagement- St. Mary’s University

10:30-11:15 am

Network Cafe Break

11:15 am-12:00 pm

Room A -SMART CITIES Session- Success in Smart Energy

Ramona Doyle- Chief Sustainability Officer- City of Charlottetown

Greg Gaudet– Director of Municipal Services- Summerside

Leon de Vreede- Sustainability Planner- Bridgewater

Moderator: Sadira Jan- Stewart McKelvey

Room B Stantec Workshop Session-Grid-Scale Energy Storage Case Study- Mike Voll

Room C – Bio Talent Workshop Session- Funding Innovation – Equipping Companies to Invest in the Future

Rob Henderson- President and CEO- BioTalent Canada

Meaghan Seagrave- Executive Director- BioNB

Michael Dennis- Investment Manager- Clean tech- Innovacorp

ALL AM- 1v1 Meetings by appointment

12:00-12:30 pm

Network and Buffet Lunch

12:30-1:00 pm

Keynote I-  The New Energy Consumer- Voice in the Age of Assistance. What it means to utilities and customers.

The keynote introduces the grid services of the future with voice control and what it all means to utilities and their customers.

Iuliana Calin- Google Hardware Partnership

1:00-1:15 pm

Network Cafe Break

1:15–2:00 pm

Keynote II Energy Disruptors

Bruce Orloff- Partner- IBM Energy and Utilities

Michel Carreau- Director Hybrid Energy- Hatch

Moderator: Wayne Groszko- Research Scientist- NSCC Energy Research Team

2:00–2:30 pm

Network Break

2:30–3:15 pm 

Room A: The New Energy Consumer

Patty Durand- President and CEO – Smart Energy Consumer Collective

Michel Losier- Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Customer Engagement- NB Power

Naomi Manley- Casimir- Managing Director, Accenture Innovation Centre for Utilities- Accenture

Room B: EV Transit Systems and Municipal Solutions

Dr. Josipa Petrunic– Executive Director & CEO- CUTRIC

Frederic Delrieu- Electromobility and Advanced Product Leader- Nova Bus


3:15- 3:45 pm

Network Cafe Break

3:45–4:30 pm 

Room AEnergy Storage -Technologies, projects and innovations

Mike Voll– Global Sector Leader- Grid Modernization Services – Stantec

Mike Jackson- Market Development Director- Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Alexander McIsaac- Energy Storage Canada

Moderator: Martin Rovers- Director of Smart Grid- Emera

Room BWind -The frontiers of offshore and enablers

Michelle Chislett- Country Manager- Northland Power

Diane Sanzone- AECOM

Matt Hall- Asst. Professor- School of Sustainable Design Engineering- UPEI

Moderator: Greg Farthing- VP- Sales and Marketing- Power- ABB

Room C: Research Spotlight- Project Updates from Nova Scotia Community College, Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick, St. Mary’s University, UPEI

4:30–5:15 pm

Pipeline Pitches

5:15–7:00 pm

Kitchen Party Reception


8:30–9:15 am 

Keynote III –Atlantic Energy Focus – Provincial Ministers share their views for future energy projects and programs to meet the new consumer trends.

Simon D’Entremont- Deputy Minister Energy- Province of Nova Scotia.

Bill Breckenridge- Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy/Mines- Province of New Brunswick

Kim Horrelt- CEO- PEI Energy Corporation

Gordon McIntosh- Deputy Minister, Department of Natural Resources- Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Moderator: Stephen MacDonald- President and CEO- Efficiency One

9:15–9:45 am

Network Cafe Break 

9:45- 10:30 am

 Keynote IV – Utilities & Electrification – True cost of Electrification, Tomorrow’s Utilities, Impact of Energy Transformation

David Landrigan- COO, Nova Scotia Power

Gaetan Thomas- President and CEO, New Brunswick Power

Moderator- Ray Ritcey- MEA

10:30-10:45 am

Network Cafe Break

10:45- 11:30 am

Room A: Smart Grid Challenges & Opportunities – An interactive discussion to share the people, process, technology, organizational and business model aspects of the transitioning electricity sector.

Dr. Trevor Nightingale- Director- Buildings Operation Resource Unit- National Research Council

Sherry Thomson- Chief Human Resource Officer- NB Power

Dr. Dhirendra Shukla- Director – Professor & Chair – Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) Program, University of New Brunswick

Moderator: Greg Robart- Global Lead – Managed Transition, Energy Business Advisory, Siemens Canada

Room B: Ocean Energy –

Alisdair McLean- Country Manager- Open Hydro, Director – Cape Sharp Tidal

Shelley MacDougall- Professor Emiritas- Acadia University

Sheila Patterson- Chief Operating Officer – COVE OCEAN

Lynn Blodgett- CEO- Big Moon

Moderator: Michael Dennis- Innovacorp

Room C: Solar – Advances in technologies and applications

Patrick Bateman-CEO,  CANSIA

Andy Haun- Schneider Electric

Moderator: Adam Hayter- HRM


Network Cafe Break

11:45-12:30 pm

Room A: Smart Applications for the Energy Consumer

Iuliana Calin- Head of Energy Partnerships- Canada- NESTLABS

Tomi Allen- Research Associate- NSCC Energy Research

Dr. Steve Liang- CEO- Sensorup

Moderator: Mark Wilson- Canada East Power Sector Leader- Stantec

Room B: New England Energy Corridor

Ben Davis- Senior Project Manager- Concentric Energy Advisors

Jon Sorenson- Executive Consultant- Ameresco, President -NECBC (New England Canadian Business Council)

Moderator: Todd McDonald- Energy Atlantica

Room C: Project Spotlight- Join this session to hear about some amazing work being done in Smart Energy from:

Efficiency NS, QUEST, CAGBC, COVE, Solar NS

12:30–1:30 pm

General Luncheon- Keynote V

Scott Balfour- President and CEO – Emera Inc.

Introduction: Dr. Alice Aiken, Dalhousie University

1:30 pm

Pitch Winners and Close 

2:00-4:00 pm

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