2022 Agenda

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Monday, April 25, 2022

8:00 am – 8:45 am • Registration & Coffee

Location: Commonwealth Foyer

8:45 am – 10:00 am – Welcoming Remarks & Opening Keynote

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

Emera is pleased to welcome delegates from across Canada and beyond to the 18th annual Smart Energy Event.


His Worship Mike Savage, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Karen GatienDeputy Minister, Department of Natural Resources and RenewablesGovernment of Nova Scotia

Mark Sidebottom, Chief Operating Officer, Nova Scotia Power Inc.


10:00 am – 10:30 am – Network Refreshment Break 

Location:  Atlantic Ballroom

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Net Zero Transitions (Part 1)

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

This timely roundtable will discuss key actions for transitioning to Net-Zero. Including affordability, remote communities, vulnerable citizens, early adopters, policy & political, regulators/standards and market stakeholders.

Moderator: Maureen Kolla, Project Manager, Solas Energy Consulting


Gillian Wesley, Director of Communications, Efficiency Canada

Frederick Morency, Vice President, Energy & Services, Schneider Electric

Philippe Dunsky, Founder and President, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

Andy Carson, Director, Energy Transition, Irving Oil

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Keynote Roundtable Luncheon – Canada’s Energy Policy

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

For the Canadian public to meet Net-Zero Canada requires an inclusive energy plan designed by and for regulators and market stakeholders. This session will invite stakeholders from across the country to embark on establishing a policy with 3 pillars: Enabling Technology, Viable Commercial Constructs and a Supportive Regulatory Environment.

Opening Remarks: Erin Burbidge, Director of Policy & Programs, Clean Foundation

Moderator:  Ammar Nawaz, Vice President, Alectra


MP Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Champagne, Industry, Science & Innovation, Government of Canada

Rick Smith, President, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Ralph TorrieDirector of Research, Corporate Knights

Kristyn Annis, Corporate Commercial Lawyer, BLG 

Closing Remarks: Heidi Leslie, Vice President, Corporate Strategy Implementation, Emera

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Network Refreshment Break 

Location:  Atlantic Ballroom

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Canada’s Hydrogen Hubs 

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

 Explore the latest in hydrogen plans from Canada’s regional hydrogen hubs.

 Moderator: Mark Kirby, President and CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association


Paul Browning, CEO, Fortescue Future Industries

Michelle Robichaud, President, Atlantic Centre, Energy and Atlantic Hydrogen Association

Matthew Slotwinski, Senior Economic Development Officer, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

Christopher PennyManager, Hydrogen Projects, Atura Power

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Efficient Smart Grid & Building Practices (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Maritime Room

Hear the latest in smart grid architecture and technologies for both new building construction and retrofits with a focus on energy control centers, DERMS, etc.

 Moderator: Nick CampbellOperations/Project Manager, National Thermovoltaics


Shadea Mitchell, Director of Client Marketing, Virtual Peaker

Kevin Colvey, MBA, PEng, Director, Corporate Development, Saint John Energy

Sanjeev Pushkarna, Sr. Program Manager, Smart Grid, Nova Scotia Power

Greg Robart, CEO, Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada

Pierre Mullin, Director, Custom Software Development, Siemens Canada Ltd.


Location: Bedford Room

Are you intrigued about new innovative cleantech?

 The team at National Thermovoltaics Inc. are full steam ahead on waste heat to power technology! It doesn’t matter what kind of waste heat you have; we can capture it! • Steam • Exhaust • Flue Gas

 If you are looking for a technology that is solid state, scalable to multi-MW and virtually maintenance free, this presentation hits the spot. We are excited to show you where we are at currently and our plan for the next 5 years. This technology is novel, first of kind and manufactured in Canada!


Nick Campbell, Operations Manager, National Thermovoltaics

Paul Walsh, Vice President – Business Development, National Thermovoltaics


Location: Maritime Room

Understanding Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program and selling to the Government of Canada


Are you an innovator? 

Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small or a major corporation, the Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges. IDEaS will support the development osolutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development and provides opportunities to interact with the Department of National Defence’s science and military members.

Join this session to get an overview of the program and its elements including:

• Innovation Networks • Competitive Projects • Contests • Sandboxes • Test Drives • Success stories from Atlantic Canada

Presenting Organization: Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC), as a part of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), makes it easier for smaller and diverse businesses to bid on federal contracts through informing, assisting and engaging with businesses and helping them better understand the procurement process.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm –  • Registration & Coffee

Location: Atlantic Ballroom

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Energy Storage (concurrent breakout session)

Location:  Commonwealth Ballroom A

How energy storage aligns with upcoming applications including wave, wind, solar, hydrogen and more.

Moderator: Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada


Al Morales, CFO, Malta

Jason Aspin, Co-Founder, Aspin Kemp and Associates

Rob Boone, Sr. Engineer, Smart Grid, Nova Scotia Power

Jeff Dahn, Professor, University of Dalhousie

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Maritime Room

This sessions features the latest innovation in carbon capture, utilization and storage with a focus on community applications.This sessions features the latest innovation in carbon capture, utilization and storage with a focus on community applications and/or Utilities and governments across Canada are among those seeking renewable energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in remote communities. This session will showcase the latest in integrated and collaborative approaches being taken.

Moderator: Breanne O’Reilly, Director of Communications and Marketing, Carbon Management Canada


Greg Maidment, Director of Operations, Carbon Management Canada

Algert Prifti, Decarbonization Technologies Manager, Black & Veatch

Ranjith (Ran) Narayanasamy, President and CEO, Petroleum Technology Research Centre

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Human Resources & IT Resources (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Bedford Room

 Where will we find the IT and human resources to fill all of the new jobs required to get us to Net-Zero? Who’s offering solutions to meet this challenge? Business Intelligence, data and analytics

Moderator: Kimberley L. Leach, Market Development Manager, North America (Eastern), Ballard Power Systems, Inc.


Emma Norton, Atlantic Director, Climate Emergency Unit

Bernadette Fernandes, CEO, The Varanda Network   

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Downhome Reception

Location: Atlantic Ballroom

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee

Location: Commonwealth Foyer


Location: Maritime Room

Digitalizing Buildings to Achieve Net Zero Carbon


How can you make your building net zero?

Achieving net zero carbon is a crucial goal every organization needs to have to limit the carbon footprint left behind over to the future generations. With buildings accounting for approximately 40% of annual CO2 emissions globally, digitalizing buildings plays a key role in tackling climate change caused by these carbon emissions.

By leveraging digital technologies, learn how infrastructure & energy can be converged to achieve net zero in your building. This session will deep dive on: • Technologies for electrification • Control strategies for building systems • Grid interactivity • Data modeling • Enhanced operation & maintenance


Omar Elyakobi, EcoStruxure Solution Manager, Schneider Electric

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Electrification Now – Decarbonizing Communities 

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

Utilities and governments across Canada are among those seeking renewable energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in remote communities. This session will showcase the latest in integrated and collaborative approaches being taken.

Moderator: Lauren McNutt, Consultant, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors


Shawn Connell, Director, Customer Solutions, Nova Scotia Power

Curtis Whalen, Development Engineer, Growler Energy

Hassan Shahriar, President & CEO, ADAPTR Energy

Giles Counsell, Managing Consultant and Smart Energy Lead, Siemens Energy Business Advisory

9:00 am – 10:00 am – The Prosumer – A Technology Inclusive Approach  (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Maritime Room

Are your power systems ready for the future of energy?

 There’s no doubt about it — the adoption for renewable energy is surging, transforming the energy landscape to tackle climate change. Re-thinking how transportation facilities, buildings, and construction are managed holds the key to solving these climate issues.

The economy is  leaning towards a more prosumer behavior, incentivized by the government through government subsidies for users, local communities & electricity system operators. With Distributed Energy Resources rapidly gaining popularity, discover why battery storage systems & microgrids  are critical to manage & optimize the variables changing every minute like voltage fluctuations, energy pricing, & disruptions in power sources due to weather. As renewable energy sources continue to become more affordable, learn how you can make your building ready & scalable for future energy sources.


Pratap Revuru, Director, MicroGrid Solutions and Strategic Partnerships, Schneider Electric

10:00 am – 10:30 am Network Refreshment Break 

Location: Atlantic Ballroom

10:30 am – 11:45 am – 5 Ws of Net Zero Communities – Part 2

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

Who is leading the way? What are the outcomes? When do we start acting? Where do we find solutions? Why are we waiting?

Opening Remarks: Daryl Genge, President & CEO, Springboard Atlantic

Moderator: Shannon Miedema, Director of Environment & Climate Change, Halifax Regional Municipality


Gary Johnson, Regional Manager, Black & Veatch

Kathleen Mifflin, Project Manager, Net Zero Atlantic

Eshna Kaul, Director, Green Energy Services, Aecon Technical Solutions

Katie Giles, Manager, Energy Program, Clean Foundation

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Efficiency – Machine Learning Grid Services (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Maritime Room

This session will take a closer look at the latest machine learning driven grid services, customer friendly load control projects and advancements in AI security.

Moderator: Paul Walsh, Vice President Marketing, National Thermovoltaics


Randall Fish, Director of Business Development, Shifted Energy

James Stewart, CEO and Founder, TROJ.AI

Connor MacNeil, Program Development Specialist, Research and Development Engineering, EfficiencyOne 

Rebecca Costello, Engineer, Nova Scotia Power

11:55 am – 12:05 pm – Pitch Challenge Winner Announcement, presented by Innovacorp & OKR Financial

 Location: Commonwealth Ballroom

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm – Global Hydrogen Applications – Keynote Luncheon 

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom

The past year has seen billions of investment in global hydrogen technology and many think green hydrogen technologies are tantamount to reaching Net-Zero. This session will introduce a number international projects using hydrogen side-by-side with renewables to reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions.

Moderator: Lindsay Burns, Manager, Government Relations, Heritage Gas


Nathan Ashcroft, Director, Strategic Business Development, Stantec 

Gordon McIntosh, Chairman, Aberdeen Associates

Matti Malkamäki, Founder and Chairman, Hycamite

TJ Lawy, Program Director, Balance of Plant Components, Ballard Power Systems, Inc.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Electric & Fuel Cell Vehicles – Sharing the Road 

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom

In 1997 Toyota introduced Prius the first electric car. Now manufacturers are designing vehicles with fuel cell technology to generate the electricity with V2G technologies. How does this affect the transition of fossil fuel vehicles to electric? 

Moderator: Sanjeev Pushkarna, Sr. Program Manager, Smart Grid, Nova Scotia Power 


Peter Porteous, VP Business Development, Steele Auto Group 

Daniel Breton, President and CEO, Electric Mobility Canada

Stephen Olmstead, Director, Social Responsibility & Advocacy, CAA Atlantic

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Transitioning Wind, Solar and Tidal with Collaborative Tech (concurrent breakout session)

Location: Maritime Room

Once again hydrogen is a collaborative technology with wind, solar, bio, and even wave and tidal energy projects. This sessions explores those technologies best suited to regions across Canada

Moderator: Gordon McIntosh, Chairman, Aberdeen Associates


Lindsay Burns, Manager, Government Relations, Heritage Gas

Jan Skjoldhammer, CEO & Founder, Novige AB

Bruce Doyle, Project Manager, Waterford Energy Services

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Network Refreshment Break

Location: Atlantic Ballroom

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Research Into Integrating Technologies

Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

This session highlights the latest research into technologies that enable integration of two or more renewable energies.

Moderator: Stephen Hartlen, Assistant Vice-President, Industry Relations and leads the Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement (OCIE), Dalhousie University


Ranjith (Ran) Narayanasamy, President and CEO, Petroleum Technology Research Centre

Michael Bourque, Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies, University of New Brunswick

Wayne Groszko, PhD, BSc., Applied Energy Research Scientist, NSCC

Lukas Swan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University, Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory

3:30 pm Closing Remarks