Registration Opens at 7:30 AM Each Day

Please note agenda sessions as well as speakers are subject to change without notice.

DAY 1 – Tuesday April 16th 2019

Day 1’s WORKSHOP SESSIONS from 8:30am to 12 noon are presented by the conference partners and open to all delegates and invited guests. Workshop sessions are allocated to conference partners on a first-come, first served basis.

8:30–9:15 am

Room A: HaliFACT 2050 – Acting on Climate Together. HRM Climate Strategy.  Speaker Alex MacDonald.  Presented by Halifax Regional Municipality

Room B: Smart Cities: AI for More Sustainable, Reliable, & Affordable Energy.  BluWave-ai will discuss some of the challenges facing communities, corporations, & utilities that want to increase their reliance on renewables, especially the ability to manage the cost and intermittency of different energy sources with user load in real-time. They will explore how artificial intelligence can be used to address these challenges and share how some of their clients like Summerside, Hydro Ottawa, and India’s Tata Power are leveraging artificial intelligence to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while also improving grid reliability. Speaker Donald McGillis.  Presented by BluWave-ai

9:30-10:15 am

Room A: Emerging Cyber Threats to Smart Grid – Although smart energy grid addresses several problems of the traditional grid and presents immense business opportunities, it faces a number of cybersecurity challenges. Because IT and communication incorporated into the smart energy grid has many inherent vulnerabilities, it exposes the energy grid to numerous cyber risks.

In this workshop, Sanjay will share his insights and unique perspectives about challenges involved in securing the smart grid against emerging cyber threats. He will also highlight a number of cyber attacks in smart grid and discuss the potential vulnerabilities along with their impact. Additionally, Sanjay will share practical experience and comprehensive approach to build cyber resiliency into the current and future grids to counter emerging cyber threats. Speaker: Sanjay Chhillar Presented by Siemens

Room B: Demand Response & Peak Shaving – Leveraging technology and Behind the Meter Storage to integrate renewables into the grid. Presented by Kyle Strang and Ryan Cawley, SpryPoint

Room C: Renewable Energy Smart Solution in Korea.  Speaker YS Baeg, LG Solutions. Presented by LG Solutions


10:30-11:15 am

Room A: Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions presented by Rexel & FLO. Addressing your infrastructure strategy for home, work and transit segments with two EV specialists who will list the potential real life pain points through the customer journey. Both presenters happen to be EV drivers! Get all your questions answered.

Room B: How Natural Gas Technologies Support the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy presented by Heritage Gas. Tackling climate change is both a critical challenge and an opportunity for Nova Scotia to transition to a lower carbon economy. Technologies like energy efficient building HVAC systems, combined heat & power generation, natural gas heat pumps, renewable natural gas, and converting surplus renewable electricity into hydrogen gas can all support this transition and enable the growth of renewable energy. Speaker Derek Estabrook, VP, Business Development, Heritage Gas

11:30 am-12:15 pm

Room A: Consumer Insights Exploring the applications of behavioral economics for residential energy efficiency initiatives, beyond program design. This session will provide concrete examples of how behavioural insights can inform program communications. It will also touch on various research methods to better understand what really drives customer behaviour. This is a session for both those directly involved in the marketing of programs and those responsible for the function. presented by Jonathan Duke and Stephen Moore of MQO

Room B: Smart Building Microgrid Project at Innovacorp Incubator presented by Chad Mahoney of Green Power Labs. The session will provide a program overview of the Predictive Energy Management concept that includes the implementation of advanced building analytics and controls combined with a microgrid test bed enabled with advanced control functionality.

Workshop Introduction by Andrew Ray of Innovacorp:  Think Big: Building a $Billion Vision in NS Startups.

12:15-12:45 pm

Welcoming Remarks
Buffet Lunch Served
Proudly supported by Emera 

12:45-1:30 pm

Keynote I- Andy Chen on Building A Collaborative Energy Community
Even though all of the cities in the world combine to occupy only 2% of the world’s surface, these cities house over 50% of the world’s population, consume 75% of the world’s energy and produce 80% of the world’s CO2 emissions. As a result, modern societies are now having to face unprecedented challenges with respect to energy generation and delivery infrastructure. See more…
Andy Chen – CEO, Catronic Enterprise; Managing Founding Partner, REDDS Capital; President Elect IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society; Former CTO, Ontario Power Generation 
Proudly supported by Emera 

1:30-1:45 pm
Network Break
Proudly supported by NB Power, LG Solutions & Opus One

1:45–2:30 pm

Keynote II– Roundtable “Renewable Energy Commitments”
A “state of the union” look at what this region as well as our neighbours in the northeast and in other provinces have in place for smart and renewable energy commitments.
David Miller, Director of Electricity Policy and Programs

Keith Cronkhite, Senior VP Business Development & Strategic Planning, NB Power

Ray McKay, VP, Energy Solutions, ENMAX

Gordon McIntosh, Former Deputy Minister, Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Natural Resources and Special Advisor, Nalcor

Ray Ritcey, CEO, The Maritimes Energy Association

Moderated by John Dalton, President, Power Advisory Group LLC and Executive Member of NECBC (New England Canadian Business Council)
Proudly supported by NSCC

2:30–2:45 pm
Network Break
Proudly supported by Rexel

2:45–3:30 pm

Room A: Community Smart Grid  – Case studies explore how design and manufacturing technologies are employed in building smart-micro grid applications in rural communities.
Bruce Nagy, Consultant looks at modern clean energy, storage and smart grid projects, including Toronto-Sidewalk Labs-Google.
Pat Bourne, CEO, EQUS will provide an overview of the Ultra Rural Smart Grid project and a perspective on challenges and opportunities for smart grids in ultra-rural communities in Alberta. 
Brent Staeben, Director Business Development, NB Power
Moderated by Heather Dalton, Partner, M5 Group
Proudly supported by Siemens

Room B: Emissions and Economic Impacts on Cities and Energy Systems of Urban Transportation Options
This session discusses urban centres long-term choices regarding urban density, passenger transportation and freight transportation.  Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary and Yellowknife are the focus of this study to explore the complexity of transportation and energy distribution systems managed by cities across the country.  What are the environmental and economic impacts of different transportation technology pathways 1) advanced internal combustion engines, 2) hydrogen-based fuel cells and 3) batteries?  Does increased urban density have a significant impact on transportation energy demand?  How will local GDP and jobs be impacted?
Allan Fogwill, President & CEO, Canadian Energy Resource Institute (CERI)
Moderated by Lindsay Burns, Marketing Specialist, Heritage Gas
Proudly supported by Heritage Gas

Room C: Energy Solutions for Buildings  -Challenges and leading edge tech solutions for managing energy in buildings.
John Molnar, CEO, CoEngAdvisors speaks to how cloud computing & energy management are colliding to offer sustainable solutions for building owners.
-Tobias Janes, Head Technician, EcoPilot Canada
Moderated by Jason Aspin, CEO, Aspin Kemp & Associates
Proudly supported by Aspin Kemp

3:30- 3:45 pm
Refreshment  Break 
Proudly supported by Maritimes Energy Association

3:45–4:30 pm

Room A: Nouveau Energy Storage Tech
This panel will explore leading edge energy & battery storage technologies to meet today’s demands.
Kathlyne Nelson, Technical Sales & Marketing, Novonix
Jamie Surrette, President, Rolls-Surrette Battery
YS Baeg, Department Leader, LG Solutions
Moderator/Panelist: Marie-Jose Croonen, VP Energy, AECOM
Proudly supported by Stantec

Room B: Research Spotlight– Project Updates from post secondaries and other research initiatives.
Wayne Grozsko, Applied Energy Research, NSCC
Lukas Swan, Director, Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory, Dalhousie
Joe Allen, Managing Director, Energia, UNB
Moderated by Sean Kelly, Director of Energy Programs, Clean Foundation
Proudly supported by Clean Foundation

Room C: Hydrogen- Fuel Cell & Hydrogen as well as Air to Fuel Technologies
This session reflects on Europe’s push for hydrogen projects while looking at Ballard’s hydrogen fuel cells providing global clean energy solutions for transit buses, trucks, rail and marine; and Carbon Engineering’s technology which can produce global-scale quantities of clean fuels that are drop-in compatible with today’s transportation infrastructure and engines, but add little or no fossil carbon emissions to the atmosphere.
Anna Stukas, Business Development, Carbon Engineering
Gordon McIntosh, Special Advisor, Nalcor 
TJ Lawy, Principal Engineer, Ballard Power Systems
Moderated by Jonathan Duke, VP, Marketing and Innovation, M5
Proudly supported by MQO

4:30–5:15 pm

Pipeline Energy Pitches
Joe Allen, Managing Director, Energia, UNB
Michael Dennis, Investment Manager, Innovacorp
Daryl Genge, President & CEO, Springboard Atlantic

Proudly supported by Invest Atlantic, Energia & Innovacorp


5:15–7:00 pm

Kitchen Party Reception
Proudly supported by Smart Energy’s Partners

DAY 2 – Wednesday April 17th 2019


8:30–9:15 am
Proudly supported by NS Energy, , LG Solutions & Opus One

9:15- 10:15 am

Keynote III – Disruption & Beyond

David Layzell is Director- Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative and will provide thought provoking insight into the new Transition Pathway Accelerator for energy systems, how the energy sector is changing our freight infrastructure across Canada and how Personal Mobility initiatives will disrupt the EV and personal driving sector.
Moderator- Tonja Leach, Executive Director, QUEST
Proudly supported by NSCC & NS Energy & Mines

10:15-10:45 am
Refreshment Break
Proudly supported by Innovacorp

10:45- 11:30 am

Room A: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Discover the new technologies in electric transportation and the design behind the infrastructure in our communities.
Alexandre Louis, VP, FLO 
Diane Robichaud, e-Mobility Product Manager, NB Power
Moderated by John Keough, Director of Sales and Marketing, Rexel
Proudly supported by Rexel

Room B: Tidal & Ocean Tech
Emerging technologies are often seen as disruptors and many of the ocean technologies currently being developed are just that and could be tomorrow’s game changers as this session will seek to explore.
Sheila Paterson, COO, COVE
Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada
Mark Savory,  VP, Project Delivery & Commercial, SMEC
John Woods, VP Minas Basin Pulp & Power
Moderated by Tony Wright, General Manager, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy
Proudly supported by SpryPoint

Room C: Wind A Mix of Onshore/Offshore
Which has the greatest potential for wind development onshore or offshore in Atlantic Canada and do they integrate with one another and at what cost?
John Dalton, President, Power Advisory Group LLC
Robb Apold
, Managing Director, Natural Forces
Moderated by Michael Simms, Partner, McInnes Cooper
Proudly supported by Ameresco

11:30-11:45 am
Network Break
Proudly supported by NB Power, LG Solutions & Opus One

11:45-12:30 pm

Room A: Leading Energy Efficiency Initiatives
Let’s deep dive into some successful efficiency initiatives from various areas and hear what the future may have in store for our energy conscientious communities.
Sara Mudge, Community Energy Specialist, NB Power
Jeff Knapp
, Manager Energy & Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure Engineering, Halifax Water
Serghei Musaji, TME, UNB
Kaelan Keys, Business Development Manager, Efficiency NS
Moderated by Haleigh Forbes, Efficiency NS
Proudly supported by Efficiency NS

Room B: Solar- Meeting the Future Demand
Be one of the first to hear CanSIA’s new solar market outlook and supply chain study projected to 2030. Solar NS will provide an overview of their Atlantic Solar Industry Study and also Solar Interconnection 101 how-to guide and the Interconnection 101 Guide.  Join in on discussions including case studies being deployed in our communities.
Lyle Goldberg, NS’ Policy & Regs Manager, CanSIA
David Brushett, Chair, Solar NS
Moderated by Kevin Boutilier, Clean Energy Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality
Proudly supported by Halifax Regional Municipality

Room C: Spotlight on Smart Energy Projects– Join this session to hear about some amazing work being done in smart energy within the region.
Lara Ryan, Regional Director, Canada Green Building Council
Samantha Peverill, Senior Lead, Atlantic- QUEST
Cedric Tai, System Integration Project Manager, Opus One
Moderated by James Dean-Moore, Manager, Dalhousie – Industry Liaison and Information
Proudly supported by Siemens

12:30–12:55 pm
Proudly supported by Emera

Research Update 
Proudly supported by MQO


Keynote IV: 2019 Decentralized Energy Market Trends
Anouk Kendall, President, Decentralised Energy Canada
Anouk’s presentation will provide an overview of the trends that are accelerating the uptake of decentralised energy technologies in Canada. Three primary focus topics of the presentation are electrification, decentralisation and digitalisation.
Moderated by Springboard/Dalhousie
Proudly supported by Dalhousie & Springboard Atlantic

1:45 pm

Pitch Winners Announced

2:00-3:00 pm

Career Showcase –A new feature showcasing post secondary students/grads to smart energy delegates
Proudly supported by NSCC, Springboard & Dalhousie