2020 Program Advisory Committee
The Electricity Transformation Canada 2020 Program Advisory Committee was formed from highly experienced industry professionals to create an exceptional program for this exciting new event for Canada's electricity transformation.
The Program Advisory Committee is working on putting together plenaries and education sessions that are timely and forward-thinking. The Conference will showcase various scenarios of wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage working together, while also including other renewable and flexible technologies.
All of the committee members are volunteers who are passionate about the future of the renewable energy industry. We thank them for their participation and continued support of Electricity Transformation Canada.
Utilia Amaral is a respected leader within the renewable energy industry who has built a professional career that spans more than 20 years and includes executive-level positions in the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and as a senior ministerial advisor serving in government.
She is currently the Founder and CEO of Connected2Solutions, an independent consultancy that has attracted and retained leading edge clients like Google’s Nest Labs and Stem (a behind-the-meter energy storage provider). Previously, she served as the Chair of the Canadian Solar Industries Association and was the Manager Director of Strategic Affairs for SunEdison Canada.
Utilia has excelled at developing strong relationships with governments and industry partners in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. Her efforts have contributed to two provincial governments deciding to provide certainty, predictability and sustainability to the renewable energy industry by continuing vital programs and policies.
She obtained her BAA in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and her Master of Science in Economics of Urbanization from University College in London. She also recently completed the requirements for the Masters of Business Administration at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Today, Utilia lives in Vaughan with her husband and their two young daughters.
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
Scott Harper joined the Institute in the summer of 2007 and has overseen the development of the organization since that time. In his role as CEO, Scott works closely with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic direction for the organization which guides the development of the technical program at WEICan.
Prior to working with WEICan Scott spent most of his career working for the Government of Canada with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). As an Economic Development Officer, Scott worked in the renewable energy sector and was instrumental in the planning and establishment of WEICan. While employed by the Federal Government, Scott gained a great deal of experience in intergovernmental affairs and sector development planning. Scott also held a position as General Manager of a not-for-profit economic development corporation which was involved in tourism, information technology, business incubation and other initiatives. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island where he sits on the Board of Governors and Chairs the Human Resources Committee of that Board.
Business Development Manager
Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc.
Michael has been with Panasonic in a variety of roles over the last two years acting as an on-site construction manager, Director of Construction and now, in his role as Business Development Manager as PESCA focuses on the emerging Battery Energy Storage market. He obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has held a variety of roles in the solar industry over the past 10 years. Michael has experience in every aspect of development, design, construction and commissioning for rooftop and ground mounted solar arrays and played a significant role in the early stage development and construction of school board portfolios across Ontario (TDSB, Simcoe, York and Peel). He is familiar with just about every type of module and inverter technology and worked with a wide variety of racking systems including fixed and single axis tracking systems. His strong technical background is beneficial as he leads PESCA’s business development for solar PV and battery storage projects across North America.
Michael can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or cell phone (437-234-1282)
Shanna Li is an experienced Legal Counsel with an established history working in the renewables industry as well as extensive background in corporate legal matters.
During her time with Saturn Power, Shanna has provided legal advisement and expertise on a range of matters related to the renewable energy sector, including international cross-border transactions in jurisdictions that include several US states as well as Bermuda. Shanna’s core competencies include contract review and negotiation, land procurement lease development and volunteering with the Saturn Social Committee to create fun events for everybody in the company.
Shanna has found great personal and professional reward working in the renewable energy sector, understanding that her work at Saturn, even in a small way, is helping to provide for a greener and more sustainable planet for future generations.
Shanna, who was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018, attended Western University for her Undergraduate Degree and received a Bachelor of Laws at SOAS, University of London.
In her personal time, Shanna enjoys travel, skiing, running and trying different, unique cuisines from around the world.
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Canada
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited
Andrew Luther is responsible for internal and external communications, media relations and public affairs activities in Canada, including communications strategy and marketing, as well as consulting on global marketing materials.
Andrew joined Siemens in 2005 and has helped enable business partners in the Infrastructure and Energy sectors maintain clear, consistent, and informative communications practices across the organization. He has been responsible for overall brand usage in Canada and played key roles in major corporate brand events such as the World Energy Congress and the 2015 Pan Am Games.
You can find Mr. Luther on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-luther
Directeur du développement des affaires / Business Development Manager
With his firm grasp of the renewable energy industry, Matthew applies his know-how to project development. Business strategies, technical and scientific innovations, market watches... Matthew coordinates the efforts of his team members in order to transform their expertise into added value for the client. With more than 10 years of engineering experience as project manager, coordinator and guest speaker, he has come to acquire leading-edge expertise in his field of activity.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Mohsen Zadeh has been working in the North American renewable energy business for over 10 years in various capacities including engineering and project management. Currently, Mr. Zadeh is with DNV GL as a Senior Electrical Engineer responsible for electrical engineering aspects of renewable energy projects, including independent engineering, owner’s engineering and project design, across wind, solar, and recently energy storage industries. He has been involved on tens of Gigawatts of renewable projects in North America and has been the lead of electrical design on the first utility-scale solar project in Western Canada, in 2017.
Mr. Zadeh’s affiliations include memberships of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), and IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS). He is also currently acting as the Secretary of IEEE Toronto Chapter DEIS subcommittee and is a regular technical reviewer for IEEE conferences.
Mr. Zadeh holds a Master of Engineering Science from University of Western Ontario and is currently completing his part-time PhD at University of Waterloo. Mr. Zadeh is a Registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Nova Scotia Canada, as well as State of Nevada in the United States.