November 17-19, 2021, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Program

We’re bringing together diverse stakeholders from wind energy, solar energy, energy storage and other complementary technologies to connect and collaborate on the future of electrification!

The Electricity Transformation Canada 2021 program offers informative insights for capitalizing on opportunities today and planning for the future.

Conference Program
Times and sessions subject to change
Conference pass required.

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Welcome and Opening Plenary – Exclusive launch event: CanREA’s 2050 Vision

Hall F
To open the 2021 ETC conference, CanREA launches its new Vision for 2050. CanREA’s Vision is a call to action, calling on Canada to dramatically accelerate the deployment of wind, solar and energy s …

Robert Hornung 
President & CEO
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Dan Balaban 
Chief Executive Officer
Greengate Power

Brendan Costigan 
Director - Power & Utilities Investment Banking
National Bank of Canada

Tonja Leach 
Executive Director
QUEST

Adrian Anderson 
Senior Director
Microsoft

Linda Coady  
Executive Director
Pembina Institute

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Session 1.1: The road to net zero by 2050: Opportunities for electrification in Canada

Room 718
Canada has an incredible renewable resource base, representing a privileged and unique opportunity to decarbonize our economy and meet our net zero ambitions through electrification. More than 80% of …

Brandy Giannetta 
Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Anna Kanduth 
Research Associate
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Merran Smith 
Founder and Executive Director
Clean Energy Canada

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Session 1.2: Renewable energy partnerships with Indigenous communities

Room 701
Successful partnerships between Indigenous, rural or remote communities and renewable energy or energy storage companies are essential to the future of the energy transition in Canada. This session wi …

Jay Massie 
VP, Northern Development & Indigenous Relations
ATCO

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Tradeshow Floor Open

Keynote Lunch: Opportunities for renewables and energy storage in Canada

Hall F
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Robert Hornung 
President & CEO
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

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Session 2.1: International lessons on regional transmission and market integration

Room 718
Decarbonizing the grid by 2035 is going to require the cooperation of all provinces across Canada, as they strive to integrate their electricity infrastructure and markets. Luckily, there are several …

A.J. Goulding 
President and CEO
London Economics International LLC

Philip Duguay 
Managing Director - Canada Grid
The Transition Accelerator

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Session 2.2: Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our industries

Room 701
Wind, solar and energy storage companies represent industries of the future, but we must ensure we are not stuck in the past on the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, the benefits of which are …

Suha Jethalal 
President
Bullfrog Power

Michelle Branigan 
CEO
Electricity Human Resources Canada

Beth Buckmaster 
Client and Stakeholder Relations Manager, Power
Hatch

David Estill 
Head of Government Affairs, North America and Co-Chair, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council North America
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Joanna Osawe 
President and CEO
Women in Renewable Energy

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Session 3.1: Embracing renewable energy’s leadership role in sustainability

Room 718
The renewable-energy industry is uniquely positioned to take the lead on sustainable practices. By acting on emerging opportunities, and by pursuing solutions for full life-cycle responsibility, wind, …

Geoffrey McCarney 
Senior Director, Research
Smart Prosperity Institute

Mike Peckford 
National Director of Renewable Energy
Hemmera

Irina Scarlete Zabala 
CEO
AMNIe International

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Session 3.2: Green hydrogen as a driver of renewable energy development

Room 701
This session will identify the potential of green hydrogen to be a key component of the energy transition. It will also discuss the opportunity for renewable energy and electrolysis to be the prime hy …

Moe Kabbara 
Consultant
Dunsky Energy Consulting

David Charlebois 
Project Development Manager, Energy Transition
Wood

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Plenary Lunch: 100% Clean Electricity by 2035: The Clean Power Pathways project preview

Hall F
This session offers a preview of the Clean Power Pathways final report and analysis, to be launched in early 2022. This multi-year collaboration between the David Suzuki Foundation and university rese …

Tom L Green 
Senior Climate Policy Adviser
David Suzuki Foundation

Stephen Thomas 
Climate Solutions Policy Analyst
David Suzuki Foundation

Evan Wilson 
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

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Session 4.1: The future of market-based renewables: Lessons learned from Alberta

Room 718
Over the past two years, over 1,200 MW of new renewable-energy projects have been formally announced in Alberta, resulting in billions of dollars of investments. This is a result of the provincial gov …

Evan Wilson 
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Jordan Balaban 
President
Greengate Power

Roslyn McMann 
Director, Market Development
BluEarth Renewables

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Session 4.2: Do we have what it takes? Strengthening Canada’s renewable energy supply chains 

Room 701
This session will explore the practicalities of Canada's energy transition: what will it mean in terms of sheer physical commodities and both global and domestic supply chains? This topic will be expl …

Nicholas Gall 
Director, Distributed Energy Resources
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Aaron Atcheson 
Partner, Leader Projects
Miller Thomson LLP

Jeff Labonté 
Assistant Deputy Minister
Lands and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada

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Session 5.1: Innovation at the grid edge: A Canadian utility perspective on DER integration 

Room 718
This session will examine innovation in DER integration through three case studies: the solar PV system at EPCOR’s E.L. Smith Water Treatment Facility in Edmonton, AB, the Alectra GridExchange proje …

Geri Yin 
Head, Grid Innovation
Alectra Utilities

Vince Kulchycki 
Chief Operating Officer
Lakeland Holding Ltd

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Session 5.2: Electricity transformation check-up with CanREA’s policy team

Room 701
CanREA’s team of policy experts advocate on behalf of member companies provincially and federally. Join them for a cross-country overview of emerging opportunities for renewables and energy storage …

Brandy Giannetta 
Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Evan Wilson 
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Phil McKay 
Senior Director, Operations
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Nicholas Gall 
Director, Distributed Energy Resources
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Leonard Olien 
Director, Energy Storage
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

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Closing Lunch: What are electricity system decision makers doing today to prepare Ontario for the electricity system of 2050?

Hall F
Canada has made a commitment to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and a net-zero electricity grid by 2035. The Ontario Government has now asked the IESO to examine potential pathways to decarbonize the e …

Brandy Giannetta 
Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Lesley Gallinger 
President and CEO
IESO

Teresa Sarkesian 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Electricity Distributors Association

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Join us November 17-19, 2021

Electricity Transformation Canada, an exciting new national conference and exhibition, will be at the centre of Canada’s transformation to a more affordable, flexible, reliable and sustainable energy system.

Launching November 17-19, 2021, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Electricity Transformation Canada is the premier national industry event for businesses, experts and other influencers in wind, solar and other related renewable energy technologies.