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.

 

Electricity Transformation Canada Exhibition & Conference
November 17-19, 2021 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre | Toronto, Ontario
CONFERENCE PROGRAM

As of September 13, 2021
Times subject to change

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

 
8:00 am-7:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am-9:45 am Welcome and Opening Plenary Exclusive launch event: CanREA’s 2050 Vision  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 storage as the core element in a massive expansion of clean electricity production in order to meet this country’s legislated target of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. In this session, CanREA’s CEO Robert Hornung will present CanREA’s Vision for the future, including the role wind, solar and energy storage must play to achieve Canada's net-zero journey, the scale of the effort required, and the actions that need to be taken immediately to drive success. Following the presentation, stakeholders representing a range of interests will discuss the relevance of CanREA’s Vision for their communities and for Canada.
10:00 am-10:45 am Education Sessions
Session 1.1 The road to net zero by 2050: Opportunities for electrification in Canada
Sponsored by ATCO Power (2010) Ltd.
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 our electricity already comes from non-GHG-emitting sources; governments and corporations are starting to take initial steps towards the electrification of transportation, buildings and industry. This session will explore policy options and opportunities to support electrification across Canada's economy.
Session 1.2  Renewable energy partnerships with Indigenous communities  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 will explore the opportunities represented by these partnerships, the readiness of communities and companies to partner in the development of local projects, and illustrate how such projects can support community goals, such as achieving greater energy independence and reducing environmental and carbon footprints.
10:30 am-7:00 pm Tradeshow Floor Open
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Keynote Lunch Opportunities for renewables and energy storage in Canada
 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

 
8:00 am-5:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am-10:45 am Education Sessions
9:00 am-9:45 am Session 2.1  International lessons on regional transmission and market integration 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 existing market-integration efforts that can serve as a model for addressing these challenges and unlocking opportunities here in Canada. Join this session to discuss what Canada can learn from the US and the EU.
Session 2.2  Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our industries 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 increasingly well documented and understood. This session will provide a status report on diversity, equity and inclusion in the electricity industry, and highlight what some leading companies in our sector are doing to make progress in this area.
10:00 am-10:45 am Session 3.1 Embracing renewable energy's leadership role in sustainability 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, solar and energy-storage companies can benefit from a strengthened reputation for sustainability. In this session, you will learn about these opportunities and what you need to do in your pursuit of the best solutions for your company.
Session 3.2  Green hydrogen as a driver of renewable energy development 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 hydrogen-production mechanism.
10:30 am-5:00 pm Tradeshow Floor Open
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Plenary Lunch The role of regulators in enabling Canada’s energy transition Across Canada's energy system, the role of regulatory agencies is rapidly evolving in response to technological change, shifting demand patterns customer preferences and growing electrification of heat and transportation. Join us for an insightful discussion on the changing role of energy regulators in advancing the energy transition.
 

Friday November 19, 2021

 
8:00 am-3:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am-10:45 am Education Sessions
9:00 am-9:45 am Session 4.1  The future of market-based renewables: Lessons learned from Alberta 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 government’s commitment to “market-based renewables,” which provides projects with access to both the energy market and carbon markets. This panel will explore what is driving this boom and what is needed to keep it moving.
Session 4.2  Do we have what it takes? Strengthening Canada's renewable energy supply chains  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 explored through the perspectives of the Canada-US relationship, the Canadian mining industry, and a legal expert’s view of this infrastructure and strategies for managing supply-chain disruptions.
10:00 am-10:45 am Session 5.1  Innovation at the grid edge: A Canadian utility perspective on DER integration  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 project in York Region, ON, and the Nova Scotia Power Battery Storage pilot program.
Session 5.2  Electricity transformation check-up with CanREA's policy team 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 across Canada, highlighting the state of the nation in each market, as well as the priority focus expected in the months to come. Don’t miss the “open mic” following the presentations: a rare opportunity for a live Q&A with the entire CanREA policy team.
10:00 am-3:00pm Tradeshow Floor Open
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Closing Lunch  What are utilities and system operators doing today to prepare for the electricity system of 2050? Canada has made a commitment to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. It is well understood that meeting this target will require a decarbonized and significantly expanded electricity system. Disruptive technologies will also make the future system more decentralized, digitalized and democratized than the one we have today. This energy transition is already underway, but it will need to proceed at an unprecedented speed and scale to meet our GHG emissions objective. This session will explore the steps being taken today by utilities and system operators to build the electricity system of 2050.