October 26-28, 2022, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Speaker Biographies

Aaron AtchesonPartner
Miller Thomson LLP,
London, Ontario, Canada 

Aaron Atcheson is a partner and leader of the Projects Group at Miller Thomson LLP, practising in the area of energy and infrastructure projects. Aaron has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer and expert in energy, environmental law and property development. Aaron represents parties in transactions and projects in the renewable energy industry, including developers and power producers, solar panel and associated equipment manufacturers, turbine manufacturers, debt and equity providers, vendors and purchasers of projects, underwriters, and consultants. Aaron has also provided development construction and financing advice on district energy, electricity storage, landfill gas, bio-gas, energy-from-waste, waste heat recovery, gas-fired thermal power generation, co-generation, hydro-electric, natural gas production, gas pipeline and gas storage projects, as well as transactions related to water testing and treatment and waste and recycling. Aaron is a member of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association and has provided advice on projects across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and in jurisdictions in Central America and the Caribbean.

John Avdoulos 
CEO and President 
Essex Power Corporation,
Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada

As President & CEO of Essex Power, John Avdoulos leads a team that is committed to innovation, technology and strong performance management. Through innovative technologies the Essex Power Group of Companies has successfully built the foundation to establish a diverse set of energy products and services that provide value to its customers. Essex Power is a dynamic energy company that continues to build solutions for the future. Previously John, was the Chief Operating Officer for Essex Power Corporation. John joined the energy industry in 2006 and has been able to transfer valuable lessons learned from his previous experience in the manufacturing sector. John’s past experience provides a unique view to the energy industry as John has already experienced many of the changes that the energy world is currently seeing. John holds a Board of Directors position at the Electricity Distributors Association. John holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor and a McLaughlin Masters Certificate in Project Management. John obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (2022). He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Dietrich Bödecker
Commercial Manager - North America

RheEnergise Canada Ltd,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dietrich Bödecker is Commercial Manager for North America at RheEnergise, applying his extensive background in clean tech commercialisation and financial innovation to accelerate the traction of High-Density Hydro®. Dietrich obtained an MBA from University of Passau in Germany, as well as a Certificate in Energy Management & Innovation from the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Michelle BraniganCEO
Electricity Human Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Branigan is a subject matter expert when it comes to the industry and works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address their specific labour market and HR challenges. Originally from Ireland, Branigan holds a master’s degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, U.K., and is a certified Project Management Professional. Understanding the impacts of innovation and technology, Branigan is committed to developing forward thinking and cutting-edge tools, resources, and research to meet current and future workforce needs. As a champion of diversity and inclusion, she is passionate about leading real change for the advancement of women and minorities and has spearheaded many instrumental programs which have sparked a national movement for organization to become agents of change. Among these initiatives is the leadership Accord for Diversity Equity and Inclusion - a public commitment by employers, educators, unions, and governments to build a workforce that is truly representative of Canada’s people. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, the Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual.

Luisa Da SilvaExecutive Director
Iron & Earth,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

As the Executive Director of Iron & Earth, Luisa is empowering fossil fuel and Indigenous workers through creating opportunities to transition into the net-zero economy. She brings a wealth of experience from the energy, conservation, mining, education, and not-for-profit sectors. She began her career in the fossil fuel industry of northern Alberta, and has been influenced by her mining experiences in Canada and abroad. After a successful career as a professional geoscientist, Luisa moved to the United Kingdom to pursue an Executive Master’s of Business Administration. Since then, Luisa has worked in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, and is enthusiastic about enabling people to transition to fulfilling careers. In her spare time, Luisa is an outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time in nature as possible.

Kevin Dawson, Director,
Forecasting and Analytics
Alberta Electric System Operator,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kevin Dawson, MA, CFA – Director, Forecasting and Analytics at Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Kevin Dawson is Director, Forecasting and Analytics at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and has been with the organization since 2010. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the development and use of forecasts and data analysis to provide insights used within the AESO and by industry stakeholders to make informed decisions. Prior to joining the AESO, Mr. Dawson spent 12 years at TransAlta, holding progressively senior roles in the areas of market analysis, risk management, commercial and portfolio management and commodity hedging. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Economics, both from the University of Calgary. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Brandy Giannetta, VP Policy,
Regulatory and Government Affairs
Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

As CanREA’s Vice-President of Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Brandy Giannetta leads the Association’s stakeholder advocacy and public engagement efforts throughout Canada. She was the Ontario Regional Director at CanWEA for eight years previously. She has also worked as a political staffer at Queen’s Park and as an administrator of the NRCan Home Energy Retrofit Program. Brandy holds an MA in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Windsor. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee at the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Brandy is based in Toronto.

Ahmed Hanafy, Director
Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ahmed is a Director at Dunsky where he advises utilities, governments and other actors across Canada and the U.S. on the critical technology, policy and strategy issues related to the electricity sector’s transformation. Combining deep technical knowledge with strategic foresight, Ahmed’s expertise lies in supporting Dunsky's clients with assessing the potential for and impacts of renewable energy, energy storage, EVs, DERs and other emerging technologies, and providing strategic insights to inform corporate strategy, system planning, project development, and policy/regulatory initiatives. In addition to leading and contributing to 100+ mandates at Dunsky, his expertise builds on prior experiences working on emerging utility business models, renewable energy policy, energy markets and other related issues. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from McGill as well as a Master’s degree in energy science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Matt Harper, Chief Commercial Officer
Invinity Energy Systems,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As Chief Commercial Officer of vanadium flow battery manufacturer Invinity Energy Systems, Matt is responsible for the commercialization and deployment of Invinity's groundbreaking energy storage solutions. Invinity's mission is to make our future electric system more economically and ecologically sustainable by delivering the safest, most dependable, and most economical energy storage solutions currently serving the electric grid. Matt is a clean-tech entrepreneur and product developer, whose career spans pioneering work commercializing electrical energy storage, wastewater treatment, hydrogen generation and fuel cell vehicles. Previously, he was President and Co-Founder of Avalon Battery and he has also served as VP Products and Services at Prudent Energy. Matt holds seven patents related to clean industrial technologies, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris HendersonExecutive Director 
Indigenous Clean Energy,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Chris Henderson is a Canadian clean energy thought leader, eco-entrepreneur and environmental innovator. For the past 35 years, he has led and been at the forefront of ground-breaking Canadian enterprises and local/national business, social and ecological initiatives which have global impact and resonance. Chris is a trusted and insightful commentator on economic, environment and energy issues that respect the Planet, and generate enduring outcomes for corporations, communities and Canada. Chris has two prime focus. Firstly, advising and equipping Indigenous peoples and communities to develop and own clean energy projects to catalyze social development, economic opportunity and to combat Climate Change. Secondly, providing high-impact strategic advice on accelerating energy transition to a low carbon and more competitive energy future. Chris’ first book Aboriginal Power was published in 2013. Chris is the President of Lumos Energy, Founding Executive Director of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, Founder of The Delphi Group and Board Chair of the Globe Series. 
Robert Hornung, President and CEO
Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
As the founding President and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), Robert Hornung leads a member-based organization focused on ensuring that renewable energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix. He was the longstanding president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which united with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) in 2020 to form CanREA. Robert previously worked on climate-change issues with the Pembina Institute, Environment Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Friends of the Earth Canada. Robert holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto. He serves on the Advisory Council of Positive Energy, a University of Ottawa research project that seeks to strengthen public confidence in Canadian energy policy. Robert is based in Ottawa.
Mathieu M.J. Johnson
Vice-président – Stratégies, évolution de l’entreprise et développement

Hydro-Québec, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Mathieu Johnson Vice-président – Stratégies, évolution de l’entreprise et développement Entré à Hydro-Québec en 2020, Mathieu Johnson a exercé les fonctions de directeur principal – Stratégies d’entreprise, partenariats et développement avant d’être nommé vice-président – Stratégies, évolution de l’entreprise et développement en février 2022. À ce titre, il a pour mandat d’établir les stratégies d’affaires globales d’Hydro-Québec et de piloter le projet d’évolution de l’entreprise en fonction des changements qui s’opèrent dans le secteur de l’énergie et des nouveaux besoins du marché, en vue de permettre au Québec de réaliser sa transition énergétique de façon optimale. Il veille également à l’évolution du cadre réglementaire et de la structure tarifaire d’Hydro-Québec. Par ailleurs, il est responsable des partenariats et des investissements liés aux infrastructures de production d’énergie renouvelable relevant de filières autres que l’hydroélectricité, comme l’énergie éolienne et l’hydrogène vert. Avant de joindre les rangs d’Hydro-Québec, M. Johnson était directeur, Stratégie et développement des gaz renouvelables à Énergir (anciennement Gaz Métro). En collaboration avec des partenaires des secteurs privé et public, son équipe a joué un rôle important dans le développement de la filière des gaz renouvelables au Québec et le déploiement de nouvelles technologies dans ce domaine, comme la pyrogazéification et l’hydrogène. Il a également travaillé comme consultant en stratégies au sein des cabinets KPMG et Roland Berger, au Canada et à l’étranger. M. Johnson est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en administration des affaires avec spécialisation en finances de HEC Montréal. Il siège au conseil d’administration de Tennis Montréal, de la compagnie de théâtre documentaire Les Productions Porte Parole, du Centre des technologies du gaz naturel et d’Écotech Québec.
Caroline Lee, Mitigation Research Lead
Canadian Climate Institute,
Ottawa, Nunavut, Canada
Caroline Lee is Research Lead for the Mitigation Team at the Canadian Climate Institute and most recently led the technical analysis in the Institute's report "The Big Switch," looking at transforming Canada's electricity systems for net zero goals. She has a diverse background in international climate and energy policy analysis having previously worked as Energy Policy Analyst at the International Energy Agency, Climate Change Mitigation Analyst at the Government of New Brunswick, and an Energy Consultant with Navius Research. She holds an MA in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University.
Roslyn McMann, Director,
Market Development
BluEarth Renewables,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Roslyn McMann has over fourteen years of experience in the renewable energy sector. In her role as Director of Market Development at BluEarth Renewables, Roslyn is responsible for leading the organization’s energy policy engagement, building relationships with key stakeholders and contributing to the Canadian growth strategy. Before joining BluEarth in 2016, Roslyn worked at GE for eight years in various roles in the Energy Division, including Region Leader for Distributed Power and Canadian Renewables Segment Leader. In these roles, she was responsible for navigating the strategy and growth of GE’s portfolio in Canada. Combined with Roslyn’s previous experience in the industrial and commercial water and energy management sector, she brings a wholistic view to the clean energy conversation in Canada. Roslyn a past Director of the Canadian Wind Energy Board and the Canadian Solar Energy Board, a current member of the BRC Advisory Board and Canadian Renewable Energy Board and is active in key policy files for wind and solar across Canada. Roslyn has an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA specializing in Global Energy and Sustainable Development from the University of Calgary. She is a former Olympic athlete and World Championship medalist who loves being active in nature.
Melissa Morrison, Senior Planner, Hydrogen and Renewables
DNV, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ms. Morrison is a biologist with sixteen years of project planning and strategic advisory experience in the energy industries. Ms. Morrison's career started in oil and gas, where she worked as a biologist and environmental planner coordinating environmental field assessments to support regulatory applications. She transferred those skills to transmission line siting, routing, assessment, and stakeholder engagement. Her career then took her in the direction of renewable energy development, leading clients through planning, siting, environmental assessment, Indigenous consultation, and stakeholder engagement for utility scale renewable energy projects. Her experience across many energy industries gives her a broad understanding of project planning and development and she brings those perspectives to help clients plan energy projects during the energy transition. Her recent hydrogen project work has given her experience helping clients determine where they fit into the emerging hydrogen economy. Since joining DNV in 2021, Ms Morrison has been involved in hydrogen and renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, and globally. She has focused her field of expertise around the roadmap/strategy/feasibility studies for hydrogen production, transportation, and utilization. She also leads planning, siting, environmental assessment, permitting and stakeholder engagement for wind and solar developments in Canada and the US. She is a highly effective project manager with strong communication skills and is motivated problem solver. She has a passion for innovation and strategy as is relates to corporate success and environmental responsibility. She is a team lead for the Environmental and Permitting Services and a member of the North America Hydrogen team and the North America Equity in Clean Energy team.
Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Research Chair in Energy Sector Management
HEC Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Pierre-Oliver Pineau (PhD, HEC Montréal, 2000) is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and some aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations. He was appointed on the Quebec government’s Climate Change Advisory Committee in April 2021. He is a researcher and Fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria (2001-2006).
Shahrzad Rahbar, President
Industrial Gas Users Association,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
SHAHRZAD RAHBAR (she/her) Dr. Rahbar brings a thirty-year track record of successful leadership in the energy, innovation and climate space. She has been at the helm of the Industrial Gas Users Association for the past decade following twenty years of progressively senior experience in the gas industry. She has been an active contributor to the development of energy, technology, and regulatory policy in Canada. She is passionate about turning de-carbonization into a competitive advantage for Canada. Shahrzad currently serves on the federal Strategic Steering Committee on Hydrogen and Quebec’s Renewable Natural Gas oversight committee. She is a director at QUEST and has previously served and held leadership roles on multiple Boards including as an Executive Committee member of the International Gas Union. Shahrzad has an ICD.D corporate director designation, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and two patents to her name.
Brianne Riehl
Senior Project Manager

Navius Research,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Brianne Riehl is a Senior Project Manager and Manager of Client Relations at Navius Research. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics. Brianne specializes in translating complex findings from Navius' energy-economy and electricity modeling tools into clear insights. She has experience managing several projects exploring Canada's net zero emission future, including economic, technology and electricity sector impacts of net zero policy.
Debbie Scharf
Assistant Deputy Minister
Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Systems Sector,
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Debbie Scharf is an Assistant Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada, responsible for the Energy Systems Sector. In her role, Debbie is responsible for spearheading one of the Government of Canada’s signature energy initiatives, the transformation of regional energy systems through the Regional Energy and Resource Tables. She also oversees the sector’s Electricity Resources Branch and the Energy Policy and International Branch, both of which are integral to the Government of Canada’s central energy initiatives to realize a net-zero future. A key element of her sector’s mandate is to help catalyze Canada’s economic opportunities in the energy transition and drive governance for the energy enterprise to provide the Deputy Minister, the Associate Deputy Minister and the Minister with integrated decision-making. The Energy Systems Sector also plays a key role in identifying and accelerating the development of regional growth opportunities that will provide Canada with an advantage as we transform to a net-zero economy. Prior to her current role, Debbie was the Director General of Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Fuel Branch. She assumed this role in spring 2020, on the eve of an unprecedented global pandemic, with the task of creating the embryonic branch from scratch. During the next two years, under Debbie’s team-driven leadership, the Clean Fuels Branch was integral in delivering several of the government’s central energy initiatives, the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, the $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund and the implementation of $750-million Emission Reductions Fund. Previously, Debbie served as Senior Director, Strategic Energy Policy; and Director, Office of Energy Efficiency, both at Natural Resources Canada. She also held various positions at Environment and Climate Change Canada advancing chemicals management, clean air and climate change files. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, and a Master Degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
Sarah Bresolin

Sarah Bresolin SilverDirector
Government and Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Markets Policy 
ENGIE North America Inc.,

Boston, Massachusetts

As Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs with ENGIE North America Sarah Bresolin Silver focuses primarily on renewable energy policy in the Northeast U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining ENGIE Sarah was Assistant Attorney General in the Energy Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and previously counsel to the state energy regulator. Sarah served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Small Business Administration representing small business interests in international trade negotiations and in the federal regulatory and legislative processes.

Paisley Sim, Canada Grid Lead
The Transition Accelerator,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Paisley Sim is the Canada Grid Lead at The Transition Accelerator. She was previously Director of Research & Operations at Canada Grid. Previously, as a Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Public Policy she focused on federalism and intergovernmental relations at the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation. Her prior experience includes working for former Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley, as a special advisor to Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and in the non-profit arts world. She holds a conservatory diploma, bachelor of fine arts, project management professional certification, and a completed a master in public policy at McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy.

Jose Frederick. Walsh Duarte, MEng
Renewable Energy Technical Practice Leader

Stantec Consulting, Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada

Jose is a professional engineer with Stantec Consulting and has been working in the renewable energy industry for 20 years. His work experience spans research and development of high efficiency hetero-junction silicon solar cells, project management, business development, and engineering design of more than 3GW AC of renewable energy projects, primarily solar PV. Jose studied Engineering Physics at Queen’s University and did a Master of Engineering in Sustainable Energy at RMIT University.

Tricia Williams
Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization

Future Skills Centre,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tricia Williams brings a strong background across anthropology, sociology and economics disciplines to her role as Future Skills Centre’s Director of Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization. She has particular expertise in the future of work including digital economies, skills development, migration and gender. At the FSC, Tricia leads a pan-Canadian research strategy focused on advancing the FSC’s strategic goals. She also collaborates closely with our partners on the broader evidence agenda, ensuring that knowledge is both generated and mobilized effectively for uptake and usage. Prior to joining FSC, Tricia spent seven years with the Mastercard Foundation, leading research, evaluation and knowledge mobilization initiatives related to youth employment and digital economy across Africa and with Indigenous communities in Canada. She has authored and overseen numerous reports, events and research programs to generate evidence and action around inclusive employment and development. Tricia previously worked for the federal government in evaluation and policy functions, which she joined through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program. She also spent several years supporting immigrant rights organizations in the United States and community organizations in Haiti, where she lived for several years.

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