November 6-7, 2018 | Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel | Calgary, AB
Power Advisory LLC
Kris Aksomitis joined Power Advisory LLC’s newly opened Calgary office as a Director in April 2016. He has over 15 years of experience, and his expertise includes electricity price forecasting, market policy development, carbon policy, and electricity market rule development. His current role has him representing the Cogen Working Group in the AESO Capacity Market design process.
Prior to joining Power Advisory, Kris was the Manager of Market Analysis at TransAlta where he developed long term market forecasts for a range of jurisdictions, provided due diligence for potential asset acquisitions, supported commercial and regulatory analysis, and provided in depth analysis on the impact of Alberta carbon policy to TransAlta’s fleet.
Prior to TransAlta, Kris was Program Manager in the Market Design group at the AESO. His work included developing wind integration proposals for the Alberta market, altering the structure of the operating reserve market, developing demand response services and examining the market price cap for potential changes. During his time at the AESO he conducted stakeholder consultations, developed demand response products, created ISO market rules, worked with system controllers to implement new rules and was a key resource interfacing between internal and external groups. Prior to the AESO, Kris worked at the Alberta Utilities Commission in the Markets group as a Senior Analyst.
Kris has an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary with a focus on competition theory.
Jorge O. Aviles
Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Engagement/Indigenous Relations
Jorge O. Aviles
Cross-cultural Strategist / Community Development Specialist with proven ability to engage and retain key stakeholders. More than 15 years’ experience in Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement. Over 12 years’ experience on Team / Project Management. Fluent in English, Spanish and French. Worked for both the Energy sector and an array of international NGOs. Proven record of motivating and coaching highly effective teams focused on achieving strategically planned goals through mentoring and training. Led key diplomatic initiatives for global sustainable projects operating culturally sensitive teams in Canada and more than 20 countries around the world.
Market Surveillance Administrator
Matt Ayres has over 20 years’ experience working as an economist, mostly within the area of electricity markets. Matt has a BA and PhD in Economics and is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Matt worked at the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) from 2005 to 2017 and in that time served as Chief Economist, Deputy Administrator and Chief Executive Officer. Matt returned to the MSA in 2018 and works part-time as Chief Economist.
Founder, President & CEO
Under Dan’s leadership Greengate has developed $1 billion or 450 MW of producing renewable energy projects in Alberta. Prior to Greengate, Dan was the Founder, President and CEO of Roughneck.ca, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry which was acquired in 2005 for more than $5 million. In his life prior to entrepreneurship, Dan worked as a management consultant with top tier firms including Ernst & Young and PwC. Dan was a Senior Manager with PwC and a key member of the firm’s e-business consulting practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Dan is also the Chairman of the Calgary JCC, a member of the board of the Pembina Institute and formerly a member of the board of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta. Dan was selected as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2009, named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2010 and 2013 by Alberta Venture magazine, a winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Prairies, and named one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2015.
Vice President, Development
Cory joined the EDF Renewables team in 2010. In his role as Vice President of Development, Cory leads the company’s business development efforts and development team for Canada and the northeast United States. He is responsible for assembling a portfolio of renewable energy projects across the region that today exceeds 1600 MW of wind and solar farms commissioned or under construction including the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge wind farm, Alberta’s largest wind project.
Over the last 15 years Cory has built his career in the Canadian renewable energy industry with experience in business development, permitting, marketing, finance, procurement, construction, and project management. Prior to his current role, Cory led a team that developed a national portfolio of renewable energy projects as Vice President of Project Development. Cory’s accomplishments include the development of Canada’s most easterly wind farm in Fermeuse, Newfoundland.
Cory is the Chair of the board of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Senior Vice President and Country Manager for Canada
Marathon Capital LLC
Philip Bassil is Senior Vice President and Country Manager for Marathon Capital, LLC in Canada. He is focused on the Canadian energy and infrastructure sectors. Philip has over 15 years of international business, finance and energy experience in Canada, the US and Europe. Marathon Capital is a four-time recipient of the “Best Renewable Asset M&A Advisor” award (2013-16) and a recipient of the “Best Asset M&A Advisor” in Power Finance & Risk’s Annual Power Finance Deals and Firms Awards.
Before joining Marathon Capital, Philip was a Managing Director with BSM Global Partners, Inc. focused on delivering investment banking, merger and acquisition (M&A), capital raising, corporate finance and strategic advisory services to clients in the power, energy and infrastructure sectors across Canada. He earlier served as a respected equity analyst covering the power, utility and the energy services sectors in Canada with a boutique investment bank, as well as an equity research associate covering the technology sector at Scotia Capital on Bay Street in Toronto.
Philip is a sought-after thought-leader and speaker at industry events and conferences including the Bloomberg New Energy Finance BNEF Future of Energy Summit in New York, the Euromoney Renewable Energy Finance Forum in Toronto and the Canadian Clean Energy Ontario Feed-In-Tariff Forum.
Philip earned an MBA from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Computer Science with the Electrical Engineering stream from TUNS. He has also successfully completed Level I and II of the CFA designation, and the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) as well as the PDO.
Director of Policy & Market Development
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
Patrick D. Bateman is an advocate for a cleaner, smarter and more distributed electricity system in Canada with solar energy, energy storage and smart-grid technology. He leverages a decade as a solar energy, electricity sector and built environment professional in Europe and Canada. Patrick currently serves as Director of Policy & Market Development on the executive team of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Since joining CanSIA in 2010 he has been responsible for policy development and regulatory affairs throughout the build-out of almost 3 GW of solar electricity generation facilities in Canada. In this role he is also an active contributor to the work of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE) that represents the four national renewable electricity associations for solar, wind, hydro and marine energy. Prior to joining CanSIA, Patrick’s previous roles included working as a consultant for local government clients on renewable energy and planning policy in England. Patrick holds an MSc in Renewable Energy and a BSc in Environmental Biology.
Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta
Vittoria Bellissimo is the Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), a market, policy and regulatory advocacy organization that includes consumers from oil and gas, pipelines, agriculture, forest products, petrochemicals and steel industries. IPCAA is the largest electricity consumer organization in Alberta, and its members have an active interest in promoting a competitive electricity market.
Vittoria also serves as the Vice-Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta, a government agency with a mandate to: raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences; promote, design and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of micro-generation and small scale energy systems in Alberta; and promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry in Alberta.
Previously, Vittoria was a Project Manager in Market Structure at the Ontario Power Authority, and had roles in procurement at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, renewable energy research at the Scottish Parliament, and Construction IT at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Vittoria has a M.Sc. in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada. She is a licensed professional engineer (Ontario).
Director, Commercial and Regulation
EDC Associates Ltd.
Mr. Best holds a B.Comm in Finance from the University of Calgary and has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector. He has held a variety of positions in integrated oil and gas companies, pipelines, utilities, energy marketers, and independent power producers, representing companies in numerous jurisdictions (AB, BC, US Pacific NW, WECC) and industry organizations (CEBC, NIPPC, WSPP, WPTF, WICF, CanWEA) through stakeholder consultations, industry work groups and trade associations. He has expertise in AESO consultations, MSA processes, DOE policy directions and AUC proceedings on ISO rules, reliability standards, tariff items and ad–hoc market issues. He has led interventions in regulatory rate hearings including application assessment, issue research, analysis, information request preparation and the discovery and filing of evidence.
As a consultant Mr. Best has provided broad market advisory services to clients to assist them in assessing project the viability in the Alberta market and identifying key risks and mitigation measures. He has represented clients in AESO stakeholder consultation processes and AUC regulatory proceedings to advocate for positions and monitor to insure clients’ interests were protected and successfully represented clients in negotiations with the AESO on policy implementation, ISO rules and inter-connection costs.
ATCO Electricity Global Business
François joined ATCO in April 2016 to lead the innovation practice in the Electricity Global business unit where his focus is on utility of the future business models, new disruptive products and services. Key priorities include electrification of transportation, net zero housing and communities, energy orchestration and data platforms. François received his Electrical Engineering degree from Laval University and has been engaged in the field of Information Communications Technology and Innovation for over 25 years including 17 years at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel where he co-authored a book entitled Essentials of Real-time Networking, and has authored more than 75 internal technical reports, customer consulting reports, and external conference papers.
François was Awarded “Prolific Inventor” for contributing to Nortel’s intellectual property with twenty combined patents and filings in the area of high performance networking, wireless technologies, real-time system design, quality of experience (QoE) & user-centered design methodologies.
Prior to Joining ATCO, François was the Director of Corporate Architecture & Innovation at VIA Rail Canada, supporting executive management in strategy formulation and digital business-technology process improvements. François created and led VIA Rail innovation program, VIA innovation lab, leveraging ideation and experimentation to continually offer new, validated product fit to evolving customer needs.
Director & Lead of Technical Developments
Turning Point Generation
Peter Bubik, P.Eng. – Director of Turning Point Generation and lead of technical developments. Peter has over 18 years experience in the renewable energy industry. He served as an engineer at Canadian Hydro Developers prior to the acquisition by TransAlta. Since then, Peter has worked exclusively in the renewable energy sector consulting on hydro and wind farms to power project developers.
Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer
Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm
Kate Chisholm has been a member of the senior executive team since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams, risk management and internal audit, and sustainability efforts. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.
Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry.
Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.
Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.
Vice President, Security and Information Services
Eóin Cooke is AltaLink’s Vice President, Security & Information Services. He is responsible for AltaLink’s cyber, physical and information security, as well as IS development and operations.
Eóin has over 25 years of experience in the energy & utilities market across the United Kingdom, UAE and Canada, working within the electricity transmission, power generation and water/wastewater sectors.
In 2017, Eóin (pronounced “Owen”) led the successful implementation of AltaLink’s cyber security programs, including Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, ISO 27001 certification and Critical Security Controls.
Upon joining AltaLink in 2012, Eóin’s role was Vice President of Transmission Systems Projects, where he led the development, permitting and construction of over $3 billion of electricity transmission projects in Alberta.
In 2004, Eóin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of United Utilities Electricity PLC, joining the Board of Directors and the Board of the UK Energy Network Association. Eóin was appointed the Managing Director of United Utilities Electricity in 2007, and led the sale of United Utilities Electricity to JP Morgan Infrastructure Fund/Colonial First State.
Returning to Canada in 2008, Eóin joined MWH Stantec to support BC Hydro’s hydropower dam upgrade program, as well as supporting National Grid UK on the setup of their electricity capital program controls and governance.
Eóin has a Bachelor’s Degree from Queen’s University of Belfast, is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program, as well as the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Partnership Development Program.
Eóin is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, and has a Diploma in Corporate Direction from the Institute of Directors (UK).
Manager of Strategic Planning
Matthew has over10 years of experience in Alberta’s electricity industry. At ATCO, Matthew is responsible for strategy development, capacity market design, and other regulatory and policy issues that impact ATCO’s generation portfolio. Through the capacity market development process, Matthew was the Chair of the AESO’s Energy & Ancillary Services Working Group.
Prior to joining ATCO, Matthew was a consultant with the Brattle Group where he worked on a diverse range of projects in Alberta and throughout North America. Matthew started his career at at the AESO where he participated in several market design analyses and developed the AESO’s market analytics team.
Matthew has experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis that support market designs and policy matters. He has worked on a diverse range of projects across the industry including: retail market policy, emissions policy, reviews of market design changes, determining the capacity value of intermittent resources, long term capacity expansion modeling, integration of wind generation, energy storage development options, and transmission development policies. Along with Alberta, Matthew has experience with projects in ERCOT, and the northeastern states.
• MSc in Statistics (2007) University of Calgary. Thesis title: Estimation of the shape parameter in the elliptical family of distributions based on non-parametric measures of association
• PGDip with Distinction in Statistics (2006) University of Otago
• BSc in Statistics (2005) University of Calgary
Manager of Grid Innovation
Terri-Lynn Duque has built her career with ENMAX gaining experience in multiple facets of the electric utility. Known for her passion and tenacity, Terri-Lynn has lead ENMAX to many firsts including ENMAX’s largest underground transmission build in downtown Calgary, becoming the largest solar installer in Alberta, and most recently being announced the first project in Canada to receive funding support from Natural Resource Canada’s Green Infrastructure Smart Grid Program.
As the Manager of Grid Innovation at ENMAX Power, Terri-Lynn and her team are focused on shaping the transformation of the utility through a collaborative and customer-centric approach to optimize Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and other new technologies within the Distribution Grid. Terri-Lynn is a Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.
Vice President, Business Development
Ben Greenhouse is Potentia Renewable’s Vice President of Business Development, where he is responsible for all new business at Potentia. Potentia was originally established as a rooftop solar company and has since grown into Canada’s leading rooftop solar provider, with more than 150 MW across almost 700 roofs. Potentia’s focus now is on maintaining their leadership in rooftop solar while expanding into a broader renewables company. To that end, Potentia now has more than 250 MW of utility-scale solar and wind projects under construction, contract, or in operation across Canada, the US and Latin America.
Prior to joining Potentia in 2016, Ben was the Executive Director of Development at NextEra Energy Canada where he grew with the company from an office of 2 people with no assets in the ground to an organization of over 100 people with 800 MW of wind and 40 MW of solar operating across the country, representing an investment of more than $2 Billion dollars into the Canadian economy. Mr. Greenhouse holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Managing Director, Clean Economy
The Pembina Institute
Sara Hastings-Simon is the managing director of the Alberta clean economy program with the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. Sara has expertise in clean tech, electricity grids and markets, and emissions reduction policy. She sits on the board of Emissions Reduction Alberta and is a member of the Alberta Clean Technology Task Force.
She has worked with governments (provincial and national), utilities, renewable energy developers, financial institutions, and oil and gas companies. Her work has included development of a detailed model of the North American power sector, research on success factors in the cleantech industry, and development of international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction,.
Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Geneva.
Director of Operations and CRISP Manager
Steve Herrin has been in the Electricity Information Sharing Analysis Center (E-ISAC) since August 2015. He is the Director of Operations and the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) Manager. In the prior eight years with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, he served as the Branch Chief of the Infrastructure Analysis Branch evaluating the potential consequences of disruption from physical or cyber threats and incidents. After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance, he joined the insurance brokerage firm McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc. as a Marketing Account Executive managing portfolios for many large electric utility clients.
Steve received his Executive MBA from Georgetown University in 2015 and also served in the US Navy Submarine Service for over twelve years.
Director, Power and Utilities
Sussex Strategy Group
Bonnie Hiltz has over a decade and a half of experience working in Ontario’s electricity sector.
Since 2005, Bonnie has been intimately involved with the evolution of electricity supply policies, having worked at both the Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority (now the IESO). She has contributed to the design and implementation of the coal phase-out strategy and multiple supply procurements. She was also involved in contract management functions for billions of dollars of supply agreements with the OPA/IESO.
Bonnie left the public sector in 2014 to oversee Government and Regulatory Affairs for a major international utility and energy services provider. In this role she advised on supply and de-carbonization policies and assisted business development efforts across Canada.
In her current role Bonnie serves a number of clients in the energy sector as they navigate the complex government and regulatory environment.
Bonnie has served on the Boards of CanSIA and CanWEA, has served as a mentor for young professionals, and has volunteered her time for a variety of organizations focused on topics ranging from renewable energy education to newcomer services.
Bonnie has an M.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is fluent in French and has also studied in the United States and Switzerland.
President & CEO
WindRiver Power Corporation
Kipp Horton has spent the majority of his 20 year career focused on renewable energy project development in Western Canada. He has facilitated all aspects of project execution including green-field development, financing, construction and operations for both wind and hydro projects. Kipp has negotiated renewable energy PPAs with diverse counterparties such as BC Hydro and an Alberta municipality. He has direct experience executing both large utility-scale wind farms and small community-based hydro and wind projects. In addition to leading an entrepreneurial company, Kipp is proud to be named a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. The Energy Futures Lab is a forum convened by the Government of Alberta, Suncor Energy and the Pembina Institute to help foster the innovations necessary to actualize and accelerate the transition to a low carbon future. His current focus is on building the “first to market” pumped storage hydro project in Alberta, the 75 MW Canyon Creek project in central Alberta. This project recently achieved an exciting milestone by obtaining an AUC approval, the first large scale energy storage project in Alberta to accomplish this.
Binnu brings a wealth of skills, expertise and experience from the power industry, government and non-profit sectors to her position as director of the electricity program of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. Her portfolio includes managing the phase-out of coal power, integrating renewables, and modernizing the grid. She has expertise in fossil fuel and renewable generation technologies, community energy, sustainability strategy development. She has designed and convened several multi-stakeholder engagements on energy policy issues.
Before joining the Pembina Institute, Binnu worked as a plant and performance engineer at TransAlta’s various generating facilities in Alberta, Ontario, and Mexico. She also provided management consulting services to the Ghanaian government focusing on local government effectiveness. She currently serves on the board of Blue Green Canada.
During her free time, Binnu loves to spend time in the Rockies, hiking and canoeing.
Senior Manager, Security & Contingency Planning
Capital Power Corporation
Ross Johnson, CPP is the Senior Manager of Security and Contingency Planning for Capital Power and, in his spare time, a security consultant. He served in the Canadian Forces as an infantry and intelligence officer for 24 years. Since leaving the service in 2001, Ross has been employed in several security-related leadership positions in aviation security, the offshore oil industry, and the electricity sector. Prior to joining Capital Power in 2009, Ross was the Director of Security and Contingency Planning with EPCOR Utilities. He is also the infrastructure advisor for Awz Ventures, a Canadian company which selects and markets Israeli security technology in North America.
Ross is the author of Antiterrorism Planning and Threat Response, a book on the prevention of terrorist attacks.
Ross is a member of the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee, where he sits on the Executive Committee. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Security & Infrastructure Protection Committee, and is a Council Vice-President at ASIS International. Ross is a member of Natural Resources Canada’s Energy and Utilities Sector Network, and is the chair of the Alberta Provincial Electricity Security Working Group. Ross represented Canada on the Standards Drafting Team for NERC CIP-014-2, which deals with the physical security of large transmission stations and control centres.
Ross has a Baccalaureate in Military Arts and Sciences with Distinction from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is board-certified in security management by ASIS International.
Manager, Electric Light & Power Department
City of Red Deer, Alberta
Mr. Jorgensen has been the manager of Red Deer’s Electric Light & Power department since 2011. As a regulated wires service provider, the department is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of The City’s electric transmission and distribution facilities that deliver power to roughly 45,000 customers within their service area.
Vice President — Business Operations
ENMAX Energy Corp.
Chris Joy is an economist with two decades of experience in Alberta’s energy and electricity markets. Chris is Vice President of Business Services for ENMAX’s Power Supply division. Chris’s experience includes electricity and natural gas price forecasting, economic, policy and scenario analysis, PPAs, JV management, capital planning and asset management. As well, he led the development of ENMAX’s wholesale renewable energy certificate and greenhouse gas offset marketing business. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2005, Chris was a Senior Market Analyst at the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA). Before the MSA, he was an Energy Economist at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI). Currently, Chris is leading ENMAX’s transition into the Alberta capacity market. Chris has taught economics at Mount Royal College and holds a BA in Economics and Political Science, an MA in Economics, both from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Alberta
Malcolm Lavoie is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. His research deals primarily with property law, Aboriginal law, and federalism. Prof. Lavoie holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of British Columbia; an M.Sc. (Distinction) in Political Theory from the London School of Economics; B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from the McGill University Faculty of Law; and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prof. Lavoie is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree at Harvard, where he has been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, Weatherhead Center Graduate Research Fellow, and Project on the Foundations of Private Law Fellow. He is a member of the Bar of Alberta and has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Involvement with interprovincial trade in beer: Malcolm Lavoie is the author of a leading academic article dealing with free trade protections under the Constitution. He also presented arguments on behalf of an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R v Comeau, which dealt with restrictions on transporting beer across provincial lines.
Interim Executive Director
As Interim Executive Director of QUEST, Tonja has over 15 years of experience working in the energy industry. Having been with QUEST since its inception in 2007, Tonja has played an instrumental role in establishing QUEST’s extensive national network and ensuring QUEST is known in the industry as a leading thinker on the energy transition and implementer of Smart Energy Communities.
Most recently having been the Managing Director, Operations and Services, Tonja has taken a leading role in the operations of the organization, developing and implementing the infrastructure, systems and human resources required for QUEST to grow and support the Smart Energy Communities marketplace.
Ms. Leach has been with QUEST since January of 2009, having been seconded from the Canadian Gas Association for whom she worked for in communications since 2003. During that time Tonja acted as the secretariat for a coalition of 19 energy industry associations known as the Energy Dialogue Group, who came together to encourage the establishment of a national energy framework for Canada.
Director, Forecasting & Analytics
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
As Director of Forecasting & Analytics at the AESO, Nicole LeBlanc and her team provide strategic support to the market design, transmission, and operations departments to ultimately enable the AESO to manage the electricity system, facilitate the energy markets, and plan the future of the system. This involves developing a range of forecasts, resource adequacy assessments and market analytics through leveraging AESO’s data and in-depth knowledge of the behaviour of electricity consumers and producers.
Most recently, in the context of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Nicole has led studies of policy options and market outcomes to support the AESO and Government of Alberta in determining future policy framework. In 2016 she guided the AESO team through the quantitative market analysis that informed the AESO’s recommendation to the government to transition to a capacity market framework.
She has been with the AESO since 2006, holding a number of roles of increasing accountability in forecasting, planning and analytics. She leads a team of economists and analysts who provide in-depth market analysis, forecasts, and reporting.
Through her tenure with the AESO, Nicole has completed several long-term load and generation outlooks, within which she has evolved to include comprehensive scenarios to strategically test key uncertainties in Alberta’s electricity sector, and inform infrastructure strategies for the electric system in the long-term transmission planning activities.
Prior to joining the AESO, Nicole worked as an economist at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), where she focused on the macro-economic impacts and forecasting of Alberta’s oilsands sector.
Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Calgary.
Brian Livingston is currently an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He has a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School. He spent 30 years of his working career in the oil and gas business in Calgary, Toronto and Dallas. His time was spent in a variety of different capacities, namely project work, financial and economic analysis, dealing with contracts and dealing with governments.
He is a past president of the Calgary Petroleum Club.
He has recently published a paper for the School of Public Policy entitled The North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery: What are the Numbers for Alberta’s Investment?” Earlier in 2018, he published a paper entitled “The Alberta Electrical Grid: What to Expect in the Next Few Years”.
Chief Executive Officer
First Nations Power Authority
Mr. Guy Lonechild, (Golden Eagle) is a member of the White Bear First Nations in southeast Saskatchewan and is proud to be of Saulteaux, Cree and Assiniboine ancestry. In 1999, Guy was elected as Second Vice-Chief to the FSIN. Having served three terms, he contributed to significant growth in new business and employment partnerships. Vice-Chief Lonechild navigated the FSIN’s 25-year Economic Development Strategy, with an emphasis in business in agriculture, retail, oil & gas and tourism. As Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations along with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, he launched the First Nations Power Authority, the Saskatchewan First Nations Education and Employment Taskforce and Saskatchewan First Nations Health and Wellness 10 year Plan. Bringing with him his wealth of knowledge and experience, Guy Lonechild became the Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Power Authority in early 2018. Mr. Lonechild also runs a private consulting firm Lonechild and Associates which serves First Nations governments, business organizations while building government relationships. He holds an Associate Degree in Business Management from San Diego, California and a Masters of Business Administration from Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS.
Director, System Operations
EPCOR Distribution and Transmission
Darren is the Director of System Operations for EPCOR’s Distribution and Transmission business joining EPCOR in January of 2016.
Prior to joining EPCOR, he worked at TransAlta, the AESO and Nortel Networks. At TransAlta, Darren worked in both thermal and renewable power in operational, maintenance, engineering and support services roles. At the AESO, Darren worked in both grid operations and market design.
Darren holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College and a MBA from the University of Alberta.
SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.
Paula McGarrigle is a professional with over 20 years of experience in the energy sector in North America. The majority of her experience has been in the renewable energy sector.
Paula is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting. Her experience includes project development, climate change, business development, and strategic planning. Paula was previously the head of Shell Wind Energy for Canada, and started the Suncor Alternative and Renewable Energy group.
Paula’s academic background includes two undergraduate degrees from the University of Alberta, Canada: a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. In addition, Paula holds an MBA in Finance from Queen’s University, Canada.
Paula is a member of APEGA and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industry Association. She was invited by the British High Commission to work on sustainability as part of the 2002 G8 summit, and has been a participant in the National Roundtable on Energy and the Environment (NRTEE).
BRITT Land & Engagement
Having spent over 30 years working in the oil and gas sector, Dione has seen a massive shift in the way companies engage stakeholders and Indigenous communities. One significant evolution has been the way in which companies have begun building more economic partnerships with Indigenous communities. As the engagement lead for a large exploration project in the Northwest Territories, she worked closely with communities and Aboriginal-owned businesses to ensure that they benefitted economically from the activities in the area. She believes that a large part of the project’s success was due to the partnerships with communities; by supporting Aboriginal-owned businesses, the company and communities were able to work towards common goals and mutual benefits, offset some of the less desirable impacts of development and deepen their relationship.
Dione has successfully led engagement programs, and implemented Impact & Benefit agreements for multifaceted, high-profile projects across Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. In her role at BRITT she is focused on providing strategic engagement advisory services and training to clients across energy development and transmission sectors.
Manager, Markets & Analytics
SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.
Leonard Olien has focused most of his 20-year career on financial, energy market, and policy analysis in North America. He has been significantly involved in the gas, electricity and renewable energy sector. Leonard participated in the AESO Capacity Market design committees representing the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s interest. Prior to entering the renewable energy sector, Leonard worked for Shell trading in valuing natural gas and electricity structured transactions and all kinds of cool math areas including securities, genetics and airline optimization. Leonard’s academic background is a Master’s degree in Mathematics from McGill University in Montreal.
Duane Reid-Carlson is President with EDC Associates, a company that he founded in 1992. Since that time Mr. Reid-Carlson has led a team of energy economic analysts that have been responsible for providing electric energy supply, demand and price forecast information, energy procurement, risk management, generation development and regulatory analytical services. These services and information is generally used by participants in the electric industry to help support short and long-term energy procurement and investment decisions. He has 21 years’ experience working in the oil and gas, petrochemical and electric industries. Mr. Reid-Carlson holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta,Canada. Mr. Reid-Carlson is a Director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA).
Following graduation he gained direct oil, gas, pipeline and petrochemical experience working on projects in the Middle East and later in the UK. Working in Alberta, he has led numerous electric utility planning forecast studies used to assess the need and timing of generation, transmission and distribution facilities. In electricity price forecast matters, he has been instrumental in the development of software used internally, as well as commercially by clients, to assess future marginal and imbedded electricity pricing in Alberta and other jurisdictions in the US. Mr. Reid-Carlson has authored a series of studies concerning the fundamentals of several electricity jurisdictions, most notably for the Alberta market, that have been utilized by industry, utilities, generation developers and marketers to aid in their energy procurement and capital project decision making processes. He has presented the findings of these studies at many industry conferences and regularly facilitates an introductory course on electric industry operation and restructuring. Mr. Reid-Carlson has developed evidence and provided expert witness testimony in the electric industry with respect to several legal and regulatory proceedings.
Director of Business Development
Doug Reti is Vuntut Gwich’in from the Yukon Territory. He spent 25 years in the RCMP serving numerous Indigenous communities throughout Canada. His career included roles in operations, human resources and policy development. He retired as the Director General (C/Supt) of National Aboriginal Policing Services (RCMP) and went on to another career with ConocoPhillips in the Oil & Gas industry. He continued his work with Indigenous communities focusing on relationship building, consultation, employment and economic development, community investment and social development. When he retired from ConocoPhillips, he formed his own company, IndigenUs Consulting where he continues to work with Indigenous communities and various industries to deliver strategies towards creating positive outcomes for all parties.
Executive Vice President
Gord is a power industry veteran with over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience in a variety of senior roles with leading Global energy organizations on the demand, supply and delivery side of the business. With extensive experience in building and running high performance organizations, Gord has an appreciation of the issues facing the industry and has gained critical insights into developing leading organizational performance. Gord brings practical leadership and is a key member of the team ensuring Spark Power is ready to respond to complex and unpredictable challenges and become more agile and competitive. Before joining Spark Power, Gord was the Managing Director for an industry leading global consultancy focused on the transformation of the power industry.
Director, Energy Solutions
ENMAX Energy Corporation
John Rilett is the Director of Energy Solutions at ENMAX Energy Corporation. In this role, John is focused on the development and implementation of low-carbon energy products and services for ENMAX customers. These include renewable generation projects, combined heat and power options, energy storage, and additional energy management services.
Currently the ENMAX generation portfolio is one of the most technologically diverse and lowest-emitting in Alberta, combining natural gas, wind, distributed solar, combined heat and power as well as district energy. ENMAX also provides retail energy products to more than 500,000 residential, commercial and institutional customers across Alberta, including enhanced billing options, technology evaluation, and efficiency project management.
John has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of alternative energy, energy efficiency, and carbon market products and programs. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2011, John was the Vice President of Climate Change Central, a not-for-profit company responsible for designing and delivering energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction programs. In addition to his role at ENMAX, John currently sits on the Board of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and is a past Board member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.
John holds both a B.E.S, and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo.
Senior Cyber Analyst
Canadian Center for Cyber Security
Julia Scouten is a senior cyber analyst with the Canadian Center for Cyber Security in Ottawa. She has been working in this field for over 14 years. During this time, she has been a subject matter expert specializing in the coordination of the national response to serious cyber security incidents affecting the Energy sector in Canada. She has also represented Canada at various international cyber security engagements providing her in-depth and insightful cyber security knowledge to the international forefront. Furthermore, she has led a team of cyber situational awareness analysts in providing Canadian critical infrastructure sectors with cyber security, cyber hygiene and cyber awareness. Julia has also authored numerous technical documents, both in a joint and individual capacity, which have been used by Canadian critical infrastructure sectors for mitigation and best practices purposes. Her wealth of knowledge comes from over 9 years serving in the Canadian military in various roles including a posting within the Canadian Forces Network Operations Center as an Intrusion Detection Analyst. Her military career also included an operational tour on the HMCS Toronto to the Persian Gulf.
Dr. Kathleen Spees is a principal at The Brattle Group with expertise in wholesale electricity and environmental policy design and analysis.
Her work for market operators, regulators, regulated utilities, and market participants focuses on:
Wholesale Power Market Reform
Capacity Market Design
Wholesale Energy and Ancillary Service Market Design
Carbon and Environmental Policy
Generation and Transmission Asset Valuation
Analysis of Emerging Technologies and Specialized Products
Dr. Spees has worked in more than a dozen international jurisdictions supporting the design and enhancement of environmental policies and wholesale power markets. Her clients include electricity system operators in PJM, Midcontinent, New England, Ontario, New York, Alberta, Texas, Italy, and Australia. Electricity market design assignments involve ensuring adequacy of capacity and energy market investment incentives to achieve reliability objectives at least cost; designing carbon and clean energy policies that effectively interact with wholesale electricity markets; enhancing operational reliability and efficiency through energy market, scarcity pricing, and ancillary service market improvements; effectively integrating intermittent renewables, storage, demand response, and other emerging technologies; evaluating benefits and costs of industry reform initiatives; and enhancing efficiency at market interties.
For system operators and regulators, Dr. Spees provides expert support through stakeholder forums, independent public reports, and testimony in regulatory proceedings. For utilities and market participants, her assignments support business strategy, investment decisions, asset transactions, contract negotiation, regulatory proceedings, and litigation. Dr. Spees has developed and applied a wide range of analytical and modeling tools to inform these policy, market design, and business decisions.
Dr. Spees earned her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy within the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her BS in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Dr. Mark Summers
Executive Director, Technology & Innovation
Emissions Reduction Alberta
Dr. Mark Summers
Mark Summers is Executive Director of Technology and Innovation for ERA. In this role, he leads ERA’s technology evaluation process and team of project managers. Mark’s background includes technology investment program and portfolio management, renewable energy technology, and climate change policy. Prior to joining ERA, he was Director of Renewable Energy at Alberta Innovates. He has also served as a Climate Change Engineer in the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, and a researcher at the University of Alberta. Mark graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in nanostructured engineering.
Milosz is a member of Torys’ Banking and Debt Finance Practice. His practice focuses on project finance and project development, with particular emphasis on energy and infrastructure. He has represented all of the principal parties on a variety of project finance transactions, including lenders, sponsors, equity investors, arrangers and underwriters, and service providers. Milosz was an integral part of the lending teams on a number of solar financings which, at the time of the transactions, were the largest ever in Ontario for aggregate rooftop and ground mount, respectively.