IPPSA 26th Annual Conference. March 15-17, 2020. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Cameron Westhead

Cameron WestheadMLA Cameron Westhead is a registered nurse with ten years of experience in nursing and four years of experience as an elected workplace representative.

Educated in Ontario with a BSc in Nursing and a BA in Psychology, he has called Alberta home since 2005. Currently he resides in Bragg Creek with his wife.

He currently serves as Deputy Government Whip, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in addition to his work as MLA of Banff-Cochrane.

Julia Frayer

Julia FrayerManaging Director
London Economics International LLC

Julia Frayer is a Managing Director at London Economics International LLC (“LEI”) with more than 20 years of experience providing expert insights and consulting services in the power and infrastructure industries. She has worked extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia on a range of issues in the electricity sector, including wholesale market analysis (to support policy analysis, investment and commercial strategy, resource planning, M&A due diligence, and wholesale market design).  Julia also has experience with regulatory matters in the electricity sector, including expertise on tariff design, performance-based ratemaking, and market power regulation.

Julia is currently advising clients on ongoing market design issues in several US markets. This includes crafting solutions to address New England’s fuel security challenges, providing recommendations on New York’s carbon pricing plan, and opining on PJM’s energy pricing reforms. Julia and her colleagues have also conducted comprehensive analysis of the new capacity market rules in New England and PJM, and are monitoring developments in California, Texas and Ontario. Outside North America, Julia has worked on renewable and decarbonization policies, along with accompanying reforms. Julia has been assisting clients on the challenges of evolving market construct and regulatory design relying on the foundational idea that an optimal wholesale market design is a moving target in world of fast-paced technology changes and ambitious environmental policies.

In recent years, Julia has worked on a number of projects within the electricity sector in Alberta.  Some of her most recent project work revolved around the capacity market design. In addition, she has provided due diligence support on multiple generation investment opportunities (for both renewable and conventional technologies), advised on regulated rate design, investigation of retail market dynamics, competitive procurement of services, and M&A support.

Over the years, Julia has had the opportunity to work with IPPs and consumer advocates, regulated utilities and regulators, ISOs and industry associations. This diversity of clients and viewpoints has shaped Julia’s understanding of the most pressing issues in the energy sector and, contributes to framing of the solutions she delivers to her clients.

Kelsen Vallee

Managing Director, Investment Banking
CIBC Capital Markets
Global Infrastructure and Power Group

Kelsen Vallee leads the Calgary-based Infrastructure and Power investment banking team at CIBC. This team is responsible for financial advisory and capital raising for participants and projects in the energy infrastructure sector, including companies in the power generation, midstream, pipelines and utilities subsectors.

Representative financial advisory experience includes transactions on behalf of Alberta-based power owners including TransCanada (wind), Enbridge (wind and solar), Capital Power (gas-fired and waste heat), BluEarth Renewables (hydro, wind and solar) and TransAlta (gas-fired). Cross-border transactions are undertaken through collaboration across CIBC’s Global Infrastructure and Power professional offices.

Kelsen is a frequent presenter on power market topics to company board of directors, industry conferences and government entities.

Gary G. Mar, Q.C.

President & CEO
Petroleum Services Association of Canada

Gary Mar assumed the role of President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) in December 2018. PSAC is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. PSAC is Working Energy and as the voice of this sector, advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to energy explorers and producers in Canada and internationally, helping to increase efficiency, ensure safety and protect the environment.

Prior to joining PSAC, Gary worked as an independent consultant for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans Pacific trade and investment. In 2016, he co-founded Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation which has successfully purchased heavy oil in Alberta and sold it directly to refineries in China. He has also worked in the area of medical imaging devices. Gary has also been a commentator on CBC, Global and other media outlets on international trade. He lectures and is a public speaker at energy related conferences.

He previously served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. He lead the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong and worked with Alberta’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. His focus was trade promotion and investment in Alberta with a particular focus on energy. Exports from Alberta and Asian investment in Alberta increased dramatically during his tenure.

Gary also served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in Washington D.C., from 2007 – 2011. He worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington DC and many U.S. States. He has a broad network of contacts in both Canada and the U.S. with government and the energy sector.

Prior to this, Gary served 14 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta, Canada. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios –Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Before serving Albertans as an elected Member of the Alberta Legislature, Gary practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994, a honourary designation conferred by the Crown in Commonwealth countries and recognized by the courts.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Gary and his wife Nancy have three children, Lauren, Jared and Mackenzie.

Rick Mercer

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for his top-rated CBC series’ The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans, which was watched by millions, attracted attention across North America, and remains the highest-rated comedy special in Canadian history. In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mercer is the author of three national bestsellers, StreetersThe Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and 2012’s A Nation Worth Ranting About. Mercer will co-write the screenplay for High Alert, a political satire based on the 1966 Norman Jewison movie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. 

Robert Hemstock

Former Executive Vice President, Regulatory, Legal and Public Policy
ENMAX Corporation

Rob is a retired executive with over 20 years of energy industry experience in the areas of legal, regulatory, policy, government relations, and governance.   He has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta for over 28 years.

Rob began his legal career in private practice in Calgary and after 4 years of practice transitioned to the corporate world.  For just over 10 years as EVP, Regulatory, Legal and Public Policy at ENMAX Corporation, Rob was a member of the senior executive team who advised  the Board, CEO and other senior executives.   Since 1996 he has contributed to the development and implementation of electricity policy enhancements in Alberta in the areas of environmental impacts, wholesale electricity market design, Power Purchase Arrangement design and operation, regulated transmission and distribution structures, retail electricity market design and regulated rate option design.

Rob is steadfast in his commitment to the principle that electricity policy must provide Albertan’s with an efficient, cost-effective, and predictable regulatory and policy environment.

In retirement, Rob has done some consulting to the energy industry but his primary focus has been on developing and managing a portfolio of real estate investments.  He has been a volunteer in his community of Springbank for over 20 years and he and his wife Peggy have three adult children.

Jim Fitzowich

Managing Director
Western Power Partners

Former senior executive of Veresen, Pristine Power, Epcor Power LP, TransCanada Power LP. Past Chair of NRGreen Power and past board member of the Independent Power Producers of Alberta (IPPSA), Power Pool of Alberta and NIPPC.

Martin Merritt

Former CEO, Market Surveillance Administrator

Martin is a former head of Alberta’s Market Surveillance Administrator, former vice president of a continental scale energy marketing and trading firm, and past director of IPPSA.

Martin is a mathematician by education and has over 30 years experience in modelling, trading and regulating energy markets. Since retiring from active duty he has been a keen observer and sometime critic of Alberta’s market evolution.

David Khan

Leader, Alberta Liberal Party

David Khan was elected Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party in June 2017. He believes strongly in the liberal values of individual rights and freedoms, equality of opportunity for all, and fairness for future generations in fiscal, economic, and environmental terms. David is committed to building a sustainable forward-looking economy that will serve us today and tomorrow.

Since becoming Leader David has consistently highlighted the inadequate response of the NDP government to the economic challenges facing Alberta. He has been in the forefront of the fight to get dark money out of politics and bring greater regulation to Political Action Committees and he has championed several other important issues such as the critical situation facing EMS and Red Alerts, Special Needs Education Supports and the Opioid Crisis.

David was born and raised in Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of Toronto. He studied international and European human rights and constitutional law at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, and French at l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in Chicoutimi, Québec. David is fluent in both English and French.

Currently, as a lawyer licensed in Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, David practises primarily in the field of Indigenous rights and land claims. He has represented clients at all levels of court in numerous Canadian jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, and superior and appellate courts in numerous provinces, as well as before regulatory and administrative tribunals and in private arbitrations.

David serves on the national board of RESULTS Canada, an NGO that is part of an international network of organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty and increasing health outcomes internationally, and he acts as legal counsel pro bono for a number of groups, including fighting for affordable housing for a group of vulnerable Calgarians.

Stephanie Grumet

Energy Analyst, Capstone LLC

Stephanie joined Capstone in 2016 and is an analyst on the energy team. Prior to joining Capstone, she worked at M.J. Bradley & Associates, focusing on regulatory compliance issues in the power sector and conducting deep-dive analysis of the administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Previously, Stephanie worked in the Office of Air and Radiation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she helped develop the nation’s first NOx emissions trading program.  She also has considerable international experience, having directed bilateral projects between the United States and the governments of China and Mexico.  Earlier, Stephanie led SIP planning and inventory development projects at the Washington Council of Governments.  She has advised major corporations in complying with state transportation planning and air quality requirements and has developed public-private partnerships to achieve voluntary emission reductions.  Stephanie received a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.  She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.