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

Monday, March 11, 2019

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Capital Power

08:00 – 08:15


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA)

08:15 – 08:45

SESSION 1 – Opening Keynote

Cameron Westhead, MLA, NDP Caucus

Q & A

8:45 – 10:00

SESSION 2 – Get Your Motor Running: what the new market means for suppliers

And they’re off! This panel will kick off the conference by discussing the impending start of the capacity market and what suppliers can expect. Key issues include how to manage in the transition, what’s going to happen in the first few years and what key issues have emerged in the ongoing hearing to approve the new market rules.


Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC


Jason Comandante, Vice President, Regulatory and Environmental Policy, Capital Power
Chris Joy, Vice President Business Operations – Power Supply, ENMAX Energy Corporation
Matthew Davis, Manager, Strategic Planning, ATCO Electricity
Sarah Griffiths, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Enel X


Q & A

10:00 – 10:45


Sponsored by EDC Associates Ltd
Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 3 – Get Your Wallet Running? what the new market means for consumers

In response, this panel will look at the market from a consumers’ perspective.  Is it set up to achieve its goal of “reliable supply at a reasonable cost?”  Have the trade offs to achieve reliability, a greener grid and downward pressure on price all been successfully met?  Do consumers still have a depth of choices to manage their price and reliability risks?


Allison Sears, Counsel, Fasken


Colette Chekerda, Executive Director, Alberta Direct Connect Consumers Association (ADC)
Horst Klinkenborg, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc
Tory Whiteside, Senior Energy Market Specialist, URICA Energy Management Corporation
Vittoria Bellissimo, Executive Director, Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA)


Q & A

12:00 – 13:15


Sponsored by AltaLink and ATCO

13:15 – 13:45

SESSION 4 – Keynote


Stephen Mandel
, Leader, Alberta Party


Maureen Higgins, Partner and IT Advisory Leader, Energy Markets, EY


Q & A

13:45 – 15:00

SESSION 5 – What Will the Playing Field Look Like?

Equally important to the design details of Alberta’s capacity market is how it will be implemented and administered.   This panel will begin with the AESO’s incoming President and CEO describing the roadmap for the market going forward.  Following that, the panel will discuss what else is required to make Alberta’s next market design a success.   This will include the alignment of Alberta policy and other agency roles and mandates, the importance of elevated consultation, efficient regulatory processes and timely decisions to ensure generator investor confidence and what can be learned from implementation challenges elsewhere.


Mike Law, President and CEO, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)


Erin J. Baker, Partner, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, IPPSA
George Vegh, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault
Benjamin Grunfeld, Managing Director, Energy, Navigant


Q & A

15:00 – 15:30


Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

15:30 – 16:45

SESSION 6 – Spinning its Wheels: the Issues Facing Future Oil Investments

The challenges facing Canada’s oil and gas industry have been described as nothing short of a crisis.  From national policy changes – new regulator and new legislation – to provincial market intervention, this panel will touch on the state of play in Canada’s most important industry and what they think should be done to restore investor confidence.


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, IPPSA


Tristan Goodman, President, The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC)
Mark Scholz, President, Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC)
Chris Bloomer, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
Gary G. Mar, President and CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)


Q & A

16:45 – 17:00

Conference Dinner

sponsored by London Economics International LLC and CIBC Capital Markets