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

Monday, March 16, 2020

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Capital Power

Coffee sponsored by FortisAlberta Inc

08:00 – 08:15

Let’s Kick the Doors Open

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

08:15 – 08:45

Opening Keynote:  Opening Keynote: We Are Family*

“There’s a party going on right here.”**  Power producers have responded to the government’s retention of the energy-only market with hundreds of megawatts of wind, solar, cogen and coal to gas conversion announcements.   Minister Savage will apprise delegates of the latest government direction related to the electricity market and also speak to where Alberta’s energy industries are heading.

Honourable Sonya Savage, Minster of Energy, Government of Alberta (invited)

Q & A

8:45 – 10:00

I Will Survive***

IPPSA thanks the CEOs of two of Alberta’s largest power producers for the profound contribution they have made to the success of the industry and our province.    This session will provide them with an opportunity to share their lessons learned and their view of where new technologies and the open market will take Alberta in the years to come. 

Bryan C. Duguid QC, Chair, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers) 

Gianna Manes, President and CEO, ENMAX
Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO, Capital Power 

Q & A 

10:00 – 10:45


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

10:45 – 12:00

Soul Train: Australia, ERCOT, & PJM

IPPSA is pleased to welcome a panel of distinguished guests from around the world to share with us their perspectives on market developments. What has worked for these markets in terms of ensuring reliability and competitive price outcomes and where is more work needed?

Kris Aksomitis, Director, Power Advisory LLC 

Carrie Bivens, Director, Wholesale Operations, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) 
Darlene J. Phillips, Senior Director, Operations Engineering Support PJM Interconnection
Tim Nelson, Executive General Manger, Strategy and Economic Analysis, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) (invited)

Q & A

12:00 – 13:15


Sponsored by AltaLink and Heartland Generation Ltd

13:15 – 14:30

Village People: Alberta Policy and the Energy Sector

This panel of kool kats will address how the many new market issues – price cap/floor, market power mitigation, carbon policy, post-PPA world – will impact Alberta’s power producers and consumers.

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

Colette Chekerda, Executive Director, Alberta Direct Connect Consumers Association (ADC)
Gordon Kaiser, CEO, Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA)
Shanelle Sinclair, Manger, Regulatory and Policy, Heartland Generation Ltd
Marcy Cochlan, Managing Director, Market Regulation and Policy, TransAlta Corporation

Q & A

14:30 – 15:00

Sponsored by URICA Energy Management Corporation
Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

15:00 – 16:15

Different Village People: Federal Policy and the Energy Sector

This panel will talk about a different village. How will federal policies such as pipeline development, project approvals and emissions policy impact Alberta power producers and consumers?

Allison Sears, Counsel, Fasken 

Cory Basil, Vice President, Development, EDF Renewables
Daniel Jurijew, Vice President, Regulatory & Environmental Policy, Capital Power
Speaker name TBA, Suncor Energy

Q & A

16:15 – 16:30


18:30 – 23:00

Conference Dinner

sponsored by London Economics International LLC and CIBC Capital Markets

* Composers: Nile Rodger, Bernard Edwards, Atlantic Records, 1979
** Songwriters: BRYAN ADAMS, IAN HONEYMAN, KLAUS BADELT © Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Ultra Tunes, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Melodie Der Welt GmbH
*** Songwriters: Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris, Polydor Records, 1978