IPPSA 24th Annual Conference. March 18-20, 2018. The Fairmont Banff Spring, Banff Alberta

General Sponsors:

McCarthy Tetrault

Reception Sponsor:


07:00 – 08:15

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Capital Power
Coffee sponsored by The Brattle Group

08:00 – 08:15


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

08:15 – 09:30

SESSION 1 – CEO Panel – Success has many parents

The Chief Executive Officers of Alberta’s leading power players will discuss Alberta’s evolving electricity industry and how we can work together to ensure success. These company leaders will discuss the transition to a new market structure with a capacity market, along with an enhanced renewable electricity program, and, in addition to that, the profound technological changes coming to power production, consumption, distribution and storage. Don’t miss investors’ response to the major industry changes underway.


David Erickson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Electric System Operator, AESO


Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO, Capital Power
Wayne Stensby, Managing Director, Electricity, ATCO
Scott Thon, President and CEO, AltaLink
Gianna Manes, President and CEO, ENMAX Corporation


Questions from the floor

09:30 – 10:15


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

10:15 – 11:30

SESSION 2 – Hello World! The new Alberta power market

This panel will provide the first opportunity to hear an update on the policy framework and draft proposal of Alberta’s new electricity market. Representatives of the Government will apprise delegates of the latest policy developments. The AESO will provide an overview of the “hot off the press” draft design proposal and discuss the plan for implementation, and the Brattle Group will discuss how the proposed market design is specifically suitable for Alberta in comparison to other markets, given the features of the Alberta marketplace, the government’s policy direction, and the evolving technological and cost changes. You won’t want to miss this timely panel to hear from senior officials about the progress in market design initiatives for Alberta and how they expect the future market will look for consumers and generators.


David Both, Partner, Fasken


David James, Assistant Deputy Minister for Electricity and Sustainable Energy, Government of Alberta
Miranda Keating Erickson, Vice-President Markets, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
Judy Chang, Partner, The Brattle Group


Questions from the floor

11:30 – 12:00

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” 

What Alberta should consider borrowing, adapting, and leaving behind from U.S. wholesale electricity markets.


Norman Bay,  Partner & Head, Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington and former FERC Chairman


Ahsan Upal, Regional Business Development, Burns & McDonnell Canada

Q & A

12:00 – 13:30


Sponsored by AltaLink and ATCO

13:30 – 14:45

SESSION 3 – Capacity Market Great Expectations:   What producers and consumers expect to see

Panel members will respond by sharing their views on what the new market means to them. This panel will focus on the unique aspects of the market and the key outstanding design and policy matters that need to be considered in order to attract generation investment, encourage load participation and support reliability while maintaining reasonable prices.


Cheryl Terry, Principal Economist and Director, Corporate Economics Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)


Marcy Cochlan, Managing Director, Market Regulation and Policy, TransAlta Corporation and IPPSA Chair
Colette Chekerda, Executive Director, ADC
Matthew Davis, Manager, Regulatory and Policy, ATCO Electricity
Kris Aksomitis, Director, Power Advisory LLC
Chris Joy, Vice President, Forecasting and Market Structures, ENMAX Corporation


Questions from the floor

14:45 – 15:15


Sponsored by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

15:15 – 16:30

SESSION 4 –     Roundtable of Global Capacity Markets

IPPSA has assembled a panel bringing global perspectives on electricity markets to provide context for Alberta’s evolution.  This panel will examine how energy and capacity market designs are evolving to accommodate renewables, changes to market mitigation, types and successes of new entry and what these markets have meant for consumer prices and participation.


Marcy Cochlan, Managing Director, Market Regulation and Policy, TransAlta Corporation and IPPSA Chair


Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna
Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California ISO
Vincent Duane, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Law, Compliance & External Relations, PJM Interconnection


Questions from the floor

16:30 – 16:45


IPPSA voting members are requested to remain in the meeting room

18:30 – 23:00

Conference Dinner