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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

07:30 – 08:30

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc
Coffee sponsored by TransCanada

08:30 – 9:45

Earth, Wind and Fire: Getting to a Net Zero Grid

This panel will focus on the leading technologies to get Alberta to a net zero grid with particular focus on the potential for hydrogen as an export fuel and a fuel for Alberta’s thermal fleet. Duane Reid-Carlson will begin the panel by providing EDC’s forecast of the Alberta power sector’s emissions trajectory. Craig Sabine of Navigant will then share their research into how the UK can get to a net zero grid.

Duane Reid Carlson, President and CEO, EDC Associates Ltd

Craig Sabine, Director, Canadian Utilities and Energy Companies Lead, Navigant. A Guidehouse Company
Dr. David Layzell, Director, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative, University of Calgary
Dr. Jeffrey Goldmeer, Director, Gas Turbine Combustion and Fuels Solutions, GE

Q & A

09:45– 10:45

Knock on Wood*: Options for Managing Wires Cost

A significant amount of wires have been built in response to significant growth in demand. However, wires costs are impacting the very customers they are intended to serve. This panel will discuss ideas for lowering wires’ costs, what the outcome of the AUC’s distribution inquiry may be, and what the options are for consumers to go behind the fence?

Nicole LeBlanc, Director, Markets and Tariff, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) 

Vittoria Bellissimo, Executive Director, Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA)
Robert Senko, Director, Regulatory Economics and Policy, AltaLink
Ahsan Upal, Regional Business Development, Burns & McDonnell
Miles Stroh, Director, Regulatory, FortisAlberta Inc

Q & A

10:45 – 11:15


Sponsored by ENMAX Corporation
Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

11:15 – 12:30

Kool and the Gang: Disruptors Panel 

IPPSA is pleased to present this panel as they strut their stuff on how new technologies will disrupt the traditional utility model and options on how we can maintain an integrated grid with off the grid technologies.

Mark Kolesar, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

A.J. Goulding, President, London Economics International LLC
Sarah Griffiths, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Enel X
Maureen Higgins, Partner and IT Advisory Leader, Energy Markets, EY
Anouk Kendall, President, Decentralized Energy Canada (DEC)

Q & A

12:30 – 13:45


Sponsored by Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers) and Power Advisory LLC

13:45 – 14:15

KEYNOTE: Fireside Chat

Mr. Wall will share his insights on the state of the Canadian federation amid a rising divide about the future of the energy industry. We look forward to hearing Mr. Wall’s insights, given the need for advocacy and acceptance for the key industries fueling our provinces and the transition to a fair and workable federation. 

Brad Wall, 14th Premier of Saskatchewan

Tim Boston, Vice President Public Policy and Government Relations, ENMAX Corporation 

Q & A

14:15 – 15:30

Emotional Rescue: The Future of the Patch 

Where Alberta’s oil patch goes, so too does Alberta’s power industry. IPPSA is pleased to welcome a panel of senior leaders in the Canadian energy industry to share with us their insights on the many challenges and future opportunities for this industry critical to the Canadian economy. 

Brian Bidyk, Partner, Business Law Group and Oil and Gas Group, McCarthy Tétrault 

Pete Sametz, President and CEO, Pengrowth Energy Corporation
Jeffery Tonken, President and CEO, Birchcliff Energy and Chair, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Kevin Krausert, President and CEO, Beaver Drilling Ltd
M. Brandon Swertz, CEO, Anegada Oil Corp.

Q & A


Closing Remarks

* Songwriters: Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, Hansa Records, 1978