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

08:00 – 09:00

Registration Desk Open

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

09:00 – 10:15

SESSION 5 – REP Year 1 and Beyond

What will future REPs look like given the outcomes of the first auction?  Does the falling cost of renewables challenge the need for an REP?  If so, what are the minimum policy tools needed to attract renewable supply going forward?  How will other policies such as the capacity market, OBA, offsets, community generation and indigenous generation impact incumbent renewables and future REP design?


Kimberly Howard, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault


Cory Basil, Vice President, Development, EDF EN Canada
Ryan Brown, Executive Vice President, EDP Renewables North America
Dr Sara Hastings-Simon, Program Director, Clean Economy, Pembina Institute
Kelly Lail, Vice President, Business Development and Commercial, Capital Power


Questions from the floor

10:15 – 10:45


Sponsored by ENMAX Corporation
Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 6 – Carbon Free Alberta Grid?

The goals of a carbon free grid and reduced Canadian GHGs have significant implications for both Alberta’s power sector and its oil and gas sector.  Pressure is on from politicians  and oil consuming regions to get off carbon. This panel will explore what those aspirations mean for Alberta energy investors and how federal and provincial plans can align to balance the environment and the economy.


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, IPPSA


Tim McMillan, ‎President and CEO, Canadian Association ofPetroleum Producers (CAPP)
Robert Savage, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Climate Change Office, Government of Alberta
Kate Chisholm, QC, Senior Vice-President, Legal and External Relations, Capital Power
Hon. Sergio Marchi, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association


Questions from the floor

12:00 – 13:15


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

13:15 – 14:00

Is This Really Happening?  The Long Term Impacts of Trump Presidency

The Trump Presidency ignores compromise, history and the complexity inherent in public policy. Whether it continues for long or not is irrelevant to the disruption that it has already created. This disruption has implications to future presidents, no matter the party, and obvious implications to Canada and Canadian business. Washington insider David Frum will share his insights during an engaging and no-holds barred keynote address. Frum, a Canadian-American pundit is a fixture on CNN and a Senior Editor at the Atlantic. Frum brings a Canadian conscience into the mainstream of the often polarized world of American politics.


David Frum, Social and Political Commentator, Senior Editor at The Atlantic


Erin J. Baker, Partner, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers)

14:00 – 15:15

SESSION 7 – What’s this Baby’s Future?

Alberta’s power industry is at the doorstep of huge changes in generation technology and generation costs, and huge changes in market design. This panel will examine the pressures on the current fleet – and the utility model itself – due to cost of renewables and storage, and will question the longevity of its latest, very complicated market design. What will happen to both in the next 20 years?


Cliff Monar, Senior Director, Structured Power and Planning, ATCO Electricity Global Unit



Maureen Higgins, Partner and IT Advisory Leader, EY
Duane Reid Carlson, President and CEO, EDC Associates Ltd
Benjamin Grunfeld, Managing Director, Energy, Navigant


Questions from the floor


Closing Remarks and Door Prize

Prize draw for an Apple Watch. You must be in attendance to win. The draw will be made from the conference attendance list.