The Canadian electricity sector at a crossroads:
exploring alternative paths

OCTOBER 3-4, 2016

For well over a century Canada’s electric power sector has made profound contributions to the country’s economy and to raise the quality of life of Canadians. Starting as a distributed group of investor-owned isolated grids, the electricity system has evolved into a complex physical and human network, integrating power generating and transmission infrastructure, electricity end users, public and private enterprises, and utility regulators. The electricity industry has evolved in a conservative and controlled manner to minimize costs and to ensure reliability. Major changes to the way the electricity system is built and operated has happened in decadal intervals. The Canadian electricity sector is now approaching one of those junctures. Many electricity assets are approaching their end of life and must be replaced to satisfy the growing demand. Concerns about environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and land use impacts have exerted pressure on the way electricity is generated and transported. On the other hand, recent technological developments in electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and storage have provided us options to transform the electricity sector, minimizing its environmental impacts and increasing access. However, such transformation is complicated by the capital stock of electricity infrastructure, uncertainty in future fuel prices and environmental regulations, and public perceptions of different technologies. This CERI conference aims to provide a forum of key industry players, public policy makers, and the general public to explore challenges and opportunities that the Canadian electricity sector is facing over the next three decades.    

Confirmed Participants Include:

Richard Admason; President - CMC Research Institutes

Kris Aksomitis; Director - Power Advisory LLC

Dr. Matt Ayres; Chief Executive Officer - Market Surveillance Administrator

Evan Bahry; Executive Director - Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta

Dr. John Barrett; President & Chief Executive Officer - Canadian Nuclear Association

James Burpee; Sussex Affiliate/Senior Counsel, Energy and Environment Practice - Sussex Strategy Group

Guy Bruce; Vice President, Planning, Environment & Susainable Development - SaskPower

Kimberley Curran; Manager, Electricity Group - Environment and Climate Change Canada

Ivor da Cunha; Owner and Managing Director - LeapFrog Energy Technologies Inc.

Michael Ekelund; Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Revenue and Operations Division - Alberta Department of Energy

Mary Hemmingsen; Partner, Global Head of LNG, National Sector Leader, Power and Utilities - KPMG Canada

Dr. Larry Kaufmann; Senior Advisor - Pacific Economics Group Research LLC

Dr. Andy Knight; Professor, Transmission Electric Industry Chair, Schulich School of Engineering - University of Calgary

Dr. David Layzell; Director, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis (CESAR) Initiative - University of Calgary

Nicole Leblanc; Director, Forecasting and Analytics - Alberta Electric System Operator

Bruce Lourie; President - Ivey Foundation

Travis Lusney; Director - Power Advisory LLC

John Matovich; Senior Managing Director, Corporate Finance/Financial Advisory Group - Deloitte Canada

Sean McCarry; Managing Partner - Sage Planning Group Ltd.

Jeanette Patell; Government Affairs and Policy Leader, Energy - GE Canada

Jotham Peters; Managing Partner - Navius Research Inc.

Dr. William D. Rosehart; Dean, Schulich School of Engineering - University of Calgary

Craig Sabine; Director, Global Energy - Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Tim Schulhauser; President - SkyFire Energy Inc.

Dr. Oskar Sigvaldason; Project Manager - Trottier Energy Futures Project

Robert Spragins; Energy Advocate and Investor

Peter Wallis; President and Chief Executive Officer - The Van Horne Institute

Adam White; Chief Executive Officer - Powerconsumer Inc.

Dr. Jennifer Winter; Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

Michael Wolinetz; Partner - Navius Research Inc.

Registration Fees

$1175.00 CAD + GST when registering

$875.00 CAD + GST when registering three or more delegates


Cancellations and Substitutions

A full refund minus a $250 administrative fee will be processed for cancellations received in writing by September 21, 2016. We regret we cannot process refunds after this date; however, full delegate substitution is permitted up to and including the day of the conference.  Please note that delegate substitution is for the entire event, shared registration is not permitted. Delegates who fail to cancel their registration or who are "no-shows" will not receive a refund.


Calgary Marriott Downtown
110 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5A6

Book your accommodations online or at 1.800.228.9290 and identify yourself as part of the CERI 2016 Electricity Conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider this business opportunity to join other leading organizations in an exclusive sector.  Increase your company profile by marketing directly to your target market.  Sponsorship includes on-site signage, literature display and corporate acknowledgment in conference materials and from the conference podium.  For more information about valuable sponsorship opportunities please contact Deanne Landry, Manager, Marketing and Communications at mailto:dlandry@ceri.ca.

Speaking Opportunities

If you would like information regarding speaking opportunities, please contact Deanne Landry at 403.220.2395 or email mailto:dlandry@ceri.ca