Programme Vancouver 2010

The Vancouver Energy Roundtable:
Toward a Smarter Energy System
West Building, Vancouver Convention Centre
, Vancouver, British Columbia
December 7, 2010
8:00 am Welcome from Marc Andrew, Executive Director, The Energy Roundtable
8:05 am Introduction: Brent Sauder, Director of Strategic Initiatives, UBC
8:15 am Morning Keynote
by Mayor Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
8:45 am Session I: Toward a Smart Electricity Grid
The smart meter is just the beginning of the international shift to a much more intelligent version of the electricity grid. The combination of increased capacity from a variety of sources and a more communicative electricity system will create opportunities for forward-thinking companies both locally and globally. Panellists will discuss international best practices in smart grid development and how their firms are developing this opportunity.
  • Ralph Zucker, Director of Smart Grid Development, BC Hydro
  • Scott Fawcett, Director, Energy Industry & Smart Grid (Canada), Cisco
  • Dean Rockwell, Chief Operating Officer, Pulse Energy
  • Allan Schurr, VP of Strategy and Development, IBM Energy and Utilities

Moderator: Miro Cernetig, Ottawa Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

10:00 am Coffee Break
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10:15 am Session II: Creating New Platforms for Commercialisation
A major component in establishing Vancouver as the greenest city in the world by 2020 will be making the city a living laboratory for the establishment of new companies involved in energy production and delivery. Panellists will discuss the benefit to establishing companies in Vancouver and the optimal policy, financial, and structural environment required to commercialise new technologies.
  • Amol Deshpande, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO, Nexterra
  • Bruce Flexman, President, International Financial Centre
  • Michael Goldstein, Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard Power Systems

Pascal Spothelfer
, CEO, BC Technology Industry Association

11:30 am Networking Reception hosted by: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Introduction: Clare Spencer-Guidera, Deputy Consul-General, British Consulate-General
Keynote: Hon. Colin Hansen, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier

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12:00 pm Close by: James Tansey, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Industrial Partnerships Sauder School of Business