Toronto 2020

Thursday, November 19th at the Design Exchange

The sixth annual National Energy Roundtable conference will gather business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers in Toronto for discussions on Getting to net zero

Canada and the world have a collective challenge – to develop our infrastructure and energy mix in a way that is affordable whilst significantly decarbonizing. Canada’s diverse landscape and energy mix presents the potential to become a global leader in transforming its energy systems. However, carbon emissions continue to rise and consensus on what the country’s energy future should look like has proven elusive.

One thing is certain: as Canada’s energy needs expand, technological innovation and energy system optimization will be crucial. Over $350 billion in power, utility and transport investments are required over the next twenty years to replace aging infrastructure and develop the next generation of energy systems.

Join the leaders who are shaping Canada energy future at the sixth annual National Energy Roundtable conference and learn about the exciting strategies and technological advances that are driving Canada’s transition to a more dynamic, lower carbon economy. Topics will include:

  1. National grid strategy
  2. Energy system optimization
  3. Battery storage
  4. Sustainable finance – a quantum change?
  5. New nuclear and its role in the energy mix
  6. Industry 4.0: Operational Excellence by Scaling Data & Advanced Analytics

The conference will also include a “reverse pitch” session, a juncture for entrepreneurs and startups to connect with local and multi-national organizations to discover how their technology solutions have the potential to solve real business problems.

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Speakers

Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable
Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie

President, The Ivey Foundation
Mark Lesinski

Mark Lesinski

President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Hari Suthan

Hari Suthan

Chief Strategic Growth & Policy Officer, Opus One Solutions
Thomas Timmins

Thomas Timmins

Partner; Leader, Energy Sector Group (Canada), Gowling WLG
Faisal Kazi

Faisal Kazi

President & CEO, Siemens Canada
Andy Chisholm

Andy Chisholm

Director, RBC; Member, Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance
Michael Crothers

Michael Crothers

Country Chair and Vice President, Integrated Gas, Shell Canada
Patrick Decostre

Patrick Decostre

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Boralex Inc.

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Programme

Thursday, November 19th at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto

MC Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
8:00 am Registration opens. Breakfast served
8:30 am Welcome
8:35 am National grid strategy. Electricity provides a tremendous potential competitive advantage in a world focused on carbon reduction. Canada has abundant capacity to create and distribute electricity, but remains a patchwork of systems improvised over time with disparate outcomes. Provinces have each attempted to be self-sufficient and there is little interprovincial trade to take advantage of strengths and weaknesses, and no national strategy in this area of provincial jurisdiction. A unified national grid and electrification strategy that addresses transport, heating and cooling processes in buildings and the electrification of Canada’s industrial, manufacturing and transport processes should be a priority. The panel will examine how a pan-Canadian electricity strategy is the basis for turning what is at times a vulnerability into a national competitive advantage.

  • Patrick Decostre, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Boralex Inc.
  • Additional speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

9:20 am Energy system optimization. We live in an age of disruption where the evolution and integration of high tech solutions is creating rapidly growing markets for new products. As renewable energy and storage technologies become cheaper, increasing numbers of utility customers are installing them at their homes and businesses to cut power costs and meet environmental goals. Given this tension between legacy assets and disruptive technologies howdo you ensure you the system at a whole provides value? Valuing assets and determining if they add value going forward is a complicated, but necessary process and central to saving rate payers money. The panel will examine what a holistic approach to energy system optimization looks like, including how can we optimize existing assets and determine what is missing to ensure meaningfultransformation in the energy sector.

  • Hari Suthan, Chief Strategic Growth & Policy Officer, Opus One Solutions
  • Faisal Kazi, President & CEO, Siemens Canada
  • Additional speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

10:05 am Networking break
10:30 am Fireside chat – the role of the regulator
11:00 am Battery storage. As energy systems decarbonize, many see the current boom in natural gas generation as a “bridge” to a low-carbon future. Advancements in battery technology, however, could make that bridge shorter than anticipated. Grid scale storage projects are underway to replace multiple major power plants. While smaller in scale, the recent growth in utility-size storage has been outpaced by behind-the-meter installations, which grew more than 300% in 2019 alone. As storage becomes cheaper it holds promise not just as stationary sources of power, but mobile ones as well. EVs could provide an important source of power demand growth for generators and utilities, as well as opportunities to use the vehicles’ batteries to meet grid needs. The panel will examine the advances required to meet our ambitions for energy storage.

  • Thomas Timmins, Partner; Leader, Energy Sector Group (Canada), Gowling WLG
  • Additional speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

12:00 pm Luncheon. Fireside chat – Energy Ministers discussion
1:15 pm New nuclear and its role in the energy mix. Energy demand is growing at a faster pace than ever before. Overlaid with climate change and recent UN reports that highlights the urgent and immediate need for deep decarbonization, what are the real solutions? Nuclear energy requires that commercial and academic organisations being at the cutting edge of technology, and translating ground-breaking R&D into products and services which can be deployed on nuclear sites. This includes small and advanced reactors, which have the potential to transform the nuclear sector in adding to the range of nuclear power options. This panel will examine nuclear energy’s role in “the energy mix” and how the sector can achieve its potential.

  • Mark Lesinski, President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Speakers tbc

Session chair: tbc

2:00 pm Fireside chat: Sustainable finance and energy transition

  • Andy Chisholm, Director, RBC; Member, Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance
  • Michael Crothers, Country Chair and Vice President, Integrated Gas, Shell Canada

Discussion led by: Bruce Lourie, President & CEO, The Ivey Foundation

2:30 pm Industry 4.0: Operational Excellence by Scaling Data & Advanced Analytics. Energy companies are facing an unprecedented convergence of technological, social, and regulatory forces. As artificial intelligence, automation, Internet of Things, blockchain, and 5G become pervasive, their combined impact will reshape standard business architectures. The “outside-in” digital transformation of the past decade is giving way to the “inside-out” potential of data exploited with these exponential technologies. They are altering energy companies’ operations. These technologies are also creating unprecedented levels of industry dislocation, with new entrants fundamentally changing the economics of the business. The panel will examine how energy companies can thrive by conceiving and offering compelling new customer and end-consumer experiences, advance operational efficiencies, launch new digital offerings and build innovation ecosystems. 

  • Speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

3:15 pm Reverse pitch sessions. This session is a juncture for entrepreneurs and startups to connect with local and multi-national organizations to discover how their energy technology solutions have the potential to solve real business problems.

  • Speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

4:30 pm Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

Programme is subject to change

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