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2017 Technology Innovation & Policy Forum - November 9, 2017

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Join us for the second annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2017 presented by the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo on Thursday, November 9th, 2017.

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The Forum

The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE) in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, a leading Canadian innovation centre at the University of Waterloo, is hosting its second annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Join us for this important event, bringing together policy makers, technology innovators, leading researchers, government experts and entrepreneurs.

Forum Goals and Objectives:
  • Our goal of the Forum is to highlight the role of emerging disruptive technologies on the distribution sector business model arising from embedded distributed generation and storage on a large scale within the existing distribution network.
  • The Forum comprises panel presentations from leading industry, government experts and academics with extensive opportunities for networking.
  • The Forum brings together policy makers, technology innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs to address the alignment of climate policies with the need to accelerate cost-effective integration of emerging distributed resources at the distribution level.
  • Through dialogue and extensive opportunities for discussion, the Forum will focus on establishing a common basis for accommodating divergent interests.
The Forum will:
  1. Highlight and showcase state-of-the-art microgrid technologies for remote (off-grid) and networked operations.
  2. Identify the revolutionary potential of emerging technologies that will shape the convergence of transport with electricity service through ubiquitous sensors, devices and 'Big Data' enabled by Information and Communication Technologies.
  3. Explore investment opportunities for technology developers and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) as new business models emerge.
  4. Focus on distributed energy resources for improved performance and resilience of the distribution network.
  5. Foster research partnerships among academia, utilities, industry and government to strengthen the eco-system for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  6. Address regulation and policy issues and need for alignment.
Technology Innovation and Policy Forum

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Download the Forum Program Here (pdf)

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Forum Organizers

CCRE - Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Council for Clean & Reliable Energy

http://www.thinkingpower.ca
The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE) is a federally incorporated non-profit organization that provides a platform for open public dialogue, fact-based reasoned analysis, and a solutions-oriented approach to subjects related to energy policy. The CCRE was formed by a group of volunteers from universities, public and private sector business leaders, and labour. The CCRE membership has collaborated to broaden the public debate on energy issues via a number of initiatives.

Energy leaders from around the world have been invited by the Council to facilitated conferences focused on sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise to create a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions to common areas affecting energy in Canada and abroad. To date, the Council has hosted conferences on distributed generation, biomass, coal and nuclear, public sector governance in the electricity sector and the future of local distribution companies. Annually, the CCRE hosts the Energy Leaders Roundtable and the Innovation Technology and Policy Forum. In addition, the Council encourages energy experts to provide reasoned opinions and points of view about significant issues relevant to the sector. These CCRE Commentaries are published, distributed to opinion leaders and made available to the public.

The Council understands the value of creating a broader and more inclusive public discourse. During the last decade, its efforts have been recognized and appreciated by decision-makers in government and the energy business as providing a neutral forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions. The Council remains committed to continuing to facilitate debate on the generation, transmission and distribution of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a clear focus on finding effective solutions for Canada and abroad.

WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

http://wise.uwaterloo.ca
The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) was established at the University of Waterloo in 2008. The Institute comprises over 100 faculty members with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working as multi-disciplinary research teams across Engineering, Science and Environment. The Institute provides a focal point for energy research at Waterloo and creates the best possible research platforms for faculty to test their ideas, engage with their peers, and partner with external organizations to accelerate the pace of research, development and deployment of practical solutions.

Research initiatives developed at WISE are of an interdisciplinary nature - spanning theory and experiment - encompassing a broad range of expertise across several faculties and departments. In a short period of five years, WISE has grown to become Canada's largest concentration of researchers in academia devoted to sustainable energy. The Institute has created positive relationships with senior energy leaders from all sectors and has generated significant opportunities for its members to advance energy research. WISE continues to intensify communication and outreach programs to share the knowledge created and to cultivate energy literacy. WISE - and the University of Waterloo - are becoming internationally recognized as leaders in addressing the global energy challenge.

Agenda

Message from the Forum Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), we invite you to join us for the second annual Innovation Technology and Policy Forum 2017. This important event brings together policy makers, technology innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, to address the alignment of climate policies with the need to accelerate cost-effective integration of emerging distributed resources at the distribution level.

The Innovation Showcase will bring together the most current corporate and institutional state-of-the-art technologies. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to network, ask questions, and interact with our expert panelists.

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Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Forum Co-Chair and Executive Director, WISE David McFadden, Forum Co-Chair and Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Program

8:00 am

Registration
Continental Breakfast
Networking

9:00 am

Welcome

Glen Wright, Chairman, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Jatin Nathwani, Forum Co-Chair and Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

9:15 am

Keynote Speaker

Pamela Jones, Director of Transmission and Distribution Policy, Canadian Electricity Association

9:45 am

Panel One: Is Technology Disruption Driven by Economics?

The large cost declines in several parts of the energy supply chain - batteries, LED's solar and wind, sensors, devices and computational power - is the context that will determine new business models and relationships between the utility, the customer and new service providers. The panel will discuss financial and regulatory implications likely to emerge for the electric utilities.

Moderator:

Jatin Nathwani, Professor & Executive Director, Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo

Panelists:

Paul Grod, President and CEO, Rodan Energy Solutions

Ingo Mauser, dr-Ing, Research Associate, Applied Informatics (AIFB), Karlsruhe Instititute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Malcolm McCulloch, Professor and Head, Energy and Power Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

Neetika Sathe, Director, Emerging Technologies, Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

Q&A Session - 45 minutes

11:15 am

Break

11:30 am

Presentations by Technology Developers

David Teichroeb, Business Development, Emerging Technologies, Enbridge Inc.

Paul Pauze, P.Eng, Vice President Business Development and Sales, Innovus Power Inc.

Alif Gilani, Head of Engineering, Energy Management Division, Siemens Canada

Julie Morin, Internet of Things, Solutions Sales Professional Global Black Belt Team, Microsoft Canada

12:30 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm

Innovation Showcase, Networking and Industry-Academic Collaboration

1:30 pm

Optional Lab Tours (for Pre-registered Guests)

2:30 pm

Panel Two: Financing Business Models: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Financing innovation is almost always an issue. This highly experienced panel will discuss alternative approaches to financing and the advantages and pitfalls which need to be considered. The panel will also consider successes and failures with alternative business models and the role of government in fostering innovation.

Moderator:

David McFadden, Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Panelists:

Ron Dizy, Managing Director, MaRS Cleantech, Advanced Energy Centre

Colin Kelleher, CEO, Kelleher Group

Michael Nobrega, Chair of the Board, Ontario Centres of Excellence, former President and CEO, OMERS

Q&A Session - 45 minutes

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Wrap-up
David McFadden, Forum Co-Chair and Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

4:00 pm

Reception, Innovation Showcase, Networking and Industry-Academic Collaboration

Download the Forum Program Here (pdf)

Speakers

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Glen Wright, Chairman, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy | http://www.thinkingpower.ca

Glen Wright is the Chairman of the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity, a federally incorporated non-profit volunteer organization that provides a platform for open dialogue and solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector. He is the former Chairman of Waterloo North Hydro.

Mr. Wright is currently the Chairman of LeanCor LLC and LeanCor Canada Inc., a global supply chain company that offers a unique combination of training and education, hands-on consulting and outsourced logistics services.

Mr. Wright has served as the Chair of Hydro One Inc. and Chair of the Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and was a Member of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, where he served as the Chair of the of the Joint Public Advisory Committee.

Glen's private sector career has focused primarily on the insurance and actuary fields. He has served on the Board of a wide range of corporations in the environmental, technology and manufacturing sectors and participated in a variety of charitable and not-for-profit Boards including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Wilfrid Laurier University. Early on in his career he served as a Member of Waterloo City Council and Waterloo Regional Council.

Conference Co-Chairs and Moderators
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Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Forum Co-Chair | https://wise.uwaterloo.ca

Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy
Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environment
Member, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy

Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo.

WISE brings together the expertise of 110+ faculty members to develop and implement large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with business, industry, governments and civil society groups. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all.

His current focus is on implementing a global change initiative: he is the Co-Director, with Professor Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium 'Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H): A Global Change Initiative' that comprises 100+ leading energy access researchers and practitioners from 23 institutions and 12 countries.

Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, power system planning, environmental and regulatory affairs and research program management.

Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books.

Professor Nathwani holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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David J. McFadden, QC | 416.369.7243 | david.mcfadden@gowlingwlg.com

Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Member, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
https://www.gowlingwlg.com

David McFadden is a Counsel at Gowling WLG and formerly served as a member of both the firm's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. David has acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, marketing, transmission and financing of energy. He also acts for clients involved in infrastructure development, management and renewal. He has acted as counsel in a variety of infrastructure projects including toll highways and tunnels, light rail systems and health care facilities.

David serves in leadership roles in the Canadian energy industry. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Council of Canada. He is a member of the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator and serves on the Advisory Board of the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre and on the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy.

David is active in the business corporation sector. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of 407 International Inc. and is chair of the Infrastructure Advisory Boards of Fengate Capital Management Ltd. David is also chair of the Board of Directors of PCI Geomatics Inc. and is a member of the Board of Toronto Hydro and Cricket Energy.

Over the years, David has advised government on energy matters both in Canada and internationally. He served as co-chair of the Electricity Transition Committee of the Ontario Government (1998-2002), a member of the electric System Working Group of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and mush of the northeastern United States (2003-2004), a member of the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004), co-leader of an investigation established by the Government of Jamaica to review the reliability of the island's transmission system (2006), a member of the Ontario Government's Electricity Distribution Sector review panel (2012), and Chair of the Independent Review Committee appointed by Toronto Hydro to review its response to a major ice storm event in December 2013 (2014).

He has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. degree from Osgoode Law School and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1972. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from York University.

Keynote Speaker
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Pamela D. Jones

Director of Transmission and Distribution Policy
Canadian Electricity Association

Pamela Jones is a seasoned policy and government relations professional with proven track record of securing favorable regulatory outcomes and of influencing stakeholders and building consensus. With over twenty years of experience working in policy development for public and private entities in Canadian telecommunications, broadcasting and electricity, Pamela is known for her ability to promote and defend the long term strategic interests of her employers and clients.

Trained as a paralegal and as a mediator/facilitator, Pamela holds a graduate diploma from Carleton University in Conflict Studies and bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Ottawa. Prior to completing these university degrees, Pamela graduated top of her class from the Ontario Business College as a Law Clerk/Paralegal. She is currently working on a Masters of Law (LLM) in Energy and Infrastructure Law.

In between securing these university level educational pursuits, Pamela layered in executive education or what she terms "resume fluff" with certificates in financial literacy, governance, and teaching. Over the course of her career to date Pamela has further been recognized by the Women in Communications and Technology with the Jeanne Sauve fellowship award for policy professionals, was awarded a fully paid relocation (Montreal to Ottawa) by TELUS Communications Inc. and given a President's Commendation Award by Hydro Ottawa.

Pamela's career highlights include providing expert testimony in front of national and provincial regulators such as the CRTC and OEB and being part of regulatory teams that introduced the telecommunications ombudsman and the national do not call list as well as regulatory teams that introduced local and long-distance competition in the telecommunications industry. Pamela also counts among her achievements being part of a senior management team that negotiated the approval of a five-year infrastructure funding agreement for electricity distribution worth nearly a billion dollars.

A strong community supporter, Pamela donates her time and money to a number of local and national charities such as the Ottawa Food Bank, CHEO, United Way and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Pamela also participated for many years in a local community council and volunteered as a basketball coach.

In her spare time Pamela runs 5K and 10K marathons and loves to garden and entertain friends and family. Pamela lives in Ottawa with her husband and two teenagers.

Panel Speakers
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Ron Dizy | https://www.marsdd.com

Managing Director
MaRS Cleantech - Advanced Energy Centre

Ron is the Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District. The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) collaborates with a diverse set of partners to foster the adoption of innovative energy technologies in Ontario and Canada, and leverage those successes and experiences into international markets. Under Ron's leadership, the Centre is convening energy players in a unique way. At the AEC, Ron and his team provide a forum in which energy players can speak openly, think deeply, ask the hard questions and co-create innovative solutions to complex, system-wide challenges. In doing so, the Centre is helping energy systems become more cost effective, reliable and resilient to change and opportunity.

Ron was previously the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks, a smart grid technology company that offers grid optimization services to utilities and system operators to increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the power system.

Ron is viewed as a thought-leader on innovation opportunities that lie within the evolution of the modern power system. Based on his well-respected perspective on the smart grid, he was recruited to the executive committee of the board for the Ontario Energy Association and the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid. He was also elected chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

Ron's entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms. Ron holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Alif Gilani | http://www.siemens.ca

Head of Engineering, Energy Management Division
Siemens Canada

Alif Gilani is the Head of Engineering of Siemens Canada's Energy Management Division and the Head of Operations & Project Management for the Digital Grid Systems Segment.

Mr. Gilani is responsible for all engineering, innovation and development of Energy Management activities in Canada. He reports directly to the head of the Energy Management Division and works with various business unit heads as well as heads of key support functions of sales, strategy, business excellence and communication within the division.

Prior to his current roles, Mr. Gilani was the Technical Lead Manager for the Energy Automation Division in the Lower Gulf Region Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman & Yemen. Mr. Gilani has over 12+ years of experience in the areas of protection, control and substation automation and has executed a multitude of projects with varying complexity in a number of countries leading multinational and multicultural teams. In addition to this, Mr. Gilani leads the research and development team within Siemens Canada's Digital Grid Systems segment on the prototyping of a low cost microgrid controller system. He heads all Microgrid projects within Siemens Canada from a project management, base design development, configuration and testing perspective.

He is a professional engineer and holds a P.Eng from PEO and APEGS and serves as a member and contributes to IEEE, CIGRE and the National Electricity Roundtable (NER).

Mr. Gilani received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Electrical Engineering from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2001 and a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 2003.

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Paul Grod | http://rodanenergy.com

President and CEO
Rodan Energy Solutions

Paul Grod is President & CEO of Rodan Energy. Prior to co-founding Rodan Energy, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and later practiced corporate finance and M&A law with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada's largest national law firms.

Paul has grown Rodan Energy into a leading energy services company to many of North America's top power producers, utilities and energy users. Rodan has earned a number of awards under Paul's leadership, including Ontario Energy Association's Emerging Company of the Year, and Canada's Top 100 SME employer for three consecutive years.

Some of Paul's distinctions include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, the 25th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence Medal from the President of Ukraine, and Embassy/Hill Times Magazine ranking him as one the Top 100 influencing Canada's Global Future. He has served on a number of electricity market stakeholder and advisory panels, and is currently a member of the CEO Roundtable for the IESO's Market Renewal Program.

Paul actively volunteers his time with various charities and community organizations. He is currently the National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress. Paul is member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Colin Kelleher

CEO, Kelleher Group

Colin is the CEO of the Kelleher Group specializing in angel investing in early-stage technology start ups. Current deals that he is involved in include investments in the areas of UAV technology, digital agriculture, e-retailing, energy informatics and analytics, medical devices and digital content optimization. Prior deals he has been involved with included energy optimization technology, water technology, 3D mapping and asset management modelling software for municipalities and utilities.

For the past six years, Colin sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a not-for-profit government funded organization that generates economic benefits for the economy by driving the successful commercialization of discoveries and technologies. OCE also incubates and invests in start up companies emerging out of industrially relevant R&D being developed in Canadian universities. As part of the director role, Colin chaired the OCE strategic planning committee in 2013 and 2014, setting the five year plan for the strategic direction for the organization. He also sat on the four sector advisory boards that influence the direction of the organization which included advanced manufacturing, ICT and digital media, energy and environment and advanced health technologies.

Colin has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo Faculty of Architecture and the University of Toronto's Planning Program on real estate cost/risk dynamics. Colin is a graduate of the executive program at Singularity University where he received the singularity prototype challenge award for his presentation on the buildings of the future.

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Dr. Ingo Mauser | https://www.kit.edu/english

dr-Ing, Research Associate, Applied Informatics (AIFB)
Karlsruhe Instititute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Ingo Mauser finished his studies in 2012 and holds a German Diploma in Business Administration and Engineering (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

From 2012 until 2016 Ingo Mauser worked as a research scientist at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology. Since 2016 he is a research associate at the Institute AIFB of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and received his PhD degree in 2017.

His research focuses on the development of information and communication technologies for intelligent buildings, energy management, and the future smart grid as well as on heuristic optimization.

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Professor Malcom McCulloch | http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/about

Professor and Head, Energy and Power Group
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford, UK

Malcolm McCulloch is Associate Professor in Engineering Science and Group Leader of the Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford.

His interests are in the area related to the domestic energy sector, development of user centric demand side management technologies, useful information to enable behaviour change. Previous work lead the spin-out Intelligent Sustainable Energy, of which Malcolm is both a founder and non-executive director. This has merged to form Navetas Energy Management.

In the transport sector, research is ongoing in developing power trains for electric vehicles. A successful project was that of the Morgan LifeCar - the first ever Hydrogen sports car. This project lead to the development of high-efficiency low-weight motors using new materials- The yokeless and segmented armature motor. This has resulted in the Oxford spin-out company Oxford Yasa Motors, of which Malcolm is a founder. He is extending the work of ICERT to create an Integrated Transport Network for Oxford.

In renewable generation, novel lightweight low speed direct coupled generators are being developed along with a transverse axis tidal turbine, leading to the spinout of Kepler Energy, of which Malcolm is also a founder and non-executive director.

In Energy for Development, he is developing technologies that leverage advanced intelligence to provide cost effective and nano and micro grid solutions that provide a scalable pathway to distributed electrification.

Malcolm McCulloch was Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, a member of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2013.

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Julie Morin | http://www.internetofyourthings.com

Internet of Things Solutions Specialist - Canada
Global Black Belt Team
Microsoft Canada

Julie Morin is part of the Microsoft Internet of Things Global Black Belt Team tasked with helping public and private sector customers accelerate their digital business transformation through the Internet of Things.

She brings experience in driving technology initiatives with Canadian organizations by finding innovative solutions to address high value digital transformation projects. Julie is in line with the industry's fast changing requirements for enterprises looking for guidance with the Internet of Things, predictive analytics, machine learning and data strategy while ensuring compliance, and security as a forefront.

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Michael Nobrega | http://www.oce-ontario.org

Chair of the Board, Ontario Centres of Excellence
former President and CEO, OMERS

Michael Nobrega became Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in October 2012. He has been a member of the OCE Board since 2007.

Mr. Nobrega is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), a position he has held since early 2007.

Mr. Nobrega is a veteran financial and investment executive with more than 30 years' experience. Before his appointment as President and CEO of OMERS, Mr. Nobrega was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., an investment entity which originated and structured infrastructure investments. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Nobrega was a partner at a major international accounting firm.

Mr. Nobrega holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, where he received the Arbor Award for outstanding community service. He also holds a chartered accountancy designation from the Institute for Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants. In 2009 Mr. Nobrega was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario - the highest designation the Institute confers and which recognizes outstanding career achievements as well as excellence in service to the community and profession.

OMERS is one of Canada's largest pension plans, with more than $50 billion in assets. It provides retirement benefits to 372,000 members on behalf of over 900 local government employers across Ontario.

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Paul Pauze P. Eng | http://innovus-power.com

VP Business Development
Innovus Power Inc.

Paul is the VP of Business Development and Sales for Innovus Power Inc., a North American company who has developed the first commercial, primary power variable speed generator (VSG). The breakthrough technology improves the efficiency of prime power generation and is engine and fuel agnostic. Innovus enabled generators are ideally suited for microgrids, hybrid renewable systems, and primary power grid support. The Innovus generation technology optimizes efficiency by allowing the generator's engine to operate at optimal speeds for any load and maintains microgrid stability at any renewable penetration by producing power through a back to back converter platform. Innovus eliminates the need for storage to provide grid stability for high penetration renewables, therefore significantly lowering the levelized cost of energy, and with a storage-friendly platform allows for the future addition of storage as costs decrease.

WISE recently completed a follow-up study to the two WWF reports, called "Feasibility Studies of Variable Speed Generators for Canadian Arctic Communities," where Innovus' technology resulted in a significantly lower cost of energy and emissions for all communities studies compared to the battery based synchronous generation systems in the WWF reports.

Prior to joining Innovus in 2016, Paul was the founder and President of SunRise Power Corp. a leading Ontario solar manufacturer and engineering firm from 2009-2015 specializing in commercial rooftop solar PV systems. SunRise was Ontario's first string inverter manufacture and delivered the provinces first commercial rooftop racking systems.

Before joining the renewable industry, Paul spent many years in manufacturing with General Electric in Peterborough Ontario, in a number of rolls from Engineering Manager, Lean Leader to Plant manager.

Paul has been a professional engineer for 20+ years, and a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers holding a Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from Queens University where Paul started his career in renewables as Electrical Manager of the Solar Vehicle program leading the team to a top 5 at SunRayce 95.

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Neetika Sathe

Director, Emerging Technologies
Alectra Energy Solutions

Neetika Sathe is Director, Emerging Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.

She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including Chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network. Neetika was recognized by Energy Storage North America with the 2016 Champion Award for her leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing energy storage technology.

Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

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David Teichroeb

Business Development, Emerging Technologies
Enbridge Inc.

David has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas and power generation sectors. He is responsible for evaluating and developing new business investments involving emergent technologies. This includes distributed generation, fuel cells, energy recovery to power, hydrogen, electricity energy storage and other renewable technologies.

Before joining Enbridge in 1993, David worked in the diesel power generation industry. He provided engineering and technical services to a varied customer base that included Canada Steam Ship Lines, the Canadian Coast Guard, and John Deere.

David graduated from Niagara College, mechanical engineering technology, and he is a graduate of the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, IL, as a Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant. He serves as a Board of Director, and Vice Chairman, for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association.

Attend

You are invited to join the Forum and network with over 250 guests and exhibitors participating in the Innovation Showcase representing the innovative technology industry. Participating in the Forum are corporate, government, industry and institutional representatives from: wind, solar, micro-hydro, geothermal, and storage systems, engineering, electric mobility (G2V, V2H, and V2G), energy storage and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), equipment manufacturers, utilities, consultants, federal, provincial and municipal governments, communities and students.

Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2017 Pricing
Registration fees for Guests

Registration fees include:

Guests are invited to attend the Forum being held at Federation Hall at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario.

  • Continental breakfast, lunch and reception
  • Forum keynote speaker and 2 panel presentations
  • Networking opportunities and Innovation Showcase
  • Optional Lab Tour at the University of Waterloo (Pre-registration required)
  • Complimentary on campus parking

1-day Guest Ticket:

1-day Academia/Student Tickets:

Optional Lab Tour:

Lab 1 Tour: Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems
1:30 to 2:00 pm

Event Location:

Technology Innovation and Policy Forum
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

2017 Forum - Lot M on Campus Parking Map and Federation Hall Location - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Recommended Hotel:

Delta Waterloo
110 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C6
Phone: (519) 514-0404
Fax: (519) 514-0400
Standard Room: Conference Rate is $164/night

Delta Waterloo is the leading four-star, full-service inner city boutique-style hotel, offering vibrant, stylish and sophisticated hospitality. The contemporary and uniquely designed Delta Waterloo is conveniently located in the heart of UpTown Waterloo. Steps away from the University of Waterloo and surrounded by boutique shopping, unique restaurants, cafés, bars and entertainment venues.

http://www.marriott.com/Waterloo

Online Registration Form

Registration for Guests to the Event is CLOSED.

If you would still like to attend the Forum, you can register in person at the registration desk at 8am on the morning of the event.

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase will allow you to feature your company at the event during two key networking sessions where industry, academia, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers will have the opportunity to connect. A dedicated area will be incorporated into the conference facility where information may be displayed, product showcased and innovative technologies introduced from corporate and institutional sources.

Showcase Information:

Exhibitors in the showcase will receive the following for their participation in the event.

  • Advanced set-up available on Wednesday November 8th from 3 to 9 pm
  • 6-foot skirted table for table top display space
  • Adjacent space subject to the venue availability or may be dependent on product size
  • 1 electrical outlet - if electrical is required, it is recommended that participants provide an electrical power bar
  • Recognition in the program
  • 2 key networking sessions for interacting with participants
  • Includes 1 complimentary exhibitor event ticket
  • Includes 1 on campus parking pass

Complimentary Exhibitor ticket:

Exhibitors are invited to attend the Forum being held at Federation Hall at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario.

  • Continental breakfast, lunch and reception
  • Forum keynote speaker and 2 panel presentations
  • Networking opportunities and participation in the Innovation Showcase
  • Complimentary on campus parking

Innovation Showcase Package:

$500.00

Exhibit Set-up:

Wednesday November 8, 2017 Between 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Thursday November 9, 2017 Between 7:00 am to 9:00 am

Event Location:

Technology Innovation and Policy Forum
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

2017 Forum - Lot M on Campus Parking Map and Federation Hall Location - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Recommended Hotel:

Delta Waterloo
110 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C6
Phone: (519) 514-0404
Fax: (519) 514-0400
Standard Room: Conference Rate is $164/night

Delta Waterloo is the leading four-star, full-service inner city boutique-style hotel, offering vibrant, stylish and sophisticated hospitality. The contemporary and uniquely designed Delta Waterloo is conveniently located in the heart of UpTown Waterloo. Steps away from the University of Waterloo and surrounded by boutique shopping, unique restaurants, cafés, bars and entertainment venues.

http://www.marriott.com/Waterloo

Online Registration Form

Registration for Guests to the Event is CLOSED.

If you would still like to attend the Forum, you can register in person at the registration desk at 8am on the morning of the event.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship: Support the Technology Innovators of the Future

The Second Annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum provides the perfect opportunity for companies to reach the technology innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy makers shaping the next generation of smart energy solutions. We are offering a sponsorship and marketing opportunity for your company to be featured at this important inaugural event.

Download Sponsorship Package Here: Sponsorship Opportunities - Second Annual Technology Innovation & Policy Forum 2017 - November 9, 2017.pdf

Presenting Sponsor Package:


$5,000.00

This option will allow you to position your company as a thought leader in the industry and have a key presence during the conference.

  • 15-minute feature presentation to an audience of 250+
  • Feature booth in the Innovation Showcase
  • Logo signage at registration, welcome entrance and participant tables
  • Audio-visual logo signage recognition at refreshment breaks
  • Logo signage included at participant tables
  • Company materials available for distribution to participants at the featured Sponsorship table
  • Recognition in the program
  • Includes 2 complimentary corporate event tickets
  • Includes 2 complimentary on campus parking passes

Supporting Sponsor Package:


$2,000.00

This option will allow you to position your company as a thought leader in the industry and have a key presence during the conference.

  • Logo signage at registration, welcome entrance and participant tables
  • Audio-visual logo signage recognition at refreshment breaks
  • Logo signage included at participant tables
  • Company materials available for distribution to participants at the featured Sponsorship table
  • Recognition in the program
  • Includes 2 complimentary corporate event tickets
  • Includes 2 complimentary on campus parking passes

2 Complimentary Sponsor Tickets:

Sponsors are invited to attend the Forum being held at Federation Hall at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario.

  • Continental breakfast, lunch and reception
  • Forum keynote speaker and 2 panel presentations
  • Networking opportunities and Innovation Showcase
  • Optional Lab Tour at the University of Waterloo (pre-registration required)

Optional Lab Tour:

Lab 1 Tour: Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems
1:30 to 2:00 pm

Event Location:

Technology Innovation and Policy Forum
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

2017 Forum - Lot M on Campus Parking Map and Federation Hall Location - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Recommended Hotel:

Delta Waterloo
110 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C6
Phone: (519) 514-0404
Fax: (519) 514-0400
Standard Room: Conference Rate is $164/night

Delta Waterloo is the leading four-star, full-service inner city boutique-style hotel, offering vibrant, stylish and sophisticated hospitality. The contemporary and uniquely designed Delta Waterloo is conveniently located in the heart of UpTown Waterloo. Steps away from the University of Waterloo and surrounded by boutique shopping, unique restaurants, cafés, bars and entertainment venues.

http://www.marriott.com/Waterloo

Online Registration Form

Registration for Guests to the Event is CLOSED.

If you would still like to attend the Forum, you can register in person at the registration desk at 8am on the morning of the event.

Lab Tours

Photo of Lab 1

Lab 1 Tour: Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems (CAPDS)
1:30 to 2:00 pm

Promotes cutting-edge research and development that spans the spectrum of photovoltaic (PV) technology. Our 14,000-square-foot facility includes infrastructure for synthesizing semiconductor base materials; developing nanotechnologies for PV; designing and fabricating advanced PV devices and systems modules; and testing and characterizing PV materials, devices and systems.

Contact

This partnership between the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo, is intended to bring together corporate and institutional representatives in a neutral forum to promote open dialogue on energy and further the understanding impact of emerging disruptive technologies on the current policy regime and the impacts of microgrids embedded on a large scale within the existing networks.

Organizers
Council for Clean & Reliable Energy

7111 Syntex Drive, 3rd Floor
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5N 8C3

Laura Rees, Executive Director
Phone: 905.691.1565
Email: info@thinkingpower.ca

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3G1

Armughan Al-Haq, Manager, Program Development and Partnerships
Phone: 519.888.4567 ext. 38759
Email: armughan.al-haq@uwaterloo.ca

Jessica Strickler, Communications Specialist
Phone: 519.888.4567 ext. 38760
Cell: 226.789.6424
Email: jessica.strickler@uwaterloo.ca

Event Partners

CCRE - Council for Clean & Reliable Energy WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo

Event Sponsors

Canadian Electricity Association Enbridge NSERC Power Workers' Union Waterloo North Hydro Inc.

CCRE Partners

Richard Ivey School of Business - The University of Western Ontario WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo Power Workers' Union