Energy Storage in Canada: Powering Up 2018

The energy storage industry is advancing rapidly in Canada, increasing resilience, reliability and helping customers manage energy costs in utility, commercial and consumer markets.

Energy storage is here and now at all levels – grid, distribution and behind-the-meter – and is playing a critical role in Canada’s energy transformation and is increasingly a market-based service.  We are now on the cusp of unprecedented market growth as policy makers, system operators and customers look to manage the challenges of energy use, rising costs and the need for the type of reliability and power quality that storage delivers.

Don’t miss Canada’s flagship energy storage event – September 19-20 – where decision-makers, developers, technology experts, utilities and industrial energy customers converge to learn, advocate and network.


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 Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pre-Conference Events
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1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Enbridge & Hydrogenics Power-to-Gas Facility, Markham, ON, & Peak Power, Customer-Sited Batteries and Software Demo, Two Sites in Toronto

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Pre-Conference Workshop: Storage 101, Solar + Storage, Behind the Meter Commercial Storage
  • Energy Storage 101: Mark Tinkler, Senior Energy Advisor, Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Solar + Storage: Peter Wittenberg, Manager, Energy Storage, RES
  • Behind-the-Meter Storage for Commercial and Industrial Applications: Travis Lusney, Power Advisory

Details and Registration Here

Opening Networking Reception – 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bram and Blum Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library

Host Sponsor: SNC Lavalin


Thursday, September 20, 2018
Location: Bram and Blum Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Library

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.    Welcome Remarks

8:40 – 9:00 a.m.    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Peter Gregg, President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.    Top Trends and Opportunities for Energy Storage in Canada - Market Drivers and Growth Areas

There are huge opportunities riding on the projected growth of energy storage. Bloomberg has predicted that global energy storage deployments will double six times between 2016-2030 to a total of 125 gigawatts. What are the new and growing channels for energy storage deployment in Canada with specific focus on Ontario and Alberta? This key opening panel will cover the future of ICI Behind-the-Meter projects in Ontario, financing, how ongoing market reforms will affect storage, DERs, along with key lessons from other jurisdictions such as FERC order 841.
Moderator: Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC

Felix Aguayo – Director, Distributed Electricity and Storage Development, EDF Renewables
Brendan Harney – Director, Business Development, Stem
Francois Vitez – VP, Business Development, Hydro and Power Delivery
Jeremy Goertz – Managing Director, Sungrid Solutions


10:00 – 10:45 a.m.      Morning Networking Break - sponsored by Scovan Engineering

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.   Innovations in Energy Storage Technologies - Trends, Cost and Performance
Join some of Canada’s leading experts on energy storage technologies as they share the latest on advanced solutions, research, development, commercialization and future prospects.
Moderator: Adam Tuck, Program Lead, Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization, National Research Council of Canada

Dr. Craig Horne, Senior Director, Energy Storage, Swinerton Renewables
Dr. Karim Zaghib, Director General, Electrification of Transportation and Energy Storage, Hydro Quebec

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.  Opportunities for Global Growth and Building New Markets for Energy Storage
The clean technology and energy storage industry has become a truly global space with tremendous competition and opportunities for growth. But to compete and win, firms must think about international markets from the outset. On this panel two companies will address the importance of international markets to their growth and innovation. Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service will also highlight what resources it brings to bear help Canadian firms make their mark and succeed in international markets.
Moderator: Sue Rauth, Manager Trade Commissioner Service, Ontario Regional Office
Curt VanWalleghem, CEO, Hydrostor

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.          Networking Lunch

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.     Market Research Report: Results of Energy Storage in Canada Market Study
GTM Research will unveil the first-ever report on Canada’s energy storage market, co-published with Energy Storage Canada, with focus on deployments, policy analysis, pipeline and near-term forecast.
Speaker: Ravi Manghani, Director of Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.     Keynote Presentation: Energy Storage and Alberta’s Electricity Evolution
Dennis Frelich, Senior Strategic Advisor, Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO)
Jurisdictions around the world are at various stages of harnessing the benefits of energy storage to meet their electricity needs. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) recently completed a review of dispatchable renewables and energy storage in Alberta’s market. Learn about the study and the AESO’s next steps for energy storage in the future.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.     The Great Debate: What Will Drive the Future of Energy Storage:  Market Revenue, Regulated Return or a Hybrid?

Get your game face on as we delve into one the key issues in energy storage policy and regulation. Will or should energy storage development be driven by market opportunities or utility rate-bases? What is the role of the market? What is the role of the regulator and utility companies? Join our debaters and experts as they debate all sides of these vital questions.
Moderator: Milosz Zemenek, Partner, Torys

Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan
Nicolas Muzynski, Director, Energy Storage, RES
Jason Rioux, VP & Chief Development Officer, NRStor

2:15 – 3:15 P.M.          Codes, Standards and Risk Management for Energy Storage
Find out more about code change expectations, financing and insurance requirements as well as what to consider when contemplating project locations and finalizing budgets. This panel will look at what codes and standards are being applied currently and what can we expect to change in the next few years that will impact projects? Are some technologies less risky than others? (Insurance? Loss Control? Financing?) What are they and why? What types of risk management items should be considered when planning a project? What are some of the financing challenges?
Moderator: Jen Aitchison, SVP, Sustainable Industry Practice, Hugh Wood Canada
Daniel Doubilet, Senior Director, Business Development,Travellers Capital
Ryan Franks, Business Manager, Global Energy Storage,  CSA Group
Erik Olsen, Headquarters Executive, Property Specialist, Chubb
George Schultz, VP, Clean Energy, Argo Group U.S.


3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Networking Break - Sponsored by Stem

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. The Leaders Panel

Energy storage deployment is driving ahead at all levels of the electricity system and storage companies are finding important success in different segments and markets. What are the key challenges and opportunities faced by today’s energy storage leaders? What are the driving trends in technology and innovation? Join four leaders who will share their insights on new directions for energy storage.
Moderator: Shawn McCarthy - Globe & Mail

Miranda Ballentine – CEO, Constant Power Inc
Donovan Neilsen – Principal/President, Scovan Engineering
Jack Simpson – General Manager, Business Development and Innovation, Toronto Hydro
Derek Lim Soo – CEO, Peak Power

4:45 p.m.  Conference wrap-up