Conference Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library

Storage is Power: Energy Storage in Canada 2019 Conference is an exciting exploration into the rapidly growing energy storage market in Canada.

Energy storage is at the nexus of the next evolution and revolution in our energy systems: generation, resilience, distributed energy resources, cost management and innovation all are linked by the power of storage.

And Energy Storage Canada is at the centre of this transformation.

Energy storage is here and now at all levels – transmission grid, distribution system and behind-the-meter – and is playing a critical role in Canada’s energy future. We are seeing unprecedented top down and bottom up market growth – as policy makers and system operators begin to tackle barriers to energy storage 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 – October 1 & 2 – where industrial energy customers, decision-makers, developers, technology experts and utilities converge to learn, advocate and network.

Pre-Conference Events - October 1, 2019
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Tue, October 1, 2019 - 1:00 – 4:00 pm 
Pre-Conference Site Tour: Ameresco - Newmarket

Don’t miss one of our most popular events! This year, Energy Storage in Canada will feature a tour to Ameresco’s project at Newmarket Hydro, at the north end of Toronto. This is a 5MW / 16MWh project under contract with the IESO for peaking capacity, ancillary services, and full participation in the merchant energy market.

Tue, October 1, 2019 - 2:00 – 4:00 pm 
Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library

  1. Codes and Standards for Safe Installation of Energy Storage Systems


Presented by: Ryan Franks, Business Manager, Global Energy Storage, CSA

  • UL 9540A, “Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Energy Storage Systems” and how testing is conducted at the cell, module, unit and installation levels.

  • What jurisdictions are driving large-scale fire testing?

    • The transition of UL 9540A from test method to bi-national standard

    • Including as a reference standard in UL 9540, “Standard for Energy Storage Systems and Equipment”

    • How UL 9540A allows manufacturers to meet NFPA 855, “Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems” and the International Fire Code (IFC)

2. Pairing battery storage with renewables and EV charging: Considerations for AC and DC Coupling

Presented by: Mike Voll, Global Sector Leader, Smart Technology Services, Stantec, and Hassan Fayaz, Electrical Team Lead, Power Ontario, Stantec


This workshop focuses on use cases where batteries are combined with both solar PV generation as well as with electric vehicle charging infrastructure in a DC-coupled arrangement and explains its advantages and disadvantages in comparison with an AC-coupled system.

Tue, October 1, 2019 - 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Energy Storage Canada – Meeting of Members
(for Energy Storage Canada Members only)
Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library

Tue, October 1, 2019 - 5:00 - 7:00pm
Opening Networking Reception
Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library


Welcome Keynote: The Honourable Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy, Ontario

Conference - October 2, 2019

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St., Toronto Reference Library

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 8:30 – 8:45 am   
Introduction and Welcome Remarks

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 8:45 – 9:30 am   
Panel: Big Ideas and New Opportunities in Energy Storage Today

What are the big ideas, new trends and growing channels for energy storage deployment in Canada? This key opening panel will explore the revenue potential of new opportunities, how the market is evolving and how declining costs, policy shifts, lessons from other jurisdictions, ongoing reforms and new technology will expand storage across Canada.


Moderator: Francois Vitez, Energy Consultant


Stephen Koch, Director, Emerging Issues, Canadian Electricity Association
Bob Oliver, Senior Associate, Change Energy Services
Jason Rioux, VP and Chief Development Officer, NRStor
Blaire Stewart, Director, Business Development, Rodan Energy

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Wed, October 2, 2019 - 9:30 – 10:15 am   

Panel: Leading Edge Projects and Pathways for Growth

This panel features insights and discussions on ground-breaking new projects and will explore key features, hurdles, lessons learned and pathways for future growth.


Moderator: Tyler Hamilton, Director, Cleantech Ecosystems, MaRS Discovery District


Shawn Bremner, Senior Business Development Engineer, OPG
Jim Fonger, VP, Business Development, Ameresco Canada
Patrick Judge, VP, Business Development, Hydro Quebec
Kathleen Kauth, Director, Transactive Energy, Peak Power    

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 10:15 – 10:45 am     
Morning Networking Break - Sponsored by Ameresco

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 10:45 – 11:15 am
Feature Presentation

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Speaker: Len Kula, COO and Vice-President, Planning, Acquisitions and Operations, Independent Electricity Operator (IESO) Ontario

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Wed, October 2, 2019 - 11:15 - 12:00 pm

Panel: Ontario’s ICI Program and the Behind-the-Meter Market: Future Directions and Growth

Don’t miss this timely and important panel. In 2019, Ontario embarked on a review of industrial electricity prices and the Industrial Conservation Initiative. With energy storage a key contributor to helping customers manage electricity usage and costs, what are the scenarios for change and how will these affect all players? Join our panel as they look at options and results and what it means for the energy storage industry.


Moderator: Chris Benedetti, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group


Cam Carver, Director, NRG Peaks
Bala Gnanam, VP Energy, Environment & Advocacy, BOMA Toronto
Thomas Leyden, Senior Director, Distributed Solutions, EDF Renewables
Brad Marks, Country Manager, Stem

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Connect and Network Lunch -
Sponsored by STEM


Wed, October 2, 2019- 1:15 - 1:45 pm
Feature Presentation: Setting the Stage: Facilitating the Integration of Energy Storage in Alberta

Speaker: Ata Rehman, Director, Operations Planning and Engineering, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)


The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) recently completed an important step in enabling storage in Alberta. Following an assessment of the current state, looking to a potential future state, and starting to determine the work needed to bridge the gap, a new Energy Storage Roadmap sets the stage to facilitate the integration of energy storage in Alberta. Learn how the AESO is working to prepare for the energization of the energy storage projects currently in the project queue.

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 1:45 - 2:15 pm
Feature Presentation: Opportunities in North American Storage: Insights, Challenges and Learnings

Brett Simon, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables


Gain new insight on the dynamic changes taking place in the energy storage market. This feature presentation will dig deep into what’s driving the explosive growth of energy storage across North America. And it will explore how storage companies can benefit. The presentation will build on Wood Mackenzie’s research depth and insights to examine catalysts and drivers and what it means for the broader industry. It will include discussions of solar-plus-storage, wind-plus-storage and standalone storage.

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 2:15 - 2:45 pm
FERC Order 841 Implementation: Implications for Market Growth and Lessons for Canada

Speaker: Mike Berlinski, Director, Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions

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FERC Order 841 is a gamechanger for energy storage in the U.S. market. This session will look at implementation plans, how much will it expand the market, and what can be adopted or adapted in Canada to ensure storage is able to compete fairly in all markets.


Wed, October 2, 2019 - 2:45 – 3:15 pm
Afternoon Networking Break
Sponsored by Hydro-Québec

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 3:15 – 3:45 pm
Navigating Global Markets for Energy Storage: Opportunities and Challenges for Canadian Companies

Going global can be a key driver of success for Canadian clean technology and energy storage industries as they look to compete and win. This panel will tackle key features and challenges for Canadian companies looking to expand to global markets and will feature lessons from companies who have achieved traction and charted a path to broader markets.

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 3:45 – 4:30 pm
Markets and Regulators: Frameworks on the Move

How are regulatory regimes and electricity markets evolving to incorporate storage? What is the impact on energy storage companies and customers? There are many obstacles to storage and system operators and regulators in Canada are pursuing complex processes to modernize and update energy frameworks to accommodate new technologies, applications and new ways that customers want to use and pay for electricity. What does this mean for the energy storage industry and when can we expect change? This panel will explore how change is occurring and what needs to be done to unleash the power of storage for customers, markets and our electricity infrastructure.


Moderator: Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan


Rob Coulbeck, Principal, RC Energy Markets Consulting

Travis Lusney, Manager, Procurement and Power Systems, Power Advisory LLC

Claude Mindorff, VP, Business and Project Development, Switch Power

Raj Retnanandan, Principle, Energy Management and Regulatory Consulting Ltd.

Wed, October 2, 2019 - 4:45 pm 
Conference wrap-up



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