Milosz Zemanek is a partner in the Torys' Project Finance, Infrastructure and Energy, and Banking and Debt Finance groups, with a practice that focuses on project finance, project development, infrastructure and secured lending. Milosz represents a variety of energy and infrastructure developers and lenders on their project-related development, finance and contractual matters.
Milosz was an integral part of the lending teams on a number of solar financings which, at the time of the transactions, were the largest ever in Ontario for aggregate rooftop and ground mount, respectively.
Milosz has also acted for a number of lenders and developers on many large wind farm financings and developments, including the first ever FIT financing in Ontario and the first Ontario behind the meter wind farm 4-pack with shared transmission facilities. Milosz also provides commercial advice to a number of clients, including a large regulated gas utility.
Patricia Phillips is Executive Director of Energy Storage Canada, the industry association focused on building Canada’s energy storage industry through advocacy, education, networking and research. In this role, she is focused on strategic initiatives, advocacy and growth for the national trade association. With a background in financial services, and in government and energy sectors, Pat brings extensive experience working in complex, multi-stakeholder policy environments. She holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business.
John Wright is with Northland Power, an Ontario-based independent power producer that develops, owns and operates clean electricity projects. As the Executive Director of Business Development for Northland, John was lead developer for energy storage ventures including the 400MW Marmora Pumped Storage Hydro project which has gained positive national and international attention. Prior to joining Northland, John was a commissioner at the City of Brampton.
Jen is Senior Vice President, Sustainable Energy Practice Leader at Hugh Wood Canada Inc. She’s been acknowledged for fundamentally changing the insurance landscape for renewable energy and combining risk management with market-based solutions for win-win results. Jen is a founding member of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), won the 2015 Canadian Solar Industry Association’s President’s Award for chairing the PV Fire Safety committee including release of the Fire Safety Manual. She currently serves on TREC SolarShare’s governance committee and was previous President and board chair of Touchstone Youth Shelter. She was also featured by WiRE as one of the leading environmentalists supporting the insurance portfolio.
Mary is Vice President, Innovation and Growth at Oakville Enterprises Corporation (OEC). She leads OEC in advancing the organization forward to strategically align the businesses with the fast pace of change, the challenges of new and disruptive technologies, and the way energy is being transformed. Mary is also Chief Conservation Officer at Oakville Hydro and leads the organization's Women in Leadership initiative.
Previously, Mary held senior roles in Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Energy Conservation, Supply Chain & Facilities, Institutionalized Program Management and Communications at OEC. She serves on and actively participates in many committees such as the Canadian Electricity Association Emerging Issues Committee and the Ontario Energy Board Industry Standards Committee. Mary is also a volunteer public representative for the Halton District School Board’s Audit Committee and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a degree in mathematics and accounting.
Scott Knapman is Vice President of Alectra, in the non-regulated affiliate. Formerly part of Horizon Energy Solutions Inc. (HESI), he was responsible for creating a clear vision and growth strategy for HESI and then translating that strategic direction, goals and objectives into operational plans and activities necessary to effectively carry out the mandate.
Under his leadership, HESI expanded rapidly, developing distributed energy resource projects including a portfolio of solar projects, growing a suite of energy management services and doubling its metering business to now wholesale revenue meter half of the power produced in Ontario.
He qualified Horizon Utilities, and responded to the IESO’s RFP energy storage for peak shaving using solid battery technology and has been assisting a developer with a CAES project.
Jon Norman is President & COO of Hydrostor, a leader in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES). Jon is a professional engineer with over 20 years experience in the power industry, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, including SVP for power markets in Europe, and responsibility for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario, as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.
Martin Larocque is co-founder and CEO of Sigma Energy Storage. Martin’s desire to make a positive environmental and social impact, combined with his results-focused drive make him a formidable business leader in the clean energy transition. Martin began his career in IT before transitioning to the renewable energy sector as a founder of a consulting firm on solar technology solutions and at that point recognized the crucial role of energy storage as a key enabler for implementing renewables. Identifying the potential of thermomechanical compressed air energy storage technology in its infancy, Martin signed on with the company in 2013. Since joining, he has transformed Sigma Energy Storage from an idea into a company, leading the team to build a fully-functional system, raising over $10M in private and public funding (including SDTC, Techncolimat, NRC, DEC amongst other) and building a network of partners across Canada including key industrial partners, research centers and Universities.
Under his leadership, Sigma won the 2014 Quebec Entrepreneurship Award in the Technology and Innovation category and in 2016 won the prestigious National ENERGY GLOBE Award for Canada
Mark has been working with Customized Energy Solutions (CES) since 2012. Mark provides reporting and analysis services for the Ontario Electricity Market and for Canada in general. He also provides expertise and client support in Emerging Technologies focusing on energy storage, distributed resources, renewables, demand response and smart grid. Mark recently coordinated CES’s efforts as lead consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Energy Storage Initiative (ESI), and the release of its “State of Charge” report in September 2016.
Mark worked for Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation for 29 years in various technical and management positions. Since 2005 he has offered strategic consulting services to the energy sector regarding emerging energy options and technologies. He also initiated a major energy storage demonstration program in Toronto in collaboration with multiple sponsors, and has been the author of numerous reports and presentations on energy storage and distributed generation.
Francois Vitez is Vice-President of Business Development for SNC-Lavalin Hydro and Power Delivery globally. As a renowned hydropower expert, he has over 20 years of experience in the development, engineering and construction management of renewable energy projects in Canada, USA and Internationally. Francois started specializing in the field of hydropower, beginning in 1992 on the James Bay hydroelectric complex of Hydro Quebec. Early on in Francois’s career, he worked at developing numerous small hydropower projects in Nepal including his own Khudi Hydropower Project. This project is still considered as a model for integrated renewable energy development in Nepal, and well recognised in Canada, winning both the Quebec and Canadian Engineering Association awards in 2008, under the International Projects Category.