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Speakers & Panelists

 We have invited some of the best minds and most influential speakers to QUEST2017. Here are some highlights:

 

Thomas Barry
British Deputy High Commissioner

Barry was appointed British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada in October 2014. Prior to moving to Ottawa he worked on European Union policy in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London. He has previously served in the British Embassies in Washington and Mexico City. Before joining the Diplomatic Service Tom worked in the City of London. An economist by training, he has Masters degrees from Clare College, Cambridge University and from Warwick University, and an MBA from the Open University. He is married to Alexandra and they have one son. 

 
            

Jakob Bjerregaard 
Head of District Energy Advisory, Danish Trade Council

Bjerregaard is a district energy expert. He is the head of the District Energy Advisory of the Danish Trade Council in North America, and has prior experience from consulting in the private sector with Ramboll and from the European association for district energy, Euroheat & Power. The work at the Danish Trade Council is focused on bringing experience and technology in District Energy from Denmark and to put it to work in North America

 
            

François Blouin
Director Innovation, ATCO Electric

Blouin joined ATCO in April 2016 to lead the innovation practice in the Electricity Global Business Unit where he leads ATCO’s innovation strategy by creating the roadmap and action plan for new, strategic products and services locally, nationally and abroad.

Blouin received his Electrical Engineering degree from Laval University and has been engaged in the field of Information Communications Technology and Innovation for over 25 years including 17 years at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel where he co-authored a book entitled “Essentials of Real-time Networking”.
 
Blouin was awarded “Prolific Inventor” for contributing to Nortel’s intellectual property with twenty combined patents and filings in the area of high performance networking, wireless technologies, real-time system design, quality of experience (QoE) & user-centered design methodologies.

Prior to Joining ATCO, Blouin was the Director of Corporate Architecture & Innovation at VIA Rail Canada, supporting executive management in strategy formulation and business-technology process improvements.

 
          

Patrick Bohan
Director of Strategic Transactions, ENMAX








 
              

Michelle Branigan
Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada

 
 

Michael Brophy
Manager of Conservation Programs and Partnerships, Ministry of Energy

Brophy manages Conservation Programs & Partnerships at the Ministry of Energy which has responsibility for various energy and climate change related programs including the Municipal Energy Plan Program that provides municipal funding to promote community energy plans. Michael is a licensed engineer in Ontario and has been an industry leader on energy and environmental issues for over 20 years in both the private and public sectors.

 
            

Michelle Brownlee
Director, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), 

She is currently Director of a new federal government initiative, the Clean Growth Hub at ISED. Prior to that, Michelle was Director of Policy at Smart Prosperity Institute, taught Economics at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and spent over 10 years in the federal government advising senior decision makers on energy, resource and climate change policy. She holds an MA in Economics from Queens University.


 



           
 

luliana Calin
Director, Nest & Director, SmartGrid Canada










 
              

Bruce Cameron
Senior Associate, QUEST & Principal Consultant, Envigour Consulting Inc.


Cameron is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Envigour Policy Consulting Inc. Bruce is a long-time leader in energy policy development. From 1999 to 2016 he was with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy (including its precursor the NS Petroleum Directorate), leading the development of energy policies, strategies, plans, programs and regulatory/legislative initiatives. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he was Executive Director, Electricity, Renewables, and Efficiency. From 2014-2015, he led the development of the Province’s electricity plan, which emphasized the importance of energy data collection and management as part of an energy innovation agenda. From 2009-2016 he was a leader in regional energy collaboration (Atlantic Energy Gateway). He retired from the Province of NS in 2016 and founded Envigour Policy Consulting Inc.

Cameron works with QUEST as a Senior Advisor and Consultant on a number of projects including proposal development and policy support to the QUEST Nova Scotia Caucus.

 
             

Richard Carlson 
Director of Energy Policy and Energy Exchange, Pollution Probe

Carlson joins Pollution Probe in 2017 and brings extensive energy policy and energy literacy experience, most recently at the Mowat Centre, at the University of Toronto. A recognized expert on energy policy and engagement, Carlson has presented at numerous industry events and is frequently called on to provide media commentary. In addition to his Canadian work, he has worked professionally and academically on energy development and policy Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Carlson also sits on the board of Transition énergétique Québec, the Quebec government’s energy transition agency.

 
            

Lucy Casacia
Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens 








 
                     

Michael Classens
Manager, Energy Support Programs, IESO

Michael Classens is Manager, Energy Support Programs at the Independent Electricity System Operator. His portfolio of work includes supporting Indigenous community energy planning.









 
                

Bryce Conrad
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Ottawa Limited

Conrad has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa since 2011. Under his leadership, Hydro Ottawa has become one of the most profitable, innovative and customer-oriented utilities in Canada, regularly winning awards and accolades for customer service and innovation.  In addition, Hydro Ottawa has tripled its renewable generation, making it the largest municipally owned generator of clean, green energy in Ontario.

Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Conrad served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the selection and management of 4,000 projects that created more than $10 billion in economic activity. He was also responsible for the oversight and administration of the Building Canada Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax agreements with provinces and municipalities.

Conrad is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

 
 


Scott Demark
Partner, Windmill Development Group

Demark, MBA, P.Eng, LEED AP, is the Partner in the Windmill Development Group responsible for project implementation.  An engineer by training, Scott has worked as a sustainability consultant, green educator and project manager since joining the Windmill Group in 2008. Scott assembles the design and construction teams, facilitates the integrated design processes, and executes projects through a dedicated group of Project Managers.  The most recent projects have been Cathedral Hill and the Eddy in Ottawa and Arch Lofts and The Plant in Toronto.  Much of the past few years has been dedicated to master planning and approval stages of the Zibi project in Ottawa/Gatineau on the former Domtar Lands.  Scott is currently leading the District Energy initiative for this 4-million square foot mixed-use development.  Scott is a passionate environmentalist, who strives to improve the performance of each successive project.  He and his family are steadily decreasing their own carbon footprint by living in central Ottawa, in a near-passive house. 

 
               

Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Des Rosiers was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2016 as the MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. She is Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Housing and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

Des Rosiers is a well-known professor and constitutional law expert.  Des Rosiers has received numerous honours including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, an Honourary Doctorate from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, an Honourary Doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Medal of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the NUPGE Award from the National Union of Public and General Employees, and the APEX Partnership Award from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada. Canadian Lawyer magazine twice named her as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers.

 
          

Bruce Dudley
Senior Vice President, Delphi Group 

The Delphi Group (www.delphi.ca) is a leading strategic consultancy that provides innovative solutions in the areas of climate change and corporate sustainability. 
Dudley provides strategic advice to public and private institutions on all aspects of sustainability and carbon management, helping clients find innovative solutions to sustainability challenges by exploring the nexus between policy, technology and financing. Dudley is also Vice President, Innovation for Accelerating Sustainability Events Management Inc. (ASEM), which operates the GLOBE™ Series of Conferences.

Prior to his current roles, Dudley led Delphi’s Health and Environment practice and was recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts in the strategic integration of health and environmental issues. He joined The Delphi Group following over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector.
           

Andreas Eckmanns
Chair, International Energy Agency, Energy in Buildings and Communities Technology Collaboration Programme
 
Eckmanns has served as Chair of the IEA EBC Executive Committee since 2012. Under his leadership, 19 international research projects are either currently up and running, or have been completed, with about 600 experts from 24 countries involved.

As an electrical engineer by training Andreas’ professional background is in building integrated photovoltaics with focus on multifunctional applications such as heating, shadowing, noise protection, etc. Since 2001 he has been working for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. In this capacity he leads the research domain “Energy in Buildings, Solar Thermal and Heat Storage."

 
                

Karen Farbridge
Urban Connector & President, Karen Farbridge & Associates

Farbridge leads a consultancy, based in Guelph, Ontario. She advises federal, provincial and municipal policy makers and industry leaders on building sustainable and resilient communities, with an emphasis on community energy. Her key area of expertise is in managing complex, multi-stakeholder policy and decision-making environments to deliver results. Karen has worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors for over 25 years to advance community engagement in local decision making. Her experience includes eleven years as the mayor of Guelph. She is a QUEST Senior Associate as well as a member of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) at York University where she is adjunct faculty, a partner with the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP) and a Columbia Institute Associate. She has PhD in biology from the University of Guelph.

 
          

Brent Gilmour
Executive Director, QUEST

As Executive Director of QUEST ‐ Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Gilmour leads the research, engagement, and advocacy activities for the development of Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Gilmour also oversees QUEST’s eight provincial and regional Caucuses and the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue. 

Gilmour is a registered professional planner with 14+ years of experience in community energy, transportation, and land use planning; downtown revitalization; community consultation & engagement; and, public infrastructure investment. Along with his work at QUEST, Gilmour has remained active in the industry and with the local community. Gilmour is an occasional instructor with York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and has served on several boards, including EcoSpark(formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch) where he is past chair and was the chair of Recent Graduates for Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Gilmour holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of Massey College. 

               

Malini Giridhar
Vice President, Market Development and Public Affairs, Enbridge

Giridhar is Vice President, Market Development and Public Affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, one of North America’s fastest growing utilities with a customer base of more than 2 million households and businesses.

Giridhar is accountable for the company’s strategic response to a lower carbon economy, which includes the advancement of renewable natural gas, compressed and liquefied natural gas for transportation, geothermal energy, and energy conservation. Giridhar also oversees the company’s Cap and Trade program. In her previous executive role, Giridhar led the team responsible for Enbridge Gas’ largest capital project, working collaboratively with stakeholders to secure regulatory approval for a major pipeline reinforcement project in the GTA.

Giridhar is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a graduate degree in Economics.  She also sits on the Board of Directors for Utilization Technology Development (UTD) and the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).  

 
              

Jennifer Green
Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association

Green is Executive Director of the Canadian Biogas Association, a non-profit, member driven organization that helps to grow the biogas and renewable natural gas sector in Canada to its fullest potential. Green has been involved in the biogas sector for 10 years addressing regulatory and policy changes at the federal and provincial levels related to waste management, renewable energy and climate change. She organizes outreach activities, manages development of on-line resources, and presents at events to help inform and educate stakeholders on the opportunities for biogas and RNG market growth. She routinely connects with industry and government to facilitate an open dialogue on industry needs and barriers. Jennifer is passionate about biogas and continues to direct her enthusiasm and energy to the betterment and advancement of the sector.
            

Katie Harper 
Director, Project Neutral

Project Neutral is a project of Tides Canada. Project Neutral partners with municipalities and other local activators to engage residents in climate action. Project Neutral’s online platform provides personalized insights and actions to help residents reduce their household carbon footprint and join the shift to a clean growth economy. Prior to joining Project Neutral, Katie led sustainability initiatives at a large national retailer and developed engagement tools for the David Suzuki Foundation. Katie has a Master of Science in Biology from McGill University and is a member of Toronto Climate Action Network’s (TCAN) Steering Committee.

 
          

Yves Hennekens 
CEO , YHC Environnement
 
Hennekens is CEO at YHC Environnement since 1998 and ED at the Environmental Innovation Society (SIE). Prior to creating YHC Environnement in 1998, he served for more than three years as a political adviser and spent almost two years working for Quebec's Environment Minister. He also held a senior role with a Crown corporation between 1993 and 1997. A pioneer in advancing renewable energy and sustainable urban development projects, he now provides counsel on a regular base to more than 50 municipalities in Quebec and Canada.

As an expert in energy efficiency and energy analysis, he has directed and collaborated on more than 50 papers and studies for the Quebec Energy Board and other governmental bodies. Since 2014, he’s the Quebec QUEST Caucus Chair. In addition, Yves has worked with FCM since 2008 as a GMF peer reviewer. He was member of the judging panel for the FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards and Green Champion Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 
             

Lars Henriksson
Consul, Consulate of Sweden in Toronto










 
            

Joyce Henry
Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada. 

The Office of Energy Efficiency provides policy advice to the Minister of Natural Resources to maximize energy use in Canada, and delivers programs, information, guidance, and regulations to support Canadians, businesses, industry, and the transportation sector to effectively reduce energy use.Prior to joining NRCan in September 2017, Henry spent three years as the Director General of Marine Policy with Transport Canada. Prior to this, Henry served as Executive Director to the Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.Ms. Henry has a Bachelor of Journalism with combined Honours in Political Science from Carleton University. She enjoys sport and reading. Previously an international level rugby referee, Henry has refereed numerous women’s international matches, including at three World Cups, and refereed both men and women at the most senior match levels in Canada and the United States. 

 
              

John Hrynisak
Fleet Manager, UPS


In 2013 John Hrynisak was promoted to automotive fleet manager at UPS Canada. As fleet manager, John is responsible for procuring, running and maintaining UPS Canada’s fleet of over 2,800 package cars, tractors and shifters. 
Prior to that, John was the fleet supervisor responsible for vehicle maintenance in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and has held various roles including fleet mechanic and national trainer. 
He is a licensed technician with over 30 years’ experience in alternative fuels and holds certifications in heavy truck, automotive service, internal combustion engine, propane and natural gas. He is also a certified trainer in ASME highway containers and propane fueling. 

           

David Hughes
President & CEO, The Natural Step








 
              

Mark Isherwood
Vice President, Infranchise Sales, Marketing & Customer Care, Union Gas

 
 

Michael S. Jacobs
General Manager, Cambium Aboriginal Inc. 

Jacobs is a member of the Curve Lake First Nation and brings a unique leadership profile to the Cambium Aboriginal team. Michael’s speciality is management consulting for First Nation communities. Mike has worked on projects in health, economic development, infrastructure development and has had the most success accessing capital. Mike has raised over $10 million to support Aboriginal projects across the country. Mike is a confident project manager and works seamlessly with First Nation leadership and staff. It is Mike’s unique ability to fit the square projects on First Nations into the round holes imposed on First Nation Administrators by all levels of government. Mike can be reached at [email protected]

 
          

Mel de Jager
Associate, Sustainability Solutions Group

Jager focuses on the planning and implementation of strategies and frameworks for sustainable and low carbon urban infrastructure (water, waste, energy, transportation, green infrastructure), with particular interests in community infrastructure resilience and adaptability. She has lead numerous teams and projects across diverse disciplines, ranging from watershed management plans and municipal green infrastructure design, to urban growth strategies, community energy plans and GHG modelling including recent projects for the City of Toronto, City of Markham, City of Ottawa (contracted by Natural Resources Canada) and the Government of BC. Jager is registered professional engineer (P.Eng) and project management professional (PMP).

 
              

Alex Jerome 
Vice President, InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

Jerome has nine years of direct investment experience, including the evaluation, execution and ongoing management of global infrastructure investments in the transportation, utilities, communications and energy infrastructure sectors.

Jerome most recently served as VP of Kindle Capital Management Inc., an independent investment firm formed in 2009 to lead and manage groups of Canadian institutional investors in global syndication and co-investment opportunities in the infrastructure sector. In this role, he was responsible for the development of direct investment strategies, the analysis, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities and managing investor relationships and reporting. Jerome helped build a diversified portfolio of global infrastructure investments valued at over $550 million, including investments in 407ETR, Anglian Water Group, Arqiva, Broadcast Australia, and Colonial First State’s Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund. Prior to joining Kindle, Alex served as an Analyst, Private Investments with CPP Investment Board, supporting the evaluation of global investment opportunities, such as the acquisition of Puget Sound Energy and Skype Inc.

 

James Kennedy
President, Magnolia Generation 

James started Magnolia Generation after 15 years of deploying MicroTurbines into “Combined Heat & emergency Power” (CHeP) applications. Magnolia is the first 3rd party developer to design, build, own, operate and maintain a CHeP System into a Multi-Residential building that meets the emergency Life-Safety requirements and Toronto’s new Multi-Res Resiliency Guideline under Transform TO.

 
            

Mairead Kennedy
Principal Consultant, Ramboll

Ramboll specializes in district energy planning of city scale and campus energy systems. Kennedy is part of Ramboll’s district energy systems team and is based in Guelph, Ontario. Ramboll has been delivering design services for district energy projects to the city of Copenhagen and other European cities for over 45 years and Mairead’s role is focused on bringing these solutions to the North American market. In particular Kennedy’s focus is on low temperature district energy systems based on low zero carbon thermal technologies.

 
             
Charlie Ker
Director, Industry Relations & Canada Sales, Cummins Westport Inc. 

Ker joined Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) in 2010 and currently oversees the company’s business interests as Director, Industry Relations & Canada Sales. He works closely with Cummins’ North American distribution network to help private companies, governments and industry groups on broad policy issues as well as fleet-specific projects. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Charlie serves on the board of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and California NGV Partnership. CWI is the leading manufacturer of natural gas engines for North American truck and bus markets.

 
             

Rawlson O’Neil King
Communications Director, Continental Automated Buildings Association

King is an expert on green buildings, smart homes and smart communities, who has spoken on these topics in China, Russia, Singapore and throughout the United States and Canada. He has experience as a trade journalist, high-technology industry analyst, and public relations practitioner. Educated in Ottawa, he holds both a Bachelor of Journalism and Masters of Arts in Communication from Carleton University.



 
         

Richard Laszlo 
President, Laszlo Energy Services

Laszlo has been working on energy and climate policies and technology for nearly 15 years with a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations and has facilitated and spoken at dozens of events across Canada. Laszlo provides customized energy and carbon policy, strategy and communications expertise to corporate, utility and government clients with Laszlo Energy Services. As a Senior Associate at QUEST, Laszlo Chairs the Ontario CHP Consortium, Alberta CHP Working Group, and National District Energy Network, representing hundreds of energy leaders from over 200 organizations committed to moving combined heat and power and district energy policies and projects forward.

 
              

Atul Mahajan
President & CEO, Forum Vostro Energy Services Inc.


In a career spanning more than two decades, Mahajan has managed strategic growth and change management initiatives in diverse corporate cultures, including of a start-up venture and a regulated utility.

Currently, he is leading Forum Vostro Energy Services Inc. (FVES) an on-site energy asset owner and manager, building a portfolio of Distributed Energy Resources at customers sites to provide them access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy. FVES’s parent company Forum Equity Partners, an alternative asset manager with $ 1.3 Billion assets under management is backing FVES with multi-million dollar financial commitment. 

Previously he led an Ontario based electric Utility (Oshawa Power) as their CEO and played a pivotal role in developing and implementing their strategic plan. For more than a decade, he was responsible for appropriate resource allocation to grow the Utility’s business in energy distribution/generation, district energy and wholesale telecom services.

 
            

Sarah Marchionda 
Senior Lead, Communities & Services, QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow 

Marchionda oversees research and project management activities for national and regional projects supporting the acceleration of Smart Energy Communities in Canada for QUEST. Her areas of expertise include land use planning, energy planning and community energy planning. Sarah holds a Post Baccalaureate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University (2014) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (2010).

 
             

Velma McColl 
Managing Partner, Earnscliffe Strategy Group 

McColl blends her deep understanding of business, government and policy to create opportunities for her clients. She works on a range of economic and social issues and specializes in energy, environment and green technologies.

Prior to joining Earnscliffe in 2004, Velma advised Federal Cabinet Ministers on political strategy, policy and communications. She has also worked provincially in British Columbia and Alberta. Through her career, she has focused on Canada’s competitiveness and innovation opportunities, climate change, energy, technology and sustainable development. 

A Westerner with fifteen years of experience in Ottawa, Velma studied at the University of British Columbia and the Banff School of Management. She is a co-founder of the Canadian Clean Technology Coalition and Women in GR. She also plays a leadership role with several organizations including Sustainable Prosperity and the Ryan’s Well Foundation.

 

Mike Morrice
Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab

Sustainability CoLab is a non-profit that helps local community organizations launch and grow sustainability programs for businesses to reduce their environmental impacts. To date, the businesses in the CoLab Network have reduced their emissions by 44,257 tonnes of CO2e. Named an Ashoka Fellow in 2012, Mike is one of 52 Canadians within a global community of leading social entrepreneurs, each with a new ‘knock-out’ idea and high potential to scale their impact. CoLab was awarded the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2015 and Mike was named to the 2017 Clean16.

 
             

Thomas Mueller 
President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council 
 
Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council's national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

Mueller is a well known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

Mueller has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and holds a Master's Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Mueller received the 2000 and 2002 Innovation Award from the Architectural Institute of BC and the 2005 FCM - CH2MHill Sustainable Community Award. He is a Fellow of the Cascadia Green Building Council and a recipient of Canada's 2015 Clean50 award.

Joyce Murray
Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra; Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board            








 

Trevor Nightingale
Program Leader, High Performance Building,
National Research Council of Canada








 

Eddie Oldfield
Owner, Spatial Quest Solutions

Oldfield is passionate about building healthy, resilient, smart energy communities. As principal of Spatial Quest, he delivers projects for national and provincial clients, using maps to support participatory planning. He is a member of Resilient Communities Working Group, National Platform; Chairs OGC Energy & Utilities Domain; Chairs QUEST New Brunswick Caucus advancing Smart Energy Communities. Previously, he worked as Director of the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub, coordinated spatial data infrastructure for health, climate-health monitoring, and a cross-border pandemic influenza exercise, with funding from Canadian and US Governments. He has a BA with Interdisciplinary Honours, from St. Thomas University.

 

Sarah Van Der Paelt
Director of Distribution Business
Development, Union Gas Limited
 
 

Katie Paris
Director, Environment & Real Estate Transactions and Development, National Capital Commission







 

Craig Rayner
Vice President Automotive, UPS

 
 

Dean Reeve
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Gas Distribution, ATCO 

Reeve is the Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Gas Distribution division in the ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and oversight on all aspects of the gas distribution business, including the development and delivery on growth strategies for diversification, innovation and commercialization of new services and customer-focused solutions.

Reeve joined ATCO after a 27-year career with SaskEnergy—Saskatchewan’s natural gas transmission, storage and gas distribution company. In his various roles at SaskEnergy, he had responsibility for financial, business development, customer service, operations, engineering and construction functions.

Reeve holds a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Regina and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. He is past Chair of the Committee on Market Development for the Canadian Gas Association and past Vice Chair of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance. 

 

David Ribeiro
Senior Researcher, ACEEE









 

Karina Richters
Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Windsor

In her role as Supervisor, Richeters is responsible for the implementation of the City of Windsor’s Environmental Master Plan (EMP) and the Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Over the last 18 months, Karina has been the Project Manager for the development of the Community Energy Plan and the City of Windsor’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan. The City’s plan was received unanimous support from City Council in July 2017. Karina also works closely with the Senior Manager of Asset Management, Melissa Osborne to embed environmental sustainability and climate change considerations into the City’s asset management policies and framework.
              

Andre Rochette
President & CEO, Ecosystem Energy Services Inc. 

 
In 1993 at the age of 24, he serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Rochette has response to the need for new, bolder solutions for optimal energy management. Inspired by four key values-innovation, exceeding expectations, commitment and teamwork, Rochette crafted Ecosystem’s signature approach to deliver deeper energy retrofits paid for by guaranteed savings. In addition to guiding the Ecosystem Energy Services development and performance, he has overseen 650+ energy plans, retrofits and other projects to develop highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems. He named by Ernst and Young as “one of Canada’s game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation across the country, he regularly advises business, governmental and media leaders on the potential of deeper energy efficiency projects.
 
 
Kim Rudd, MP
Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of Natural Resources Canada 
 
Rudd has been a lifelong entrepreneur and an advocate on the federal and provincial levels for small businesses, child care, and post-secondary education. In 2011, she was named RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario TCAF Secretariat. Additionally, Rudd was Founding Executive Director of the Association of Private Colleges and Vice-President of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges. Rudd has also been a lifelong volunteer in organizations ranging from the United Way to Kinark Child and Family Services, heading the Regional Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee and serving as President of the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce. Rudd was elected as Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South in 2015, and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.
 

Neetika Sathe 
Director, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.  

Sathe's role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge, green, innovative technologies and disruptive business models. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the all-electric 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.  

Sathe has a Master’s Degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.

 
           

Derek Satnik
Vice President, Technology, s2e Technologies Inc.









 
                

Ian Scholten
Project Manager, Lumos Clean Energy Advisors

Scholten plays a leading role supporting Indigenous communities as they pursue clean energy opportunities. Ian is a Project Manager with Lumos Clean Energy Advisors, where the work focuses on providing sound clean energy advice to Indigenous communities across Canada. Building on this work, Ian now leads the development and coordination of the Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Network – a national initiative to drive collaboration amongst everyone with an interest in a clean energy future that respects and enhances Indigenous leadership, rights, and values.

 
           

Per Sjögren
Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Canada

Sjögren is the Ambassador of Sweden to Canada since September 2014. In his previous position he was the Deputy Director-General and Head of Department for International Law and Human Rights at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm. From 2004-2010 he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. Between 1999 and 2004 he was the Director-General for Migration and Asylum policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Among his previous diplomatic assignments, Mr. Sjögren has served in Washington and at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.  He holds a Bachelor of Law degree specializing in International Law from Uppsala University, Sweden.         

 
                 

Jamie Skimming
Manager, Air Quality, City of London

 
 

Elizabeth Sheehan
President & Co-Founder, Climate Smart Business









 
               

Nathalie St-Pierre 
President and CEO, Canadian Propane Association

St-Pierre is leading the over 400-member association to influence and shape government policies, and drive the conversations for a low-emission Canada. St-Pierre joins the CPA after serving as Vice-President Sustainability and Executive Director for the Retail Council of Canada for six years. Her extensive energy sector experience includes Gaz Métro, as the Director of the Energy Efficiency Plan for the Québec Government and as intervenor, representing consumers in Québec Energy Board hearings. She has contributed her expertise to countless Boards of Directors and is an accomplished speaker, participating in speaking engagements across Canada and internationally, as well as on radio and television.

 
           

Mike Sullivan
Land Development& Natural Heritage Planning & Sustainability Specialist, Sullivan Planning Services Inc.

Sullivan is a registered professional planner and certified environmental professional with over 20 years experience in land use and environmental planning. The impacts of climate change on our communities is his passion. This includes developing creative policy solutions to manage energy use in urban and rural areas.

 
            

Gaëtan Thomas
President & CEO, NB Power

Serving as CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Gaëtan Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change. His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-New Brunswick smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. 
 
Thomas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. In 2015 & 2016, Gaëtan was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Center), and electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and The New Brunswick Business Council. 

 
               

Ingrid Thompson
Executive Director, Pollution Probe

 
 

Jessica Webster 
Energy Planning Analyst, CanmetENERGY Division, Natural Resources Canada. 

Webster is attending QUEST 2017 on behalf of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC), of which she is a director. Her core expertise is in community energy planning with a specialization in measuring and modelling energy in the building stock. Jessica worked with Brent Gilmour to write “Data Issues and Promising Practices for Integrated Community Energy Mapping.” Webster is a registered professional planner. She sits on the Canadian Institute of Planners Climate Change Committee and the Canadian Home Builders Association Net Zero Energy Communities Working Group.

 
             

Marcus Williams
Senior Model Analyst, whatIf? Technologies 

Williams has expertise in urban systems modelling and analysis focused on demographics, buildings, land use, transportation, energy and emissions. Marcus is on the core development team of CityInSight - a spatial energy, emissions and finance systems model - launched at the 2015 Paris COP meeting and has played senior technical roles deploying the model for the City of Toronto, City of Markham, Town of Bridgewater, Region of Durham (underway) and City of Guelph (underway). For his Master’s project Marcus developed a coordinated land use and transportation planning model, engaging the City of Winnipeg which continues to use it for ongoing planning analysis. Williams holds a M.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering. 

 
          

Stephen Willis
General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, City of Ottawa


Willis is the General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development. He is a Registered Professional Planner and Professional  Land Economist with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector, including 15 years as Vice President and Partner with MMM Group Limited, as Executive Director of Capital Planning at the National Capital Commission during the LeBreton Flats Phase 2 development competition, and as a Senior Principal at Stantec Consulting Ltd. He assumed the role of General Manager in February 2017.

Willis’ mandate it to increase the City’s economic viability through long-range planning, development approvals, infrastructure initiatives, as well as  implementing a new economic development strategy to create new growth and prosperity in the Ottawa area.

As General Manager, Willis is responsible for a $102 million operating budget and a $500 million capital budget, primarily related to the City’s non-P3 infrastructure projects such as the Ottawa Art Gallery expansion, the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel and the new main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

 
           

Bruce Winchester
Executive Director, Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance 

Winchester has been ED of Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance  since 2015. The CNGVA’s membership includes leading Canadian companies involved in natural gas distribution, manufacturing, fuel and infrastructure supply, research, vehicle conversion technology, consulting, and international project management. Its mission is to promote the sustainable growth of natural gas vehicles, refueling infrastructure, and renewable gaseous transportation fuels for the benefit of Canada's economy and environment. Mr. Winchester has been engaged in public affairs for more than two decades, including experience at in municipal and federal government.

 
              
 
 
 

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