Panel Speakers

Perspectives on Protecting Our Infrastructure in a High Tech World - Data, Security, & IoT

Oliver Winkler

Business Leader, Strategy and Innovation, Siemens Canada

Panel Moderator

Oliver is Business Leader, Strategy and Innovation, at Siemens Canada. In this role, he leads the development of major strategic opportunities at the corporate level in areas as diverse as cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, energy sector, and smart infrastructure.

He also spearheads Siemens Canada’s innovation-focused activities in terms of developing relations and partnerships with start-up companies and innovation key players such as NRC, OCE, and MaRS.

Oliver holds a PhD in physics from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany, and an MBA from Wilfrid-Laurier University.

John Weigelt

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. In this role, Mr. Weigelt helps business and governments innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. He leads Canadian outreach for a variety of technology policies including: Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Government 3.0, Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability and Interoperability. 

A strategic thinker, Mr. Weigelt has contributed to the development of international standards and guidelines, government policies, national strategies, provincial and federal legislation.  These contributions range from the detailed technical specificity of protocol definition to macroeconomic principles.


Mark Wilson

Sector Leader - Power, Canada East, Senior Principal, Stantec

Mark Wilson: Mark is a sub-sector lead with Stantec’s Canada East Thermal Generation group, and sector lead for Atlantic Canada’s Power Business Center. He brings more than 30 years of experience in electric power and controls design to the company. He’s a sought-after expert in program and project management for thermal generating projects, energy storage, smart grid, micro-grid, fuel conversions, combustion turbines, and electrical power distribution.

as account manager for the New Brunswick Corporation and the client account manager for Nova Scotia Power, Maritime Electric, Saint John Energy, and Emera Energy, Mark is a fixture in the field and a pro with client relationships. Mark is also the five-year president and CEO of Coleson Power Group (CPG), a company owned 50% by Stantec and 50% by Exp Consulting and whose sole client is New Brunswick Power. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Mark served as a CPG board member for two years. Read Mark's full bio.

April Currey

Director, Customer Insights and Aquisition, Alectra Utilities

April Currey is the Director, Customer Insights and Acquisition for Alectra Utilities.  She is responsible for developing annual marketing and customer outreach strategies, overseeing customer intelligence initiatives and developing/maintaining metrics and methodologies for tracking customer satisfaction, customer awareness and impact/effectiveness of conservation marketing and sales efforts. Prior to Alectra, April was a Business Development Specialist with Rodan Energy Solutions and previous to that she held several marketing related positions in the consumer products industry.  April holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queens University and is a Certified Customer Experience Professional.

Imran Ahmad

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

Imran Ahmad is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and leads the firm’s national cybersecurity law practice. He also specializes in technology and privacy law. Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada which was published in the summer of 2017 by LexisNexis Canada.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and teaches cybersecurity and privacy law. He can be reached at [email protected].

James Bouchard

Director, IT Security, Enbridge

James Bouchard is the Director, IT Security at Enbridge and responsible for ensuring IT and business services are adequately protected from Cybersecurity threats. He is accountable for Security Operations, Threat intelligence and Incident Reponse, Cyber Solution Design and Disaster Recovery.

James has a passion for leadership and has previously worked at a number of integrated companies in the energy industry for varying roles in Security and IT.

James holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Tabletop Speakers

Rob Mabe

Vice President of Business Development, CWB Maxium Financial

Building the Business Case for Innovative Energy Solutions

A devoted member of the Maxium team since 1997, Rob has held several positions including Vice President of Finance and Administration, Golf, Sales, Operations and – most recently – Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining Maxium , Rob was a General Manager of Commercial Banking with CIBC for 11 years.

A graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Bachelor of Business Administration program in 1988, Rob maintained the Dean’s List standing before continuing on to complete a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995, again with Dean’s List standing. He has also completed numerous professional development courses including the Canadian Securities Course and has attended many developmental seminars and industry events.

Rob, his wife and two children live in the Port Perry, Ontario area and remain active in their community. They spend as much time as possible in the summer months at their family cottage in Tantallon, Nova Scotia. 


Jan Buijk

CEO, Founder, and Co-Owner, EPS AB Energy Canada Ltd. (EPSAB)

Improving Power Security Through On-Site Generation 

EPSAB  is a Canadian company that is specialized in providing energy solutions with best in class gas engine technology for clean energy projects such as CHP, biogas and other gaseous fuelled power generation applications. Over the past 30 years, Jan has had engineering, project management and direct sales and marketing responsibilities for dozens of CHP, district energy, and other distributed generation projects currently in operation across Canada. 

Jan received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, where he also wrote a thesis on the use of landfill gas for power generation applications. Jan is a former director of OSEA APPrO and the CDEA, holds a director position with Decentralized Energy Canada and is former Chair of WADE Canada.


Alex Benzie

Senior Lead, Central Services, QUEST

Protecting our Infrastructure and the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard

Alex currently facilitates a working group to support practitioners engaged in community energy planning implementation in Ontario, and manages the Planning Alignment project. Prior to joining QUEST, Alex was a project manager at a solar PV developer, where she led the regulatory and pre-construction development processes for a 10MW (83 individual project) school rooftop PV portfolio. Alex has a Master of Environmental Studies from Queen’s University; her research used ArcGIS to evaluate and compare remote sensing technologies for bioenergy quantification.

Julie Morin

Intelligent Cloud Business
IOT Global Black Belt SSP- Canada

Security and the Internet of Things

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

Julie Morin brings experience in driving technology initiatives with Canadian organizations find 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 Internet of Things, predictive analytics, machine learning and data strategy while ensuring compliance, security as a forefront.

Aubrey Tucker

Innovative Technology Developer, Stantec

Security and the Smart City

Aubrey Tucker is an Innovative Technology Developer for Stantec, across all architecture and engineering business lines where he investigates technology change management strategies and proposes business cases to change how Stantec delivers work. He is an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, University Lecturer & Revit Expert with an extensive career with skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, airports and technology. Read Aubrey's full bio.

Michelle Branigan

CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Supporting Innovation - Changing Labourforce Requirements in a High Tech World

Michelle Branigan is CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada, Canada’s leader in Human Resource and workplace solutions for the Electricity and renewable energy sector. Recognized as 
a HR leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. ensuring they have the tools, resources and research needed to meet current and future workforce needs. She has spearheaded a number of influential programs including Connected Women Mentorship Program for WomenThe Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry and EHRC’s labour market information studies which look to identify the future skills needed by the industry and provide practical supports to help organizations hire and retain that talent.

Sanjay Chhillar

Head of the Industrial and Grid Cyber Security Practice, Siemens Canada

Utility Cybersecurity - Strategies for Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Sanjay Chhillar is head of the Industrial and Grid Cyber Security Practice for Siemens Canada. He has more than 15 years of experience in cyber security, privacy, risk & compliance management. Sanjay has extensive experience in penetration testing of control systems and IIOTs, threat modelling and risk assessments, malware analyses, incident response, technology implementations, security architecture and design for industrial control systems including secure substations, HVDC stations, manufacturing plants, SCADA, etc. He also has broad experience in implementing regulatory and compliance standards including NERC CIP, ISO 27001, IEC 61850, PCI DSS and NIST. 

Sanjay holds Masters of Computer Science degree and industry recognized cyber security certifications including CISSP, CISM, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), PMP, Six-Sigma and ITIL. Sanjay founded and chaired the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² chapters in Philadelphia (USA) and Toronto.


Emily Kildow

Associate Director of Sustainability, Sidewalk Labs

Leading the vision for Sidewalk Toronto’s waste and water strategies. Before Sidewalk, she led sustainability for Google’s New York City. She has been active on USGBC local and national boards; worked on New York City’s Zero Waste Design Guidelines; served on the High Line Pneumatic Waste Advisory Board; co-chaired the Energy Metering and Operations working group for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and won an Energy New York Award (ENYA) from the New York Energy Consumer Council.

Interested in speaking opportunities? Contact Helen Platis [email protected]