The annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2016 presented by the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo took place on Thursday, November 24th, 2016.
The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE) in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), a leading innovation centre at the University of Waterloo, hosted its annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum on Thursday, November 24, 2016. The inaugural event brought together technology developers and innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, industry thought leaders, and policy makers to address the convergence of policy development with technology advances.
Our goal was to shape the pathways of development for emerging disruptive technologies and to understand the impacts of microgrids embedded on a large scale within the existing distribution networks.
The forum addressed an urgent need to accelerate impactful integration of cost effective solutions to decarbonize our energy system.
The forum brought together technology developers and innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, industry thought leaders, and policy makers to help shape next generation smart energy solutions.
Through dialogue and extensive opportunities for discussion, the forum focused on establishing a common basis for accommodating divergent interests.
The Council for Clean & Reliable Energy (CCRE) is a non-profit organization that provides a platform for public dialogue and analysis on subjects related to energy policy. The CCRE was formed by a group of volunteers from universities, public and private sector business leaders, and labour. The CCRE membership has collaborated to broaden the public debate on energy issues via a number of initiatives.
Energy leaders from around the world have been invited by the Council to facilitated conferences focused on sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise to create a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions to common areas affecting energy in Canada and abroad. To date, the Council has hosted conferences on distributed generation, biomass, coal and nuclear, public sector governance in the electricity sector and the future of local distribution companies. Annually, the CCRE hosts the Energy Leaders Roundtable and the Technology Innovation and Policy Forum. In addition, the Council encourages energy experts to provide reasoned opinions and points of view about significant issues relevant to the sector. These CCRE Commentaries are published, distributed to opinion leaders and made available to the public.
The Council understands the value of creating a broader and more inclusive public discourse. During the last decade, its efforts have been recognized and appreciated by decision-makers in government and the energy business as providing a neutral forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions. The Council remains committed to continuing to facilitate debate on the generation, transmission and distribution of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a clear focus on finding effective solutions for Canada and abroad.
The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) was established at the University of Waterloo in 2008. WISE brings together the expertise of 100 plus faculty members to develop and implement large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with business, industry, governments and civil society groups. The Institute is the focal point at UW for research in energy studies. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all.
WISE research is shaping public attitudes, informing energy policy, tackling current problems and creating transformative change for the future. From renewable energy technology to smarter demand management and economic modelling to carbon capture and storage, we're solving immediate problems in a timely way and providing leadership to shape the long-term evolution of sustainable energy systems.
Energy issues also involve multiple stakeholders. We work closely with utilities, private-sector partners, government and the non-profit sector to ground our work in real-world issues. We offer our partners the full spectrum of energy R&D, education and training and commercialization activities.
On behalf of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), thank you for joining us for the annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2016. This inaugural event brought together policy makers, technology innovators, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, to address the convergence of policy development with technology advances. The goal of the forum was to understand the timing and impact on emerging disruptive technologies on the current policy regime, and to understand the impacts of microgrids embedded on a large scale within the existing networks.
The Innovation Showcase brought together the most current corporate and institutional state-of-the-art technologies. There was plenty of opportunity to network, ask questions, and interact with the expert panelists.
|Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Forum Co-Chair and Executive Director, WISE||David McFadden, Forum Co-Chair and Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP|
Glen Wright, Chairman, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy | http://www.thinkingpower.ca
Glen Wright is the Chairman of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, a federally incorporated non-profit volunteer organization that provides a platform for open dialogue and solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector. He is the former Chairman of Waterloo North Hydro.
Mr. Wright is currently the Chairman of LeanCor LLC and LeanCor Canada Inc., a global supply chain company that offers a unique combination of training and education, hands-on consulting and outsourced logistics services.
Mr. Wright has served as the Chair of Hydro One Inc. and Chair of the Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and was a Member of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, where he served as the Chair of the of the Joint Public Advisory Committee.
Glen's private sector career has focused primarily on the insurance and actuary fields. He has served on the Board of a wide range of corporations in the environmental, technology and manufacturing sectors and participated in a variety of charitable and not-for-profit Boards including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Wilfrid Laurier University. Early on in his career he served as a Member of Waterloo City Council and Waterloo Regional Council, and has acted as an advisor to senior federal and provincial leaders.
Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Forum Co-Chair | https://wise.uwaterloo.ca
Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy
Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environment
Member, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo.
WISE brings together the expertise of 110+ faculty members to develop and implement large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with business, industry, governments and civil society groups. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all.
His current focus is on implementing a global change initiative: he is the Co-Director, with Professor Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium 'Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H): A Global Change Initiative' that comprises 100+ leading energy access researchers and practitioners from 23 institutions and 12 countries.
Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, power system planning, environmental and regulatory affairs and research program management.
Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books.
Professor Nathwani holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
David J. McFadden, QC | 416.369.7243 | [email protected]
Counsel, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Member, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
David McFadden is a Counsel at Gowling WLG and formerly served as a member of both the firm's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. David has acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, marketing, transmission and financing of energy. He also acts for clients involved in infrastructure development, management and renewal. He has acted as counsel in a variety of infrastructure projects including toll highways and tunnels, light rail systems and health care facilities.
David serves in leadership roles in the Canadian energy industry. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Council of Canada. He is a member of the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator and serves on the Advisory Board of the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre and on the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy.
David is active in the business corporation sector. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of 407 International Inc. and is chair of the Infrastructure Advisory Boards of Fengate Capital Management Ltd. David is also chair of the Board of Directors of PCI Geomatics Inc. and is a member of the Board of Toronto Hydro and Cricket Energy.
Over the years, David has advised government on energy matters both in Canada and internationally. He served as co-chair of the Electricity Transition Committee of the Ontario Government (1998-2002), a member of the electric System Working Group of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and mush of the northeastern United States (2003-2004), a member of the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004), co-leader of an investigation established by the Government of Jamaica to review the reliability of the island's transmission system (2006), a member of the Ontario Government's Electricity Distribution Sector review panel (2012), and Chair of the Independent Review Committee appointed by Toronto Hydro to review its response to a major ice storm event in December 2013 (2014).
He has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. degree from Osgoode Law School and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1972. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from York University.
Bruce Campbell | http://www.ieso.ca
President & Chief Executive Officer
Independent Electricity System Operator
Bruce Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Under Mr. Campbell's leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system and market as well as long-term energy planning and procurement, and the promotion of a conservation culture in the province.
Mr. Campbell was instrumental in preparing Ontario's power system for the integration of Ontario's growing investment in renewable wind and solar generation. Under his direction, the IESO has introduced innovative technologies such as storage into the power system and is actively pursuing more competitive, cost-effective solutions to meet future power needs.
In addition, Mr. Campbell represents Ontario on several international fronts. He serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) Member Representative Committee and on the Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations which supports sustainable and reliable electric power delivery to millions of consumers across the continent.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo, Mr. Campbell is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.
On January 1, 2015, Mr. Campbell assumed responsibility as President and CEO of the merged Independent Electricity System Operator, which integrated with the Ontario Power Authority.
Colin Andersen | [email protected]
Chair, Energy Council of Canada
Colin Andersen is Chair of the Energy Council of Canada, which was established in 1923 as a founding member of the World Energy Council. The Energy Council of Canada strives to shape an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians. The Energy Council covers all sectors involved in energy in Canada, and brings together senior executives from industry and government engaged in regional, national, continental and global activities.
Mr. Andersen was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable, cost-effective supply of electricity for Ontario. He led the organization in its efforts to coordinate province-wide conservation initiatives, plan the electricity system for the long term and procure clean supply resources.
Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Mr. Andersen held a variety of senior financial and policy positions in the Ontario Public Service, including as Deputy Minister of Finance, of Revenue, of Policy, Cabinet Office and Acting Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Secretary of Treasury Board; Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority; and Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.
In these and other senior management positions, Mr. Andersen provided successive governments with advice and assistance on all aspects of fiscal and financial policy and planning, expenditure management and overall stewardship of Ontario's financial resources. In addition, he has led strategic asset management initiatives, extensive intergovernmental negotiations at the federal and municipal level and large-scale infrastructure and procurement projects.
He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.
Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer
Mark Henderson is Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer of PowerStream Inc., the second largest municipally- owned electricity distribution company in Ontario.
PowerStream serves more than 360,000 customers in eleven communities across York Region and Simcoe County and is jointly owned by the City of Vaughan, the City of Markham and the City of Barrie.
Formerly, Mark was President and CEO of Barrie Hydro Distribution Inc. Prior to joining Barrie Hydro, Mark spent more than a dozen years in the business strategy and management consulting industry.
Paul Murphy | Board Chair, Advanced Energy Centre | https://www.marsdd.com
Paul Murphy has been involved with the planning and operation of the Ontario and North American electric system for over 35 years.
Prior to joining the Advisory Board of the Advanced Energy Centre, Paul was President and CEO of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator, responsible for directing the reliable operation of the Ontario power system and for administering the competitive electricity market.
While with the IESO, Paul was the founding Chair of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum. The Forum brings together members from the utility sector, industry associations, non-profit organizations public agencies and universities to propose a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it.
Paul has a BSc in Applied Science from Queen's University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Dr. Josipa Petrunic | [email protected]
Executive Director and CEO
Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium
Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is leading the formulation of several large-scale transportation technology trials through CUTRIC's consortium of private and public sector stakeholders, including the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial.
Dr. Petrunic has also served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University. She is currently completing the Ontario Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap funded by a federal Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) grant and slated for publication in Fall 2016. Dr. Petrunic worked previously as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom focusing on Science and Technology Studies and the history of mathematics and engineering. She completed her PhD in the History of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as a Commonwealth Scholar, after completing a Master's of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS), also as a Commonwealth Scholar. She previously completed a Master's of Science in Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism at Carleton University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Petrunic worked as a journalist at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University as part of the Institute for Globalization, and she lecturers in interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Master's of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University.
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Hartmut Schmeck studied at the Universities of Kiel (Germany) and Waterloo (Canada). He got his academic degrees (Dipl. Inform., Dr.rer.nat., Dr. habil) at Kiel. Since 1991 he is a Full Professor of Applied Informatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT. He is (co-)author of more than 140 publications on advanced algorithms and architectures, in particular on nature-inspired methods in optimisation, algorithms for reconfigurable architectures, and on self-organising, adaptive systems applied to energy and traffic systems.
He has been program and conference chair for numerous international workshops and conferences (a.o. RAW, ARCS, IFIP BICC 2006, 2008, ATC 2009, ICAC 2011, D-A-CH Energieinformatik) and coordinator of the German priority research program SPP 1183 on "Organic Computing". At Karlsruhe, he is one of the two Scientific Spokespersons of the KIT-Center "Information - Systems - Technologies". As a principal investigator of several cooperative projects in various funding programmes he is pushing the development of intelligent systems in tomorrow's energy systems and for electric mobility, shaping the new discipline of "Energy Informatics", in particular as a director of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology. In 2016, his achievements were honoured with the Heinrich-Hertz Price from the EnBW foundation.
Brian Poth | Partner, Canadian Power & Utilities Leader | 416.687.8522 | [email protected]
Brian is a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Toronto office, leads the Canadian Power and Utility practice and is a member of PwCs' global Power & Utility Centre of Excellence. Brian has spent more than 20 years helping electricity and gas utilities improve their performance in both consulting and operational support roles. He has a passion for the energy sector transformation that is underway and experience to share across customer, asset, work management and technology domains.
Vicky J. Sharpe | Corporate Director and founding President & CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada(SDTC)
Vicky is a long term champion of integrating the environment and the economy. As the first employee and founding President and CEO of SDTC, Vicky has built an internationally renowned global cleantech fund. She increased public funding from $100M in 2001 to over $1.4B in 2014 and mobilized private sector capital for project funding and commercialization financing of $4.3B.
Dr Sharpe has successfully applied her 35 years of diverse experience in the energy, power and financial sectors with her entrepreneurial attributes, operations and leadership skills to deliver innovative solutions to Canada's primary economic sectors, increasing productivity, competitiveness and boosting exports. As VP of Ontario Hydro International Inc., she created new revenues for environmental and energy utilization practices as well as for generation and transmission businesses. Previously, she held management positions in marketing, business development and technology innovation.
Vicky is helping to shape the Canadian cleantech and investment landscape through the provision of strategic advice and leadership. She is a founding member of the Boards of; The Capital Markets Regulatory Authority, Alberta Enterprise Corporation - a fund of funds entity, Carbon Management Canada Inc. (CMC) a national network focused on a low carbon future for Canada's fossil energy sector, amongst others. Recently Vicky joined the Board of Temporal Power Ltd. (energy storage) and QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow). Vicky has applied her governance skills (ICD.D, 2005) to boards on which she has served as well as many of SDTC's 270+ portfolio companies. She is cited by "Women on Board" and the Canadian Board Diversity Council (2015 cohort).
Vicky has served on numerous technology, industry association, investment and government committees. She represented the Canadian energy sector at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Forum and has chaired both the National Advisory Board on Energy, Science and Technology, and the Board of Clean Air Canada Inc. As part of Vicky's commitment to delivering tangible commercialization results, she has joined EnerTech Capital's Advisory Board and is a member of the Advisory Panel for Mercer's Sustainable Opportunities Fund. She is an inaugural member of the Leaders Group of Smart Prosperity that is driving a more sustainable approach to Canada's environment and the economy, has provided a report to the Ecofiscal Commission on financing options for utilization of carbon pricing revenues, delivered a strategic review and recommendations on strengthening innovation in the cleantech ecosystem for the Ontario Government and been a panel member for the Council of Canadian Academies.
For her work in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism Vicky has been awarded a number of honours. In 2016 she received the Chemical Institute of Canada/ Society for Chemical Industry Purvis Memorial Award (for business development for the chemicals sector). Vicky, "#Innovation Booster", was one of the 2012 Clean16 and 2015 Clean16 recipients as part of Canada's Clean50 initiative (www.clean50.com). Also, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada, The Globe Foundation's Finance Award for Sustainability and the National Energy Conservation Association's inaugural Energy Efficiency Award.
Dr. Sharpe holds a B.Sc. Honours in Applied Biology from Bath University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Surface Chemistry, as applied to water pollution control, from Trent University, UK. In 2014 Vicky was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa in 2016.
Business Development, Emerging Technologies
David has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas and power generation sectors. He is responsible for evaluating and developing new business investments involving emergent technologies. This includes distributed generation, fuel cells, energy recovery to power, hydrogen, electricity energy storage and other renewable technologies.
Before joining Enbridge in 1993, David worked in the diesel power generation industry. He provided engineering and technical services to a varied customer base that included Canada Steam Ship Lines, the Canadian Coast Guard, and John Deere.
David graduated from Niagara College, mechanical engineering technology, and he is a graduate of the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, IL, as a Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant. He serves as a Board of Director, and Vice Chairman, for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association.
The Innovation Showcase featured product and innovative technologies from both corporate and institutional sources. Representatives from industry, academia, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers had the opportunity to connect with the innovators in a dedicated area will be incorporated into the conference facility.
Thank you to the showcase participants featured in the Innovation Showcase program document: 2016 Technology Innovation & Policy Forum - Innovation Showcase - November 24, 2016
Thank you to our event sponsors that supported the Annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum
Thank you to the University of Waterloo for opening the Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab and the Centre for Voltaic Devices and Systems Lab for participants attending the annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2016.
Lab 1 Tour: Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab
Investigating green energy topics through modeling, system analysis, experimental research and scale-up design. Among our current projects, we are developing reliable, cost-effective polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and clean biodiesel engines for automotive purposes. Our lab capabilities include materials characterization, process development, circuit design and fabrication, and prototyping.
Lab 2 Tour: Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems (CAPDS)
Promotes cutting-edge research and development that spans the spectrum of photovoltaic (PV) technology. Our 14,000-square-foot facility includes infrastructure for synthesizing semiconductor base materials; developing nanotechnologies for PV; designing and fabricating advanced PV devices and systems modules; and testing and characterizing PV materials, devices and systems.
Thank you to the organizers, speakers and panelists that generously provided their expertise for the Annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2016. Speaker presentations and event materials have been kindly made available for posting on the CCRE website:
Bruce Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Under Mr. Campbell's leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's build electrical system and market as well as long-term energy planning and procurement, and the promotion of a conservation culture in the province of Ontario.
As the Forum's Keynote Speaker, Mr. Campbell discussed the integration of emerging technologies, microgrids and distributed generation in the IESO's operation and planning of the Ontario electricity sector and how he sees these trends evolving in the future.