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Governance and Regulation in the Electricity Sector: Balancing Independance with Accountability

The conference organizers extend our appreciation to the nearly 100 thought-leaders that participated in the Governance and Regulation in the Electricity Sector: Balancing Independence with Accountability event. The conference was presented in partnership with the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, the Richard Ivey School of Business - University of Western Ontario and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy - University of Waterloo.

The intent of the conference was to look for opportunities to improve governance of crown corporations and regulatory agencies related to the electicity industry. As governments across Canada become increasingly involved in energy matters we are seeing broader demands being placed on public agencies of all types - including regulators and utilities - who are in the front line of implementing government policy yet who often have governance structures defined more narrowly to meet yesterday's needs.

The presentations and public debate that occurred during the conference provided critical insight into the initiatives and next steps planned by the organizers. A Draft Policy Paper, a factual Summary Report on the preceedings prepared by University of Western Professor Adam Fremeth, and a Final Report prepared by Professor Guy Holburn, Director, Energy at Ivey, University of Western.

For further information and updates please refer to the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy website at www.thinkingpower.ca. Presentation materials from the conference, the Commissioned Governance Report and the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises are currently available on the website, as well as materials from previous events including coal, distributed generation, biomass and nuclear.

We look forward to your continued involvement in the initiatives and next steps.

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GLEN WRIGHT, Chair, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Photo of Guy Holburn
GUY HOLBURN, Associate Professor, Director, Energy @ Ivey, University of Western Ontario
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JATIN NATHWANI, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
Governance and Regulation in the Electricity Sector: Balancing Independance with Accountability; Friday, June 4, 2010
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Glen Wright, Chair, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
    • Introductory Presentation - Jan Carr, former CEO, Ontario Power Authority and former Vice Chair, Ontario Energy Board
  • Session 1: Governance of Regulatory Agencies
  • Session 2: Academic Perspectives
  • Keynote Address
    • Chair: Ron Stewart, former President & CEO, Ottawa Hydro
    • Terence Corcoran, Editor and Columnist, The Financial Post
  • Session 3: Lessons from International Experience
  • Session 4: Governance of State-owned Utilities
    • Panel Chair: Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy; Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo
    • Participants:
      • EPCOR Supportive Governance Model - Don Lowry, President & CEO, EPCOR Utilities Inc.
      • David Hay, former CEO, New Brunswick Power
      • Glenna Carr, Chairperson, Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.
  • Session 5: Panel Discussion - Policy Report and Future Research
    • Moderator: Jan Carr, former CEO, Ontario Power Authority and former Vice Chair, Ontario Energy Board
    • Objective, Structure & Questions
    • Participants:
      • Brian Armstrong, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bruce Power
      • Guy Holburn, Director, Energy @ Ivey, University of Western Ontario
      • Don MacKinnon, President, Power Workers Union
      • Eileen Mercier, Chair, Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan Board

Event Sponsors

Power Workers' Union PrinterOn Horizon Utilities Corporation Goodman's Bruce Power

CCRE Partners

Richard Ivey School of Business - The University of Western Ontario WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo Power Workers' Union