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8:15 a.m. Registration/ Networking Hot Buffet

9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

9:05 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS –  Annabel Wilton, BloombergNEF, New York

Power sector decentralization is challenging the existing business models of energy companies around the world. At the same time they see opportunities to use distributed energy to compete for customer relationships, find new sources of revenue and tap into demand-side flexibility. But so too do formidable competitors in the form of oil majors, diversified industrials and tech companies. Meanwhile, regulators and utilities are grappling with how to integrate distributed energy and fully realize its benefits. BloombergNEF’s Annabel Wilton will shed light on decentralization, and where the opportunities and challenges lie, reviewing how company strategy and market reform are being shaped by the rise of distributed energy resources, electric vehicles and virtual power plants.

9:40 a.m. PRIORITIES FOR A NEW REGULATOR

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Cary Coglianese, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Robert Warren, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Malini Giridhar, VP, Business Development & Regulatory, Enbridge Gas Inc.
Helen NewlandPartner, Denton’s Canada LLP (Moderator)

What should be the priorities of the restructured Ontario Energy Board (OEB)? Ontario’s Government has taken steps to reform the province’s energy regulator, the OEB, by changing the organization’s governance structure, altering its mandate, and given it new objectives. These changes will have a significant impact on the internal operations of the OEB as well as its external interactions with regulated entities and stakeholders in formal hearings and policy consultations. How can it best achieve the many demands being placed on regulators currently, such as transparent and inclusive consultations and hearings, being nimble in the face of rapid technological change, allowing regulated entities to achieve a fair return, and protecting the diverse range of energy consumers with respect to price and reliability?

10:30 a.m. Energizer Break 

11:00 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Peter Gregg, President & CEO, IESO 

In an era of rapid technological change, expansion of distributed energy resources, and a desire for increased consumer choice, the dynamics of the electricity system are in transition. Each jurisdiction is dealing with these changes in its own unique way – Ontario being no exception. IESO President and CEO Peter Gregg will outline the province’s electricity needs over the next 20 years, why competition in the sector is critical to affordability, and how enabling innovation today will prepare us for tomorrow.

11:20 a.m. MARKET EVOLUTION: Enduring Capacity Auction, Load Pricing & LMP

PANEL DISCUSSION:
David Butters, President & CEO, APPrO
Katie Guerry, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Enel X
Mike Crawley, President & CEO, Northland Power
Jason Chee-Aloy
Managing Director, Power Authority LLC (Moderator)

The panel will explore issues related to the IESO’s Market Renewal project that are attracting the most attention from stakeholders, how supply resources coming off contract can participate in the capacity auction, which other types of resources will participate in the new capacity auction, and whether locational marginal prices or uniform prices are better for loads.

12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch 

1:10 p.m. DIFFERENT CONSUMER ENERGY PERSPECTIVES

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Greg Lyle, Managing Director, Innovative Research Group
Kelly PetersCEO & Co-founder, BEworks

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Dennis Darby, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Plamen Petkov, Vice President, Ontario & Business Resources, CFIB
Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.
Sonika Sood, Senior Director, Consulting & Deals, PwC (Moderator)

Consumer perspectives on energy policy are varied. There are different types of end-users of energy (residential, commercial, industrial etc.). This diverse group of consumers has different energy priorities, such as lower prices, eligibility for or ability to utilize cost reduction programs (e.g. ICI) price stability, customer choice (e.g. TOU vs. not), safety, reliability, and environmental sustainability. Our diverse consumer panel will give attendees a sense of the various consumer perspectives that are out there. They will also discuss how they believe regulators, policymakers, utilities and energy service providers can better serve consumers.

2:15 p.m. ENERGY INTEGRATION AND CONSOLIDATION

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Ron Clark, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Gary Turner, Partner, Ops M&A, KPMG
Lesley Gallinger, President & CEO, Elexicon Energy Inc.
Randall F. Mehrberg, Partner, Jenner & Block
Andrea Roszell, Director, Navigant (Moderator) 

Can Ontario find savings for energy consumers through better integration and consolidation of energy companies?  Do we need three utility companies to separately manage billing and collection services for one customer? Are there opportunities for electricity and natural gas companies to find efficiencies through integration or consolidation? Other jurisdictions, such as the United States, have combined natural gas-electric utilities: would that model be beneficial for Ontario’s energy system and customers? What about water utilities – should they be part of a consolidation effort? What kind of savings can customers expect from consolidation based on the experiences of Enbridge, Elexicon and Alectra?  More generally, how can Ontario benefit from better integration and cooperation between the electric and natural gas sectors, for example, conservation programs, transportation fuel-switching, and infrastructure planning? Finally, what policies do we need in Ontario to ensure we are finding all available efficiencies for customers?

3:00 p.m. Energizer Break 

3:30 p.m. CEO ROUND UP: New Energy Directions

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Anthony Haines, President & CEO, Toronto Hydro,
Brian Bentz, President & CEO, Alectra Inc.
Cynthia HansenEVP & President, Gas Distributions & Storage, Enbridge Inc.
Chris Benedetti, Principal, Sussex-Strategy (Moderator)

Three leading energy company CEOs will give their perspectives on the various issues discussed during the conference by the earlier panels. Given everything we have heard today about changes taking place in the Ontario energy sector, utilities must continue to adapt and redefine themselves. The energy sector is highly politicized and undergoing a significant shift in policy direction. The regulator and regulatory framework are changing. Energy markets and the role of utilities within these markets are changing as new energy companies are emerging that are offering innovative services and products to consumers directly, potentially challenging traditional monopoly. Consumer expectations, understanding, and needs are changing in response to price, technology and concerns about environmental sustainability. How do energy utility leaders think of all these new paths will contribute to the ongoing success and growth of Ontario’s gas and electric utilities and optimal outcomes for consumers? What are the opportunities? What are the challenges?

4:15 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS

Gala Agenda

4:30 p.m. Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. OEA ENERGYGALA
5:30 p.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
5:35 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT – Steve Patterson, Host of CBC’s The Debaters | Comedian
6:00 p.m. OEA ENERGYAWARDS
6:30 p.m. Plated Dinner
7:30 p.m.  KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Honourable Greg Rickford | Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
7:55 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS
8:00 p.m. Closing Reception

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