IPPSA 30th Annual Conference. March 10-12, 2024. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Monday, March 11, 2024

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Capital Power

Early Morning Coffee sponsored by FortisAlberta

08:00 – 08:15

Opening Remarks

For 30 years IPPSA has been convening sophisticated dialogue for the electricity industry in Alberta and through the work of its members completed significant groundwork to prepare Alberta to transition into the future.  Join our Chair to celebrate the successes over the past 30 years.

Dustin Owens, Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Policy, Heartland Generation and IPPSA Chair

08:15 09:15

Opening Keynote

Alberta’s electricity industry is ever changing and in the spirit of our entrepreneurial history we will continue to innovate and evolve.  Join Minister Neudorf to hear how the Affordability and Utilities Ministry will work with industry and consumers to deliver his mandate through the next phase of change in Alberta’s electricity market. 

Dustin Owens, Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Policy, Heartland Generation and IPPSA Chair

The Hon. Nathan Neudorf, Minister, Affordability and Utilities, Government of Alberta

Q & A

09:15 10:30

Session 1: Energy/Climate Trade Offs

All forms of energy impact the environment, and all forms of energy have societal benefits. Contrary to some political narratives, there are no binary, clean and dirty solutions, there are just trade-offs. The challenge facing a world of over 8 billion people, living from extreme poverty to extreme wealth, is how to increase human flourishing while also protecting the environment.

Lisa Mueller, President and CEO, FutEra Power Corp

Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

10:30 11:00

Coffee sponsored by EDC Associates Ltd

11:00 12:15

Session 2: The Scales of an Electricity System – Affordable and Reliable

When times are tough, we turn to our friends for advice.  This panel will feature experts from around the world who are also transitioning new generation into their existing grids while keeping a close eye on the impacts on reliability and the costs to implement.  What lessons can we learn and what pitfalls can we avoid.

Derek Olmstead, Administrator and CEO, Market Surveillance Administrator

Chuck Farmer, Vice President, Planning Conservation and Resource Advocacy and Chief Energy Transition Officer, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Ontario
Victoria Mollard, Executive General Manager, Economics and System Security, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Anna McKenna, Vice President, Market Design and Analysis, California ISO

Q & A

12:15 13:30

Lunch sponsored by AltaLink and Heartland Generation Ltd

13:30 – 14:45

Session 3: The Reliability Challenge

Representatives from prominent companies in Alberta’s electricity sector offer insights into the technological advancements they are promoting. These innovations are designed to uphold the reliability of the Alberta system for consumers, especially as the transition towards achieving net-zero emissions and electrification gains momentum.

Tim Boston, Vice President, Public Policy and Compliance, ENMAX

Darin Watson, President, Alta Solutions Inc
Blain van Melle, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Customer Relations, TransAlta
Jason Comandante, Senior Vice President, Head of Canada, Capital Power
Dale Friesen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Government Affairs Officer, ATCO Group

Q & A

14:45 15:15

Coffee sponsored by Power Advisory

15:15 16:30

Session 4: The Evolving Role of Transmission

As global electricity systems undergo transformation, the significance of transmission and distribution systems grows in managing evolving grid use. Coping with dynamic flows and ensuring reliability becomes more challenging due to changing user characteristics. Evaluating, adjusting and adding standards for grid connections is essential. Furthermore, enabling cross-jurisdictional exchanges becomes crucial for achieving reliable decarbonization mandates. This panel will address what will be required to meet the challenges.

Amir Motamedi, Director, Customer Grid Access, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Sanjeet Sanghera, Head, Grids & Utilities, BloombergNEF
Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies LLC
Cayla Saby, Vice President, Government Relations and Commercial, AltaLink

Q & A

16:30 – 16:45


18:30 – 22:30

Conference Dinner sponsored by Black & Veatch and EY