IPPSA 28th Annual Conference. November 13-15, 2022. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Mark Poweska

Mark Poweska

President and CEO
ENMAX

Mark joined ENMAX in September 2022 as President and CEO. He previously served as President and CEO at Hydro One, where he led the launch of their strategy with a focus on safety, efficiency, customer service and community partnership.

Prior to joining Hydro One in 2019, Mark was the Executive Vice President, Operations at BC Hydro where he oversaw all aspects of operations in the organization’s electric system, serving approximately 4 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. During his tenure, Mark successfully led the merger of the former transmission and distribution organization with the generation organization to form one operations group with revenues of approximately $5 billion. Mark joined BC Hydro in 1993 and worked in several parts of the organization, including engineering, construction, and procurement.

Mark graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in mechanical engineering. He serves on the Board of the Western Energy Institute, the Organizing Committee for the 2025 Invictus Games and participates on the CD Howe Energy Policy Council. He was previously Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and a Board Advisor to Yukon Energy.

Carlos Batlle

Carlos Batlle

Research Scholar
MIT Energy Initiative

Prof. Carlos Batlle joined the MIT in 2011, where as part of the Electric Power Systems Low-Carbon Energy Center of the MIT Energy Initiative, he has been leading research projects, supervising PhD and master dissertations. He teaches the course entitled “Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector”.

He is part-time Professor of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), an institution under the aegis of the European University in Florence, where he is member of the Training Program for European Energy Regulators and (among other courses) Director of the FSR Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities.

He is also Associate Professor at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, where he teaches Energy Economics and Electric Power Systems Regulation.
He is member of the Advisory Academic Panel of Ofgem, the UK energy National Regulatory Authority, and also the Alternative Energy Markets Advisory Panel of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BIES) of the UK Government.

He has worked and lectured extensively on electric power systems regulation, with special focus on markets and end-user rate design. He has also a vast experience on the operation, planning, and risk management modeling of electricity generation. He has rendered consulting services for governments, international institutions, industrial associations, and utilities in over 30 countries.

Kate Rich

Kate Rich

Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, Alberta Environment & Parks
Government of Alberta

Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Alberta Environment and Parks, accountable to lead the overall integration of the department’s policy agenda, including: legislative planning; air, climate, water and waste policy; delivery of climate regulatory programs; and facilitation of cross-government collaboration to support integrated resource management. She is also the Stewardship Commissioner for the province of Alberta, responsible for integrated land-use policy and plans.

Heather Stephens

Heather Stephens

Chief Operating Officer
Emissions Reduction Alberta

Heather Stephens is Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Chief Operating Officer. Heather has worked with ERA since inception and has played a key role in operating and growing the organization over the past 12 years. In her current role, Heather leads teams responsible for finance, project portfolio management, information technology, contract management, governance, and Human Resources. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Heather brings her extensive background in audit and financial accounting with not-for-profit organizations, Government of Alberta agencies, as well as various private and public Canadian and International companies. Prior to joining ERA directly, Heather spent 20 years with the multi-national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in both the Edmonton and London, UK offices, the last nine of which were primarily dedicated to helping establish and operate ERA (formerly Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation). Heather graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degrees.

Abbas Ali Beg

Abbas Ali Beg

Manager, Clean Fuels Development
ATCO

Abbas is Manager of Clean Fuels Development in the Corporate Development team at ATCO. He joined ATCO in 2009 as an engineering intern within the gas utility division and has contributed as an EIT and Senior Engineer in a number of different groups, including engineering, construction and low carbon technology development in Alberta. Abbas transitioned to the Clean Fuels Development team at ATCO in 2021 and helps to support the commercial team on world scale hydrogen opportunities. He has a B.Sc. and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Abbas is passionate about energy and energy related technological solutions that are fiscally and environmentally responsible.

Erica Young

Erica Young

Chief Legal Officer, EVP Corporate Development
ENMAX

Erica Young is the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for ENMAX. Erica oversees the legal, regulatory, compliance, government relations, public policy, shareholder relations, environmental, social and governance and corporate secretarial matters across the ENMAX companies. Erica serves on ENMAX’s Maine-based transmission and distribution business board, Versant Power.

Erica has 20+ years of legal, regulatory and transactional experience in private practice and in-house roles, primarily focused in the energy industry. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2016, Erica served as SVP, General Counsel at NaturEner Energy Canada, where she was responsible for legal, regulatory and commercial matters in Alberta and for cross-border transmission. Erica also served as General Counsel of Total Energy Services, a TSX-listed oil and gas services company. She began her career in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she had a diverse corporate, securities and governance practice.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts and Education from Lakehead University, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Advanced Certificate in U.S. Energy Law from the UC Berkeley School of Law. In addition to her role at ENMAX, she serves on the board of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

Amy Zell

Amy Zell

Technical Director, Voluntary Carbon Markets
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Amy has been a leader in carbon markets since 2018, working on offset project development and strategic Net Zero advisory. Her passion for balancing economic imperatives with environmental realities has led to her current role as Technical Director, Voluntary Carbon Markets with IETA. Amy has previous experience in the midstream oil and gas industry and is a professional engineer registered with APEGA.

Chana Martineau

Chana Martineau

Chief Operating Executive
Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

Chana Martineau is the CEO of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, a provincial Crown Corporation with a mandate to serve as a catalyst for Indigenous prosperity and independence through investment and involvement in Alberta’s natural resources, agriculture, transportation and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining the AIOC, Chana had an extensive and diverse background in the financial services sector with 30 years of experience across all aspects of banking and investing. Her experience includes strategy and consulting in the key sectors under the AIOC mandate. Chana has been recognized for her efforts fostering Inclusion and Diversity for women in leadership and Indigenous peoples. She has a track record of building high performance teams both inside and outside of the boardroom. Chana is a proud member of Frog Lake First Nation on Treaty 6 Territory and is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in Economics.

Jay Brister

Jay Brister

Chief Business Development Officer
General Fusion

Jay Brister has more than 40 years of experience in the global energy industry and power markets. He is a leading expert in business and market development, along with project execution and corporate acquisitions.

He most recently led business development for AECOM’s Power division out of London, U.K. Previously, he served as the CBDO for Babcock & Wilcox Company’s mPower Small Modular Reactor venture and in leadership roles with the engineering company CH2M Hill (now Jacobs).

Throughout his career, he held various management roles with utilities in the United States and consulting roles in the U.K., Poland, U.A.E., Canada, Singapore and South Korea. He has successfully concluded $25 billion (USD) in energy-focused transactions.

Jason Chee-Aloy

Jason Chee-Aloy

Managing Director
Power Advisory

Jason Chee-Aloy is the Managing Director of Power Advisory, with 25 years of experience in competitive and regulated electricity markets. 

Power Advisory is a leading electricity management consulting firm specializing in market analysis, business strategy, resource development and procurement, policy development, regulatory and litigation support, contract management support, market design, project feasibility and due diligence.  Mr. Chee-Aloy is based in Toronto and acting for clients with interests across Canada and the United States. 

Prior to joining Power Advisory, Mr. Chee-Aloy was the Director of Generation Procurement at the Ontario Power Authority, and, previous to that, led resource adequacy, market development, and market surveillance initiatives for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator. 

Mr. Chee-Aloy is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, a member of the Board of Business Renewables Centre Canada, and is the renewable generator representative on the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator’s Technical Panel. 

In 2019 Mr. Chee-Aloy was selected as the Hedley Palmer award recipient from the Association of Power Producers of Ontario as a leading contributor to the independent power industry, and in 2009 he was awarded with the Canadian Solar Industries Association Leader of the Year award.  He frequently speaks at multiple industry conferences and events, with over 100 speaking engagements throughout his career. 

Mr. Chee-Aloy holds an M.A. in Economics and graduated from York University and the University of Toronto.