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

2023 Annual Conference Program

Monday, March 13, 2023

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

sponsored by Capital Power

sponsored by FortisAlberta

08:00 – 08:15


Evan Bahry, Executive Director, Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA)

08:15 – 08:45

OPENING KEYNOTE: Perspectives from the Government of Alberta
Successfully resolving climate policy, energy reliability and affordability is likely the greatest immediate challenge facing policy-makers.  IPPSA is pleased to hear from Minister Savage as she articulates the Government of Alberta’s approach. 

Evan Bahry, Executive Director, Independent Power Producers of Alberta (IPPSA)

The Hon. Sonya Savage, Minister, Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta 

Q & A

08:45 – 10:00

SESSION 1: American Approaches to Reliability, Emissions Policy and Affordability
Between U.S. federal politics – and between state and national politics – the landscape of emissions policy and reliability are ever shifting in the world’s largest economy.  What can we expect to see in the future?  What lessons can the U.S. hold for Canada and Alberta?

Evan Bahry, Executive Director, IPPSA

Todd Snitchler, President and CEO, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA)
JC Sandberg, Chief Advocacy Officer and Interim CEO, American Clean Power Association

Q & A

10:00 – 10:45

Sponsored by EDC Associates Ltd

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 2:  Conventional Energy’s Role in Security and Affordability
What does the Inflation Reduction Act and Canada’s impending oil and gas emission cap mean for the integrated North American energy industry?  What advice do sector leaders have for policy-makers on ensuring energy security and affordability?  What is the future of energy in North America?  

Kerri Howard, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Lisa Baiton, President and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Rafi Tahmazian, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director, Canoe Financial
Dustin Meyer, Vice President, Natural Gas Markets, American Petroleum Institute (API)

Q & A

12:00 – 13:15

sponsored by Heartland Generation Ltd and AltaLink

13:15 – 13:45

SESSION 3:  Perspectives from the New Democratic Party Energy Critic
Successfully resolving climate policy, energy reliability and affordability is likely the greatest immediate challenge facing policy-makers.  IPPSA is pleased to hear from MLA Kathleen Ganley as she articulates the New Democratic Party’s approach. 

Allison Sears, Partner, Fasken

Kathleen Ganley, MLA, Calgary Mountain View, NDP Energy and Natural Gas Critic

Q & A

13:45 – 15:15

SESSION 4: Canada’s direction on Net Zero and Energy Security
Foundational decisions on decarbonization targets, public investment and equivalency with provinces are being set by the Government of Canada.   IPPSA is pleased to hear from the federal government on its latest plans and the hear from industry representatives on the implications.

Dustin Owens, Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Policy, Heartland Generation Ltd

Soren Halverson, Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada

Daniel Jurijew, Vice-President, Government Relations, Regulatory & Environmental Policy, Capital Power
Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association
Tim Boston, Vice President Public Policy and Government Relations, ENMAX

Q & A

15:15 – 15:45

Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright

15:45 – 17:00

SESSION 5: The Latest Net Zero Technologies
IPPSA is pleased to present an update on a cross-section of Net 0 technologies. What does their future hold?   What barriers do they face?

Shinu Thomas, Market Strategy, Energy and Process Industries, Black & Veatch

David Kelly, Founder and CEO, SkyFire Energy Inc
Shana Boyd, Vice President, Energy Transition, Heartland Generation
Wes Jickling, Vice President, Technology, Pathways Alliance
Kevin Krausert, CEO and Co Founder, Avatar Innovations Inc

Q & A

17:00 – 17:15


18:30 – 22:20

sponsored by Black & Veatch

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast
sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Early Morning Coffee
sponsored by TC Energy

08:00 – 08:45

SESSION 6: The European Experience and Lessons Learned
Europe is the epicentre of the energy security debate.   What does this winter mean for the push to decarbonize versus the push to ensure affordability and reliability?   What lessons does the European experience provide for North America and Alberta?

Cheryl Terry, Chief Economist, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Nino Vakhtangishvili, Market Specialist, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)          

Q & A

08:45 – 10:00

SESSION 7: Electrifying Alberta
Another transition is also underway.  This panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities in the electrification of things.  How can consumers take advantage of emerging technologies?   How will distribution companies avoid technology risk, enable choice and all the while ensure affordability?

Robert Davidson, Vice President, Grid Reliability, Projects and  Planning, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Chris Hunt, Executive Director and Advocate, Utilities Consumer Advocate
Janine Sullivan, President and CEO, FortisAlberta
Jana Mosley, President, ENMAX Power

Q & A

10:00 – 10:30

sponsored by ENMAX Energy Corporation

10:30 – 11:00

SESSION 8: Perspectives from the Alberta Party
Successfully resolving climate policy, energy reliability and affordability is likely the greatest immediate challenge facing policy-makers.  IPPSA is pleased to hear from Mr. Barry Morishita as he articulates the Alberta Party’s approach. 

Joanna Osawe, Senior Business Development Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Barry Morishita, Leader, Alberta Party

Q & A

11:00 – 12:00

SESSION 9: Energy Security and Alberta’s Market Design
After hearing two days of input and ideas, this panel will distill what energy security, Net 0, and affordability means to the future of Alberta’s power market.   From reliability, to price polarity, to level playing field, to investor confidence and to consumer concerns about delivered costs, there aren’t a lack of issues to navigate.   What market changes will be required to make it all work?  

Lisa Mueller, President and CEO, FutEra Power

Matt Davis, Director, Regulatory, Capital Power
Akira Yamamoto, Manager, Regulatory & Market Policy TransAlta
Horst Klinkenborg, Manager, Regulatory Gas and Power, Suncor Energy

Q & A

12:00 – 13:30

sponsored by JSS Barristers and Power Advisory

13:30 – 14:45

SESSION 10: Where It’s At?
Nick Nanos will share his insights on what he’s hearing from Canadians on energy security…and on everything else.  For fun, IPPSA’s audience will be polled through-out the conference on the same questions Nik has asked Canadians.  See which audience gets it right. 

Lori Williams, Political Scientist, Mount Royal University

Nik Nanos, Canadian Pollster and Chief Data Scientist, Nanos Research

Q & A