IPPSA 27th Annual Conference. November 14-16, 2021. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Monday, November 15, 2021

07:00 – 08:00

Registration Desk Open

sponsored by Capital Power

sponsored by FortisAlberta

08:00 – 08:10


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

08:10 – 08:30

Opening Keynote
Alberta is successfully managing a complex transition to a lower emitting power grid.   GHG’s from Alberta’s sector are expected to fall a remarkable 61% from 2005 to 2030.   Minister Savage will share insights from the Government on its plans to navigate Alberta’s economic development while encouraging the market to continue achieving reduction goals.

The Honourable Dale Nally, Associate Minister, Natural Gas and Electricity, Government of Alberta

Q & A

08:30 – 10:00

SESSION 1: The ESG Revolution
ESG aspirations are increasingly driving public policy and corporate decision-making – for the better.   Our first panel will discuss the phenomenal changes that have already occurred and what will be expected from Canadian energy producers and consumers in the future.

Kent Kaufield, ESG Markets Leader and Chief Sustainability Officer, EY

Patrick Kenny, Managing Director, Research Analyst, National Bank Financial
Kate Chisholm, Q.C., Senior Vice President, Planning, Stakeholder Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution and Storage, Enbridge
Brad Ferguson, Assistant Deputy Minister, ESG Secretariat, Government of Alberta

Q & A

10:00– 10:45

Sponsored by EDC Associates Ltd

Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 2:  Energy Realities and the Pathways to Net 0
A Net 0 barrel, a Net 0 GJ and a Net 0 MWh hold profound opportunities for Alberta and for Canada.   While the aspirations are clear, the costs, the risks and the realities of an energy-reliant planet have yet to be reconciled.   This panel will discuss the principles governments should follow and the trade-offs that will be required on the pathways to Net 0.

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

Andrea Roszell, Director, Global Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, Guidehouse
Tim McMillan, President and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Dave Sawyer, Principal Economist, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Peter Fraser, Head of Division, Gas, Coal and Power Markets, International Energy Agency

Q & A

12:15 – 13:30

sponsored by AltaLink and Heartland Generation Ltd

13:30– 14:45

SESSION 3: (How) Can Alberta’s Power Market Accommodate Net 0 Aspirations
Emissions aspirations are significant and achieving them will be expensive; especially for a thermal power market based in a hydrocarbon economy.   This panel will discuss how Alberta’s FEOC market can incorporate increases to carbon price and the potential for targeted (but un-FEOC) public investment in enabling infrastructure such as CCUS, H2, interties and electrification.  Will this be too much for our market to bear?

Tim Boston, Vice President Government Relations, ENMAX Corporation and IPPSA Chair

Horst Klinkenborg, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc
Duncan Croasdale, Chief Commercial Officer, Heartland Generation
Akira Yamamoto, Manager, Regulatory and Market Policy, TransAlta
Ed Rihn, Senior Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada

Q & A

14:45 – 15:15

Sponsored by Guidehouse

Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

15:15– 16:30

SESSION 4: Grid Resilience
As we power forward, it is critically important that all elements work together and grid reliability is intact.  Over the years, various ISOs have seen challenges related to climate (storms, snow, fires), market incentives and impacts (inverted price curves) and the ongoing change in the asset mix impacting both transmission and dispatch operations (duck curves).  This panel brings together the leaders across ERCOT, CAISO and AESO to examine what measures will be taken to ensure grid resilience and how this may impact both suppliers and consumers. 

Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory

Mike Law, President and CEO, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO, California ISO (CAISO)
Brad Jones, Interim President and CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Q & A

16:30 – 18:15

Women+Power Reception
Ivor Petrak Room, Mezzanine Level 2, Main Hotel Building

18:30 – 23:00

Conference Dinner
Sponsored by Black & Veatch