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

Speaker Biographies

  • Akira Yamamoto
    Regulatory and Market Policy TransAlta Akira Yamamoto has worked for TransAlta Corporation since 2016.  He is currently in the role of Manager, Regulatory & Market Policy.  Mr. Yamamoto has over fourteen years of experience in the Alberta electricity industry and over ten years in areas focused on regulatory matters, compliance, business develop and environmental portfolio … Read more
  • Andrea Roszell
    Director, Global Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure Guidehouse Andrea Roszell is an experienced strategist and project manager. Through her work with clients across North America, Andrea has developed an intimate knowledge of the electricity industry and the challenges relating to the evolution of business models for utilities, energy service companies and system operators which will be … Read more
  • Brad Ferguson
    Assistant Deputy Minister, ESG Secretariat Government of Alberta Brad Ferguson is the Assistant Deputy Minister leading the ESG Secretariat for the Government of Alberta, a division within Executive Council responsible for strengthening the image and reputation of Alberta through a positive ESG narrative. This jurisdictional ESG role draws on Brad’s branding roots from Procter & … Read more
  • Brad Jones
    Interim President and CEO Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Brad Jones joined ERCOT in May 2021 as Interim President and CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in the competitive electric industry, including growing, developing, restructuring and optimizing competitive electricity businesses; designing electricity markets; and operating electricity grids across North America. His broad … Read more
  • Brad Wall
    14th Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2018 before retiring from public life. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1999. Under a decade of Wall’s Premiership, the employment sector grew by 60,000 new jobs, and provincial population growth reached its all-time high … Read more
  • Breanne Fox
    Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technologies Capital Power Breanne Fox, Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technology, is part of the team at Capital Power responsible for transforming their fleet of coal-fired assets to meet the demands for a low carbon future. Her team executes on initiatives at Genesee focused on reducing carbon by improving asset … Read more
  • Carolyn Dahl Rees
    Chair Alberta Utilities Commission Carolyn Dahl Rees was most recently appointed to the Alberta Utilities Commission on March 25, 2020 and became chair on June 24, 2020. Ms. Dahl Rees had been a Commission member, an acting chair, and later vice-chair, between 2007 and 2012. Along with her substantial regulatory history at the AUC and … Read more
  • Chelsea Donelon
    Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology TransAlta Chelsea Donelon is a Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology on the Alberta team at TransAlta, where she works on the long-term decarbonization and asset strategy.  Previously she worked for the Chief Executive Officer on carbon and net zero policy.  Before that, she was a Senior Policy Analyst … Read more
  • Cynthia Hansen
    Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution and Storage Enbridge Cynthia Hansen is Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution and Storage. Cynthia is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Ontario- based Enbridge Gas Inc., which followed the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, as well as Gazifère, which serves the … Read more
  • Dale Nally
    Associate Minister, Natural Gas and Electricity Government of Alberta The Honourable Dale Nally was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019 and currently serves as the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity. Minister Nally’s key priority is ensuring long-term stability, investment attraction and growth in Alberta’s natural gas and electricity … Read more
  • Dan Balaban
    Chief Executive Officer Greengate Power Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Greengate Power, a leading Canadian renewable energy company. Based in Calgary, Dan is an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful business ventures. Dan currently leads the Greengate team, which has been successfully developing precedent-setting renewable energy projects in Canada for … Read more
  • Dave Sawyer
    Principal Economist Canadian Institute for Climate Choices Dave is a leading environmental economist with a twenty-nine-year track record in solving policy challenges for sustainable development. Dave has a long history in applying economics to support climate change policy. He has conducted numerous cost-benefit analysis of alternative regulatory actions and developed models to explore the economic … Read more
  • Duncan Croasdale
    Chief Commercial Officer Heartland Generation Mr. Croasdale is Chief Commercial Officer of Heartland Generation and is responsible for the company’s commercial strategy, customer interfaces, and business development. He joined the company on November 2019. Mr. Croasdale has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in project development, as well as power and natural … Read more
  • Ed Rihn
    Senior Vice President Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada Ed has twenty-five years of experience including business development, corporate development, government relations, indigenous relations, customer service, consultation, project management, and construction management. His career spans industrial gases and chemicals, hydrogen, pipelines, and electric transmission. He has worked and lived throughout North America and China. Ed holds a … Read more
  • Elliot Mainzer
    President and CEO California ISO (CAISO) Elliot Mainzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is responsible for managing the flow of electricity that serves 80 percent of California and a small portion of Nevada. The CAISO also runs a real-time energy market for utilities in … Read more
  • Evan Bahry
    Executive Director Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta Mr. Bahry’s career interests have focused on public policy development and have led to his current involvement in Alberta’s deregulated electricity industry. In the public sector, Mr. Bahry’s experience included serving in the office of the Hon. Harvie Andre, a Minister in the Mulroney government, which included … Read more
  • Horst Klinkenborg
    Senior Regulatory Advisor Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. Horst Klinkenborg joined Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. July 2017 as Senior Regulatory Advisor. He has 18 years of experience in the Alberta electricity market. His extensive experience includes short term market analytics, long term market forecasting, business planning and regulatory and policy matters ranging from “Quick Hits” to … Read more
  • Jason Chee-Aloy
    Managing Director Power Advisory Jason Chee-Aloy is the Managing Director of Power Advisory, with over 24 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, … Read more
  • Kate Chisholm
    Q.C., Senior Vice President, Planning, Stakeholder Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer Capital Power Kate Chisholm has been a member of the senior executive team since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s strategic and sustainability planning and … Read more
  • Kent Kaufield
    ESG Markets Leader and Chief Sustainability Officer EY As the ESG Markets Leader & Chief Sustainability Officer for EY Canada, Kent Kaufield is responsible for leading the firm’s Canadian sustainability strategy. In addition to driving the development of internal sustainability policies and programs, Kent will help companies develop and drive comprehensive ESG strategies, identify emerging … Read more
  • Lori Williams
    Political Scientist Mount Royal University Lori Williams teaches in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Her research and teaching interests include Canadian politics, women and politics, law, Charter rights, political philosophy, ethics, power and technology, including social media. She also engages in media commentary on municipal, provincial and national … Read more
  • Megan Reusser
    Senior Development Engineer Burns & McDonnell Megan Reusser is a Senior Development Engineer at Burns & McDonnell with over a decade of industry experience. She has a diverse background in front-end project development including process engineering, proposal management, and cost estimation. These skills create a unique blend of both technical and commercial expertise that she … Read more
  • Michael Law
    President and CEO Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Mike Law was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2019. Mr. Law first joined the AESO in 2009 as Vice-President, Operations. Following that, he held the roles of Vice-President, Market Services, Vice-President, Renewables Development and Sustainability and most … Read more
  • Nicole LeBlanc
    Director, Markets and Tariff Alberta Electric System Operator With the electricity industry on the cusp of transformational change, Nicole is accountable for leading a team of experts at the AESO responsible for market design and the ISO Tariff who are focused on shaping the Alberta electricity framework for the transformation of Alberta’s electricity future to … Read more
  • Patrick Kenny
    Managing Director, Research Analyst National Bank Financial Patrick Kenny is a Managing Director and Research Analyst with the National Bank Financial (NBF), Energy Group, covering the Energy Infrastructure sector. Based in Calgary, Patrick joined NBF in 2003 and took on the role as Energy Infrastructure Analyst in 2007. Throughout his career,Patrick has received StarMine’s Top … Read more
  • Peter Fraser
    Head of Division, Gas, Coal and Power Markets International Energy Agency Peter Fraser, rejoined the International Energy Agency in December 2016 as Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division within the Directorate of Energy Markets and Security. This is his second sojourn at the IEA, having been a Senior Electricity Policy Adviser from … Read more
  • Rachel J. Smith
    Vice President and General Manager, Canada Air Products Rachel Smith serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Air Products Canada Ltd.  Rachel is responsible for the Air Products hydrogen and industrial gas business across Canada, including the existing operations, supply relationships and growth strategy.   Rachel has more than 15 years of experience … Read more
  • Shanelle Sinclair
    Manager, Regulatory Heartland Generation As Manager, Regulatory at Heartland Generation Ltd. Shanelle Sinclair is responsible for implementing Heartland’s strategic vision for the Alberta wholesale electricity market and managing Heartland Generation’s portfolio of regulatory applications. Shanelle has considerable experience in competition law relating to electricity markets, compliance, and the regulatory aspects of project development. Prior to … Read more
  • Sharleen Gatcha
    Vice President, Business Development, Hardline Engineering Ltd & Founder and CEO, Women+Power Sharleen has held executive and managerial roles at Hardline Engineering, Balancing Pool, Statoil Canada, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), AltaLink and TransAlta where she had a wide range of opportunities and provided leadership in key areas such as strategy, risk management, business … Read more
  • Steve Coupland
    Director, Regulatory and Environment Affairs Canadian Nuclear Association Steve is currently on a part-time secondment to the Canadian Nuclear Association from Bruce Power where he serves as Senior Advisor, Regulatory Affairs for Bruce Power and is the company’s representative in Ottawa. At the CNA, Mr. Coupland serves as Director, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs where he … Read more
  • Thomas Mulcair
    Former Leader of the Opposition, Visiting Professor, University of Montréal and Political Commentator The Honourable Thomas Mulcair is visiting Professor in the political science Department at l’Université de Montréal. A lawyer, he holds degrees in French Civil Law (B.C.L.) and in Common Law (LL.B.) from McGill University. Mr. Mulcair began his legal career at the … Read more
  • Tim Boston
    Vice President Government Relations ENMAX Corporation and IPPSA Chair Tim has been leading government and public relations for the past 20 years in companies that span the value chain of the electricity industry.  The Hill Times has named him one of the top 100 lobbyists nationally twice.  Before that he spent a number of years as … Read more
  • Tim McMillan
    President and CEO Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Tim McMillan was appointed President and incoming CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on October 1, 2014. The Saskatchewan native is responsible for leading activities in education and communications as well as policy and regulatory advocacy on behalf of CAPP member companies, which … Read more
  • Todd Dettling
    Vice President, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement FortisAlberta Todd Dettling is the Vice President, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement for FortisAlberta. In this role, he champions customer service excellence for more than half a million electricity distribution customers in the province and leads the company’s charge to ensure readiness for emerging customers seeking connection to the electricity … Read more
  • Vittoria Bellissimo
    Executive Director Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA) Vittoria Bellissimo is the Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), a membership-based organization that includes consumers from oil and gas, pipelines, agriculture, petrochemicals, cement and steel industries.  IPCAA is the largest electricity consumer organization in Alberta, and its members have an … Read more