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

Tuesday, November 16 , 2021

07:30 – 08:30

Registration Desk Open

Continental Breakfast
sponsored by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc

Early Morning Coffee
sponsored by TC Energy

08:30 – 09:00


Powering the AUC Forward: progress on the plans for change
The Alberta Utilities Commission is undergoing a renewal; committing last year to adopting 30 recommendations to improve efficiency.   The Chair of the AUC will address that renewal and will also speak to the challenges facing a regulator, a province and a power grid undergoing profound technological transitions.  

Sharleen Gatcha, Vice President, Business Development, Hardline Engineering Ltd & Founder and CEO, Women+Power

Carolyn Dahl Rees, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission

Q & A

09:00 – 10:15

SESSION 5: Transmission in Transition
The transmission policy has served Alberta well, ensuring access to the grid and supporting a competitive electricity market.  With increasing costs to consumers and options to evaluate the regulation, this panel will examine how to ensure environmental policy can be met while optimizing transmission build and ensuring alignment with the transmission policy and market design.

Todd Dettling, Vice President, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement,

Dan Balaban, Chief Executive Officer, Greengate Power 
Vittoria Belissimo, Executive Director, Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA)
Shanelle Sinclair, Manager, Regulatory, Heartland Generation
Nicole LeBlanc, Director, Markets and Tariff, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Q & A

10:15 – 10:45

sponsored by ENMAX Energy Corporation

Networking and viewing of trade show exhibits

10:45 – 12:00

SESSION 6: The Big, Bold Decarbonizing Technologies
IPPSA is pleased to host this panel featuring the big, bold options for how Alberta can decarbonize its grid.   Each of our panelists will discuss their view of how these technologies will unfold in Alberta and what market, financial and policy barriers they face.    

Megan Reusser, Senior Development Engineer, Burns & McDonnell


Steve Coupland, Director, Regulatory and Environment Affairs, Canadian Nuclear Association
Chelsea Donelon, Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology, TransAlta
Rachel Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Canada, Air Products
Breanne Fox, Director, Commercial Management and Carbon Technologies Capital Power

Q & A

12:00 – 13:15

sponsored by Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (JSS Barristers) and Power Advisory

13:15 – 14:45

SESSION 7: KEYNOTE DISCUSSION: Bridging the Partisan Divide
The propensity of one government to erase what its predecessors did does not serve citizens well and it is not conducive to investor confidence.  Issues of climate policy, social justice, social program sustainability and Canada’s role in the economy of the future are only getting more complicated.   IPPSA has brought together two nationally recognized thought leaders to address the sources and the solutions to the polarized nature of today’s political discourse. How do we promote informed dialogue? How do we encourage the best solutions? What do we even agree upon?

Lori Williams, Political Scientist, Mount Royal University

Brad Wall, 14th Premier of Saskatchewan

The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, Former Leader of the Opposition, Visiting Professor, University of Montréal and Political Commentator.

Q & A


Closing Remarks