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October 23, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Exhibitor Move In – Exhibit Hall

7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.      Welcome Networking Reception and Opening of Tradeshow – Exhibit Hall

This reception will be the premier networking event for the conference and is free of charge to all conference attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with exhibitors, speakers and conference delegates for an evening of discussion!

October 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. -   Breakfast and Tradeshow Opening                                                                                   

9:00 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. -    Welcome 

9:15 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. -    Opening Keynote: The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy 

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.-  Plenary Presentation: Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan and Market Renewal 

With the Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) expected to be released in the summer of 2017, and the resulting implementation plans to be developed shortly thereafter, the implications for the waterpower industry will be a key focus of the opening plenary discussion. Industry leaders and key decision makers will discuss the outcomes of these plans and what the future holds for the industry. 


Sam Colalillo, Director, Renewable Energy Facilitation Office, Ministry of Energy
Paul Norris, President, Ontario Waterpower Association
Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC
Steve Nusbaum, Manager, Capacity, IESO

Moderator: Kim Warren, Senior Council, Sussex Strategy Group

10:45 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.-   Networking Break – Exhibit Hall

11:15 a.m.- 12:15 a.m.-   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1A: The Electrification of the Economy - Implications for Waterpower

Reduction of GHG, carbon auctions, electric vehicles - what does all of this mean for the future of the waterpower industry and what are the implications for energy demand, supply and storage options? These questions and more will be explored during this session.


Cara Clairman, President & CEO, Plug’n Drive
Heather Ferguson, VP, Environment, Ontario Power Generation
Andrew Pietrewicz, Director, Resource Integration - Power Systems Planning, IESO

Moderator: Paul Norris, President, Ontario Waterpower Association

1B: Building in Urban Landscapes - Cultural Heritage Considerations

As waterpower development in the province shifts from the more remote Greenfield projects to the use and re-use infrastructure in densely populated areas, key values and interest changes. Also, heritage considerations are very important in  the restoration and refurbishments as well. This session focuses on the growing importance of cultural heritage considerations, the context for waterpower projects and strategies to incorporate them into project design.


Tami Sugarman, Senior Project Manager, CIMA+
Franz Kropp,  Director of Generation, Energy Ottawa 

Moderator: Karen McGhee, President, MKE

1C: Low Head and Very Low Head Hydro Technologies - What's New

Discover some of the generating equipment technologies that are available for low head and very low head projects. Hear how the next generation of technology can make small projects more economical. Learn how coordination between regulators, developers, engineers and the turbine supplier is key to a successful project.


Thomas Taylor, Sales Manager, Andritz
Bruce Sellars, Regional Sales Manager, Mavel

Moderator: Troy Mannell, Manager of Generation, Orillia Power 

12:15 p.m.- 1:45 pm -    Networking Lunch - Exhibit Hall        

1:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.-    Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2A: Lessons from Large Hydro 

In an interconnected world, experiences from other jurisdictions can and do impact Ontario policy and politics. Delegates will hear firsthand from individuals who are working in other jurisdictions and who will share "lessons learned:", with a specific emphasis on larger hydro in Canada, the US and elsewhere.


Peter MacLennan, Member of the Board of Management, Chief Operating Officer, Voith Hydro
Bruce MacTavish,  Hatch (invited)
Trevor Lykens, Team Leader, Engineering Design, Kleinschmidt

Moderator: David MacMillan, Associate, KGS Group

2B: Building the Waterpower Brand - Communicating the Value Proposition

Waterpower enjoys the support of all political parties in Ontario, yet there continues to be a challenge in conveying its attributes to the electorate. Does the use of the term "hydro" help or hinder brand recognition? Is there a generation gap in knowledge and understanding? Is there an urban, rural divide? Join this interactive session to inform and become part of the communications message.

Linda Church-Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Eric McGoey, Director Policy and Government Relations, Ontario Power Generation
Stephanie Landers, Communications & Public Relations Advisor, Ontario Waterpower Association 

Moderator: Vince Kulchycki, COO, Bracebridge Generation

2C: Upgrades: Getting the Most Efficiency, Cost Effectively

Learn how upgrades and refurbishments can modernize and extend the lifespan of your facility. Discover how suppliers have been striving for higher efficiency, reliability and longevity and how technological advancements can provide upgrade solutions with fast lead-time implementation.  

François Paquet, GE Renewable Energy 
Francois St-Germain, Mechanical Engineer, BBA
Philippe Seguin, Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Andritz 

Moderator:  Michael Morgenroth, VP, Engineering, Regional Power

3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.-    Networking Break - Exhibit Hall

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m -    OWA Annual General Meeting (OWA Members Only) – Studio 12/13

5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.-    Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -  Dinner - Grand Event Room

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.-   Political Roundtable: 

A moderated discussion with representatives from the Progressive Conservative Party,  New Democratic Party and the Green Party of Ontario.

Michael Mantha, Critic, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, New Democratic Party of Ontario
Todd Smith, Energy Critic, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Mike Schreiner, Leader, Green Party of Ontario 

Moderator: John Michael McGrath, Digital Media Producer, Current Affairs and Documentaries, TVO 

7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. -   Awards Ceremony

October 25, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast and Tradeshow Opens

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Patrick Brown, Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

9:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. -  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3A: Federal Legislative Reform - Fisheries Act, CEAA, Navigation Protection Act

Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act are key commitments of the Federal government that have direct relevance to the waterpower industry. This is your opportunity to hear from leaders within the agencies about the changes proposed to these key pieces of legislation.


Tomasz Wlodarczyk, National Manager, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, SLR Consulting
Anjala Puvananathan, Director, Ontario Region, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Jen Thomas, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Devon Smith,  Advisor, Navigation Protection Act Review Team, Transport Canada 

Moderator: Jacob Irving, President, Canadian Hydropower Association

3B: Pumped Storage: Implications for the Grid and the Economy

This session will focus on the analysis of financial incentives for promoting pumped storage development in Ontario. Presenters will discuss a comparative analysis among the alternative pricing strategies to support pumped storage development in Ontario and advances in PGS technologies.


Brian Karney, Associate Dean, Cross Disciplinary Programs, University of Toronto
Samiha Tahseen, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, University of Toronto
John Wright, Executive Director of Business Development, Northland Power 
Stuart Coulson, VP, Engineering, Voith

Moderator: Heather Ferguson, VP Environment, Ontario Power Generation

3C: Case Studies of Recent Hydro Developments and Redevelopments

This session will focus on lessons learned from project managers, engineers and equipment suppliers of various waterpower projects that have recently been completed.  Presenters will discuss the impact of regulator requirements, the importance of project scope and managing project cost risk. 


Stefan Kohnen, Regional Manager, KGS Group
Loic Petillon, Project Director, Ossberger Hydro
Jean Luc Daviau,  Manager, Sr. Hydraulic Specialist, WSP Group

Moderator: Bob Allen, Director, Shaman Power

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.- Networking Break - Exhibit Hall

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.- Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4A: Waterpower Development on Federal Waterways - The Parks Canada Experience

The Parks Canada Agency has taken a proactive role in aligning its infrastructure investment with new waterpower development on Federal waterways in the province. Attend this session to hear from the proponents, regulators, and practitioners about the current state of development and key considerations for working with the Parks Canada Agency. 


Jewel Cunningham, Director of Waterways, Parks Canada 
Eric Prevost, Peterborough Utilities Inc. 
Daniel Gillenwater, Project Manager, Hydromega 
Heather Brown, Manager, Environmental Operations Support, Ontario Power Generation

Moderator: Paul Young, Vice President - Generation Development, Orillia Power Generation

4B: Incenting Dam/Public Safety Best Practices - Regulatory Modernization

Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has made significant progress in modernizing approvals under the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act for work at existing structures and new development, both through updating technical standards and through encouragement of the adoption of Best Management Practices. This session explores the concept of the voluntary adoption of managed system approach by dam owner and the opportunities it may present to further rationalize regulatory requirements.


Tony Bennett, Director Dam and Public Safety, Ontario Power Generation (invited)
Owen Steele, Head Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited
Allan Kirkham, Ontario Director, Canadian Dam Association
Ken Cain, Manager, Crown lands, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Moderator: Paul Norris, President, Ontario Waterpower Associaiton

4C: Tech Talk - The Latest Advancements in the Waterpower Industry

Ways to reduce maintenance costs, digital condition monitoring, physical inspections, aging static exciter systems - what does all this mean for your facility? Attend this session and find out more about the latest advancements in technology.


David Auger – Habel, Project Engineer, GE Renewable
Gene Asbury, ‎Senior Application Specialist- Excitation Systems, Basler Electric

Moderator: Stefan Kohnen, Regional Manager, KGS Group

12:15 p.m.- 12:30 pm - Closing Ceremony - Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.- Lunch - Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.- Tradeshow Closes Exhibitor Tear Down