Program

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. 


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.


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. This session focuses on the growing importance of cultural heritage considerations, the context for waterpower projects and strategies to incorporate them into project design.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.  


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


4:00 p.m. Tradeshow Closes


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.


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


October 25, 2017

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


9:00 a.m.- 10:15 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.


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.


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. 


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


10:45 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. 


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.


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.


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


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


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