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AI for Sustainable Buildings

Dr. Mike Kennedy

Founder & CEO

Commercial buildings smaller than 200,000 square feet represent 96% of Canada building stock and roughly 10-12 % of GHG emissions. This presentation will explore new data platforms and IOT strategies for connecting and optimising building performance. IOT security and power consumption implications related to building management systems will be reviewed and powerful data insights will be drawn from real projects to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency measures in buildings.

Islands: Ground Zero for the Soft Energy Pathway

Justin Locke

Senior Director, Islands Energy Program

Islands are on the front lines of climate change – evidenced by the recent swath of hurricanes that have wiped out entire electricity systems across the Caribbean. But island countries are not standing by – waiting for the inevitable. Many islands are moving to decentralized renewable resources, storage technologies and microgrids to build more resilient energy systems and economies. In the process, islands across the globe are testing new decentralized energy system archetypes that will provide the blueprint for a lower-cost, safer and more resilient energy pathway. As a result, islands now find themselves at ground zero for the soft energy pathway.

Agile Digital Strategies in Electric Transportation

Colin Earp

Partner, National Transport Leader

Transportation is undergoing a fundamental transformation prompted by the development of electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and mobility-as-a-service. New transportation technologies are critical in supporting tomorrow’s population hubs and economic activity.

We are excited to announce that Colin Earp, Partner, National Transport Leader at KPMG is joining the #DEF2019 speaker lineup! His presentation will shed light on digital strategies related to electric transportation and its impacts on energy consumption and system efficiencies. Colin holds over 25 years’ experience working with large, high profile, public and private sector clients across multiple geographies, to help them articulate and solve some of their most complex transport and capital asset delivery challenges.

A New Energy Marketplace: The World’s First Decentralised Energy Exchange

Andrew Tanner

VP, Global Partnerships

A new energy marketplace where you have control over the flow of electricity, information, and money. For GreenSync the objective is clear: to create a decentralised electricity system that is cleaner, more reliable and affordable. They are rolling out the world’s first Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) and have partnered with 100 organizations including major utilities, leading technology brands, and industry bodies.

Don’t miss Andrew Tanner of GreenSync, keynote #DEF2019 and find out how the deX marketplace can better coordinate the increasing volume of distributed energy resources (DER) in the electricity grid, while helping consumers get more value from assets such as solar, batteries and electric vehicles.

The Revolution No One is Talking About: Energy for Data Centres

Adam Kramer

EVP, Strategy

Adam Kramer is the Executive Vice President of Strategy for Switch, the technology infrastructure company that is powering the future of the connected world. As the internet continues to grow, so do the needs of data centres and the power required to run them. Switch was built on the foundation that one day data would run the world, and the belief that thinking sustainably about the future of the internet is mission critical. Running on 100 percent renewable energy, Switch has set the bar for the technology industry around the globe.

At Switch, Adam develops and executes the company’s global public policy initiatives that drive its business and is part of the core leadership team that develops new campus locations. He leads a multi-faceted government and public affairs team that focuses on policy development surrounding environment and sustainability, energy policy, improving education, economic development, and technology. Prior to joining Switch, Adam was the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and before that, was an award-winning journalist in California and Florida.

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About Switch

The Core Campus located in Las Vegas, Nevada, will have a capacity of up to 3.5 million square feet of data center space and up to 430 MW of power upon completion. In February 2017, Switch opened its first data center on the campus, TAHOE RENO 1, which will be more than 1.3 million square feet (110,000 m2), have 130 MVA power capacity, and more than 83,000 tons of cooling capability, making it the largest data center campus in the world. This is the first of eight planned data centers to be built at TRIC. Switch’s Tier 5® Platinum facilities, combined with hyperscale purchasing power, makes Switch the highest-rated and most cost-effective colocation environment in the industry.

Operated with 100% green power, they provide data centre ecosystems at unparalleled low pricing:

• 4.9¢ per kWh, 100% green power

• 100% power uptime guarantee

• Up to 55kW per cabinet

Power Implications of Cryptocurrency

Toufi Saliba


Toufi Saliba, a prominent inventor and global expert in the world of decentralisation, is the CEO of TODA Network, which supports the full automation and decentralisation of networks. Beyond being an author of the TODA/IP protocol, Toufi is a serial technopreneur, who has built 15 startups, of which 11 have failed and 3 have been great successes – his portfolio of IP has ended up at Google and HP, with his last AI startup becoming an Intel company.

Toufi brings unparalleled knowledge in the areas of digitalisation, decentralised governance, distributed computing, and cryptography. Register today to find out how decentralised, data dependent platforms and autonomous decentralised governance of networks can enable the power sector to efficiently and securely scale blockchain implementations without transactional or management dependence.

Agritecture in Smart Cities

Henry Gordon-Smith

Founder & Managing Director

Henry Gordon-Smith is a world-renowned expert on urban agriculture. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture – his mission: empowering impact driven companies to create sustainable communities through urban ag. Henry has worked with 42 cities, 21 countries and has consulted for one of the United States’ leading utility organisations – Southern Company.

What is the connection between urban ag and power you may ask? Energy demand in Canada’s agricultural sector saw an increase of 50% between 1990 and 2016 and is continuing to rise. As the demand for local food grows, so has the uptake of technology in ‘smart greenhouses’ which will create new energy demands for the power sector. With cities under ever-increasing threat from natural disasters, population growth, and limited year-round fresh food options; the need for zero waste and low energy technologies that directly impact food production within an urban environment must be explored.

Join us for this keynote presentation on the future of urban agritecture and opportunities in the energy sector.


Big Data & The New Energy Consumer

Bruce Orloff

Partner, Energy & Utilities

Bruce Orloff is a Partner and Smart Grid Leader in IBM’s Energy & Utilities practice with over 29 years experience in the energy, utilities and telecommunications industries. Bruce is an Industry Expert in Smart Grid and Advanced Metering Infrastructure. He has extensive knowledge and experience managing, developing and implementing advanced solutions in competitive electricity and telecommunications de-regulated markets in North America, Sweden and Australia.

Some of his main achievements include implementation of leading edge advanced metering and smart grid solutions in Ontario, as well as overall project management and technical lead on the deployment of a multi-million dollar optical fiber network across North America. Bruce was also part of the executive committee and a board member of SmartGrid Canada from 2010 to 2013, which is a national organization dedicated to promoting a more modern and efficient electricity grid for the benefit of all Canadians through education, collaboration, promotion, and action.

Disruption and Modern Energy Market Design

Gary Holden


With over 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, Gary Holden has become a leader in grid disruption and changing the way consumers think about energy. Gary led TransAlta New Zealand in serving 35% of the New Zealand market and ushered TransAlta Generation into Alberta de-regulation. Furthermore, as CEO of Enmax Corporation, Gary introduced Alberta to the innovative long-term energy arrangement EasyMax, doubled Enmax’s market share, and transformed the generation market with the Shepard Power plant, wind projects and district energy in downtown Calgary.

Now, Gary is the CEO of Pulse Energy and his New Zealand retail energy company is connecting a new solar-battery system faster than one per hour. Why? Because consumers are asking for it. Pulse combines grid energy with solar-battery systems through time-of-use price signals; allowing consumers to reap the benefits of solar power. Time-of-use pricing rewards consumers for the contribution the battery makes to offset peak power demand and facilitates consumer participation in energy efficiency, electric vehicles and trading their excess power in peer-to-peer networks with like-minded consumers.

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Gary has spent his career shaping energy policy. By applying a deep understanding of electricity markets, Gary has brought engineering, economics and vision to establish the future way policy makers, consumers and champions of a low carbon world can work together. Gary will present the “ideal model” to keep power price under control, while simultaneously delivering solutions for climate change. Come and see how the low cost world is also a low carbon world; and how solid energy policy is the key!

Building Your Dream Network

John Hill

VP of Network

John is the VP of Network for Techstars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that dreams big and accelerates the growth of tech companies. To date, hundreds of companies have gone through the Techstars accelerator, and John is charged with supporting and growing a global network of tech entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who surround them.

Once a Higher Education Evangelist at LinkedIn, now the VP of Network at Techstars, John is a huge proponent of “the hustle” and believes “changing the world” can be more than hyperbole. A firm believer that a network needs love and attention, John’s presentation will outline how you can build a diverse network that can actually help forge your career forward. Whether you’re focused on online or offline connections, his speech highlights valuable tips and tricks that every entrepreneur needs to know when it comes to networking effectively!

On the Edge: Managing Risk and Reaching the Summit

Caroline Gleich

Pro Skier, Mountaineer & Adventurer

Mountaineering and entrepreneurship both involve a strategy of calculated risk and venturing out on your own. Whether it’s in the back-country or the business world, it’s not for the faint of heart. Join us at #DEF2018 as Caroline Gleich shares her perspective about managing risk and the parallels of finding the edge in both the mountains and the entrepreneurial arena. Known as the Queen of the Wasatch Range, Caroline’s experiences both on and off the mountain have made her an inspiration to outdoor enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike.

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As a pro skier and mountaineer, Caroline has carved out a career doing what she loves and is backed by some of the biggest outdoor brands including Patagonia, Keen Footwear, and Clif Bar, just to name a few. She recently received acclaim for becoming the first woman and fourth person to ski all 90 lines in “The Chuting Gallery,” a back-country skiing guide to the Wasatch. She has also been praised by Outside for her activism on social and environmental justice. Caroline’s goal is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy, active lifestyle and protect the places they love to play. When she isn’t on the snow, she loves trail running, alpine climbing, ridge scrambling, biking and dreaming about her next human-powered adventure.

Scrutinizing the Modern Energy Pivot

Gianni Kovacevic

Investor, Author & Enlightener

Gianni is an internationally known investor and strategist who specializes in decoding complicated current events. He is a published author who draws from over 20,000 hours of research, and is a sought-after commentator related to wide ranging themes – from the divestment pivot in modern energy, to the rise of a new spending class in emerging markets. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique brand of storytelling that colourfully demonstrates how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand.

His new book, “My Electrician Drives a Porsche?” was introduced to audiences by way of a one-of-a-kind coast to coast journey across America in an all-electric Tesla, now credited as the world’s first zero emission book tour. 

Accounting for Liabilities and Happiness in a Restorative Economy

Mark Anielski

President & Chief Well-being Officer

Mark is an economic strategist specializing in the economics of well-being. He is schooled in ecological economics, accounting and forestry. Mark believes that our measures of success should be focused on maximizing the well-being of people and the planet. He has advised nations and communities in Canada, Bhutan, French Polynesia, The Netherlands, Austria and China in their aspirations to develop a new economic model based on well-being and happiness. He is the author of the award-winning book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, which provides a blueprint for building the new economy of well-being. His new book An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness, was recently published in May 2018.

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For the past 30 years Mark has been the President of Anielski Management Inc. an economic advisory services group that provides strategic economic counsel to communities, nations and businesses on how to build flourishing economies of well-being. He is an international expert in natural capital accounting and recently co-founded the Centre for Integral Finance and Economics (London, UK) that focuses on developing new tools to support the emerging field of impact investment and banking.