Decentrailized Energy Forum

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Wildrose Pre-Function
Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Wildrose Ballroom

7:00 - 8:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15

Opening Remarks

DISRUPTION

8:15 - 8:45

Keynote Speaker | Consumer Disruption and Modern Energy Market Design

Gary Holden

CEO

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.

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!

8:45 - 9:30

Capitalising on Disruption: Acknowledging the New Energy Economy

Major changes in the energy industry have uprooted traditional business models of companies across the globe. Driven by shifting technologies, environmental regulation and evolving customer expectations, the competition for customers is shifting and the appetite for change has never been more present. As energy companies explore diversifying their revenue streams by charging for services that extend beyond traditional power supply and delivery, the question remains: who will survive or perish amidst disruption?

Raymond McKay

VP, Energy Solutions

Florijn de Graaf

Sustainable Energy Systems Engineer

Brent Harris

CTO

Bipin Chandra

Founder & CEO

Patricia Bourne

CEO

9:30 - 9:45

Coffee Break

BUSINESS – FAST FORWARD

9:45 - 10:45

Technology Innovations: Game Changer Showcase

Hosted by the British Consulate General Calgary

The next cutting-edge tech companies take the stage to showcase how their business fits within our modern energy economy! The Game Changer Showcase is designed to be the premier platform for early-stage and high-growth companies to present their ideas to strategic players across the value chain. We’re still accepting applications for new companies to take the stage! If you think you have what it takes apply today!

10:45 - 11:15

Keynote Speaker | 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!

11:15 - 12:15

Business Brokering Event

Find the right partners your organisation needs to get your project off the ground! This interactive session will bring together industry experts from similar fields to provoke a conversation on how your skills, products, and services can be the perfect match for their organisation. Whether you are seeking capital or filling a technology gap, this session will cater to your needs!

12:15 - 12:45

Keynote Speaker | 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.

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.

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:15

Keynote Speaker | 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.

14:15 - 14:45

Networking Break

14:45 - 16:15

Paving the Way: Global Showcase

Times have changed and the way we deliver energy has too. New technologies, climate change policies, and market drivers are all triggering the industry’s largest shakeup in over a century. Disruption is forcefully reshaping power systems around the world, and EVs are threatening oil’s dominance as a transport fuel. Join these experts at #DEF2018 as they showcase their respective global projects on how they were designed, operated, and managed to achieve economic, reliability, and environmental benefits within our modern energy economy.

Bill Abolt

VP, Energy

Bipin Chandra

Founder & CEO

Pratap Revuru

Smart Grid Solution Architect, Energy Business

Bård Klungseth

CEO

John Forsyth

Director of Market Development

Rick Maclise

Standards Team Leader

16:15 - 16:30

Closing Remarks

16:30 - 19:00

Networking Reception

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Wildrose Pre-Function
Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Wildrose Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Opening Remarks

ECONOMY

9:15 - 9:45

Keynote Speaker | Transitioning To a Restorative and Regenerative Economy

9:45 - 10:45

From Linear to Circular: Closing the Loop on Waste Streams

The linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy is no longer sustainable and businesses can’t ignore the toll this system is taking on both the environment and their bottom line. As we begin to re-think and re-design products that are ‘made to be made again’, it’s clear the energy industry requires a systemic shift to achieve long-term sustainability. This segment dives into how the energy system is maximizing the circular economy to cycle back materials through the value chain for re-use, resulting in less energy and resource consumption.

JT Skeenkamp

Project Manager

Liz Lappin

VP Project Development

Simon Irish

CEO

10:45 - 11:45

Technology Innovations: Game Changer Showcase

Hosted by Calgary Economic Development

The next cutting-edge tech companies take the stage to showcase how their business fits within our modern energy economy! The Game Changer Showcase is designed to be the premier platform for early-stage and high-growth companies to present their ideas to strategic players across the value chain. We’re still accepting applications for new companies to take the stage! If you think you have what it takes apply today!

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

DIG-OLUTION

12:45 - 14:00

The Digital Revolution in an Electrified Future

Big data, automation, AI and the Blockchain are opening up a new realm of possibilities for the energy industry. In today’s digital world, more and more devices are becoming interconnected, delivering transparency and trust to the marketplace. The adoption of these technologies is vital to the survival of companies. Listen in to these experts as they outline how these tech advancements will impact the future of energy.

Brian Wyvill

Professor

Robin Winsor

President & CEO

Michael Brown

Director of Innovation

Matt Sachs

COO

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Speaker | TBD

14:30 - 14:45

Closing Remarks