S04 Episode 063: The Transition Accelerator and Canada Grid: Squishy Stuff and Wicked Problems

Recorded on Zoom at the end of May 2022, episode 63 features a conversation with Transition Accelerator CEO Dan Wicklum, and Canada Grid lead Paisley Sim about how the Transition accelerator works and the role…

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Recorded on Zoom at the end of May 2022, episode 63 features a conversation with Transition Accelerator CEO Dan Wicklum, and Canada Grid lead Paisley Sim about how the Transition accelerator works and the role of Canada Grid. We discuss the recent Emissions Reduction Plan from the government of Canada, the challenges of energy and environmental policy within the Canadian constitution’s division of powers between Ottawa and the provinces, and we talk about where leadership will need to come from. And we close with two book recommendations to add to the Flux capacitor Book Club list.

Transition Accelerator: https://transitionaccelerator.ca/

Dan Wicklum: https://transitionaccelerator.ca/team/dan-wicklum/

Paisley Sim: https://transitionaccelerator.ca/team/paisley-sim/

NEDA report mentioned by Paisley Sim: https://transitionaccelerator.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/NEDA-Assessment-Report-October-2020-2.pdf

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S04 Episode 062: The Electricity Fundamentals in Canada course, with David McKendry

Recorded on Zoom, episode 62 features a conversation with David McKendry, Senior Fellow at Electricity Canada, about the development of the Electricity Fundamentals in Canada (EFIC) on-line course, to provide a basic understanding of how…

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Recorded on Zoom, episode 62 features a conversation with David McKendry, Senior Fellow at Electricity Canada, about the development of the Electricity Fundamentals in Canada (EFIC) on-line course, to provide a basic understanding of how the electricity system works. We discuss the development and evolution of the EFIC course, and the target audience for the course, which includes people within the sector and anyone that works with the electricity sector including government, regulators, suppliers and other stakeholders. We close the discussion with David’s suggestion for a book to add to the Flux Capacitor book club list, and chat about David’s book, “Leadership Lessons Learned From Our Mentors”.

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S04 Episode 061: International case studies and the need for a national regulatory task force

Recorded live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 61 features a conversation with Dr. Monica Gattinger and Michael Cleland, principal authors of the report “Net Zero: An International…

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Recorded live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 61 features a conversation with Dr. Monica Gattinger and Michael Cleland, principal authors of the report “Net Zero: An International Review of Energy Delivery System Policy and Regulation for Canadian Energy Decision Makers,” commissioned by Electricity Canada and the Canadian Gas Association, with support from Natural Resources Canada. We discuss some learnings from experience in UK, Western Australia, and New York State, who pays what, when and how for net zero, and their recommendation for the creation of a national regulatory task force. We close the conversation with some audience questions, and a book recommendation from Mike; Monica gave me her book recommendation on episode 53, and I’m just at the final chapters of that book.

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S04 Episode 060: International and European perspectives with Thierry Bros

Recorded on Zoom and live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 60 features a conversation with Dr. Thierry Bros, European energy expert, thought leader, commentator and academic. We…

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Recorded on Zoom and live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 60 features a conversation with Dr. Thierry Bros, European energy expert, thought leader, commentator and academic. We speak about the current energy dynamics in Europe and how things are changing rapidly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, how this is complicating decarbonization efforts, the impact on customers, and potential lessons for Canada. We also touch on the potential impact of elections in France, and the live Q&A includes a book recommendation from Dr. Bros.

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S00 International and European perspectives with Thierry Bros

Recorded on Zoom and live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 60 features a conversation with Dr. Thierry Bros, European energy expert, thought leader, commentator and academic. We…

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Recorded on Zoom and live at Electricity Canada’s 2022 Regulatory Forum at the beginning of May 2022, episode 60 features a conversation with Dr. Thierry Bros, European energy expert, thought leader, commentator and academic. We speak about the current energy dynamics in Europe and how things are changing rapidly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, how this is complicating decarbonization efforts, the impact on customers, and potential lessons for Canada. We also touch on the potential impact of elections in France, and the live Q&A includes a book recommendation from Dr. Bros.

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S04 Episode 059: Pathways and practical solutions to meet climate targets with Jason Dion

Recorded at Globe Forum 2022 late March 2022, episode 59 features a conversation with Jason Dion, Mitigation Research Director, at the Canadian Climate Institute. We discuss the Canadian Climate Institute, its role in fostering practical…

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Recorded at Globe Forum 2022 late March 2022, episode 59 features a conversation with Jason Dion, Mitigation Research Director, at the Canadian Climate Institute. We discuss the Canadian Climate Institute, its role in fostering practical solutions and researching pathways to meet climate targets, the centrality of electricity to the energy transition, the challenges of intergovernmental coordination, carbon tax and revenue recycling, and the potential future for “wild-cards” like direct air capture. We close our conversation with his recommendation for an addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S04 Episode 058: Promoting energy transition pathways with Bruce Lourie

Recorded at Globe Forum 2022 late March 2022, episode 58 features a conversation with Dr. Bruce Lourie, Board Chair, The Transition Accelerator and President, Ivey Foundation. We discuss the Transition Accelerator, its role in promoting…

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Recorded at Globe Forum 2022 late March 2022, episode 58 features a conversation with Dr. Bruce Lourie, Board Chair, The Transition Accelerator and President, Ivey Foundation. We discuss the Transition Accelerator, its role in promoting pathways for the energy transition, the coal phase-out in Ontario (the single largest contributor to GHG reductions in Canada), the urgent need for collaboration between levels of government, the future role of hydrogen, and the challenges of meeting the short timelines of the 2030 GHG reduction targets. And we close with his recommendation for an addition to the Flux capacitor Book Club.

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S04 Episode 057: Natural gas in a net zero future with CGA’s Timothy Egan

Recorded on Zoom in mid March 2022, episode 57 features a conversation with Timothy Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association, representing companies in gas distribution. Tim joined me to chat about natural…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid March 2022, episode 57 features a conversation with Timothy Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association, representing companies in gas distribution. Tim joined me to chat about natural gas and Canada’s Net Zero 2050 commitments. We also discuss technologies, innovation, the future of energy service companies, and what the energy marketplace may look like beyond 2050. We close our conversation with Tim’s on-point recommendation for an addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

Canadian Gas Association (CGA): https://www.cga.ca/

CGA’s Net Zero Hub: https://www.cga.ca/netzero/

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S04 Episode 056: Regulation and Energy Transition with Elexicon’s Indy Butany-DeSouza

Recorded on Zoom in early March 2022, episode 56 features a conversation with Indy Butany-DeSouza, recently named President and CEO of Elexicon Energy following a distinguished career as one of the foremost regulatory affairs practitioners…

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Recorded on Zoom in early March 2022, episode 56 features a conversation with Indy Butany-DeSouza, recently named President and CEO of Elexicon Energy following a distinguished career as one of the foremost regulatory affairs practitioners in the Canadian electricity sector. Indy joined me for a discussion about transitioning from regulatory affairs to the corner office, what government commitments for a net zero electricity grid by 2035 will mean for her company, the role of distribution companies and customers will have to play to meet GHG reduction targets, and the need for regulatory frameworks to be updated to meet the new realities of a net zero world. And we close our conversation with Indy’s recommendation for an addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S04 Episode 055: International Women’s Day Special with OPG’s Aida Cipolla

Recorded on Zoom to coincide with the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, episode 55 features an IWD takeover of the podcast. Vanna Willerton from the team here at Electricity Canada is in the driver’s seat,…

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Recorded on Zoom to coincide with the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, episode 55 features an IWD takeover of the podcast. Vanna Willerton from the team here at Electricity Canada is in the driver’s seat, and this episode features a conversation Vanna had with the new Chief Financial Officer at Ontario Power Generation, Aida Cipolla. Aida joined Vanna for a conversation about her journey to become OPG’s CFO, the steady increase in the number of women in senior management and around Board tables, and the leadership by some in the sector to move towards greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace, especially at the most senior levels. Vanna and Aida touch on a range of other topics, from the importance of mentoring, to overcoming doubt. And Aida shares a very timely recommendation for addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S04 Episode 054: Communicating about electricity and a new brand identity with Electricity Canada’s Julia Muggeridge

Recorded on Zoom to coincide with the March 1st launch of Electricity Canada, episode 54 features a conversation with Julia Muggeridge, Vice-president of Communications and Marketing here at Electricity Canada (previously the Canadian Electricity Association),…

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Recorded on Zoom to coincide with the March 1st launch of Electricity Canada, episode 54 features a conversation with Julia Muggeridge, Vice-president of Communications and Marketing here at Electricity Canada (previously the Canadian Electricity Association), about the challenges of communicating about electricity and electricity issues. Julia and I also talk about the name change to Electricity Canada, what it means for the association, what it says about change and the future of the electricity sector, and some of the details of design and seeking to visually stand-out. She also shares some observations about future communications priorities, drawing upon recent opinion polling and focus groups. And we end the podcast with Julia’s recommendation for an addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club

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S04 Episode 053: Monica Gattinger, Positive Energy and Public Confidence in Decision-making

Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 53 features a conversation with Monica Gattinger, the Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. I am a member of the Advisory Council of Positive Energy,…

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Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 53 features a conversation with Monica Gattinger, the Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. I am a member of the Advisory Council of Positive Energy, and CEA has been supporting the Positive Energy research and engagement program since the initiative was launched six years ago. On this episode, we discuss Positive Energy’s mandate to identify how to strengthen public confidence in energy decision-making, and how this has evolved with a greater focus on climate change and net zero aspirations. We also talk about the need to innovate our institutions, and the challenges of energy federalism. And Monica’s book recommendation for addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club is right on topic.

Links:

Positive Energy: https://www.uottawa.ca/positive-energy/

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S04 Episode 052: Harry Hirz of G&W Electric and innovation distribution automation

Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 52 features a conversation with Harry Hirz, Global Product Manager for Overhead Technologies, at G&W Electric. We discuss innovation in distribution automation, his company’s experience building their own…

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Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 52 features a conversation with Harry Hirz, Global Product Manager for Overhead Technologies, at G&W Electric. We discuss innovation in distribution automation, his company’s experience building their own micro-grid, supply chain challenges, and the criticality of reliability. Harry’s recommended addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club rounds out our conversation.

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S04 Episode 051: Serge Abergel and Hydro-Québec’s role in greening the grid in northeastern North America

Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 51 features a conversation with Serge Abergel, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec Energy Services , a Hydro-Québec division responsible for energy export. We talk about the Canada-Us electricity…

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Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 51 features a conversation with Serge Abergel, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec Energy Services , a Hydro-Québec division responsible for energy export. We talk about the Canada-Us electricity relationship, the role Quebec hydropower plays in meeting current and future energy needs in the Northeast, GHG emissions reductions, and the challenges of building infrastructure in New England and New York. We also talk about engagement with indigenous communities, including the partnership HQ has struck with the Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke on a cross-border transmission project. We close the conversation with Serge’s recommended addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S03 Episode 050: Bryce Conrad and Hydro Ottawa, a Sustainable Electricity Company™

Recorded on Zoom in early December 2021, episode 50 features a conversation with Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa, the local distribution company in Canada’s capital, and a number of other…

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Recorded on Zoom in early December 2021, episode 50 features a conversation with Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa, the local distribution company in Canada’s capital, and a number of other lines of business, including as a cross-border electricity generator. Bryce and I talk about Hydro’s sustainability practices, its recent designation as a Sustainable Electricity Company™ (the 11th in Canada), how sustainability helps in recruiting top talent, and customer-centricity. We also talk about climate change, net-zero targets, and the impacts of extreme weather, something Hydro Ottawa has seen a lot of recently, including floods and tornadoes. We close the conversation with some book banter, and Bryce’s two recommendations to add to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S03 Episode 049: Project developer Dan Balaban and the future role of renewables

Recorded in-person early December 2021, episode 49 features a conversation with Dan Balaban, President and Executive Chair of Greengate, an Alberta-based company in the centre of the energy transformation. Greengate has been developing renewable energy…

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Recorded in-person early December 2021, episode 49 features a conversation with Dan Balaban, President and Executive Chair of Greengate, an Alberta-based company in the centre of the energy transformation. Greengate has been developing renewable energy projects at scale, and boasts the largest wind, and soon the largest solar project in Canada. In our discussion, we talk about some of Greengate’s signature projects, electrification and decarbonization, and the pivotal role energy storage will play. Dan also gives us his take on policy changes that will be required to hit our targets, and we close the conversation with some book banter, and Dan’s recommendation to add to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S03 Episode 048: Reflections on the pandemic, GHGs and a SaskPower career with Mike Marsh

Recorded in person late November 2021, episode 48 features a conversation with President and CEO of SaskPower Mike Marsh. On the eve of Mike’s retirement from SaskPower, we talk about the pandemic, how its changing…

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Recorded in person late November 2021, episode 48 features a conversation with President and CEO of SaskPower Mike Marsh. On the eve of Mike’s retirement from SaskPower, we talk about the pandemic, how its changing work and the workplace. We also discuss the challenges of GHG reductions, and the role new technologies will play to help meet climate change targets. Mike talks about his journey to his seven years as the head of SaskPower, and some of his mentors along that journey. And we end with some book banter, and Mike’s out-of-this-world recommended addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club.

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S03 Episode 047: Net Zero 2050, The Next Generation: Student Energy

Recorded on Zoom in late October 2021, episode 47 is the ninth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Meredith Adler, the Executive Director…

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Recorded on Zoom in late October 2021, episode 47 is the ninth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Meredith Adler, the Executive Director of Student Energy joins me to talk about the next generation of energy leaders and net-zero GHG ambitions. Student Energy is a global youth-led organization empowering young people to accelerate the sustainable energy transition through a variety of initiatives, some of which we talk about on this podcast. We also touch on generational differences, some of Student Energy’s priorities, the next generations expectations for GHG reductions and ED&I, and what to expect at COP26 in Glasgow. We close the conversation with some boom banter, and Meredith’s recommendation to add to the Flux Capacitor Book Club. The Theory of Change diagram mentioned in the podcast can be found on Student Energy’s website here.

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S03 Episode 046: Nova Scotia’s Peter Gregg and the decarbonization puzzle

Recorded on Zoom in early October 2021, episode 46 is the eighth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Peter Gregg, President and CEO…

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Recorded on Zoom in early October 2021, episode 46 is the eighth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Peter Gregg, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power and I talk about the challenges of meeting GHG reduction targets, and Nova Scotia Power’s plans to decarbonize their electricity system, taking into consideration customer affordability and reliability. We touch on technologies, the importance of regional interconnections (Maritime Link, Atlantic Loop), and the need for clear policy direction. As with previous podcasts, we wrap up the conversation with a book recommendation.

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S03 Episode 045: Hot takes on the 2021 Canadian Federal election and implication for electricity

Recorded from a webinar two days following the 2021 Canadian Federal election with Michael Powell, CEA’s VP of Government Relations, and Julia Muggeridge, VP of Communications and Marketing, Michael provides a general overview of the…

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Recorded from a webinar two days following the 2021 Canadian Federal election with Michael Powell, CEA’s VP of Government Relations, and Julia Muggeridge, VP of Communications and Marketing, Michael provides a general overview of the campaign, results, and key campaign commitments, followed by a three-way conversation on implications and next steps. We also take questions sent in by the live webinar audience on GHG reduction targets, a net-zero electricity grid and electric vehicle mandates.

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S03 Episode 044: Pollster Greg Lyle, the 2021 Canadian election and the salience energy and environmental issues

Recorded on Zoom in late-August 2021, in the second week since the launch of the Federal election, episode 44 is a deep dive into the views of the electorate and the salience of energy and…

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Recorded on Zoom in late-August 2021, in the second week since the launch of the Federal election, episode 44 is a deep dive into the views of the electorate and the salience of energy and environmental issues in the campaign. For this episode, Greg Lyle, founder and President of Innovative Research Group, discusses the drivers in the election campaign relevant to the electricity sector (environment, affordability, jobs), evolving views on climate change, and how campaigns and the media set priorities. Greg also shares what he sees as customer priorities for electricity companies. And, as with previous podcasts, we wrap up the conversation with two book recommendations, books a pollster would recommend during a Canadian election campaign.

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S03 Episode 043: Tonja Leach, QUEST, and the community engagement imperative to meet Net Zero 2050

Recorded on Zoom in mid-August 2021, episode 43 is the seventh in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Tonja Leach, Executive Director of QUEST,…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid-August 2021, episode 43 is the seventh in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Tonja Leach, Executive Director of QUEST, discusses the importance of community level engagement, potential net zero barriers due to regulatory constructs and policy environments, and the importance of spurring investment at the community level for GHG reductions. As with previous podcasts, we wrap up the conversation with some book banter.

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S03 Episode 042: Wayne O’Connor, ENMAX, and Net Zero 2050 as an ESG imperative

Recorded on Zoom in late July 2021, episode 41 is the sixth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Wayne O’Connor, President and CEO…

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Recorded on Zoom in late July 2021, episode 41 is the sixth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Wayne O’Connor, President and CEO of ENMAX, discusses his company’s Net Zero 2050 target, in the context of their ESG commitments, and what this means for their regulated T&D business, and their generation fleet. We also talk about other ESG elements, including diversity, inclusion and belonging, and how ENMAX is addressing energy poverty. And as with previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation.

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S03 Episode 041: TransAlta’s John Kousinioris on the transformation to a net zero 2050 world

Recorded on Zoom in late July 2021, episode 41 is the fifth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, John Kousinioris, President and CEO…

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Recorded on Zoom in late July 2021, episode 41 is the fifth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, John Kousinioris, President and CEO of TransAlta, discusses the transition off coal and other actions intended deliver carbon neutrality for TransAlta by 2050. We talk GHG reduction targets, existing and emerging technologies, from CCS to hydrogen, and the challenges of meeting demand in the winter. As usual, we close the conversation with some book recommendations, and John turns the tables on me to find out what I’m reading.

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S03 Episode 040: Guidehouse and the 2021 State and Future of the Power Industry

Recorded on Zoom in early July 2021, episode 40 focuses on the big picture issues facing the electric power sector. The featured discussion is with Dan Hahn, Partner, Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, and Craig Sabine,…

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Recorded on Zoom in early July 2021, episode 40 focuses on the big picture issues facing the electric power sector. The featured discussion is with Dan Hahn, Partner, Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, and Craig Sabine, Director, Canada Utilities Lead, with Guidehouse. In my conversation with Dan and Craig, we discuss the sixth edition of the report by their firm, “2021 State and Future of the Power Industry”, which reviews the most critical issues and themes facing the electricity sector. They also share perspectives and experiences from discussions with sector senior executives. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with three book recommendations.

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S03 Episode 039: Newfoundland Power, a Sustainable Electricity company, with CEO Gary Murray

Recorded on Zoom in early July 2021, episode 39 shines a light on Newfoundland Power, the tenth enterprise to be designated a Sustainable Electricity™ company. The featured discussion is with Gary Murray, President & Chief…

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Recorded on Zoom in early July 2021, episode 39 shines a light on Newfoundland Power, the tenth enterprise to be designated a Sustainable Electricity™ company. The featured discussion is with Gary Murray, President & Chief Executive Officer at Newfoundland Power. In my conversation with Gary, we discuss the company’s sustainability journey to their designation, the unique challenges of operating in Newfoundland, the pandemic, “Snowmageddon,” and promoting diversity in the trades. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation, in this case, with a climate spin.

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S03 Episode 038: Kubra’s Alison Copeland and the generations of customers

Recorded on Zoom in late June 2021, episode 38 focuses on customer expectations and differences between the various generations. The featured discussion is with Alison Copeland, Senior Director of Marketing at Kubra, a company that…

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Recorded on Zoom in late June 2021, episode 38 focuses on customer expectations and differences between the various generations. The featured discussion is with Alison Copeland, Senior Director of Marketing at Kubra, a company that provides customer experience management solutions to some of the largest utility, insurance, and government entities across North America. In my conversation with Alison, we discuss a recent report by her firm, “From Gen Z to Baby Boomers”, that looks at different customer expectations based upon generations, an interesting approach to customer segmentation, including how different generation want to engage with companies. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation.

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S03 Episode 037: Alectra’s Brian Bentz on electricity distribution in a net zero 2050 world

Recorded on Zoom in late June 2021, episode 37 is the fourth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Brian Bentz, President and CEO…

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Recorded on Zoom in late June 2021, episode 37 is the fourth in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Brian Bentz, President and CEO of Alectra Inc., the largest municipally-owned utility in Canada, discusses Net Zero by 2050 from an electricity distribution company’s perspective. In my conversation with Brian, we discuss the evolution of Alectra, their 2025 GHG reduction targets, their 2050 aspirations, and what the distribution company of tomorrow may look like. We also talk about the urgent need to redefine the regulatory compact to enable future innovation. And, as with previous discussions, the conversation wraps with a book recommendation from Brian.

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S03 Episode 036: Mollie Johnson and Natural Resources Canada’s Net Zero role

Recorded on Zoom in June 2021, episode 36 is the third in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Mollie Johnson, NRCan’s Assistant Deputy Minister…

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Recorded on Zoom in June 2021, episode 36 is the third in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Mollie Johnson, NRCan’s Assistant Deputy Minister – Low Carbon Energy Sector, discusses Net Zero by 2050 from a government of Canada perspective. In my conversation with Mollie, we discuss what the Low Carbon Sector is, and the prospects for energy and electricity as Canada pursues its GHG targets. We also talk about Canadian GHG reduction aspirations in an international context, both challenges and opportunities. And, once again, the conversation wraps with a book recommendation; in this case, Mollie recommends a book for young readers.

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S03 Episode 035: Kate Chisholm and a Capital Power’s Net Zero Journey

Recorded on Zoom in early June 2021, episode 35 is the second in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Capital Power’s Senior VP Kate…

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Recorded on Zoom in early June 2021, episode 35 is the second in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this episode, Capital Power’s Senior VP Kate Chisholm discusses the commitments her company has made to carbon intensity reduction by 2030 and Net Zero by 2050. In my conversation with Kate, we discuss the accelerated move off coal in 2023, the role new technologies (including carbon capture, utilization and storage; and direct air capture) will play in the future, and prospects for Canadian leadership in GHG reduction technologies. We also talk about sustainability and the growing importance of ESG for tomorrow’s investor. And, once again, we close the conversation with a book recommendation, in this case, Kate is recommending a book I just bought but have not yet opened.

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S03 Episode 034: Ken Hartwick and a Net Zero 2040 OPG

Recorded on Zoom late April 2021, episode 34 is the first in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this first episode, Ontario Power Generation’s CEO Ken…

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Recorded on Zoom late April 2021, episode 34 is the first in a series of podcasts seeking to unpack Canada’s Net Zero 2050 greenhouse gas target. For this first episode, Ontario Power Generation’s CEO Ken Hartwick discusses the commitments his company has made to be a Net Zero company by 2040. In my conversation with Ken, we discuss the challenges of GHG reduction targets, including technological, political, and corporate culture change. We also talk about the importance of taking immediate actions to start decarbonizing, and the wide array of technologies that will be needed to meet targets. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation, in this case, Ken has two book recommendations, fiction and non-fiction.

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S03 Episode 033: Earth Day 2021: Maritime Electric, a Sustainable Electricity™ Company

Recorded on Zoom for Earth Day 2021, episode 33 shines a light on Maritime Electric, the ninth entity to be designated a Sustainable Electricity™ company. The featured discussion is with Jason Roberts, President & Chief…

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Recorded on Zoom for Earth Day 2021, episode 33 shines a light on Maritime Electric, the ninth entity to be designated a Sustainable Electricity™ company. The featured discussion is with Jason Roberts, President & Chief Executive Officer at Maritime Electric in Prince Edward Island. In my conversation with Jason, we discuss the company’s sustainability journey to their designation, challenges of running an island system, Covid-19 from Maritime Electric and Atlantic bubble perspectives, promoting diversity in the trades, and electric vehicles. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation, in this case, with a bit of an East Coast spin.

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S03 Episode 032: Keith Sones of Valard on project complexity and building for the future

Recorded on Zoom in mid-March 2021, episode 32 focuses on how contractors work with electricity companies to meet the challenges of building major projects. The featured discussion is with Keith Sones, Executive Vice President of…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid-March 2021, episode 32 focuses on how contractors work with electricity companies to meet the challenges of building major projects. The featured discussion is with Keith Sones, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development and VP of Ontario operations for Valard. In my conversation with Keith, we discuss project complexity, working with communities and first nations, the challenges of building infrastructure, of building for a net zero future, and making sure we have the people to meet what the future may bring. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with a book recommendation.

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S03 Episode 031: Equity Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices with Joelle Lancaster and Lyla Garzouzi

Recorded on Zoom in February 2021, Joelle Lancaster, Advisor at CEA guest hosts this special International Women’s Day takeover episode with guest Lyla Garzouzi, Chief Safety Officer at Hydro One. Lyla describes her journey and…

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Recorded on Zoom in February 2021, Joelle Lancaster, Advisor at CEA guest hosts this special International Women’s Day takeover episode with guest Lyla Garzouzi, Chief Safety Officer at Hydro One. Lyla describes her journey and transition into her current role at Hydro One and provides insight into CEA’s Gender Best Practices Report, released on International Women’s Day. The podcast concludes with the CEA takeover hosts discussing highlights from their conversations.

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S03 Episode 030: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Field with Mackenzie Gillan and Allison Wood

Recorded on Zoom in February 2021, Daniella Bidin, Communications Officer at CEA guest hosts this special International Women’s Day takeover episode with guests Mackenzie Gillan from Hydro One and Allison Wood from Niagara Peninsula Energy.…

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Recorded on Zoom in February 2021, Daniella Bidin, Communications Officer at CEA guest hosts this special International Women’s Day takeover episode with guests Mackenzie Gillan from Hydro One and Allison Wood from Niagara Peninsula Energy. After originally meeting at a Women in Powerline Technician event, Mackenzie and Allison share their stories on how they grew to love the trades and advice they would give to aspiring powerline technicians (PLTs). They also touch on emphasizing safety and expecting the unexpected when on call. The episode finishes with a mandatory reading recommendation for any PLT – a Hydro One training module.

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S03 Episode 029: Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace with Starlene MacDonald

Recorded on Zoom in February of 2021, Asuka Boehm, Senior Reliability Analyst at CEA guest hosts this International Women’s Day takeover episode with special guest Starlene MacDonald, Manager of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at OPG.…

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Recorded on Zoom in February of 2021, Asuka Boehm, Senior Reliability Analyst at CEA guest hosts this International Women’s Day takeover episode with special guest Starlene MacDonald, Manager of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at OPG. Starlene discusses the importance of continuous education and awareness building in the workplace and how we can encourage more diversity in the electricity sector. She explains how recognition of intersectionality plays an important role in building the next generation of employees in the STEM field and how inclusion transforms workplace dynamics. The episode finishes with book recommendations for those looking to learn more about diversity.

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S03 Episode 028: Sheryl Riggs, communications and technology for utilities in uncertain times

Recorded on Zoom in mid-January 2021, episode 28 looks at some of the challenges for an association focused on the intersection of telecommunications and utility infrastructure during a period of rapid change and a global…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid-January 2021, episode 28 looks at some of the challenges for an association focused on the intersection of telecommunications and utility infrastructure during a period of rapid change and a global pandemic. The featured discussion is with Sheryl Riggs, the president and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council. In my conversation with Sheryl, we discuss UTC’s evolution and membership, and the evolving communications and technologies underpinning utilities. We also touch on the evolving cyber threat environment, and the challenges of operating an association during a pandemic, and some upside (greater virtual reach). We close the conversation with a recommendation, in this case, Sheryl has a movie suggestion.

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S02 Episode 027: Robert Hornung and renewable energy in Canada

Recorded on Zoom in early-October 2020, episode 27 is a continuation of a series of conversations on the technologies that will power Canada in the future. The featured discussion is with Robert Hornung, the President…

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Recorded on Zoom in early-October 2020, episode 27 is a continuation of a series of conversations on the technologies that will power Canada in the future. The featured discussion is with Robert Hornung, the President and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association. In my conversation with Robert, we discuss wind and solar power as well as energy storage, and their place in Canada’s energy sector today and in the future. We also touch on regulatory barriers to greater renewable energy, the future customer experience, and the challenges of establishing a new energy association during a global pandemic. We close the conversation with a book recommendation, and Robert becomes the second podcast guest to recommend The Overstory by Richard Powers.

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S02 Episode 026: Paula Conboy and regulation in Australia and Canada

Recorded on Zoom in late-September 2020, episode 26 is a deep-dive conversation with Paula Conboy into the similarities and differences between Canada and Australia’s electricity sectors and how they are regulated, the challenges of integrating…

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Recorded on Zoom in late-September 2020, episode 26 is a deep-dive conversation with Paula Conboy into the similarities and differences between Canada and Australia’s electricity sectors and how they are regulated, the challenges of integrating intermittent renewables in their system, and regulatory innovation. Paula is Senior Counselor in the Energy and Environment Practice with the Sussex Strategy Group Inc and a part-time Board Member with the Energy Market Authority in Singapore. She has returned to Canada following one of her many stints in Australia. She spent five years as the Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator, was previously a Board member of the Ontario Energy Board, and a past Vice-president of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Powerstream, now part of Alectra Utilities.

Like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with three book recommendations from Paula.

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S02 Episode 025: John Gorman and nuclear energy in Canada

Recorded on Zoom in mid-September 2020, episode 25 is a continuation of a series of conversations on the technologies that will power Canada in the future. The featured discussion is with John Gorman, the President…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid-September 2020, episode 25 is a continuation of a series of conversations on the technologies that will power Canada in the future. The featured discussion is with John Gorman, the President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association. In my conversation with John, we discuss nuclear’s place in Canada’s energy’s mix today and in the future, the imminent arrival of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), nuclear waste, and the production of medical isotopes. And like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with some book recommendations from John, who is himself an author.

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S02 Episode 024: George Lidgett and Electricity in the North Part 3

Recorded on Zoom in late-August 2020, episode 24 is the third podcast in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with George Lidgett,…

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Recorded on Zoom in late-August 2020, episode 24 is the third podcast in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with George Lidgett, the Executive Vice President & General Manager, Utilities for Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. The wide-ranging conversation with George touches on engagement with indigenous communities, the logistical challenges of getting supplies to remote communities, electrification, the greening of northern grids and climate change. Like many previous podcasts, we close the conversation with some book recommendations.

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S02 Episode 023: Covid-19 Part 3, Scott Aaronson

Recorded on Zoom in mid-July 2020, episode 23 is the third podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, featuring a discussion with Scott Aaronson, Vice President of Security…

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Recorded on Zoom in mid-July 2020, episode 23 is the third podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, featuring a discussion with Scott Aaronson, Vice President of Security and Preparedness at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington and secretariat to the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). Scott and I talk about the evolution of the ESCC, how industry came together to tackle pandemic challenges, issue spotting and Tiger Teams, preparing for the next pandemic, and mutual assistance.

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S02 Episode 022: Noel Voykin and Electricity in the North, Part 2

Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 22 is the second podcast in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Noel…

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Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 22 is the second podcast in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Noel Voykin, the President and CEO of Northwest Territories Power Corporation Our conversation touches on economic development in the north, new renewable technologies, climate change impacts, and leadership.

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S02 Episode 021: National Lineworker Appreciation Day with Lana Norton

Recorded by phone for National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10th 2020, episode 21 features a discussion with the founder and Executive Director of Women of Powerline Technicians, Lana Norton. We talk about the typical…

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Recorded by phone for National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10th 2020, episode 21 features a discussion with the founder and Executive Director of Women of Powerline Technicians, Lana Norton. We talk about the typical day for a lineworker, how the changes in the electricity sector are changing (and in some cases, not changing) the work of lineworkers, and the role Women of Powerline Technicians plays in supporting women PLTs and in promoting careers in trades for young women.

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S02 Episode 020: Covid-19 Part 2, Craig Oldham

Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 20 is the second podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, this time from a government perspective. The featured discussion…

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Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 20 is the second podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, this time from a government perspective. The featured discussion is with Craig Oldham, Director General of the Critical Infrastructure Directorate, in the National and Cyber Security Branch, at Public Safety Canada. We talk about the evolution of the response to Covid-19, how the government coordinates through the Government Operations Centre, the complexity of preparedness and response in the context of the broader threat environment, and the importance of relationships and partnerships.

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S02 Episode 019: Andrew Hall and Electricity in the North, Part 1

Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 19 is the first in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Andrew Hall, Yukon…

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Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 19 is the first in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Andrew Hall, Yukon Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. We talk about the unique challenges of the electricity sector in the north, how Yukon differs from the other territories, the complexity of managing an islanded grid, integrating new renewables, the criticality of partnerships with indigenous communities, and the Sustainable Electricity program.

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S02 Episode 018: Covid-19 Part 1, Eóin Cooke

Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 18 is our return from hiatus due to the Coronavirus, and the first in a series on electricity sector preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19.…

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Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 18 is our return from hiatus due to the Coronavirus, and the first in a series on electricity sector preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19. The featured discussion is with Eóin Cooke, AltaLink’s Vice-President of Security and Information Services. We talk about AltaLink’s preparedness for a pandemic, technology and productivity in the time of Covid-19, and the importance of partnerships in pandemic response. Eóin also shares his views on artificial intelligence and the AI cybersecurity arms race.

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S02 Episode 017: Executive panel on State of the Canadian Electricity Industry

Recorded at the Globe 2020 Conference in Vancouver in February 2020, episode 17 features a panel discussion following the release by CEA of the report “State of the Canadian Electricity Industry 2020.” Tim Boston, Vice…

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Recorded at the Globe 2020 Conference in Vancouver in February 2020, episode 17 features a panel discussion following the release by CEA of the report “State of the Canadian Electricity Industry 2020.” Tim Boston, Vice President Public Policy and Government Relations at ENMAX facilitated the conversation, which featured Jay Grewal, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, Roger Dall’ Antonia, President and CEO of FortisBC and Kate Chisholm, Q.C., Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer with Capital Power.

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S02 Episode 016: Tabatha Bull talks about progressive aboriginal relations

Recorded in Toronto in February 2020, episode 16 features a discussion with Tabatha Bull, the Chief Operating Officer with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). We talk about the CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR)…

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Recorded in Toronto in February 2020, episode 16 features a discussion with Tabatha Bull, the Chief Operating Officer with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). We talk about the CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program, which a number of CEA members participate in, and how the pillars of PAR are foundational to reconciliation. Tabatha also shares her views on a range of issues, including some notable examples of best practices of indigenous community engagement.

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S02 Episode 015: Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin talks Canadian hydro and Channa Perera shares his views on Globe 2020

Recorded at the Globe 2020 Conference in Vancouver in February 2020, episode 15 features a discussion with Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President and Chief Executive Officer with WaterPower Canada. We talk about the importance of Canadian hydro,…

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Recorded at the Globe 2020 Conference in Vancouver in February 2020, episode 15 features a discussion with Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President and Chief Executive Officer with WaterPower Canada. We talk about the importance of Canadian hydro, future prospects, and what policy makers should be doing to support further development of hydro. From the CEA team, Policy Development VP Channa Perera joins me to share his views on the Globe conference and it’s dialogue on sustainability with stakeholders and government.

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S01 Episode 014: Roger Dall’Antonia talks COP25 and the distinctive perspectives of running a company both electricity and natural gas

Recorded at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, episode 14 features a discussion with Roger Dall’Antonia, President and Chief Executive Officer at FortisBC. We talk about the COP25 experience and observations as a…

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Recorded at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, episode 14 features a discussion with Roger Dall’Antonia, President and Chief Executive Officer at FortisBC. We talk about the COP25 experience and observations as a first-time attendee at a COP conference, the distinct challenges facing an electricity and natural gas company, and some of the differences in the utility business environments in Canada and the United States. From the CEA team, Policy Development VP Channa Perera joins me to highlight the big issues on the agenda at COP25.

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S01 Episode 013: Rodger Smith talks electricity business strategies in the face of industry transformation

Episode 13 features a discussion with Rodger Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Oracle Utilities. We talk about the challenges facing the electricity industry as value shifts from kilowatts to bits & bytes,…

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Episode 13 features a discussion with Rodger Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Oracle Utilities. We talk about the challenges facing the electricity industry as value shifts from kilowatts to bits & bytes, and what Rodger sees at winning strategies for the future. From the CEA team, Michael Powell stops by to talk about recent news and GridEx, and Janice Garcia discusses take-aways from CEA’s annual Powering Partnerships Summit.

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S01 Episode 012: Tonja Leach talks integrated community scale energy systems

Episode 12 features a discussion with Tonja Leach, Executive Director of Quest, whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. We…

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Episode 12 features a discussion with Tonja Leach, Executive Director of Quest, whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. We talk about the evolution of QUEST, how it fulfills its mission, and QUEST’s unique structure. From the CEA team, Michael Powell stops by to talk about recent news and the storm damage, and Joelle Lancaster and Alex Kent, co-authors of a recent article in Renew Canada, the “Infrastructure Magazine,” discuss partnerships.

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S01 Episode 011: BCUC’s David Morton Talks Rate Regulation

For Episode 011 of Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Francis is joined by Tim Egan of the Canadian Gas Association for a conversation with the CEO and Chair of the British…

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For Episode 011 of Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Francis is joined by Tim Egan of the Canadian Gas Association for a conversation with the CEO and Chair of the British Columbia Utilities Commission, David Morton. This is part of our collaboration with CAMPUT, the association of Canada’s energy and utility regulators, and was recorded at the Global Grid Forum, in Vancouver BC in September 2019, where both Francis and David were speakers. From the CEA team, Michael Powell stops by to talk about recent news, and Ana Santarem provides an overview of the cross-Canada electrification debate series CEA is presenting.

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S01 Episode 010: Cynthia Chaplin talks regulation and the future of electricity

Episode 10 features a discussion with Cynthia Chaplin, Executive Director of CAMPUT, the association of Canada’s energy and utility regulators, on the challenges of economic regulation in a period where the electricity industry is on…

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Episode 10 features a discussion with Cynthia Chaplin, Executive Director of CAMPUT, the association of Canada’s energy and utility regulators, on the challenges of economic regulation in a period where the electricity industry is on the cusp of significant change, driven by both technology and customers. Cynthia also talks about how regulators promote regulatory excellence, how to enhance engagement among regulators, industry and stakeholders, and the challenges of the future of ratemaking with the rise of distributed energy resources. From the CEA team, Michael Powell stops by to talk about recent news, and Channa Perera visits to discuss key take-aways from the recent Energy and Mines Ministers Conference.

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S01 Episode 009: Mike Marsh talks innovation and greening the grid

Episode 9 features a discussion with Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, on pioneering carbon capture and the challenges of greening the grid. Mike also talks about other new technologies, partnerships with First Nations,…

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Episode 9 features a discussion with Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, on pioneering carbon capture and the challenges of greening the grid. Mike also talks about other new technologies, partnerships with First Nations, and building a safety culture at SaskPower. From the CEA team, Julia Muggeridge stops by to talk about recent news, and Alex Kent visits to focus on telecommunications issues.

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S01 Episode 008: NRCan Minister Sohi on the Central Role Electricity Will Play in Canada’s Future

For National Electricity Month (NEM), Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 008, features a discussion with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, recorded live before an audience at…

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For National Electricity Month (NEM), Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 008, features a discussion with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, recorded live before an audience at CEA’s Town Hall at the National Arts Centre. Interviewed by CEA’s Government Relations Director Michael Powell, the wide-ranging discussion with Minister Sohi touches on innovation, electrification and new technologies. From the CEA team, Francis Bradley and Michael Powell talk about recent news, and Daniella Bidin drops by to talk about the NEM launch and CEA’s future scenarios as fleshed-out by author Kate Heartfield and presented as monologues by four local actors at our Electrifying Night at the Museum.

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S01 Episode 007: Brien Sheahan on capitalizing the cloud and other creative approaches to energy regulation

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 007, featuring an in-depth conversation with the former CEO and Chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission Brien Sheahan that host Francis Bradley recorded at the…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 007, featuring an in-depth conversation with the former CEO and Chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission Brien Sheahan that host Francis Bradley recorded at the annual CAMPUT conference. From the CEA team, T&D Director Justin Crewson provides context for the conversation with Brien, and Senior Advisor Megan Falle drops by to talk biodiversity.

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S01 Episode 006: Everything you wanted to know about energy regulation but were afraid to ask!

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 006, featuring two discussion that host Francis Bradley recorded with cohost Tim Egan from the Canadian Gas Association, at the annual CAMPUT conference. In cooperation…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 006, featuring two discussion that host Francis Bradley recorded with cohost Tim Egan from the Canadian Gas Association, at the annual CAMPUT conference. In cooperation with CAMPUT, the association Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators, Francis and Tim talk energy regulation with the Chair of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, Peter Gurnham, and Manitoba Public Utilities Board Chair Robert Gabor. Transcripts of our conversations will also be posted to the ERQ, the Energy Regulation Quarterly, at http://www.energyregulationquarterly.ca/#sthash.Gp0ncoTI.dpbs

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S01 Episode 005: Cara Clairman, A Practical Approach to Promoting Electric Vehicles

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 005, featuring a discussion with Cara Clairman, the President and CEO of Plug ‘N Drive. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Cara touches on…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 005, featuring a discussion with Cara Clairman, the President and CEO of Plug ‘N Drive. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Cara touches on EV dealership awards, the establishment of Plug ‘N Drive, the economics of electric mobility, adoption of EVs abroad, and the prospects for the future for Canadian EV market. From the CEA team, Michael Powell checks in with interesting news from here on earth and in space, and Leah Michalopulos drops by to talk about CEA’s activities in Washington.

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S01 Episode 004: Gianna Manes, Living in Exponential Times and Thinking Differently

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 004, featuring a discussion with Gianna Manes, the President and CEO of Calgary-based ENMAX Corporation. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Gianna is a…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 004, featuring a discussion with Gianna Manes, the President and CEO of Calgary-based ENMAX Corporation. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Gianna is a challenge to think differently in an era of exponential change, including customer engagement, corporate culture change, diversity, and why maybe we should compare electricity to apples from a pricing perspective. From the CEA team, Michael Powell checks in with interesting news, and Daniel Gent drops by to talk about CEA’s Analytics programs.

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S01 Episode 003: Jim Robb and the Complex Future of the North American Grid

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 003, featuring a discussion with Jim Robb, the President, and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 003, featuring a discussion with Jim Robb, the President, and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Jim ranges from the complexity of the future of the North American electricity grid, including the integration of distributed resources, the role of batteries, electrification, and electric vehicles, and cyber threats, to lessons from WWII generals. From the CEA team, Michael Powell checks in with interesting news from the heart of Texas to the Canadian Arctic, and Julia Muggeridge drops by to talk about CEA’s first annual State of the Canadian Electricity Industry.

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S01 Episode 002: Peter Gregg on the Future Challenges of a System Operator

Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 002, featuring a discussion with Peter Gregg, the President and CEO of the IESO in Ontario. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Peter Gregg…

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Flux Capacitor, the podcast about the future of electricity, Episode 002, featuring a discussion with Peter Gregg, the President and CEO of the IESO in Ontario. Hosted by Francis Bradley, the discussion with Peter Gregg touches on the challenges of distributed generation, reliability, new technologies and emerging threats from the perspective of an electricity system operator. From the CEA team, Michael Powell checks in with interesting news about the future, and Shahrzad Simab drops by to talk about initiatives CEA is undertaking with our members and in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada on climate change adaptation.

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S01 Episode 001: Karen Hutt on Being Customer-centric

On the inaugural episode of the Flux Capacitor, Francis Bradley interviews Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. Their discussion focuses on renewable electricity, customer expectations, electrification and transportation in Nova Scotia.

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On the inaugural episode of the Flux Capacitor, Francis Bradley interviews Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. Their discussion focuses on renewable electricity, customer expectations, electrification and transportation in Nova Scotia.

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