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Leading the Charge conference

June 21, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2

The scene from last year's conference.  

 Conference description

A clean energy revolution is underway around much of the world, driven by rapid technological advancements and the declining cost of renewable energy. However, the sun isn't always shining and the wind isn't always blowing. Therefore, storing excess power and distributing it in a way that ensures no interruption in service is seen as the key to realizing the full potential of renewables.

Building on the success of sold-out events in PDF file2016 and PDF file2017, the third annual Leading the Charge conference returns to the historic Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens). The conference will once again fuse academic and technical expertise with practical industry experience, bringing together high-level talent and decision-makers from across Canada and the United States to explore all aspects of energy storage — including the various battery technologies; how best to integrate them into the electricity grid; implications of increased energy storage adoption to utilities, manufacturers and consumers; and opportunities for commercialization.

Leading the Charge will provide a platform for stakeholders — including technology providers, local distribution companies, government and academia — to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of energy storage.

The conference is organized as part of the NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet). Ryerson University and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are proud to lead this five-year, $5 million pan-Canadian network of 15 universities and 25 industry and government partners focused on the future of energy storage — an essential technology in the global transition to clean energy.

 Program

Subject to change. PDF fileDownload the full schedule.

8:30 AM ET Breakfast and registration

9:00 Welcome and opening remarks
 Jessie Ma

9:10 Welcome from NESTNet's Board Chair
 Neetika Sathe

9:20 Introduction of morning session
 Sean Conway

9:30 Keynote: Energy system transformation
 Scott Hoyte (replacing Eric Gebhardt)

10:00 Break and networking

10:15 Presentation: Energy storage at the transmission and distribution level — A California ISO perspective
 Jill Powers

10:30 Presentation: Trends in energy storage technology and prosumer use cases
 Michael Maiello

10:45 Panel session: Lessons on energy storage from south of the border
 Scott Hoyte, Jill Powers and Michael Maiello (moderated by Sean Conway)

11:10 Break and networking

11:25 Keynote: The IESO — Embracing and encouraging disruption
 Leonard Kula (introduced by Bala Venkatesh)

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 Panel session: Commercializing energy storage — The road to success
 Daniel McCormick, Hari Suthan and Matthew Sachs (moderated by Jane Kearns)

2:00 Break and networking

2:15 Panel session: NESTNet outcomes and impact — The story so far
 F. Handan Tezel, Liuchen Chang and Claudio Cañizares (moderated by Ian Rowlands)

2:55 Closing remarks
 Bala Venkatesh

3:00–4:00 Reception

 Speakers

Claudio Cañizares
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

Bio, external link

Liuchen Chang
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick

Bio, external link

Sean Conway
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University


Scott Hoyte
Managing Director, Distributed Energy Solutions, GE Power

PDF fileBio

Jane Kearns

Jane Kearns
Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech

Bio, external link

Leonard Kula
Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations and COO, IESO

Bio, external link

Michael Maiello
Vice President, Energy Storage Systems, Schneider Electric

PDF fileBio

Jessie Ma
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University


Daniel McCormick
Vice President of Sales, Constant Power

PDF fileBio

Jill Powers
Infrastructure and Regulatory Policy Manager, California Independent System Operator

PDF fileBio

Ian Rowlands
Professor and Associate Vice-President, International, University of Waterloo

Bio, external link

Matthew Sachs
COO, Peak Power

Bio, external link

Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.

PDF fileBio

Hari Suthan

Hari Suthan
Chief Strategic Growth and Policy Officer, Opus One Solutions

PDF fileBio

F. Handan Tezel
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa

Bio, external link

Bala Venkatesh
Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University


 Tickets

Tickets cost $400 + taxes and Eventbrite fees. They include lunch, refreshments, one drink ticket for use at reception, conference materials, and a post-event report. Please register via Eventbrite, external link.  

 Accessibility

Ryerson is committed to providing an accessible learning environment. Please let us know if we need to make any accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

 Sponsorship

Please contact us to request a sponsorship package.  

 Recommended hotel

The Chelsea Hotel about a 10-minute walk from the venue. Leading the Charge conference attendees receive a discounted rate of $167 per night, external link.

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