TORONTO, March 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Infrastructure has emerged as perhaps the single most contentious of all energy-related issues in Canada, and will be the focus of an Energy Council of Canada summit in Toronto this week. Regulators, industry representatives and other thoughts leaders will offer diverse perspectives on the crucial connections between the generation of energy and its markets and end uses.
Issues for discussion include: the growing hurdles to gaining public and regulatory acceptance for pipelines; the scope of investment required in Canada's energy infrastructure; the need for better alignment of existing infrastructure with changing generation and distribution patterns; and potential threats arising from extreme-weather and cyber security vulnerabilities.
Tuesday, March 8 (open to media at 9:00 a.m.)
Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto
Opening Keynote 9:00 am: Energy Infrastructure "Big Picture"- Todd Williams, Navigant Consulting Inc.
Panel One, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. – Safe and reliable electricity at the local level; chaired by Toronto Hydro President and CEO Anthony Haines, with panelists including NRStor Inc. President and CEO Annette Verschuren and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business President and CEO JP Gladu
Panel Two, 10:45 - 12:00 noon – New provincial energy infrastructure, requirements and financing; with panelists including senior executives of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator, Union Gas Limited and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Luncheon Speaker, 12:45-1:15 p.m. – Critical Energy Infrastructure Decisions and the Trudeau Government; Jamie Watt, Executive Chairman, Navigator
Panel Three, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – Climate impacts, risk management and cyber threats; with panelists including senior executives of Natural Resources Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and Deloitte LLP
Closing Keynote, 2.30 - 2:50 p.m. – Energy Infrastructure, Climate Policy and the Path Forward; Dr. Jatin Nathwani; Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (University of Waterloo)
Full program at www.energy.ca
With 65 members from across Canada's energy sector, the Energy Council of Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving an affordable, stable and environmentally sound energy system providing the greatest benefit for all Canadians. The Energy Council of Canada is the Canadian Member Committee of the World Energy Council.
SOURCE Energy Council of Canada
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