Drew Sloan

REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT, SALES ORACLE UTILITIES GLOBAL BUSINESS UNIT 

Drew Sloan is a Regional Vice President with Oracle in charge of all sales operations for Eastern Canada as well as portions of the Eastern US. In this role, Drew is focused on communicating Oracle’s position in working with utilities to leverage energy information, behavioral science, and user-centric design to drive value for utilities and utility customers. In another life, Drew has testified in front of both houses of the US Congress on the issues of climate change and climate security and, in 2015, he was named a Champion of Change by the Obama Administration for his work in this area. Prior to joining Oracle, Drew spent five years as an active duty Army officer serving one tour in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. His military awards include 2 Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart Award, and the US Army Ranger tab.


Julia Hamm

President and CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Julia Hamm has 20 years of experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and distributed energy resources. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies. She has expertise on the business models and programs of utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia - a graduate of Cornell University - walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.


Mary Ann Piette

Senior Scientist and Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mary Ann Piette is the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and has been at LBNL since 1983. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops DR technology and the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. OpenADR is being deployed to deliver over 250 MW of DR in California and throughout the US.  

Mary Ann develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking, and diagnostics. She has authored over 100 papers on efficiency and demand response. In 2006, Mary Ann received the Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning for contributions to making commissioning “business as usual”. Mary Ann completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. 


Dr. Karim Zaghib

Director – Energy Storage and Conversion, HYDRO-QUEBEC (IREQ)

Karim Zaghib, Director – Energy Storage and Conversion at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ, ranks among the researchers most highly cited by their peers, as established by Thomson Reuters’ The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 and 2016. Since joining IREQ more than 20 years ago, he has contributed to the development of lithium-ion battery materials for electric transportation and energy storage applications.

Dr. Zaghib has authored 368 scientific articles and edited or co-edited nearly 20 books, and is a joint inventor in 550 patents. An active member of the Electrochemical Society, he was awarded the Energy Technology Division Award 2009 and the Battery Division Technology Award 2013, and was elected ECS Fellow in 2011. He also received the International Electric Research Exchange (IERE) Research Award in 2008 and the International Battery Association (IBA) Research Award in 2010.

Karim Zaghib holds a Masters (1987) and a Ph.D. (1990) in electrochemistry from the Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble in France. From 1990 to 1992, he engaged in postdoctoral research financed by Saft, a world leader in high-tech batteries, and by the armament branch of France’s department of defense. From 1992 to 1995, he was guest researcher for the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (METI). In 2002, he received the HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in materials science from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France).

Thanks to Dr. Zaghib’s work, Hydro-Québec was the first company in the world to use lithium iron phosphate in Li-ion battery cathodes and to develop natural graphite and nanotitanate anodes. The most recent advances resulting from his work, which were achieved in collaboration with research centres based in Singapour and Spain, among other countries, will pave the way for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries. His research also led to the creation of Technologies Esstalion, a joint venture with Sony Corporation whose mission is to develop large-scale energy storage systems.


Dr. Liuchen Chang

PROFESSOR, ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF  
NEW BRUNSWICK

Joined the faculty of University of New Brunswick in 1992 and is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He held the position of NSERC Chair in Environmental Design Engineering during 2001-2007, and was the Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of pan-Canadian Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet) during 2008-2014. He was a recipient of CanWEA R.J. Templin Award in 2010 for his contribution in the development of wind energy technologies, and the Innovation Award for Excellence in Applied Research in the Province of New Brunswick in 2016 for his contributions in smart grid and renewable energy technologies.

He was the general chair of the 2015 7th IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2015) in Montreal, Canada, and 2016 8th IEEE International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference - ECCE Asia (IPEMC 2016-ECCE Asia) in Hefei, China. He is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and a Vice President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has published over 320 refereed technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. His expertise is in power converters, direct load controls and distributed generation systems.


Brad Wasson

DIRECTOR OF REDUCE AND SHIFT DEMAND (RASD) | SMART GRID PROGRAM AND PRODUCT AND SERVICES DEVELOPMENT, NB POWER

Brad joined NB Power in April 2013 after a 25+ year career in private sector management consulting and technology development. Brad is a Director with the RASD | Smart Grid Program, a major organizational transformation driving NB Power to become a utility of the future. The program includes a long-term partnership with Siemens Canada to bring Smart Grid business capabilities and technologies to the utility. He also heads up the Products and Services Development team at NB Power, which includes the Electric Vehicle Program and other customer programs that will be enabled by Smart Grid technologies.


Brent Gilmour, MCIP RPP

Executive Director, Quest

As Executive Director of QUEST ‐ Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Brent leads the research, engagement, and advocacy activities for the development of Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Brent also oversees QUEST’s eight provincial and regional Caucuses and the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.

Brent was involved in the initial launch of QUEST in 2007 in his previous role with the Canadian Urban Institute's (CUI) in the capacity of Vice President, Urban Solutions. Prior to joining the CUI, Brent was the Strategic Coordinator responsible for the establishment of the University of Toronto's Sustainability Office (USO) and was an independent research consultant specializing in community energy innovation.

Brent is a registered professional planner with 14+ years of experience in community energy, transportation, and land use planning; downtown revitalization; community consultation & engagement; and, public infrastructure investment.

Along with his work at QUEST, Brent has remained active in the industry and with the local community. Brent is an occasional instructor with York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and has served on several boards, including EcoSpark (formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch) where he is past chair and was the chair of Recent Graduates for Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Brent holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of Massey College.


Curtis Howe

CEO and Co-founder, Mariner Partners, Shift Energy

Curtis has over 30 years of experience in the information and communications technology sector and previously served as Chief Technology Officer of Bell Aliant from 2000 to 2002. From 1998 to 2000, he was General Manager of Marketing with NBTel.

Curtis is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 KIRA Award for Industry Person of the Year, and the2008 Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Atlantic Canada. Curtis is the past Chair of the New Brunswick Systems Operator and of Propel ICT, a non-profit organization focused on the development of start-up technology companies. He oversaw Mariner Partner’s acquisition of SHIFT Energy in 2016.

A lifelong resident of New Brunswick, he graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1982, with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Curtis is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-Scientists of New Brunswick.


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Chris Norris

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, ENERGY MANAGEMENT - DIGITAL GRID, SIEMENS CANADA

Chris Norris leads strategic planning and grid modernization program development with electric utilities across Canada. He is a management consultant in the Energy Business Advisory group within Digital Grid business unit of Energy Management at Siemens Canada.

Along with international colleagues, Chris has created and delivered utility transformation programs using Siemens’s proprietary Smart Grid Compass methodology. He has developed business cases and collaborated with senior management and boards on developing capabilities to achieve key strategic objectives in the transition to a utility of the future.

An accomplished professional engineer, Chris spent the first part of his career as an aerodynamicist at Canada’s top aircraft engine manufacturer before transitioning into energy industry consulting.

Chris holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, an M. Eng. from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University in Kingston.  


Frédèric Delrieu

Electromobility and Advanced Product Leader, Nova Bus

Frédéric graduated in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lille, France. He has worked in the automotive industry for 20 years in France and South Korea, participating in the development of innovations in chassis systems and electromobility. Since 2011 he had an active role in the development of the Electric Vehicle ecosystem and the battery management in a major European car manufacturer before joining the transportation industry in Canada with Nova Bus in 2016.


Gaëtan Thomas

President & CEO, NB POWER

Serving as CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Gaëtan Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change, driven by his deep connection to customer and employee grassroots.

His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-New Brunswick smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. This plan, now in its fourth year, is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable.

Gaëtan grew up in a tiny Francophone village in northern New Brunswick before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. A loyal and lifelong employee of the utility, he has worked in all aspects of the business including as Vice President of both Nuclear and Distribution and Customer Service divisions.

In 2015 & 2016, Gaëtan was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Center), and electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and The New Brunswick Business Council.

Gaëtan is married to Karen Thomas and together they are proud parents to four grown daughters, with three having completed degrees in science or engineering and the fourth one aspiring to be a lawyer. He is also an accomplished marathon runner and power skating coach.


Greg Hemmings

CEO, Hemmings House Pictures

As an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement-maker, Greg Hemmings is a global thought leader in the area of positive social impact filmmaking. Greg’s focus is on how companies can inspire positive change by investing in social impact films and at the same time, increasing brand trust in the market.

His commitment for positive social change has taken him and his team to all corners of the globe to tell global stories to inspire local change and local stories to inspire global change. His company Hemmings House is a certified B-Corporation and employs 12 full time change-makers who feverishly produce filmed content that makes a difference. Hemmings House has been producing film content for the brand marketing and global broadcast industries for almost a decade. They have also created a process that engages social community and brand stakeholders in the film story experience helping to accelerate social movements that matter to them. Their TV series’ and documentaries have been sold to over 60 broadcasters around the world, and they have helped connect customers to brands with aligned values by helping tell authentic stories that build trust.


Greg Robart

Lead Consultant, Power Technologies International Digital Grid, Energy Management Division

As a seasoned Professional Engineer, Greg has varied experiences in engineering principles both for the grid and the building systems. He has experience in critical customer building distribution and distributed control system design, power backup systems as well as communication infrastructure solutions. Greg also has additional experience in industrial power distribution design and commissioning along with power quality and protection co-ordination studies.

Within Siemens’ Energy Management Division, Greg leads the Consultants and Architects for the Power Technology International consulting group across Canada. Greg is fully engaged with Siemens’ utility customers in their transformation and modernization programs and supports customers in Canada and the United States. Topics ranging from Utility of the Future, Operations center of the future and alternative energy storage solutions.

Greg is the past president of the New Brunswick Consulting Engineers Association, has held professional status in 3 provinces and 1 state over his career and has held various positions in local Engineering association. Greg has taught Project Management in MBA program and has been asked to guest lecture at local engineering student, business and international association events.


Dr. Herb Emery

THE VAUGHAN CHAIR IN REGIONAL ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK

An advisor to federal and provincial policymakers, Dr. Herb Emery focuses his research on the development of the Canadian economy and the persistence of long-standing regional disparities. Aside from understanding the economic fundamentals of growth in a small open economy, Dr. Emery’s work incorporates political, historical, cultural and other institutional factors that have shaped Canadian development processes.

Dr. Emery began as the Vaughan Chair in July, 2016. He holds an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia. His academic career began at the University of Calgary where, from 1993 to 2016, he assembled a track record of demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and leadership.

At the University of Calgary, he served as Full Professor in Economics and Research Director for The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary as well as the Svare Professor in Health Economics, a joint position in the Department of Community Health Science in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Economics. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy.


Hussain Rizvi

Regional Director Smart Grid Solutions MENAT, ITRON

Hussain Rizvi is Regional Director Middle East and Turkey for Smart Grid Solutions business in Itron. In this role, Hussain engages with utilities executives around the region to support their requirements for integrated communications technologies which enables them to optimize the intelligence in their grid networks. Hussain is passionate about sustainable and efficient use of energy resources and believes that the Intelligent Grid and Internet of Things concepts will help unlock long term value for the utility sector. Prior to joining Itron, Hussain lead the regional business development and strategy function for Smart Grid Services business of Siemens. He holds an MBA from London Business School and is based in Dubai.


Iuliana Calin

 Energy Partnerships, NEST Canada | Director, Smart Grid Canada

Iuliana Calin is a leader passionate about how industries adapt to innovation and change. She has over 17 years experience in global technology, digital media and smart grid. She brings a wealth of customer knowledge to the evolution of the modern electric utility. She focuses on smart grid, customer engagement and recently the connected home. As Head of Energy Partnerships for Nest Labs in Canada, she helps utilities leverage connected thermostats for customer engagement and grid management. As a Director at SmartGrid Canada, she oversees international partnerships and research. She negotiates R&D projects between leading global utilities and Canadian universities. She leads the largest national research efforts on the Canadian electricity consumer. As a designated national Smart Grid expert at the OECD in Paris, she lobbied on behalf of global smart grid industry. She authored white papers on smart grid and its the global state, distributed generation, and customers - active participants in the electricity system. Previously, she built digital and traditional brands for major media corporations (Yellow Pages Group, Hearst, Rogers). With global marketing experience for technology companies in Silicon Valley, she started her career in advertising at BBDO, Europe. Speaking Romanian, English and French, she holds a M.S. in Communications from Ithaca College & Cornell University, USA.


James Marshall

DIRECTOR OF SMART HOME PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS

James Marshall is currently Director of Smart Home Product Management for Rogers Communications and has been involved in the connected home & automation space for more than 20 years. Previous experience includes Crestron Electronics-residential business and with IBM Canada as Smart Home developer and network & data centre designer.  His career spans manufacturing, installation, sales, distribution and system design.

His experience with Rogers Communications was with the launch of the newest residential product for Rogers, Smart Home Monitoring. This new and innovative offering connects customers with their home with convenience and simplicity for next generation security, connectivity, and awareness. James holds a BA from Bishop’s University.  


Dr. Louise Comeau

PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS, CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF NEW BRUNSWICK

Louise has extensive experience working with non-government organizations, associations, and climate change advocacy networks in Canada and internationally to advance federal, provincial and municipal climate and sustainability policy.  She lectures on climate change at the University of New Brunswick and independently researches values and attitudes associated with energy preferences and behaviours and community capacity to adapt to climate change.

Louise recently completed her term as Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, a national coalition of more than 100 organizations advancing climate protection. Over the course of her career, Louise has also worked provincially in the Ontario and BC climate change secretariats and was instrumental in establishing the Green Municipal Fund now valued at $550-million at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Her FCM team also established a host of other successful initiatives, including the Sustainable Community Awards and Sustainability Communities Conference.

Louise completed a PhD in Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton in 2014 where she is also an Honorary Research Associate. Her research explored the environmental ethics associated with environmental practices. She has served on many boards and consultative processes, including the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network International, the Ontario Climate Action Group, the Federal Environmental Commissioner’s Advisory Group, Ontario Power Authority and the Sierra Club of Canada.


Matt Stevens

CEO, FleetCarma

FleetCarma is a connected car platform, uniquely capable of supporting electric vehicle adoption and deployment. Fleets, electric utilities, and leasing companies turn to FleetCarma to ensure EV owners have an excellent ownership experience and that fleets obtain a positive ROI on their EV fleet. More recently, utilities are deploying FleetCarma’s charge monitoring and rewards platform as well as paired smart-charging to ensure they can support a large number of electric vehicles in their service area. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Engineering, with a focus on electrified powertrain design and battery degradation.    


Mark de Vere White

President, Electricity, Itron

Mark de Vere White was named president of Itron's electricity business line in 2013. Most recently senior vice president, energy, North America, de Vere White was responsible for sales, product marketing, professional services, regulatory relations and customer operations. De Vere White has dedicated his career to working with utility and Fortune 1000 customers, focusing on sales, marketing, delivery and ongoing support of business critical operations and integrated enterprise solutions. He has led his teams with an unyielding drive to deliver customer value and success at all levels. 

Prior to joining Itron, de Vere White was in charge of consulting, support, hosting and account management at Silicon Energy. Before Silicon Energy, de Vere White was one of the first employees at market-leading CRM software provider Kana, where he held executive positions overseeing account management, consulting and support teams. De Vere White started his career in marketing, consulting and direct marketing in New York City. De Vere White received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa.


Martin Rovers

Director of Utility Growth Strategy, Emera

Martin Rovers is the Director of Utility Growth Strategy at Emera. Martin is responsible for developing and implementing new programs and projects in response to the shifting energy industry. Activities are focused on three areas: renewable energy, electrification of heating and transportation, and grid intelligence.

Martin brings over 15 years of experience in business development and operations at leading companies in energy, start-ups and management consulting. Martin earned his M.Sc. in Physics at McMaster University and his MBA at the University of Toronto.


Michel Losier P.Eng.

DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, NB POWER

Michel is the Director of Customer and Community Engagement for New Brunswick Power Corporation. He also a member of the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. “a trusted source of information for industry stakeholders seeking an understanding of the value and experience of a modern electrical grid”.

Michel is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. 

Michel has a broad exposure of the utility sector with extensive experience in customer service and community relations, corporate reputation and media relations. He served as Regional Manager in Customer Service and Managing Director of Corporate Communications. Most recently, Michel was the Program Director of the award winning “PowerShift Atlantic” project; a Smart Grid project focused on collaborative and innovative solutions, engaging customers and leveraging new smart grid - energy storage technologies to better integrate renewables such as wind in the Maritimes. This was a new experience for customers as they played an active role in renewable integration. Michel has been actively engaged in the ongoing utility sector transformation with a “customer centric” focus. He is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on the topic of Smart Grid transformation. He recently presented at Grid Edge 2015 as NB Power received an award as a GTM Top 20 Disruptor in the utility industry. As well, NB Power has recently received the Smart Grid Canada “2015 Innovation Award” for Canadian Utilities.

New Brunswick Power is focused on a transformation towards grid modernization and bringing new “value-added” energy solutions while working in partnership with our customers and communities.

Michel is married and has two young adults completing university. He is an avid runner and loves the outdoors.


Neetika Sathe

Vice President, Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.

Neetika Sathe heads Emerging Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities. 

Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada, responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada.

She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including Chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network.

Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of smart grid, microgrid, energy storage, clean energy, electric mobility and next generation utilities. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring young talent.

Neetika was recognized by Energy Storage North America with the 2016 Champion Award for her leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing energy storage technology. She also received the 2016 Grant's Desi Achievers Award, which recognizes outstanding individual accomplishments in Canada's South Asian community.

Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.


Patty Durand

PRESIDENT & CEO, SMART GRID CONSUMER COLLABORATIVE (SGCC)

SGCC is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. Under Durand’s SGCC has over 120 utility, technology and consumer advocate members and has published numerous consumer research studies. SGCC also engages and educates consumers around grid modernization topics via social media.

Before joining SGCC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. While there she helped to submit $10 million in three successful grant proposals to the Department of Energy and ARPA-E.

Prior to her time at Georgia Tech, Durand served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and climate change programs. Durand also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years. 


Peter Corbyn, P.Eng.

FOUNDER, NEW BRUNSWICK SMART GRID CONSORTIUM

Peter began helping Canadian businesses and homeowners save energy and reduce their environmental footprint in the early 1990’s.

His past activities include launching the first Employee Energy Awareness Program in Ontario, Canada in 1992 for his employer at the time, Woodbridge Foam Corporation. He was the Environment Director for the Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association in Toronto from 1996 to 2000.

Peter was a founding board member of The Climate Reality Project Canada, a member of the global non-profit organization launched by Al Gore in 2006 to train people around the world to present a live version of the slide show featured in the movie An Inconvenient Truth.

Peter is a co-founder of GreenNexxus, developers of sustainability focused web-based programs like the award winning Cisco Systems and CBC One Million Acts of Green campaign.

GreenNexxus received multiple awards, including the 2009 KIRA Award for Most Promising Start-up and 2011 Award for Technology Advancement and Innovation for their Green Employee Sustainability Platform.

Peter is now the Founder of the New Brunswick Smart Grid Consortium, a group of companies focused on growth through an ecosystem of cooperation and partnerships.

He was awarded the Canadian National Clean Air Day Award in 2007 for Excellence in Efficiency Outreach. He is also the co-author of Cool Comforts – Bargaining for Our Survival, which has over 15,000 copies in circulation.

Peter graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently lives with his family in Fredericton, New Brunswick.


Pierre Mullin

R&D Executive, Smart Grid Applications, Siemens Canada

Pierre is the executive responsible for the global custom software development organization for Siemens Digital Grid Software Solutions business. His teams include locations in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria and India. Prior to joining Siemens, he was a Software Development Manager in the BlackBerry R&D organization.

Pierre is a graduate of UNB’s Computer Science program and began his professional career in the utility industry. During his 25+ year career in the IT industry he has held leadership roles in product development start ups, consulting firms and corporate IT organizations.

He currently sits on the boards of the OpenADR Alliance and Tech Impact (formerly the New Brunswick Information Technology Council), and is also a member of the UNB Faculty of Computer Science Advisory Board.


Richard Wunderlich

Consultancy Head of Power Technologies International (Siemens PTI)

Richard Wunderlich is the Consultancy Head of Power Technologies International (Siemens PTI) in Canada.

Mr. Wunderlich focuses on the contributions that Siemens can provide to energy companies and energy users. Prior to taking on the role of leading PTI Richard was the Director of Siemens Smart Grid Initiatives. In previous roles, Richard worked in various industry sectors as well as North American and European responsibilities including account management, business development, customer service, marketing, program management, corporate functions and business management. He has played key roles at Siemens having launched Research and development and new offerings in Customer Care, Smart Meter Integration & Enablement, Strategic Grid Management, Generation Fleet Optimization, Distributed Energy Management and most recently the consultancy practice in Canada. 

Richard participates in various industry associations. Currently he is active as the “Past Chair” of the National Electricity Roundtable and additionally provides advisory support for the Smart Grid Innovation Network, Canadian Smart Grid Action Network, the Canadian Electricity Association, the Ontario Energy Association Corporate Partners Committee, and the MaRS Advance Energy Centre. He has also been on the advisory board of the National Smart Micro Grid Network.

Richard’s perspectives on integrated processes and customer service provide fresh approaches to support the new energy paradigm of a smart energy world.


Tony Wright

General Manager, Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)

Tony Wright is the general manager of the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). Located in the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Passage, home to the world’s highest tides, FORCE is Canada’s lead test facility for in-stream tidal energy technology. With over 24 years of combined marine related technical and operational experience, Mr. Wright leads a small team working in FORCE’s high flow environment to conduct research, build marine infrastructure, deploy monitoring equipment, and support safe tidal turbine demonstration. Prior to assuming the role of general manager, Tony served as FORCE’s director of marine operations, and before that as a naval engineering officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, holding a variety of technical and leadership roles both onboard Canadian vessels and ashore, in financial management, major ship repair projects, technical training and education. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Royal Military College Kingston) and an MBA (Saint Mary’s University).


Dr. Trevor R.T. Nightingale

Manager, High Performance Buildings Program, National Research Council

Since 2010, as R&D director of the Intelligent Building Operation resource unit within NRC, Dr. Nightingale has focused on managing and charting research directions for groups having a focus on building-energy. He led the environmental scan of industry priorities and emerging technologies with respect to building-energy, and developed an NRC R&D program to support industry in the development and commercialization of new technologies for the retro-fit of commercial and institutional buildings. In 2013, he launched, and leads, NRC’s 8-year program on High Performance Buildings valued at $65M. Since 2016, he has been focusing his efforts on building and maximizing impact of the High Performance Building Program.

He is a member of the Canadian Federal Executive Committee responsible for Building and Communities of the Program on Energy Research and Development, which includes strategic planning, program design and establishing project evaluation criteria, project evaluation/review, and funding allocation.

He is also a member of the US Department of Energy Program Peer Review Committee for building technologies responsible for providing research direction and assessment of project program performance; a Board member of the Continental Automated Buildings Association, and a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Industry Advisory Committee. Dr. Nightingale is also an adjunct research professor (Civil Engineering) at Carleton University.


Laura O’Blenis

Founder & Chief Strategist, Stiletto

Laura O’Blenis has over 20 years' experience in leading change, generating results, marketing products and services, and successfully negotiating new business opportunities and contracts. She has spent the past 11 years of her career focused specifically on building the national science industry in both domestic and international markets. A trained facilitator, Laura is an MBA candidate; chair of the Start-up Canada National Ecosystem Task Force; past-chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance CanWIT Atlantic Chapter; past president of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Fredericton Executive Association; founding executive director of New Brunswick's Knowledge Park; co-founder and managing director for the Canadian Association of University Research Parks; and founder and CEO of NB and Ontario-based Stiletto Consulting, an evidence-based consulting practice that helps companies scale and organizations build niche cluster opportunities. She brings a wealth of knowledge working with companies from startups to growth stage companies exporting and expanding into new markets. 


Marlene Moore

Founding Partner & VP Marketing, Green Power Labs – Halifax, NS

Description: Predictive Energy Management

As founding partner and Vice President of Marketing, Marlene supports Green Power Labs by building the company’s market strategies and commercialization plans.  Incorporated in 2004, Green Power Labs is a leading predictive analytics company and an internationally recognized solar forecast expert.  Their multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and programmers developed predictive energy management solutions for solar power producers, utilities and commercial buildings operators. These predictive analytics and controls solutions reduce operational costs and increase energy generation revenues through reducing uncertainties imposed by variable and intermittent solar irradiation and related weather impacts.


Amit Virmani

Founder, Naveco Power - Fredericton, NB

Description: A renewable energy development and community investment fund focused on improving New Brunswick’s environment and economy.

As CEO of Naveco and a second generation entrepreneur, Amit Virmani is building upon a 40-year business history in Fredericton. Through his business, Virmani focuses on creating a community investment fund for developing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that provide long-term social, environmental, and economic benefits. Virmani’s interest in the energy sector began with a year-long co-op placement at NB Power Generation Division as a financial analyst intern focused on modeling the cost/benefit of utilizing thermal generation assets versus purchasing electricity from the day ahead market. Today, Virmani merges his personal values around community engagement, energy conservation, and the entrepreneurial spirit.


Amir Akbari

CEO, WEnTech Solutions - Fredericton, NB

Description: Clean energy Startup in Waste to Energy sector, and 2017 Breakthru provincial runner-up winner

As a co-founder and CEO ofWEnTech Solutions, he is managing day-to-day jobs and business development strategy for the company. WEnTech was founded in 2015 with the vision to help start more Waste to Energy projects around the world. WEnTech is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company specializing in the waste-to-energy sector. WEnTech is computerizing the task of waste-to-energy project assessment with a software-based product called WEnTech Smart Analysis System, W-SAS. This tool is designed to automate the workflow of engineering consultants assessing waste-to-energy projects by allowing them to evaluate technical, environmental and financial aspects of their projects.


Asif Hasan

CEO,  SimpTek - Fredericton, NB

Description: Connecting utilities and property owners with customers to discover powerful insights on energy usage and efficiency.

Hasan co-founded SimpTek in 2014 with a vision to make the challenges of saving energy a thing of the past. He studied Electrical and Computer Engineering from UNB and he had been working on numerous projects involving pattern recognition & A.I. Hasan is passionate about the on-going development in the energy sector, and has previous management experience with the world’s largest student leadership development organization AIESEC and was also the VP of IEEE at UNB. He is passionate about building innovative products in clean tech, Big Data and predictive analytics.