POWER GRID 4.0
DIGITALIZATION
FORUM

The forum is designed to bring together
Utility CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and other senior
utility ICT executives to an in-depth three
day forum focused on optimized
operations and managing overall
organizational network cost.

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November
3-5, 2020

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3-5, 2020

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The Path to The Digitized Future of the 21st Century Utility

Customer demand, emerging renewable energy production, and energy storage are a few major developments driving electric utilities to evaluate the opportunities and challenges associated with these new energy sources, and how their existing infrastructure may need to transform. Such evaluations are causing decision-makers at utilities to consider automating and digitalizing their utility communications networks.

Utility information and communications technology (ICT) market indicators signify that electric utilities must come to terms with the necessity to build robust and intelligent networks supported by smarter infrastructures. The investment in digital assets is paramount, and C-level executives are continuing to realize that now is the time to allocate resources to transform their core utility business.

The UTC Cross-Border Power Grid 4.0 Digitalization Forum will be the premier global venue to discuss these issues. This event will bring together the CEOS, CISOs, ClOs, and the full slate of utility C-suite officials and their teams for a three-day foray into these issues.

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Advisory Board

Bob Tafoya
Bob Tafoya
Juniper Networks, Director of Business Development – Utilities

Bob is responsible for Utilities within the Vertical Business Development Team.  He leads Juniper’s business engagement and solutions development for Investor-Owned and Municipal Utilities; and helps with other industrial verticals applications in the Enterprise. He comes to the strategy position with 25 years of Information Technology sales and professional services background.  In the last 13 year, he has worked exclusively in the utility market, matching Juniper’s portfolio to the WAN transport, data center, Automation, TDM-to-IP and NERC CIP compliant Cybersecurity requirements of utility’s IT and Operations Technologies (OT) departments.

DENIS TREMBLAY
DENIS TREMBLAY
Président directeur général de l'AIEQ

During a career spanning over 30 years, Denis Tremblay spent most of it in managerial positions in the energy sector; he is known as a leader and a unifier in our industry. His long-standing involvement with l’Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec (AIEQ), has contributed to the evolution of this organization. He was namely involved in the Association’s strategic repositioning in connection with the changing needs of energy companies. M. Tremblay is the acting CEO of the AIEQ since 2016.

Souheil Sabbagh P.Eng., MBA
Souheil Sabbagh P.Eng., MBA
SNC-Lavalin - Director, Strategy and Consulting Services, Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity Power, Grids and Industrial Solutions

Mr. Sabbagh has been working in different positions within the last ten years in the power industry sector. His knowledge covers power projects in renewables, hydroelectricity, nuclear, and transmission and distribution, both in North America and internationally. Throughout his career, Mr. Sabbagh has led the full life-cycle of large capital project and his strong experience has contributed to delivering high performing projects from obtaining financing to delivering construction. Currently, his focus is helping utilities to make strategic and tactical decisions that address the complexity of the power grid digitalization. Mr. Sabbagh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Souheil is currently working as a Director Strategy & Consulting Services for SNC-Lavalin’s Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity group.

Clint Harp
Clint Harp
Lower Colorado River Authority - Director Operational Technologies Convergence at Hydro Québec

Clint Harp is vice president of transmission strategic services at the Lower Colorado River Authority. He oversees telecommunication operations, business development and acquisition efforts. Previously he was chief of staff where he was responsible for coordinating business plan objectives across different organizational units, developing strategic initiatives and leading special projects. This included LCRA Steps Forward Day, a single day company-wide service project in over 25 cities in central Texas.

Prior to joining LCRA in February 2014, Clint was the director of business development for the state of Texas working under Governor Rick Perry. In that role, he oversaw efforts to market Texas as a premier business location, led a team of trade and location specialists, and was responsible for a number of state programs and initiatives, including the Texas Enterprise Fund, The State of Texas North American Free Trade Agreement Office, and Business Development Office. Clint also served as an appointed board member to the Texas Economic Development Corporation. He first joined the governor’s staff in 2008 as executive aide and then as special advisor to Governor Perry.

Currently Clint is an Executive Committee member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves as a board member of the Hill Country Conservancy and is an Alumni Chapter Leader for his Alma Mater, Pepperdine University. He previously served on the board of the Colorado River Alliance and was a member of the 2017 Austin Area Research Organization’s McBee Fellowship Program.

Clint is a graduate of the Edge Leadership Program from Acton School of Business. He also completed the Transformative Leadership Program and Governor’s Executive Development Program from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Governor’s Center for Management Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. Clint and his wife Kelsey live in Austin, Texas where they are active members in their community and church. In his spare time Clint can be found on the trails running with their dogs while training for his next ultramarathon.

Stephen Koch
Stephen Koch
Director of Emerging Issues at the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA)

Stephen Koch is the Director of Emerging Issues at the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), the National Voice of Electricity in Canada. As Director of the National Emerging Issues Committee, Stephen works with senior CEA members and industry experts to identify, predict, and prepare for technological innovations and potentially disruptive market changes across the energy sector. Stephen was previously President of the Canadian Heat Oil Association and held other leadership roles which included Chairperson of Envirocentre and Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Stephen is also a guest lecturer at Carleton University.

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
Director, Utility Telecom & Automation

For 3 decades, Gary Johnson has helped utilities realize their goals for a smarter, more intuitive grid. Starting with Automated Metering Infrastructure, Gary expanded his involvement to include Distributed Intelligence on the Grid along with Telecommunication and Automation solutions.  He has led the business development of both large-scale utility fiber and wireless deployments, as well as layering IT and business networks onto the grid control architecture. Most recently, Gary has served as a liaison between utility and smart city initiatives, as in a recent 5G street-lighting project for a large, North American IOU.  His 36-year career stretches across utility, oil & gas, transportation and manufacturing industries, working domestically and abroad enabling transformation and automation with private and public telecom. Before Black & Veatch, Gary served as Vice President of Business Development for Bayly Communications and Marketing Manager for Ontario Hydro Technologies.

Pablo Humeres Flores
Pablo Humeres Flores
Head of Digital Supervision and Substation Automation Sector of Eletrobras

Electrical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, where he also graduated in Master of Power Systems. MBA with specialization in Electric Energy Market, at the University of Vale do Itajai – UNIVALI.Engineer at EletrobrasEletrosul since 1987 in Florianópolis, Brazil acting in design, maintenance, operation and development of digitalsystems for automation, supervision and control of substations and tele control centers.Author of several papers in the area published in national and international seminars and magazines. Active participant in CIGRE working groups, events and publications.Actually head of management, maintenance and commissioning of supervision and control systems and automation infrastructure of HV transmission substations, power generation, Control Centers and Remote Access of Eletrosul.

Sylvain Clermont
Sylvain Clermont
Hydro-Québec - Director Operational Technologies Convergence at Hydro Québec

Sylvain has more than 25 years of experience in the electricity industry managing teams in reliability standards and compliance, in transmission services, in design of automation systems and in SCADA/EMS replacement.

At Hydro-Québec – TransEnergie, he currently leads the substations and power system digitalization projects, often qualified as convergence projects, as a senior manager.

Previously, he was responsible for reliability standards and compliance. His team filed standards and the registry for adoption by the Quebec regulator and managed the compliance program. In that position, he had a corporate role in governance of compliance.  He has testified often in regulatory and legal cases.

Sylvain chairs and participates in important working and policy groups in Canada and across North America related to network reliability, where his leadership is recognized. He is currently member of NERC’s Member Representatives Committee (MRC) and was chair in 2015. He was also chair of the Regulatory Development Task Group at the Canadian Electricity Association for more than 5 years and is still active in the task group.

He graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal in Physics Engineering. He also completed a Master degree in power system control at École Polytechnique.

 

AGENDA

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Welcome Address & Keynote Session by Hydro-Quebec

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Industry Disruption: COVID-19 – Catalyst for the Digital Transformation

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Digitalization Technology Roadmap

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Roundtable Recap

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote: Leveraging Disruption to Make Better Decisions

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Sub-Station P&C digitization: A case study in process evolution – from concept to reality

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Human Component of the Digital Transformation

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Roundtable Recap

Thursday, November 5

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Welcome Remarks & Keynote Address

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Presenter:  Hydro Québec Cybersecurity: 2020 & Beyond

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Converged Industrial Edge

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Emerging Digital Technology

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The November 3-5, 2020, event will delve into the strategies, technologies, and business drivers associated with transforming existing electric utilities into the digitized utility technology entities of the 21st century.

Here’s why you should attend the UTC-Cross Border Power Grid 4.0 Digitalization Forum

  • The education program and content are designed to help global C-level executives understand the changing electric sector business dynamics for energy management and use of state-of-the-art technologies for new revenue development while also being relevant to ICT experts.
  • The evolving consumer energy consumption (existing and emerging renewables, electric vehicles, storage, etc.) trend serves as the catalyst compelling more and more energy organizations to implement new business models centered on the digital transformation to meet commercial and residential customer expectations.
  • We will investigate the investment strategies necessary to digitize and provide answers to the “why” it is essential to do so now.
  • Learn how the digitalization decision will impact your utility, especially IT (information technology), OT (operational technology), physical and cybersecurity.
  • Hear from senior utility executives, and leading digitalization thought leaders from both Canada and the U.S. who will breakdown the trends, opportunities, and challenges associated with the digital transformation.
  • Networking events are geared toward promoting interactive engagement and thought-provoking conversations.

Who Should Attend

CEO/COO

CIO/CTO

CFO

Chief Digital Officer

Chief Data Officer

Chief Information Security Officer

Chief Innovation Officer

Head of Renewables

Chief Security Officer

Head of Smart Grid

Head of Asset & Strategy Management

Head of Asset Management

Head of Network Planning/Technology

Head of Operation Systems

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SPEAKERS

Bassem Zakhary
Bassem Zakhary
Subject Matter Expert (SME) – IoT & Industry 4.0, SNC-Lavalin

Bassem is leading the Digital Transformation initiatives in the Strategy & Innovation team for the Industrial Solutions group.

He brings years of experience of business and technology consulting in different industries across 3 continents.

These years of experience built a domain of expertise in the following fields:  Industry 4.0, IoT, Automation, MES, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Asset Management, Edge Control and Cloud based solutions.

Bassem has built his reputation as Trusted Advisor due to his outcome-based approach when approaching the Digital Transformation journey.

Bill Strohecker
Bill Strohecker
Country Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Canada

Bill Strohecker is the Country managing director for Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Canada. He was previously the senior vice president, sales and marketing in Canada. Prior, Bill led sales and marketing for ABB Australia’s power grids division, and prior, the USA power grids strategic accounts program. On joining ABB in 2006, he organized and executed our sales activities for the company’s power generation sales in America. With more than thirty years of utility and industry experience, Bill previously held leadership positions with companies that serve the power industry- as chief operating officer for Peerless Manufacturing Co., an environmental controls company, and as founding executive and president at Doosan HF Controls, a manufacturer of safety related control systems for nuclear power plants. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Mansfield University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Married with three adult children, Bill resides in Montreal Quebec.

Bob Tafoya
Bob Tafoya
Juniper Networks, Director of Business Development – Utilities

Bob is responsible for Utilities within the Vertical Business Development Team.  He leads Juniper’s business engagement and solutions development for Investor-Owned and Municipal Utilities; and helps with other industrial verticals applications in the Enterprise. He comes to the strategy position with 25 years of Information Technology sales and professional services background.  In the last 13 year, he has worked exclusively in the utility market, matching Juniper’s portfolio to the WAN transport, data center, Automation, TDM-to-IP and NERC CIP compliant Cybersecurity requirements of utility’s IT and Operations Technologies (OT) departments.

Bryan Friehauf
Bryan Friehauf
EVP & General Manager, Enterprise Software Solutions, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Bryan Friehauf is the Executive Vice President & General Manager for the Enterprise Software business within Hitachi ABB Power Grids. He has more than 30 years of experience leading technical services organizations within asset-intensive industries and has held various roles in companies representing stakeholder groups across this space. His deep domain knowledge spans the breadth of the power industry including generation, transmission, and distribution.
Prior to his current role, Bryan served as General Manager for GE’s Asset Management business (from 2011 to 2018) after holding a variety of senior management positions at the former Mincom software business that was acquired by ABB in 2011. He also worked as a business unit Chief Information Officer for Xcel Energy’s generation and energy markets.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, USA.

Carol Bogacz
Carol Bogacz
Associate Data Specialist- Burns & McDonnell

With more than 25 years of experience analyzing data, Carol Bogacz serves Burns & McDonnell as an associate data scientist. Her responsibilities include using advanced statistical techniques to identify key metrics needed to drive effective business decisions. Carol has experience applying both supervised and unsupervised machine learning models to different types of data such as time series and spatial data to solve real world business problems. For over 17 years, Carol has served as an adjunct professor of mathematics and statistics at various universities. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Truman State University and a master’s degree in statistics from Iowa State University.

Chrissy A. Carr, PE
Chrissy A. Carr, PE
Burns & McDonnell Networks, Integration & Automation Director of Sales & Marketing

Ms. Carr is an electrical engineer specializing in the design of telecommunications systems and utility automation. She presently serves as Director of Sales & Marketing in Burns & McDonnell’s Networks, Integration & Automation Department. She has over 29 years of engineering and project management experience. Ms. Carr’s experience in telecommunications includes fiber optic systems, microwave radio (analog and digital – 900 MHz through 18 GHz), land mobile radio (UHF/VHF), Hybrid Fiber/Coax (HFC), local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). She has responsibilities in planning and design of wired and wireless infrastructure for a wide variety of clients in the municipal utilities, investor-owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives, industrial companies, and state and federal governments. Ms. Carr has experience in SONET systems as while as Multiprotocol Labeling Switching (MPLS). Ms. Carr understands Smart Grid applications for electric utilities.

Dale Clark
Dale Clark
Executive Vice President, Infrastructure Services - SNC-Lavalin

Dale Clarke is Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Services for the Infrastructure sector of SNC-Lavalin.  Dale is responsible for growing the high-performing infrastructure services business in North America including its Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance, Power, Grid and Industrial Solutions and Construction and Project Management businesses.

Dale is an engineering graduate of Queen’s University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.  He has 30 years of international experience with roles in engineering, project management and corporate leadership, particularly in Canada, Africa and Latin America. He has been with SNC-Lavalin since 1996.

Dale is based in Toronto, Ontario and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).  He is also an active member in the Toronto Board of Trade and a participant in various business forums.

Daniella Piper
Daniella Piper
VP Digital Transformation Office & Chief of Staff

Daniella Piper is the Vice President of the Digital Transformation Office, and Chief of Staff to the President and CEO at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state electric utility in the nation, where she supports the President and CEO in overseeing and leading the organization and drives digitization and performance improvement. Daniella started her career with NYPA in 2007 as an Electrical Engineer. She later worked in Technical Compliance on the development of NYPA’s Reliability Standards and Compliance Program and was the project manager for two of NYPA’s largest initiatives— the Transmission Life Extension and Modernization Program and the Marcy South Series Compensation Project. Piper is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from City College of New York, Master of Science in electrical engineering from New York University, and Master of Engineering construction management from ManhaYan College.

Dax Streater
Dax Streater
Director Cybersecurity – Lower Colorado River Authority

Dax Streater is currently the Director of Cybersecurity Strategy and Operations at LCRA where he directs the organization’s cybersecurity risk, operations, and architecture functions.  Dax leads the implementation of LCRA’s cybersecurity framework ensuring a risk-based approach to protecting LCRA’s critical assets and the vital services they provide.  Prior to LCRA, Dax directed IT infrastructure systems and security for the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Dax’s leadership experience in both the critical infrastructure and public safety sectors provides a unique perspective on technology as a force multiplier and the associated risks.  He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in computer science, holds multiple cybersecurity certifications including CISSP, CISM, CCSP, and is an active member of numerous critical infrastructure and cybersecurity organizations.

DENIS TREMBLAY
DENIS TREMBLAY
Président directeur général de l'AIEQ

During a career spanning over 30 years, Denis Tremblay spent most of it in managerial positions in the energy sector; he is known as a leader and a unifier in our industry. His long-standing involvement with l’Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec (AIEQ), has contributed to the evolution of this organization. He was namely involved in the Association’s strategic repositioning in connection with the changing needs of energy companies. M. Tremblay is the acting CEO of the AIEQ since 2016.

Dominic Gauthier
Dominic Gauthier
Chef Évolution des automatisms – Hydro-Québec

During the past 14 years, he has worked at Hydro-Quebec, Dominic GAUTHIER held many positions in the area of protection, control, and automation, from project engineer to expert group manager. He has been active for many years on NPCC committees related to network event analysis. Prior to work for Hydro-Québec, he has been for more than 9 years a hardware and embedded software designer for several companies in the telecommunications and automotive industries. With his spectrum of expertise, Dominic was able to launch a digitalization effort for substations and remedial action schemes (CREA). This digitalization effort introduced a new technological platform based on standards and market practices. He has led teams that looked at the technology but also at changing the processes and managing changes. Dominic graduated from Laval University in electrical engineering in 1999.

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
Director, Utility Telecom & Automation

For 3 decades, Gary Johnson has helped utilities realize their goals for a smarter, more intuitive grid. Starting with Automated Metering Infrastructure, Gary expanded his involvement to include Distributed Intelligence on the Grid along with Telecommunication and Automation solutions.  He has led the business development of both large-scale utility fiber and wireless deployments, as well as layering IT and business networks onto the grid control architecture. Most recently, Gary has served as a liaison between utility and smart city initiatives, as in a recent 5G street-lighting project for a large, North American IOU.  His 36-year career stretches across utility, oil & gas, transportation and manufacturing industries, working domestically and abroad enabling transformation and automation with private and public telecom. Before Black & Veatch, Gary served as Vice President of Business Development for Bayly Communications and Marketing Manager for Ontario Hydro Technologies.

Grant Howard
Grant Howard
Mechanical Engineering SpecialistMechanical Engineering Specialist – Enterprise 3D Solutions -SNC-Lavalin

Grant Howard is a Mechanical Engineering Specialist with a range of experiences in detail Engineering, Project Engineering, 3D scanning/post-processing, and construction management. Grant holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University and a certificate of Project Management from the University of Toronto. His work experience has seen him working in a variety of disciplines including civil, electrical, and mechanical, and in a variety of locations from congested locations in downtown Toronto, to large scale construction sites in Southern Saskatchewan. He has experience working with government organizations, municipal utilities, and a variety of private firms.

Greg Angst
Greg Angst
Chairman of the Board UTC- CenterPoint Energy

Greg Angst is an engineer in the Telecom Design Group at CenterPoint Energy located in Houston, Texas.  He has a strong background in network engineering of voice/data, synchronization, radio, microwave, fiber telecommunications, and telecom DC/AC power systems. Has represented CenterPoint Energy on the IEEE P1901 Standards Committee for BPL, the ZigBee Alliance, and Open HAN standards.  He is the FCC and FAA license point person for CenterPoint Energy Radio Station Licenses and Towers. Mr. Angst is a past UTC Region Director, past UTC Region 7 chair, past UPLC technical committee chair. He currently is the Secretary/Treasurer of the UTC Board of Directors and was formerly the UtiliSite chair and serves on the UTC audit committee, UTC research committee, chairs the UTC Program Planning committee.
Mr. Angst holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (P.E.), a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and a member of the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has worked in power plant design both nuclear and fossil-fueled.  He has worked in Telecommunications for over 30 years.

Josh Gerber
Josh Gerber
CEO- 33 North Energy

Josh Gerber is an expert in battery storage and distributed energy resources and founded 33 North Energy (consulting) and Connect California (single premise microgrid systems) after a career at San Diego Gas & Electric. At SDG&E most recently he managed the Advanced Technologies Team where he led the development and deployment of their 120 & 30 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion energy storage systems — setting a new standard for the speed and size of battery projects. His knowledge of cutting-edge energy policy, business and technology issues helped the project to receive regulatory approval and deploy in record time – less than eight months – and in December 2017 the storage facility was named by Utility Dive as Energy Storage Project of the Year.

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson
Director of Global Employee Relations - Black & Veatch

Katie Johnson is the Director of Global Employee Relations at Black & Veatch. She is responsible for the strategy and execution of the employee relations function of the organization.

Katie provides oversight for the company-wide Employee Assistance program and develops policies, procedures, and programs to promote fair and equitable performance and best practices through development, inclusion, and communication.  Katie collaborates with business leaders to advise on and foster positive employee relations throughout the company by identifying, developing, and driving philosophies and programs to improve employee engagement in the workplace.

Marc Boucher
Marc Boucher
President of Hydro Québec TransÉnergie et Équipement

Marc Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in 2016 as President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie and was appointed President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie et Équipement in June 2020. This division operates and develops Hydro-Québec’s power transmission system, which ranks among the most extensive in North America, markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. In addition, it oversees the design and execution of construction and refurbishment projects related to the company’s generating and transmission facilities.

Marc Boucher began his career in the transportation and aeronautics industries, where he worked for over 25 years. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the officer responsible for the maintenance of CF-18s, he moved on to Bombardier, where he held a number of strategic management positions from 1996 to 2016. In particular, he was instrumental in establishing a presence in Mexico as Vice President of Operations and carried out an ambitious two-year mandate in Germany aimed at improving project management and quality assurance for the company’s transportation division. Over the course of his career, Mr. Boucher developed solid expertise in operations and organizational performance, as well as the execution of complex, large-scale projects.

Mr. Boucher holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and a graduate certificate in aerospace engineering from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering.  He also completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and earned ICD.D certification. He currently sits on the board of the New York–based Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC).

Mr. Boucher is also actively involved in the community. In particular, he chairs the Federation of Québec Alzheimer Societies’ major fund-raising campaign and serves on the board of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

Marcus Hashchak
Marcus Hashchak
Lead – Enterprise 3D Solutions - SNC-Lavalin

Marcus Hashchak is the Enterprise 3D Solutions Lead for SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure Sector. Marcus has been part of the sector’s movement to push the digital solutions initiative across all offices since the beginning of the implementation of PLM technology in civil engineering projects some 15 years ago.  Since then, he has helped develop digital environments, methodologies, and supported numerous large and small projects.  His relentless push throughout the years has now made him responsible for the development and deployment of all processes pertaining to the use of BLM/BIM technology across the entire business sector.

 

Marcus has some 20 years of experience within the aerospace manufacturing and engineering services industries in developing industry-specific processes, automation, designs, mentoring / support programs, best practices, and methodologies.  He has actively participated in business development related activities for the Division

Mario Khayat
Mario Khayat
VP Digital Infrastructure- SNC-Lavalin

Mario KHAYAT is currently VP of Digital Infrastructure and in SNC-Lavalin’s Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity group.  Mario has been involved in ICT technology development and deployment projects in Canada and Internationally for the last 25 years. During the last ten years, while working at SNC he was implicated in the architecture and delivery of several major CIP projects for governmental and private utilities including the deployment of novel physical security and cybersecurity solutions for IT and OT clients. Mr. Khayat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Engineering degree from McGill University from which he also holds a Master in Business Administration.

Mark W. Thompson
Mark W. Thompson
Director – Digital Delivery – Electric System Engineering – National Grid

Mark Thompson, PE, PMP is the Director of Digital Delivery in Electric System Engineering at National Grid. He has 15 years of engineering and project management experience across the power industry, with the last four years focused on the large-scale deployment of digital substation technologies across National Grid US. He holds a Bachelors from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters from Syracuse University.

 

Martine Chlela
Martine Chlela
Team Lead, Cyber Security - SNC-Lavalin

Martine has a solid background in power system engineering, cyber security, and Industrial Control Systems. She worked closely on the operation of power systems with both the Lebanese government and the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute. She expanded her electrical engineering knowledge and worked on cyber security of smart power grids, where she gained experience in managing, protecting against cyber risks, detecting, and minimizing the impacts of cyber incidents. As a cybersecurity team lead at SNC-Lavalin, Martine conducts cyber security consulting services to ensure cyber resiliency of Critical National Infrastructures; from developing governance and management frameworks to planning incident response, recovery, and business continuity procedures.

Moshe Toledano
Moshe Toledano
Head of Cybersecurity - Hydro-Quebec

Moshe Toledano is currently the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) and director of cybersecurity for Hydro Quebec. Moshe has been passionate about Cyber Security for over 20 years. During the last 7 years, Moshe was CISO of Bombardier and Domtar. Previously, Moshe spent 13 years as a Cyber Security consultant with Deloitte where he led several cybersecurity practices and advised clients across multiple industries. Moshe holds a master’s in business administration from Concordia University.

Rhett Smith
Rhett Smith
Principal Engineer, R&D Communications Department – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Rhett joined SEL in early 2006 and is a Principal Engineer in the R&D Communications Department. He has lead various R&D teams and product portfolios focused on critical infrastructure networking and cybersecurity technologies and solutions. Rhett has been the principal investigator on 8 multimillion-dollar Department of Energy cooperative cybersecurity contracts.  He holds 16 patents with many more pending, published over 20 papers, and has been key in the design and delivery of more than 12 SEL products including SEL’s OT SDN solutions.

Rhiannon Gainor
Rhiannon Gainor
Enterprise Data Architect- LCRA

Rhiannon has worked in private, nonprofit, and government sectors in a variety of roles that all revolve around information, records, and data management, including data quality control, usability testing, policy research, training, and documentation. Her joint Masters of Arts and Masters of Library and Information Studies thesis was focused on identifying factors affecting the creation of information resources that could be applied to improving employee contributions to institutional repositories. Her doctoral program, in Information Studies, was an examination of how performance measures can be applied to determine the value of information. She has published and presented in international journals and conferences and was formerly a lecturer on the topic of information agency management at the University of McGill in Montreal. She is now the Enterprise Data Architect at the Lower Colorado River Authority, where she works with a multidisciplinary team in converging technology planning, user expectations, and business needs.

Sheryl Ovie Riggs
Sheryl Ovie Riggs
President and CEO Utilities Technology Council

Sheryl Ovie Riggs was named UTC’s President and CEO in June 2020. Previously Ms. Riggs served as Interim President and CEO and Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations. She joined UTC as Director of Accounting and Administration in 2017. Prior to coming aboard at UTC, she gained professional experience in the areas of finance, accounting, human resources, compliance, and overall operations. Ms. Riggs worked with organizations in the banking/finance, education, and health and social services industries. Her career also includes experience with federal and state government entities and nonprofit organizations. Her experience and passion for compliance and community-led her to obtain IRS certification to be a registered IRS tax professional, in which she partners with other professionals to provide volunteer tax preparation services and financial literacy training.  Ms. Riggs earned her Bachelor’s degree at Howard University and she also conferred two Master’s degrees in Accounting and Human Resource Management.

Souheil Sabbagh P.Eng., MBA
Souheil Sabbagh P.Eng., MBA
SNC-Lavalin - Director, Strategy and Consulting Services, Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity Power, Grids and Industrial Solutions

Mr. Sabbagh has been working in different positions within the last ten years in the power industry sector. His knowledge covers power projects in renewables, hydroelectricity, nuclear, and transmission and distribution, both in North America and internationally. Throughout his career, Mr. Sabbagh has led the full life-cycle of large capital project and his strong experience has contributed to delivering high performing projects from obtaining financing to delivering construction. Currently, his focus is helping utilities to make strategic and tactical decisions that address the complexity of the power grid digitalization. Mr. Sabbagh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Souheil is currently working as a Director Strategy & Consulting Services for SNC-Lavalin’s Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity group.

Sylvain Clermont
Sylvain Clermont
Hydro-Québec - Director Operational Technologies Convergence at Hydro Québec

Sylvain has more than 25 years of experience in the electricity industry managing teams in reliability standards and compliance, in transmission services, in design of automation systems and in SCADA/EMS replacement.

At Hydro-Québec – TransEnergie, he currently leads the substations and power system digitalization projects, often qualified as convergence projects, as a senior manager.

Previously, he was responsible for reliability standards and compliance. His team filed standards and the registry for adoption by the Quebec regulator and managed the compliance program. In that position, he had a corporate role in governance of compliance.  He has testified often in regulatory and legal cases.

Sylvain chairs and participates in important working and policy groups in Canada and across North America related to network reliability, where his leadership is recognized. He is currently member of NERC’s Member Representatives Committee (MRC) and was chair in 2015. He was also chair of the Regulatory Development Task Group at the Canadian Electricity Association for more than 5 years and is still active in the task group.

He graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal in Physics Engineering. He also completed a Master degree in power system control at École Polytechnique.

 

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