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John Daniele
John Daniele
Vice President Cybersecurity Operations (GTA)

John Daniele has 20 years experience working in the security and defense community in Canada. He has extensive experience building threat hunting capabilities, investigating cybercrime, as well as conducting threat risk assessment and adversary modelling activities. John has lead both corporate and government offensive red team engagements and provided related training to the Department of National Defense and other security agencies across Canada. Prior to CGI, John served as a research assistant at the Canadian Forces College, investigating technology advances in support of UN Peacekeeping Operations.

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.

Jean-Pierre Girard
Jean-Pierre Girard
President, HEXACODE Solutions

Mr. Jean-Pierre Girard has over 35 years of experience in the electronic and electrical equipment field with management responsibilities in application engineering, field service, product safety, process improvements, quality management, e-business, business assessments, asset management and executive sales with utilities and consulting firms. He has acquired expertise in asset management applied to critical infrastructures and operational data management.

Mr. Girard was with Siemens for more than 22 years where he has held several executive positions. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Girard was the Account Executive responsible for Hydro-Québec and SNC-Lavalin representing all business units of Siemens.

He has been involved internationally in a leadership role in numerous business councils and company-wide transformation initiatives. Mr. Girard has been member of the board of the Quebec Electrical Industry Association. He has also been actively involved in technology innovation and in the cultural sector.

Bassem Zakhary
Bassem Zakhary
Subject Matter Expert (SME) – IoT & Industry 4.0

Bassem Zakhary is the Subject MaYer Expert for IoT & Industry 4.0 in SNC Lavalin.
Currently, Bassem is leading the Digital Transforma7on ini7a7ves in the Strategy & Innova7on team for the Industrial division within Infrastructure.

Prior to SNC, Bassem spent 11+ year in General Electric (GE) working with different u7li7es customers, these include: O&G, Power Genera7on, Power Transmission & Distribu7on, Water Treatment and District Cooling.

Rudolph Wynter
Rudolph Wynter
President and COO, Wholesale Networks and US Capital Delivery

At National Grid, Rudolph Wynter oversees businesses with an asset base of $4.5 billion, including one of the largest electric transmission networks in the northeast, generation plants, and the development and construction of complex capital projects in the company. He is leading the transformation of the company’s transmission network into a highly intelligent, resilient system that will meet customers’ long-term needs and enable the clean energy future.

Mr. Wynter oversees the company’s regulated energy storage assets and opportunities, including the development, construction and operation of New England’s first large-scale battery energy storage system on the island of Nantucket.

Mr. Wynter is also responsible for the company’s 4000 MW generation fleet on Long Island, oversees National Grid’s energy procurement activities, including natural gas and power supply agreements and the company’s Capital Delivery group in the U.S., where he oversees the development, permitting and construction of major capital projects for the electric and gas businesses within National Grid.

In his more than 25-year tenure at National Grid and its legacy companies, Mr. Wynter has served as senior vice president of US Shared Services and has held positions of responsibility in Customer Operations, Strategic Planning, Engineering, and Operations.

He is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Gas Association, and the Edison Electric Institute. He also on the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, an MBA from Fordham University, and has completed an executive development program at Harvard University.

Kevin Sheehan
Kevin Sheehan
CTO of the Americas / VP Strategic Sales & Market Development, Americas

Kevin Sheehan is the CTO of the Americas and Vice President of Strategic Sales & Market Development at Ciena. In this role, Kevin and his team focus on driving overall solutions to Ciena’s existing and potential customers in the Americas.  These solutions often include software automation platforms and professional services, products from Ciena’s Optical, Ethernet and IP product families and custom software and strategic services. The team continuously strives to deliver an overall solution-based outcome to the customer’s most important business problems.

Kevin has over 25 years of award-winning experience leading high-performance cross-functional teams and building successful product lines and early stage companies. Previously, Kevin served as Vice President of Global Solutions for Ciena’s Blue Planet division, and was responsible for solution and commercial design activities and sales for Ciena’s Blue Planet software. He has also held the position of Vice President of Product Line Management for packet networking solutions at Ciena. Before joining Ciena, Kevin was CEO of Hatteras Networks and held senior leadership positions with Alcatel, Packet Engines, and SMC.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Master of Science degree from Stony Brook University, New York, and a master of business administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. In addition to Kevin’s academic achievements, his business efforts were globally recognized by winning American Business Awards “Stevie Award” as Best Telecommunications CEO in 2008 and the “Leading Lights CEO of the Year Award in 2006”.

Frédéric Tréfois
Frédéric Tréfois
Chief Executive Officer - Linxon

Over the last 20 years, Frédéric Tréfois has held several executive management positions in the fields of Power Generation, Renewables and Transmission & Distribution industries, within companies like Alstom, Isolux, Acciona and recently ABB. He is based in Europe but has also accumulated international experience working in the Middle East and South America. He has brought the customer to the center of the company’s decision-making process, to create value for customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees – delivering all projects on time, with quality and safety top of mind.

Kip Gering
Kip Gering
Senior Director of Business Development, Xage Security

Kip is a senior executive with more than 15 years of experience in the utility and IoT sectors, delivering customer-focused solutions for data collection, communication, and sensing. At Xage Security, Kip is responsible for business development and strategic initiatives for utilities and smart cities. Prior to Xage Security, Kip held executive positions in marketing and product management at Networked Energy Services and Itron, delivering some of the first IoT networks and critical operational management, security, and analytical software for the utility industry worldwide. Before joining industry, Kip was a commissioned officer in the United State Air Force, responsible for the management of research projects and delivering new capabilities to the US Space Command operational units. Kip earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Information Systems from The Citadel, as well as an MBA from Gonzaga University.

Pierre Fitzgibbon
Pierre Fitzgibbon
Minister of Economy and Innovation Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region

Pierre Fitzgibbon was born in Montréal.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (HEC) and is a Quebec Chartered Professional Accountant.

Before becoming involved in politics, Mr. Fitzgibbon served as managing partner at Walter Capital Partners, a private Equity Firm, between 2015 and 2018.

From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Fitzgibbon assumed the role of president and chief executive officer at Atrium Innovations, a company that develops, manufactures and markets value-added products for the health and nutrition industry.

From 2002 to 2007, he put his skills to work at National Bank Group, where he occupied the position of vice-chairman of National Bank Financial, where he mainly acted as head of investment banking and corporate finance services. He was also senior vice president of finance, technology and corporate affairs at National Bank of Canada.

Previously, Mr. Fitzgibbon also held executive positions in finance, as well as in company and business development at Télésystème Mobiles International, Chase Capital Partners Hong Kong, Domtar and Peerless Carpet Corporation. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in auditing and consulting services.

Over the last few years, Mr. Fitzgibbon has served on several boards of directors, including that of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, WSP, Héroux-Devtek, TC Transcontinental, Cycle Capital Management, Neptune Technologies, Lumenpulse and Arianne Phosphate.

This committed businessman is involved in his community and in several organizations, including until recently, the Fondation du Dr. Julien.

Dr. Andreas Breuer
Dr. Andreas Breuer
Vice President of New Technologies / Projects at innogy S.E.

Dr. Andreas Breuer has been the Vice President of New Technologies / Projects at innogy S.E. in Essen since September 2009.

His responsibilities include:

  • operational research and development work on distribution grids for the RWE Group (e.g. future energy grids, super-conducting cables, broadband cable networks),
  • Group-wide pooling of activities related to Smart Grids,
  • metering services (e.g. Smart Metering),
  • application technology (technology assessment, micro-CHP, virtual power plant)
  • system assessments
  • decentral energy solutions

Andreas Breuer’s division identifies and evaluates technology trends, is in charge of development activities, and ensures implementation and/or introduction of new technologies.

innogy S.E’s position on the subject of the energy transition and how it is to be designed is represented by Andreas Breuer’s division in numerous national and international bodies and associations.

In addition, system assessments are performed with a view to strategic questions, in particular for the European electricity transmission system.

Before joining the RWE Group in 2003, Dr. Breuer was a product manager in the Consulting division of ABB AG with a focus on maintenance strategies. Subsequently, he was the Managing Director of Süwag Erneuerbare Energien GmbH and Head of Concession Contract Management at Süwag Energie AG, a regional company of the RWE Group based in Frankfurt/Main.

Dr. Mourad Debbabi
Dr. Mourad Debbabi
NSERC/Hydro-Québec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security and Concordia University

Mourad Debbabi is a Full Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering and Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. He holds the NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security and the Concordia Research Chair Tier I in Information Systems Security. He is also the President of the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) Canada. He is also a member of CATAAlliance’s Cybercrime Advisory Council. He is the founder and one of the leaders of the Security Research Centre at Concordia University. In the past, he was the Specification Lead of four Standard JAIN (Java Intelligent Networks) Java Specification Requests dedicated to the elaboration of standard specifications for presence and instant messaging. Dr. Debbabi holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science from Paris-XI Orsay, University, France. He published 3 books and more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles in international journals and conferences on cyber security, cyber forensics, privacy, cryptographic protocols, threat intelligence generation, malware analysis, reverse engineering, specification and verification of safety-critical systems, smart grid, programming languages and type theory. He supervised to successful completion 30 Ph.D. students, 72 Master students and 14 Postdoctoral Fellows. He served as a Senior Scientist at the Panasonic Information and Network Technologies Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, USA; Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of Laval University, Canada; Senior Scientist at General Electric Research Center, New York, USA; Research Associate at the Computer Science Department of Stanford University, California, USA; and Permanent Researcher at the Bull Corporate Research Center, Paris, France.

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor
President, Nuclear – SNC-Lavalin

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s global Nuclear sector, which provides deep expertise across the entire nuclear life cycle including reactor new build support and consultancy, operations and maintenance, life extension, decommissioning and waste management in the company’s many geographies, as well as other non-power related nuclear solutions. Mr. Taylor’s oversight includes the design and delivery of CAN DU® reactors, the development of advanced fuel technologies for implementation in international markets and small modular reactor (SMR) support.

Prior to this role, Mr. Taylor was President of SNC-Lavalin’s former Power sector which comprised nuclear as well as hydropower, renewables, conventional power, and transmission & distribution.

Mr. Taylor joined SNC-Lavalin in 2014 after 29 years with ABB. He held a number of senior roles including Senior Group Vice-President of the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals business unit, and President and CEO of ABB Canada. His expertise spans various engineering sectors, with an excellent track record in power projects and in providing services to industrial and utility clients around the world.

Mr. Taylor began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) in 1979, where he contributed to the successful start-up and operation of various CAN DU sites.

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wajax Corporation.

S. Craig Oldham
S. Craig Oldham
Director General Critical Infrastructure and Strategic Coordination Directorate Public Safety Canada

Craig Oldham began his career in the Army serving in the Infantry and Armour Corps before becoming a member of Canada’s Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations unit, Joint Task Force 2 finishing his military career in the Directorate of Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations.

When the Canadian Government created the Government Operation Centre (GOC) in 2004, Craig joined Public Safety Canada to work establishing, and then becoming Director General of, the GOC which, on behalf of the Government of Canada, leads and supports response coordination of events affect the national interest.

In 2017, Craig became the Director General, Critical Infrastructure within Public Safety Canada where he is responsible for exercising national leadership in the domain of Critical Infrastructure (CI) developing and implementing policies and programs strengthening Canada’s CI resilience in cooperation with all partners.

Éric Martel
Éric Martel
President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec

Éric Martel took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in 2015. In this capacity, he ensures that the company continues to meet the expectations of its customers and shareholder in the rapidly changing power industry, while also maximizing its contribution to the global energy transition.

Previously, Mr. Martel worked at Bombardier from 2002 to 2015. After having served as Vice President, Operations – North America at Bombardier Transport, he transferred to Bombardier Aéronautique in 2005, where he initially held the position of Vice President, Challenger Programs and Dorval Plant. He then went on to assume a number of senior management roles at Bombardier Avions d’affaires. He was appointed Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation in 2008 and became Senior Vice President, Bombardier Avions commerciaux in 2010.

In 2011, Mr. Martel was named President of the division in charge of customer services. Under his leadership, this division expanded its operations abroad. In 2014, he was appointed President, Bombardier Avions d’affaires. In this capacity, he managed some 14,000 employees around the world.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various other high-profile multinational companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

Éric Martel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University in 2019. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He chairs the Electricity Industry community of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the WEF’s System Initiative on Shaping the Energy of the Future. Moreover, he sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership.

Mr. Martel has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 20 years and is co-chair its 2019 campaign. He also co-chairs the fund-raising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and sits on the board of Robotique FIRST Québec. In addition, he served as Honorary President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec’s Soirée de l’excellence en genie 2019, a gala evening celebrating excellence in engineering.

Robert W. (Bob) Gordon
Robert W. (Bob) Gordon
Executive Director Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Bob is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX). The CCTX is Canada’s private sector organization for the sharing and analysis of cyber threat information, and enabling collaboration across all sectors. Most recently, Bob was a Director, Global Cyber Security at CGI. Prior to this, he enjoyed a long and successful career in the Federal Government, which included being the architect of Canada’s first Cyber Security Strategy for which he received the Deputy Minister’s Achievement Award.

Bob has had a unique career in a number of Canada’s security, intelligence and law enforcement organizations: Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level. He was responsible for science and technology, information management/information technology, and internal security programs (personnel, physical and information technology). Bob has also provided operational leadership in investigating and analyzing the full range of threats to the security of Canada, which included leading the CSIS Counter Terrorism program.

Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors for Quantum Safe Canada, a member of the Advisory Council on the Modernization of Microdata Access with Statistics Canada, and the Advisory Board for the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program with the University of Guelph.

William (Tres) Petmecky
William (Tres) Petmecky
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southern California Edison

Tres Petmecky is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Southern California Edison (SCE), the utility subsidiary of Edison International and one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He is responsible for the utility company’s financial management and fiscal integrity, directing both corporate and business unit financial planning and budgeting, treasury, accounting, tax and risk management.

Prior to his current role, Petmecky was vice president and treasurer of SCE, responsible for the financial operations of the utility. Previously, Petmecky was vice president and treasurer at Edison Mission Energy, a competitive power generation business that was a subsidiary of Edison International at the time.

Petmecky joined SCE in 1995 and has held a variety of management positions, including serving as director of Risk Control at SCE, and director of strategic planning, analysis and corporate finance at Edison International.

Before joining SCE, Petmecky was a consultant in the public utility industries services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, located in Dallas.

Petmecky is on the board of directors of East Pasadena Water Company, an investor-owned water utility regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

He is on the board of directors at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia and was previously a director, and has served as a chairman of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board. Petmecky serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

Petmecky graduated from Southern Methodist University with bachelor’s degrees in physics and economics. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Ray Boisvert
Ray Boisvert
Associate Partner, Security, for IBM Canada

With his deep background in national security, as well as his varied experiences in consulting within the realm of corporate risk, Ray has been recently appointed Associate Partner, Security, for IBM Canada.

At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the RCMP, Ray joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director. During his tenure, Ray was involved in all aspects of security intelligence operations, such as leadership of the Intelligence assessment directorate, counter terrorism, as well as driving national security priorities pertaining to operational risk, data exploitation and covert operations.

Previously, and in the private consulting realm, Ray worked with a variety of clients to help them acquire a deeper understanding of geo-strategic threats to business integrity and viability. He delivered business intelligence solutions affecting core challenges such as cyber and insider threats, while guiding resilience building. He also consultedon global businessstrategies such as M+A opportunities.

More recently, Ray was appointed as the first Security Advisor for Province of Ontario. In this role, Ray provided advice and intelligence on areas of public safety and national security that fall within provincial responsibility. While reporting to the Secretary of Cabinet, Ray supported efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could affect services, networks and facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security.

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Vice President, Enterprise Security Services and Chief Security Officer of Xcel Energy

Steve Brown is the Vice President, Enterprise Security Services and Chief Security Officer of Xcel Energy. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s Cyber Security, Physical Security, Enterprise Continuity, Strategy Performance, and Security Governance & Risk Programs.

A seasoned information security executive, Steve has over 35 years of industry and military experience in the field of security. Prior to Xcel Energy, he was the Vice President & Deputy CISO at Hewlett Packard, responsible for global security operations. He spent 13 years with Wells Fargo as the Senior Vice President of Information Management and Enterprise Information Security Operations. He started his career in the US Navy, where he spent 20 years in technical and leadership positions in Information Warfare, Signals Intelligence and Network Operations.

Steve currently is on the Board of Directors of the Global Resilience Federation and Midwest Reliability Organization Security Advisory Council. He previously sat on the Board of Directors for Information Technology Information Sharing Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), the Board of Directors of the Financial Services ISAC (FS-ISAC), and as the co-chair of the Minnesota CSO Summit.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Information Management from the University of Maryland and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.

Roger Kranenburg, CFA
Roger Kranenburg, CFA
Vice President, Energy Strategy and Policy – Eversource

Roger Kranenburg joined Eversource in 2017 and is responsible for developing the Company’s long-termclean energy and growth strategy and policies along with the transportation electrification and battery storage initiatives.

Prior to joining Eversource, Mr. Kranenburg was with IHS Markit (formerly CERA or Cambridge Energy Research Associates) advising the top electric utilities and power sector owners/operators and suppliers in North America, Europe, and globally on energy sector transformation, investment and operations. Clients included the major global petroleum, automotive and technology companies. In addition, in his innovation and technology role, he led the application of data analytics to power sector data and information.

Prior to IHS Markit, he was at the Edison Electric Institute where he led strategy, policy development, analysis, and advocacy for the electric utility industry in the areas of energy supply and taxation. At the Edison Electric Institute, he was instrumental in the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the making permanent of the Bush-era tax cuts on dividends.

Earlier in his career, he led the development and deployment of wireless telecommunications infrastructure joint-ventures in multiple European countries at Teligent. Prior to Teligent at Siemens (formerly Ansaldo-Finmeccanica), he led the development and deployment of automation and power electronics systems targeted in the power generation and other heavy-industry sectors. He has done research and published inthe areas of high-temperature superconductors, high-performance electric drive systems and high frequency telecommunications.

A CFA charterholder, Mr. Kranenburg holds a BSc and an MSc (plus PhD course requirements) in electrical engineering/ applied physics and an MBA from the University of Houston. In addition, he has completed the Leadership for Senior Executives program at the Harvard Business School.

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.

Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell
Senior Director of Grid Modernization Services at Salt River

Chris Campbell is currently the Senior Director of Grid Modernization Services at Salt River Project and is responsible for SRP’s electric distribution system and telecommunication networks. This includes responsibility for development and execution of the grid modernization strategy to prepare the grid for the high penetrations of distributed energy resources and growing electrification initiatives. He is on the Board of Directors for the Utility Technology Council (UTC) and a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Information, Communications and Cyber Security (ICCS) Program council.

Throughout his career, Chris has been focused on the application of information and operational technology for effective operation of electric grids. He has been with SRP since graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in 1989. He is also a native of Arizona and an avid outdoorsman. He is blessed to be married to his wife Lisa for 23 years and has two amazing daughters.

Johanne Duhaime
Johanne Duhaime
Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies
Johanne Duhaime was appointed Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies at Hydro-Québec in September 2016. In this role, she is responsible for all activities related to information and telecommunications systems, including system performance and stability, enterprise architecture, governance, maintenance, as well as project portfolio management.
Ms. Duhaime has more than 30 years of experience in information technology and operations in large organizations. She was previously Vice-President, IT Delivery Management for the Personal, Business, Marketing and Operations Group at National Bank, and has also held several senior positions at Cognicase and Hydro-Québec.
A seasoned leader known for creating dynamic work teams, Ms. Duhaime has driven several transformation initiatives designed to improve process efficiency and streamline work methods in order to add value to organizations. She has also headed several major technological projects, and has contributed to the restructuring of complex transactional systems.
Johanne Duhaime holds an Executive MBA from UQAM and a certificate in business administration from McGill University.
Ms. Duhaime’s interests reach into the community. She sits on the board of Special Olympics Québec, is a mentor in Hydro-Québec’s professional mentorship program geared to new immigrants, and has led the Hydro-Québec employees and pensioners’ Centraide campaign since 2017.
David Murray
David Murray
Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro-Québec Production
David Murray was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro-Québec Production in April 2018. In this capacity, he coordinates the operational activities and company-wide functions that require a global vision, such as continuous improvement, occupational health and safety, environmental management, and the operation and evolution of information and communication technologies. He also manages the subsidiaries involved in the commercialization of Hydro-Québec’s innovations and oversees all power generation activities, including facility operations and maintenance, as well as electricity sales and energy trading on wholesale markets.
Mr. Murray joined Hydro-Québec in 2015 as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies. The following year, he was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Distribution. In this capacity, he was responsible for supplying electricity to the Québec market, operating the distribution system and providing customer services.
Mr. Murray has over 20 years’ experience in large corporations. Before joining Hydro-Québec, he held a number of strategic management positions at Bombardier Aéronautique, where he contributed to the launch of Bombardier Avions d’affaires and served as Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Learjet 70/75 programs and the Learjet plant in Wichita, Kansas. An executive member of the Aeronautical Industries Association of America and representative of the General Aviation Manufacturing Association, he also oversaw Bombardier’s relations with Kansas government authorities. Previously, he worked for Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce.
A dynamic and inspiring leader, he has played a pivotal role in bringing about organizational changes through the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems and other technological tools designed to increase efficiency and productivity.
Mr. Murray earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal in 1992. He is a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité and sits on the boards of Centraide du Grand Montréal and the Institut du cancer de Montréal.
Marc Boucher
Marc Boucher
President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie
Marc Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in June 2016 as President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie. This division operates and develops North America’s most extensive power transmission system, which includes some 34,000 kilometres of lines. It also markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. Its assets total more than $20 billion and its annual revenue exceeds $3 billion.
A mechanical engineer, Mr. Boucher began his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1992 as the officer responsible for the maintenance of CF-18 aircraft. From 1996 to 2001, he served as Project and Engineering Manager at Bombardier Aerospace, where he headed teams in charge of designing and developing a CF-18 maintenance program and transforming civilian aircraft for military operations.
Marc Boucher then went on to Bombardier Transportation, where he replaced the incumbent director of the Acela high-speed train project. He successfully completed the last phases of this complex project and built a long-lasting relationship of trust with the customer.
From 2003 to 2005, he served as Vice President, Operations at Bombardier Transportation in Mexico, where he managed 2,500 employees and was instrumental in establishing Bombardier Aerospace in that country. In 2006, he was appointed Vice President, Operations and Project Management of the Transportation Services Division in Belgium. In that capacity, he transformed and improved several key aspects of the European operations, namely the engineering, maintenance, customer service, quality assurance, health and safety, and project management functions, while also serving as Chief Operating Officer for the UK Services Division.
In 2008, Mr. Boucher became Vice President and Business Unit Leader at Bombardier Transportation North America, a position he held until 2013. He was in charge of two major manufacturing sites and oversaw projects for key cities including New York, Chicago, Montréal and San Francisco.
Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, he worked in Germany from 2014 to 2016 as Head of Group Project Management and Quality for Bombardier Transportation. His mandate consisted in improving the project management and quality assurance functions on a global scale.
Marc Boucher holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval (Québec, 1991) and a postgraduate certificate in aerospace engineering from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (1992).
Joy Ditto
Joy Ditto
President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Joy Ditto is the President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), the Washington-based association representing vital energy and water utilities on their mission-critical technologies by driving innovation, fostering collaboration and influencing public policy.
Prior to joining UTC in 2016, Joy spent 15 years at the American Public Power Association (APPA), the national association representing publicly owned electric utilities. She served APPA in several capacities, including serving as the association’s Senior Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs.
Before joining APPA, Joy spent eight years on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to Reps. Joe McDade and Don Sherwood, and Sen. Chuck Hagel from Nebraska. She started as a staff assistant to Senator John McCain.
Joy is a past Chairman and board member of the National Energy Resources Organization. She currently serves on the board of the Women’s Energy Resources Council. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has earned an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

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.

Who should attend? | Why should you attend?

AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast

7:30AM – 5:00PM

Registration

8:00AM – 8:30AM

Welcome Address

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Keynote Session – Business Strategy for Developing Digitalization Solutions: New model transition digitalization. What it means and the interaction with customers

10:00AM – 10:15AM

Networking Break

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Digitalization Journey in Electric Utilities

11:15AM – 12:15PM

Effective Convergence Is Essential to Digitalization Success

12:15PM – 1:45PM

Networking Luncheon & Presentation – Hydro Québec IT Group’s Contribution to the Evolution of the Digital Grid

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Is the 21st Century Utility a Technology Company?

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Digitalization Business Drivers & Financial Considerations

3:45PM – 4:00PM

Networking Break

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Data Is King in a Digital Utility

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Networking Reception

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast

7:30AM – 5:00PM

Registration

8:00AM – 8:15AM

Welcome Remarks

8:15AM – 9:00AM

Building A Digital Transmission Network

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Building Digital Networks:
A Holistic Approach

10:00AM – 10:15AM

Networking Break

10:15AM – 11:15AM

What is Digital Innovation?

11:15AM – 12:45PM

Networking Luncheon

12:45PM – 1:45PM

Risk And Rewards Of Utility Digitalization

1:45PM – 2:45PM

The Importance Of Having The Proper Foundation For A Digital Utility

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Networking Break

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Funding The Utility Digitalization
Transformation

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Digital Technology Lifespan – What Is A Realistic Expectation?

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Networking Reception

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast

7:30AM – 5:00PM

Registration

8:00AM – 8:45AM

Keynote Address – The Future of Critical Infrastructure: Drivers of Change in a Digital Era

8:45AM – 9:45AM

Can We Put the Genie Back in The Bottle?

9:45AM – 10:00AM

Networking Break

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Cybersecurity – What Happens When You Decide Digitalization Is Your Next Step?

11:00AM – 12:00PM

What Is the Role Of Cybersecurity Governance?

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Do I Need A Partner To Develop A Strong Cybersecurity Strategy In A Digital Utility?

1:00PM

Closing Remarks

The Oct. 16-18,2019, event in Montreal 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

BECOME A MEMBER

Advisory Board

Mathew Peacore
Mathew Peacore
Southern California Edison
Fernando Saavedra
Fernando Saavedra
New York Power Authority
Guy Pharand
Guy Pharand
Hydro-Québec
Kevin Huff
Kevin Huff
Salt River Project
Sylvain Clermont
Sylvain Clermont
Hydro-Québec

VENUE

WELCOME TO

MONTRÉAL

HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Omni Mont Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3A-2R6

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Hotel Omni Mont Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3A-2R6

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