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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MONTRÉAL,
QUÉBEC
CANADA

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November
3 & 4
2020

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MONTRÉAL,
QUÉBEC
CANADA

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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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AGENDA

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

7:30AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast

7:00AM – 5:00PM

Registration

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Keynote Session: Hydro Québec’s

10:00AM – 10:15AM

Networking Break

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Digitalization Technology Roadmap

11:15AM – 12:15PM

The Human Component of the Digital Transformation

12:30PM – 1:45PM

Networking Luncheon:Conversation & Input

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Process Transformation With Digital Substation

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Digitalization Regulatory & Policy Oversight

3:45PM – 4:15PM

Networking Break

4:15PM – 5:15PM

Competition in the Digital Arena

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Networking Reception

Wednesday, November 4

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast

7:30AM – 5:00PM

Registration

8:00AM – 8:15AM

Welcome Remarks

8:15AM – 9:00AM

Keynote Address: TBD

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Cybersecurity: 2020 & Beyond

10:00AM – 10:15AM

Networking Break

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Digital Cybersecurity Strategy

11:15AM – 12:45PM

Networking Luncheon:Conversation & Input

12:45PM – 1:45PM

Four Consumer & Customer Use of Digital Technology

1:45PM – 2:45PM

Emerging Digital Technology

2:45PM – 3:30PM

Networking Break

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Open Forum: Round Table Conversation & Input

5:00PM

Farewell Reception

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The NOV. 3 & 4,2020, 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

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Advisory Board

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 Operational Technologies Convergence at Hydro Québec

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.

 

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