Program

Energy transition is one of the most urgent and complex challenges on the path to Canada’s resilient economic future, with significant electricity expansion being central to our success. Through the theme “Powerful Synergies for our Electric Future,” the 2022 Canadian Waterpower Week will explore the power of collaboration between businesses and technologies, energy resources and regions, and projects and people to maximize opportunities and minimize risks. We’re thrilled to have industry leaders and seasoned experts exploring where opportunities for cooperation exist, to accelerate progress toward our electric future.

Please note all times are presented in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and all sessions are presented in English.
The program is subject to change at WaterPower Canada’s discretion.

The Conference and Trade Show will take place in Toronto, ON, at The Westin Harbour Castle.
A block of rooms has been set aside at the hotel at a special conference rate: click here to book your group rate (Group Code: W9PW9PN)
or call the toll free number 1-888-627-8559 and request the WaterPower Canada Conference group block.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Continuous Education Workshop

3:00pm – 7:00pm

Registration Open

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WaterPower Canada Member Meetings, and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Fisheries and Regulatory Committee (exclusive to Committee Members)

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Electricity Decarbonization Committee (exclusive to Committee Members)

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Indigenous Relations Advisory Council (exclusive to Advisory Council Members)

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

WaterPower Canada AGM (all WPC Members welcome)

6:00pm – 7:00pm

WaterPower Canada Welcome Reception (exclusive to WPC Corporate Members)

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast (sponsored by Ontario Power Generation)

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome to the 2022 Canadian Waterpower Week

Canadian Waterpower Week 2022 will commence with introductory remarks from Carolina Rinfret, President and CEO, WaterPower Canada, who will welcome attendees and introduce the theme for the conference, “Powerful Synergies for Our Electric Future.”

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Opening Keynote Address (stay tuned for the announcement!)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Opening Plenary | Industry Leaders in Conversation

This “fire-side chat” led by Adam Radwanski, Columnist and Feature Writer, The Globe and Mail, including panelists: Ken Hartwick, President and CEO, OPG; Josée Guibord, CEO, Evolugen; Mathieu Johnson, Vice President, Strategy, Corporate Evolution and Business Development, Hydro-Québec; and Jennifer Williams, President and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, will explore the conference theme “Powerful Synergies for Our Electric Future.” Specifically, how opportunities can be maximized, and risks be minimized, during the transition toward a net-zero electricity supply through collaborations between businesses and technologies, energy resources and regions, and projects and people.

10:30 am – 11:15 pm

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show (sponsored by Manitoba Hydro)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) The Theory and Practice of Net Zero Energy Systems

Achieving a net-zero economy requires immediate and massive change for our energy systems. This breakout session led by Binnu Jeyakumar, Director, Clean Energy, Pembina Institute, including panelists Nishant Gehani, Director, Power Systems Business, BBA Consultants; and Normand Mousseau, Academic Director, Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montreal, will consider how the theory and practice of energy system planning must converge and diverge for optimal outcomes and future success.


B) Assessing Hydropower Refurbishment and Redevelopment Potential in Canada

Investments in existing hydropower units and sites can improve efficiency, increase generation capacity, and contribute more to grid reliability and resilience. This breakout session led by Jonathan Atkinson, Director Business Development, HATCH, will provide an overview of a major study being undertaken for WaterPower Canada to assess the scale of the role that hydropower refurbishments and redevelopments can play in a future net-zero electricity supply.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Plenary Luncheon (sponsored by Peter Kiewit Sons ULC)

This plenary luncheon “fire-side chat” led by Rick Smith, President, Canadian Climate Institute, with panelists Chuck Farmer, Vice-President, Planning, Conservation and Resource Adequacy, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO); and Marie-France Samaroden, Vice President, Grid Reliability Operations, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), will explore how climate change, net zero, decarbonization, and other dynamics are shaping electric system planning and operation in Canada.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) Growing the Role of Indigenous Businesses in the Electricity Sector (Description coming soon)


B) Assessing Pumped Storage Hydro Potential in Canada

The flexibility and long duration energy storage provided by Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) has the potential to provide enormous value to a future net zero grid if projects are implemented in a timely manner. This breakout session led by Michael Morgenroth, Principal Engineer, WaterPower & Dams, Stantec, will provide an overview of a major study being undertaken for WaterPower Canada to assess the scale of PSH’s potential by 2035, and beyond.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) Progress on Regional Collaboration for Electricity Decarbonization


B) Sir Adam Beck G1 and G2 Scroll Case Replacement

Sir Adam Beck Generating Station (SAB1) is a 10-unit station, located on the Niagara River. Attend this technical session for an overview of the investigation, scenarios and criteria considered, decisions made, challenges encountered, as well as the lessons learned during the process of replacing two 100-year-old scroll cases at this historic and important hydropower facility. The collaborative contracting model and its success will also be highlighted. Speakers will include representatives from Ontario Power Generation and Andritz Hydro Canada Inc

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Canadian Waterpower Week Gala Dinner and Reception (sponsored by Andritz)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presentation of the Woman of Hydropower Award in partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

Gala Dinner  |  An evening with Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield
Astronaut and first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Plenary Breakfast: Focusing on the Labour Force (Description coming soon)
(sponsored by GE Renewable Energy)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) Success Factors for Delivery of Major Construction Projects
B) Technical Session

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) Technical Session
B) Technical Session

11:15 am – 11:30 am

Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A) Technical Session
B) Technical Session

12:00 pm – 13:00 pm

Closing Plenary Luncheon (sponsored by Hydro-Québec)