Program

Taking place in our Nation’s Capital, the 2024 Canadian Waterpower Week conference and trade show will bring together key decision makers, industry experts, policy and business influencers and offer opportunities to come together for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices, and pressing issues, all to enable a collective change. We are thrilled to have industry leaders and seasoned experts exploring where opportunities for cooperation exist, to accelerate progress toward our electric future. Attendees will build knowledge and gain exclusive insights, as well as network and position for success with the largest electricity generation, transmission, and energy storage companies in Canada.

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trade Show / Exhibitor Move-In

Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WaterPower Canada Committee Meetings

Location: To be confirmed
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conference Registration Open

Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
WaterPower Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Location: To be confirmed
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WaterPower Canada Members Reception

Location: To be confirmed
7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Open

Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet

Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Welcome to the 2024 Canadian Waterpower Week | Opening Plenary
Location: Confederation Ballroom
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Session 1
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 2
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Plenary Luncheon
Location: Confederation Ballroom

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 3
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 4
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week VIP Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week Gala Reception
Location: Canadian Waterpower Week Trade Show | Conference Floor (4th Floor)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week Gala Dinner & Awards
Location: Confederation Ballroom

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Morning Plenary
Location: Confederation Ballroom
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Session 5
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Session 6
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Closing Plenary Luncheon
Location: Confederation Ballroom
2:00 pm
Conference concluded
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet sponsored by Hydro-Québec
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Morning Plenary sponsored by Hydro-Québec

While our 2035 net-zero electricity goal was challenging, our ultimate goal is to build a net-zero economy by 2050. This massive undertaking will challenge our ability to plan, design, and build large scale energy projects, and will require development on an unprecedented pace for our industry. Join Claudine Bouchard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Infrastructure Officer at Hydro-Québec; Rodrigue Gilbert, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Procurement Practices, Canadian Construction Association; and other industry leaders as they engage in conversation.
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
10:00 am – 10:45 am
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 4

Stream A: Planning and Reliability

4A – Certifying Sustainable Hydropower

Join Lynn St-Laurent and Christian Turpin from Hydro-Québec as they share specifics surrounding the certification of the Eastmain-1 Development under the International Hydropower Association’s Hydropower Sustainability Standard. Join them for a discussion with those involved in these projects, along with sustainability experts.

Stream B: Environmental and Indigenous Relations

4B – Snow and Water Digital Twins

Hear from Ion Padilla, Co-founder and CEO of Wegaw, and Matt Elgin, Head of Business Development at Wegaw as they discuss their methods of modelling snow and future water runoff with geospatial data and machine learning.

Stream C: Operations, Construction and Projects

4C – Lessons Learned from the Keeyask Generating Station

Barnard Construction, Hatch and Manitoba Hydro will come together to discuss lessons learned from the recently completed Keeyask hydroelectric project. This session will be moderated by Mike Westgate, Vice President, Business Development – Canada, Barnard Inc; and will feature Tom Tonner from Manitoba Hydro; Mike Fuller from Barnard Inc; and Warren Gendzelvich from Hatch.

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 5

Stream A: Planning and Reliability

5A – Hydropower’s Value to a Net-Zero Electricity Grid & Improving Efficiency. What are the Possibilities?

Review of WaterPower Canada’s latest NRCan funded studies. Brady Yauch from Power Advisory LLP will discuss the critical role that Canadian hydropower facilities play in providing essential grid services to maintain a balanced and reliable grid, and Martin Dodge from Hatch will discuss the potential for increasing capacity at Canadian hydropower facilities and the results of their comparative cost study.

Stream B: Environmental and Indigenous Relations

5B – Climate Change and Impacts / Solutions from Indigenous communities

Many of the utilities in Canada have plans to address climate change and are working with Indigenous communities to implement those plans. Listen to a panel of Indigenous and Industry experts discussing how climate changes is impacting Indigenous communities and the opportunities for partnering to bring about change. Conversations will also include government funding for Indigenous equity in capital projects, particularly renewable energy projects. Presenters include Muhamud Hassan, Chief of Staff, United Nations Association in Canada; Guy Lonechild, CEO of the First Nation Power Authority; and Christian Matossian from TC Energy.

Stream C: Operations, Construction and Projects

5C – System Planning and Delivery of Megaprojects

Join James Burpee; Dr. Kathleen Vaillancourt, President of ESMIA Consultants; and Oskar Sigvaldason as they engage in a conversation surrounding the planning and delivery of megaprojects. Canada’s dominant challenge, from now to mid-century, will be to successfully plan and implement the largest and most expensive infrastructure development program in the history of Canada. This is in response to meeting economic growth, and GHG mitigation targets, and includes a major program of end-use electrification. This places special emphasis on the importance of comprehensive, integrated planning, as well as rebuilding the management capacity, to successfully deliver major infrastructure programs. This will include unprecedented expansion of large-scale hydro and pumped storage developments across Canada.


12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Closing Plenary Luncheon presented by Manitoba Hydro

Powering Through a Changing World

This session summarizes the discussions from the past two days. Our path to net-zero begins with the first steps. Join our closing panel to explore our immediate take-aways on this journey. Moderated by Francis Bradley, President & CEO of Electricity Canada, panelists will include André Bernier, Director General, Electricity Systems Branch (ESB) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan); Dave Bowen, Vice-President of Operations from Manitoba Hydro; and Jean Habel, Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada at Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

2:00 pm
Conference concluded
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Additional Programming

TECHNICAL TRAINING SESSIONS

ANDRITZ | Generator Rotor Structural impacts & Refurbishments

VOITH Hydropower | The Scale of Digital
Digital as an Enabler – How do we best utilize “digital” to help us in our jobs of producing, monitoring, and communicating our changing production levels to balance our business objectives – whether they be saving money, making money, increasing capacity, seasonal contractual obligations, availability, or running to failure? Where does “digital” deliver demonstrable value at the power unit level, the power station level, the fleet level, and across the industry? We could say “digital twin” and imagine that encompasses everything, but we would betray the facts that it takes a LOT of technology to make and maintain a “digital twin”. Join Brent Ward from VOITH Hydropower as he takes a look at the range of uses of digital technology to see what fits where and when and what benefits digital could bring and the resulting trade-offs.


These trainings are complimentary for all conference registrants, but please confirm your attendance by emailing [email protected].

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.

Accommodations

The Conference and Trade Show will take place in Ottawa, ON, at The Westin Ottawa. A block of rooms has been set aside at the hotel at a special conference rate. Click here to book your group rate or call the toll free number 1-888-627-8528 and request the WaterPower Canada Conference group block.

Reservations are subject to availability and must be made no later than August 27, 2024 to receive the special conference rate.