Program

Taking place in our Nation’s Capital, this year’s 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, energy storage companies and industry related organizations in Canada.

Please note that program development is ongoing and updates are being made daily.

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

Welcome to the 2024 Canadian Waterpower Week
Canadian Waterpower Week 2024 will commence with introductory remarks from the President of WaterPower Canada who will welcome attendees and introduce the theme for the conference, “Forward. Together.”

Navigating Canada’s Carbon Conundrum: Towards Net-Zero in a Changing Landscape
This plenary panel will assess the nation’s struggle towards achieving net-zero emissions amidst challenges with the existing carbon tax. Stakeholders from various sectors will convene to dissect shortcomings and propose collaborative solutions, particularly in waterpower. Discussions will focus on the reasons behind the carbon tax’s inefficacy, and will explore alternative policies and innovative strategies to accelerate emissions reductions. By emphasizing the urgency of unified action, transcending political divides, this panel will aim to outline specific priorities and a new approach, all with collaborative goal of positioning Canada as a leader in global sustainability efforts.
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show sponsored by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
9:45 am – 10:45 am
PLENARY SESSION
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Programming in development.
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show sponsored by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Stream A: Planning, Reliability, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Governor General Ballroom I
Hydropower Sustainability Standard (HSS)
Programming in development.

Stream B: Climate Change, Environmental Affairs and Indigenous Relations sponsored by AtkinsRéalis
Location: Governor General Ballroom II
Harmony Unleashed: Hydropower’s Vital Role in Preserving Canada’s Biodiversity
This session will discover how WaterPower Canada members are championing biodiversity and sustainability in Canada through innovative practices and partnerships, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between renewable energy generation and natural ecosystems. Join as they explore the vital role hydroelectricity plays in preserving Canada’s rich biodiversity and fostering a sustainable future for generations to come.

Stream C: Operations & Construction, Project Updates and Technological Advancements
Location: Governor General Ballroom III
Innovations in Water Forecasting for Sustainable Hydropower
Programming in development.
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Plenary Luncheon presented by Bird Construction
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Collaborative Delivery of Hydropower Projects – Application, Experience, Potential
Collaborative project delivery, known as the “One Team approach,” emphasizes trust, open communication, and shared values to tackle complex projects like those in hydropower. While it presents a significant change for many organizations, it’s essential for addressing industry challenges. This plenary session, led by Bird Construction, will explore defining collaborative project culture, fostering effective teamwork, implementing Lean Tools & Practices, and integrating diverse perspectives for optimal outcomes. Key considerations include leadership deployment, contractual arrangements, and alignment with organizational practices and requirements.
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show sponsored by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Stream A: Planning, Reliability, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Governor General Ballroom I
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions on Hydropower Reservoirs
Programming in development.

Stream B: Climate Change, Environmental Affairs and Indigenous Relations sponsored by AtkinsRéalis
Location: Governor General Ballroom II
Turbine Design for Safe Fish Passage
Join WPC Member Natel Energy for an insightful breakout session on innovative FishSafe turbine designs, crucial for modernizing aging hydropower plants in Canada. With many facilities destined for refurbishment and growing regulations to protect migratory fish like the American eel, discover how Natel’s cutting-edge solutions ensure fish-friendly hydropower operations while meeting modernization needs. Engage with experts Abe Schneider, Chief Technology Officer at Natel Energy and Sterling Watson, Staff Engineer, Fish Safety at Natel Energy as they discuss balancing renewable energy generation with aquatic ecosystem health.

Stream C: Operations & Construction, Project Updates and Technological Advancements
Location: Governor General Ballroom III
Collaborative Delivery of Hydropower Projects – Best Practices and Case Studies
Join us for an in-depth session on the Collaborative Delivery of Hydropower Projects – Best Practices and Case Studies. Building on the “One Team approach” discussed in the plenary, we’ll explore real-world applications, success stories, and strategies for fostering trust, open communication, and shared values in hydropower projects.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Coffee and Networking Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 3

Stream A: Planning, Reliability, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Governor General Ballroom I
Programming in development.

Stream B: Climate Change, Environmental Affairs and Indigenous Relations sponsored by AtkinsRéalis
Location: Governor General Ballroom II
Federal Support Programs to Enable Indigenous Equity Participation in New Energy Projects
Discover how federal support programs are empowering Indigenous communities to achieve equity participation in new energy projects. This session will explore funding opportunities, policy frameworks, and success stories, providing valuable insights for fostering sustainable partnerships. Join us to learn about the pathways to meaningful Indigenous involvement in the energy sector.

Stream C: Operations & Construction, Project Updates and Technological Advancements
Location: Governor General Ballroom III
Long Duration Energy Storage: Should pumped hydro compete or complement battery storage?
As global investments in battery storage increase and countries worldwide make significant advancements in pumped hydro storage, it is crucial to understand how these two technologies can complement each other. This session will explore the roles of pumped hydro and battery storage in long-duration energy storage, highlighting international examples and sharing key lessons learned.
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week VIP Reception presented by ANDRITZ (by invitation only)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week Reception (for all conference attendees)
Location: Canadian Waterpower Week Trade Show | Conference Floor (4th Floor)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New format! Canadian Waterpower Week Networking Dinner
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Join us for an evening of connection and camaraderie at our networking dinner. The evening gives speakers, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors a unique opportunity to meet, network and catch-up in an informal and social environment. Share insights, exchange ideas, and cultivate new opportunities in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Elevate your networking experience over a delightful meal, surrounded by like-minded individuals passionate about collaboration and growth.
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Morning Plenary sponsored by EnerServ and MV2 Hydro
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Innovative Strategies for Small Hydro Rehabilitation
Join WPC Members EnerServ and MV2 Hydro as they lead an insightful panel discussion featuring experts from various sectors of the hydro industry. Panelists will explore innovative approaches to rehabilitating and optimizing small hydroelectric production dams. Unlike larger and medium hydro projects, small hydro rehabilitation faces unique financial and operational constraints that require tailored strategies. Our distinguished panelists will share their perspectives and experiences, addressing the critical differences and presenting practical solutions for overcoming these challenges.
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show sponsored by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
9:45 am – 10:45 am
PLENARY SESSION
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Programming in development.
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show sponsored by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.
Location: Conference Floor (4th Floor)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION 4

Stream A: Planning, Reliability, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Location: Governor General Ballroom I
Using Acoustic Telemetry to Validate Innovasea’s New AI-powered Fish Counting Solution, HydroAI
Upstream and downstream migration of Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) was evaluated through a pool and weir fishway and two downstream bypasses at the White Rock Hydroelectric Facility (Nova Scotia Power Inc.), on the Gaspereau River, Nova Scotia, Canada using a recently developed miniaturized ultrasonic acoustic transmitter and the new HydroAI system. HydroAI employs video and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to produce real-time fish counts. Hear from Colleen Burliuk, Research Biologist at Innovasea as she shares how they are helping hydro dam operators improve efficiency and environmental compliance with their new technology.

Stream B: Climate Change, Environmental Affairs and Indigenous Relations sponsored by AtkinsRéalis
Location: Governor General Ballroom II
Empowering Partnerships: Opportunities for new generation in Northern Ontario and Indigenous partnerships
The Canadian Hydropower Industry is committed to pursuing relationships with Indigenous communities based on meaningful and ongoing communication, aimed at creating mutual benefit. Hear from Aaron Del Pino, Director of Business Development at OPG who will discuss the lasting economic and social benefits that potential hydroelectric developments in Northern Ontario could provide to Indigenous communities.

Stream C: Operations & Construction, Project Updates and Technological Advancements
Location: Governor General Ballroom III
Modernizing Hydropower: Innovations and Challenges in Major Refurbishments
The Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) projects that Ontario’s electricity demand could more than double by 2050. Upgrading and optimizing Ontario’s existing hydroelectric assets is essential to meet the provinces growing need and demands of electrification. Join us at this session where Amanda Greiner, Director Asset & Project Management at Ontario Power Generation, Codie Lonsberry, Senior Project Manager at Ontario Power Generation, Travis Penno, Vice President Field Services at HydroTech, and a representative from GE Vernova will discuss the innovations, challenges and opportunities of the more than $600 million dollar refurbishment of the R.H. Saunders facility – Ontario’s second-largest hydro station.
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Closing Plenary Luncheon
Location: Confederation Ballroom
Unlocking the Potential: Exploring Regional Electricity Market Cooperation in Canada
In recent years, the concept of regional electricity market cooperation as a means to help the build out of renewables and to help address reliability in Canada has garnered significant attention and praise. The idea of integrating and coordinating electricity markets across different regions promises numerous benefits, including enhanced efficiency, improved reliability, and increased access to diverse energy sources. However, despite widespread acknowledgment of its potential advantages, the actual implementation of such cooperation has been slow and challenging.
 
This plenary panel discussion aims to delve into the opportunities and challenges surrounding regional electricity market cooperation in Western Canada. Bringing together key stakeholders from various sectors of the industry, including regional operators, a regulator/system operator, and a transmission operator, the panel will provide diverse perspectives on why this promising concept has yet to materialize into actionable strategies.
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.