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.

Concept Training, Member Meetings, and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

12:00 pm
LUNCH: Board of Directors | ROOM: Dockside 3
LUNCH: Committee Meeting Members | ROOM: Dockside 2
12:30 pm
MEETING: Fisheries and Regulatory Committee | ROOM: Dockside 4
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MEETING: Board of Directors | ROOM: Dockside 3
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hydro Pump Storage Concept Training – The Renewable ‘Battery’!
Presented by Andritz Hydro Canada Inc. | ROOM: Dockside 1

Presenters: Ivan Stanojevic (Group Leader Layout Generator) and Benjamin Benz (Head of Layout Center Pump-Turbines)

This concept training session by ANDRITZ on Hydro Pump storage will present general aspects of pump storage configurations, as well as the difference in technology & concepts such as: fixed vs. variable speed, hydraulic & mechanical concepts, and generator & electrical power systems concepts. Typical implementation schedules and ANDRITZ references will also be presented.

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Electricity Decarbonization Committee (exclusive to Committee Members) | ROOM: Dockside 2
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Indigenous Relations Advisory Council (exclusive to Advisory Council Members) | ROOM: Dockside 4
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration Open | Harbour Foyer – Near Top of Escalators
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
WaterPower Canada AGM (exclusive to WPC Members) | ROOM: Dockside 2
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Member Welcome Reception (exclusive to WPC Members) | ROOM: Pier 2+3 and Lakeview Terrace
7:00 pm
Registration Closes
7:00 am
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet (sponsored by Ontario Power Generation) | Harbour Foyer
8:30 am – 8:45 am

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
Video Greetings from the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change | Harbour Ballroom
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Geopolitics of energy and the energy transition: the place of hydroelectricity | Harbour Ballroom

Yvan Cliche, fellow and senior energy researcher, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM) The geopolitics of energy has been completely transformed in recent years, with the oil and gas shale revolution, the increased international trade of liquefied natural gas, the sharp decrease in wind and solar energy prices, and the energy transition, which is in fact a transition to clean electricity and which will require significant growth in the supply of critical minerals. What is the place and future of hydropower in this new energy context?

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Opening Plenary | Industry Leaders in Conversation | Harbour Ballroom

This “fire-side chat” led by Bonnie Hiltz, Vice President and Energy Practice Group Lead, Sussex Strategy Group 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 can opportunities 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 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show (sponsored by Manitoba Hydro)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
A) Successful Delivery of Major Hydroelectric Projects | Pier 2 & 3 Room

The Little Long Dam Safety project is a remote project well underway in Northern Ontario that applied a lot of lessons learned from OPG and Kiewit past experiences. This project is aimed at increasing the discharge capacity at the existing Adam Creek spillway structure ensuring extreme floodwater can safely bypass OPG’s four Lower Mattagami River stations (Little Long, Smoky Falls, Harmon and Kipling generating stations) in the event of large-scale flooding in the area. Almost entirely being executed during the pandemic, this project has been progressing on track involving heavy civil construction while providing approximately $43M in employment and contracting opportunities for Indigenous communities and residents of the surrounding area. This breakout session led by Ahmad Al-Ali, Senior Project Manager OPG and Simon Gagné, Project Director, KIEWIT will explore what they believe were the key strategies that led to a successful major hydroelectric project for all stakeholders.

B) Comparative Analysis of Electricity Costs and Assessing Hydropower Refurbishment and Redevelopment Potential in Canada | Regatta Room

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 and Martin Dodge, Regional Manager (Québec and French Africa) and Turbine-Generator Lead, HATCH will provide an overview of a two studies being undertaken for WaterPower Canada to assess electricity generation costs by source and 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 | Perspectives on a Net Zero Grid (sponsored by Peter Kiewit Sons ULC)

This plenary luncheon “fire-side chats” 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 | Pier 2 & 3 Room

This breakout session led by Camille Vézina from Vezina Consultancy, with panelists: Tina Sheridan (President & Board Chair – CreeQuest Corp.), Penny Favel (Vice President Indigenous Relations – Hydro One), Glenn Penner (Director of Construction – Manitoba Hydro), Joanna Mullard (Manager Indigenous Procurement and Business Development – BC Hydro), Michael Jacobs, CEO CIPS, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services, will explore how to build on the work, strategies and approaches being used across the country to support and grow Indigenous businesses. In particular, the following themes will be discussed: economic reconciliation, benefits to Indigenous communities, the range of Indigenous businesses that operate in Canada today, skills, training, and education, and challenges faced by Indigenous businesses.

B) The Swiss experience regarding pump storage projects | Regatta Room

Conference by Selim Sayah, Head of Energy & Water division at Lombardi Engineering LTD

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
A) The Theory and Practice of Net Zero Energy Systems | Pier 2 & 3 Room

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 Simon Langlois-Bertrand, Research Associate, Trottier Energy Institute, Polytechnique Montréal and Tarek Abdel-Galil, Director Grid Solutions, SNC-Lavalin, will consider how the theory and practice of energy system planning must converge and diverge for optimal outcomes and future success.

B) Sir Adam Beck G1 and G2 Scroll Case Replacement | Regatta Room
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. Dave Bonell, PMP, Senior Manager Projects, Ontario Power Generation, Mohsen Mirshams, Senior Project Manager, Andritz Hydro Canada Inc. and Jonathan Rose, Turbine Design and System Engineer, Andritz Hydro Canada Inc.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week Cocktail Reception | Pier 4 & 5
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Canadian Waterpower Week Gala Dinner (sponsored by Andritz and TC Energy) | Harbour Ballroom
An evening with Chris Hadfield, Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station
Presentation of the Woman of Hydropower Award in partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
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 (sponsored by GE Renewable Energy) | Harbour Ballroom

Labour shortages across the electricity sector continue to dominate industry concerns and priorities. As Canada’s electricity demand grows as we chart a path to net-zero, more hydropower will be needed, and it will be critical to ensure that we have in place a skilled and diverse workforce. This plenary breakfast session led by Debbie Gray, Climate Policy Manager, International Hydropower Association, with panelists: Michelle Branigan, CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada, Paul Séguin, Senior Vice President Renewable Generation, Ontario Power Generation, and Merry Dang, Vice President, Business Development, ASI Group Ltd, will explore challenges in the hydropower industry workforce. How can the sector offer opportunities for stable and meaningful work, and meet current and future needs of its highly skilled and safety-focused workforce? As an integral part of this discussion, the speakers will also discuss the importance of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, and showcase examples of successful initiatives.

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show | Harbour Foyer / Pier 4 & 5
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
A) Protecting aquatic resources with fish passages | Pier 2 & 3 Room

Fish passage projects require working with stakeholders to facilitate a planning process to develop a plan that uses a sound science approach with objectives, priorities, and action items designed to optimize the benefit to the species while balancing hydro owner needs and cost-saving ideas. This breakout session will be presented by Stephanie Landers, Regulatory Consultant, Kleinschmidt.

B) Alternative Contract Models – How the Right Contract Impacts the Success of a Project for every stakeholder | Regatta Room

Alternative and collaborative contract models can lead to better project cost, and schedule certainty. This breakout session led by Simon Gagné, Project Director, KIEWIT will provide a perspective and examples on contract models that can create a better project outcome for all stakeholders through innovation, collaboration and appropriate risk sharing.

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Networking Break & Visit the Trade Show | Harbour Foyer / Pier 4 & 5
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
A) Can Canada meet its 2030 CO2 reduction objectives, en route to Net Zero 2050? | Pier 2 & 3 Room

The Government of Canada has announced its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40-45% over the next eight years emissions levels and reach a net zero emissions electrical network by 2035. SNC-Lavalin’s Subject Matter Experts in infrastructure engineering have conducted an analysis through internal consultations supported by government and industry data and have considered which priority projects can be deployed within a short timeframe towards attaining this challenging goal. The year 2020 saw a drop in emissions, principally due to the COVID situation and is considered atypical. A fast-track GHG reduction schedule by 2030 will require a shock to existing systems and significant commitments by all levels of government, industry, and society. This breakout session led by Alastair Perry, Vice-President Renewables Canada, SNC-Lavalin will focus on those main sectors of our society and the type of efforts we should focus on if we are to move in the right direction.

B) BC Hydro Site C Environmental Compliance and Mitigation: challenges and lessons learned | Regatta Room

The project enters its 8th year of construction and is successfully delivering one of Canada’s largest ever environmental mitigation programs. This breakout session led by Sean Dignan, Environmental Risk Manager, BC Hydro and Brent Mossop, Fisheries Biologist, BC Hydro will highlight the breadth and scope of the Site C Clean Energy project’s environmental mitigation and compliance programs including the massive effort of managing contractor environmental compliance during construction. It will also cover their challenges and lessons learned: information that will be incredibly valuable for current and future large hydroelectric projects.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Closing Plenary Luncheon – Renewable Synergies for our Electric Future (sponsored by Hydro-Quebec) | Harbour Ballroom

This «fire-side chat» led by Robert Hornung, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) with panelists: Gilbert Bennett, Vice President Power Development, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal and Chair of Energy Sector Management, Daniel Prowse, Senior Planning & Special Projects Engineer, Manitoba Hydro, and Adam Rosso, Director Greenfield Development, Boralex, will examine the complementarity of hydropower and wind power in Canada by providing an overview of the planned and potential growth scenarios for wind energy in Canada and discussing the potential challenges, opportunities and benefits for hydroelectric systems as Canada works toward a carbon-neutral grid by 2035 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050. The session will explore how new wind energy development is influencing system planning in hydroelectric utilities, the infrastructure development required to ensure effective operations while capturing hydro/wind synergies, and emerging opportunities for collaboration with wind energy stakeholders, local communities, and Indigenous communities.