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. 

Wednesday, October 6

12:00 – 12:05

Welcome to Canadian Waterpower Week 2021

Canadian Waterpower Week is kicked-off by Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President and CEO, WaterPower Canada, who will welcome attendees, and introduce the conference theme for 2021: “Building Toward Net Zero.”

12:05 – 12:15

Opening Keynote Address

Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center

Dolf Gielen has served as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Director for Innovation and Technology since 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience with energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in Delft in the Netherlands. In this opening keynote address, Dolf will set context for Canadian Waterpower Week’s theme “Building Toward Net Zero”, by establishing the importance of hydropower in the urgent decarbonization of electricity generation globally.

12:15 – 1:15

Industry Leaders in Conversation

The Central Role of Hydropower in Building Toward Net Zero

During COP26, world leaders will continue to develop and implement strategies toward the decarbonization of the global energy supply. Countries with abundant hydropower are best positioned to ramp up non-emitting electricity supply, and to use it to power transport, buildings and industry. These countries’ neighbours can also benefit where adequate transmission capacity between the regions exists. Attend this opening plenary session with “Industry Leaders in Conversation” moderated by Amanda Lang, Anchor, BNN Bloomberg, to hear insights and perspectives from global hydropower and electricity sector leaders on how they are “Building Toward Net Zero”. The panel will include:

  • Hilde Bakken, EVP Production and Industrial Ownership, Statkraft
  • Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec
  • Will Gardiner, CEO, Drax Group
  • Chris O’Riley, President and CEO, BC Hydro

1:15 – 1:45

Networking Break

1:45 – 2:30

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A. Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) received Royal Assent on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) 2021.  “The enactment provides that the Government of Canada must take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the UNDRIP, and must prepare and implement an action plan to achieve the objectives of the Declaration”. Drawing upon the experience of implementing the British Columbia Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, this session moderated by Lyle Viereck, Consultant, Lyle Viereck Consulting Services Inc will discuss the implications of implementing UNDRIP both in British Columbia and Canada. Attend to hear insights and perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that the new federal legislation introduces for the corporate sector, and what may change in companies’ approaches under the federal UNDRIP legislation to working with Indigenous communities across the country. The panel will include:

  • Christian Matossian, Manager, Indigenous Relations, TC Energy
  • Charlie Weiler, Senior Negotiator, Indigenous Relations, BC Hydro

B. Optimising the Role of Transmission for Regional Collaboration

If there is one common finding from all deep decarbonization studies in North America, it is that the availability of transmission capacity is one of the single most important factors for low-cost long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the electricity sector. Attend this concurrent breakout session moderated by Madeleine McPherson, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, to hear insights and perspectives informed by new in-depth modelling studies on the role of transmission for regional collaboration as Canada and the United States continue “Building Toward Net Zero.” The panel will include:

  • Greg Brinkman, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Dan Prowse, Special Projects Officer, Manitoba Hydro
  • Doug Opseth, Director, Generation Asset Management & Planning, SaskPower

2:30 – 2:45

Networking Break

2:45 – 3:50

Afternoon Plenary Session: Building Toward Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our Workforce

Followed by Woman of Waterpower Award Presentations

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are more than Human Resources buzzwords. They’re essential policies for the long-term health of any professional organization. Diversity is traditionally thought of as all the ways that people differ. So think about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and so on. Equity is the principle of fairness. It is about creating fair opportunity, access and advancement for all people. A level playing field. Inclusion is the extent to which your workforce actually feels a sense of belonging and value within the organization. Even though you might have very diverse teams, that may not translate into a feeling of inclusion in the workplace. Attend this plenary session moderated by Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada, to hear personal stories from seasoned professionals on how real change can be made. The panel will include:

  • Tabatha Bull, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Chantal Guay, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Council of Canada
  • Joanna Osawe, Chief Executive Officer, Women in Renewable Energy

Woman of Waterpower Award Presentation

The Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) & WaterPower Canada Woman of Waterpower distinguishes the amazing women contributing to the waterpower and renewable energy sectors. With an increased focus on empowerment and inclusion, the nominees have helped advance the role and recognition of women in their sectors. Whether it be challenges in the workplace, community engagement, or social enterprise, their efforts are felt like ripples in a pond, repeatedly stimulating, energizing, and even galvanizing others. Join us to help celebrate the wonderful 2021 winner of this important Award.

Thursday, October 7

11:00 – 11:05

Welcoming Remarks

Patrick Bateman, Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, WaterPower Canada, will kick off Day 2 of the Conference by welcoming back attendees, reflecting on the proceedings to date, and offering insights into what attendees can continue to expect.

11:05 – 11:45

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A. First Nations-led Hydropower Project Development and Operation

Development and ownership of electricity generation and transmission projects by First Nations across Canada is accelerating. Examples range from small remote distributed generation that displaces diesel, to very large grid-scale endeavours. Attend this session moderated by Julia Balabanowicz, Director, Government Relations, Innergex, to hear firsthand experiences from First Nations renewable energy leaders on the development and operation of their hydropower generation and transmission assets, and the policy and market conditions that they require for continued investment and commercial success. The panel will include:

  • Chief Duncan Malcolm Michano, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
  • Peter Kirby, CEO, Tlingit Homeland Energy Ltd.

B. Innovation to Maximize the Life of Existing Hydropower Generation Stations

Innovation and disruptive ideas will be a key element to maximize the life of existing hydropower generation stations, as well as to reducing the time and expense of unit inspection and repair. Attend this session to hear how GE Renewable Energy’s Hydro Business integrates this philosophy into its daily work. In particular, they will discuss how a solution was developed – following the WaterPower Canada 2019 Innovation Hackathon – to perform safe underwater robotized turbine runner inspections at low cost and reducing outage time needed from a couple of weeks to less than one day, ensuring an almost continued operation of the units. Additional developments endeavored by their Global Research Center will also be presented. Presenters will include:

  • David Auger-Habel, Service Engineer, GE Renewable Energy
  • Franck Palaticky, Turbine Design Engineer, GE Renewable Energy
  • Charles Theurer, Principal Research Engineer, Robotics and Autonomy, GE

11:45 – 12:00

Networking Break

12:00 – 12:45

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A. Hydrogen Production Opportunities at Hydropower Generation Stations

The production of “green hydrogen” from hydroelectricity presents a significant opportunity for generators to add new value and revenue streams to their assets, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as heavy industry. Attend this session moderated by Mathieu Riedl, Director, Transmission and Distribution, BBA Consultants to hear experts discuss the drivers and market outlook for green hydrogen production by electrolysis, and real-world project-level examples of development in Canada.

  • Daniel Charette, Chief Operating Officer, CHARBONE
  • David Zekveld, Director, Hydrogen Business Development, Atura Power

B. Adding Generation Capacity during the Calabogie Generating Station Redevelopment

Refurbishment and redevelopment of existing hydropower generation units and sites improves efficiency and ensures continued safe and reliable operation for decades to come. There is also significant potential to increase their generation capacity across Canada.  Attend this session to hear Tony Palma, Senior Manager Projects, OPG and David Rupay, Senior Project Manager, SNC-Lavalin discuss the potential for capacity additions during refurbishment and redevelopment, in addition to a case study on Calabogie Generating Station in Eastern Ontario, whose capacity will be doubled by the end of its current redevelopment project.

12:45 – 1:00

Networking Break

1:00 – 1:45

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

A. Taking Advantage of Canada’s Clean Electricity to Electrify Transportation

The transport sector is responsible for more than one quarter of Canada’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, and could soon be a larger contributor than the oil and gas sector.  Electrifying cars, trucks, buses, trains and other modes of transport is a key solution to reducing greenhouse gases and delivering many other health, and economic benefits. Attend this session moderated by Parvathy Pillai, Program Manager: ZEB Consulting Services and Business Development, CUTRIC, to hear expert discussion on the drivers and market outlook for transport electrification projects, real-world project-level examples of transport electrification in Canada, and what they have taught their designers, integrators and proponents. The panel will include: 

  • Alex North, Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging & Hydrogen Fueling, Kiewit  
  • Dylan Casola, Senior Manager, Low Carbon Fleet Program, Coast Mountain Bus Company

B. Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Policies, & Implications on Technology Options

Now more than ever it is critical for businesses to have an Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance policy.  In this session Antoine Prevault, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ANDRITZ HYDRO Canada Inc., will speak to how ANDRITZ has combined the activities, measures, goals and plans it has been pursuing for many years in the sustainability sector under its ESG/Sustainability program “We Care”. Then, Andrew Minkoff, Technical Team Lead, Proposals, ANDRITZ HYDRO Canada Inc., will speak to how these considerations are affecting technology options available to hydropower producers with focus on oil-free Kaplan runner hubs. Oil-free Kaplan runner hubs have undergone 3 generations of design improvements by ANDRITZ, and have resulted in 180+ runner installations worldwide by ANDRITZ.

1:45 – 2:00

Networking Break

2:00 – 2:45

Pumped Storage Hydro’s Role and Value in Electricity Markets

Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) projects are playing an increasingly important role around the world in ensuring grid reliability and resource adequacy as fossil fuels are displaced by renewable energy resources. Moderated by Scott Fleming, Director, Wind & Solar, BBA, this panel will discuss the drivers and market outlook for PSH projects in Canada, the technical role that PSH projects can play in electricity systems, and how electricity market designs (including Alberta and Ontario’s) can enable optimal PSH project participation.  The panel will include:

  • Klaus Krüger, Senior Expert of Plant Safety & Energy Storage Solutions, VOITH HYDRO
  • Lars Linder, Manager, Power Market Analysis, TC Energy
  • Brad Kyte, Senior Manager, Business Development, OPG

2:45 – 3:00

Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45

Closing Senior Executives Plenary Session

Building Toward Net Zero: Projects and Investments on the Road to 2030 (and Beyond)

The Canadian Waterpower Week 2021 will close with a senior executives panel discussion moderated by Ryan MacDonald, Senior Editor, Climate, Environment and Resources, The Globe and Mail. The panel will reflect on the key project and investment opportunities discussed during the conference that will play a central role in “Building Toward Net Zero” in Canada. These include refurbishment and redevelopment, pumped storage hydro, transmission, green hydrogen, and much, much more. Panelists will consider the key market, policy, partnerships and regulatory conditions that must be considered for success, and how the Canadian hydropower sector can continue to be our leading clean energy sector. The panel will include:

  • Nicolle Butcher, Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation and Power Marketing, OPG
  • Terry Miles, Director, Integrated Resource Planning, Manitoba Hydro
  • David Murray, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Hydro-Québec 

3:45 – 4:00

Closing Remarks

Friday, October 8

11:00 – 1:00

Continuous Education Workshop

A. Introduction to Pumped Storage Hydro (presented by VOITH Hydro)

This 2-hours technical seminar presented by Dr. Klaus Kruger, Head of Research and Development, VOITH, is an introductory course to the important role that Pump Hydro Storage Plants serve in increasing grid stability of interconnected power systems including possible ancillary services for the grid.

Course content:

  • Introduction & Basics of Pumped Hydro
  • Why is hydro the leading renewable and most sustainable technology?
  • Main components in the water ways and in the power train, boundary conditions

General design options:

  • Basic design parameters for pre-defining a suitable power unit configuration
  • Types of pumped hydro storage plants
  • Location of powerhouse and surge tanks
  • Typical power unit arrangements
  • Comparisons of reversible with ternary power units Microscopic design criteria and boundary condition
  • Typical ancillary services and other contributions offered by pumped storage

Who should attend?

  • People who want basic knowledge of Pump Storage technology

Key Benefits

  • Understanding of basic principles of pump storage plants
  • Understanding of the influence on grid stability

B.  Federal Legislation Implementation Updates

Update on the implementation of the Impact Assessment Act presented by Regina Wright, Regional Director, Pacific and Yukon, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (11am – 12pm)

2:00 – 4:00

Continuous Education Workshop

A. Mechanical Balance-of-Plant System Design Fundamentals (presented by VOITH Hydro)

The Mechanical Balance-Of-Plant systems are the “life support” of a turbine generator unit and they cannot operate properly without them. This module presented by Logan Kibler, Balance of Plant, Mechanical Engineer, VOITH explains functionality and demonstrate the importance of having a well-designed and integrated Mechanical BOP systems.

Course content:

  • Introduction & Basics of Balance-of-Plant Mechanical
  • Importance of Balance-of-Plant for reliability of the hydro unit
  • Brief history and the role of Hydraulic Governor

General design options:

  • Basic design parameters for pre-defining a suitable design for HPU—Hydraulic Power Unit
  • Introduction to Accumulator types and function
  • Governor Control Theory and Hydraulic Equipment
  • Balance of Plant Equipment and Upgrades

Who should attend?

  • People who want a basic knowledge of Balance-of-Plant Mechanical

Key Benefits

  • Understanding basic principles of BOPm
  • Understanding the parameters for design

Please contact [email protected] for any questions.