Interoperability to be the “Linchpin” of Smart Grid Success


Strategy Institute announces the first annual “Smart Grid Interoperability Summit” taking place on June 15 and 16, 2010 in Toronto.

Following the recent release of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, it is more imperative than ever that utilities leaders from across the globe come together to discuss actionable communications and security standards to create Smart Grid synergy.

The only interoperability-focused Smart Grid event in Canada, this summit will bring together an international colloquium of government leaders, regulators, standards associations, C-level utilities executives, and other industry leaders to create an action-based blueprint for cross-border interoperability success.

Featured speakers include the most prominent regulatory and manufacturing associations from throughout North America; leading utilities on the interoperability front from across the globe; government leaders and many others including:

  • Lisa Dignard-Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Program, Natural Resources Canada; CanmetENERGY 
  • Ken Quesnelle, Board Member, Ontario Energy Board 
  • John OʼNeil, Project Manager, Canadian Standards Association 
  • Richard Bertolo, Project Director, Distribution Business Development, Hydro One Networks Inc. 
  • Norm Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro Ottawa, ON Eric Mewhinney, Manager of Innovation and Sustainability, Smart Grid Development Program, BC Hydro 
  • Rafael Yanez Hoyos, President, CANENA (Mexico)

Exclusive to this summit, Paul Molitor, Director of Smart Grid, National Electrical Manufacturers Association will be moderating a North American cross-border power-panel bringing together the USA, Mexico and Canada to dialogue about the future of interoperability.

"NEMA is honored to be part of this important, international event,” Molitor says. “This gives us the perfect opportunity to collaborate with our Canadian colleagues and ensure that together we develop Smart Grid technologies that integrate seamlessly throughout the Americas and the world."

Building upon the success of previous Smart Grid events, the Smart Grid Interoperability Summit is part of a series of annual events designed to help Canadaʼs power industry, regulators, policy makers and stakeholders to overcome the challenges of making the smart grid fully integrated and interconnected. The event brings peers together to share information, challenges and successes, and will give Canadaʼs utilities a clearer vision on how to make the Smart Grid secure and reliable while benefiting the public and preserving the environment.

About the Strategy Institute
Strategy Institute is proud to be a facilitator in connecting business and industry leaders in a variety of sectors for over 15 years. We strive to strengthen the foundation of Canadaʼs economy through annual conferences such as “Asset Management for Utilities,” “the Canadian Smart Grid Summit” and more. One of our higher purposes is to provide decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to provide good corporate governance to benefit stakeholders and ultimately the public good.

For more information, please contact:
Crisie Charan-Thomas
Marketing Manager
Phone: (416) 944-9200 ext. 245