Smart Metering Canada: Conference Program 2008


Smart Metering Canada

25 February – 27 February 2008 

 Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday 25 February 2008 

Session: 0.1.1

WORKSHOP 1: Home Area Networks (HAN): an MBA workshop for executives
Workshop leader: Grant Gilchrist, Consulting Engineer, Utility Data Communications, EnerNex Corporation, TN, USA 

09h00 – 10h30
Examine the critical role of AMI in this rapidly developing technology, including:

  • The standards and practices necessary to enable information exchange
  • Identifying the information to be exchanged
  • Types of devices that can utilize and act on the information

11h00 – 12h30
Protocols and other standards necessary

  • Best practices necessary to ensure interoperability
  • Policies and architecture for security and privacy

 Session: 0.2.1

WORKSHOP 2a: Supporting retail settlements for smart metering
Workshop leader:  Ven Seshadri, CEO, The SpiGroup

14h00 – 15h20

  • About the Ontario Retail Market
  • Conservation Objectives and Sustaining a Healthy Retail Market
  • Benefits and Impacts of Smart Metering on the Retail Market
  • Options for Managing Retail Settlements
Session: 0.2.2

WORKSHOP 2b: A day in the life of a smart meter – Enabling the future with current policy
Panel Moderator: Koustuv Ghoshal,  VP Siemens IT Solutions, Energy, ON

15h40 – 17h00

  • Factors shaping the present utility landscape
  • Current realities and challenges
  • New approaches to generate scale
  • Improved distribution operation and automation
  • Evolution to Smart Grid


  • Prashant Gupta, SAP ISU Manager, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, ON
  • Chaith Kommamuri, Client Executive, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, ON
  • Frank Fata, Business Development Specialist, Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, ON
  • Kevin Smith, Engagement Manager, Energy and Utilities, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, ON

 Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 26 February 2008 

 Opening session: 1.0.1
Moderator: Shane Pospisil, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy Association, ON

09h00 – 09h30
Keynote address
Rosalyn Lawrence, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, ON*

09h30 – 10h00
The next phase of the rollout plan – Where to from here and what are the deadlines envisaged?
Marika Hare, Managing Director, Regulatory Policy Development, Ontario Energy Board, ON

10h00 – 10h30
Ontario’s Electricity Distributors provide leadership in implementation of Smart Meter Initiative – update on program status
David Collie, President & CEO, Burlington Hydro, & Chair, Electricity Distributors Association, ON

Session 1.1.1

An overview of smart metering initiatives – the preliminary impact, clear advantages and imminent challenges
Moderator: Dale Pennington, Managing Director, UtiliWorks Consulting, NY, USA

11h00 – 11h30
Leveraging AMI for the smart grid
Jack Robertson, Vice President & General Manager, Elster, ON

11h30 – 12h00
North America and Europe – the grid is not as different as you think!
Bob Warden Vice President Corporate Accounts, Echelon, CA, USA

12h00 – 12h30
Case study: “Real Time” utility monitoring; review, reaction & results
Scott Rouse, Managing Partner, Energy @ Work, ON

Session 1.2.1

Meter Data Management – the strategic evolution of information systems
Moderator: Linda Wainewright, Partner, Total Energy Advice & Management, ON 

13h30 – 14h00
An update on Ontario – The power of choice
Bruce Campbell, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Market Development, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), ON

14h00 – 14h30
Using MDM in production mode
Paul Ferguson, President, Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution, ON

14h30 – 15h00
More MDM choices: a hosted MDMS
Jackie Lemmerhirt, Director, Product Management, Aclara Software, MA, USA

Session 1.3.1

Smart metering synergy – how utilities chose their technologies and why
Moderator: Ven Seshadri, CEO, The SpiGroup

15h30 – 17h00
Panel discussion: Utilities, together with the technology drivers, will give a brief overview of their projects:

 Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 27 February 2008 

Session 2.1.1

Making the most of demand response, smart networks and AMI
Moderator: George Vegh, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, ON

09h00 – 09h30
Middleware makes sense
Tom Wasik, Senior Manager, Metering & Settlement, Enersource Hydro, ON
Oleg Gorchkov, Director, Systemgroup, ON

09h30 – 10h00
Cyber security standards for a smart utility
Shane Mason, Project Manager IT Security, Hydro One Inc, ON

10h00 – 10h30
On-bill, hourly, residential usage feedback stimulates both conservation and load reduction
Sharon Talbott, Analyst, eMeter Strategic Consulting, NC, USA

Session 2.2.1

The role of advanced metering and the intelligent grid
Moderator: Eli Turk, Vice President, Canadian Electricity Association, ON

11h00 – 11h30
Wireless network solutions for AMI
Myron Graessle, Senior Program Director, Trilliant, CA, USA

11h30 – 12h00
Smart grid technology and the importance of integrated communications
Peter Landauer, North America Utilities Industry Specialist, Capgemini, MD, USA

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12h00 – 12h30
Best Practices for Multi-Family Highrise Smart Metering Implementation
Bob Myers, Managing Director, Golden Horseshoe Metering Systems, ON

Session 2.3.1

Smart metering for the environment
Moderator: Gwen Glover, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, ON

13h30 – 14h00
Learning’s from an AMI adventure: Arc Innovation’s experience in New Zealand and Canada
Grant Simpson, General Manager, Marketing, Arc Innovations, New Zealand

14h00 – 14h30
AMI and environmental sustainability – building the smart corridor
Allison Morrison, Manager, Environment & Sustainability, BC Hydro, BC

Closing session: 2.0.1
Moderator: Marion Fraser, President, Fraser & Company, ON

15h00 – 16h30
Panel discussion: Smart metering assurance – understanding and meeting the needs of the customer


  • Michael Angemeer, President and CEO, Veridian Connections, ON
  • Steve MacDonald, Manager of Meter Services, Toronto Hydro, ON
  • J. Stephen Andrews, Government Relations Advisor, Borden Ladner Gervais, ON
  • James Keech, President and CEO, Utilities Kingston, ON