Experts to discuss Canada’s energy transition at forum


The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is excited to welcome wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage industry leaders and partners at the Canadian Renewable Energy Forum to be held virtually November 9-10, 2020.

The Canadian Renewable Energy Forum builds on the legacy of long-established annual wind and solar energy industry events in Canada and has been expanded to encompass issues and opportunities for the wind energy, solar energy, and energy-storage industries in Canada within a single program. The Forum’s 10 concurrent sessions will focus on key elements of Canada’s energy transition including electricity market reform, hybrid projects combining renewable energy and energy storage, rapidly growing corporate and customer demand for renewable energy, and more.

Of note, the Forum will open November 9 with a panel on Canada’s Energy Transition. Michelle Chislett (managing director, Canada and U.S. Development, Northland Power and CanREA Board chair) will moderate a discussion between Frank Davis (Country Head – Canada, Pattern Energy Group), Brian Douglas (VP – Sales, HES PV), Jeff Jenner (CEO, Potentia Renewables), and Annette Verschuren (Chair and CEO, NRStor).

On November 10, the Forum will open with the Innovation and Collaboration plenary that will bring together chief executives from regulated utilities and provincial system operators: Sophie Brochu (President & CEO, Hydro-Québec), Michael Law (President & CEO, Alberta Electric System Operator), Mike Marsh (President & CEO, SaskPower) and Terry Young (Interim President & CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator).

The day will close with the Canada’s Energy Future plenary, moderated by Chris Severson-Baker (Interim Director, Business Renewables Center Canada), where attendees will hear from sustainability leaders of companies such as Telus, RBC, and Oxford Properties, as well as the City of Edmonton on their interests in accessing renewable energy for their customers.  

CanREA is using a global virtual events platform to deliver a real forum experience in a virtual environment like no other. Attendees will be able to converge and connect with all participants, attend plenaries and education sessions, and come together in the designated “Power Together” networking sessions and showcase opportunities.