The Honourable Brian Gallant: Opening and Greetings

Premier of New Brunswick

Brian Gallant was born in Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick. His father, Pierre, is the youngest of seven children and a proud Acadian. His mother, Marilyn (née Scholten), is one of 17 siblings born to Dutch immigrants, Alex and Maria Scholten, who arrived in New Brunswick from the Netherlands in the 1950s. He has two siblings; sister, Melissa, and a brother, Pierre.

During his early years, Mr. Gallant received his education at various schools throughout the province and graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, in Shediac. Determined to pursue a post-secondary education, he started and operated two small companies, through which he was able to pay for his attendance at university. He received a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Moncton. He also received a Masters in Law degree from McGill University.

Mr. Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.

Mr. Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on October 27, 2012. He was elected to represent the riding of Kent as a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly on April 15, 2013. Mr. Gallant was sworn in on April 30, 2013, and became Leader of the Official Opposition. He was subsequently elected to represent the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe on September 22, 2014, and was sworn in as Premier of New Brunswick, President of the Executive Council, Chairman of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, and Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs on October 7, 2014.

The Honourable Gary Doer: Keynote  

Co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Centre, Former Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America & Former Premier of Manitoba

In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States of America.

Prior to taking up this position in Washington, Mr. Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for 10 years. During that time, he worked extensively with US Governors to enhance Canada-US cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.

During his time in electoral politics, Mr. Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba with successive increased majorities. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the Top 20 International Leaders on Climate Change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his 10 years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, training and infrastructure. 

Mr. Doer has recently taken up the position of co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Center in Washington. He hails from Winnipeg and is married with two daughters.

Ian Whitcomb: Keynote

President, Irving Oil

Ian Whitcomb is President of Irving Oil, a refining, transportation and marketing company with operations in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and New England. In addition to operating more than 900 retail sites, Irving Oil owns and operates Canada’s largest oil refinery located in Saint John, New Brunswick, significant shipping assets, and is a joint venture partner with TransCanada Pipelines in the proposed Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal at the eastern terminus of the anticipated Energy East Pipeline.

As president of Irving Oil, Ian is responsible for the company’s performance as well as its short- and long-term planning. Prior to joining Irving Oil, Ian was a senior partner with Deloitte Canada where he and his team brought a wide range of Deloitte’s services to energy clients. Ian has an Undergraduate Degree in Business from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Professional Accountant.

The Honourable Brad Wall: Keynote

Premier of Saskatchewan 

Brad Wall was first elected Premier of Saskatchewan in the November 2007 provincial election. His government was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election with 64 per cent of the popular vote – the highest percentage of any political party in Saskatchewan history. 

Premier Wall’s government can point to a remarkable list of achievements, including:

  • Seven consecutive balanced budgets;
  • The largest tax cuts in the history of Saskatchewan;
  • Reducing the province's debt by 44 per cent;
  • Saskatchewan receiving a AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s for the first time in the province’s history, the highest level possible for a provincial government;
  • More support for people with disabilities, those suffering from diabetes and being the first province in Canada to fund clinical trials for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Liberation Treatment;
  • Saskatchewan’s population hitting an all-time high of more than 1.13 million people;
  • The most aggressive youth retention program in the country to ensure Saskatchewan’s young people stay and work in the province; and
  • Record infrastructure spending to improve roads, schools, hospitals and senior's facilities all across Saskatchewan and to provide more affordable housing for those with lower incomes.

Premier Wall was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1999, representing the constituency of Swift Current. Prior to entering elected politics, he was active in his local business community and involved in service work spanning local events, economic development and health care recruitment.

One of his earliest forays into politics was in the late 1980s as a founding member and western co-chair of the Alliance for the Future of Young Canadians. This was an organization dedicated to promoting free trade.

Premier Wall was born and raised in Swift Current, which is in Saskatchewan’s southwest. He still lives there with his wife, Tami. He and his wife have three children.

Premier Wall received his post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned an Honours degree in Public Administration.

During the last few years, Premier Wall has been consistently rated as Canada’s most popular premier in public opinion polls. He has earned a national reputation as a forceful and articulate defender of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s trade interests, particularly in the areas of energy and agriculture.

He is also an advocate of health care reform and, along with Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz, he served as co-chair of the Council of Federation’s Health Care Innovation Working Group.

In his spare time, Premier Wall enjoys spending his time with family, reading, cooking, golfing, cheering for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and tinkering with his 1967 Dodge Coronet. 

The Honourable Perrin Beatty: Keynote

President and CEO, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Perrin grew up in Fergus, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991 and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.

In 1994, Perrin joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and he wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 to 1999, Perrin was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Perrin is a former Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In 2013 he received an honorary degree, honoris causa from Western University.

Perrin has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council from 2010-2015, is currently a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the board of directors of Mitsui Canada.

Matt Koch: Moderator, Speaker

Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute)

Matt Koch is responsible for leading the institute’s efforts to promote and expand support for the development of Canadian oil sands and access to Arctic resources. He is credited for building and managing the Energy Institute’s successful Partnership to Fuel America, a multistate, pro-North-American energy small business advocacy network. Koch also played a role in developing policy recommendations for the Institute’s Energy Works for US platform. 

Koch travels widely in the United States and Canada to raise awareness of issues impacting American energy—particularly around access to oil sands. He has provided expertise and insight at events such as the Manning Center Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and the North American Energy Security Dialogue in Vancouver, Canada, and has shared thought leadership with local chambers of commerce, including the Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Environment Committee and the MAKO (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma) Chamber Conference. 

Before joining the Chamber, Koch was director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he was chief advocate and issue manager for all downstream and refining-related issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry. In addition, he directed API’s renewable fuels and environmental issue advocacy on Capitol Hill and with the administration. Koch was recognized for initiating and organizing an effective nontraditional coalition of food, feed, environmental, and energy businesses and trade associations to advocate on biofuels issues while at API. 

During George W. Bush’s first term, Koch worked at the Department of Energy and in the White House. At the White House, he served in the Office of Cabinet Affairs as White House liaison to the secretaries of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  

Koch began his career as a legislative assistant for Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) in Washington, D.C. He went on to oversee district operations for Paxon and later for Rep. Jack Quinn (R-NY). He also worked for the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., for then-Gov. Bush, and on the staff of the minority leader of the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York.  

Koch lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and two sons. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, with Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.

See more at: http://www.energyxxi.org/matthew-koch

Finn Poschmann: Moderator, Panelist


Finn Poschmann joined APEC as President and CEO in September 2015 after 17 years with the C.D Howe Institute, serving most recently as Vice President, Policy Analysis. He has worked in numerous areas within economics, including public finance and taxation, financial services and housing finance, federal-provincial relations, and competition law and regulatory policy. An award winning author, Mr. Poschmann has written or co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed studies, and penned countless columns for the National Post and The Globe and Mail. He has served on the Federal Advisory Panel on Canada's System of International Taxation.

Gaétan Caron: Panelist

Executive Fellow, University of Calgary, School of Public Policy

Gaétan Caron joined the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary as an Executive Fellow in July 2014. His current areas of work at the school are indigenous engagement best practices and public interest determination of energy infrastructure projects. He lectures on energy policy and regulation and contributes to international partnerships, notably with Mexico. He speaks publicly and responds to media queries on a range of policy matters on behalf of the school. In addition to his work at the school, he provides independent consulting services on energy and regulatory matters. This follows his seven-year tenure (2007 to 2014) as chair and CEO of the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada. Prior to his role as chair and CEO, he served as vice-chair (2005 to 2007), board member (2003 to 2005) and member of the executive in various staff functions throughout the NEB. Gaétan has chaired major public hearings evaluating pipeline projects and offshore exploration for oil and gas, as well as tolls and tariffs of pipelines. He has spoken regularly at national and international conferences on the role of regulatory agencies in promoting safety, environmental protection and economic efficiency related to energy infrastructure. He has appeared before Parliamentary Committees to explain the NEB’s activities and answer questions from elected officials on a broad range of energy and regulatory matters. Gaétan has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Rural Engineering) from Laval University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers. He is Honorary Lifetime Member of the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and Commissioner Emeritus with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Annette Verschuren: Keynote

CEO, NRStor, Inc.

Annette Verschuren is chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage technologies venture. Formerly she was president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, overseeing its growth from 19 to 180 stores (1996-2011) and entry into China, and president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada, the country’s largest chain of arts and crafts stores. Ms. Verschuren began her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation in Nova Scotia.

Ms. Verschuren holds board positions with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Conference Board of Canada. She chaired the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. She is Chancellor of Cape Breton University, and chairs fundraising efforts for the University’s new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE).

 Ms. Verschuren was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada (2011) for her contribution to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility. She was honoured by the Public Policy Forum in 2014.

 Ms. Verschuren holds six honorary doctorate degrees and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

Gaëtan Thomas: Panelist  

President & CEO, NB Power

Serving as CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Gaëtan Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change, driven by his deep connection to customer and employee grassroots.

His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-New Brunswick smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. This plan, now in its fourth year, is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable.

Gaëtan grew up in a tiny Francophone village in northern New Brunswick before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. A loyal and lifelong employee of the utility, he has worked in all aspects of the business including as Vice President of both nuclear and distribution and customer service divisions.

In 2015, Gaëtan was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of Canada’s Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Center), and electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and The New Brunswick Business Council.

Gaëtan is married to Karen Thomas and together they are proud parents to four grown daughters, with three having completed degrees in science or engineering and the fourth one aspiring to be a lawyer. He is also an accomplished marathon runner and power skating coach.

Scott Balfour: Panelist

COO, Northeast & Caribbean, Emera Inc.

Scott Balfour was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Northeast & Caribbean in March 2016. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera, appointed in April 2012. 

Following six years in commercial and corporate banking with TD Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, Scott played a leading role in growing Aecon Group into Canada’s largest publicly traded construction firm. Scott joined Aecon as CFO in 1994 before also taking on the role of President in 2005. During that time, Aecon grew from a $60 million regionally based road building company into a $2.8 billion multi-disciplined contractor and infrastructure developer active across Canada and around the world. During his time as President, Aecon was recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.

Scott is a former member of Aecon’s Board of Directors as well as a former member and chair of the Ontario Energy Association Board of Directors. Scott has held a seat on the Infrastructure Committee at the Toronto Board of Trade. He also sits on the board of Martinrea International Inc. Scott holds an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration (HBBA) from Wilfred Laurier University, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

Gary Smith: Panelist

President & CEO, Newfoundland Power

Gary Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland Power Inc., employing over 650 people and serving approximately 262,000 customers throughout the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a graduate of Memorial’s Executive Development Program. He has completed the Finance for Senior Executives Program at the Harvard Business School.

Gary has had an extensive career within the Fortis Group of Companies. From 1984 to 1999, he held progressive technical and management positions with Newfoundland Power. Gary was Manager of Operations with Maritime Electric Company Limited in Prince Edward Island and excelled in the position of Vice President of Operations and Engineering with Fortis Alberta. In 2008, he returned to Newfoundland Power as Vice President of customer operations and engineering, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2014. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Newfoundland Power, Maritime Electric, Fortis Ontario, Caribbean Utilities and Fortis TCI.

Gary believes in lifelong learning and remains active within his industry. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland, a member of the Steering Committee on Power Engineering for the Canadian Standards Association, and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Electricity Association. Gary is committed to making a difference as an active member of his community. He is chair of the board of directors of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, chair of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador Board, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Charles Martin: Panelist

Director, Edmundston Energy, City of Edmundston, New Brunswick

Born in Edmundston New Brunswick. Charles is the son of Tom and Aline Martin, he has three other siblings. Charles is the proud father of two beautiful daughters and five grandchildren.

He graduated at the Cite Des Jeunes and started his career with NB Power. Accepting a position with the city of Edmundston's electrical department he pursued his education as a power line technician and has since worked his way up the department's hierarchy to the present position as director.

Charles has a proven track record with over 41 years of operational and management experience in many areas including generation, transmission, distribution and customer service.

He is known to his friends and colleagues as disciplined, competitive, hard working and very determined. His motto: Quitter's never win, winner's never quit.

Amongst his extra-curricular activities, he is an avid skier, tennis player and golfer. Charles is synonymous throughout the ski industry in Eastern Canada. From his leadership as director of the Mont Farlagne snow school, to the position of coach and head coach for the Mont Farlagne racing team. He is a master course conductor for the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance and manages certification and professional development program for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Atlantic division.

His most recent endeavours are the construction of a new power house with a 3.8 megawatt hydro generation at one of the cities hydro dams as well as successful negotiation to purchase 3200 clients from NB Power and service all clients within the boundaries of the City of Edmundston. 

These ventures are the source of extra revenues for the municipality without accruing any increase in cost of power or in property taxes to the citizens of Edmundston.

Bruce Cameron

Principal Consultant, Envigour Policy Consulting Inc, Halifax, NS

BRUCE CAMERON is Principal Consultant for Envigour Policy Consulting Inc. He is the former Executive Director Sustainable and Renewable Energy with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. He retired from the Province of Nova Scotia at the end of 2015. During the 15 years he was with the Department, he led the Province’s work to transform the electricity sector including Nova Scotia’s 2009 Energy Strategy, the 2015 Electricity Plan, the 2010 Renewable Energy Plan and the 2012 Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.  He also played a lead role in establishing and evolving Efficiency Nova Scotia as a independent utility for saving energy. Mr. Cameron did his undergraduate work in the social sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Patrick Woodcock: Panelist

Director of Energy, State of Maine

Patrick Woodcock is the Director of the Maine State Energy Office, a position he has held since January 2013. 

Prior to that time, Woodcock, worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office.  Most recently, Woodcock held the position as senior advisor to the Senator on energy and environmental issues, and was one of the lead congressional staffers that authored the overhaul of fuel economy standards in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. In addition, Mr. Woodcock was the primary advisor on Senator Snowe’s energy agenda on the Senate Finance Committee.  Woodcock attended Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

Ed McGinley: Panelist

CEO, Techimpact

Ed McGinley is a passionate voice for the transformative potential of technology in our region. With nearly 20 years of experience working with ICT companies from around Atlantic Canada, Ed understands the business landscape in our region. Through encouraging cooperation between government, business, industry and the public, Ed is working to help our region develop the strategies that will be needed for our economy to become a model of innovation and smart government. 

Ed brings this same enthusiasm to his community involvement, as a kids’ hockey and soccer coach, and an active member of his parish.

Pierre Mullin: Panelist

Global Head, Solution Software Development, Siemens Digital Grid Software

Pierre Mullin is the executive responsible for the global custom software development organization for Siemens Digital Grid Software Solutions business. His teams include locations in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria and India. Prior to joining Siemens, he was a Software Development Manager in the BlackBerry R&D organization.

Pierre is a graduate of UNB’s Computer Science program and began his professional career in the utility industry. During his 25+ year career in the IT industry he has held leadership roles in product development start ups, consulting firms and corporate IT organizations.

He currently sits on the boards of the OpenADR Alliance and Tech Impact (formerly the New Brunswick Information Technology Council).

Brent Gilmour: Panelist

Executive Director of QUEST

As Executive Director of QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Brent Gilmour is responsible for the overall coordination of QUEST’s research, engagement, and advocacy activities to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Brent also oversees QUEST’s eight provincial and regional caucuses, and the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.

Brent was involved with the initial launch of QUEST in 2007 in his previous role with the Canadian Urban Institute's (CUI) in the capacity of Vice President, Urban Solutions. Prior to joining the CUI, Brent was the strategic coordinator responsible for the establishment of the University of Toronto's Sustainability Office (USO) and was an independent research consultant specializing in community energy innovation. 

Brent is a registered professional planner with 10 years of specialized knowledge in the areas of integrated community energy, transportation and land-use planning, downtown revitalization, and, public infrastructure investment. He is a passionate champion for sustainable development and is active in many issues that are advancing Canada’s productivity and urban advantage. He is a supporter of competitive, resilient and integrated energy planned communities and competitive fiscal policy. 

Along with his work at QUEST, Brent has remained active in the industry and with community engagement. Brent is an instructor with York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and has served on several boards, including EcoSpark (formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch) where he is past chair and was the chair of Recent Graduates for Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Brent holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of Massey College.

Alex Ferguson: Panelist 

Vice President, Policy & Performance, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

As a member of CAPP’s executive group, Alex Ferguson has accountability for leading the development, approval and advocacy of strategic policy positions across a diversity of complex issues within the Canadian oil and gas sector.  These issues include environmental, fiscal, economic and workforce policies.

Alex was previously employed with Apache Corporation, as an advisor to their New Ventures exploration group, based out of Perth, Australia. Prior to working with Apache Canada, Alex was the Commissioner & CEO of the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BC OGC) – the Provincial regulatory agency for the oil & gas sector within BC.

Alex has extensive experience in government policy and regulatory development, both in the petroleum and forest sectors in Canada and internationally.

As well as having sat on the board of directors for the BC OGC, Alex was also the official BC representative at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. 

Alex currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and four children.

John Soini: Panelist

President, TransCanada Energy East

As President of Energy East, John Soini has overall responsibility for the Energy East Pipeline Project. The Energy East Pipeline is a 4,600 km pipeline that will safely and responsibly connect receipt points in Alberta and Saskatchewan to provide Western Canadian crude oil access to refineries in Eastern Canada and to export markets.

Mr. Soini has been with TransCanada for over 18 years in various roles, most recently, as Vice President of Project Management of the Energy East Pipeline Project. Prior to that, John led the development and safe installation of all facilities and pipeline infrastructure projects within TransCanada’s natural gas and power divisions in Canada and the United States.

Prior to this, Mr. Soini was the Vice President of the Bruce A Restart Project for Bruce Power where he had accountability for the refurbishment of two nuclear power plants totalling 1,500 MW. This was a first in kind mega project undertaken by Bruce Power and has successfully contributed to making Bruce Power the largest nuclear power plant in the world, safely providing almost one third of Ontario’s power.

Originally from northern Ontario, and still deeply rooted there, John is a proud tradesman, holding an Interprovincial Millwright Red Seal. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with distinction, from the Haskayne School of Business. He is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist and a Fourth Class Power Engineer.

Greg Crisp: Panelist

General Manager, Business Development, Spectra Energy

GREG CRISP is General Manager, Business Development, for Spectra Energy Transmission (SET).  He is responsible for the development of new natural gas transmission ventures, services and related energy projects, with a primary focus on the US Northeast Region.

He has been focused on business development activities in the US Northeast Region since 2007.  He was named to his current position in March, 2014.

 Since joining the company in 1998 as a field engineer, Crisp has held several positions of increasing responsibility at Spectra Energy including, engineering, marketing, corporate development, and strategic planning.

 Crisp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.


Colleen Mitchell: Moderator 

President, Atlantica Centre for Energy 

Colleen has spent her entire working career in sectors associated with energy, transportation and infrastructure.  

Upon graduating with high honours from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Commerce (supplemented by courses towards an MBA at the University of New Brunswick), Colleen began her working career at Irving Oil Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick.

For over a decade she was immersed in the energy industry in positions across the company including: oil futures, refining, marine, rail and over-the-road transportation, bulk storage, information systems, strategic planning, human resources and public relations.

In addition, as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at one of the region’s largest engineering firms, Colleen was responsible for domestic and international marketing programs for engineering projects in over 40 countries around the globe. Projects included energy recovery from waste, co-generation plants, power plant conversions, and environmental technologies.

Bringing this experience together, Colleen joined the Atlantica Centre for Energy as President, in a role that helps to foster the exchange of information and dialogue on energy opportunities and challenges. Energy literacy and education has become a priority of the organization. The Atlantica Centre for Energy works with partners across Canada to engage the public and community leaders on energy topics. 

Ray Ritcey: Moderator

CEO, The Maritimes Energy Association

Ray Ritcey is the CEO of The Maritimes Energy Association. He has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry in Canada. He has held executive positions in both the natural gas and electric industries working with such industry leaders as TransCanada Pipelines, Ontario Hydro, Enbridge and AltaGas.

For 10 years he led the development and build-out of natural gas distribution in Nova Scotia and was the founding president of Heritage Gas Ltd. He is also currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for Halifax Water.

Born and raised in Halifax, Ray holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and is a Chartered Accountnt and General Accountant. He lives in Halifax with his wife Debbie and they have two grown children.

Jean Finn: Moderator

Deputy Minister, Department of Energy and Resource Development, New Brunswick

Jean Finn was appointed Deputy Minister for Energy and Resource Development and Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries for the Province of New Brunswick effective April 25, 2016. Previously, he served as Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines since October 1, 2012.

Prior to being appointed Deputy Minister, he served as Executive Vice-President, Planning and Development with the New Brunswick System Operator in the electricity sector, a position he held for nearly five years.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the New Brunswick public service where he worked extensively in program management and public policy development in various sectors including Health, Finance, Human Resource Development/Income Assistance, Tourism and Energy, where he held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Energy from 2004 to 2008.

A native of Moncton, New Brunswick and a graduate in Business Administration from the Université de Moncton, Jean lives in Fredericton with his wife Sylvie and son Eric.

Dr.Dhirendra Shukla: Moderator

Dr.J.Herbert Smith/ACOA Chair, Professor, UNB

Dhirendra is Professor and the Dr J Herbert Smith ACOA Chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Dhirendra utilizes his expertise from the telecom sector and extensive academic background in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, masters of business administration, and engineering, to promote a bright future for New Brunswick. Passionate about entrepreneurship, design, engineering, innovation, and leadership, Dhirendra ignites this same passion in others through his teaching at UNB, local entrepreneurial community outreach, and the creation of programs such as the Technology Commercializaton Program and Summer Institute. Recognition of his tireless efforts and vision are demonstrated through UNB’s 2014 award from Startup Canada as “Most Entrepreneurial Post Secondary Institution of the Year”, his nomination as a finalist for Industry Champion by KIRA, and his nomination as a finalist for Progress Media’s Innovation in Practice award.  Most recently, Dhirendra was nominated for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award and selected by a panel of judges as a Top 75 finalist.

Mike Haycox: Moderator

Associate Partner, Advisory Services, EY, Saint John

Mike Haycox is an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  He is a seasoned leader, business advisor and facilitator of change.

Mike has 30 years of experience in the energy, power and utilities industry.  For the past 18 years, he has advised energy and manufacturing companies in improving the performance of critical projects, and operational and executive processes. He has worked with Executives and Boards to create and deploy business plans and identify risk. Mike has led teams in making changes to eliminate cost, reduce working capital, improve quality and throughput, and comply with regulations.

Mike is Ernst & Young’s Energy, Power and Utilities Champion for the Atlantic Canada region and has spoken on Energy topics to various stakeholder groups.