Speakers

Bernard Lord - Keynote

Chair, Ontario Power Generation & Chief Executive Officer, Medavie

Bernard Lord became Chief Executive Officer of Medavie in September 2016 to provide strategic leadership to further the company’s vision to transform primary health care. Prior to this role, he spent eight years on the Board of Medavie, served as President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association of Canada, and was Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. He continues to serve as Chair of the Ontario Power Generation. Bernard became one of Canada’s youngest Premiers in 1999 and served as Premier of New Brunswick until October 2006.
 


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Dan Muldoon - Panelist

Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy, Emera Inc.

Dan was appointed Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy, Emera Inc. in April 2014. Prior to that he has been President and Chief Operating Officer of CNG, Emera Inc., and President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Utility Services.Dan has over 27 years of experience with Emera companies. In that time he has held a number of engineering, supervisory and management roles.

Dan is currently serving as a member of the executive committee for Cigre Canada – International Council on Large Electric Systems. Dan has previously served on both the Transmission and Distribution Councils for the Canadian Electricity Association and is a past Board Member of the Cape Breton Partnership. Dan has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.
 


Ray Robinson - Moderator

President and CEO, Saint John Energy

Mr. Robinson is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of executive and management experience in electrical utilities throughout North America and the Caribbean, with demonstrated capabilities in major infrastructure developments, project management, asset management and operational transformation.

Ray is currently the President & CEO of Saint John Energy, an electrical distribution utility that serves approximately 36,000 customers within the City of Saint John, New Brunswick.

 Previously, Mr. Robinson was an executive with Emera, Inc., taking on numerous senior executive and directorship roles within Emera and several of its operating subsidiaries.    Examples of some of these roles included Executive Chairman of Grand Bahama Power Company; Board member of Barbados Light & Power and St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd.; COO of Emera Caribbean; VP Integrated Operations of Emera; President of Emera Utility Services; and President & COO of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company.

Prior to his responsibilities with Emera, Ray was the President & CEO of Yukon Energy Corporation, the integrated electrical utility of Canada's Yukon Territory. Prior to that, he held various senior positions at a number of Canadian electric utilities from coast-to-coast.


Tim Vickers - Moderator

Senior Environmental Scientist & Project Manager, Stantec

Mr. Tim Vickers is an Senior Environmental Scientist and Project Manager with the Stantec office in Saint John, New Brunswick. Tim is recognized for his ability to facilitate consensus building within multi-sectoral environments: especially ones addressing environmental or natural resource oriented projects. Tim’s technical abilities include the preparation and reporting of New Brunswick Environmental Impact Assessments, federally regulated Environmental Assessments, aquatics regulatory reviews, water quality monitoring frameworks, watershed management plans, and fish community assessments, habitat surveys, restoration, and compensation projects. Mr. Vickers’ current activities are focused on the application of federal and provincial regulations, policies, and technical guidance documents with reference to environmental assessments, watercourse and wetland alterations, habitat offsets, and environmental effects monitoring

 


André Plourde - Panelist

Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Currently working as a professor at the Carleton University in Ottawa, André focuses his research in energy economics and resource economics in Canada and abroad. 

With degrees from the University of New Brunswick, and the University of British Columbia, André has written papers about Canadian energy policy, its impacts on the environment and the economics and fiscal aspects of oil sands development.

In 2013, André also contributed to the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel, contributing as an author to a report on the health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry. Most recently, André has contributed to research about the role of the Canadian natural gas industry in the United States, also taking up the position of Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University.


Keith Cronkhite - Panelist

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Énergie NB Power

Mr. Cronkhite is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning at NB Power. He oversees the utility's Strategic planning, Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD) and Corporate Business initiatives.Keith has held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations and corporate departments at NB Power.  Prior to joining NB Power, he worked with the JD Irving Group in Sales and Marketing. Keith has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick and has completed the Reactor Technology course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Keith is a current member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee (CSA) as well as the Atlantica Centre for Energy (ACfE).

 


John Dalton - Panelist

President, Power Advisory LLC

John Dalton combines a strong understanding of wholesale power market fundamentals and the requirements for generation project development, with a broad economic analysis and energy policy background. John has evaluated market opportunities for electricity trade between the US and Canada for a wide range of clients including Natural Resources Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Canadian Wind Energy Association and a range of clean and renewable energy project developers.

Drawing upon his twenty-five years in the electricity sector, he offers extensive experience in US and Canadian electricity markets, renewable energy project development opportunities in these markets and requirements for financing such projects.

He is currently leading a team that is serving as the Independent Administrator for the Atlantic Link’s (a 900 MW interconnection between New Brunswick and the metropolitan Boston area) solicitation for power suppliers. He testified on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia regarding the Maritime Link, which will interconnect Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and provide power from the 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project to Nova Scotia and electricity markets to the south. He has advised several parties regarding generation development opportunities offered in Atlantic Canada and opportunities to export to the US Northeast including the first wind power project to secure long-term financing on the basis of such export sales.

This work included evaluating transmission access, market prices and the ability and willingness of buyers in the Northeast to enter into long-term contracts. For Natural Resources Canada he assessed the barriers to electricity trade posed by differing REC requirements. He has developed numerous ISO-New England market price forecasts and developed forecasts of New England REC prices for a number of developers.

Prior to consulting John was employed by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  John has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A from Boston University.


Chris David - Panelist

Vice President of Structuring, Portfolio Management and Regulatory Affairs for Repsol Energy North America

Chris David is the Vice President of Structuring, Portfolio Management and Regulatory Affairs for Repsol Energy North America. Working in the energy trading industry for the past 17 years, Mr. David has gained a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience in many areas of the business. In his role with Repsol, he oversees a team responsible for the commercial and operational optimization of Canaport LNG and manages quantitative analysis and structuring for trading and origination products. In addition, he is responsible for portfolio strategy and management across the company’s North American LNG, natural gas and power books, and also monitors and liaises with state and federal regulatory bodies.

Prior to joining Repsol, Mr. David was a Director in PwC’s Advisory Energy Trading practice and worked with several energy trading organizations, including hedge funds, global banks, wholesale energy merchants, utilities, and global oil and gas firms.


Bruce Cameron - Panelist

Principal Consultant, Envigour Policy Consulting Inc.

Bruce Cameron is Principal Consultant for Envigour Policy Consulting Inc. Envigour serves clients with diverse needs for strategic energy policy advice in areas such as energy data, carbon pricing, efficiency financing, regional electricity markets and marine renewable energy economic opportunities and regulatory development. 

Prior to his retirement in early 2016, Mr. Cameron was Executive Director of Electricity, Renewables and Efficiency with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.  He led the Department's initiatives and programs for electrical and renewable energy policy and programs, research and regulatory development, as well as energy conservation, and energy planning for sustainability. He is internationally recognized for his work on tidal energy development and regulation.  He has undergrad degrees in social sciences and journalism from Carleton University and an MBA from Dalhousie University. 


David Campbell - Keynote

Chair, New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, President of Jupia Consultants Inc. Formerly Chief Economist with the New Brunswick Jobs Board Secretariat

David is currently President of Jupia Consultants Inc. He was formerly Chief Economist with the New Brunswick Jobs Board Secretariat. In that role, he was tasked with helping to develop economic policy and economic development strategy for the Government of New Brunswick. He has more than 25 years’ experience in economic development-related roles working with industry, not-for-profit organizations and governments across Canada. He has strengths in economic impact analysis, return on taxpayer investment (ROTI) analysis, sector development and investment attraction.

David holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also completed programs from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the University of New Brunswick.


Peter T. Zed - Moderator

Partner, Cox & Palmer

Peter, after obtaining his M.B.A. and L.L.B from Dalhousie University, has practised law for over 35 years in the areas of Corporate, Commercial, Administrative and Regulatory law.  For the last 20 years his practise has focussed on providing legal and strategic advice to clients in both the National Resource and Energy sectors.  In addition to providing counsel he has represented his clients’ interests before the N.S.U.A.R.B., the N.B.E.U.B., The National Energy Board, as well as before the Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada.  In the energy sector his Energy clients have included major industrial users, local and provincial utilities, pipeline companies, gas distributors and marketers and a natural gas producer.

Long active in the community, his service has included terms as a director and chair of the Saint John Port Corporation, President of the Law Society of New Brunswick and Executive positions on the United Way Board both locally and nationally.


Gerald Weseen - Panelist

Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs Clean Power Northeast Development

Gerald is responsible for government and stakeholder relations at Clean Power Northeast Development, an Emera Inc. subsidiary focused on renewable energy and transmission development in New England and northeastern North America. Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, and utility energy services with a focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Gerald’s current focus is Atlantic Link, a proposed submarine transmission cable that will deliver clean energy from Atlantic Canada to southern New England. Prior to his current role, Gerald was Senior Director, Government Relations for Emera. He served more than four years as head of public affairs at Emera’s largest Canadian operating company, Nova Scotia Power. Until 2007, Gerald held a senior government affairs and communications role with Sobeys Inc., a national Canadian grocery retailer based in Nova Scotia. He was a practice leader at Atlantic Canada’s largest public affairs consultancy, and served for five years as a communications, policy and government relations advisor for the Minister of Health in the government of the Province of New Brunswick. Gerald spent 15 years as a journalist, working in five Canadian provinces. For seven years, he was a New Brunswick-based national reporter for the broadcast service of The Canadian Press.

 Gerald is a member of the executive committee of the New England-Canada Business Council and is active on energy policy issues with the New England Council and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Sobey School of Business (Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia). Gerald is based in Boston, where he lives with his wife Julie.

  


David Landrigan - Panelist

Vice President, Fuels and Energy, Nova Scotia Power

David is responsible for managing the fuel portfolio for all Nova Scotia Power generating stations. This includes NSP’s coal, natural gas, wind turbine and hydroelectric plants, as well as renewable energy purchased from independent producers.

Prior to this role, David was Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Services for Nova Scotia Power, following on experience as Assistant General Counsel for NSP and Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Emera Energy. David has provided strategic advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Having previously worked with Aliant and the Government of Nova Scotia as a Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, David is well-versed in the complexities of regulatory environments. He began his legal career as an advocate at Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales. David earned a combined LLB and MBA from Dalhousie University and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University. He was admitted as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1996.

David served two terms as a board member with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and is committed to advancing the practice of law through continuous professional and personal development. David currently the Chair of the Board of Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) and sits on the Board of Ashburn Golf and Country Club.