Fire, Wind and Rain Electricity Canada’s Annual Policy Symposium

June 20, 2024

12:00 am EDT

Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary, Alberta

The world facing electricity providers is a world of fire, wind and rain. And extreme cold, sudden storms, and record-breaking heat. Extreme weather is a fact of everyday life. So far, the grid has held. What can we do to keep it resilient?

Join us as we explore…

  • Executive response to extreme weather events, from the people who have been there.
  • The trends we’re seeing with weather, technology and emergency response.
  • How to communicate with customers when disaster strikes.

Keynote Speakers

  • Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, "The crippling cost of natural disasters”
  • Minister Nathan Neudorf, Minister of Affordability and Utilities

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12:00 pm

Networking Lunch

12:30 pm

Opening remarks

12:45 pm

Living and responding to the changing land: A new reality for Indigenous Communities

Armchair Discussion

  • Chief Conroy Sewepagaham, Little Red River Cree Nation
  • Melanie Bayley, President of ATCO Electric

1:15 pm

Grid Resiliency and Reliability


  • The Honorable Nathan Neudorf, Minister of Affordability and Utilities, Province of Alberta

1:45 pm

A conversation with municipal leaders on leading communities in emergency preparedness


  • Tom Pickard, Mayor of Whitecourt, Alberta
  • Cameron Cardinal, Counselor Ward 7, Mackenzie County
  • Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat
  • Jackie Clayton, Mayor of Grande Prairie

  • Jim Watson, former Mayor of Ottawa
  • Moderator: Taras (T.M.) Sandulak, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, FortisBC

2:30 pm

Communicating in crisis: FortisAlberta’s response to the 2023 wildfires

Janine Sullivan, President and CEO of FortisAlberta

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

The crippling cost of natural disasters


  • Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

3:30 pm

Can technologies save us from extreme weather?


  • Sonia Solova, National Generative AI /AI Leader for Energy & Mining
  • Dominique Tardif, Product Line Manager, ABB
  • Rob D’Arienzo, IBM Consulting Associate Partner – Weather, Climate & Sustainability
  • Chris Colpitts, Technology Strategist, Microsoft
  • Moderator: Carolina Gallo, Vice President Public Relations, GE Vernova

4:15 pm

Beyond the Shadow of a Drought


  • Hal Turner, Interim President, Manitoba Hydro
  • Lesley Gallinger, President and CEO, IESO
  • Chris O’Reily – President and CEO, BC Hydro
  • Moderator: Chris Fralick, Executive Vice President of Generation, TransAlta

5:00 pm

Cocktail hour with live music

  • Ashley Garret Band

6:00 pm

Dinner and Entertainment

  • Francis Bradley, President and CEO, Electricity Canada
  • John Kousinioris, CEO, TransAlta

Performance: Hoop dancing, flute, and drumming by Notorious CREE

Event Host

  • TransAlta

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