Schedule, Travel Information
& Forum Agenda

We are very pleased that you are attending the 4th Annual Distribution & Innovation Forum in Toronto October 3rd – 4th, 2018.  We have some very interesting speakers and industry leaders attending this year’s forum.  Below is the agenda and travel information with the schedule, hotel and location details.


Wednesday, October 3rd

Forum Session:  8:00 am – 4:00 PM

North Tower, Special Events Centre (on ground floor)
483 Bay Street South Tower
Toronto, Ontario

Evening Event:  6:00 – 10:00 PM

NHL Hockey – Opening Night – Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
Gondola Suite – ScotiaBank Arena
40 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, October 4th

Forum Session:  8:00 am – 1:00 PM

North Tower, Special Events Centre (on ground floor)
483 Bay Street South Tower
Toronto, Ontario

Hotel & Travel

Hydro One has reserved a block of discounted rooms for Tuesday & Wednesday nights (October 2nd & 3rd).  You can reserve rooms at the Marriott Downtown Easton Centre directly with the hotel and mention that you are with the Hydro One, 4th Annual Distribution & Innovation Forum room block. More information about accommodations can be found online:

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street, Toronto, CA

Attendees traveling from outside of Canada –  Do not forget your passport!

If you need additional nights at the discounted rate please contact Maria-Leah Potts, events manager at the Marriott Eaton Center: 416-204-9081.

Additional Information: 

Please contact Sarah Prinster if you have any additional questions:
Cell:  415-726-8773

All travel and logistics information is hosted on the forum website:

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Day 1:  Wednesday – October 3rd
Time Topic Speaker
8:00 – 8:30                            Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:50 Forum Introduction and Host Welcome Greg Kiraly
COO – Hydro One
8:50 – 9:05 Storm Response – Restoration from Recent Toronto Tornado Darlene Bradley
VP, Planning – Hydro One
9:05 – 9:30 Grid Modernization



Peter Mitskos
Director, AMI OperationsBruno Jesus
Director, Strategy & Integrated PlanningHydro One
9:30 – 10:00 How Utilities are Bracing for the Wave of New Technologies that will Change Their Systems and the Way They Manage Assets Scott Scholten
10:00 – 10:15 Mid-Morning Break  
10:15 – 10:55 Analytics Project Evolution and the Impact of Innovation in Utility Operations Dave Herlong
Senior Director, Distribution Control Center & Smart Grid Operations – FPL
10:55 – 11:30 Distribution Grid Transformation Challenges, Enablers, Benefits, Barriers and the Path Moving Forward James Keener
CEO – Sentient Energy
11:30 – 12:00 Mission Critical Data – Smart Devices on Utility Private LTE Network Brian Lee
Southern Linc
12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch  
1:00 – 2:00 Panel Discussion
Experiences and Challenges Facing Utilities in this Rapid Evolving Market and the Effects of Renewables in Distribution
Venkat Bahl – Moderator

Jason Regan – PG & E
John Prueitt – ComEd
Bill Mintz – Alabama Power

2:00 – 2:30 Enhancing Outage Communication Andre van Dijk
VP Operations – ENMAX
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Networking – Break
3:00 – 3:30 Innovation & The Customer Experience


Elias Lyberogiannis
Toronto Hydro
3:30 – 4:00 Blockchain & Energy – an IBM Case Study Neil Gerber
Director, New Energy & Blockchain –  IBM
4:00 – 4:15 Wrap Up – Closing Martin Huang
VP, System Operations – Hydro One
5:30 – 10:00 estimated Evening Event: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal Canadiens  


Day 2:  Thursday – October 4th – Effect of Grid Modernization and Re-Thinking the Grid
Time Topic Speaker
8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Day 2 Introduction and
Host Welcome
Martin Huang
VP, System Operations – Hydro One
8:45 – 9:15 Make it count – Balancing Resources and Innovation for Grid Modernization Altaf Hussain
Director Distribution Planning
BC Hydro
9:15 –9:45 Multiple Data Streams and
Re-Thinking the Smart Grid
Jim Crane
9:45 – 10:15 Role of Sensors in Distribution Automation Jim Meadows
Veregy Consulting
10:15 – 10:30

Mid-Morning Break

10:30 – 11:00 Smart Grid Applications are Changing the Utility Environment Giovanni Herazo
Smart Grid & Innovation Lead Project ManagerRick Teigland
Manager Reliability Grid AutomationFPL
11:00 – 11:45 Panel Discussion
What Have We Learned From This Innovation Forum? How do we do this all together?
Michael Bauer – Moderator

Jie Han, VP Ops – Fortis Ontario

Andre van Dijk – ENMAX

Dave Herlong – FPL

11:45 – Noon Forum Wrap Up Martin Huang
VP, System Operations – Hydro One
Noon – 1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 Adjourn