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Leading the Charge Conference: Storage, Renewables and Transactive Energy

October 08, 2020
9:00 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

 Ryerson students are eligible for a 50% discount. Please review the Tickets section below.

 Description

A clean energy revolution is underway in much of the world, driven by rapid technological advancements, the threat of climate change and the declining cost of solar and wind power. However, the sun isn't always shining and the wind isn't always blowing, so storing excess energy and distributing it in a way that ensures no interruption in service is seen as the key to unleashing the full potential of renewables.

Building on the success of previous events, we're excited to announce that the fifth annual Leading the Charge Conference will take place on October 8. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot meet in person this year so the conference will take place virtually – allowing a large global audience to attend. 

Leading the Charge 5 will provide a platform for stakeholders – including technology providers, local distribution companies, government and academia – to share their perspectives on the immense promise and potential pitfalls of the widescale deployment of energy storage on our electricity grid. This year, transactive energy, a revolutionary market-based peer-to-peer electricity distribution system that incorporates energy storage, will be explored in detail.

The conference will once again fuse academic and technical expertise with practical industry experience, bringing together high-level talent and decision-makers from across Canada and around the world to explore all aspects of energy storage and renewables.

 Program

Session 1

Welcome and fireside chat

9:00–9:45 a.m. ET 

Susan Uthayakumar
Country President, Schneider Electric Canada
Terry Young
Interim President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Bala Venkatesh
Bala Venkatesh
Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University
Director, NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network
 Emcee

Session 2

Panel discussion: Where is energy storage?

10:15–11:30 a.m. ET

Alexandre Nassif
Specialist Engineer, Planning and Operations, ATCO Electric
Ammar Nawaz
Vice President, Distributed Energy Solutions, Alectra
Dave Rogers
Founder and CEO, Amp
Hani Taki
Director, Standards and Technical Studies, Toronto Hydro
Neetika Sathe
Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre, Alectra
Chair of the Board of Directors, NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network
 Moderator

Session 3

Presentation: IESO energy storage design project

12:15–12:45 p.m. ET

Panel discussion: The future of transactive energy

1:00–2:15 p.m. ET

Edward Arlitt
Supervisor, Advanced Technology Research, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
 Presenter
Sarah Griffiths
Director, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Group
Frédérick Morency
Vice President, Energy and Services, Schneider Electric Canada
Matt Sachs
COO, Peak Power
Jessie Ma
IESO Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University
 Moderator

Session 4

Panel discussion: The future of storage - including hydrogen

2:45–4:00 p.m. ET

Yulong Ding
Director, Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham
Andrew Rowe
Executive Director, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria
Ian Rowlands
Ian Rowlands    
Professor, University of Waterloo
Lukas Swan
Professor, Dalhousie University
F Handen Tezel
F. Handan Tezel
Professor, University of Ottawa
 Moderator

 Tickets

Please register via the Eventbrite button at the top of the page. You will be asked to provide your professional email address along with your phone number. This will help us verify your identify in order to provide you with access to the private and secure live streams on October 8.

The four ticket types are listed below. A link to a live stream for all sessions will be emailed to registered participants approximately 48 hours in advance of the event. 

Early Bird

  • Sales end September 15.
  • $85 + HST and Eventbrite fees.
  • Includes access to all sessions, conference materials and post-event recordings.


  • On sale September 16.
  • $100 + HST and Eventbrite fees.
  • Includes access to all sessions, conference materials and post-event recordings.

NESTNet Academic Member


Refunds up to 7 days before event. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

 Accessibility

Ryerson is committed to providing an accessible learning environment. Please let us know (opens in new window)  if we need to make any accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

 Sponsorship

Please contact us (opens in new window)  to find out more.  

 Media passes

Please head to our media relations section to request a pass (one per outlet) for this conference. 

 About NESTNet

The conference is organized as part of the NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet). Ryerson University and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are proud to lead this five-year, $5 million pan-Canadian network of 15 universities and 26 industry and government partners focused on the future of energy storage — an essential technology in the global transition to clean energy.

The scene from last year's in-person conference.

 Presented in partnership with:

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