There is no 2050 without 2030.

After a flurry of Net Zero announcements from the Federal Government, Fortune 500 companies, and CEA member companies regarding their 2050 commitments, Canadians are left with one burning question: “how do we get to 2050 if we can’t meet our 2030 targets?”

With the Government of Canada announcing new targets of 40-45% GHG reductions below 2005 levels, electricity companies will need to adapt the way they operate.

This will be the theme of CEA’s 2021 Powering Partnerships Summit. It will feature two keynote speakers, notably Dr. Michael Webber and Susannah Pierce who will reflect on the energy transition worldwide, the cumulative environmental impacts caused by energy, and the need for society to transform itself to address the growing climate change crisis. We will also hear from an impressive line-up of industry leaders during two-panel discussions on The 2030 Prosumer and The 2030 Utility Business Model for Future Success.


NOVEMBER 24, 2021

11:30 AM

Lunch (In-Person Only)

12:45 PM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Mike Marsh, Chair, CEA Board of Directors and President and CEO of SaskPower
12:50 PM


  • Dr. Michael Webber, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Engie and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas
1:50 PM

Panel Discussion # 1 - The 2030 Prosumer

The Canadian customer is changing the way utilities operate. From making decisions behind the meter including electric vehicle infrastructure and demand response, self-generation, and energy storage, it is evident consumers want to be more involved in their energy use. This panel will bring together industry experts who will discuss the changing preferences of the next generation and how companies are responding. The panelists will also consider consumer affordability as businesses look to decarbonize and achieve net zero by 2050.

Sponsored by MNP LLP


  • Ms. Julie Lupinacci, Chief Customer Officer, Hydro Ottawa
  • Mr. Jason McGrade, Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
  • Ms. Helen Watts, Senior Director of Global Partnerships, Student Energy
  • Mr. Mike Ballard, VP Industry Strategy, Oracle
  • Ms. Andrea Nuesser, Director of Customer Strategy, Hydro One
2:55 PM


3:15 PM

Panel Discussion # 2 - The 2030 Electricity Company Model for Future Success

Canadian electricity companies will need to reflect on the way businesses operate. This panel will contemplate ideal business models for success in 2030 taking into consideration changing technologies, customer preferences, regulatory models, and political priorities. With electricity companies from coast to coast setting ambitious targets for 2050, this panel will allow CEO’s to first contemplate what the ideal business model is for 2030.


  • Ms. Indy J. Butany-DeSouza, President and CEO, Elexicon Energy Inc.
  • Ms. Melanie Bayley, President, ATCO
  • Ms. Adriana Gliga-Belavic, Partner, Privacy & Data Governance, MNP
4:20 PM


  • Susannah Pierce, President and Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada
5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Mike Marsh, Chair, CEA Board of Directors and President and CEO of SaskPower
6:00 PM

Welcome and Seating

Sponsored by Oracle

Guests are invited to join CEA staff and the Board of Directors at a formal dinner where they will enjoy speeches and an awards presentation.

6:15 PM

Electricity Vehicle Award Winners

Sponsored by Guidehouse

  • Cara Clairman, Executive Director, Plug’n Drive
6:30 PM

Sustainable Electricity Designation Award Winner

Sponsored by Hitachi ABB

  • Michael Powell, Vice President of Government Relations, CEA
7:30 PM

The Debaters Live on Tour

CEA is excited to welcome The Debaters as our dinner entertainment.
Hosted by award winning comedian and CBC Host Steve Patterson, this special live event features Steve and two talented comedians performing stand-up and a specially crafted debates for the CEA audience. Two comics will go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic and the audience
will pick the winner.


We have made special pricing arrangements with the Westin Hotel for summit attendees. Centrally located in Downtown Ottawa, the Westin Hotel is but a short walk to the event venue, to restaurants, Ottawa’s premiere shopping mall the Rideau Centre and the ByWard Market.

Rooms are limited! We encourage you to book as soon as possible. The cut-off date to take advantage of the discounted rate is October 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.