Climate Adaptation in the Electricity Sector

by Shahrzad Simab

After two years of collaboration with electricity companies across Canada, the Canadian Electricity Association launches CLIMATE CHANGE & EXTREME WEATHER: A Guide to Adaptation Planning for Electricity Companies in Canada. Shahrzad Simab, Manager of Clean Energy and Climate Change at CEA tells us all about the goals and protocols of this massive undertaking and why […]

Electrify This…Zambonis

by Dan “Sparky Watts” Gent

The rank sweat of teenagers mixed with the fumes of a fossil-fueled Zamboni is the stuff Saturday mornings are made of. Whether you’re supposed to be skating or freezing in the stands, Canadians from coast to coast have set their alarms for those dreadfully early ice times and forced ourselves out the door. The truth […]

Coffee Talks with Shahrzad Simab

by Shahrzad and Daniella

Earlier this year, the Canadian Electricity Association published our Commitment to Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) in the Electricity Industry in Canada. For the first time, the organization and its Board of Directors created measures to operationalize the commitment including, establishing a digital community of practice, establishing partnerships, standardizing best practice sharing, and champion […]

Electrify This … Snow Blowers

by Dan “Sparky Watts” Gent

In Canada, we are famous for our winter season. We celebrate it with festivals like Winterlude and Carnivale. When we get a major dump of snow like Newfoundland did in 2020, we call it Snowmaggeddon and talk about it for months. We train our kids at a young age to brush the snow off the […]

Ready to Respond: The Electricity Sector and Evolving Cyber Threats

by Leah Michalopulos

Reliable and resilient electricity is essential for Canadians. This is why electricity companies work 24/7 to keep the grid secure and reliable. While the pandemic has been prevalent in all facets of business and life this year, COVID-19 has not been the only challenge electricity companies are addressing in 2020. Perhaps even more prevalent is the evolving cyber security threat landscape. The National Cyber Threat Assessment (‘NCTA’), recently published by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, states that not only […]

Managing NERC compliance has never been this simple

by ComplyTec’s president Vid Kartavicius

For nearly two decades, ComplyTec has helped Canadian enterprises protect themselves from financial and reputational risk associated with cyber-attacks and compliance failures. More recently, by working closely within the North American utility sector, we quickly came to acknowledge its intense regulatory framework. Regulations in the utility sector are designed to avoid catastrophes such as the […]

CEA’s Path to Gender Equity

by Rewa Mourad

Leadership: one of the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) core corporate values. There are many ways the CEA team chooses to practice Leadership; operating strategically, promoting sustainability in the industry, and fostering partnerships and diversity – to name a few. Let’s talk about diversity. Gender diversity, to be exact. “Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to […]

Closed Borders and Shared Grids

by Leah Michalopulos

Virtual reality has taken on a whole new meaning in 2020. In-person meetings have been halted and the integration of online communication tools has spiked. As an essential service, pausing the delivery of electricity was not an option. At a recent virtual meeting of the North American Electricity Corporation (NERC) – the organization that sets […]

Holding On to Corporate Values in Unprecedented Times

by Daniella Bidin

Amber Mac said it best at CEA’s 2019 Fall Board meeting: “Change has never happened this fast before and it will never, ever be this slow again”. She was right. Every aspect of the electricity sector is continuously evolving. Utilities are not only faced with managing innovative technologies and grid reliability, but also adjusting to […]

Wildfire Mitigation in Canada

by Dan Gent

With September around the corner, we should be seeing a decline in forest fires. However, climate change has enabled an increase in the most extreme fire weather conditions such as a hot and dry climate and extreme high wind speed. With the perfect recipe for wildfires becoming more and more prevalent over time, the official […]