Our pivotal, annual event wrapped up a few short weeks ago with a full house that included Board Members, Corporate Partners, senior utility executives and many CFOs. We were pleased with how everyone was actively engaged, with several in attendance participating on two very timely panels.
The first panel – NAFTA Negotiations – moderated by Sergio, we heard from Steve Verheul, Canada’s Chief NAFTA Negotiator; Gord Giffin, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada; and Ambassador Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo, Consul General of Mexico to Toronto who shared their insights on what the negotiations mean for the energy sector and the Canadian economy.
The second panel, led by Karen Hutt, President & CEO of NS Power, Max Canazi, President, Alectra Utilities, Brian Poth, Partner, Power & Utilities at PWC, and Bruce Orloff, Associate Partner, IBM Energy & Utilities, focused on Emerging Innovation and the Customer Experience and how best to interact and engage with customers today and into the future.
The afternoon ended with a reception and ceremony where CEA presented its prestigious Sustainable Electricity Awards, the President’s Awards for Excellence in Employee Safety and, always a crowd favourite, the CEA Lifesaving Awards. The lifesaver stories are truly inspiring for their selflessness and the quick, decisive action taken in the face of life-threatening situations.
Our evening dinner gala featured the Honourable Jim Carr,
Minister for Natural Resources, providing remarks focused on his government’s position on climate change, energy and the major role electricity plays in the country’s future. It was a resounding endorsement of how CEA, its members and corporate partners are integral in shaping the future of Canadian energy and powering the economy of tomorrow.
The business part of the event was successfully completed when the Board of Directors approved CEA’s 2018 Business Plan. The approved plan focuses on four key areas:
- Climate change and clean energy. Specifically, advocating for members’ interests and ensuring they are informed of fluid F/P/T dynamic;
- Moving from addressing to overcoming the Innovation “Gap”;
- Solving critical legislative and regulatory (framework) environmental issues;
- U.S. affairs, notably, NAFTA negotiations.
The event feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with a few key areas of improvement identified. That said, we’re already in the planning process for our June and November events because before you know it, they will be upon us.
Thank you to all those that attended. We hope to see you again in 2018.