This third article on digital transformation for utilities will discuss applications of digitalization at the heart of any utility. In general, operations involve allocating, scheduling and deploying a variety of personnel, equipment, tools and vehicles that ensure a utility’s assets are serviced, maintained, replaced and restored to ensure reliability. Operations are responsible for running, maintaining […]

In this new interview with, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association Francis Bradley, discusses Canada’s future in the electricity sector, challenges and new opportunities for growth. Takeaways For electricity to play a role in a decarbonized future, Canada will need significant grid-connected resources and as much power as we can get from […]

I have a distinct childhood memory of Hurricane Juan, which hit the Maritimes in late September 2003. The lights went out before the end of the day, and I prayed that the tree outside my room wouldn’t come crashing down in the middle of the night. I don’t remember how many days I was out […]

If the wind isn’t howling outside our window, electricity customers don’t have a clue as to why the power is out. We just know one thing – it’s off and we can’t watch Stranger Things anymore. With situations like these, utilities have developed numerous methods of communication to help reach audiences who are left in […]

This second article on digital transformation for utilities will cover the benefits of an enterprise portfolio management (EPM) system to help in targeted capital investment planning and to gain better control over a utility’s capital expenditures. For most utilities their capital expenditure is among their largest annual spends, however planning and executing the capital program […]

Trees, trees and more trees. A blessing to mankind since we first used a stick to poke the sleeping bear. Trees give us shade in the sun; shelter from the rain; a place to put up Christmas decorations; a place to build a tree-fort for our kids and scratching posts for bears. They are a […]

Excerpt from David McKendry’s Speech at CS Week It’s hard to believe that it was 6 years ago when Rod Litke asked if I would participate in the CS Week Friday Closing Panel to talk about mentors. At the end of my talk 6 years ago, I was struck by the audience response. People asked […]

Digital transformation is all around us, whether it is depositing a cheque by phone, asking Alexa to turn down lights in a room, or smart kitchen devices sending cooking progress via Bluetooth. Using remote sensors and analytics to capture data and discover valuable insights about customers, assets and suppliers has opened a frontier for new […]

On working at CEA.  I have been at CEA for almost 33 years now. I’ve had the opportunity to work in every single role within the organization. I first joined CEA as a junior in communications, worked my way through the communications department, worked a little in Government Relations and then moved into taking on […]