Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

August 16, 2006 14:02 ET

Conference to Focus on the Business of Energy in Ontario

Ontario Energy Association's Annual AGM and Conference - September 12-13, 2006

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2006) - As Ontario approaches an election in 2007, energy is once again front and centre. Around the world, energy prices continue to rise due to growing demand, supply-side constraints and environmental and social costs. Energy prices, conservation and energy efficiency - and their corresponding impact on industrial competitiveness - have also become big issues in large manufacturing jurisdictions such as Ontario.

The Ontario Energy Association's 2006 Annual Conference - to be held in Niagara Falls on September 12th and 13th - will examine the political, policy and regulatory issues affecting investment in Ontario's energy sector, and what is needed by way of policy and regulatory reform to further longer-term stability in the sector. Accordingly, the theme of this year's conference is "Let's Get on With It! Building a Stable, Predictable Business and Investment Climate in Ontario's Energy Sector."

Dwight Duncan, Ontario's Minister of Energy; Howard Wetston, Chair of the Ontario Energy Board; Paul Murphy, incoming President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator; John Tory, Leader of the Ontario PC Party and Leader of the Official Opposition; and Jan Carr, CEO of the Ontario Power Authority will all deliver keynote addresses to the 400 or so expected attendees. There will also be four main panel sessions focused on Reliability and Regulation, The Politics of Energy in Ontario, Adapting to a New Higher-Cost Energy Environment, and the always lively and informative Industry Leaders Roundtable on the current state of play and future prospects and challenges facing Ontario's energy sector.

"We are extremely pleased with the conference program this year," said OEA Chair David Civiero. "The various sessions will no doubt provide for some very interesting and thought-provoking presentations and dialogue on where we are, what needs and remains to be done and how best to position Ontario going forward."

OEA President and CEO Shane Pospisil added: "As in past years, this annual gathering of energy leaders and key decision-makers will again provide ample opportunity for networking and informal conversation. Good constructive dialogue and the sharing of ideas and different views and perspectives is what this conference has always represented."

For more information on the OEA's 2006 Annual Conference, or to register, please visit www.energyontario.ca or call Marlene Tullett, OEA Events Manager, at 416-961-2339 ext. 229.

The 170-member Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is Ontario's premier energy trade organization, representing firms and organizations involved in the transmission, distribution and marketing of natural gas, and the generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity across the province. OEA members together employ about 32,000 Ontarians and last year accounted for some $34 billion in market revenues.

Contact: Shane Pospisil, President and CEO, 416-961-2339 ext. 227.

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