SOURCE: PowerStream Inc.


September 23, 2015 10:20 ET

Innovation in Energy Technologies to Highlight SmartGrid Canada Conference

Utility Representatives From Across Canada to Attend Event Being Hosted by PowerStream

VAUGHAN, ON--(Marketwired - September 23, 2015) - In less than two weeks, utility representatives from across Canada will be gathering at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa in Markham to learn about emerging technologies that will reshape the energy future for Canadian consumers.

The SmartGrid Canada Conference being hosted by PowerStream on October 5-7, 2015 is expected to draw like-minded individuals from the utility and technology sectors to discuss the innovative opportunities and trends emerging within the electricity industry. Presentation and discussion topics will include information on grid modernization, smart grids, micro grids, renewables, energy storage and dynamic pricing models. Panel discussions will examine utility operational areas such as resiliency, new outage response, customer demand response programs and consumer research.

The list of conference presenters contains names of individuals representing utilities from Ontario, Canada and the international community including Dr. Il-Keun Song, Vice President of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) Research Institute, Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Program for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and Herschel Arant, Vice President Engineering Services, Central Georgia EMC.

The conference will also feature exhibits showcasing new offerings from vendors who provide utilities with products and services. A tour of PowerStream's Micro Grid Demonstration Project located at the company's head office in Vaughan will also be made available for interested conference attendees.

Welcoming remarks from Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham Mayor and Vice Chair of PowerStream, as well as Alex Bettencourt, Managing Director of SmartGrid Canada, will kick-off the three-day conference followed by keynote addresses by Juan Macias, President of Schneider Electric Canada, and Brian Bentz, President and CEO of PowerStream.

Additional information on the event, including registration details is available on the conference website at


  • "PowerStream has always been a leader in the implementation of smart grid technologies and introducing innovative programs for the customers it serves," explains Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham and Vice Chair of PowerStream's Board of Directors, who will be providing the conference's welcoming remarks. "Partnering with SmartGrid Canada to host this forward-thinking event is also consistent with Markham being recognized as Canada's technology capital."
  • "The industry is in its biggest transition in decades with the advent of electric vehicles and the coming mass adoption of solar panels. It is important for utilities to get together and share lessons learned on their grid modernization efforts," says Alex Bettencourt, Managing Director of SmartGrid Canada, who is leading the conference. "This is especially important as utilities look to establish new business models that will serve them in the coming decades."


  • SmartGrid Canada is the only national, smart grid-focused industry association in Canada with large utility, industry and academic members from across the country. Members include BC Hydro, PowerStream, GE and Hydro-Québec.


PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.


SmartGrid Canada is a new national organization dedicated to promoting a more modern and efficient electricity grid for the benefit of all Canadians. A not-for-profit association, SmartGrid Canada is comprised of public and private organizations, including utilities, vendors, technology and service providers, academia and other industry associations.


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