Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

September 09, 2008 11:16 ET

Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Conference to Focus on Key Energy Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

Prestigious OEA Company of the Year, Leader of the Year, and Industry Achievement Awards to be Announced

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) - The Ontario Energy Association's 2008 Annual General Meeting and Conference - scheduled for September 17th and 18th at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre in Niagara Falls - will feature keynote addresses by the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Mark Finley, Head, Global Energy Markets and Economics, BP America; Howard Wetston, Chair and CEO, Ontario Energy Board; and Colin Andersen, incoming CEO, Ontario Power Authority.

The Conference will also include three main plenary sessions where 16 of the sector's key leaders and decision-makers will discuss: Leadership and Innovation in Energy Regulation; Progress, Innovation and the Evolution of Ontario's Energy Sector; and (in an Industry Leaders' Roundtable) the all-important question: Where to from here?

The Conference officially begins on September 17th with the OEA's Annual Awards Dinner - where the coveted OEA Company of the Year and OEA Leader of the Year Awards will be announced and presented.

"The OEA Company of the Year and Leader of the Year recipients represent this year's best-of-the-best in corporate leadership, vision, innovation, and excellence in operational performance," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Chair of the OEA's Awards Selection Panel. "As with previous years, the 2008 nominees are all outstanding and serve to remind us of the many accomplishments and overall progress being made to ensure Ontario's energy infrastructure - so essential to Ontario's future growth, prosperity and quality of life - is second to none."

OEA President and CEO Shane Pospisil added: "The Annual Awards Dinner is an opportunity for Ontario's energy sector to once again celebrate leadership and innovation. The dinner is only one part of the program, however, and the Conference itself will certainly provide a timely and insightful glimpse into some of the fundamental energy-related issues we are currently confronting in Ontario. The key to our success will ultimately be found in our ability to effectively adjust to changing circumstances - to turn challenge into opportunity - and this, in essence, is the overriding theme of this year's Conference."

For more information on the OEA's 2008 Annual Conference (which is open to both members and non-members of the association), or to register, please visit www.energyontario.ca , or call Marg Taggart at 416-961-2339 ext. 221.

The 200-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 almost $35 billion in market revenues.

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