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[AGENDA] Session 2: Transformative Energy Technologies in Atlantic Canada


[Presentations available here]



10:00     Opening Remarks

              David Chaundy, President, APEC
              Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

10:05     Panel: Exploring our Region’s Energy Future
Moderator: Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

  • Derek Estabrook - Vice President, Business Development, Heritage Gas 
  • Brett Plummer Vice President Nuclear & Chief Nuclear Officer, NB Power
  • Greg Gaudet - Municipal Services Director, City of Summerside
  • Sonya Hull, Consultant - Smart Infrastructure | Digital Grid, Siemens Canada Limited

10:30     Moderator Questions & Online Audience Questions

11:00     Conclude


About the panelists

Derek Estabrook
Vice President of Business Development
Heritage Gas

Derek Estabrook is the Vice President of Business Development for Heritage Gas, the natural gas distribution utility in Nova Scotia. Derek’s team is developing and commercializing new technologies to help reduce energy costs and GHG emissions in Nova Scotia, including hydrogen, renewable natural gas, energy efficient building HVAC systems, and combined-heat-and power. Prior to joining Heritage Gas, Derek worked for 15 years in sales, marketing, product innovation, and business development roles in the food & beverage industry.

Brett Plummer 
Vice President Nuclear & Chief Nuclear Officer
NB Power

Brett Plummer was appointed Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at NB Power's Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) in November 2015. As a member of the Executive, he is accountable for leading the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station's strategic direction, has taken the lead in pursuing Small Modular Reactors for New Brunswick and played an active role in developing the SMR Roadmap for Canada.

Brett’s extensive background includes over 40 years’ experience in nuclear power Operations, Senior Leadership and Project Management roles.

Brett is a Past Chair and active member of the Chief Nuclear Officers Forum (CNOF), a COG Voting Member, and is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Executive Advisory Group.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Business from New Hampshire College, as well as an Associate Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York. He attended the Naval Nuclear Power School and the Naval Electronics Technician School. Additionally, Brett has completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.

Greg Gaudet
Director of Municipal Services/Utilities
City of Summerside

As Director of Municipal Services, Greg brings 25 years of engineering experience and expertise to the City of Summerside. In this role, Greg directs capital projects and all operations aspects of the infrastructure for the City of Summerside municipal government including its electric, water and sewer utilities, storm drainage, and roadways. Prior to joining City of Summerside, Greg held positions as microelectronics board designer, project engineer on large scale projects and consulting engineering in design and construction. Currently, Greg is working towards the local integration of renewable energy and implementation of a smart grid as part of the Summerside MyPowerNet initiative. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick in the electrical discipline.

Sonya Hull
Consultant – Digital Grid, Smart Infrastructure

Siemens Canada

Founding Member
Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN) 

Sonya consults on business transformation and grid modernization (smart grid) solutions in the electric utility sector. She is a founding member of the Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN) – a partnership between NB Power, Siemens and UNB. Sonya holds a MA in Economics from Queens University and her 25-year consulting career has included leading work in climate change mitigation and sustainability strategy design, including GHG monitoring and reduction programs and measurement systems. Since joining Siemens in 2012, her work has focused on the creation of a low-carbon and sustainable electricity system, and has included electric vehicle strategies and business models for transforming a smart grid utility, and research and program design for new smart grid related products and services. Over the past several years her focus has been on communications and engagement approaches related to utility transformation and grid modernization and the benefits to customers, society and the power system.  



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