Financing and delivering successful projects in Western Canada

Alberta and Saskatchewan’s current procurements for new renewables generation have captured the world’s attention, leading to highly competitive request for proposal (RFP) processes that are expected to result in historically low prices for wind. The results of these first competitions will be instrumental in shaping the next procurements by these Western provinces, as they seek to meet ambitious renewable energy goals for 2030.

Shortly following the closing of Alberta’s first round of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and in anticipation of the opening of the second phase, the 3rd Annual Alberta and Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Summit will offer the very latest updates on these key markets and address the critical topics for lenders and project proponents.

Now in its third year, the Summit is firmly established as the essential networking event for key government and system operator decision-makers to network with leading finance experts and independent power producers engaged in these growing markets.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

The Honourable Shannon Phillips
Minister of Environment and Parks
Government of Alberta

The Honourable Dustin Duncan
Minister of Environment
Government of Saskatchewan


Timely, Insightful Content

We spend months speaking with the key constituents of the renewables supply chain in Western Canada. These interviews with government officials, investors, developers, manufacturers and community groups are used to inform an agenda that brings together all the right people in one room. The event provides a complete picture of the opportunities and risks for renewables development. It also provides a forum to meet potential partners and those driving these ambitious renewables programs.

“Extremely well attended event providing excellent networking opportunities and critical updates from key speakers on future procurements in Alberta and Saskatchewan”

– David Hickey, Vice President of Wind Power and Renewables, Siemens Gamesa


Coffee & Registration


Introductory Remarks

Adrienne Baker, Director, Canadian Clean Energy Conferences


Opening Keynote: Realizing Alberta’s Climate and Renewable Energy Goals

The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta


Keynote: Towards 50% Renewables by 2030: Current Milestones and Developments

The Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan


Keynote: Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) – Highlights from Year One and a Look Ahead

Mike Law, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

  • How are the results of Round 1 shaping renewable electricity investment in Alberta?
  • What impact could this have on future rounds of the REP?
  • How does the integration of renewables fit with the long-term outlook for electricity supply and demand?

Interactive Audience Q&A


Networking Break


Keynote: Implementing SaskPower’s Renewables Roadmap

Tim Eckel, Vice President of Asset Management, Planning and Sustainability, SaskPower


Interactive Audience Q&A


Session 2: Assessing the Investment Landscape for Renewables in Western Canada

Chair: Grant Sprague, Associate Council, Miller Thomson

Chris Moscardelli, Director, Energy Project Finance, Societe Generale

Damien Duprey, Director, BMO Capital Markets

Robert Nicholson, Managing Director, Energy and Power Group, RBC Capital Markets

Josh Dale, Vice President, Project Finance, Americas, Rabobank

Giovanni Strazzullo, Executive Director, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities, CIBC

John Niedermier, Managing Director, National Bank Financial

This session will bring together leading debt and equity providers to provide their candid views on the current renewables investment environment in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • How do renewables finance leaders view the investment opportunities in Alberta and Saskatchewan?
  • What has the experience been like to date in terms of procurement roll outs for these provinces?
  • What key conclusions are finance leaders drawing from the first round of winning projects in Alberta?
  • Are there remaining contract concerns under these first competitive bids?
  • Do lenders see the contract for difference model remaining for future REP rounds?
  • Is there an appetite for financing renewables projects outside of the REP program in Alberta?
  • What concerns are there over political uncertainty and how is this being factored into investment decisions?
  • How do lenders see the model or criteria for renewables procurement changing for future rounds?
  • What role is carbon pricing expected to play in driving additional opportunities for renewables in the region?
  • What key market signals are lenders watching to determine the size and scope of future investment options in these provinces?

Audience Q&A


Session 3: Establishing a Framework for Indigenous Partnerships

Chair: Dione McGuinness, Engagement Lead, BRITT Land & Engagement

Lee Ahenakew, Interim CEO, First Nations Power Authority

Vickie Wetchie, General Manager, Green Arrow Corp. Akamihk

Makiinima Roy Fox, Chief, Blood Tribe

Crystal Lameman, Environment and Climate Policy Analyst, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations

Cheryl Cardinal, President and CEO, Indigenous Center of Energy

With a stakeholder process currently underway, the Alberta Government is working to establish a process to encourage indigenous community participation in large-scale renewables projects. While the criteria and framework have yet to be finalized, indigenous participation will undoubtedly play a key role in future renewable energy project success in this market. This panel will offer the latest updates on the process to establish a framework to encourage indigenous participation followed by a key networking luncheon for indigenous communities and renewables project proponents.
  • What opportunities are there currently for indigenous communities to lead or partner on large-scale renewables in Alberta?
  • What key criteria would communities like to see to encourage indigenous participation on large-scale renewables?
  • What models have worked in other jurisdictions to successfully incentivize indigenous partnerships and projects on renewables?
  • How do different communities see the benefits and drawbacks of participating in large-scale renewables?
  • What goals do indigenous communities currently have for renewable energy projects and how does this fit with Alberta’s renewable energy targets?
  • Insight on how the stakeholder process is evolving in Alberta – what are the next steps?
  • What advice would community experts offer project developers looking to partner on large-scale renewables?

Q&A with Session Speakers


Networking Lunch


Session 4: Evolving Business Strategies for Alberta’s New Energy Landscape

Chair: Sarah Simmons, Manager, Generation and Emerging Sectors, Power Advisory LLC

Mark Zimmerman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Commercial Services, Capital Power

Brett Gellner, Chief Investment Officer, TransAlta

Dale Friesen, Vice President, Indigenous and Government Relations & Sustainability, ATCO

Alberta’s electricity industry is in a state of transition as a result of the introduction of a capacity market, the recent carbon levy, and significant changes planned to the supply mix including the retirement of coal and procurement of new renewables, gas-fired and cogeneration projects. This panel will bring together senior energy leaders to discuss current business strategies and outlooks for this changing marketplace.

  • How are business strategies evolving given the changing dynamics of Alberta’s power market?
  • What key concerns or uncertainties are affecting business development in the province?
  • What plans are developing for restructuring current assets and capitalizing on new generation opportunities?
  • How is pool price performance being factored into new investment decisions and strategic plans?
  • How do energy leaders see the introduction of a capacity payment changing market dynamics?
  • How is the carbon levy impacting energy investment decisions and market dynamics?
  • Energy leaders’ views on how the upcoming election could impact business strategies

Audience Q&A with Session Speakers


Next Steps in Realizing Renewables Project Success in Alberta & Saskatchewan

Grant Sprague, Council, Miller Thomson

Chad Eggerman, Partner, Miller Thomson


Networking Break


Session 5: Transmission and Interconnection Capacity for REP Future Rounds

Chair: David Warner, Development Manager, EDF EN Canada

Jerry Mossing, Vice President, Transmission, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Todd Dettling, Vice President of Customer Service, FortisAlberta

Jana Mosley, Vice President, Grid Transformation & Business Operations, Enmax

Barry Goy, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, ATCO Electric

The first round of Alberta’s REP required renewables projects proponents to be advanced in the connection queue. Now proponents are seeking clarity on what the transmission and interconnection requirements will be for future rounds and where the best opportunities will be to connect. This session will provide the latest updates on evolving plans for integrating renewables from Alberta’s transmission and distribution leaders.

  • How are transmission and distribution leaders weighing the benefits of adding different renewables resources onto system?
  • What are the main challenges in trying to integrate and connect additional renewables?
  • How does transmission and interconnection capacity line up currently with renewables resource availability?
  • How are transmission and interconnection processes expected to evolve for future REP rounds?
  • What plans are developing for improving transmission and distribution systems to facilitate the integration of additional renewables under REP?

Q&A with Session Speakers


Session 6: Developers’ Views on Renewables Market Opportunities and Risks

Chair: Bonnie Hiltz, Director, Power and Utilities, Sussex Strategy Group

Ben Greenhouse, Vice President, Business Development, Potentia Renewables

Tracy Stoddard, Vice President, Business Development, Acciona

Bill Christensen, Vice President, Corporate Development, BHE Canada

Pascal Brun, President, Enel Green Power Canada

Following the announcement of the first round of winners under Alberta’s REP and the ongoing progress of SaskPower’s wind and solar procurements, developers are now looking to position themselves for success in future competitive bids. This panel will offer critical insight from renewables leaders on market opportunities in Alberta and Saskatchewan and the key areas of risk and uncertainty shaping business strategies for the provinces.

  • What are developers’ views on the first phases of these competitive bids?
  • What informative conclusions can be drawn from the results of REP Round 1 in Alberta?
  • What has been the experience of navigating project permitting and land-use rules in these markets?
  • Are there remaining areas of concern that require clarity from the first rounds?
  • What type of feedback have developers had from lenders on current and future projects?
  • Aside from price, what selection criteria do proponents think will play a role in future rounds?
  • Developers’ views on how the upcoming election in Alberta is impacting business strategies
  • What further program details and market signals would assist developers in determining investment strategies for these provinces?
  • What opportunities do project proponents see for renewables in Western Canada outside of government-lead procurements – i.e. commercial PPAs, merchant market projects etc.?

Q&A with Session Speakers


Networking Drinks


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Adrienne Baker, Director, Canadian Clean Energy Conferences


Session 7: The Potential Impacts of the Upcoming Election on Energy Policy

Chair: Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA

David Herle, Principal Partner, Gandalf Group

David Timm, Vice President, Vice President, Energy and EnvironSussex Strategy Group

Stephen Carter, President and Campaign Strategies Specialist, QED Marketing

Janet Brown, Principal, Janet Brown Opinion Research

With an election coming up in 2019, and the main opposition party calling for an end to the carbon levy, political uncertainty is a top concern for lenders and developers investing in Alberta’s renewables pipeline. This session will bring together top political strategists to provide their informed views on what the election could mean for energy policy and the timeline for renewables adoption.
  • Insight on voter support for existing energy and climate policies – how are these issues tracking in the polls?
  • How is the current government positioning the success of the Climate Leadership Plan and renewables progress?
  • What can be inferred from the opposition’s current stance on the carbon levy and energy policy?
  • At this stage in the election cycle, what could political change mean for renewables in Alberta?
  • What other policies affecting renewables could be up for review by either party post-election?
  • What important developments, in other provinces or federally, could change the opposition’s stance on carbon and renewables in the coming months?
  • How is the upcoming election shaping the timeline for additional renewables?
  • How is political uncertainty affecting renewables investment in the province?
  • What advice would political experts offer lenders and developers looking to position themselves for success in this market?

Q&A with Session Speakers


The Evolution of Alberta’s Power Market and the Likely Impacts for Renewables

Allen Crowley, Vice President, Regulatory & Studies, EDC Associates

  • How is the introduction of a capacity market expected to affect renewables generation?
  • The outlook and key takeaways from current pool price expectations
  • How might transmission capacity developments impact new renewables generation?

Networking Break


Session 8: The Role of Private Equity in Meeting Ambitious Renewable Energy Goals

Chair: Dan Balaban, , President and CEO, Greengate Power

Cedric Lucas, Managing Director, KKR

Juan Caceres, Vice President and Senior Investment Director, Axium Infrastructure

Darren Eurich, Managing Director and Head Project Finance, ATB Financial

Robert Van Belle, Founding Partner, Agentis Capital Partners

Private equity capital is expected to play a strong role in financing new renewable energy projects under Alberta and Saskatchewan’s current and future competitive bids. This session will bring together private equity leaders with dedicated infrastructure and energy-focused investment vehicles to share their views on financing new renewables projects in these markets.

  • How do private equity leaders see the investment opportunities evolving in Alberta and Saskatchewan for new renewables generation?
  • What key concerns do investment leaders have around financing current and future projects?
  • What market signals and policy developments will be instrumental in allaying these concerns?
  • What are the main takeaways from Alberta’s first round of projects in terms of pricing and future investment?
  • How do these renewables projects stack up to other potential energy and infrastructure investments?
  • What are some of the emerging trends in private equity financing for renewables that are expected to play a role in Western Canadian projects?
  • What questions would equity leaders like to see addressed in the next stage of program development in Alberta and Saskatchewan?

Q&A with Session Speakers


Alberta’s Climate Competitiveness Initiative and Implications for Renewables

Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan


Networking Lunch


Realizing Alberta’s First Utility-Scale Solar Project with a Corporate PPA

Jamie Houssian, Principal, Elemental Energy

  • Key takeaways from this landmark project with a corporate off-taker
  • What lessons were learned in developing a corporate offtake agreement
  • Successes and challenges in constructing and financing this project

Navigating Biological Permitting Requirements in Alberta & Saskatchewan

Andrew Ryckman, Senior Biologist, Natural Resource Solutions

  • Understanding key biological considerations when permitting a project in these markets
  • Using siting considerations to minimize permitting risk
  • Addressing and understanding the uncertainties of the operational phase risk
  • Case study examples of successful minimization of curtailment risk during the operational phase

Session 9: Financing Renewables Projects with First Nations Partners

Chair: Binnu Jeyakumar, Program Director, Electricity, Pembina

Ernie Daniels, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA)

Chad Eggerman, Partner, Miller Thomson

Richard Blanchet, Senior Vice President - Western Region, Innergex Renewable Energy

Christine Robertson, President, Indigena Capital

Graham Findlay, General Manager, 3G Energy Corp

While the full incentives have yet to be clearly defined, both provinces emphasize the role of indigenous community involvement in utility-scale renewables projects under current and future procurements. This session offer expert views on the appetite from First Nations communities for project partnerships and insight on successful finance models for these projects.

  • Experts’ views on the project potential for First Nations-lead and partnered projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • What appetite is there among community leaders to work with independent power producers on utility-scale wind and solar?
  • What do First Nations leaders and communities value most from these partnerships?
  • What are some of the unique financing challenges of First Nations-partnered projects?
  • What finance models have worked for these projects in other jurisdictions?
  • What sources of funding are available for these projects?
  • What advice would community leaders offer investors and project proponents looking to attract First Nations participation?

Q&A with Session Speakers


Closing Networking Session


Conference Close

“It was an excellent well-organized and well-executed conference. One of the best I’ve been to.”

– Craig Glazer, Vice President, Federal, Government Policy, PJM Interconnection



Canadian Clean Energy Conferences is an Ottawa based research and business-to-business event company that aims to help Canada move towards a low-carbon economy. Established in 2009, we have helped build and connect business communities in support of government renewables procurement and carbon initiatives. 

We have supported renewable energy initiatives across Canada through events such as the Ontario FIT Forum, the Nova Scotia FIT Forum, the Renewable Energy Storage Summit, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Finance Summit and the Ontario Cap and Trade Forum. As Energy and Mines, we also run a series of events around the world (Canada, UK, Chile, South Africa, Australia) helping connect the mining and renewables sectors.

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