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Future of Energy

Taking the Digital Leap

TORONTO | MARCH 20, 2018

Digital technologies are transforming the energy industry. Are you ready?

“2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day” and it’s bringing unprecedented change to the energy industry, challenging the way we work and do business.

The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) at MaRS Discovery District invites you to Future of Energy: Taking the Digital Leap, an immersive event to explore the human behaviour and the technologies and business models that could exist in the energy sector in 2030 — and learn how to prepare for them.

What makes this event different?

  • Offer actionable intelligence. Walk away with a better understanding of the options available to you today, and how your decisions will impact your competitiveness in 2030. 
  • Dive deep into the data layer of the 2030 grid and the capabilities required in order for a company to consider AI or blockchain holistically, rather than just skipping to those technologies. 
  • Focus on changes in human behaviour and the impact it's having on customers and employees. 
  • Feature speakers from the Canadian technology ventures that are working to solve pain points in those areas. 
  • Enable feedback from the audience to direct the AEC on additional topics to explore (or go deeper into) at subsequent Future of Energy events.

Our vision for 2030 may not be exact, but we challenge you to think about the possibilities.  

Speakers

Charlotte Matthews 

Director of Sustainability Sidewalk Labs

Caitlin MacGregor

CEO Plum

Paul Tartaglia P.E.

Sr. VP, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer New York Power Authority

Rob Catalano

Co-founder Work Tango 

Malini Giridhar

Vice President, Market Development & Public Affairs, Enbridge Gas Distribution 

Bryan Smith

Co-Founder & CEO ThinkData Works 

Tom Rand

Senior Advisor, Cleantech MaRS Discovery District

Managing Partner ArcTern Ventures

Kathleen Kauth

Director of Partnerships, Advanced Energy Centre MaRS Discovery District

Joshua Wong

President & CEO Opus One Solutions 

Krista Jones

Managing Director, Work & Learning MaRS Discovery District

Ron Dizy

Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre MaRS Discovery District

Edward Arlitt

Supervisor of Operations Innovation IESO

Hali Larsen

Design Research Engineer Autodesk Research

Dilip Soman

Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics Director, Behavioural Economics in Action Rotman School, University of Toronto  

Felipe Sarubbi

VP of Digital Grid Siemens Canada

Jason Konoff 

Digital Strategist Microsoft

David Horne

Senior Manager of Solution Engineering D2L 

Joe Greenwood

Executive Lead, Data and Program Director, Data Catalyst MaRS Discovery District

+ more to be announced!

Agenda

PART I: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE

8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. What does the energy sector look like in 2030? How will digitalization impact the energy sector and what can we learn from other sectors about capturing value from data? 

8:00

Breakfast & Registration

8:30

Welcome & Opening: Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District

8:40

Introduction — Stories of Disruption: Kathleen Kauth, MaRS Advanced Energy Centre

9:10

Video: Welcome to 2030

9:30

Panel Discussion – What Does a Digital Grid Look Like? Moderated by Kathleen Kauth from MaRS AEC, this panel will discuss the 2030 grid and the plausibility of a highly distributed and digitalized energy system. We’ll look at what services and technologies could exist and what organizations are doing now to prepare for this future. This panel will provide a concrete vision of a potential energy future and the context for conversations through the rest of the event.  

10:30

Coffee Break

PART II: EXPLORING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. What technologies are coming, how do they make use of data, and how will this all impact energy players?

10:45

Innovation Insights – The Future of Digital Technologies: Tom Rand, ArcTern Ventures

11:00

Panel Discussion – At the Core: Data Moderated by Joe Greenwood from MaRS Data Catalyst, this panel will focus on how data will impact the energy sector. We’ll look at what data is being collected and used, gaps in efficacy, what’s required to accelerate data collection, and current market solutions and opportunities. Gain a better understanding of the value of data in energy, and how it can be unlocked to think about new opportunities and innovation adoption.  

12:00

Lunch

PART III: UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. What’s driving customer behaviour and how could this manifest in the energy sector? How are firms adapting their workforces to address these new behaviours?  

1:00

Keynote – What is Driving Customer Behaviour?: Dilip Soman, Rotman School of Management

1:30

Fireside Chat – At the Core: Workforce Moderated by Krista Jones from MaRS Work & Learning, this panel will look at the implications of changing customer demands. We’ll also talk about the strategies and solutions that are available to build a customer-centric and digital future-ready workforce.  

2:30

Coffee Break

PART IV: TAKING THE DIGITAL LEAP

2:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. How can you operationalize and implement new strategies and processes to achieve success in a digitalized future?  

2:45

How a Data-Driven Culture Supports Innovation: Caitlin MacGregor, Plum

3:15

Breakout Session – Operationalizing the Enterprise Touching on the major themes of the day — the digital grid, data, and talent — join MaRS AEC in a facilitated session to identify pragmatic next steps in preparing and building enterprise resiliency for the future.  

4:00

Keynote – NYPA’s Digital Journey: Paul Tartaglia, New York Power Authority

4:45

Closing

5:00

Reception

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Energy companies

Startups and corporate innovators

Energy companies — specifically people in C-suite, customer service and engagement, grid operations and maintenance, HR, IT, strategy and technology — looking to position themselves for success in the future. 

Startups and corporate innovators with solutions that could support energy companies as they evolve their businesses.  

Investors and policymakers

Young professionals, researchers, and students

Investors and policymakers interested in emerging trends and solutions in the digital energy space.

Young professionals, researchers, and students in business, data sciences, engineering, and computer sciences — find out how progressive energy companies will be evolving their businesses, and what skill sets will be required.

Location

MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Auditorium 101 College Street Toronto, ON 


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