Forum – The digital transformation of the world’s electric power grids

















Preliminary programThe digital transformation of the World electric power grids (VIRTUAL EVENT)

An essential milestone of the energy transition

February 15th



Opening Interview

Pierre Fitzgibbon

Minister of Economy and Innovation

Minister Responsible for Regional Economic DevelopmentGovernment of Quebec


9 am

Opening presentation

Digitization of Hydro-Québec’s electric grids in the context of energy transition

Claudine Bouchard

Executive Vice President – TransÉnergie and Construction

President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James



Opening panel

Points of view of executive managers as they relate to the challenges of investing in electric infrastructures in the context of energy transition.

– Claudine Bouchard, Executive Vice president– TransÉnergie & Equipment , Hydro-Québec

– Faisal Kazi, President and Chief executive officer, Siemens Canada

– Marie-Claude Dumas, President and Chief Executive Officer, WSP

– Guy Vigeant, President, CGI-Canada

– Sylvie Pinsonnault, Senior Vice-President Strategies and Business Solutions, Investissement Québec



Panel 1 sponsored by Hitachi Energy

The technological roadmap for a successful transformation – A few cases and lessons learned

Emerging technologies, megatrends, current pilot projects

– A few cases and lessons learnedEmerging technologies, megatrends, current pilot projects

Moderator : Pierre-Alain Graf, SVP Global Security Business, Hitachi Energy

– Jeff Bailey, Vice President, Consulting Services, US Industry Solutions, CGI

– John Chahwan, Director of Engineering – Power Delivery, SNC Lavalin



Panel 2 sponsored by BBA

Winning technology deployment strategies (business case) – How to quickly reap the benefits and reduce the impacts?

Moderator : Eric Labrie, Project manager – Smart Energy Grids, BBA

– Sylvain Clermont, Director Protection, Automation and Control Systems Convergence, Hydro Québec

– Daniella Piper, Regional Manager, Western New York & Chief Transformation Officer, New York Power Authority

– Shah Nawaz, Business Unit Head Digital Grid, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Canada and Mike Minard, Senior Innovation Specialist, NBPower



Panel 3 sponsored by SNC-Lavalin

Cybersecurity, an important issue in any critical infrastructure digitization process

Moderator : Chris Johnson, Director, Practice Lead – Technology & Innovation/ Engineering Services, SNC Lavalin

– Marthe Kassouf, Researcher at the Research Institute of Hydro-Quebec (IREQ)

– Gaetan Houle, Principal Security Architect, WSP

– Elisa Costante, Head of Research, SecurityMatters, BV

– Subin Alexander, Director National Cyber Security Solutions Portfolio, CGI

– Neila Zerguini, Senior Manager – Cyber Security chez Deloitte Canada



Discussion table between students and professional from the Electric Power Industry

Moderator : Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Director, Application eXpertise and Electric Simulation (AXES)

The digitization of electric Power Grids : Current research and future perspectives



End of the first day


February 16 th



Panel 4 sponsored by General Electric

Artificial intelligence (AI); views on the optimization of future grids.

Applications related to digital twins and other electric power software

– Stephane Dellacherie, Grids control forecasts, Energy Movement Control Department, Hydro-Québec

– Richard Wunderlich, Executive Business Development Cyber Research, & Digital Grid, Smart Infrastructure,Siemens Canada

– Dr. Diane Gutiw, Vice President, Big Data Analytics – AI and Machine Learning, CGI Canada

– Jean Bélanger, Chief Executive Officer and Chief technology Officer, OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES

– A General Electric representative



Panel 5 sponsored by Deloitte

The human and organizational impacts of the digitization of infrastructures decompartmentalization of technologies, new skills, training of the succession

Moderator : Line Duranleau, Practice Leader, HR Transformation Advisory (Quebec Region), Deloitte

– Sylvain Clermont, Director Protection, Automation and Control Systems Convergence, Hydro Québec

– Jean-Sébastien Lacroix, Discipline Leader , Electricity Management, BBA

– Line Duranleau, Practice Leader, HR Transformation Advisory (Quebec Region), Deloitte



Panel 6 sponsored by OSI

Electric mobility and Distributed Energy Resources Moderator : Dan Lysaker, Director, Distribution Engineering at OSI

– Satvinder Flore, EVP, Energy, Resources & Industrial , WSP

– Theresa Cooke, VP Smart Infrastructure Sales, Siemens

– Rich Hampshire, Vice President Consulting Expert, CGI UK

– Marc-André Forget, president and Chief executive officer, dcbel

– Eric Sortomme, Senior Product Manager: Smart Grid & DERMS, OSI


12: 30 End of the event





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