2017 Canadian Utilities & Critical Infrastructure ICT Conference

Wednesday, September 27 - 2017
3 Day Conference
Regina, SK


 Modernizing for a Reliable and Secure Future

Join your peers at the only Canadian conference dedicated to the Information and Communications Technology of utilities and critical infrastructure owner/operators

 Highlights of the conference this year include:

  • Utility and Critical Infrastructure Owner / Operator private workshop.
  • Increased content relating to IT/Enterprise systems
  • Access to Federal Government regulator and policy developers.
  • Peer delivered case studies and panel sessions dedicated to current and emerging technology applications, operation and strategies.
  • Three learning track sessions allow participants to attend sessions that are the most aligned to their interests.
  • Vendor and peer networking opportunities.
  • Exhibit floor, demonstrations and much more!

How will your company benefit?

  • Learn from your peers and the leading SME’s in our industry. The information gained at the conference will increase your understanding of emerging technologies and will help to reduce your company’s risk for new technology adoption and integration.
  • Optimize the use of your time by meeting with the entirety of the industry’s relevant suppliers on the exhibit floor. Use this opportunity to learn about new products, understand equipment functionality, validate issues with suppliers and apply greater pressure to resolve by airing the issues with other customers.
  • Influence regulator and policy developers as well as the strategic direction of UTCC by participating in the Board of Advisors meeting, workshops and panels.
  • Advance your work by leveraging information and artifacts shared by new contacts.

Who should attend?

  • Utility (power, gas, water) and critical infrastructure owner/operator employees
  • IT Professionals, Engineers, Planners, Strategists and Operators involved in ICT systems

For more information on our event visit our website at utc.org/canada

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 

8:00 – 12:00 p.m. UTCC Board of Advisors Meeting
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Utility and Critical Infrastructure Only Member Meeting

Q&A (60 min.)

Utility Project / Initiative Updates (90 min.)

Workshop (90 min.)

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. UTC Canada Chairman’s Reception – By Invitation Only


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.


Geoff Trofimuk – Chairman, UTCC

Kathy Nelson – Chairman, UTC

Joy Ditto – UTC President & CEO, UTC

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Address

Brian Ketcheson – VP Distribution & Customer Services, SaskPower

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.


Keynote Session

Neetika Sathe – Director – Advanced Planning, Alectra Inc.


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Panel Session – 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN)

John Leitch – Government of Saskatchewan

Daniel Couillard  – ISED Canada

Sol Lancashire – BC Hydro

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

700 MHz PSBN Trials and Next Steps

Yasser Morgan – Faculty, University of Regina

Megan Spence – Engineer, SaskPower

Todd Driediger – ENMAX

Sol Lancashire – BC Hydro

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.


Michael Martin – IBM

Telecom as a Model,

not a Service, to Electric Utilities

Benoit Marcoux – S&C

Enterprise Service Bus & Service Oriented Architecture

Luke Hirsch – TIBCO Software

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Luncheon & Presentation

Don Dumich, S&C – Smart Cities Council, Utilities Committee

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The Smart City Effect: Why Utilities Should Engage with Smart Cities

Ed Sutton – Black & Veatch

Analysis of Ukraine Power Grid Attack – How to Protect Your Network

Sylvain Denoncourt – Cisco

Data Analytics

ISM Canada

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Panel Session – Critical Infrastructure

Daniel Lafrenière – Director, Railway Assoc. of Canada

Phil Goulet – Canadian Energy Pipeline Assoc. (NuGen Automation)

Ron Carman – Canadian Gas Assoc. (TransGas)

Geoff Trofimuk – Chairman, UTCC

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Networking Reception


Thursday, September 28, 2017 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
7:45 – 8:05 a.m.

UTCC Membership Meeting

Geoff Trofimuk, UTCC Chairman

8:05 – 9:05 a.m.

Regulatory Update

Yael Wexler – Fasken Martineau


Cyber Security Considerations for the Communications Network and Substations

Paul Robertson – SEL

Enhance your Network Reliability and Visibility through SDN Enabled Analytics

Mitch Simcoe – Ciena

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.


Murray Matiowsky – Managing Director, Manitoba Hydro Telecom

Orlando Utilities’ MPLS-TP Deployment

Tim Phillippe – Senior Product Analytics Manager, GE Grid Solutions

The Cloud offering in the New IoT Environment

Kashif Zahid – Ericsson

10:10 – 10:25 a.m. Networking Break
10:25 – 11:25 a.m.

Why Utilities Deploy TETRA

David Torres – PowerTrunk Inc.

Your Infrastructure is NERC Compliant, but is it Secure?

Gaétan Houle – SNC-Lavalin Télécom Inc.

Migration to Packet Networks

Clint Struth – SCI Networks

11:25 – 12:25 p.m.

Transition to a Converged Communications Network

Hansen Chan – Nokia

NERC CIP: Overkill for Canada, or not enough?

Mark Madden – RAD


Internet of Things

Michael Martin – IBM

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Networking Lunch & Exclusive Exhibit Time
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Private MVNO for Utility Operations – Opportunity in Canada?

Wim D’Hondt – IBB Consulting

OPGW Lifecycle Study

Mike Unser – OPGW Committee Member

Dan Newman – Burn & McDonnell

Jean De Sève – Hydro Quebec


Mobility Applications

Moazzam Khan – SaskPower

Sol Lancashire – BC Hydro

Shane Giroux – Push Interactions

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel Session – Security

Brian Kinstad – Risk Assessment & Mitigation Engineer, MRO

Jared Shakespeare – Director, Proven Compliance Solutions

Damon Ounsworth – NERC Compliance, SaskPower

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Geoff Trofimuk – Chairman, UTCC

  Friday, September 29, 2017 

8:55 – 10:30 a.m. SaskPower Grid Control Centre (Tour 1)
10:40 – 12:15 p.m. SaskPower Grid Control Centre (Tour 2)


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