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QUESTtalks: Policy – Keeping Pace in a Market-Driven Environment

June 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT


Changing business and consumer demands continue to drive forward new essential policy decisions that disrupt and impact the development of the energy sector. The inevitable transition of many consumers to prosumers poses questions on future regulatory and market structures in a post-program, market-driven environment. Transactive energy platforms, IoT, DERs and other new and emerging technologies are forcing policymakers to rethink existing policy paradigms and keep pace with market developments.  This QUESTtalk explored these themes through a panel, a series of tabletop discussions and networking.

Interested in future speaking or sponsorship opportunities? Contact Helen Platis to learn more.


June 11, 2019

10:00 am
Optional Tours

Tours of the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation building and the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab Demonstration Centre

11:30 am
Registration and Lunch

Networking Opportunity

12:30 Pm
Opening Remarks

With Karen Farbridge, Member of the QUEST Board of Directors

1:00 pm

Keeping Pace in a Market-Driven Environment 

Moderator: Katherine Sparkes, Director, Innovation, Research & Development, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)


  • Raegan Bond, Principal Consultant, Dunsky (regrets)
  • Carlyle Coutinho, President & COO, Enwave Canada
  • Vikram Singh, Head of Utility Partnerships, Microsoft Canada
  • Kathleen Kauth, Director of Transactive Energy, Peak Power
  • Mike Voll, Global Sector Leader, Smart Technologies, Stantec
2:30 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM
Tabletop Discussions


Interactive discussions facilitated by a subject matter expert with 8-10 participants and a note-taker.
3:45 PM
Tabletop Discussion Debrief and Playback
4:15 PM
Wrap Up
6:00 PM

Post-Event Drinks and Informal Networking


Katherine Sparkes

Director of Innovation, Research and Development, IESO

Katherine Sparkes is the Director of the Innovation, Research and Development team within the IESO where she is responsible for driving initiatives in support of grid modernization and the removal of barriers to private sector investment in solutions that support the reliability, adequacy and affordability of Ontario’s electricity supply.  Her team works with partners across the energy sector and beyond to understand emerging technologies, services, practices and policies that will help meet Ontario’s current and future electricity needs.  Katherine previously held various leadership roles in Conservation and Demand Management leading the design of award-winning Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) programs. Katherine has worked in the consulting and non-profit sectors and taught at the Energy & Infrastructure Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Katherine is an Urban Planner by training.

Vikram Singh

Head of Utility Partnerships, Microsoft

Vikram Singh is the head of Utility Partnerships at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Singh worked for Alectra as the Director of Advanced Planning and the Manager of Emerging Technologies. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a B. Eng. in Computer Engineering. In 2016 he won CANSIA’s “Game Changer Award” for the Energy Management Project of the Year and in 2016 he won the Energy Storage North America “Innovation Award” for Distributed Storage Project of the Year.

Raegan Bond

Principal Consultant, Dunsky

Raegan Bond has 19 years of leadership in Demand Side Management planning, program design and implementation. With work experience in the private, public and utility sectors, Raegan brings a proven ability to understand and bridge perspectives among diverse stakeholders and to build common ground.  She is a strong advocate of evidence-based decision making, inclusive strategic planning and rigorous program performance management.  A recognized leader in energy efficiency, Raegan is currently Chair-Elect of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Ontario’s Affordability Fund Trust. 

Prior to joining Dunsky, she was VP of Conservation and Demand Management with Alectra Utilities where she was accountable for a $400-Million DSM Portfolio and a team of 80 employees. Her extensive professional experience is supported by a Bachelors of Environmental Science (University of Guelph) and a Masters of Environmental Change and Management (University of Oxford).

Carlyle Coutinho

President & COO, Enwave Canada

Carlyle Coutinho is the President & COO of Enwave, Canada. Carlyle oversees the Canadian operations with locations in Toronto, ON; Windsor, ON; London, ON; and Charlottetown, PEI.

Carlyle is focused on growth and business transformation of Enwave’s district energy platform within the Canadian Region. Throughout his time at Enwave, Carlyle has led the effort to expand the Toronto system into multiple new business lines and products, including electricity generation, and has recently spearheaded the development of a hot water business.  Furthermore, he developed an expansion strategy for major trunk line extensions to enable service delivery to new customers in the north, west and east of Toronto’s the downtown core.  As the previous CFO of Enwave, Carlyle led efforts to raise over $700M in debt, integrated eight system acquisitions, and managed the procurement strategy of all necessary commodities.

Carlyle earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Kathleen Kauth

Director of Transactive Energy, Peak Power

Kathleen Kauth is the Director of Transactive Energy at Peak Power, a Toronto-based software start-up focused on leveraging big data and machine learning to optimize distributed energy resources and energy use for its customers. Previous to Peak, Kathleen was the Director of Partnerships for the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS. While there, she worked with large energy companies to help them develop their innovation capacity. Kathleen originally got her start in cleantech at a solar development and project aggregation firm, Blackstone Energy Solutions, based in Toronto. She has also passed all three levels of the CFA program. Additionally, Kathleen is an Olympic bronze medalist, playing for Team USA in Torino 2006. She is also a World Championship gold and silver medalist with team USA.

Mike Voll

Global Sector Leader, Smart Technologies, Stantec

Mike Voll is the Global Sector Leader for Stantec’s Smart Technology services. He has over 30 years of experience with both industrial and power clients serving positions with equipment suppliers, manufacturers, system integrators and the last 15 years with Stantec. In the last 8 years. Mike has supported the rehabilitation of Ontario’s electricity system through Stantec’s involvement in over 1GW of solar PV in addition to nearly 50MW of energy storage projects. Mike is also leading a research project to deploy a commercial microgrid for a research park near the University of Waterloo which should pave pathways for mass deployments of community microgrids globally.

Mike is an active member of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), the Energy Storage Association (ESA) as well as Energy Storage Canada (ESC) and has supported both utilities and iconic developers such as Tesla and Sidewalk Labs in the roll-out of their grid modernization, smart city and vehicle electrification programs.


1. IoT Applications in Smart Energy Communities

Led by Vikram Singh, Head of Utility Partnerships, Microsoft Canada

2. Opportunities for Beneficial Electrification in Ontario

Led by Raegan Bond, Principal Consultant, Dunsky Energy Consulting

3. The Role of Thermal Infrastructure in Urban Sustainability

Led by Julia St Michael, Director Sustainability Engagement, Enwave

4. The Future of CHP and Other On-Site Generation in a Carbon Focused Market

Led by Jan Buijk, CEO, Founder and Co-Owner, AB Energy Canada

5. Unlocking the Value of New and Existing Resources – DERs and Beyond

Led by Patrick Lo, Senior Manager of Partnerships – Innovation, IESO

6. Electricity Labour Market – Challenges and Opportunities

Led by Mark Chapeskie, Director of Programs, Electricity Human Resources Canada

7. Advancing Energy Planning at the Local, Regional and Grid Level

Led by Alex Benzie, Senior Lead Research and Projects, QUEST

8. Market-Based Mechanisms for Energy Supply – Post Contracts

Led by Rob Coulbeck, Principal, RC Energy Markets Consulting








June 11, 2019
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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