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

June 11 @ 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.  A panel and series of facilitated tabletop discussions will expand on these and other related themes through small group discussions.

Interested in speaking or sponsorship opportunities? Contact Eric Muller, Senior Lead, Central Canada 


June 11, 2019

10:00 am
Optional Tour 1

Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation building

Meet at the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation ground floor lobby at 44 Gerrard St E Toronto, ON M5B 1G3
10:00 am
Optional Tour 2

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab Demonstration

Meet at the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation ground floor lobby at 44 Gerrard St E Toronto, ON M5B 1G3
11:30 am
Registration Opens
Arrive at Oakham Lounge located on the 2nd floor of Ryerson Oakham House at 63 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9 (wheelchair accessible)
12:00 Pm
Light lunch and networking
12:30 Pm
Opening Remarks
1:00 pm

Interactive dialogue on keeping pace with consumer demands in a post-program, market-driven environment.


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


  • Raegan Bond, Principal Consultant, Dunsky
  • 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 Location TBD


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.








June 11
10:00 am - 4:30 pm