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Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue

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The Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (LD) is a forum for senior executives and decision-makers from the Canadian energy industry, government, and related sectors to formulate common understanding and develop critical insight on how we use, move and produce energy in communities across Canada with a focus on the development of Smart Energy Communities.

The LD takes a holistic view of Canadian energy infrastructure and acknowledges that different participants within the energy value chain start with different understandings, challenges, and opportunities. Members of the LD have regard for QUEST’s mission, vision, values, and undertake to draw on the QUEST principles to guide discussion and to maintain a balanced and informed perspective.

Leaders' Dialogue Participants

Mike Cleland, Leaders’ Dialogue Chair & Member of the QUEST Board of Directors

Neetika Sathe

Director, Emerging Technologies, Alectra Utilities

Wayne Stensby

Managing Director, Electricity, Global, ATCO

Dean Reeve

Senior Vice President and General Manager, ATCO Gas Distribution, ATCO Gas

Geoff Wright

Vice President, Market Research, Brookfield Renewable

Doug Owens

Senior Director Strategic Development and Regulatory Affairs, Brookfield Residential

Tim Egan

President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association

Andrea Rochette

Founding President and CEO, Ecosystem

Malini Giridhar

Vice President, Enbridge Gas Inc.

Patrick Bohan

Director, Strategic Transactions, ENMAX

Doug Stout

Vice President, Market Development & External Relations, FortisBC

Peter Greg

President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator

Sarah Van Der Paelt

Director, Distribution Business Development and Strategic Accounts, Union Gas Inc.

Subhi Alsayed

Vice President, Mattamy Homes

Julie Morin

Intelligent Cloud Business, IOT Global Black Belt SSP, Microsoft Canada

Gaetan Thomas

President and CEO, NB Power

Darryl Neate

Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties

Graham McTavish

Vice President, Power, Canada, Stantec

Lance Jeffries

Chief Electricity Distribution Officer, Hydro Ottawa

Lucy Casacia

Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens

Leaders' Dialogue Observers

Francis Bradley

Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Electricity Association

Stephen MacDonald

CEO, EfficiencyOne

André Bernier

Acting Director Generation, Electricity Branch, Natural Resources Canada

Joyce Henry

Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Laura Oleson

Director General, Natural Resources Canada

Nathan Maycher

Director, Energy, Climate Change Policy & Strategy, Suncor Energy


In 2019, the Leaders’ Dialogue will be meeting in Eastern, Central, and Western Canada.

The approach will use a salon-style format – active conversation, small group, and intimate setting – which follows the Chatham House Rule, to discuss cross-cutting issues impacting policy, program, and business model activities related to how we use, move, and produce energy in communities. For each session, LD members will be encouraged to identify potential speakers and guests to have as observers, and will also have the opportunity to host a regional LD meeting.

To support regional needs and interests, QUEST will undertake to include

government and energy system operator representation as observers to

inform conversation and to provide policy updates of interest.

Each session will include:


networking opportunities – by invitation only dinner with an invited speaker; and,


half-day symposium with guests (identified by LD members) where members participate in an interactive roundtable conversation.

Development of the topics and trends for consideration and discussion are informed through bilateral conversations with each LD participant in advance of each regional meeting.





Mississauga, Ontario

March 2019


Vancouver, British Columbia

June 2019


Halifax, Nova Scotia

October 2019


To Join

To learn more about joining the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue group, email us today!