C.O.R.E. Conference 2021 - Agenda

Date of Publication: August 6, 2021

Conference agenda is subject to change

C.O.R.E. Conference Day One

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ADT
Day 1 Morning Wake Up


8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. ADT

Please join us to kick off the 2021 C.O.R.E. Conference with a keynote address from Rick Janega, Emera, COO and David Landrigan, NSPI, VP Commercial, who will provide a global and regional perspective, focused on the power of collaboration theme in our industry. Moderated by Karen White, Vice President, Crisis and Issues Management, NATIONAL Public Relations.


9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ADT
Panel: Regional Cooperation and the Importance of Agile Regulations
Description: Globally and nationally the climate change discourse is creating an increasing convergence between energy and environmental policies.   Aggressive decarbonization goals are also creating the requirement for enhanced public sector, utility and industry cooperation, particularly here in Atlantic Canada where we are home to four relatively small and geographically disbursed provinces with a total population of less than 2.5 million people.   This panel will explore the ways Atlantic Canada’s energy sector can benefit from increasing regional, national and cross-border cooperation through a deliberate focus on agile regulations, government policy alignment and the adoption of North American industry best-practices.

Moderator: Ray Robinson, CEO, Saint John Energy

  • Danielle Powers, Senior Vice President, Concentric Energy Advisors
  • Gilles Volpé, Vice President and General Manager, Liberty Utilities
  • Francis Bradley, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association


11:05 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. ADT
Panel: 2021 Energy Update
This panel will focus on what's happening in the energy sector across Atlantic Canada including updates on offshore wind, tidal energy, energy storage, oil and gas, onshore renewables and energy efficiency.

Moderator: Jennifer Tuck, CEO, Maritimes Energy Association

  • Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada
  • Brandy Giannetta, Vice President Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)
  • Paul Barnes, Director, Atlantic Canada and the Arctic, CAPP
  • Tony Wright, FORCE
  • Sarah MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer, EfficiencyOne


1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. ADT
Update on Oil & Gas Opportunities in Colombia and Guyana

Moderator: JJ Osoba, Managing Director, Oil & Gas, Stantec


  • Camilo Morales, Aberdeen International Associates (AIA)
  • Patrick Henry, Senior Director, DAI Global


2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. ADT
Panel: Reducing GHG Emissions in Atlantic Canada's Oil and Gas Sector
Canada and Nova Scota have both committed to achieving net-zero emissions by the year 2050. As one of the most intensive emission economies in the world, it will require a complete transformation of our energy sector. While there is a push to decarbonize, there is still a role for oil and gas to play in the energy industry.  This panel discussion will illustrate pathways for Atlantic Canada's low-carbon, renewable energy and technology organizations to engage with network colleagues and collaborate with others from coast to coast to reduce GHG emissions in the oil and gas industry.  Hear from industry leaders on identifying and removing barriers to collaboration and technology development; what’s working and not working to advance Canada as a global leader in emissions reduction and position Canadian companies' expertise to compete globally. 

Moderator: Terry Abel, Executive Vice President, Canada Operations and Climate, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

  • Joy Romero, Executive Advisor Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited 
    and President, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)
  • Dave Finn, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador (formerly Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Kieran Hanley, Executive Director, Econext (formerly Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA))


3:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
Panel: Sustainable Ports and the Energy Transition
The Ports in the Atlantic Provinces have long been an entry point for goods and services to eastern Canada and as such there is a high level of integration between ports and energy supply chains. While maritime shipping does not account for a significant amount of global carbon emissions, there is still reason to work towards decarbonization of ports.  This session will focus on how local ports are collaborating with the energy sector and the marine industry to decarbonize and work towards sustainability.

Moderator: Rick Edwards, Port Services Area Manager, Atlantic Towing

  • Michael Davie, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port of Halifax
  • Andrew Wilkins, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, DGSC
  • Denis Caron, President & CEO, Port of Belledune


C.O.R.E. Conference Day Two​

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ADT
Conference Day Two Welcome


8:45 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. ADT
Renewable Energy Development in the U.K. and Europe

Description: Join Neil McIntosh and Gordon McIntosh with Aberdeen International Associates for an armchair discussion on what's happening in the U.K. and Europe and what lessons Atlantic Canada can learn on the benefits of regional collaboration.


9:20 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. ADT- Keynote : Joe Allison, The Smart Energy Company


9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ADT
Panel: Utility scale renewables from a developer’s perspective, a community perspective and a government perspective

Description: Renewables are gaining momentum in Atlantic Canada with several recent announcements including Atlantic Canada’s first utility-scale solar farm to be built in New Brunswick, the newly announced plans for Nova Scotia to procure renewables through the Rate Based Procurement and the Green Choice Program as well as PEI's commitment to net zero by 2030.  All these initiatives will result in more demand for large-scale renewable energy in the region.  But it's not only Atlantic Canada moving forward with more renewable development.  Our neighbours in Maine are also working to bring more renewables to market.  

This session will offer a range of experiences with utility scale renewables from experts in the green energy industry.  This session will also speak to the benefits of collaboration, whether it’s between proponents and communities or cross-border governments to build out more renewable energy and battle climate change.  

Moderator: Scott Skinner, President and CEO, Clean Foundation

  • Aidan Foley, Founder and Principal, Glenvale Solar
  • Melissa Winne, Energy Policy Analyst, Maine Governor's Energy Office
  • Austen Hughes, Vice President - Operations, Natural Forces
  • Chief Terry Richardson, Pabineau First Nation


11:05 a.m. -  11:10 a.m. - Announcing the Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance


11:10- 12:25 p.m. ADT
Panel: Challenges to breaking ground on green hydrogen technology in Atlantic Canada
Hydrogen technology has been the “fuel of the future” for decades. However, recently hydrogen is gaining momentum all around the world as a clean energy source that will help us achieve our carbon emission reduction goals. How can we work together to ensure green hydrogen is the fuel of today?

In this session we will discuss why green hydrogen development is a great opportunity for Atlantic Canada, what the opportunity means for the provinces and some advantages of being a first-mover in green hydrogen technology. We will also touch on how we mobilize hydrogen development with all of the other investments in renewable technologies as well as  the barriers to deploying hydrogen projects. 

Moderator: Alisdair McLean, Executive Director, OERA

  • Derek Estabrook, Vice President, Business Development, Heritage Gas
  • Mike Kelland, CEO, Planetary Hydrogen
  • Nathan Ashcroft, Senior Business Developer, Stantec


1:25 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. ADT
Reaching Net-Zero in the Marine Industry

Shipping produces about 2.9% of the world’s man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, according to a report by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020. The IMO had already set an ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050, with a stretch target of a 100% reduction by the same deadline. A study by Lloyd’s Register estimates this 50% cut in absolute emissions is equivalent to a real-world reduction of about 85% in operational CO2 intensity.

In other words, ships will have to reduce their output of carbon dioxide by 85% per nautical mile, to take account of increasing numbers of ships, and more activity over coming years. Lloyd’s Register’s research has shown that to reach the IMO’s ambition, Zero Emission Vessels (ZEVs) capable of deep-sea, trans-ocean travel will need to be in use by 2030. Although that’s a decade away, time is short. The 2020s will be a vital time for piloting and prototyping new fuels and hybrid propulsion arrangements. Vessels will need to transition from fossil-based fuels to zero carbon energy sources and technologies, while simultaneously increasing efficiency.

Ginger Garte
, Environmental & Sustainability Director, Americas Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore, Lloyd's Register


2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. ADT
Panel: Are we experiencing a nuclear renaissance with SMRs?
New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of small modular reactors (SMRs), Government of Canada published its Small Modular Reactors Action Plan and have funded the commercialization of SMR technologies.  This panel discussion will focus on how the new nuclear age can provide flexibility to balance out the intermittency of renewable power which also being part of the solution to the nuclear waste problem. 

Moderator: Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

  • Rory O'Sullivan, CEO, Moltex Energy
  • George Christidis, Vice President Government Relations and International Affairs, Canadian Nuclear Association
  • Andy Hayward, Chief Nuclear Engineer and Director of Advanced Reactor Development, Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station