Atlantic Canadian Conference on Energy System Modelling

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June 19 – 20, 2024

Presented by the Energy Modelling Hub and Net Zero Atlantic

This conference is supported by IET Institut de l'énergie Trottier

The Energy Modelling Hub and Net Zero Atlantic are excited to invite you to participate in the Atlantic Canadian Conference on Energy System Modelling from June 19-20, 2024 at the Delta Hotel Beausejour, 750 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick.

Ticket registration is free. We have both in-person and virtual options to participate available. 

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The theme of the event is "Integrating Deep Changes into Future Energy Landscapes: Navigating Atlantic Canada’s Energy Transition," which underscores our commitment to exploring the dynamic and rapidly evolving energy environment.

Join us for engaging discussions about the future of Atlantic Canada’s energy system.

Conference Overview

The event will consist of a day and a half of insightful discussions and presentations, offering regional, national, and international perspectives. Our panels will explain how energy models can help guide us through deep changes to the energy landscapes, highlighting the importance of agile and informed policy-making.

This conference is more than a platform for sharing ideas, too. It is an opportunity to forge connections and align regional strategies with broader national energy system modelling efforts.

Whether you are seeking to grasp the nuances of Atlantic Canada’s energy transition or contribute to shaping its future, this conference is your gateway to the forefront of energy system innovation and collaborative policy development.


Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Registration Opens at 7:30am AT

Opening Remarks - 8:50am AT

Session 1 - The Future Unveiled: Modelling Deep Changes in Energy Systems (9:00-10:35am AT)

This panel sets the stage for discussing the profound transformations underway in energy systems. It focuses on how energy modelling is uncovering new insights in technology adoption, demographic shifts, and grid resilience, underscoring the need for policymakers to understand these deep changes.

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Lukas Swan, Dalhousie University (Moderator)
  • Heidi Hebb - Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors 
  • Hayley Knowles - Dalhousie University 
  • Peter Craig - Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables 

Session 2 - Scenarios of Uncertainty: Navigating Through Emerging Energy Trends (10:55am - 12:30pm AT)

Dedicated to exploring future scenarios, this panel discusses the challenges and uncertainties in predicting energy trends. It highlights the role of energy models in illuminating these paths and the importance of adaptable and responsive policy frameworks in an evolving energy landscape.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Louis Beaumier - Institut de l’énergie Trottier (Moderator)
  • Sophie Pelland - Natural Resources Canada (Canmet ENERGY)
  • Nat Pearre - Dalhousie University
  • Craig Church - New Brunswick Power 

Lunch (12:30 - 1:30 pm AT)

Session 3 - Resilient Grids for Dynamic Future: Addressing Variability and Stability (1:30 - 3:05pm AT)

This panel delves into the technical aspects of ensuring grid resilience amid deep changes, particularly with the integration of variable renewables. It will discuss the importance of short-timescale modelling and how these insights can guide policy decisions for stable energy supply.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Michael Bourque, UNB (Moderator)
  • Marc Brouillette - Strategic Policy Economics 
  • Nathan Grady - Energy and Environmental Economics (E3)
  • Chris Milligan, Nova Scotia Power 

Session 4 - Collaborating in Action: Bridging Energy Modelling with Policy Agility (3:25 - 5:00pm AT)

Focusing on the synergy between energy modelling and policymaking, this panel emphasizes the need for collaboration in the face of deep changes. Discussions will center on how government officials can use modelling insights to remain agile and effective in policy formulation and intervention.

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Lana Asaff, Atlantic Economic Council (Moderator)
  • Pierre Olivier Pineau, HEC Montréal
  • Alpha Sow - Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • Amber Robson, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Reception at Tide & Boar Gastropub (5:00 - 6:30pm)


Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Opening Remarks - 8:50am AT

Session 5 - Adapting to New Realities: Policy Shifts in the Wake of Technological and Behavioural Changes (9:00 - 10:35am AT)

This panel will explore how policy needs to adapt to the realities of technological advancements and behavioural changes. It will discuss scenarios like the implications of eliminating a carbon tax and how energy models can inform these significant policy transitions.

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Rick Power - IBM (Moderator)
  • Edouard Clement, Energy Modelling Hub 
  • Jamie Stephen - Torchlight Bioresources
  • Martin Day, Memorial University 
  • Nicolle Jaramillo, Net Zero Atlantic

Session 6 - From Modelling to Action: Translating Insights into Sustainable Policies (10:55am - 12:30pm AT)

The final panel will bridge the gap between modelling and actionable strategies. It will focus on how insights from energy models can be translated into sustainable and agile policies, ensuring effective responses to the deep changes impacting the energy sector.

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Darren Clark, NB Power (Moderator)
  • Tianshu Huang - Climative 
  • Nathan Curry - ESMIA Consultants Inc. 
  • Jonathan Alward - Atlantica Centre for Energy 
  • Brady Yauch - Power Advisory

Lunch - 12:30 - 1:30pm AT

See you in Moncton June 19-20, 2024.

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