About Us

The Smart Grid Innovation Network supports Canada’s clean energy transition by advocating for the smart energy sector.

SGIN promotes, identifies, and helps drive smart energy solutions in Canada. Our mission is to foster Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.

At our core we are committed to serving the needs of members, communities, industry and the clean energy ecosystem.

Mission

We foster Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.

Vision

The Smart Grid Innovation Network is a network of leaders in the Canadian smart energy sector. By fostering Canada’s transition to clean energy, we will help build stronger, more resilient communities and a sustainable economy.

 

Areas of Focus
  • Decarbonization
  • The changing role of utilities
  • IoT and AI offerings
  • New products and services
  • Energy independence
  • Energy reliability
  • Reducing energy poverty
  • Energy trading
  • Grid architecture/network optimization
  • Network integrity
  • Clean Grid
  • Community
  • Social Values

Our Team

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Greg Robart

CEO
As SGIN’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg champions the organization in establishing its goals and supports the members as they drive to accomplish them. SGIN strives to evolve the Smart Energy sector to support the energy transition activities through education, advocacy and supporting system deployment of smart energy technology. Prior to SGIN, as Siemens’ Global Lead for electrical utility business transformation, Greg supported utilities in realizing their digitalization strategy. As a seasoned Professional Engineer, Greg has wide ranging expertise in engineering principles, both for the electrical grid and building systems. This includes critical customer building distribution and distributed control system design and power backup systems, as well as communication infrastructure solutions. Greg has additional experience in industrial power distribution design and commissioning along with power quality and protection co-ordination studies. Within Siemens’ Energy Management (EM) Division, Greg also lead the consultants and architects for the PTI consulting group across Canada. Greg was fully engaged with utility customers in their transformation and modernization programs, and supports customers in Canada, the United States and Jordan on concepts ranging from ‘Utility of the Future’, Operations Center of the future, and alternative distributed energy storage solutions.

Anthony Onyewadume

Project Manager
Anthony Onyewadume is a Project and Operations Manager with over 16 years’ experience driving revenue growth by successfully leading multi-functional teams, new project launches, and market research initiatives. He has a BSC in Electrical & Electronics engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, an MBA from Business School Netherlands, and is currently concluding an MSC at the University of New Brunswick. He is accomplished at handling complex projects with changing demands and practiced in keeping team morale high while meeting aggressive deadlines. In the integrated service maintenance space of the telecommunications industry, Anthony has, with the help of his teams, supported several telecom carriers from the site acquisition phase, through commissioning, to network operations, optimization, and other stages of their business lifecycle. His corporate and technical governance experience cuts across Western, Eastern, and Southern parts of Africa; the most recent being his role as the senior project manager for a local contract in Zambia serving industry giants like MTN, Airtel, I.H.S, and the Telecoms regulator Zicta. In his free time, Anthony can be found listening to a wide variety of music and playing soccer, or basketball.

Dr. Maha Tantawy

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Maha Tantawy is a post-doctoral fellow at the faculty of Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. She completed her doctoral degree with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation examined the outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education and Training on the development of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship mindset. Maha also has research interests in sustainability and innovation with a focus on the power sector. She has developed research projects with other faculty members at the faculty of Management, University of New Brunswick, which examine the relation between policy mix, the technology innovation system, and innovative pathways of the smart grid. Maha has also collaborated with other faculty members at UNB faculty of Management to examine entrepreneurial and organizational learning orientation as well as continuous improvement at power utilities in their transition to the new utility business model. As a doctoral student, she participated as a Research Assistant in a global study examining the outcomes of entrepreneurship education at the university level, the Entrepreneurship Education Evaluation (EEE) project, fully funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She successfully published a number of articles in leading journals in that field. She also presented her work in a multiple of international conferences. She graduated from the School of Business, American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2000 with high honors. Maha received her MBA degree from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University, Scotland, UK in 2008. During the period 2000-present: Maha has been appointed in professional positions in the Business field as well as the academic field. Maha has lived in several countries and likes travelling a lot. She thinks that she is lucky to have been exposed to different cultures and have experienced the beauty of diversity.

Digambar Aakula

Research Analyst Intern
Professionally experienced Business Development Manager, Digambar has been in the power sector for the past 6+ years, having profound knowledge of Tendering, Contracting and government regulations on Energy Storage, Electric Vehicle, Charging Stations, Renewable Energy, Railway Overhead Electrification(OHE) System, Transmission and Distributions system, Forecasting & Scheduling of wind and solar. In addition, managing auditing & operations with a special focus on Electricity portfolio and handling multi-level tasks ineffective way. In his former Business Development role, Digambar exercised a calculated and methodical approach to problem solving. While he is independently motivated, he appreciates collective efforts and collaborate productively within group settings. Moreover, he is competent in presentation skills along with maintaining large set of data. Recently he was awarded the Best Viewer’s Choice in the year of 2021 from RBC UNBeatable Ideas Competition for one of his entrepreneurial idea called “UNO” It works. Digambar enjoys a wide range of sports and fitness activities. Most of the weekends you’ll find him playing cricket. In addition, he spends his time in Indian stock markets, cryptocurrency, and watching Dragons Den.

Swati Singhal

Smart Energy Electrification Project Lead
Swati brings more than a decade of experience in the energy industry and is skilled in assessing the global energy markets and regulatory frameworks. She is adept in business development, project management, risk assessment, commercial discussion, and negotiation, energy cost modeling, and ESG reporting. She holds an MBA in power management and a bachelor of technology in electrical engineering. Her background is in devising strategies to improve processes and to create new avenues for companies to invest in new markets. At SGIN, as Project Lead – she is responsible for planning, design, and delivery of projects by engaging all stakeholders.

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Jeff Mocha

BOARD CHAIR
Jeff is the Chief Engineering & Innovation Officer at OEC―a group of companies that specializes in providing energy and infrastructure services solutions. Stakeholders include infrastructure owners within the electricity, telecommunications, gas and municipal sectors. In his role, Jeff is responsible for the Engineering Business Operations, Enterprise Innovation, and Technology Services, while also leading the delivery of cutting-edge, forward-thinking capabilities that will support the rapid evolution of digital technology and continuous transformation within the energy sector. Jeff has over 20 years of industry experience, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and an EMBA graduate from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Prior to joining OEC, Jeff worked in steel manufacturing where he delivered thought leadership for the advancement of innovative power system solutions. Jeff originally joined OEC’s engineering team where he successfully oversaw major projects and achieved significant enhancements in the field of asset management. Jeff was also instrumental in advancing the automation of a 24/7 electricity distribution control room, reducing power outages in the service territory.

Troy Kearns

FOUNDING SEAT - TREASURER
Troy has spent the last 20+ years dedicated to leadership and management excellence at companies such as iMagicTV, Provinent, Bell Aliant, and now Siemens Canada Ltd. Troy joined Siemens in 2013 and has held a number of roles including Director of the Smart Grid Centre of Competence and Head of Energy Business Advisory. Troy is currently the Head of Power Technologies International at Siemens Canada, which consists of the Energy Business Advisory (EBA) management and smart grid consulting business, the Power Systems Consulting (PSC) business, and the new Critical Infrastructure Protection cyber business. A former graduate of UNB's Technology Management and Entrepreneurship program, Troy has been teaching Managing Engineering and IT Projects at the university since 2004, and was recognized with the Leadership in Education Award in 2013 for dedication in education and community. Troy completed his undergraduate degree at Carleton University in Ottawa. Troy earned his PMP in 2001, and is a former PMI-NB board member, serving from 2002-2007 as Director of Membership, President Elect, President and Past-President. Troy is also the current President of Triathlon New Brunswick.

Jean Marc Landry

FOUNDING SEAT - SECRETARY
Jean Marc Landry was appointed Chief Customer Officer in July 2021. During his 20+ year career, Jean Marc has amassed an extensive background in customer service having led customer experience, customer innovation, marketing, research, product development, sales and call centre teams, both regionally and internationally. In the role of Chief Customer Officer, Jean Marc is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development of a customer-centric culture at NB Power. He leads the customer relations team, energy efficiency services, product and service development and management, sales, marketing and corporate brand functions and serves as a key interface between our customers and the Corporation. Jean Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance from l’Université de Moncton. He also holds a Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional (CAAP) accreditation from the Institute of Canadian Agencies. Jean Marc sits as a volunteer board member for the Greater Moncton and Southeast NB United Way, contributes to the Strategy and Innovation committee of the Board of Directors of Dialogue NB, volunteers as a mentor with the Université de Moncton’s CARDE program and is an assistant coach on his son’s and his daughter’s minor hockey teams.

Dr. David MaGee

FOUNDING SEAT
A native New Brunswicker, received his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UNB in 1987 under the direction of Professor Zdenek Valenta. Following a two-year NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Robert K. Boeckman, Jr. at the University of Rochester, began my tenure at UNB as an Assistant in the department of Chemistry. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and to full professor in 2000. While at UNB my administrative service included Chair of the Department of Chemistry (1999-2007), Dean of Science (2008-2017) and Vice-President Research (2017-present). In my current role as Vice-President Research I provide leadership and vision in shaping UNB's strategic research direction and agenda. As Vice-President (Research) I serve on a number of Boards, both regionally and nationally, including but not limited to, New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization, SpringBoard Atlantic, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, BioNB, Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities, Huntsman Marine Centre and AceNet. My area of research is mainly in the development of new and/or simpler ways to make biologically-interesting and structurally-challenging natural products. In recent years I have had a number of research collaborations with academic (Dalhousie, Acadia, Shahid Beheshti University Tehran) government (Canadian Forestry Services, Newfoundland Department of Natural Resources) and private (JDI-Ltd, Sylvar, Agrifor, Forest Protection Limited) organizations. Over my career I have published 47 peer-reviewed research papers in a number of prestigious national and international journals, and I have 5 patents. I have presented over 66 papers at various national and international conferences, and been an invited speaker on 17 other occasions. I have also served as an external examiner for numerous PhD theses and refereed over 170 papers for 34 different journals and 38 grant proposals for national and international granting organizations.

Rachele Levin

POLICY REPRESENTATIVE
Rachele Levin is an energy and climate change expert with over 15 years of experience, including positions in academia, the non-profit sector, the Ontario and federal governments, as well as in international negotiations with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2015, Rachele has been with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). In addition to her current role as Energy Transition Lead, she developed a first-of-its-kind carbon pricing framework and marginal abatement cost curve for the province’s natural gas sector. Rachele also created and led the OEB Innovation Sandbox, the first regulatory innovation sandbox in Canada’s energy sector. During her tenure as Sandbox Lead, Rachele launched a partnership between the OEB and the Independent Electricity System Operator to support innovative energy pilot projects, provided policy leadership on energy innovation, and initiated and led an international collaboration with energy innovation stakeholders in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, as well as with the International Energy Agency’s International Smart Grid Action Network. In addition to her work at the OEB, Rachele authors the Policy Landscape chapter of the annual international REN21 Global Status Review and has been selected to be the Program Chair for the 2023 CAMPUT Conference for Canadian energy regulators. In all of her work, Rachele brings enthusiastic thought leadership to public policy related to the energy transition, decarbonization and innovation. clients’ corporate strategy, system planning, project development, and policy/regulatory initiatives.

Dorothy Moryc

UTILITY REPRESENTATIVE
Dorothy Moryc is the Vice President of Engineering, Stations & Metering at Waterloo North Hydro. She has gained extensive knowledge of electrical utilities and the electricity system while working on leading-edge projects and volunteering in numerous working groups and committees within the sector. Dorothy is a progressive leader who has consistently contributed to the Ontario electric utility industry. A dynamic innovator for change, Dorothy is not afraid to “dive right in” for the betterment of the energy sector. Dorothy holds a BASc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) association. She recently completed her Masters of Business Administration through Ivey Business School at Western University.

Gilles Roy

ACADEMIA REPRESENTATIVE
Gilles Roy is currently Vice-President of Academic and Research at Université de Moncton. Drawing on his rich and varied experience, Dr. Roy has extensive knowledge of the academic community, having served as a professor in the Faculty of Engineering (2000-2007), then as associate-dean (2007-2015), and as dean (2015-2019). As a professor, Dr. Roy has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and 50 conference papers. His areas of expertise are fluid dynamics and heat transfer enhancement with the use of nanofluids. Dr. Roy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (1990) and a Master of Applied Science (1992) from Université de Moncton as well as a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Université Laval (1997). He is a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, and has also been recognized by his peers for his contributions to the engineering profession by receiving the title of Fellow by Engineers Canada. Dr. Roy is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.

Natasha Reid

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Professional Engineer with PEGNL. She started her career in Vancouver working at BC Hydro in substation design. Natasha later accepted a job at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro as an electrical design engineer. In 2019, Natasha shifted career paths and joined a local start-up called Mysa Smart Thermostats. As the Product Manager for Utility Initiatives, she works with utility companies to help integrate smart technology into their grids. Last year, Natasha moved to France where she pursued her Masters in Global Energy Transition and Governance through Centre International de Formation Européenne. Her thesis focuses on how Canada can unlock demand-side potential through residential demand response. Natasha is a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability, and she believes that this is a defining decade for the energy transition.

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Chris Mathis

SGIN Associate
Chris Mathis is the lead of Viable Solutions Inc., a division of Portfolio Solutions Group. Viable Solutions provides strategic consulting to companies and organizations. Chris has over 30 years of experience working with and in organizations and early-stage businesses, providing hands-on leadership, guidance and solutions that range from high-tech engineering to technical marketing to entrepreneurial product development and everything in between. Chris has a passion for alternative energy development, transition and environmental solutions that will have a lasting socioeconomic impact.