About Us

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

Through education, vendor support, business model innovation and smart grid technology, we will leverage our position in the Canadian energy sector to create impact. We are dedicated to building a clean energy future for the benefit of all Canadians.

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.

 

What we do

SGIN supports technology vendors in evaluating the readiness of their solution, utilities in implementing beneficial electrification programs and governments in advancing clean energy policies.

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.

David Beauvais

Innovation Officer
David is an entrepreneur with 19 years of his career on modernizing power systems. He started his career at Hydro-Quebec in 2001, worked at the Energy board of Quebec, in engineering and at Natural Resources Canada. He was the Canadian delegate on the International Smart Grid Innovation network, later receiving an award from Smart Grid Canada in 2010. He's passionate about building greener and more resilient communities.

Ted Kantrowitz

Technical Lead / Senior Advisor
Ted Kantrowitz joined SGIN as Technical Lead / Senior Advisor, with approximately fifteen years of energy sector experience. Starting in 2003 as a consultant with the Canadian Electricity Association, he has led technical analyses, standards revision processes, business development, industry and member relations, and policy development analysis and efforts, eventually serving as CEO of Canada's association for heat pump technology. A dual national, he began his career in international humanitarian work and has lived in six countries.

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Dr. David MaGee

President
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.

Lori Clark

Secretary
As a member of the NB Power Executive team, Ms. Clark is the Senior Vice President, Operations, responsible for the safe, reliable generation, transmission and distribution of electricity across the province of New Brunswick. This also includes responsibility for providing exceptional service to customers and modernizing NB Power’s grid at NB Power. Ms. Clark’s career with NB Power began in 1990. She has held positions of increasing responsibility including finance, human resources, operations, nuclear and regulatory assignments. Lori has led NB Power’s rate hearings and has also appeared as a company witness at several regulatory proceedings. Ms. Clark’s high energy, determination, organizational knowledge, strategic focus and ability to build strong teams have allowed her to successfully lead several transformational projects for NB Power. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She is currently on the Board of Governors at the New Brunswick Community College and serves as the Chair of its Human Resources Committee. She has served as a Board member for the Fredericton Community Foundation and as a member of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Audit Committee. With a thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement, Lori has studied Reactor Technology - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Leadership at the Wharton School of Business - University of Pennsylvania and Corporate Governance at the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto.

Troy Kearns

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.

Ahmed Hanafy

Policy Representative
Ahmed Hanafy is a Senior Consultant at Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, where he advises clients across Canada and the U.S. on the critical technology, policy and strategy issues related to the electricity sector’s transformation. With a strong focus on client success, Ahmed supports utilities, governments, service providers and others with assessing the potential for and impacts of renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), and other emerging technologies in their jurisdictions. Combining deep technical expertise with an ability to see the big picture, Ahmed provides strategic insights to inform clients’ corporate strategy, system planning, project development, and policy/regulatory initiatives. Ahmed’s vision for the electricity sector’s transformation stems from a thorough understanding of the trends, issues and disruptions facing the sector and their implications for utilities, grids and customers. In addition to leading and contributing to hundreds of mandates at Dunsky, his expertise builds on prior experiences identifying emerging utility business models, working on the development of a renewable energy Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, supporting the evaluation of energy efficiency programs, and advising commercial and industrial clients on energy procurement and clean energy projects. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and a Master’s degree in energy science from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and is currently pursuing an MBA degree at McGill.

Ryan Mitchell

Utility Representative
Ryan is passionate about innovation and business development in the energy sector. He is currently the Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Saint John Energy. Ryan is a graduate of NBCC and UNB. Ryan is a registered engineer in New Brunswick and has an MBA. Ryan has over 20 years of engineering experience in diverse and progressive management positions with most of his experience coming from the telecommunications sector. Ryan has also recently been named to Canada’s Clean50 list as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders in 2021.

Jeff Mocha

Utility Representative
Jeff leads the evolution of Digital Solutions and Enterprise Innovation at OEC, ensuring the delivery of cutting edge, forward thinking capabilities that will effectively drive and support the strategic advancement of the business.

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.

Daniel Larsen

Vendor Representative
Bringing together a passion for energy and innovation, Daniel co-founded Stash Energy in 2015 and currently serves as Chief Product Officer. Stash Energy integrates affordable energy storage into heat pump systems, saving homeowners money while providing flexibility to energy producers and suppliers. With active demonstration projects in both Canada and the United States; Stash Energy was recently selected as a Mission from MaRS climate champion and accepted into the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2).

Brandon Kirby

Student Representative
Brandon Kirby brings a wealth of knowledge from the financial industry to SGIN. He began his career in finance in 2004, working as a financial advisor for Armstrong Financial, and began his practice as an independent tax consultant the same year. In 2006, he joined TD Canada Trust while he completed his studies. After graduation in 2008, he joined WMA Wellness as an associate, conducting research for stakeholders on various service delivery programs within New Brunswick. Upon completion of the research he rejoined the banking world with CIBC as a mortgage specialist and financial advisor, until opening his private practice. After a successful foray into cryptocurrency investing, he started his AML practice with Maples Fund Services - the largest hedge fund service provider for the Cayman Islands. Currently, he works as a part-time consultant for AML and is a full-time student for the University of New Brunswick’s MBA program. Having garnered 117% rate of return in investing into Green Tech companies, he turned his interests to alternative energy and is passionate about working with SGIN to help ensure Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.