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.
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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
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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
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 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 is the Vice-President of Grid Transformation at Enova Power Corp (formerly Waterloo North Hydro). She 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, MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University, and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) association.
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a registered Professional Engineer with PEGNL. She started her career in the utility sector as an electrical design engineer and worked for eight years with two Canadian utility companies: BC Hydro and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. In 2019, Natasha joined a local start-up called Mysa Smart Thermostats. As the Product Manager for Utility Initiatives, she works with utilities across North America to help integrate smart technology into their grids.
Last year, Natasha moved to France where she pursued her Masters studies in Global Energy Transition and Governance at Centre International de Formation Européenne. Her thesis focused on how Canada can unlock demand-side potential through residential demand response. Natasha is a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability, and also sits on the Newfoundland and Labrador Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Advisory Council.
Dr. Bala Venkatesh is the founding academic director of the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson). He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering.
He specializes in electric power systems with interests in transmission and distribution systems, renewables, energy storage and smart grids. He works with industry partners such as Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, the Independent Electricity System Operator, Schneider Electric, Alectra Utilities and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.
With a Ph.D. from Anna University (India), Dr. Venkatesh is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. Since 1994, he has also taught at the University of New Brunswick, Multimedia University (Malaysia) and Anna University.