SGIN invited to speak at Energy UK Breakfast Briefing in London and All Energy Conference in Glasgow

May 20, 2022

Last week, CEO of SGIN Greg Robart, attended the Energy UK Breakfast Briefing on “The UK and Canada: Trade in Digital Energy Solutions” at the Canada House in London, England. With negotiations underway for a UK-Canada Free Trade Agreement, the Breakfast Briefing provided members the opportunity to understand the differences, similarities, successes and opportunities for digital energy solutions in international markets. Greg represented SGIN and was joined by panelists: Jeremy Yapp, Head of Flexible Energy Systems – BEAMA Ltd., and chair Yumann Siddiq, Senior Policy Executive, Energy UK to cover market access, opportunities, and challenges for both the UK and Canadian landscapes and provide the delegates with an overview of the Canadian electricity market.

Greg noted “It is clear that the challenges and opportunities facing each nation are similar with each having different strengths. Canada has an abundance of innovative companies looking for markets where their solutions can solve decarbonization and grid resilience challenges.”


Following the Energy UK Breakfast Briefing, Greg travelled to Glasgow to attend the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference with the Canadian Technology Accelerators, Global Affairs Canada, and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Greg presented and moderated a panel discussion on Smart Grid: Spotlight on Canada – Smart grid and storage solutions to enable the energy transition. He was joined by a panel of representatives from innovative Canadian companies and recent winners of the Canadian Technology Award who shared their experience operating in the smart grid and energy storage space in Canada, the UK, and internationally:

The All Energy Exhibition and Conference is an international event with more than 250 exhibitors and over 8000 attendees this year.  The Conference was held on the site of the COP26 event, and was represented by organizations across the whole energy system.  Trainers, installers, utilities, investors, government programs, international organizations, innovation associations not to mention vendors from all aspects of the supply chain in decarbonizing our energy system(s) were active.

Greg stated “Some key learnings for me included the UK priority to decarbonize its building heating which is primarily done by gas heat today, significant investment is in place for decarbonizing the Electricity Generation through Wind projects and finally it is important to mention that the regulatory system in the UK is centralized so once set, targets, plans and standards allow the work to follow with minimal regional deterrents.  The UK has truly Embraced energy Transition as a national imperative.”

He noted “The mood of the entire conference was “electric” (pun intended) and at the opening plenary session the President of Cop26  said it best, “together, we can change the way we power the world“. I would highly recommend it to others.”  Of note, there was a keen interest from those he met to attend SGIN’s event in September to get to understand how we are progressing on our Energy Transition.

Interested in attending our upcoming Energy Innovation Forum – Canada 2022? Visit the event website to register.