The Energy Transition: How to Spur Private Investment in Ontario's Energy Sector

The IESO projects sharply growing Ontario electricity demand through the end of this decade, with a possible doubling of demand by 2050. Driving this projected growth are federal and provincial government plans for the "electricity transition", including increased electrification. These policies, however, are ever-changing and remain a patchwork. It is unclear how in this dynamic and fractious regulatory landscape private capital can respond to the energy transition imperatives that are necessary to spur investment on both the supply and demand side of the market.

Join us for a panel discussion that explores the future role of private capital in Ontario's energy sector and that addresses the keys to unlocking investment.

Key questions to be addressed: 

  • While the IESO’s electricity demand growth is heavily dependent on increased electrification of residential, commercial and industry energy uses, are the necessary policies in place to incentivize private investment in demand-side electrification technologies and programs?
  • The Ontario Government has expressed its plans to take “no-regret actions” to meet growing energy demands through 2050, promising investment in new nuclear at Bruce and Darlington, new hydroelectric facilities, including pump storage, new wind, solar and battery storage facilities, as well as the refurbishment of Pickering. What is required to attract the substantial private (and public) investment to enable these facilities?  
  • How do certain policies or policy uncertainty at the federal and provincial levels adversely affect investment decisions and what are solutions to addressing these policy issues?

Our Panel will Include


  • Glenn Zacher, Partner, Stikeman Elliott


  • Bonnie Hiltz, Vice President, Energy Practice Lead, Sussex Strategy Group 


  • Robert (Rob) Nicholson, Managing Director, Power, Utilities and Infrastructure Group, RBC Capital Markets
  • Sarah Griffiths,Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Hydrostor Inc.
  • John Douglas, President & CEO, Public Energy Inc.


7:45am - Registration

8:15am - Panel Discussion

9:00am - Audience Q&A and Discussion

Capacity is Limited

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