Clean Power Finance Canada– CanREA Summit

June 19, 2024, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CIBC Square (81 Bay Street, 6th Floor), Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is proud to launch a new conference series this spring. Each CanREA Summit will be unique, offering a deep, focused and specialized dive into topics relevant to a particular region of Canada, such as energy storage in Alberta, achieving carbon neutrality in Quebec and financing the development of renewable energy across Canada.

Canada’s clean energy transition represents a massive investment opportunity in Canada. But project financing is complicated and can often be confusing for companies wanting to seek financing, as well as for investors looking to understand renewable energy projects.

Enter Clean Power Finance Canada–CanREA Summit, a new event being held in Toronto on June 19.
Hosted by our Presenting Sponsor, CIBC, this will be a unique event—the only one of its kind in Canada—dedicated to clean power finance and investment.

This day-long conference aims to forge a critical community for clean power finance professionals in Canada, bringing together the clean energy community (project developers, asset owners and managers) and the finance community (bankers, lenders, investors, finance professionals and tax experts), as well as lawyers, insurers, and independent engineering firms who can also lend a valuable perspective.

All clean power technologies will be discussed, including wind energy, solar energy, short- and long-duration energy storage, green hydrogen and other emerging technologies.

The program will provide informative sessions on such topics as:

  • Trends in clean power markets and project finance
  • Insights about finance and capital within the energy transition landscape
  • Insights into the revenue streams and upcoming risks for clean energy projects
  • Updates on the new federal Investment Tax Credits (ITCs)
  • Indigenous financing
  • Where and how to get financing for clean power projects

Whether you want to get answers to your most pressing questions, make connections to help you capitalize on opportunities and strike successful deals, partner with clean power developers, or secure financing for developing your clean power projects, this CanREA Summit is a rare and valuable opportunity to network with key players in this industry and meet key decision-makers in the finance community.

For added value, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with industry players in Canada’s growing clean power finance community throughout the day.

Continue those conversations after the Summit at CanREA’s highly anticipated “CanREA Connects—Ontario” (Summer Solstice) networking event, which is always an excellent opportunity to unwind, mingle and discuss renewable energy and energy storage in Ontario with your industry peers. Learn more about this evening event here.

Registration fees

CanREA members: Early bird rate: $800; Regular rate: $1,000; On-site rate: $1,200
Non-members: Early bird rate: $1,100; Regular rate: $1,300; On-site rate: $1,500
Special package rates are available (including both the Summit and the CanREA Connects networking reception). See details on the registration site.
All registration fees are subject to applicable taxes.
Early bird rates available until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2024.

View the entire year of CanREA events here.

Program

8 a.m.   
On-site registration, coffee and networking   

9 – 9:15 a.m.   
Welcome and opening remarks    
Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)  
James Brooks, Managing Director & Co-Head, Energy, Infrastructure & Transition Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets  

9:15 –9:30 a.m. 
Keynote address  
The Hon. Lisa Raitt 
Vice-Chair of Global Investment Banking, CIBC 
Former Federal Minister of Transport, of Labour and of Natural Resources 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
Opening Plenary 
State of the industry: Clean power in Canada 
Canada’s clean energy transition represents a massive investment opportunity—the future of wind energy, solar energy and energy storage has never been brighter. This session opens with a finance-focused overview of the clean-energy investment landscape in Canada, then explores the latest industry trends, long-term forecasts and upcoming procurements, as well as the corporate PPA environment across Canada. Panelists will highlight the factors impacting project development and execution while exploring the industry’s political headwinds and tailwinds going forward. 

Moderator: Tyler Hume, Managing Director, CIBC Capital Markets  

Panelists: 

  • Evan Wilson, Vice President of Policy—Western Canada and National Affairs, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) 
  • Leonard Kula, Vice President of Policy—Eastern Canada and Utility Affairs, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) 
  • Greg Lyle, Founder and President, Innovative Research Group Inc.  
  • Bonnie Hiltz, Vice President, Energy Practice Lead, Sussex Strategy Group  

10:30 – 11 a.m.   
Networking break    

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Revenues & Reporting: Understanding clean power value streams   
To investors and financiers, revenue streams are the lifeblood of clean-energy projects. In this session, attendees will learn about the various revenue streams and market pricing available across Canada, including competitive procurement contracts, corporate power purchase agreements, investment tax credits, ancillary services for energy storage, government funding, and carbon offset markets. On the reporting side, this session will explore how ESG reporting and Green Taxonomy are evolving.   

Moderator: Robert Nicholson, Managing Director, Power, Utilities & Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets 

Panelists: 

  • Carly Shier, Vice President, Finance, Brookfield Renewable  
  • Jonathan McGillivray, Senior Associate, Resilient LLP  
  • Jake Sadikman, Partner, Commercial, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP    

12 – 1 p.m.   
Networking lunch    

1 – 2 p.m. 
The game of risk: Identifying & mitigating risk profiles for clean-power projects 
There is no reward without risk. Clean power (wind, solar, and energy storage) projects face new and evolving risks, which can be related to supply-chain management, project siting and permitting, transmission access, political carbon pricing risk and workforce development, among others. In this session, hear from leading experts on how the industry deals with these factors, and how investors and financiers view and calculate risk.   

Moderator: Brendan Costigan, Managing Director, Investment Banking—Power & Utilities, National Bank Financial  

Panelists: 

  • Jeremy Jagt, President, Potentia Renewables  
  • Rob Lydan, Managing Director, Phoventus  

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Networking break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Indigenous equity financing: Exploring funding avenues for Indigenous partnerships
Indigenous organizations are valuable economic partners, often equity partners in clean-energy projects across Canada. However, many Indigenous organizations struggle to secure the financing required to participate as meaningful equity partners and rights holders. Project developers can provide financing solutions to assist Indigenous Partners, but this is not a sustainable model for accelerating clean-energy deployment across Canada. This session will discuss these financing challenges and explore available and forthcoming solutions.

Moderator: Tiffany Murray, Partner, Indigenous Law, BLG

Panelists:

  • Matt Jamieson, President and CEO, Six Nations Economic Development Corporation

3:30 – 4 p.m.   
Networking break    

4 – 5 p.m. 
Financing the Innovators: emerging clean-power technologies   
Emerging clean-power technologies, such as green hydrogen, long-duration energy storage and off-shore wind, are essential for accelerating the clean-energy transition. However, it can be challenging for new technologies to secure financing and revenue certainty. This session will present the innovative tech poised to burst on the clean-power scene—and the supply chain required to service them—and explore the financing and revenue challenges and opportunities in Canada.     

Moderator: Iain Watson, Country Manager, Marathon Capital  

Panelists: 

  • Jon Norman, President, Hydrostor  
  • Jean-Benoit Courchesne, Vice President, Business & Project Development, TES-H2 Canada  

5 – 7 p.m.   
CanREA Connects—Ontario 

(Separate registration required)  

Immediately following the Summit, join us for CanREA’s “Summer Solstice” networking reception. This annual event is always an excellent occasion to connect with other renewable energy and energy storage industry leaders excited about future growth in Ontario—and across Canada.  

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this CanREA Event. Please view the sponsorship webpage here and contact Julie Mair, CanREA’s Director, Membership and Business Development, to discuss interesting ways you can stand out from the crowd as a sponsor and showcase your company as a leader in the industry. 

Thank you to our sponsors

Health and safety 

CanREA places the highest importance on health and safety. CanREA events follow, at a minimum, the relevant public health guidelines determined by the jurisdiction where the event is being held. CanREA is committed to taking the precautions necessary to ensure our in-person events provide a safe environment for all, including attendees, participants, vendors and employees.