Electricity Transformation Canada 2023

October 23-25, 2023
Calgary, Alberta

Thank you to all CanREA members, partners and supporters who helped make Electricity Transformation Canada (ETC) 2023 a success in Calgary, Alberta.  

Canada’s largest and most influential renewable energy and clean technology event attracted more than 2,500 attendees from across North America, with 80 expert speakers delivering plenaries and educational sessions, more than 160 cutting-edge exhibitors populating in the expo hall, and multiple networking events allowing everyone to connect in person, making it the largest edition yet. 

ETC 2023 showcased technology solutions from distributors, engineers, investors, installers and manufacturers, while also presenting policy progress, success stories and challenges on the pathway to net-zero. The event aimed to inspire attendees and allow renewable-energy and energy-storage leaders to network, collaborate and move the industry forward. 

Read on for a few selected highlights and photos from ETC 2023. 

Grand Opening

Electricity Transformation Canada kicked off with insightful and intriguing opening remarks by CanREA Board Chair Jason Chee-Aloy, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek (shown here), CanREA’s President and CEO Vittoria Bellissimo, and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, followed by a grand networking reception, where nearly 1,000 people gathered to meet other ETC attendees. 

Utilities and ISOs

One of ETC’s highlights was the Day Two Plenary, where industry experts discussed “Today’s Utilities and ISOs at the Forefront of the Electricity Transition.” This session delved into systemic solutions for incorporating renewables and addressing the future needs of electricity generation. Attendees heard from key figures such as Mark Sidebottom (Nova Scotia Power), Troy King (SaskPower), Diana Stephenson (BC Hydro), moderated by Emma Graney (The Globe and Mail) and emceed by Evan Wilson (CanREA). 

Exhibit Hall

The pulse point of Electricity Transformation Canada was the Exhibit Hall, featuring more than 160 exhibitors and fascinating presentations in the show floor theatres. 

Technology Solutions

ETC exhibitors were distributors, engineers, investors, installers and manufacturers, who showcased innovative technology solutions for renewable energy and clean tech. 

CanREA Booth

CanREA’s full team was on hand at ETC, at Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s booth. Shown here, from L to R: Andrew McCormack (Data Analyst), Mary MacLean (Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) and Workforce Development Coordinator), Fernando Melo (Federal Director of Policy) and Alana Ingraham (Manager, CanREA’s Electricity Transition Hub).  

Clean Electricity Future

The third day of ETC began with a final Plenary session, “Building Canada’s Clean Electricity Future,” emphasizing the collaborative efforts required to shape the future of clean energy in Canada. Featuring, from left to right: moderator Vittoria Bellissimo (CanREA), emcee Jean Habel (CanREA), speaker Jean-Denis Charlebois (Canada Energy Regulator), co-presenter Mathieu Côté (CanREA), co-presenter Mary MacLean (CanREA), and speaker Philippe Dunsky (Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors). 

Clean Energy Jobs Canada

The conference was not only about discussions but action, as CanREA launched a new careers website to connect job seekers and employers. “Clean Energy Jobs Canada | Emplois Énergie Propre Canada” aims to build the renewable energy and clean tech workforce of the future. Read the press release here.

Meet the Policy Team

As per ETC tradition, CanREA’s policy experts took the stage to share insights into their advocacy priorities, focusing on the acceleration of wind, solar and energy storage deployment across Canada. Clockwise from L to R: Evan Wilson (VP Policy West and National Affairs), Leonard Kula (VP Policy East), Mathieu Côté (Director Operations Program), Erwin Heuck (Director Saskatchewan and DERs), Fernando Melo (Federal Director), Jean Habel (Director Quebec and Atlantic Canada). 

All told, Electricity Transformation Canada 2023 was more than just a conference; it was a platform for change, a commitment to collaboration, and a celebration of a common commitment. As the conference came to an end, it left speakers, exhibitors, attendees and partners inspired to keep building a cleaner, more sustainable energy system across Canada.  

See you at ETC 2024!