Gear up for the CanREA Operations Summit 2023

Matt Côté | March 23, 2023

Join me in Toronto from April 4-5 for Canada’s largest wind, solar and energy storage operations event!

I am SO. EXCITED. for my first time at the helm of the CanREA Operations Summit! It is going to be a great show this year, covering some of the most pressing issues facing renewable energy operators working right across the country. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with your peers in the industry.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect, and you can view the full program here.

Calling all efficiency-onados!

Operators are always being asked to do more with less, so efficiency is always top of mind. Operations is all about finding innovative solutions to keep essential renewable energy technologies well-maintained and running smoothly.

This theme of efficiency will run through each panel and presentation over both days of the CanREA Operations Summit 2023. Here are three examples:

  • Our “Beyond the PPA” panel (April 4, 10:45 a.m. ET) will tackle how to efficiently extend the lifetime of project investments.
  • Our “Building tomorrow’s leaders today” session (April 4, 3:15 p.m.) will cover increasing staff efficiency through training.
  • In our “Predictive maintenance: Are we there yet?” plenary session (April 5, 9 a.m.), leading renewable energy operations experts will discuss predictive maintenance – a.k.a. the “holy grail” of maintenance efficiency.

The streamlined schedule offers tons of value and interest for all the efficiency-onados out there, including myself.

CanREA’s National Workforce Strategy

CanREA’s 2050 Vision calls for a ten-fold expansion of wind and solar, and if we want to get there, our workforce must also expand exponentially. In fact, the illustrative scenario outlined in our Vision would create more than 28,000 direct and indirect person-years of employment annually!

In response to this expected growth, and to respond to the pressures that our members are already facing, the CanREA Operations Summit 2023 will feature a “Workforce Development” track, running concurrently with the “Technical” track. In these sessions, expert speakers will explore how employers can improve recruitment, internal development & training, and employee retention as the industry prepares to fill more and more job positions.

I’m also delighted to highlight that CanREA’s Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) and Workforce Development Coordinator, Mary MacLean, will be onsite to launch CanREA’s National Workforce Strategy in a plenary session on April 4 at 4:15 p.m.

Mary and I, along with the whole CanREA team, are proud to play a part in building a skilled and thriving renewable energy workforce of the future.

Data: the final frontier

Like many operations professionals, I love digging into the data and unearthing the gems of information and insight that it can provide. And so, at this year’s Operations Summit, we will dive into game-changing data-analysis tools, techniques and best-practices, from condition-monitoring systems to artificial intelligence (with a few Star Trek jokes along the way) during the “Your analysis, Mr. Data?” session (April 4, 3:15 ET).

Panelists will discuss industry insights that will allow the renewables market to boldly go where no-one has gone before, while exploring the methods and techniques that can help operators make the best use of their data resources and build better metrics. It is going to be an insightful and entertaining panel discussion on a very hot topic.

Overall, we have put together a stellar program. As Canada’s largest wind, solar and energy storage operations event, the CanREA Operations Summit 2023 will be packed with content you won’t get anywhere else.

Be sure to visit the event website to view all the details.

Register today so you don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with our country’s leading renewable energy operations professionals.

I can’t wait to see you there!