Media advisory: Leading wind energy, solar energy and energy storage experts to discuss Canada’s energy transition at the upcoming virtual Canadian Renewable Energy Forum

Who: The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is excited to welcome wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage industry leaders and partners at the Canadian Renewable Energy Forum that will be held virtually on November 9-10, 2020.  

What: The Canadian Renewable Energy Forum builds on the legacy of long-established annual wind and solar energy industry events in Canada, and has been expanded to encompass issues and opportunities for the wind energy, solar energy and energy storage industries in Canada within a single program. The Forum’s 10 concurrent sessions will focus on key elements of Canada’s energy transition including electricity market reform, hybrid projects combining renewable energy and energy storage, rapidly growing corporate and customer demand for renewable energy, and more! Please see the Forum’s program for a full list of sessions and speakers.

Of note, the Forum will open on November 9 with a panel on Canada’s Energy Transition. Michelle Chislett (Managing Director, Canada and US Development, Northland Power and CanREA Board Chair) will moderate a discussion between Frank Davis (Country Head – Canada, Pattern Energy Group), Brian Douglas (VP – Sales, HES PV), Jeff Jenner (CEO, Potentia Renewables) and Annette Verschuren (Chair and CEO, NRStor).

The second day of the Forum, November 10, will open with the Innovation and Collaboration plenary that will bring together chief executives from regulated utilities and provincial system operators: Sophie Brochu (President & CEO, Hydro-Québec), Michael Law (President & CEO, Alberta Electric System Operator), Mike Marsh (President & CEO, SaskPower) and Terry Young (Interim President & CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator).

The day will close with the Canada’s Energy Future plenary, moderated by Chris Severson-Baker (Interim Director, Business Renewables Center Canada), where attendees will hear from sustainability leaders of companies such as Telus, RBC, and Oxford Properties as well as the City of Edmonton on their interests in accessing renewable energy for their customers.

Where: We are using a global virtual events platform to deliver a real forum experience in a virtual environment like no other. You will be able to converge and connect with all participants, attend plenaries and education sessions, and come together in the designated “Power Together” networking sessions and showcase opportunities.

Media: For advance interviews with our President and CEO, Robert Hornung, and the policy team about what to expect from this year’s Forum, please contact Anastasia Smolentseva, Communications Manager, at For accreditation, please send a request including a brief description of your primary area of interest.


About the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association is the voice for wind energy, solar energy and energy storage solutions that will power Canada’s energy future. Our association works to create the conditions for a modern energy system through stakeholder advocacy and public engagement. Our diverse members are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs. Our vision is to ensure wind energy, solar energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix.

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For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Bridget Wayland, Director of Communications

Canadian Renewable Energy Association