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Expert Panel Session on Green Energy Act (Feed-in Tariffs):



List of the four panelists:


1. Christopher Quirke, Team Leader, Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, on "Ontario’s Green Energy Act - Overview"


2. Derek Satnik, Managing Partner, Mindscape Innovations, on "Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Instruments for a Successful Renewable Energy Projects"


3. Jatin Nathwani, Professor, University of Waterloo, on "Smart Grid in the Context of the Green Energy Act"


4. Patricia Lightburn, Analyst, OPA (Ontario Power Authority), topic to be available.


It is planned that each panelist will make 15 minutes presentation (for a total of one hour) followed by 30 minutes questions and answers and discussion. Also the panel info is being featured online at the conference website.



Christopher Quirke

Team Leader

Renewable Energy Facilitation Office

Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Office: 416-314-9467; Mobile: 416-708-8047




Biography: Chris Quirke is a Team Leader in the Renewable Energy Facilitation Office (REFO) at the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. Prior to this, Chris worked for three years as an industry analyst at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, looking at alternative energy industries. Before his time in the Ontario government, Chris worked for 10 years in high-tech industries, including software/IT, fibre-optics and semiconductors. During this time, Chris worked for over 3 years in Taiwan, and can speak conversational Mandarin Chinese. Chris originally graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a 5-year degree in Engineering Physics and Management. In 2004-2005, he returned to university in Sydney, Australia to complete his Masters degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy.


Abstract: The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will provide an overview of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, including discussion of the main aims of the Act - growth in clean and renewable sources of energy, energy conservation, and job creation.



Derek Satnik

Managing Partner

Mindscape Innovations

ph: 519-744-3592 / 647-367-2938 / 613-366-1922 x221

fax: 519-804-1030 cell: 519-897-6463



Biography: Derek Satnik was awarded as the KW Chamber of Commerce's 2008 "Entrepreneur of the Year" and as the Canadian Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition (NZEHC)'s "2009 Net-Zero Energy Home Champion of the Year". Derek is versed in green building and renewable energy policy from his many board and committee seats at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA), Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), US Green Building Council (USGBC), Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET), Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition ((NZEHC)), or the more local Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW), Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-op (LIFE), Sustainable Waterloo, and more. Derek continues to play a key role in defining green housing programs such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, Solar Ready, and Net-Zero, and is a recognized expert in green buildings (residential, commercial, and industrial) and renewable energy policy. Derek is an Electrical Engineer by trade, and has worked in the consulting industry in various roles since 1999, most notably with Stantec Consulting Ltd., Enermodal Engineering Ltd, and now Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. Derek’s personal experience ranges from design of power / lighting / communications / controls systems for the commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors, to more general aspects of sustainable design and energy efficiency as a Sustainability Engineer and LEED Consultant. Derek is directing Mindscape’s activities within the realm of “green” or “sustainable” design. 


Abstract: - brief overview of different types of renewable energy projects (ie: review of the different technologies and what purpose they best serve); - relative comparison of how profitable various project types are in practice today; - a brief 101 on how to do a renewable energy project; - summary of the challenges expected with any given project, and strategies to overcome them; - perhaps a key summary of the outstanding policy challenges we have that need yet to be resolved.



Jatin Nathwani


Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environment

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38252


Biography: Professor Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy Management at University of Waterloo, in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Environment. He is the Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). His primary role at Waterloo is to lead a major multi-disciplinary effort to develop cleaner energy technologies and promote policies to improve the environmental and economic performance of the energy system over the long term. Dr. Nathwani’s experience in the energy sector includes corporate strategy, business planning, policy developments influencing the electricity sector and the planning, design and operation of critical infrastructure. His knowledge of industry practices encompasses regulatory affairs, environmental health and safety issues and drivers of innovation in business practice. Recently, as a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, he has contributed to the shaping of the vision and policies for enabling the smart grid. He was deeply involved in the development of the environmental and sustainability facets of Ontario Power Authority's 'Integrated Power System Plan.' His current focus is on driving innovation to lower cost to enable renewable resources to be embedded into flexible micro grids. He also spearheaded the largest North American pilot test of consumer propensity to reduce energy use through "real time-feedback" and controls. Over the past two decades, Dr.Nathwani led the formulation and development of 'The Life Quality Index'- an innovation gaining increasing acceptance in risk analysis for use as an effective policy tool for managing life safety risk under the constraint of scarce resources. Dr. Nathwani has over 80 publications related to energy and risk management, including four books.


Abstract: Professor Nathwani will highlight the recent developments and progress of The Ontario Smart Grid Forum and, in particular, the efforts underway to provide further guidance on the implementation of the Green Energy Act. The evolution of the distribution and transmission system to accommodate increased penetration of distributes renewable generation resources, including storage and plug-in hybrid vehicles, are important aspects of the emerging challenges.



Patricia Lightburn

Analyst, FIT Program

Ontario Power Authority

120 Adelaide Street West, Ste. 1600

Toronto ON M5H 1T1





Biography: In 2007 Patricia joined the OPA to work on the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, primarily responsible for research on standard offer programs in other jurisdictions. After working for a brief period at the OPA Conservation Bureau, Patricia returned to the Electricity Resources group to support the development, consultation and successful implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in Ontario which includes delivery of FIT/microFIT program rules, contracts and price schedule. She is currently the lead analyst on FIT policy issues and program evolution. Patricia graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Environmental Policy.