Designed with the purpose of equipping you with the tools, forward-thinking technologies and innovative ideas, the EDIST conference is your premiere opportunity to learn about some of the most innovative practices in engineering, operations and IT that will give your company a competitive edge as you prepare for the future.  Taking place from January 16-18, 2019 at the Hilton Markham/Toronto Suites, EDIST 2019 – entitled Powering Forward on Innovation-was a huge success

With over 20 sessions, four plenaries and two high-profile keynotes, EDIST 2019 offered exceptional opportunities for growth, learning and networking.  On behalf of the EDA we would like to thank everyone for attending and participating at this year’s EDIST conference and exhibition.  We look forward to welcoming you in 2020!


2019 EDIST Presenters

We are thankful to our 2019 EDIST presenters, who shared their valuable knowledge in the fields of engineering, operations and Information systems.  Please click here to review our full list of speakers as well as their bios.


2019 EDIST Presentations


The Choice – Five Decisions All Winners Make (Presentation Unavailable)

Stuart Knight – Renowned Business Strategist

Engineering A1: 



Breaking Ground in Energy Storage

Luke Shantz, President, Arcadian Projects Inc.

Stephan Williams, Director of Development              Engineering, esVolta


Operations B1:

 Technical & Financial Benefits of Power Transformer Life Extension Through Proper Insulation Dehydration  (no presentation available)

Ed Vance, Sales Manager, Ardry Group

John Kitay, Sales Manager, Allied Power Controls

Thomas Brackenbury, Utilities Engineer, Utilities Kingston                                                                                                                

Info Systems C1:


 Attacking the “New Perimeter”

Brian Read, Data Management Practice Lead, Key Accounts



Engineering A2:  

What’s New – CSA C22.3 No.9 Interconnection of Distributed Resources & Electrical Supply Systems

Brian McMillan, President & Chief Engineer, McMillan Distribution Engineering & Consulting Ltd.

Gary Thompson, Lead, Generation, Planning and System Studies

Operations B2: 

 Faulted Circuit Indicators-BC Hydro Experience and         Insights Relevant to Ontario

Dr. Vidya Vankayala, Director Grid Modernization, Powertech Labs Inc.

Info Systems C2:

 Convergence AMI & OMS – Leveraging Smart Meter Data for Outage Management

Jennifer Gordon, Project Manager, Halton Hills Hydro

Eddie Augusto, Manager, Meter Data Management, Alectra Utilities


Engineering A3: 

Using ESRI GIS in Analyzing Asset Condition Asset Assesment Results (no presentation available)

Yury Tsimberg, Asset Management, Kinectrics Inc.

Paul Giroux, Chief Innovations Officer, Greater Sudbury Hydro


Operations B3: 


Paper to Platform: London Hydro’s Vegetation Management Strategy

Allan Van Damme, Director Operations, London Hydro

Steve Bruton, Solution Consultant, Hexagon

Info Systems C3:

 The Evolution of the Ontario’s Electricity Sector Cyber Security Framework-Over the Horizon

Catherine Ethier, Policy Advisor, OEB

Kenneth Craft, Director, IT Security & Risk, Alectra

Marianne Blasman, VP, IT Servcies, Waterloo North Hydro

Plenary One:

 Transactive Energy & the Future Utility Business Model

Joshua Wong, President & CEO, Opus One Solutions


Engineering A4:

 Smart Energy Management Technology for Energy Savings in the Small Commercial Sector (presentation not available)

Sura Abdul-Azzak, Specialist, IESO

Jeff Quint, Manager Energy Efficiency, Waterloo North Hydro



Operations B4:


Taking Control of Underground Cable-Benefits of Incorporating Cable Diagnostic Testing

Phil Malone, Testing & Instrumentation E.I.T., CableQ         

Hocine Boudhar, Asset Management & Planning Technician, Veridian


Info Systems C4:


 Big Data & Analytics Is Not Only For Engineers…Regulatory and Accounting Can Use It Too!

Miro Karlicic, Director, Business Development and Innovation, Utilismart Corporation


Engineering A5:

Application of Grounding Transformer in Grid Connected Alternative Energy Supply Sources

Mehrdad Rostami, Study Team Lead-Power Group,

Stantec Consulting














Operations B5:


 A Success Story: Building an ADMS to meet evolving LDC and Customer Needs

Daniel Nechay, Product Manager, Survalent

Bryon Hartung, Supervisor, Stations Engineering, Waterloo North Hydro

Krystopher Demers, Stations Designer, Waterloo North  Hydro










Info Systems C5:



Blockchain-A New Foundation For Distributed Energy Resources?

Vikram Singh, Director, Advanced Planning, Alectra Solutions












Engineering A6:

Charge the North

Scott Lepold, Client Solutions, FleetCarma

Daniel Carr, Manager, Advanced Planning, Alectra




Operations B6:

Monitoring and Evaluating Results-the New Lateral Protection Strategy

Steve Greey, Director, Smart Grid Applications, S&C Electric

Falguni Shah, Manager, Distribution Connections, Veridian




Info Systems C6:

Customer App Security Gamification

Jeff Mocha, VP, Innovation & Transformative Growth, Oakville Enterprises Corporation (OEC)

Paula Burgin, Director, Customer Care, Oakville Hydro




Engineering A7:


 Voltage Regulation Using Smart Inverters and DDS

Shivam Saxena, Chief Technical Officer, Hero Engineering





Operations B7:

 Wildlife and Asset Protection-Products and Testing

Stephen Parker, Product Specialist, TE Connectivity






Info Systems C7: 

 Discussion – IT Security Services Lessons Learned

Marianne Blasman, VP, IT Services, Waterloo North Hydro

Greig Cameron, VP, Engineering & IT, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

Carey Lacroix, Sr. Manager, IT, North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited

Marius Sima, Network Infrastructure Manager, Oakville Enterprises

Plenary Two:

 Canada’s Governance Approach to Cyber Security

Robert Gordon, Executive Director, CCTX

Plenary Three:

 Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems-A Co-operative Reserach Project Between Industry and Academia

Dr. James S. Cotton, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University


Plenary Four:

 The Foundation Beneath Digital Transformation

Jon Fraser, Managing Director, Online Business Solutions


 Where is Energy Policy Shifting?

Greg Lyle, Principal, Innovative Research Group


EDIST 2019 Sponsors

The EDA would like to offer a special thank you to our EDIST 2019 sponsors.  Without your continued support, events like EDIST would not be possible.