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 17-19, 2018 at the Hilton Markham/Toronto Suites, EDIST 2018 – entitled The Power to Adapt Through Innovation -was a huge success

With over 20 sessions, four plenaries and two high-profile keynotes, EDIST 2018 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 2019!

2018 EDIST Keynote Presenters

We are thankful to our 2018 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.

Joe Roberts
Tim Hurson


2018 EDIST Presentations


From Skidrow to CEO (Presentation Unavailable)

Joe Roberts, Bestselling Author & Leadership Development Expert

Engineering A1:

Enhancing Overhead System Network Models

Kishen Pais, Supervisor – Protection & Control, Oakville Hydro

Stephanie Sebastiani, Supervisor – GIS & Record Management, Oakville Hydro

Operations B1:

Outage Management Automation: Predicting/Actioning Using AMI

Roger Ersil, Metering Manager, Oshawa PUC


Info Systems C1:

Cybersecurity Training Can Affect Corporate Culture Improving Safety

Kevin Myers, Manager – Wholesale Settlements, Veridian Connections

Doug Westlund, Senior Vice President, AESI

Engineering A2:

62-Year Case Study: Power Transformer Operation & Failures at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

Robert Costen, Senior Stations Engineer, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro

Operations B2:

North Bay: Canada’s First Community Microgrid

Zsolt Sepa, Director – Sales, S&C Electric Canada Ltd.

Ian Vesterback, Distribution Engineer, North Bay Hydro

Info Systems C2:

Protecting Utility Mission Critical Systems from Cybersecurity Threats

Miroslav Karlicic, Director – Business Development & Innovation, Utilismart

Engineering A3:

Benefits & Challenges Associated with Distribution Connected Energy Storage

Steve Ray, General Manager, Essex Energy



Operations B3:

Moving Towards the Self-Healing Grid-Integration Advanced DMS Applications to Existing System

Jeff Mocha, Director of Innovation & Transformative Growth, OEC

Daniel Nechay, Product Manager, Survalent

Info Systems C3:

Grid Automation Migration: Challenges & Solutions

Prasanth Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Kalkitech



Plenary One:

Does Regulation Stifle Innovation 

John Vellone, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Engineering A4:

Dynamic Grid Support through Application of Renewables and Storage Inverter Advanced Functionalities

Janos Rajda, Senior Engineer, CanmetENERGY




Operations B4:

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Microgrids

Warna Hettiarachchi, Manager, Microgrid & Commercial Energy Storage Solutions, PESCA

Phil Insull, Manager – Research & Development, Virelec

Jayesh Shah, Interim Vice President, Engineering & Operations, Oshawa PUC

Info Systems C4:

Cyber Security Update

Andres Mand, Manager – Regulations & Liaison, Ontario Energy Board




Engineering A5:

The Study of Distribution Asset Deferral Using Distributed Energy Resources

Riaz Shaikh, System Planning Manager, Alectra Utilities

Michael Swift, System Planning Engineer, Alectra Utilities

Richard Wang, Distribution System Planning Engineer, Alectra Utilities


Operations B5:

Utility Infrastructure with Fibre Optic Works – A Hydro Ottawa Case Study

Don Lorente, Managing Consultant, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Doug Scaife, Managing Consultant, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Louis Voisine, Manager – Grid Technology, Hydro Ottawa

Info Systems C5:

Increase IT Service Management Efficiency: Integrate ITIL, Lean, DevOps, Agile

Matthew Bowles, Director – Professional Services, Pink Elephant




Engineering A6:

The Right Fit for Energy Storage within an Energy Management Scheme

Mehdi Hosseini, Energy Specialist, CLEAResults



Operations B6:

Digital Substation Technology Enables Advanced Transformer Monitoring

David Bowen, Application Specialist – Automation, SEL

Gerry Reesor, Stations Engineer, Alectra Utilities


Info Systems C6: 

Cyber Insurance Update

Erin Magilton-Morneau, Vice President – Insurance & Risk Management Services, The MEARIE Group

Patricia Klayh, Director – Insurance Services, The MEARIE Group


Engineering A7:

Roadmap for Improved CAPEX/OPEX Management Supported by ISO 5500 

Hans Ziemann, Practice Lead- Asset Management, Hatch Ltd.


Operations B7:

ConduDisc: The Corrosion Proof, Extended Life Grounding Plate 

Joe Crozier Standards Engineer, Alectra Utilities

Kris Cox, Utility Technical Advisor, SAE Inc.


Info Systems C7:

It’s Not Enough to be Digital. You Must Engage.

Jay Gunnell, Director – Service Delivery/Customer Experience, Online Business Systems

Kevin Sigmundson, Director – Digital Experience, Online Business Systems

Plenary Two:

The Evolution of Electric Vehicle Load Management

Scott Lepold, Client Solutions Specialist, FleetCarma

Plenary Three:

Preparing for Climate Change

Monica Harvey, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada

Jennifer Hiscock, Science & Technology Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

Plenary Four:

Tech Trend Report

Scott MacIntosh, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte


The Shock of the Possible: Transforming the Impossible into the Inevitable 

Tim Hurson, Creative Problem Solving & Productive Thinking Theorist

EDIST 2018 Sponsors

The EDA would like to offer a special thank you to our EDIST 2018 sponsors.  Without your continued support, events like EDIST would not be possible.