**Program Subject to Change**
With safety at the forefront, the 2020 CanWEA O&M Summit will feature a targeted schedule of learning and networking to facilitate important conversations. Through engaging and interactive discussions, attendees will help shape the future of the O&M sector in Canada. Register today and look forward to connecting with experts, service providers, industry leaders, colleagues and more at this important event in Toronto.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 – CANWEA O&M PRE-SUMMIT MEETINGS
The National Operator Group Meeting is for Wind Farm Owners/Operators only
Wind farm owner/operators are invited to join their peers from across Canada in detailed discussions on today’s major operational challenges. The discussion is open to members of the Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic wind operator groups and any other direct employees of Canadian wind farms. By invitation only. If you would like to be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Open Health & Safety Meeting is an open forum for all industry professionals interested in discussing today’s top priorities and opportunities for EHS advancement in Canada. All are welcome.
Lunch will not be provided. Please visit the hotel website for restaurants on site.
The O&M Cacus is for members only
This annual meeting remains focused on strategic planning for CanWEA’s O&M Program. The discussion will cover existing projects and direction as well as future challenges and opportunities and an assessment of the extent to which current strategic objectives position CanWEA to address those issues. All CanWEA O&M Program members are encouraged to attend, no registration required.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 - DAY 1
OPENING REMARKS BY SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY LTD.
The 2020 CanWEA Operations and Maintenance Summit is solutions focused and we will be digging into the details from the start. What successes have we seen over the past year? What have been the biggest challenges? What are today’s top priorities?
In the opening plenary session, we will hear from industry professionals at the forefront of the O&M sector. Reflecting on the past 12 months, they will reveal the specific solutions they developed or advanced, the challenges they manoeuvred through, and the most important file on their desk right now. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insight into what it takes to drive growth in the wind energy industry from the people doing it today!
MODERATOR: Dan Barker, ENERCON Canada Services Inc.
From local topography and environmental conditions, to turbine make and model, to point of interconnection or control system technology, wind farm operators face a range of variables often outside of their control. Yet, getting the most out of wind energy facilities requires both understanding these variables and adapting to them. In this session, we will get the inside scoop from speakers who have developed strategies that can help you achieve more uptime, reduce loading and generate wider profit margins.
MODERATOR : Charles Godreau, Nergica
Validation of Bat Deterrent Effectiveness Through Testing on Operational Wind Plants
Jose Velasquez, NRG Systems
Lessons Learned in Integrating Controls an Automated Avian Protection Curtailment System
Tom Hiester, IdentiFlight International LLC
UAV Based Observations From Full Scale Wake Steering Experiments
Dr. Rupp Carrivea, University of Windsor
Martin Rheault, BBA
Reducing and preventing blade wear-and-tear is one of the O&M sector’s biggest challenges. Blade erosion, cracking, icing, lightning strikes and fatigue can cost wind farm owners time and money. In this discussion-based session, speakers will share their views on the industry and lead an interactive conversation on the new and emerging solutions for ensuring blade health and optimization. Attendees can expect a dynamic session with everyone invited to participate.
DISCUSSION HOST : Jeff Elberling, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited
Wind Turbine Blade and other Composite Components Recycling/Upcycling Research & Development
Elizabeth Mason, Mason Composite Services
Mark Mason, Mason Composite Services
Enbridge’s Ruth Uy and Anton Bokhanchuk will join Suncor’s Krunal Shukla and Andria Singleton for this lunchtime session as they discuss their individual pathways toward robust, wind-site health and safety programs. Learn about the unique solutions they have implemented within the context of large, established energy infrastructure organizations.
Improving Safety And Reliability For Renewable Energy Operations
Krunal Shukla & Andria Singleton, Suncor Energy Services Inc.
Ruth Uy & Anton Bokhanchuk, Enbridge Inc.
MODERATOR : Phil McKay, CanWEA
Engage with your colleagues from across the sector at the networking round table discussions. Each table will host a different topic with a series of questions to inspire conversation. You can choose to survey a range of topics or dig deep into one in particular. This is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and learn from one another all situated in among exhibitors and refreshments.
As inspection technology evolves, new high-tech solutions are helping to lower the costs of O&M. Drones, automation, remote controls, artificial intelligence, lasers and space-age algorithms are already optimizing operations in Canada and around the world – and even more technologies and techniques are on the way. This session will focus on the advanced technical inspection solutions that can help you ensure your wind farm performance doesn’t fall behind.
MODERATOR : Gareth Brown, Clir Renewables
How to boost wind farm profitability with Digitalization, by means of Automated Performance Analysis (APA)
Santiago Lopez, UL
Utilizing LoRa (Long Range Wireless) for Advanced Wind Turbine Monitoring and Life Extension
Stephen Steen, Posiedon Systems LLC
Electro Magnetic Generator Inspections
Howard Penrose, Ph.D CMRP, MotorDoc LLC
A Novel Methodology for Quick and Large Scale Assessment of Integrity of Wind Turbine Foundations
Alex Sulkin, E.O.I Technologies Inc.
Ensuring proper on-the-job ergonomics is a concern for wind farm operators everywhere, but injury prevention solutions do exist. This discussion-based session will look at the lessons learned from a coast-to-coast survey of wind turbine technicians by CanWEA’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute their own insights as we explore the emerging solutions helping to address this daily challenge.
MODERATOR : Ben MacDonald, Vestas - Canadian Wind Technology Inc.
CanWEA Ergonomics Study, Vendor Solutions
Ben MacDonald, Vestas - Canadian Wind Technology Inc.
Single Person Ladder Mounted Lift
Gio Scialdone, 3S Americas, Inc.
Nick Jones, ENSA North America - Division of Mallory Safety & Supply LLC
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 – DAY 2
Join us at the O&M Awards Breakfast, where CanWEA will recognize O&M excellence in Canada’s wind energy industry. Two awards will be presented: the O&M Oustanding Achievement Award and the Health and Safety Excellence Award.
The O&M Summit is the place to recognize excellence in Canada’s wind energy industry. Two prestigious awards will be presented: the O&M Outstanding Achievement Award and the Health and Safety Excellence Award. Last year, TECHÉOL and Vestas were honoured with the CanWEA awards, respectively. Join us at the O&M Awards breakfast to find out who the 2020 winners are and celebrate their contributions to the industry!
OPENING REMARKS BY SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY LIMITED: MICHAEL PETERSEN, DIRECTOR, SERVICE OPERATIONS, CANADA & EASTERN USA
What is helping and hindering innovation in Canada’s wind energy industry today? The opening session for day two will include a handpicked panel of innovators, who will provide insight into the reality of developing new wind energy solutions in Canada. Are the main opportunities and challenges more about people or technology? How is Canada performing in the global marketplace and to what can Canada aspire?
This session will reflect on recent, specific solutions and then panelists will turn their gaze to the technology and techniques on the horizon. Whether you are aiming for innovation, adaptation, adoption or simple progression, you are sure to gain key insights into the potential opportunities for Canada’s wind energy industry.
MODERATOR : Ian MacRobbie, Liberty Power
New Alternative Lifting Technology for WTGs
Glen Aitken, Liftwerx Solution Inc.
From an Owners Perspective
John Kirby, Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
PowerCone Trial at Skyway8
Ryan Church, Biome Renewables
Daniela Roeper, Borealis Wind
As the wind, solar and energy storage industries further align, what are the lessons learned so far? What are the opportunities for the future? This session will include a panel of knowledgeable professionals, reflecting on their insights into this cutting-edge sector, from high-level corporate objectives to every-day maintenance.
MODERATOR : JJ Davis, Kruger Energy Inc.
Hybrid Power and Energy Storage O&M
Martin Hamel, Hatch
Insurance in a Multi-Technology Portfolio
Chris Loren, AON RisK Solutions
Bridging the Gap Between Wind and Solar Operational Performance Evaluation
Stephen Lightfoote, Power Factors
With many industries now at risk of cybercrime, renewable energy’s interconnected environment and remote access approach create particular challenges that need to be taken into consideration when designing protections. In this discussion-based session, cyber security experts will provide their insights and help guide a solutions-focused conversation on this critical topic in today’s wind energy industry. Whether you’re deeply aware of the issues surrounding cyber security or just starting to learn, this session is not to be missed.
MODERATOR : Phil McKay, CanWEA
60 Plants in 60 Months: ICS Cyber Security Top Findings
Nils Madi, Genieall Corporation
Tom Burge, Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
Internet of Threats: Adapting Security to the Evolving, Persistent Digital Threat to the Grid
Michael Powell, Canadian Electricity Association
Martin Rheault,BBA Inc.
Five minutes is all five innovators get to capture your interest in this rapid-fire pitch session – and you’ll be invited to provide your feedback. Would you buy in? Do you think it’s a good idea but needs work? Or is it simply nor for you, at least right now? Either way, you’re sure to be inspired by the unique concepts presented in this popular session.
MODERATOR : Phil McKay, CanWEA
Electronic Repair and Reverse Engineering Support and Services for Renewable Components
Mike Blangiewicz & Gabe Del Bello, ENA Electronics Laboratories
Three Key Advantages Built in to AMSOIL PTN
Brian Burks, AMSOIL Inc.
911 is not a Rescue Plan
Ian Neve, PETZL
Blade Intelligence: Blade Based Ice Detection System
Nils Lesmann, Phoenix Contact PLC
“What Do We Do” – It Will be on Rewitec as Well as Open Platform Controllers
Lars Bendsen, AC883 – Nordic Trade Services Inc.
Every wind farm in Canada will have to consider end of life planning at some point in their life cycle. Whether the choice will be repowering, decommissioning or life extension, the challenges are certain to be multifaceted. In this session, technical experts will share their specialized knowledge and insights into planning for this inevitable milestone.
MODERATOR : Scott Harper, Wind Energy Institute of Canada
The Impact of Climate Change on End-of-Life Decisions
Nigel Swytink-Binnema, Nergica
Technical Considerations in Partial Repowering
Meghan Reha, DNV GL Energy USA, Inc.
Wind Turbine Blade Recycling
Elizabeth Mason, Mason Composite Services
Canada's wind technician workforce is set to grow by over 40 per cent in the next three years. Join CanWEA's HR and Technician Training Committees as they share insights from their recent study of wind technician demographics, recruitment and attrition rates. Learn more about CanWEA's 2019 Wind Turbine Technician Core Competencies and participate in a moderated discussion on what needs to happen to maintain a culture of safety throughout workforce growth and technological advancement.
DISCUSSION HOST : John Gibson, Goldwind Americas
Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Demographics within the Wind Technician and Wind Technician Core Competencies
Karla Christie, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited
Already a country of extreme weather, Canada now also faces the challenges created by climate change. From extreme cold and heat waves, to lightning strikes and floods, the wind energy industry operates in a range of conditions, often at the very same wind farm. Discover how operators are adapting and building resilience for the future.
MODERATOR : Ryan Kilpatrick, CanmetEnergy, Natural Resources Canada
Impacts of Extreme Heat, Cold, Dust, Mositure, on Individual Components
Hans Christian Sorensen, AREPA
Break the Ice: A Simulation Approach to Assessing Wind Project Ice Throw Risk
Jonathan Rogers, Persimia, LLC
Quantification of Extreme Weather on Wind Turbine Performance
Philippe Cambron, Power Factors