Past Events

2019 IGUA Spring Seminar

Optimizing Gas Infrastructure For a Competitive Future

At a time where Quebec and Ontario carbon policies no longer align, and the federal backstop is also challenging, the 2019 Spring Seminar provides a timely platform to reflect on how the industry can influence key policy driver in Canada to prevent de-industrialization while achieving carbon reduction targets. The Opening Keynote presentation will set the scene and provide insight on how Ontario recent carbon policy will contribute to greening its economy. The first morning panel gathers industry experts who will present a market perspective of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard followed by the second panel, where representatives of gas distribution, transmission as well as power production will discuss how Canadian utilities prepare to respond to the increasing infrastructure optimization challenges. In the afternoon, industry panelists will explore technology innovations and the role of biofuels and Hydrogen in developing new approaches to preserving competitiveness for energy-intensive industries who are trade-exposed. 

Participation is by invitation only to keep the event small and conducive to a productive exchange among the key natural gas stakeholders (users, pipelines and utilities, marketers, regulators and policy makers). Please come prepared to engage in a productive dialogue with your peers.

2018 IGUA Spring Seminar

De-carbonization is not De-industrialization

IGUA’s 2018 Spring Seminar falls at a time when carbon management is a key policy driver in Canada. Yet, neither the federal government nor the provincial governments have reconciled carbon objectives with industrial development and energy objectives. Keynote presentations will set the scene and provide insight on the growing demand for bulk materials in a low-carbon future and examine options for driving and defining responsible materials for a low-carbon future. Leaders from Canada’s energy-intensive industries will share their vision for the future of heavy industry in a low-carbon future and explore the challenges and opportunities of carbon reduction for Canada’s trade-exposed sectors in the morning panel discussion. In the afternoon, gas distribution and transmission representatives and carbon trading experts will highlight the key developments in the past year and share their outlook on the upcoming ones in the near future that can impact natural gas markets and the landed cost of gas in Ontario and Québec.

Participation is by invitation only to keep the event small and conducive to a productive exchange among the key natural gas stakeholders (users, pipelines and utilities, marketers, regulators and policy makers). Please come prepared to engage in a productive dialogue with your peers.

2017 IGUA Spring Seminar

Natural Gas Infrastructure and a Low Carbon Future

IGUA’s 2017 Spring Seminar explored the impact of the evolving natural gas infrastructure and the changing political landscape on energy intensive industrial operations. Climate change policy, aboriginal rights and the changing role of energy regulation could have a significant impact on natural gas markets in 2017 as could growing US protectionism and potential unraveling of NAFTA.

 

Joining IGUA for this years seminar were: 

  • Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

  • Michael Sloan, Principal, ICF International

  • Paul Cheliak, VP Regulatory and Government Affairs, Canadian Gas Association

  • Dr. Christopher Bataille who discussed the journey to a de-carbonized but not de-industrialized future in Canada.

The morning Panel of experts exchanged views and experiences on the key issues that impacted gas markets. Gas users reflected on the previous heating season, shared their experience on market liquidity and discussed the impact of cap and trade. Panelists reflected on the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

The afternoon panel discussed the evolving role of the gas distribution companies, low carbon gas supply options, cap and trade as well as new customer-serving rates and regulatory challenges. 

All of the presentations given at the seminar can be found by clicking here

Members-Only

  • Post Seminar Training Course - Mainline - Soup to Nuts “TransCanada Mainline: Soup to Nuts.” This one day training course will provide an overview of the TransCanada Mainline, how the natural gas transmission business works and how industrial users interact with the Mainline.

2016 IGUA Spring Seminar

Natural Gas Markets and a Carbon Constrained Future

IGUA’s 2016 Spring Seminar explored the impact of the evolving natural gas infrastructure and the changing political landscape on energy intensive industrial operations.​

  • Keynote presentations provided insight on the changing political landscape and re-emergence of climate change as a major policy driver.​​

    • All of the presentations given at the seminar can be found by clicking here.

  • The morning panel of experts reflected on key developments affecting gas markets and shared their perspectives on the opportunities and threats lying ahead for industrial firms.

  • The afternoon panel discussed the renewed federal and provincial resolve to address climate change. Newly enacted policies to reduce carbon emissions will affect natural gas supply and demand creating new pressures on gas infrastructure. The panel helped seminar delegates sift through the maze of legislation and political rhetoric to distill the effects on industrial consumers.

 

Members-Only 

  • Post Seminar IGUA Presented the Gas 101 Training Course - Fundamentals of Natural Gas Markets and Purchasing Strategy

2015 Spring Seminar 

Restructuring the Natural Gas Pipeline Network – Impact on Markets

 

IGUA’s 2015 Spring Seminar examined the scope and progress of the many proposed pipeline changes, from reinforcements and new construction to flow reversals and repurposing of the Mainline. Panel discussions examined the impact of the proposed pipeline changes on gas and electricity markets and on industrial operations. The final panel exchange looked at regulatory and policy challenges brought about by the scope and speed of change in natural gas markets.

 

Keynote Addresses: 

  • Gas Electricity Market Interface

  • Supply and Infrastructure

  • FERC Enforcement Function

  • Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

 

Members Only:

Pre-Seminar - Gas 201 Course - Deeper Dive

2014 IGUA Spring Seminar

 

This event brought IGUA members and invited guests from the gas industry together for a frank and open exchange on the state of gas markets, infrastructure projects and regulatory and policy developments. Participation was by invitation only. The program consisted of a members-only Gas 101 course on May 27th, with an opening reception that evening. The day long Seminar on the 28th was followed by dinner, and a social event (Golf or winery tour) scheduled on the 29th.

 

Spring Seminar Focus

Retrospective on Eastern Gas Markets: In a moderated exchange an industrial user, a gas utility representative, a marketer and a regulatory lawyer will reflect on the developments in Eastern Gas markets. You will hear panelists exchange views on key regulatory proceedings, infrastructure constraints and the impact of weather, each bringing a unique perspective.

 

Outlook on the Coming Year (Supply, Capacity and Regulation): Panelists from diverse vantage points exchanged views, fears and hopes as they opine on the impact of regulatory hearings and infrastructure constraints and volatile weather on the markets in the coming year.

 

Keynote Addresses: 

  • Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan and Natural Gas

  • Energy East

 

Gas 101– Draft Course Information

Objective:

Provide those responsible for natural gas procurement for industrial operations in Quebec and Ontario with information on the fundamentals of natural gas markets  to inform their  decision making.

 

Structure, five modules:

  1. Overview of the physical market (Supply, demand, storage, infrastructure);

  2. Gas Market fundamentals - costs and volatility;

  3. Transportation and basis risk;

  4. Utility contract optimization;

  5. Utility business model and regulation business

 

Scope per module:

  • Lay of the land

  • Key factors and actors

  • Evolution in time

  • Current issues

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