2017 IGUA Spring Seminar 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - Thursday, May 18th, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa, Gatineau, QC
1170 Chemin Aylmer

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IGUA’s 2017 Spring Seminar will explore 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 are: 

  • Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will provide the morning's opening address.

  • Michael Sloan, Principal, ICF International, will provide a broad overview of the major trends and issues in the natural gas market impacting Quebec industrial gas users through 2025.

  • Paul Cheliak, VP Regulatory and Government Affairs, Canadian Gas Association, will share the work of the CGA to develop a vision of the utility industry in 2050. Paul will share what Vision 2050 will mean for industry.

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

These four keynote addresses will set the stage for the two panel discussions to follow. The morning panel will exchange views and experiences on the key issues that impacted gas markets. Gas users will reflect on the previous heating season, share their experience on market liquidity and discuss the impact of cap and trade. An expert on energy markets will review the market response to the infrastructure changes. Gas transmission and distribution company representatives will talk about the major changes to their pipelines and reflect on the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

In the afternoon utility executives, large gas users and regulatory experts will discuss 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. The discussants will also opine on expected changes to the US-Canada energy dynamic.

The seminar will be followed on Thursday May 18 by a training seminar titled “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. This training course is only open to IGUA Members. 

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.

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