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GRE&T Centre

Alectra GRE&T Centre Background

The energy industry is experiencing a generational change towards more decentralized, decarbonized and digitized solutions. Low-cost renewable distributed energy resources (DERs) and storage, combined with digital intelligence and communication are reshaping the landscape. Customers are changing too as they increasingly want more personalized, affordable and controllable energy choices, all while having seamless digital experiences.

Alectra is a family of energy companies that distributes electricity to more than one million homes and businesses in Ontario, with a goal to transform into an integrated, innovative, energy solutions provider that plans, designs and implements on and off-grid services with a focus on green energy.

Learn more about Alectra at alectrautilities.com

Alectra GREAT Centre

Alectra GRE&T Centre

395 Southgate Drive
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 4Y1

Alectra GRE&T Centre Mandate

The Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre is Alectra's latest step to be at the forefront of exciting industry changes. The Alectra GRE&T Centre makes energy innovations come to life by identifying, evaluating, developing and deploying emerging, green, and customer-friendly energy solutions across Alectra's service territory. As a hub for green technology solutions, the Alectra GRE&T Centre will catalyze the commercialization and mass consumer adoption of green technology, serving as a bridge between the Research and Development (R&D) phase and the full commercialization of these technology solutions.

Transitional Advisory Committee

A Transitional Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from Alectra's communities, including senior management from Alectra and the former Guelph Hydro utility, was formed to bring together subject matter experts in areas of clean energy, sustainability, customer insights and emerging technologies.

Since early 2018, this impressive group of experts has provided guidance on strategy planning and development of the Alectra GRE&T Centre including the setting up of an accelerator and making recommendations for potential partners, pilots and demonstration projects.

Category Organization Name and Title
Guelph Community Innovation Guelph Anne Toner Fung, Executive Director
Guelph Community Our Energy Guelph / University of Guelph   Kirby Calvert, Assistant Professor and Co-Chair, Our Energy Guelph, Jonathan Knowles, Our Energy Guelph
Guelph Hydro (now Alectra) Guelph Hydro (now Alectra) Pankaj Sardana, Independent consultant (formerly CEO of Guelph Hydro)
Erik Veneman, VP, Innovation & Growth
Alectra Community City of Markham Andy Taylor, Chief Administrative Officer
Alectra Community City of Mississauga Michael Cleland, Director, Environment Division
Alectra Alectra William Schmidt, Vice President, Information Services
Tamar Heisler, Director, Government and Industry Relations
Academic University of Waterloo, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Claudio Canizares, Professor
Academic/ Accelerator Centre for Urban Energy, Ryerson University   Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director and Professor
Cleantech Industry Itron Inc. Hussain Rizvi, Regional Director, Smart Grid Solutions  
Cleantech Policy Power Advisory LLC Sarah Simmons, Manager, Generation and Emerging Sectors  
Consumer Research   BEworks Kelly Peters, CEO and CoFounder
Consumer Research   Environics Analytics Rupen Seoni, Senior Vice President, Practice Leader
Start-up / Accelerator Advanced Energy Centre (AEC), MaRS Aisha Bukhari, Senior Manager
Start-up / Accelerator Karamella Consulting Inc. Mark Goldberg, Principal
Sustainability Plug’n Drive Cara Clairman, President and CEO  

Advisory Committee

To guide the strategic direction of the Alectra GRE&T Centre as it develops throughout 2019 with an expected launch in 2020, an Advisory Committee to continue the work of the Transitional Advisory Committee is currently being established. Alectra is seeking candidates for this Committee with demonstrated commercialization capabilities in the areas of finance, investment, branding, marketing, intellectual property, legal, entrepreneurship, logistics, sales channel, customer psychology, and product insight. As well as these functional credentials, we are seeking backgrounds in a variety of settings including emerging technologies, clean energy, sustainability, academia, and start-ups.

The Committee will provide strategic advice related to the Alectra GRE&T Centre on pilot projects, demonstrations, partnerships, community engagement activities, accelerator operations, recruitment of cohorts, and other related activities, including the general progress of the Centre.