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52nd H.G. Acres Symposium

Live Event Date:4/21/2021

Time:3:00 PM EDT

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:

As part of this special event, we’ve assembled a group of industry experts to discuss the very critical topic of climate change. During the one-hour virtual session, our panelists shared their unique approach to climate change, discuss threats and opportunities, and shared valuable lessons learned.

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Speakers

Host: Jim Sarvinis

Managing Director, Power

Hatch

Jim has global responsibility for Hatch's Power Business Unit, which serves our clients in the following industry segments: eGRID, Nuclear, Waterpower, and Thermal Power. Jim is passionate about the transformation taking place in the electricity sector in developed countries (driven by the renewal of aging infrastructure, climate change mitigation, electrification goals, and disruptive technologies such as energy storage, distributed generation, and digitization); as well as the need for new power assets in developing countries. His technical background includes nuclear and thermal power generation, as well as the design of gasification reactors, fluid bed reactors, and smelting furnaces. Jim has been heavily involved in the development of new technologies and first-of-a-kind equipment. While Jim is based in Mississauga, his project work has taken him around the world, including a three-year assignment in Hatch’s Brisbane office. He joined Hatch in 1995 immediately following the completion of his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Jim has been a member of our D&I Action Committee since 2017, and believes strongly that a diverse workforce and inclusive culture are key drivers for Hatch’s success.

Moderator: Francesca Ottoni

Ontario Regional Manager, Waterpower

Hatch

Francesca has close to twenty-five years of experience in engineering and construction, mostly in the power generation sector. She is currently the Ontario Regional Manager for Waterpower at Hatch, leading a team of world-class hydroelectric professionals out of Hatch’s Niagara Falls office, the birthplace of the company’s nearly hundred-year history in waterpower. Prior to joining Hatch, Francesca was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for a global EPC company’s nuclear power division and spent twelve years in the nuclear sector. She has accumulated a wealth of experience in business management, growth, strategy, and project management and her most notable accomplishments include securing multi-billion-dollar nuclear plant refurbishment projects here in Ontario. Francesca earned a B.Eng. from Concordia University in Montréal, as well as an MBA from Queen’s University. She is registered as a professional engineer in the state of California and speaks three languages (English, French, and Italian).

Panelist: Joseph Kessler

EVP and Chief Operating Officer

New York Power Authority

Before becoming NYPA's Chief Operating Officer, Joseph was SVP of Power Generation, responsible for the oversight of NYPA’s fleet of generating facilities and Canal Corporation operations across New York State. He is the Chairman of NYPA’s Asset Management Board and a member of NYPA’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee. He also serves as Executive Sponsor of NYPA’s Multicultural Employee Resource Group. He is a lifelong Western New Yorker whose early career was with an electrical construction firm. Joseph started at NYPA in 2001 as an engineer in the electrical maintenance department. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1993), M. Eng. (2000) in Electrical Engineering (Energy Systems), and an MBA (2010) from SUNY at Buffalo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and Maryland. Joseph has served on EPRI’s Generation Sector and Research Advisory Councils and is an active member of SUNY at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. Joseph is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE, and a member of the IAEI and IESNA. He lives in West Seneca with his wife Lisa and three children, Jordan, Garrett, and Emily.

Panelist: Mike Marsh

President and Chief Executive Officer

SaskPower

Mike Marsh was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of SaskPower in April 2015. He joined the company in 1991, following twelve years in the construction industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan. At SaskPower, Mike has held several management positions in engineering, maintenance, business planning, and corporate planning. He was appointed to the SaskPower executive table as Vice President of Transmission and Distribution in 2007. In 2012, he became Vice President of Operations and Chief Operations Officer, responsible for all operational areas including power production, transmission services, and distribution services. Mike attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He later studied at Queen’s School of Business and obtained an MBA. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. He is the current Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Board of Directors. He has held a number of positions within the CEA, including serving as Past Chair of the CEA Transmission Council and a member of both the CEA Distribution Council and CEA Occupational Health and Safety Task Group. Mike is also currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Nuclear Association. He received the 2016 Electricity Industry Leader of the Year Award from Electricity Human Resources Canada. He is also a Past President of the Canadian Progress Club – Regina Centre Chapter. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service. In January 2018, he was named the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering’s 42nd C.J. Mackenzie Distinguished Lecturer and an inductee to the Alumni Wall of Distinction.

Panelist: Robby Sohi

Senior Vice President – Corporate Business Development and Strategy

Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Robby Sohi is Senior Vice President – Corporate Business Development and Strategy at OPG. Robby is a member of OPG’s Enterprise Leadership Team and was appointed to the role in September 2020. He brings generation, transmission, and distribution experience in fulfilling his role to lead OPG’s corporate business development and enterprise-wide strategy. As part of his focus on implementing OPG’s long-term strategic plan, Robby and his team are delivering a growth strategy aimed at broadening OPG’s business within Ontario and beyond. Robby is also accountable for commercial business functions including business development, acquisitions, and electrification. Robby joined OPG’s predecessor company, Ontario Hydro, in 1991. He has since held roles of increasing responsibility in technical functions, corporate functions, asset management, and plant operations at OPG locations across Ontario including Toronto, Kenora, Renfrew, and Niagara Falls. Robby’s previous management and executive roles include Maintenance Manager, Asset Manager, VP Engineering & Technical Services, and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Robby has a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University. In addition to his SVP role at OPG, he is also President and CEO of Global First Power, leading Canada’s first small modular reactor project. He has also served as a council member of Generation Sector Council at Electrical Power Research Institute and was a member of the Thermal Generation Interest Group at the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation.

Panelist: Susan McGeachie

Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services

Hatch

Susan has twenty years of experience helping industry, finance, and public sector clients identify and manage climate change and other business and sustainability-related risks. She specializes in the management of environmental, social, and governance factors, including the development of investment opportunities through innovative financing structures for low carbon energy technologies at different stages of commercialization. Susan has also developed value creation strategies, climate change action plans, and multisectoral partnerships and collaboration, as well as conducted climate and sustainability-related financial due diligence for companies in the finance, energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors. Susan holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Sustainability and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches a graduate course in climate finance. In 2014, she was named to the Clean 50 and Clean 16 list of professionals, which recognizes individuals for their contributions to clean capitalism.
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