Thursday, March 8 │ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote Panel: Policy and Regulation
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James T. Waring
President & Chief Executive Officer
CleanTECH San Diego
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James Waring is co-founder and Board Chair, since inception in 2007, of CleanTECH San Diego, a not-for-profit formed to support the creation and expansion of a Clean Technology business cluster in the San Diego region. In August 2011 he became President and CEO. CleanTECH San Diego has grown from no staff members to a 4 person staff and 105 member organization, with multiple green and energy related programs.
| ||Ann Cavoukian |
Information & Privacy Commissioner
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Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.
She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications. Dr. Cavoukian serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of several Boards including, the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, RIM Council, and has been conferred as a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.
| ||Robert Weisenmiller |
California Energy Commission
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Dr. Robert Weisenmiller was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 and appointed Chair in February. Chair Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies.
Roy leads Ernst & Young’s Regulatory team with over 15 years of experience delivering projects to electric, gas, and water utilities. He helps to structure and implement information technology, performance management and regulatory organizational improvements for large utilities across the US and Canada. Roy previously led the regulatory reorganization strategy and structure at one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world, where his primary goal was to create a seamless organization that supports an increased level of activity more efficiently and with greater effectiveness. He also pioneered the effort to establish a deeper national dialogue between regulators, utility executives and policy leaders by developing, delivering, analyzing and reporting the first-ever utility industry studies with the national Association of Regulatory Commissioners.
Jim Fisher is Vice President Business Development, the Americas for Ambient Corporation. He is responsible for developing key partnerships and verticals which will expand Ambient’s Smart Grid Communications Platform. Prior to joining Ambient Corporation Jim was Senior Director Sales & Operations for Itron's global smart grid group. Jim has spent 23 years in the Energy industry with Schlumberger and Itron in various marketing, sales, strategy and operations roles.
| ||David E. Hilt |
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David W. Hilt, P.E., Vice President of Regulatory Services, has over 34 years of experience in electric power system engineering, operation, and regulatory activities. Mr. Hilt has lead numerous projects with Quanta assisting clients with Regulatory matters including NERC Compliance. As a Vice President at NERC, he led the development of the compliance monitoring and enforcement program for NERC Reliability Standards in North America. He also developed audit programs and event analysis and investigation process. While at NERC he led the technical investigation of the August 2003 blackout in the Northeastern United States and Canada and the 2008 Florida blackout.
| ||Matt Futch |
Global Policy Director
Energy & Utilities
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Matt assesses worldwide markets for governmental and regulatory policies enabling IBM’s Smarter Planet initiatives and revenue targets. Through this analysis, he directs IBM’s Energy and Utilities country teams on Smart Grid issues throughout the world. He also provides the executive leadership global strategic policy initiatives which best fit operational requirements and IBM’s smart energy transformation objectives.
Matt’s work involves policy and regulatory interactions within the international growth markets of China, India, Australia, Brazil, Japan, the EU zone, and North America. Incorporating his deep background in energy policy, technology and government he develops country specific strategies for advancing smart energy platforms for IBM’s Energy and Utilities eco-system. In the spirit of collaboration and partnership he works with non-governmental organizations such as the Global Smart Grid Federation, the World Energy Council, the World Economic Forum, the GRIDWISE Alliance, Government energy committees, and many other organizations which advance the cause of developing an intelligent power system.