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Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Time: 12pm EST

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FREE VIRTUAL EVENT: Building Back Better Through Electrification.  Join the leaders of Canada’s electricity sector as they discuss how post-COVID-19 recovery efforts can support broader decarbonization of the economy through electrification.

Canada has one of the cleanest electricity grids in the world: more than 80% of the electricity we use is already non-emitting, and the sector has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 45% since 2005. But there’s much work to do to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As Canada moves towards addressing climate change through decarbonization, electricity will represent a bigger share of the energy that Canadians use. Electrification will require a coordinated, focused approach between industry and government.


Francis Bradley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Electricity Association

Francis Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). CEA is the National Voice of Electricity and serves its electricity industry members through the work of expert professionals led by Bradley and directed by a Board of Directors made up of member CEOs.   Bradley is the co-chair of the National Cross-Sector Forum, overseeing Canada’s Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure. He also sits on the Steering Committee for the Electricity SubSector Coordinating Council and sits on the Board for the Energy Council of Canada.   At the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Member Representatives Committee and Board of Trustees’ meetings, Francis represents CEA and advocates strongly for its members in their activities related to the Electric Reliability Organization Enterprise, and its role in ensuring the reliability and security of the North American bulk power system.  He was recently named to the Positive Energy Advisory Council.  Under the auspices of the University of Ottawa, the Council undertakes research to determine how various energy interests can seek and obtain broad social support for energy policies, regulation and individual energy projects and technologies.

Prior to being named CEO in June 2019, Bradley managed CEA’s day-to-day activities as Chief Operating Officer since 2014. During that time, he also acted as a member of the National Advisory Committee of Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, was a co-chair with the Standards Council of Canada of the Smart Grid Standards Advisory Committee.

Bradley led the association’s Y2K initiative, and since 2000 has been responsible for CEA’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) activities. A frequent speaker on public opinion towards electric utilities and restructuring of the electricity industry, he was a co-author for 5 years of the annual North American Electric Industry Outlook published jointly by the Washington International Energy Group and CEA.

Mr. Bradley joined CEA’s public affairs group in 1986. As Manager of Public Affairs, he was responsible for media relations, communications, and issues management. Bradley worked in a variety of positions at CEA until being named Vice-President in 1995.

Prior to joining CEA, Bradley was a consultant on public affairs, media relations and public opinion research, and worked in the banking and oil sectors in Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Concordia University, and served for two decades as a member of the External Board of Advisors of the Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs.


Patrick D. Bateman, Interim President, WaterPower Canada

Patrick D. Bateman is a clean and renewable energy professional who has spent the last decade working in policy and market development leadership roles in the electricity industry in Canada.

As the Interim President with WaterPower Canada, Patrick serves as the Canadian hydropower industry's spokesperson and leads and shapes the Association’s involvement in federal legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives including on topics such as: climate change policy (decarbonisation and electrification); environmental assessment; and fisheries, wildlife and habitat conservation.

Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental Science (Ireland), and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading's School of Construction Management and Engineering (England).


Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). A recognized leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. As a champion of diversity and inclusion, she is passionate about leading real change for the advancement of women and under-represented groups, having spearheaded many instrumental programs for stakeholders in Canada’s electricity. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada and Irish Film Festival Ottawa, as well as a member of the CEA Public Advisory Panel and a recipient  of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) 2015 Woman of the Year award.

John Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Association

John Gorman is President & CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). Prior to joining the CNA, John served as President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the national trade association for Canada’s solar energy industries. He oversaw all of CanSIA’s activities including government affairs, research, communications and industry leadership. Before joining CanSIA, he held the position of Senior Vice President at Empower Energies, an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.

John serves as Canada’s Designate to the International Energy Agency (Executive Committee – PVPS) and sits on the Executive Council of the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. John has been recognized as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices. He was awarded the designation of Climate Project Ambassador by Nobel Laureate Al Gore in 2008.


Robert Hornung, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Renewable Energy Association

On July 1, 2020 Robert Hornung became the founding President & CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association. 

Robert joins the organization after serving as the President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) since 2003. During his time as President, he represented the interests of CanWEA’s members – wind farm owners, operators, project developers, consultants, manufacturers and service providers. Together with members and stakeholders, Robert helped facilitate wind energy growth in Canada from under 300 megawatts to over 13,000 megawatts of installed capacity through advocacy and engagement efforts. Prior to joining CanWEA, Robert worked on climate change issues with the Pembina Institute, Environment Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Friends of the Earth Canada.


Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

Elisa joined Marine Renewables Canada in 2012, becoming  executive director in 2015. In this role she works to facilitate technology innovation in the sector by advocating for supportive policies, identifying international business development opportunities, and enhancing the capacity of the local supply chain. Elisa has also designed and led numerous engagement and outreach activities to grow knowledge and support for marine renewable energy development.

 Elisa is a founding member of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE), an advisory board member for the National Research Council’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre and a director on the Offshore Energy Research Association’s Board. She has also worked at several other organizations, focused on clean technology, tidal energy, and the broader renewable energy sector including Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), and Nova Scotia Department of Energy.

 Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.