Welcome to the International Council
on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) Canada Conference
On behalf of the Executive Committee of CIGRÉ Canada, I would like to extend to you an invitation to the 11th annual conference of CIGRÉ Canada in Vancouver!
After 11 years of growing attendance the CIGRÉ Canada conference has become a Canadian tradition and a key annual forum for the exchange of technical knowledge and ideas between Canadian and international delegates in the area of power systems with a focus on the practical application of innovations across the power industry.
The electric power system of tomorrow is evolving to meet new customer and societal demands. Technology developments undreamt of ten or twenty years ago are arising to meet the substantial challenges being faced by the electrical power sector. Issues of aging infrastructure, gird resiliency, integration of renewable energy and distributed generation, automation of distribution systems, and improved power system modeling are all good examples. CIGRÉ continues to be in the fore front of facilitating the definition of future power systems and is addressing these challenges through aligned strategic direction and focus on implementation to meet the needs of the industry. The theme of the 2016 conference “Future Power Systems and Grid Resiliency” with topics of special interest such as asset management, advanced diagnostics, and extreme weather and system recovery reflecting this strategic direction.
CIGRÉ Canada continues to encourages the participation and growth for young engineers and students in its activities. This is vital as the next generation of engineers will define the future of our industry. The conference provides a fantastic opportunity to both meet and engage with the new engineers in our industry – and help define it!
I encourage your participation in the 11th CIGRÉ Canada Conference in Vancouver and look forward to seeing you there!
Mike Bartel, PEng
President of CIGRE Canada