Operations Workshop 2019

Operations Workshop

Clean Energy BC hosted our Clean Energy Operations Workshop on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC. This popular full-day session was attended by plant operators, supervisors, managers, project developers and those interested in operations. There are over 100 wind, solar, biomass and hydro plants in BC; this workshop created a forum to discuss challenges faced. Together we explored and discussed new equipment, emerging tools and innovative ideas. Experienced operators shared their perspective on challenges and solutions. This workshop also included a keynote luncheon with BC’s Innovation Commissioner, Dr. Alan Winter.

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Moderator: Brian Courtney, Director, Hydro Operations at BluEarth Renewables Inc.

08:00 – Registration

08:30 – Opening

08:45 – Facility Presentations & The Challenges of Operations

Nicknaqueet River HydroWuikinuxv First Nations / Barkley Project Group (Presentation Here)

Narrows Inlet Hydro Project / BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Upper Lillooet River / Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (Presentation Here)

Ashlu Creek / Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (Presentation Here)

10:00 – Networking Break & Coffee

10:15 – Update from Doug Pasco, Manager, Industry and Labour Services Renewable Energy of WorkSafe BC (Presentation Here)

10:30 – Operational Safety

• Tools & Services Presentations

o Miles Randell, TEAAM Technical Evacuation Advanced Aero Medical (Presentation Here)

o Kelsey Harmse, Gitxsan BC Safety Link (Presentation Here)

• Managing natural hazards and wildfire safety with Kelly Osbourne, BC Wildfire Services

• Best practices in oil management with Jamie Bergen, Hydac & Stuart Hamilton, Motion Canada (Presentation Here)

12:00 – Lunch Break / Networking

Lunch, networking and a keynote from BC’s Innovation Commissioner, Dr. Alan Winter (Presentation Here)

13:30 – Joint Discussion, Electrical Safety with Tony Nott, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

• Protection & controls with Eric Sleigh, Prime Engineering (Presentation Here)

• Transmission line inspection with D’Arcy Soutar, Westpark Electric Ltd. (Presentation Here)

• Limits of approach, grounding and bonding and PIC with Tim Lollar, EITI

14:30 – Networking Break & Refreshments 

14:45 – Wind & Water Breakouts Discussion Topics

Wind Breakout with Walter MacFarlane, Innergex Renewables Inc.

• Optimizing operations through software with Gareth Brown, Clir Renewables (Presentation Here)

• Blade de-icing

• Vibration analysis

• Working relationship with your OEMs

• Blade performance issues and prolonging the life of your blade

• Blade failures and serial issues

• Erosion

• Foundation and anchor maintenance

Water Breakout with Kevin Cyran, Innergex Renewables Inc.

• Implementing CMMS software with Brian Courtney, BluEarth Renewables Inc. (Presentation Here)

• Operator’s role of environmental monitoring with Tom Hicks, EcoFish Research (Presentation Here)

• Generator turbine inspection with Lawson Crichton, Voith (Presentation Here)

• Coanda screen cleaning technique with David Halliday, Sea to Sky Energy Solutions (Presentation Here)

• Hydrology with Tim Argast, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (Presentation Here)

16:15 – Closing Comments & Feedback

16:30 – Informal Beers & Networking at Mosaic Grille & Bar



Alan Winter has a breadth of experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the president and CEO of Genome B.C. from 2001 to 2016. He was the founding president and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the president of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario and the president and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver (at that time the largest technology company in BC).

Winter is a director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Ontario Genomics and Geoscience BC, an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson school of business and a member of the University of British Columbia’s Research and Innovation Council.

In 2007, he received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC, and in 2017 he received its Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has served as a director of more than 30 organizations, including the Business Council of British Columbia and Alberta Innovates.

Dr. Winter will be speaking about new opportunities for tech companies in BC, fostering innovation across industries to diversify the province’s economy, and generating jobs for British Columbians. Clean technology and innovation is a vital investment that will help pave the way for renewable energy projects to thrive in BC, creating lasting partnerships and spearheading the fight against climate change.


Anitra Paris


Operations Workshop Information

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, BC
655 Burrard Street


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Operations Workshop & Keynote Luncheon

$250 for Members

$325 for Non-Members

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