2020 Canadian Chapter Annual Meeting



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Program Overview

The 2020 Canadian Chapter Annual Meeting will be held virtually on September 24, 2020. The Canadian Chapter is presenting a half-day Continuing Professional Development Credits.

In September 2019 the Energy Bar Association Board of Directors approved a charter for the Canadian Chapter. The names of the first Board of Directors are set out in this program. During this pandemic, we have been reminded again that the Canada/Us border is the longest undefended land border in the world. Many American energy companies have significant investment in Canada and Canadian investment in the American energy sector is substantial.

The focus of the Canadian Chapter is to provide a better understanding of cross-border issues in the North American energy sector. The Canadian chapter’s first annual meeting was scheduled to take place in Washington in April, 2020 at the same time as the EBA annual meeting. The coronavirus cancelled that.  We look forward, however, to the September Zoom meeting and hope to welcome energy counsel and  regulators on both sides of the border.

2020 Canadian Annual Meeting Program

location - webinar


2020 Marketing Opportunities

2020 Canadian Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

$500: Gold Sponsor

  • 3 complimentary registrations
  • All marketing benefits below

$250: Silver Sponsor

  • All marketing benefits below

* Logo featured in all event marketing circulated to over 5,000 attorneys & energy professionals twice
* Listed in materials circulated to all attendees
* Verbal recognition at the opening by Chapter President during welcome remarks
* Recognition on conference webpage
* Logo recognition on social media
* Signage at the event listing sponsors by level

Contact: Mary Margaret Frank, Meeting Coordinator at D: 202 - 499-5842, E: mmfrank@eba-net.org


Thursday september 24

Agenda_IconSpeaker Bios 

1:00 -1:10 PM: Opening Remarks

  • Gordon KaiserCanadian Chapter President, Energy Bar Association, Managing Director, Energy Arbitration Chambers
  • Mary Anne Aldred, CEO and General Counsel, Ontario Energy Board

1:10 - 1:50 PM: Cybersecurity: The New Challenges for Energy Regulators

Cyber security issues on the North American electricity grid have become of greater concern in the last few years, in part due to the rapid evolution of distributed energy resources on both sides of the border, and like most aspects of cross border cooperation, are now made more acute by the current pandemic. This panel will discuss the manner in which these issues are addressed and mitigated both domestically and as a coordinated effort between Canada and the Unites States.


1:50 - 2:00 PM: Health Break

2:00 - 2:30 PM: NAFTA: Past, Present and Future

On July 1 of this year, the North American Free Trade Agreement came to an end after 24 years.  It was replaced by a new treaty known as the USMCA or US Mexico Canada Agreement, resulting in a significant change in Canada US relations. The most significant change may be the elimination of the Chapter 11 dispute resolution process, which involved a number of major arbitrations between Canada and the United States. A number of these arbitrations involved the energy sector and Canadian energy regulators, in which two of those cases are still underway. The panel will address the implications of the new treaty and the impact it will have on the energy sector in both countries


2:30 - 3:15 PM: Virtual Adjudication

With the onset of COVID-19, regulatory boards and courts have had to find new and innovative ways to conduct hearings virtually. This panel will discuss both the technical aspects of convening and carrying out a virtual hearing and the administrative law and procedural challenges virtual hearings create. Guidance will be provided on how to handle both sets of challenges.



3:15 - 3:25 PM: Health Break

3:25 - 4:00 PM: Can We Increase Regulatory Efficiency?
The unparalleled challenges arising from COVID-19 and resulting strenuous economic situation facing governments underscores the importance of improving regulatory efficiency.  In Alberta, the Alberta Utilities Commission has established an expert committee to evaluate the AUC’s processes and procedures in rate proceedings with a goal of making them more efficient and productive. This session will provide an overview of that report and discuss its findings.



4:00 PM: Closing remarks

  • Jane E. Rueger, EBA President, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

cleapproved   Continuing Professional Development Credits:

Approved by the Law Society of BC for 2.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development credits (including the Ethics component.


THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS September 18, 2020. Conference registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by a check, money order, government purchase order/training form or credit card information and may be limited by the capacity of the facilities. Registrations will not be held without payment.

Register Online - Registration Form (PDF)

Canadian Annual Meeting
Chapter Registration Rates


Early Rate
Until 9/18
Regular Rate
Starting 9/19
Registration (USD) $55 $70 $125
Student Registration (USD) Free Free $25


1.   Online:  Register Online

2.   Fax your completed Registration Form (PDF) with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596

3.   Mail your Registration Form (PDF) and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036

questions  policies 

To learn more, please contact EBA,  (202) 223-5625 or by email at EBA@eba-net.org.


Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 9/22/2020, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 9/22/2020. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 9/22/2020 (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.


Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Chief Executive Officer, llevine@eba-net.org at the EBA office.


EBA offers eligible student, government, and academic members’ discounts on the rates for most EBA programs which carry CLE credits, including EBA’s Annual and Mid-Year meetings. EBA will, on a case-by-case basis, consider requests from members to attend EBA programs at discounted rates. Discount requests must be made to EBA’s office at least fifteen days prior to the close of regular registration for the program in question. Requests will be considered by EBA if timely and complete. Discount requests must demonstrate a substantial financial hardship. Please submit your request to llevine@eba-net.org.


The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is committed to the goals of fostering an inclusive and diverse membership and increasing diversity across all levels of the Association.  Attorneys and energy professionals in the energy field are welcome to join our ranks, regardless of race, creed, color, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, family and marital status (including pregnancy), family responsibilities, religion, national origin, age, personal appearance, political affiliation, veterans status, disability, source of income (government, solo, corporate, firm practice), or place of residence or business (geographic diversity) and are encouraged to become active participants in the Association’s activities.

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