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Renewables in Remote Microgrids Conference – Sept 15-17, 2015 in Yellowknife, NWT

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The 2nd Renewables in Remote Microgrids conference, hosted by the Government of the Northwest Territories, will be held in from September 15th to 17th 2015 in Yellowknife, NWT.

Hosted by the Government of the Northwest Territories, the meeting will be held in from September 15th to 17th 2015 in Yellowknife, NWT. The Government of Northwest Territories – Environment and Natural Resources, Bullfrog Power, the Pembina Institute, and Natural Resources Canada are supporting the event and will be building off the success of the first conference held in Toronto in June 2013. The conference will bring together 100-150 leading experts, community members, manufacturers and researchers from across North America with the goal of promoting economic development, environmental sustainability and energy security.  For more info visit:



Postdoctoral Research Program – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

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The Postdoctoral Research Program (PRP) provides scientists with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions. In turn, the Government of Canada benefits from new and emerging talent.  Several federal departments and agencies will participate in this new program. Each department will be responsible for its own assessment of candidates.

This is a new pilot program replaces the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program that was previously administered by NSERC on behalf of Canadian government laboratories.

Successful candidates will be hired as term SE-RES-1 employees. To see the salary scale, please refer to the SE sub-group – SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SE-RES-1

Note: The PRP inventory list will be open for 5 years. 

To submit your application go to:

To learn more about CanmetENERGY-Varennes Laboratory Smart Grid and Smart Remote Microgrid research activities go to:

AGM Location and Agenda

The fourth NSMG-Net AGM will take place on Tuesday, September 30th at Le Westin, Montreal in room “Ramezay” on the eighth floor.

The Agenda is as follows:

8.15 Introductions
8.30 Industry Speaker: Jim Reilly, Reilly Associates
U.S. Initiatives for Microgrid R&D, Standards and Regulatory Issues.”
9.00 Geza Joos, Theme 2.
“Microgrid Business Case and Policy Challenges.”
9.20 Group discussions led by Theme 2 students
10.00 Industry Speaker: John Mulrooney, Powerstream Inc.
Vaughan Microgrid Demonstration Project.”
10.30 Julian Meng, Theme 3.
“Microgrid Communication & Data Requirements.”
10.50 Group discussions led by Theme 3 students
11.30 Industry Speaker: Pieter de Koning, Hatch.
“Hatch microgrid project update – dispatches from the field.”
12.00 Reza Iravani, Theme 1.
“Microgrid Operations and Control.”
12.20 Lunch, and Group discussions led by Theme 1 students
1.30 Group Photograph
14.00 Student five minute “elevator pitches” for their posters.
15.30 Poster browsing and networking
16.30 Poster judging and award
17.00 Adjourn


Download the agenda in pdf format. The day is open to all interested parties. Please notify the Network Manager by email if you wish to attend.

AGM Speaker Line Up

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We’re excited to announce three excellent microgrid industry expert speakers from outside the NSMG-Net network will be speaking at our upcoming AGM in Montreal.

Jim Reilly is a consultant working on projects related to the integration of renewable energy into the distribution system, microgrids and related standards. He has facilitated use cases related to distributed control systems for microgrids that include wind, solar, fuel cells, gas generators and multiple storage technologies. Recently, he has worked closely with the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Development Organization on standards related to demonstration projects in New Mexico and Hawaii. A member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society he is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.B.A.).

Pieter de Koning is Manager of Technology Development at Hatch where he focuses on the development and commercialization of novel energy technologies. He manages Hatch’s Microgrid Controller development program where he leads a team of engineers developing a novel controller that handles both economic dispatch of distributed generators and high speed power quality fluctuations using Hatch patented technology. Pieter also helps manage Hatch’s relationships with EnerTech, their portfolio companies, SDTC as well as numerous research institutes within Canada.

John Mulrooney is a professional electrical engineer and is Director, Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream. John has responsibility for all aspects of PowerStream’s Smart Grid Strategy and Plan as well as the evaluation of new technologies being considered by the company. John heads PowerStream’s internal 10 member Smart Grid Task Force, a cross-departmental team of the most senior company executives responsible for implementation of Smart Grid initiatives. John sits on many of the provincial Smart Grid committees responsible for Smart Grid vision, policy and standards in Ontario and is a board member of Smart Grid Canada. John holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario.


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CIGRE Canada Toronto, ON 22-24 September 2014
NSMG-Net AGM 2014 Montreal, QC 30 September 2014
Smart Grid Canada 2014 Montreal, QC 1-3 October 2014
IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2014 Calgary, AB 12-14 November 2014
6th International Conference on Integration of
Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources
Japan 17-20 November 2014
QUEST2014: From Innovation to Implementation  Vancouver, BC 1-3 December 2014


Last updated August 30, 2014. Please email the Network Manager at to add events to this calendar.