Rebecca Saari (Assistant Professor) / Dipanjan Basu (Professor)
Claudio Canizares (Executive Director, WISE)
Claudio Cañizares is a University Professor and Hydro One Endowed Chair in the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department at the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993. He is also the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). Professor Cañizares is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and multiple IEEE PES Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding leadership positions in several IEEE-PES Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces. In 2021 and 2022, he received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision from the University of Waterloo.
Pratap Revuru (Senior Director Microgrid Solutions & strategic partnerships, Schneider Electric)
Pratap Revuru is Senior Director, Microgrid Solutions and Strategic Partnerships, Schneider Electric. A proven business leader who combines technical expertise with business knowledge to build a resilient, affordable, low-carbon energy future. Pratap’s focus areas include developing and leading Microgrid Solutions for various customers using Distributed Energy Resources. Created new strategic partners for Microgrids & Energy as a Service (EaaS) offers. More than 39 years of experience in multiple leadership roles, including in power systems engineering, marketing, services, renewable energy projects, business development, large projects management. Collaborated with Sales Teams to establish and grow a portfolio of clean energy solutions through pre-sales, account management and upselling activities. Prior to Microgrid Solutions role, Pratap was Senior Manager, IoT Solutions and Partnerships where he led an engineering team in establishing smart grid solutions. Led and managed the development of Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab and leading the development of Smart Campus integrated Testing HUB at Toronto Metropolitan University. Microgrid Projects execution is in progress in various buildings in Canada.
Brad Cross (President, Cross Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd)
Started business in 1987 while going to high school. Installed his first air source heat pump in 1990 and continued to seek knowledge and experience. Obtained his Heat/loss gain and air system design in 1994 as well as his certificate of qualification as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic (313A), G2 gas fitter and OBT2 Oil Burner Mechanic licences. Became accredited to design and install geothermal systems. Through the years he has designed and installed many residential systems and trained others in all aspects of heating and cooling of homes. Assisted NrCan with the Air Source Heat Pump Sizing and Selection guide and tool by providing input from a contractor’s perspective. Sits as a member of Conestoga College’s Program Advisory Committee for HRAC. Continues to lead a successful and progressive HVAC company today.
Milfred Hammerbacher (Founder & CEO, s2e Technologies)
With 30 plus years of Sustainable energy and development experience, Milfred has been lucky enough to manage businesses in five countries. As co- founder and CEO of S2E Technologies, Inc, his team built solar factories, over 800MW’s of solar projects, and are currently building sustainable communities in London, ON and Mexico. We have recently partnered with Ainsworth to create Sustainable Energy Platforms across North America.
Stan Marco (CEO, GeoSmart Energy)
One of the co-founders of GeoSmart Energy, Stan is among the geothermal industry’s most well-respected and highly sought after knowledge experts and educators. In 2008, he was awarded The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition’s prestigious Prize for National Leadership. Over the past thirty-five years, he has held senior leadership positions in several leading geothermal companies, and has developed expertise in all aspects of the industry including installation, distribution, manufacturing and training. His best practice approach has influenced hundreds of thousands of geothermal heat pump installations across Canada and the U.S. and has raised the bar on installation practices across Canada.
Alberto Ferradas Garcia (Director, Ecoforest)