Schedule of Events

43rd Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers

Saint John Trade and Convention Centre
Saint John, New Brunswick
September 8-10, 2019

All events take place at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre unless otherwise indicated


10:00 am – 7:00 pm     Conference Registration opens – Lobby

2:00 – 5:00 pm             Business to Business Meetings – Montagu I, II, & III

6:00 pm                        Welcome Reception – The York Bistro & Pub (street level of the Hilton Saint John)



7:00 am – 4:00 pm      Registration / Information Desk – Lobby

7:30 am                       Delegate Breakfast – Loyalist Room

8:00 – 9:00 am            Business to Business Meetings – Montagu I, II, & III

8:30 am                      Official Photo – To Be Determined

9:00 am                       Welcome – Marco Polo Room

9:10 am                       Plenary Session – Energy Grid Modernization

Marco Polo Room

A modern grid must be flexible, robust, and agile. It must have the ability to optimize grid operations and resources; detect and mitigate disturbances; engage intelligent devices; integrate diverse generation sources, demand response and energy-efficiency resources; enable consumers to manage their electricity use and participate in markets, and provide strong protection against physical and cyber risks.

This discussion will update the Governors and Premiers on broader electricity issues & developments. Issues such as smart grid, supply and demand-side opportunities, clean energy, and aging infrastructure to be discussed.


          • Colleen Mitchell, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy


          • Gaetan Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, NB Power
          • Martin Fassier, Chief Executive Officer, CaSA Energy
          • Nathalie Viens, Senior Vice President Operations Canada East, Veolia

10:25 am                     Morning Break – Foyer

10:45 am                     Plenary Session – Cyber Security

Marco Polo Room

Increased technology usage means that we are heavily inter-connected and networked, a fact that enhances our quality of life, but also creates vulnerabilities. From commercial supply chains to the critical infrastructure that underpins our economy and our society, the risks in the cyber world have multiplied, accelerated, and grown increasingly malicious.

This session will include a brief presentation on economic opportunities and security threats that are linked to cyberspace followed by Q & A and discussion with the Governors and Premiers.


          • Tyson Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, CyberNB


          • Cassandra Lentchner, Senior Counsel, Pillsbury Law
          • Ali Ghorbani, Dean of computer science at the University of New Brunswick, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, the Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity
          • David Fahrenkrug, Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University

12:00 pm                     Delegate Lunch – Loyalist Room

1:15 pm                       Canada-U.S. Relations Discussion

Marco Polo Room

This session will include brief remarks followed by Q & A with the Governors and Premiers on the interconnectedness of their economies and ways to mitigate challenges and seek opportunities that are mutually beneficial while responding to local needs.


          • Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

2:00 pm                       Afternoon Break – Foyer

2:15 pm                       Plenary Session – Climate Adaptation and Disaster Mitigation

Marco Polo Room

This discussion will update the Governors and Premiers on the future impacts of Climate Change in the region including: social ramifications and public costs, disaster mitigation, emergency response, and overall cost to consumers, property owners, and governments.


          • Jeff Hoyt, Executive Director, New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat


          • Blair Feltmate, Professor, University of Waterloo, and Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.
          • Andrew Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
          • Alain Bourque, Executive Director, OURANOS

2:15 – 5:45 pm            Business to Business Meetings Continue  – Montagu I, II, & III

3:30 pm                       Adoption of Committee Reports – Marco Polo Room

4:00pm                        Press Conference – Far end of Marco Polo Room

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm       Cocktail Hour – Foyer of the Royal Ballroom (Delta Saint John)

7:00 pm                       Dinner and Entertainment – Royal Ballroom (Delta Saint John)



7:30 am                       Delegate Breakfast – Loyalist Room

8:00 – 10:00 am          Business to Business Meetings Continue – Montagu I, II, & III

10:00 am – 2:00 pm    Off-Site Industry Tour – Meet in the Lobby


Schedule effective August 30, 2019