Session Information

Breaking the Energy Storage Bottleneck

Date: Friday, March 4

Time: 8:30am -9:30am

Format: Conversation Circle

While the cost for many renewable energy and EV technologies continues to drop, energy storage remains a critical factor limiting large scale market deployment.  As the industry evolves, new business models are emerging where companies make, apply and operate storage assets to allow the grid to work more reliably and cost-effectively while decreasing negative impacts. But what will it truly take to break the energy storage bottleneck? Find out in this session from leading industry experts and cutting-edge researchers.

Topic Speakers

Bruce is a Senior Vice President at The Delphi Group (, a leading strategic consultancy that provides innovative solutions in the areas of climate change and corporate sustainability.

Bruce is part of Delphi’s senior management team and provides strategic advice to public and private institutions on all aspects of sustainability and carbon management. Bruce helps clients find innovative solutions to sustainability challenges by exploring the nexus between policy, technology and financing.

Bruce is also Vice President, Innovation and Trade Expo for Accelerating Sustainability Events Management Inc. (ASEM), which operates the GLOBE™ Series of Conferences.

Prior to his current roles, Bruce led Delphi’s Health and Environment practice and was recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts in the strategic integration of health and environmental issues. He joined The Delphi Group following over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector.


As Managing Director Industry Digitization and Solutions for the Americas and VP Industry Transformation and Innovation in Canada, Dr. Rick Huijbregts is responsible for the industry transformation strategy for the Commercial business segment at Cisco. Dr. Huijbregts manages a team of industry subject matter experts who drive business relevant outcomes for Cisco customers. In this role, Dr. Huijbregts is also responsible for industry solutions acceleration and subsequent salesforce and partner enablement. This is a key priority for the Americas region as Cisco is growing to be increasingly relevant to the business decision makers in its existing and new customer base.

For Cisco’s Canada operations, Dr. Huijbregts also oversees the Internet of Everything business development, city digitization program (Smart + Connected Communities), and innovation platform including leadership of one of eight global IoE Innovation Centers and ten University relationships and Research Chairs.

In previous roles, Dr. Huijbregts was responsible for business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets regions. He joined Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team.

Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also co-founder and CEO of Edificium Inc. and consulted for international clients AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts is the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technology, a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education and serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations. 

Dr. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.