Session Information

The Future of Electricity & Grid Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century Economy

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Format: Leadership Forum

Grids are getting smarter, but so are customers. Thanks to the sharp drop in installed solar panel costs, in many parts of the world the model of a large, centralized—and typically fossil-fueled—utility is unraveling. How are enlightened power providers responding to this shift and the others that are currently roiling the energy landscape? How will grids grow more resilient and better adapted to tomorrow’s variable-output sources? Our experts weigh in.

Topic Speakers

Professor Monica Gattinger is Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Chair of the Institute’s Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy. She has written widely on Canadian energy policy and regulation, and the country’s energy relations with the United States.

Dr. Gattinger spearheads Positive Energy, a three year initiative that uses the convening power of the university to bring together industry, government, Indigenous groups, environmental NGOs and the academy to identify how to achieve social acceptance and support for energy development in Canada.

Monica sits on the Editorial Boards of the University of Ottawa Press and the journal Canadian Public Administration and she was an elected member of the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015. She is a member of the Learning Council for Pollution Probe’s Energy Exchange initiative on energy literacy and was a member of the Advisory Council of the Partnership for Resource Trade. Her expertise is regularly sought out by energy firms, industry associations, parliamentary committees and government departments at the national and international levels.

Dr. Gattinger is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies. She holds a PhD in public policy from Carleton University.

Jérôme Gosset took on the role of General Manager of Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) on June 1, 2015. A world-renowned research center, IREQ brings together some 500 individuals who carry out technological innovation projects to support Hydro-Québec’s activities and ensure the company’s long-term development. IREQ conducts R&D in the energy sector, which includes energy efficiency and energy storage.

At the time of his appointment, Jérôme Gosset was employed by AREVA S.A., where he occupied the position of R&D director of the AREVA Back End Business Group.

Jérôme earned his engineering diploma from the École Polytechnique and Le Corps des Mines (France) and has a PhD in Plasma Physics.

In 1996, he became a member of the French Nuclear and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), where he contributed to the development of the French uranium laser enrichment process (AVLIS). From 2000 to 2003, he was in charge of the CEA’s design and technoeconomics laboratory. In 2003, he spearheaded the AVLIS scale 1 demonstration tests, which successfully proved the feasibility of this process.

In 2004, he joined the École des Mines de Paris, where he headed up its Center for Energy and Processes, a 150-person research center focusing primarily on renewable energies, thermal energy transfers and the energy applications of nanotechnology. Under Jérôme Gosset’s direction, the laboratory renewed its scientific excellence, revamped the process engineering courses and created the International Energy Management Master’s degree program in association with Tsinghua University.

Jérôme joined AREVA multinational in 2007 as the Deputy Vice-President of the Research and Innovation corporate department, which was responsible for renewable energies, hydrogen production from nuclear sources and their applications in the oil sector. At the time, he was also fulfilling the duties of Director of AREVA Renewable Technologies. As part of his functions, he created the AREVA Renewable Research and Innovation organization and defined its multi-year programs.

In early 2010, he was appointed Vice-President of Engineering and Innovation of AREVA Renewables. In this role, he contributed in particular to the acquisition and integration of new technologies, for which he set up R&D programs. From March 2011 until the end of 2014, he served as the Managing Director of AREVA Energy Storage, a division that connected the MYRTE platform, the first high-powered, hydrogen-based energy storage system in the world, to the power grid.

Jérôme Gosset is a founding Vice-President of the MEDGRID Consortium, an association that has developed a roadmap for a pan-Mediterranean power grid.