The opportunities created by the integration of modern information technology into power grids have become well-known in recent years - both in terms of the efficiency and reliability of our energy system, and for the business models of utilities. But does the professional expertise available in this field match our expectations for rapid smart grid implementation?

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An aging workforce, coupled with the complexities of a smart grid technologoy rollout, have created a large demand for qualified software developer and engineers in the power industry. How can smartgrid stakeholders rise to this challenge and build new teams that will deliver on our high hopes for the smart grid?

The answer will be important both for the power industry and the electricity consumer. Listen as our panel, convened June 18, tackles these questions:

  • Does a mismatch exist between the supply of qualified smart grid professionals and the demand for their work? What are the potential impacts?
  • What tactics are industry leaders employing to build the pool of smart grid experts?
  • How can organizations balance the desire for stable local, on-the-ground expertise with the frequent need to bring in skilled workers from abroad?
  • Where can we look for leadership in smart grid innovation and adoption, and which regions risk falling behind?

Slides from the discussion: 



ImageMichel Losier P.Eng.
Program Director, PowerShift Atlantic, New Brunswick Power Corporation

ImageTim Gibson
Vice President, Smart Grid Division, Siemens Canada Limited

ImageBruce Hamilton

President, Adica LLC, and Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Development