The MEARIE Conference 2022

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Thank You Members for a Successful Return of The MEARIE Conference!

Thank you for helping us make our 35th Anniversary Celebrations at the first MEARIE Conference in two years memorable! Our Members' attendance made this an unforgettable return after a long absence.

Please find 2022 The MEARIE Conference materials and presentations here:

2022 Speaker Presentations

The MEARIE Conference Program Guide

View Our Photo Gallery

Watch for updates on dates for next year's conference, coming soon!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The MEARIE Conference is supported by the generous contributions of business partners, industry members and fellow LDCs.

Thank you for helping us make our 35th Anniversary Celebrations at the first MEARIE Conference in two years possible.



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    Diamond Sponsor

    Lakeside Reception & Dinner

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    Titanium Sponsor

    Golf Tournament

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    Gold Sponsor

    Conference Kick-Off Evening

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    Gold Sponsor

    Conference Keynote Speaker

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    Conference Keynote Speaker

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    Gold Sponsor

    Fireworks

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    Ruby Sponsorship

    Breakfast

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    Breakfast

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    Ruby Sponsor

    Delegate Badge Lanyards

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    Opal Sponsor

    Travelling Lunch

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    Quartz Sponsor

    Branded Mints

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    Emerald Sponsor

    Scotch Tasting

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    Emerald Sponsor

    Conference WiFi

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    Quartz Sponsor

    Entertainment Evening

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    Pearl Sponsor

    On the Water Activity

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    Networking Break

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    Networking Break

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    Pearl Sponsor

    Delegate Prize Draw 1

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    Delegate Prize Draw 2

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    General Sponsor

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2022 Program Highlights

The MEARIE Conference packed into just over two days of plenty of learning networking opportunities and more.

  • Speakers Program: Plenary & Stream sessions on current insurance risk issues and resilient leadership in today's climate.
  • Wednesday Opening Reception: Featured excellent conversation to kick-off the conference.
  • Thursday Annual Golf Tournament: Opportunities to enjoy a sunny afternoon with industry peers and meet up at a hospitality station.
  • Special Anniversary Celebrations! The MEARIE Group marked an important milestone of 35 years of service to Ontario's energy sector on Thursday evening with live music, fireworks, and stunning views of Lake Rosseau from the JW Marriott's rooftop terrace.

Other opportunities included networking breakfasts, breaks and opportunities to share ideas with industry peers, conference sponsors and speakers over lunch and social activities. Connecting, learning and engaging with others about leadership resiliency is key in our changing world.

Dr-JP-headshotOpening Keynote

The Science of Emotional Intelligence

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership & Performance Expert

The Missing Ingredient Behind Building a Highly Engaged Organizational Culture


Why would anyone want to be led by you? This is the single most important question a manager or leader needs to ask themselves if they want to unlock the potential and creativity of their people. The reason your employees get up in the morning and choose to be engaged and productive has nothing to do with a manager’s level of IQ or technical capabilities, it has everything to do with their manager’s level of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

The research is clear that Emotional Intelligence is the single most important driver of an engaged, results-driven, highly effective workforce, especially in environments that are undergoing significant change and disruption. In this interactive keynote, your team will discover:

  • What the brain does under pressure and specific tools to manage it more effectively
  • Self-awareness: understanding the impact your leadership style has on your people
  • Strategies to manage emotions when there is tension and conflict
  • How to win the hearts and minds of your people by connecting to the emotions that drive their behaviour
  • Engaging stories from the frontlines of leaders who are stepping up and winning in the most challenging pressure-filled circumstances

Ron-TiteRon Tite

Purpose-Driven Leadership

Marketing Expert

NOW WHAT? Prioritizing Personal & Organizational Growth


Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage. Named one of the "Top 10 Creative Canadians" by Marketing Magazine, he's an award-winning advertising writer and creative director.

Ron Tite will discuss how great challenges generate great opportunities and how you can prioritize growth to push through.


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Eric Lascelles

Chief Economist at RBC

Global Asset Management (GAM)

Economic & Market Update


Eric is responsible for the RBC GAM's global economic forecast and generating microeconomic research. He is a member of the RBC GAM Investment Strategy Committee, the group responsible global asset mix recommendations.

In his session, Eric will provide an overview for key economic themes spanning market performance, monetary policy and more including comments on both the domestic and global economic outlook.


Plenary & Speaking Sessions

The MEARIE Conference is loaded with great plenary and speaking sessions. 

  • Pre-Conference Workshop with LifeWorks: Resilient Leadership for Uncertain Times.
    Carlos Esteves, LifeWorks
  • Opening Keynote, The Science of Emotional Intelligence
    Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, Leadership & Performance Expert
  • NOW WHAT? Prioritizing Personal & Organizational Growth
    Ron Tite, Marketing Expert
  • Economic & Market Update
    Eric Lascelles, Chief Economist at RBC Global Asset Management
  • Cutting Through the Myths of Forest Fires in Canada: Preventing loss during "interface" fire events.
    Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)
  • The First Line of Defence: Limiting the Liability Through Better Contracts: Issues and challenges in the liability claims arena.
    Alan Mark, Partner, Goodmans
  • Cybersecurity - Closing the Gap Between IT & OT: Insights to helping utilities make the best cybersecurity risk management decisions.
    Dave Cullen, OTORIO
  • Workplace Trends to Watch: Legislation impacts on HR policy & practices.
    Anne Gallop, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
  • The Strategic Component of Industrial Relations: How HR is taking a predominant role in organizations and strategy.
    David Kunsch, The Directors College
  • Long COVID & Long-Term Disability: COVID impacts on the healthcare landscape and what it means for future costs.
    Barb Martinez, Canada Life
  • Executive Panel, CEO Moment: Leadership for a New Era: A perspective on leadership, culture & Rejuvenation in these challenging times.
    Presented by:
    • Jenny Alfandary, Westario
    • David Fell, Utilities Kingston
    • Simon Wu, Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc.
    • Moderator: Tim Wilson, Synergy North

If you have questions about The MEARIE Conference or wish to be a speaker or sponsor next year, email conference@mearie.ca.