Previous AEG Discussion Leaders:



5.31.18 CAE Q2 Stakeholder Series: Smart Buildings & Grid Modernization

Discussion Leaders include:

  • Sadzi Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

  • Kyle Hendricks, Sr. Manager, Energy, and Sustainability, CBRE

  • Kristen Brown, Ph.D., Principal Business Technology Specialist, Utility of the Future, ComEd

  • Mark Bettin, VP of Engineering & Sustainability, theMART, a Vornado Property

  • Jill Brosig, Director, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

  • Zhi Zhou, ‎Principal Computational Scientist, ‎Argonne National Laboratory

  • Matt Thibodeau, Vice President, Sargent & Lundy


3.1.18 CAE Q1 Stakeholder Breakfast: Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids

Discussion leaders include:

  • Sadzi Martha Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

  • Joel Williams, Lead, Booz Allen Managed Threat Defense

  • Andy Hesselbach, VP, Construction, System Modernization, Peoples Gas

  • York Chan, Vice President, Facilities Advocate Health

  • Jamie Statter, VP, Strategic Initiatives, USGBC - PEER

  • Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

  • Jason Borg, Deputy District Commander, USACE Chicago District

  • Rick Welton, Senior Director, Distribution Planning, Operating & Reliability, Ameren IL


12.7.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Energy, Mobility, and Transportation

Discussion leaders include:

  • Ellen Gottschling, Transit Planner, Sam Schwartz

  • Evan Cummings, Principal, Technology Ventures, Exelon

  • Howard Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

  • Pete Ballard, Chicago Transit Authority

  • Bill Williams, Commercial Director, Proterra

  • Ann Schlenker, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory


9.27.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Internet of Things, Technology and Innovation

Discussion leaders include:

  • Commissioner Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

  • Liang Downey, Watson IoT Lead: Energy & Environment IBM Global Energy Environment & Utilities

  • David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board

  • Yann Kulp, Vice President, Smart Space, Schneider Electric

  • Erin Grossi, PhD, Managing Director, Digital Innovation, Accenture

  • Olga Lyandres, Specialist, Ecosystems, Delta Institute

6.8.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization

Discussion leaders include:

  • Ryan Tinus, Director, Sustainability, Tishman Speyer; Chair of Energy & Sustainability, BOMA Chicago

  • Kurt Karnatz PE, President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc

  • Brian Imus, Executive Director US Green Building Council Illinois Chapter

  • Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cook County, IL

  • Rick Tonielli, Sr. Energy Efficiency Program Manager, ComEd

  • Michael Badame, Assistant Chief Operating Engineer, Chicago Dept. of Aviation

  • Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight

  • Ralph T Muehleisen, Principal Building Scientist, Argonne National Lab


5.16.17 CAE Microgrid Masterplanning Workshop as part of Chicago Community Trust's annual On the Table Series

Discussion leaders include:

  • David Robbins, Administrator of Facilities for City of Chicago Department of Aviation

  • Chair Brien Sheahan, Illinois Commerce Commission: The NextGrid Initiative Discussion

  • Barbara Adams, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP

  • Catherine O'Connor, Director of Engineering, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

  • York Chan, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Heath Care

  • Kevin O'Brien, Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

  • David Chiesa, Sr. Global Director, S&C Electric

  • Don Wingate Vice President Utility Solutions, Strategic Customers, Schneider Electric

  • Jim McDonald, Director of Environmental Impact, PowerSecure

  • Chris Townsend, Energy Law Partner, Clark Hill, PLC

  • Chris Saltz, Principal, Facilities Information Xchange Consulting, LLC

  • Yalonda Lockett, Executive Director - Public Sector, Constellation

  • Jim Reilly, Principal Reilly Associates, Consultant to Argonne National Labs


3.2.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Critical Infrastructure & Microgrids

Discussion leaders include:

  • Joseph Svachula, Vice President of Smart Grid and Technology, ComEd

  • Dan Doyle, Chairman, Grumman/Butkus Associates

  • David Robbins, Administrator, City of Chicago Department of Aviation

  • York Chan, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Heath Care

  • Sherina Maye Edwards, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

  • Paul Brager Jr., Cyber-Security Architect, Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Julian Spector, Staff Writer Microgrids, Greentech Media

  • Suzanne Chiavari, Engineer Practice Leader, Illinois American Water

  • Ralph Muehleisen, Urban Science and Engineering Program Lead, Argonne National Lab

  • Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight - Host Sponsor


11.30.16 CAE: Demand Response and Energy Management Strategies for Hospitals and Critical Infrastructure

Topics included:

  • New regulatory requirements, best practices, and economic value for enrolling back-up generators into Demand Response programs summer of 2017

  • Evolving value proposition of battery and thermal storage for critical facilities

  • Lighting and HVAC optimization opportunities

  • ComEd and PJM incentives, programs and possible cost-savings approaches

  • Proposed COMED microgrid initiative at IMD


12.1.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Energy, Mobility and Transportation

Discussion leaders include:

  • Hossam A.Gabbar, PhD, P.Eng., University of Ontario Institute of Technology / Flywheel Energy Storage Platform for Resilient Transportation and Transit Systems

  • Kate Tomford, Energy and Sustainability, Chicago Transit Authority

  • Peter Ballard, Chicago Transit Authority

  • Tom Murtha, Senior Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology


November 2016 CAE Leadership Profile: 77 W. Wacker Drive

Myrna Coronado-Brookover, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle


August 2016 CAE Leadership Profile

Andrew Levitt, Senior Market Strategist, PJM Interconnection

9.22.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Technology, Buildings and Distributed System Optimization

Discussion leaders include:

  • Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight

  • Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor, Chicago

  • Bob Wengel, Vice President of Facilities, Shedd Aquarium

  • Koben Calhoun, Manager Commercial Energy Initiative, Rocky Montain Institute

  • Ryan Tinus, Director, Tishman Speyer and Chicago BOMA Energy and Sustainability

  • Matthew Lynch, Chief Product Officer, Bractlet

  • Rainer vor dem Esche, Managing Director, Storenetic