Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distribution Planning

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Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don't think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that goes into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of the seminar on Thursday, March 29, 2018, is 'Distribution Planning'. The fundamental objective of Distribution Planning is to provide an orderly and economic plan for additions to, and changes in the power system’s equipment and facilities so that it can continue to meet future electrical demands with an acceptable level of reliability and at the lowest possible cost.


The seminar will provide:

- An overview of Ontario’s Power System
- A detailed overview of the Planning Process
- Review of the Utility’s Loading & Outage Reports
- Documentation of stations, feeder and system peak loading
- Load Growth Rate
- Model of distribution system & predict expected system deficiencies in accordance with established planning criteria
- Identify supply options to mitigate system deficiencies
- Evaluate and rank the supply options in terms of economic and technical merits
- Obtain approval for the recommended option
- Provide Planning Specifications for the preferred option
- Issue project for implementation



Joe Bonadie, has over 30 years of experience in the Electrical Distribution business. He has worked for a number of Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies (LDC’s) in various capacities including System Planning Engineer, Supervising Project Engineer, Senior Distribution. Performance Engineer and Manager of Engineering Services and Contracts.
As manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One) Joe’s responsibility included the Voltage Conversion Program for Ontario with an initial budget of $20M.
Joe Co-Authored an IEEE technical paper on “Series Capacitors, Application on Distribution Systems” and was presented at the IEEE winter meeting in Atlanta in 1990. Most recently, Engineers Canada bestowed Joe with the title of “Fellow Engineers Canada (FEC)“ for advancing the Profession through some 25 years of volunteer work with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Joe has thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning, design, construction, and operation of the distribution system including the appropriate standards for both underground and overhead distribution system.


Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30pm - 8pm

Sandford Fleming Building, Room 2202
University of Toronto
10 King's College Rd, Toronto, ON M5S 3G8


Light refreshments will be provided.

This seminar is organized by IEEE Toronto's Industry Relations Committee in collaboration with the Power & Energy Chapter.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 29 Mar 2018
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • University of Toronto
  • 10 King's College Rd
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada M5S 3G8
  • Building: Sandford Fleming Building
  • Room Number: 2202

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  • Starts 01 February 2018 12:00 PM
  • Ends 29 March 2018 06:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge