Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Microgrids


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 Toronto's 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 go 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 February 23rd is Microgrids. The global demand for electricity will increase by 28% by 2040. At the same time the availability of electricity is hampered by increasing adverse weather events, price fluctuations and emerging technologies and business models. Microgrids are in the front line to tackle these new challenges. But what are microgrids and why do they matter? This seminar will answer these questions and more by looking at specific examples of microgrid deployments and business cases that have been undertaken by Alectra Utilities; one of the largest municipally owned utilities in North America, serving almost a million customers in the GTA.



Shuvo Chowdhury serves as a the Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc. His particular focus is in utility grid, commercial/industrial and residential scale microgrids that incorporate battery energy storage technologies and their accompanying Energy Management Systems. Shuvo has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mechatronics from the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining the Alectra Energy Solutions team at, he was employed by Quanta Technology. In his capacity as senior engineer at Quanta, he worked on R&D & pilot projects for a number of North American Utilities such as SDG&E, Xcel Energy and National Grid.


February 23rd, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Galbraith Building, Room 220, University of Toronto, 35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4


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




  • University of Toronto
  • 35 St George St.
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada M5S 1A4
  • Building: Galbraith Building
  • Room Number: Room 220

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