People often ask me: what is the reason for the continuing success of this show? Is it
top-notch programming? Sharp organization? Or maybe it is the participation of key figures that enables APPrO 2004 to hold its position as the most respected forum for the
exchange of ideas in the energy production industry? The answer is all of the above and more, but the most important element is the active participation of people like you. No
matter how timely the topic or how well-matched our speakers are, it is the continuous flow of creative thinking from our delegates, sponsors and exhibitors that makes APPrO 2004
a real force in our industry. We rely on your genuine commitment to find shared solutions that can be picked up and used by people from all parts of the sector. We have arrived at
this point in Ontario’s restructuring efforts (however challenging or imperfect it may be at the moment) because of the dedication, character and contributions of people like you.
There are many new challenges and opportunities for our industry. In the fall of 2003 we witnessed the election of a new government. This spring the government
announced its new energy policy and introduced enabling legislation in June. At the same time, there will be significant policy discussions on transmission and distribution later
this year. These issues, together with two government RFPs released in rapid succession for renewable and clean energy supplies, mean there is no shortage of critical issues. The
only way to effectively address them is to respond with clear thinking and resolute action.
The future promises excitement and plenty of challenge for the entire
industry. We have changed our name from IPPSO to APPrO to underscore Ontario’s open access energy policy and to reflect this new excitement. Our members, sponsors and exhibitors
are trying to understand how the new hybrid model will work and the impact it will have on their business. APPrO 2004 is the place they will begin to find the answers.
On behalf of the members, Board of Directors and APPrO staff, I thank you for participating in APPrO 2004, November 24th and 25th and look forward to meeting you in person.
I promise this conference will be one to remember.