2020 CIGRE Canada Toronto Conference and Coronavirus COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Dear CIGRE Members and the Canadian Electric Utility Community:

The past few weeks have been very unsettling with the impacts of COVID‑19. I have heard people express their fears about what will happen as a result. Experts in the fields of medicine and science have told us to expect the effects of COVID-19 to be far-reaching for several months. That said, right now, it is difficult to know exactly what that means in the medium term.

CIGRE Canada is committed to continuing to encourage collaboration for the most critical issues and innovations taking place within the power industry. We want to make sure all of you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones by following the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Social distancing is necessary, but if you’re feeling isolated, reach out. If you know anyone who is quarantined, call or email them. Most importantly, we want you to remember that regardless of what Province, State or Country you live in, we really are all in this together. Let’s look after each other.

Considering the situation of the pandemic, CIGRE Canada and the host of our 2020 event, Hydro One, wishes to inform our members, sponsors and exhibitors that we will continue to maintain our plans for the event in Toronto this October. We will continue to evaluate the situation as further information is provided from the WHO and consider postponement to a later date if advised.

Please take care of yourselves, your families and co-workers at this time.

Best Regards,

Chair, CIGRE Canada


2020 CIGRE Session and Coronavirus COVID-19

Please see important message below from CIGRE Central Office

Dear Colleagues:

We really hope that you and your families are in good health.

It is our duty to inform you of the consequences of the measures adopted by the French government to limit the spread of the Covid-19.

Central Office

  • The premises of the central office are now closed for at least two weeks, but since this morning all staff can work from home so that all services to members, delegates and governing bodies of CIGRE can be provided.

2020 Session

  • Message to delegates and exhibitors:

In agreement with our PCO (Professional Congress Organiser) and the owner of the Palais des Congrès de Paris, VIPARIS, we have prepared the following text that will be communicated via all CIGRE communication channels (websites, newsletters) to the exhibitors and delegates:

Considering the situation of the pandemic of Covid-19, CIGRE wishes to inform its delegates and exhibitors, of the followings:

    •  CIGRE maintains its 48th Session in the Palais des Congrès de Paris, as planned from August 23rd to 28th, 2020.
    •  The cancellation of the event is not an option.
    • The postponement of the Session to a later date could be decided by CIGRE taking into account the progress of curtailment of Covid-19 globally.
    • Should the Session be postponed, the availability of the venue on a full week is guaranteed under the same terms and conditions (location, rates, period…).
  • You are kindly invited to forward this message meant to reassure those around you who want to register.
  • Preparation of possible scenarios:

The office bearers and the Central Office are studying alternative scenarios for the Session, should the decision to postpone it be made.

This study will consider all the aspects involved in the Session: registrations, Administrative Council meetings, speakers, elections, Group Discussion meetings, exhibition, social events, economic and final aspects, etc.

We will keep you informed on the evolution of the situation regularly, and are ready to answer your questions and comments.

Thank you for your consideration.

Cordiales salutations / Best regards.

Philippe ADAM
CIGRE Secretary General


2020 CIGRE Session and Coronavirus Covid-19

Please see message below and attached document from CIGRE Central Office

CIGRE Session and

Dear Colleagues:

In view of the spread of the new Coronavirus Covid-19, the Steering Committee and the Central Office of CIGRE have issued the attached guidelines related to the preparation of the next Paris Session to be held from August 23rd to 28th, 2020.

This information will also be soon posted on the CIGRE institutional website (, the Session website ( and the registration platform (, and regularly reviewed and revised, based on recommendations from WHO and the French government.

On behalf of CIGRE, we thank you for circulating this information to the persons concerned, in particular those who wish to register for the 2020 Session.

Best regards.

2020 CIGRE Canada NGN Sponsorship

Dear Canadian NGNs:

Please find attached information regarding the 2020 CIGRE Canada NGN Sponsorship. The Sponsorship aims to encourage Young Members and Students to get involved long-term in CIGRE Canada and CIGRE, including our technical panels, and to inspire career development for future leadership in the electrical power industry.

Please fill out your application based on the template in the Sample_Application attached and e-mail your application to: before the closing date of March 15th 2020.

Please note, 2020 CIGRE Canada NGN Sponsorship and 2020 NGN Presentation Showcase are two separate competitions.  The NGN Sponsorship is exclusively for Canadian NGNs, whereas the Presentation Showcase is for NGNs from around the globe. Both competitions have similar prizes, but different criteria of selection. We highly encourage that you apply for both the NGN Sponsorship and NGN Presentation Showcase as they are both great opportunities for NGNs.

If you have any questions please contact Kasun Samarasekera at:

CIGRE Canada NGN Sponsorship


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2020 CIGRE Session – NGN (Next Generation Network) Presentation Showcase – Call for Contribution

Please find attached Call for Contribution regarding the abovementioned subject, and documents indicated in Sections B and C of this CFC.

During the 2020 CIGRE Session in Paris, Young and Student Members will have the opportunity to showcase their work and talent to an international audience.

Please note that you can use the attached Power Point template as a guidance for the time being – the formal one will be issued by the CIGRE Central office before the Session and will be transmitted to you at that time.

Please transmit your synopsis at the latest on February 1st, 2020 to Suzanne Lafrenière at:

Call for Contribution – Global NGN Presentation Showcase – 2020 CIGRE Paris Session
2020 NGN Presentation Showcase Template
2020 NGN Synopsis Sample Page
2020 CIGRE Session – Call for Papers (Synopses) – Preferential Subjects


Welcome to CIGRE Canada New Website

We are proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned CIGRE Canada website.

To facilitate your experience, the website has been adapted for use with tablets and smart phones.

The membership renewal registration process has also been improved and is accessible from the home page.

Access detailed menu from the sign.

Do not hesitate to give us feedback!

Welcome to the 2020 CIGRE Canada Conference & Expo

19-22 October 2020 – Toronto Hilton – Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Membership renewal

CIGRE membership is open to all individuals, companies, organisations and students wishing to join our professional network. By joining CIGRE, you will become part of a global network of experts and build lasting partnerships with electrical industry organisations connected to our Association. Get your new membership now and make sure to renew your membership by March 31 to maintain your privilege and access to our on-line library:

2020 CIGRE Paris Session, August 23-28

Please find attached CIGRE Session General Programme that will be held in Paris from August 23 to 28, 2020 in which you will find the tariffs registration as well as hotel booking information that you can make on-line through the C. Mathez Travel Agency – 2020 CIGRE Session – General Program

Registrations at the 2020 CIGRE Session are now opened. Here is the link you can access to register: Click on “Register Now” – you will then have to create a Registration personal account unless you already created one in 2018 – in that case you can use the same credentials you had in 2018 to login – your login should be your email address. This account will allow you to register and find all relevant information and documents concerning your registration to CIGRE events.

We suggest you read carefully registration instructions on page 9 of attached General Programme. Among these instructions, see below three important items:

  1. Registration closing date: August 8, 2020. After this date, no registrations for delegates and companions will be possible. As per instructions from the CIGRE Central Office, there will be no On-line or On spot registrations and no payments at the Palais des Congrès.

  2. To benefit from the member tariff, two consecutive years of paid membership must be paid, i.e. – 2018 and 2019 or 2019 and 2020.  As a matter of fact, members that have joined in 2020 will have to register at the non- member tariff.
  3. Comparing to past Sessions, deadline to benefit from the reduced tariff has been extended to MAY 15, 2020.

Please be advised that an invitation will be extended to each Canadian delegate registrant to the Reception of the Canadian National Committee that will take place in Paris on Wednesday, August 26. This invitation will be sent later by email.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if need be at: