Renewable energy has been growing on an enormous scale worldwide, from supplying power to remote households to powering commercial establishments. Though the renewable energy supply has helped improve the overall power supply and mix, it also poses challenges for the grid, due in part to the expected increase of renewables connected to the grid, and intermittency of renewable power supply. To overcome this obstacle, energy storage solutions combined with innovative grid technologies are creating new smart infrastructure for electric supply that can stabilize the grid and meet a power system’s diversified energy needs.

Energy storage systems are increasingly needed for storing wind and solar energy for later dispatch to meet peak load demand. They also have added unique capabilities, such as the ability to respond rapidly to dips or surges in electricity supply, to manage voltage fluctuations and to provide black start capability in the event of outages. However, with the perceived high cost of energy storage, lack of standardized regulatory policy and market design, outdated grid systems, and coupled with global movement toward renewables and EVs, adaptation of energy storage in Asia to alleviate pressures to the grid still lag behind compared other markets.

If adopted at scale, energy storage systems have the potential to improve grid reliability, efficiency, and capacity by managing the variability associated with widely distributed, small-scale renewables. Urban centers will gain additional benefits through the connection of EVs, which could provide a mobile, flexible type of storage in future. In non-grid connected communities, energy storage and smart grid solutions can manage large-scale micro grids to smooth fluctuations of unpredictable peak loads and variable resources.

Overall, energy storage can greatly contribute to a reliable, efficient, responsive smart grid that can manage rapidly evolving power needs.


To better understand the complete picture of energy storage and energy efficiency solutions, this deep dive workshop will cover a variety of current issues and opportunities in the energy, grid and storage sector, highlighting low carbon solutions to some of the world’s most pressing climate challenges. This session recognizes the importance of stakeholder engagement and provides the opportunity to hear from local and Canadian experts on various technologies, research and solutions.


2:00 - 2:05 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Guy Boileau, Senior Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada

2:05 - 2:10 p.m.

Introduction to the Session and Speakers

Ritishka Grover, Regional Trade Commissioner High Commission of Canada - Singapore

2:10 - 2:25 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership and Initiatives on Energy Storage and Smart Grids

  • John Robert Cotton, Senior Programme Manager Energy Transition Partnership

2:25 - 2:40 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

The Philippines Energy Transition Roadmap and Integration of Renewable Energy Solutions

  • Engr. Ferdinand Binondo, Chief, Solar and Wind Energy Management Division Department of Energy – Renewable Energy Management Bureau

2:40 - 2:55 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

The Role of Academe and Research Institutes in Achieving the Philippines’ National Energy Transition Goals

  • Dr. Bjorn Santos, Director for Research and the Renewable Energy , Executive Competency Training Program (REECTP), Mariano Marcos State University

2:55 - 3:10 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Paul Birkelo, Head of Operations, Powertrust

3:10 - 3:25 p.m.

Moderated Q&A Session

Kayla Slobodnik, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada

3:25 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Guy Boileau, Senior Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada


John Robert Cotton

John Robert Cotton

Senior Program Manager, Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership

Ferdinand Binondo

Ferdinand Binondo

Chief of Solar and Wind Energy Management, Renewable Energy Management Bureau - Department of Energy

Bjorn Santos

Bjorn Santos

Director of Research and the Renewable Energy Executive Competency Training Program, Mariano Marcos State University

Paul Birkelo

Paul Birkelo

Head of Operations, Powertrust

Ritishka Grover

Ritishka Grover

Regional Trade Commissioner High Commission of Canada - Singapore

Kayla Slobodnik

Kayla Slobodnik

Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada


With diplomatic relations beginning in 1949, Canada and the Philippines will mark their 75th year of strong and friendly bilateral relations in 2024.

The national interests of both countries align on many issues, which have resulted in regular collaboration in the multilateral system, such as ASEAN, United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the World Trade Organization. Canada supports efforts by the Philippines to advance inclusive and accountable governance, diversity, human rights, and the rule of law. Our countries work closely to maintain international peace and security. Joint efforts include responding to threats posed by international terrorist groups; discouraging the use of child soldiers by armed groups; combatting human smuggling and instances of online sexual exploitation of children; and improving biosecurity.

Ever-increasing people-to-people links between Canada and the Philippines contribute to the growth of both societies. According to the 2021 census, over 960,000 people of Philippine origin live in Canada, while a growing number of Filipino citizens visit family and friends in Canada, study at Canadian colleges and universities or immigrate to Canada. A significant number of Canadians visit the Philippines each year for tourism, work, and family visits.

Canada’s Embassy in the Philippines is located in Makati City (Metro Manila). We also maintain a consulate in Cebu City.

The Philippines is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa and also maintains three consulates-general in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. It has honourary consular offices in Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. John's, Charlottetown and Halifax.